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.
If you’re a fan of John Sandford’s Prey Series, this is a spin off with a lot of the same characters playing secondary roles. Where some novelists of a long running series seem to become stale the longer the series goes on, Sandford’s series just keep getting better and better. Reading the first of the Virgil Flowers Series, I wasn’t sure what to make of it but he more than grows on you, he attaches himself like a leech. Virgil is very smart, sexy and his humor is not to be missed. The more I read, the more I want.
It’s amazing to me how Mr. Sandford can write the Prey and Flowers series with such different styles but the characters lose nothing in the translation. Shock Wave is not a fun, fast read. Well, it’s fun but not fast. I always set aside a block of time to fully appreciate Mr. Sandford’s books. I actually find myself a willing participant in the novel. I get invested in the case and the characters and can’t help trying to guess the antagonist. There are twists and turns and roller coaster rides through the whole novel. His writing style is easy to follow and very descriptive. Be prepared to learn bunches about Minnesota and the surrounding area. Mr. Sandford is intimately familiar with the area.
John Sandford’s novels are on my automatic buy in hardcover list. While Shock Wave can be read as a stand alone novel, it will definitely increase your pleasure if you start this series at the beginning.