Shock Wave (Virgil Flowers Series #5)

Shock Wave (Virgil Flowers Series #5)

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by John Sandford, Eric Conger
     
 

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The thrilling new Virgil Flowers novel from the #1 New York Times-bestselling author.

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Unabridged, 8 CDs, 9 hours

Read by Eric Conger

The thrilling new Virgil Flowers novel from the #1 New York Times-bestselling author.

Editorial Reviews

Steve Donoghue
[Sandford]'s a thorough professional who knows exactly what he's doing. Whether you're new to Sandford or not, whether you've ever read a Virgil Flowers novel or not, once you start Shock Wave, you'll read it straight through, quickly, compulsively, happy the whole time to be in such good hands.
—The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly
Wry humor, a fully realized lead, and tense atmospherics lift Sandford’s suspenseful fifth novel featuring Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension agent Virgil Flowers (after Edgar-winner Bad Blood). When a bomb kills a construction superintendent in Butternut Falls, a small community divided over the imminent arrival of a PyeMart megastore, Virgil gets on the case, even though it’s his day off. Three weeks earlier, a bomb exploded at PyeMart’s Michigan headquarters shortly before a board meeting. Willard Pye, the company head, was unharmed, but his executive assistant was blown to pieces. Given the number of locals hostile to the company, Virgil has no shortage of possible suspects, and the ante rises as more bombs are detonated. Coupling a thoroughly modern investigative approach with old-fashioned logical deduction, Virgil narrows in on his target. Sandford effortlessly conjures up the rhythms and personalities of a small town in one of his best outings to date. Author tour. (Oct.)
From the Publisher
“[Sandford]’s a thorough professional who knows exactly what he’s doing. Whether you’re new to Sandford or not, whether you’ve ever read a Virgil Flowers novel or not, once you start Shock Wave, you’ll read it straight through, quickly, compulsively, happy the whole time to be in such good hands.”—The Washington Post

“Wry humor, a fully realized lead, and tense atmospherics...Sandford effortlessly conjures up the rhythms and personalities of a small town in one of his best outings to date.”—Publishers Weekly

“If Shock Wave is any indication, Flowers has a better than even chance of equaling if not surpassing Davenport in the hearts and minds of Sandford’s legion of readers.”—Bookreporter

Library Journal
Local merchants and environmentalists in a little Minnesota town both oppose the construction of a new store by the mega-chain PyeMart, but who's responsible when bombs explode simultaneously at PyeMart headquarters and the construction site? Best-selling New York Times author Sandford, who's given us the long-running Prey series, here offers the fifth in his winning new series starring Virgil Flowers.
Kirkus Reviews

A methodical bomber gives Virgil Flowers a welcome chance to recover from his atypically bombastic last outing (Bad Blood,2010, etc.).

Three days before his 70th birthday, billionaire Willard Pye and his board of directors are one room away from an explosion that rocks his boardroom outside Grand Rapids and kills Angela (Jelly) Brown, his executive assistant. Another blast follows with indecent haste, killing a construction superintendent at the site planned for a new PyeMart in Butternut Falls, Minn. The second bombing brings out the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension in the person of Virgil Flowers, who assures the disgruntled Pye that he expects to clear the case within a week. "One week and I kiss his ass," Pye tells Marie Chapman, his high-priced amanuensis. But a week doesn't look like nearly long enough for a case this complex. Lots of townsfolk in Butternut Falls are against the new megastore. The Cold Stream Fishers, fearing that a pristine trout stream will be fouled, are especially militant. And Despite Pye's denials, it looks as if a PyeMart expediter has bribed Mayor Geraldine Gore and at least three city councilmen into supporting the highly divisive project. Virgil networks, invites more than 100 locals to make up lists of potential bombers and wonders whether his faltering long-distance relationship with Warren Count Sheriff Lee Coakley is strong enough to keep him safe from Marie Chapman and other indigenous temptresses. The bomber, meanwhile, is moving ahead with a deep-laid plan, setting off one explosive device after another in order to make some kind of statement, mislead Virgil and cover his tracks.

