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  • Shock Wave

  • Written by: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Eric Conger
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (22 ratings)

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Shock Wave

Written by: John Sandford
Narrated by: Eric Conger
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Publisher's Summary

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

The superstore chain PyeMart has its sights set on a Minnesota river town, but two very angry groups want to stop it: local merchants, fearing for their businesses, and environmentalists, predicting ecological disaster. The protests don't seem to be slowing the project, though, until someone decides to take matters into his own hands.

The first bomb goes off on the top floor of PyeMart's headquarters. The second one explodes at the construction site itself. The blasts are meant to inflict maximum damage-and they do. 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

What the critics say

“[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) 

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what a great read - has everything one could want. I will be reading all the others in the series.

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  • Barbara
  • 2011-10-12

I think I'm in love with Virgil Flowers!

. . . he can't possibly exist only in the author's imagination, because he's way too real. Looks like a surfer, talks to God, fly-fishes and charms women everywhere he goes. Oh, yeah, and solves cases that puzzle everyone else. I'm a huge Sandford fan, and love the fact that his plots are so intelligent and his characters are true to human nature. What I love about the Virgil Flowers series is getting into the character's mind as he solves the mystery -- in this case, a series of bombings that seem to be aimed at preventing the construction of a monster WalMart-type store in a small town. Every time he appears to be zeroing in on the killer, another bombing occurs and the facts have to be reassessed. Engaging and entertaining. I really like this narrator as well -- he's very laid-back, like Virgil, but he keeps a good rhythm and pace.

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  • AnonymousNC
  • 2011-10-07

Where is the real Virgil?

I was probably the first or second person to download this book as I loved the previous books so much and was anxious for the next chapter. Virgil is one of my favorite series stars alongside Burke's Dave and Hackberry. However, I found this latest Virgil adventure to be quite bland and predictable. The characters were shallow and uninteresting. The fun and funny and sexy Virgil from previous installments seems to be tamed down. Also, for some reason, the name Pyemart was distracting because you knew he was using it in a Walmart sense. There just was no juice to the story. To be truthful, I kept dozing off. If I were you, I'd wait til it shows up on a $4.95 sale. The Virgil we know and love come back!!!

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  • aaron
  • 2011-10-08

Not the best Virgil ~ but it is still Virgil!

I am bias! John Sandford is my favorite author and he hit it out of the park in May with his latest Lucas Davenport, Buried Prey. I will forgive him this Virgil Flowers. I still enjoyed every minute of this book, but it wasn't as good as the others in the series. He is such a talented writer and so detailed, it was still a great story!

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  • Ed
  • 2011-11-14

Standard Virgil Flowers fare

This was a good story with good characters and was mercifully void of gratuitous romance. Virgil was even dumped by a woman who didn't appear in the story, except over the phone. Lucas Davenport is simply another "phone" character in this book and his insignificance to the story has allowed me to accept Flowers as a character in his own right, which wasn't the case in the book when Sandford introduced him. A good who-done-it.

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  • Ted
  • 2013-12-29

Does exactly what you paid for

Virgil Flowers is comfortable as a trusted glove in winter. He stretches as far as he should to provide warmth and still reach around the stuff you want him to. Here he's got a clever locked room puzzle to solve, an ending that wraps snugly around the mystery, and fun characters each created from a minimal number of brush strokes. You'll forget this minutes after its end, but enjoy it from the beginning... Exactly what I paid for.

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  • Meredyth Smith
  • 2011-11-10

Sandford did it again! Smart writing and reading!

I always love Sandford's books. His dry sense of humor and clever plots keep me at the edge of my seat. The reader is wonderful, Eric Conger! His ability to deliver children, women, hillbillies, and various towns people is awesome!! This is a great use of a credit..but John Sandford is always worth a credit!!!

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  • Deborah
  • 2011-10-12

Love Virgil Flowers!

Virgil Flowers is my favorite John Sanford character. This book is laugh out loud funny as well as serious. The storyline is a little hard to swallow, but Virgil makes it worth the read. Eric Conger really brings him to life.

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  • Scott
  • 2011-11-03

Virgil good as ever

I was a little hesitant to listen to this at first due to some previous negative reviews. Since I haven't been disappointed by Sanders in the past I decided to go ahead and use my credit to get it. I was not disappointed this was another excellent Sanford book and I think one of the better Virgil Flowers adventures. The story was interesting and alot of twist and turns that kept you guessing who the killer was. I always like how Sanford gives you the point of view of the killer without giving away his/her identity it adds alot to the story. looking forward to Sandford's next book.

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  • Katherine
  • 2011-10-24

can't get enough of this virgil guy!

John Sandford is unflagging in his ability to sketch intricate plots and at the same time create characters that ring true and draw you in. I love this narrator too - his tone and tempo in reading are always great. I buy these books as much for the story as for the teller! Easy listening for long car trips....

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  • John Norton
  • 2011-10-11

So satisfying

Great character, good story, excellent reader. John Sandford is a master - you know that because he makes superb storytelling look/sound so easy.

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