Title: Shock Wave
Author: John Sandford
Review: First let me say that I really enjoy Virgil Flowers and find him a quirky, sweet, funny, somewhat irreverent character that anyone could really fall for. I also love the fact that the books are based in the wonderful state of Minnesota and that Virgil not only fights crime as a BCA investigator, but also gets lots of fishing in while working out who dunnit. He says himself that he thinks better while not thinking at all.
This book didn’t do it for me like the others. Maybe it was the fact that the love interest was really not that interesting anymore. Or that Virgil seemed a bit of his game. The story was much like the last few, but it seemed off to me and I really don’t know how to explain it except it just wasn’t as good as the others have been. Maybe because our town just let a Walmart come in a few years back and it has destroyed many local businesses around here, just a thought I had while reading it.
Now if you are reading this series you will not want to miss this one, even with it being a bit disappointing. Keeping up with Virgil makes this a must read for fans. If you are new to this series start at number one, Dark of the Moon.
Publisher: Published October 4th 2011 Putnam Adult
Quick Review: 3 Stars out of 5.
Why I Read it: I’ve read the rest of this series and wanted to keep current.
Where I Obtained the Book: David requested this at our local library.
Synopsis: Talk about risky business.
The superstore chain PyeMart has its sights set on a Minnesota river town, but two very angry groups want to stop it: the local merchants fearing for their businesses, and the environmentalists predicting ecological disaster. The protests don't seem to be slowing the project down, 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.
Author Biography: John Sandford was born John Camp on February 23, 1944, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He attended the public schools in Cedar Rapids, graduating from Washington High School in 1962. He then spent four years at the University of Iowa, graduating with a bachelor's degree in American Studies in 1966. In 1966, he married Susan Lee Jones of Cedar Rapids, a fellow student at the University of Iowa. He was in the U.S. Army from 1966-68, worked as a reporter for the Cape Girardeau Southeast Missourian from 1968-1970, and went back to the University of Iowa from 1970-1971, where he received a master's degree in journalism. He was a reporter for The Miami Herald from 1971-78, and then a reporter for the St. Paul Pioneer-Press from 1978-1990; in 1980, he was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize, and he won the Pulitzer in 1986 for a series of stories about a midwestern farm crisis. From 1990 to the present he has written thriller novels. He's also the author of two non-fiction books, one on plastic surgery and one on art. He is the principal financial backer of a major archeological project in the Jordan Valley of Israel, with a website at www.rehov.org In addition to archaeology, he is deeply interested in art (painting) and photography. He both hunts and fishes. He has two children, Roswell and Emily, and one grandson, Benjamin. His wife, Susan, died of metastasized breast cancer in May, 2007, and is greatly missed.