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Shock Wave (Virgil Flowers, Bk 5)
Shock Wave - Virgil Flowers, Bk 5
Author: John Sandford
A billion-dollar superstore has its sights set on a small Minnesota river town for its next outlet. Two very angry groups want to stop it: local merchants, fearing for their businesses, and environmentalists, predicting ecological disaster. The protests are ignored, until a bomb goes off at the megastore’s Michigan headquarters -- the firs...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780425250488
ISBN-10: 0425250482
Publication Date: 10/2/2012
Pages: 432
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 98 ratings
Publisher: Berkley
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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reviewed Shock Wave (Virgil Flowers, Bk 5) on + 3 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Good story as usual. Sandford is one of my two favorite authors and having read every one of his Flower's and Davenport books I look forward to each new one as it comes out. John
reviewed Shock Wave (Virgil Flowers, Bk 5) on + 3215 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
I am so sorry I actually bought this book--so far I have liked the Virgil Flowers series but this one is just boring!!!!!! I tried and tried to keep reading but it just moves so slow and is just boring---maybe a bomb goes off and another one goes off but it is just mostly talk talk talk and as I skipped through it I couldn't find anything exciting or thrilling about it.
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Helpful Score: 1
"Shock Wave" is aptly named, as it involves a plot about a very busy bomber who has it in for "Pye-Mart", obviously a Walmart knockoff, that is in the early construction phase in Butternut Falls (MN), and expected to destroy the local merchants and pollute the river with runoff, etc., etc. While that's not exactly an original premise, the one or two bombings per day keep everyone hopping to an insane degree, with a similar increase in suspense to the reader. Not surprisingly, there appears to have been illegal payoffs to local politicos to make the approval for the new megastore a reality; and while he's trying to discover the identity of the bomber, Virgil uncovers those crimes as well, nicely cleaning up the local scene. Meanwhile, Virgil seems to be telephonically breaking up with his new sheriff sweetheart, which slows down his tendency to womanize key characters, but that only added to the "off-screen" fun.
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KansasSunflower avatar reviewed Shock Wave (Virgil Flowers, Bk 5) on + 329 more book reviews
Boy, do I disagree with the review that thought this book was boring. I found it engrossing. It's well-written with Sanford's usual wit and entertaining plot. I loved it and would recommend it to anyone who is a fan of Sanford. One this I do not recommend is that you try to read one of these books without reading previous ones in the series as there would be so many references that wouldn't be explained. But having said that, the book is wonderful.
reviewed Shock Wave (Virgil Flowers, Bk 5) on + 26 more book reviews
Another fantastic read, I just love John Sandford. I thought that maybe giving that "f---ing Flowers" his own series wouldn't work but now 5 books later I say Bravo! You won't be sorry you read this one either!
beachnbooks avatar reviewed Shock Wave (Virgil Flowers, Bk 5) on + 73 more book reviews
Another good book by Sandford about "that f****** Flowers". I rated this book a bit lower than previous ones because I felt that Flowers shared his thinking and suspicions with too many people, including suspects, which just didn't feel right. It was a good storyline, just a bit scattered for me.
reviewed Shock Wave (Virgil Flowers, Bk 5) on
Better than the first ones.
reviewed Shock Wave (Virgil Flowers, Bk 5) on + 6 more book reviews
Great book! Virgil comes through again. This is the 5th book in the series, and I love them all. Sanford has done a good job of giving Virgil a life of his own, but still keeping him involved in the Minnesota BCI. We still get to hear from Lucas, but this is Virgil's show. Hopefully there will be many more to come.
reviewed Shock Wave (Virgil Flowers, Bk 5) on + 14 more book reviews
Start with number one and work your way through the series. This one is as good as the others. I love them as well as the "Prey" series with Lucas Davenport


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