The tale drags at times, but the mystification and detection are authentic and the solution surprisingly clever. Virgil fully deserves to have Willard Pye kiss his ass.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781611761795
Publisher:
Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/11/2013
Series:
Virgil Flowers Series, #5
Edition description:
Unabridged
Pages:
8
Sales rank:
416,486
Product dimensions:
5.38(w) x 5.68(h) x 0.82(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"Once you start Shock Wave, you'll read it straight through, quickly, compulsively, happy the whole time to be in such good hands.”—The Washington Post

“Wry humor, a fully realized lead, and tense atmospherics…one of his best outings to date.”—Publishers Weekly

“The Flowers series is…formed from the same elements that make the Davenport books such a joy to read: sharp characterization, witty dialogue and, at heart, a gritty, often puzzling mystery. If Shock Wave is any indication, Flowers has a better than even chance of equaling if not surpassing Davenport in the hearts and minds of Sandford’s legion of readers.”—Bookreporter.com

Meet the Author

"Like the best writers in this genre—Dashiell Hammett, Elmore Leonard, Ed McBain among them—John Sandford evokes his netherworld with authentic dialogue and meticulous details."—Minneapolis Star Tribune

John Sandford is the pseudonym of the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist John Camp. Camp was born in 1944 and was raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He received his B.A. in American Studies from the University of Iowa, and received his first training as a journalist and reporter when he was in Korea for 15 months working for his base paper.

After the army, Camp spent 10 months working for the Cape Girardeau Se Missourian newspaper before returning to the University of Iowa for his Masters in Journalism. From 1971 to 1978, he worked as a general assignment reporter for the Miami Herald, covering killings and drug cases, among other beats, with his colleague, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Edna Buchanan.

In 1978, Camp joined the St. Paul Pioneer Press as a features reporter. He became a daily columnist at the newspaper in 1980. In the same year, he was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for an article he wrote on the Native American communities in Minnesota and North Dakota and their modern day social problems. In 1986, Camp won the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing for a series of articles on the farm crisis in the Midwest.

Camp has written fourteen books in the bestselling "Prey" series under the name John Sandford. The titles in this series, which features Lucas Davenport, include Rules of Prey, Shadow Prey, Eyes of Prey, Silent Prey, Winter Prey, Night Prey, Mind Prey, Sudden Prey, Secret Prey, Certain Prey, Easy Prey, Chosen Prey, Naked Prey, Broken Prey, Invisible Prey, and now, Phantom Prey.

With the "Prey" series, Sandford has displayed a brilliance of characterization and pace that has earned him wide praise and made the books national bestsellers. He has been hailed as a "born storyteller" (San Diego Tribune), his work as "the kind of trimmed-to-the-bone thriller you can't put down" (Chicago Tribune), and Davenport as "one of the most engaging (and iconoclastic) characters in contemporary fiction." (Detroit News)

Brief Biography

Hometown:
St. Paul, Minnesota
Date of Birth:
February 23, 1944
Place of Birth:
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Education:
State University of Iowa, Iowa City: B.A., American History; M.A., Journalism
Website:
http://www.johnsandford.org

