The superstore chain PyeMart has its sights set on a Minnesota river town, but two very angry groups want to stop it. The first bomb goes off on the top floor of PyeMart's headquarters. The second one explodes at the construction site itself. Who's behind the bombs, and how far will they go? It's Virgil Flowers's job to find out... before more people get killed.
©2011 John Sandford (P)2011 Penguin Audio
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John Sandford writes some of the best american crime thrillers today; after his highly successful Lucas Davenport 'Prey' series, Sandford has further expanded his repertoire to include another iconic character, the 'surfer-cowboy' cop, Virgil Flowers. More likeable and less hard-boiled than Davenport, Flowers is an intelligent character that works on a basis of street-smarts and intuition. Shockwave starts fast and just keeps building, with a myriad of twists and turns to keep listeners snared. Like Rough Country (the other Flowers audiobook) Eric Conger does a superb job of narrating this tale, getting the pitch and pathos just right. Highly recommended for old and new Sanford fans alike.
"Not as good as I expected"
This was my first Virgil Flowers book though I've read/listened to lots of Lucas Davenport books over the years. Despite what other reviewers have said, I just don't really like Virgil as a protagonist. He seems a bit one dimensional and unbelievable. He's supposed to be a bit of a ladies man with a string of failed marriages behind him but he just doesn't do it for me. The story itself was OK. The action built quite well and kept me entertained. Some of the other characters though are not very convincing either. The supermarket magnet seemed far too stereotypical.
Towards the end as the action reached a climax, I thought there was far too much, He said, she said, short and basic sentences. Perhaps this was meant to help build the tension but it just really annoyed me
I don't think I'll bother with another Virgil Flowers book.
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