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Shock Wave 4.2 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 244 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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MariMac More than 1 year ago
Let me start off by saying I loved this book just like I loved all his previous books. Great characters, plot and overall flow. That being said... I find it very frustrating these days that people use the AUTHOR review board to complain about the prices of nook books. Here's some friendly advice...QUIT BUYING THE NOOK BOOKS AND GO BACK TO PAPERBACKS if you're so unhappy. I use the review board as a way to determine if I want to pick up a book or not. This is not easy to do when nobody is referring to the book. Can't we all just get along? Review the book, not the nook.
susan lubking More than 1 year ago
I hAve yet to read this,but, i must note that the ratings are lowered by the ratings of those who are complaining about the PRICE and not the book. Maybe there should be another avenue for these complaints so the book reviews would really reflect opinions of the book.!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This constant complaining about the Nook price has got to stop. The list price of this book is $27.95. B&N gives a larger discount to hard covers for people who don't have the Nook. If you add shipping and taxes the cost is higher. Nobody twisted your arm in buying the Nook or any other E-Book.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Three weeks ago a bomb at the Michigan headquarters of the chain PyeMart left Executive Assistant Kelly Brown dead although CEO Willard Pye escaped unscathed. In Butternut Falls, Minnesota, townsfolk are angrily divided over the superstore company setting up shop there. Environmentalists know the poor record of the firm when it come to anything interfering with the bottom line profits while the small town's storeowners know they will be driven out of business as has happened elsewhere. A bomb ignites at the superstore's construction site killing construction superintendent Gilbert Kingsley. ATF investigates both explosions that have left PyeMart's leadership shaken and behind on the Minnesota project. Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Agent Virgil Flowers also looks into the homicide at Butternut Falls, but finds many townsfolk remain defiant and hostile towards the company's "invasion", but who would take the opposition to such deadly lengths remains hard to determine. The fifth Virgil Flowers police procedural (See Rough Country and Bad Blood) is a great whodunit as the state cop makes inquires using modern technology and inductive reasoning to try to solve a case with too many suspects. The town already tense before the deadly explosion brings a profound look at development vs. preservation/environmentalism, but does it inside a well written investigation starring the amusingly self deprecating Minnesota cop. Harriet Klausner
triumphbonneville More than 1 year ago
Sandford does it again with Virgil. Highly entertaining. A good book to curl up with on a rainy night. Virgil is the Man!! Now it's time for Lucas Davenport to come out of hiding. Come on, John, get that computer humming. Please stop using review space to put up your price complaints; just don't buy the book. On the other hand, get a Kindle.
SusanK-1961 More than 1 year ago
I purchased "Shock Wave" for my NOOK. I love John Sandford's Lucas Davenport series so when he began the Virgil Flowers series I knew I wanted to give it a chance. I have NOT been disappointed. This new installation, "Shock Wave", is worth reading. It is filled with suspense, great characters and makes you think. [I also like that it features my home state in part of the plot!] Read this book...if you like characters like Lucas Davenport, Alex Cross & Kay Scarpetta, you will like Virgil Flowers! I agree with other reviewers: STOP COMPLAINING ABOUT THE PRICE FOR THE eBOOK/NOOK EDITIONS! This review isn't for the NOOK it is for the book. Buy the paperback if you don't want to pay the full price. I knew the prices would go up because paper book purchases were going down. Writers/publishers were going to have to make up the difference SOMEWHERE! Instead of complaining here, write to the company/publisher! I like having the convenience of saving money on going to the store to buy my book the day it is released. For me there isn't a Barnes & Noble within 30 miles and I enjoy knowing that the day it is released it is in my "library".
Bostonguy More than 1 year ago
Good read but B&N needs to start screening these cheeseball reviewers who constantly complain about the prices.
Mikeeman More than 1 year ago
Virgil never dissapoints--Fsst moving and a few unexpected twists and turns and a shared investigation (Virgil does not do it all in uncovering evidence) makes the story more believable and holds your interest. Can't wait for the next one (you get a preview at the end of the book) Great recreational read !!!!
JLTW524 More than 1 year ago
Through John Sandford, the reader is able to join Virgil Flowers's life -and share his conflicts and successes. At the end of the book, you feel you walked with him to solve the crimes. Waiting for the next one :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This one had a better twist than the other Flowers books
kboo1973 More than 1 year ago
Another great "That F'n Flowers"! Read! If you love Sandford you will love this book! Just enough intrigue, laughs, mystery and murder to keep everyone happy!
nettaboo50 More than 1 year ago
While I just love everything he has written, & have read just about all...I too am dismayed at the recent prices in the Nook line. I purchased the OLD blk & wht nook & noticed that the prices all slowly increasing. Maybe we old schooled are paying for the new colored version of the Nook. Is that fair or what?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ive always liked Sandfords books, but Lucas Davenport started to get tiring as any character would. Enter Virgil Flowers, a regular character in the Davenport series, spun off as ypur new protagonist. Home run! Virgil is plain spoken, not always brooding, a good old boy that is modest, listens more than talks and is razor sharp. Way to wake up a series. Virgil reminds me of a little bit of Burkes Dave Robicheaux mixed with a little bit of old time Columbo. Loved the characters, and really liked the interaction with the townsfolkes. They played a big part and served a purpose and you got to know them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Virgil Flowers is the best character going! This story had me captivated from the first sentence... highly recommend
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once again Sandford has produced an interesting and entertaining story. It is an excellent read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
John Sandford has repeated his previous success with the Virgil Flowers series. Virgil, as a non-violent social detective is entertaining in a way that takes me back to the deductive mysteries of the 1930's and 1940's, before the 'hard-boiled' school became popular, but thoroughly modern in his approach. More, please.
Anonymous 29 days ago
I have enjoyed all of this series i am looking foward for tbe next boom oct is long sasy off
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Another great read from my favorite author
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a typical yet not boring at all book that is the fifth in the Virgil Flowers series written by John Sandford.......only thing I would have written different is for Sanford to have more knowledge of actual firearms and police proceedure and to give Virgil Flowers even more latitude in pursuing the ladies of the book with more detailed scenes....... Having said that all I can say further is ......I can't wait for the next one !!!! Write them faster please .....
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