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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (204 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Sandford Narrator: Eric Conger Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Virgil Flowers Series Release Date:
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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 first of a series of explosions.

The blasts are meant to inflict maximum damage and utmost fear. Virgil Flowers has been enlisted to find out who’s behind the dangerous acts, but the answer he uncovers may be the biggest shock of all.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Flowers works with gruff charm and Spenser-like efficiency, a winning combination.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Flowers is smart and honest, with a healthy supply of cynicism [in] a thoroughly engaging, suspenseful, satisfying story.”

    Associated Press

  • “[Sandford is] 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.”

    Washington Post

  • “Smart, sexy, with a wicked sense of humor, Flowers is fast becoming one of my favorite series characters.”

    Minneapolis Star-Tribune

  • “Sandford’s fifth Flowers novel is thoroughly entertaining…better than most thrillers out there.”


  • “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.”


  • “Bestselling 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.”

    Library Journal

  • “The mystification and detection are authentic and the solution surprisingly clever.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Eric Conger capably portrays Virgil’s placid exterior, the intensity and focus he’s more than able to dredge up when called for, and the drama generated by the bombings themselves. Conger also makes the most of the quirky small-town personalities that pepper the story and the attendant humor they generate. Sandford’s easygoing yet immersive crime story is well served by Conger.”


  • “Wry humor, a fully realized lead, and tense atmospherics lift Sandford’s suspenseful fifth novel featuring Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension agent Virgil Flowers…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.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Larry Page | 10/6/2013

    " "That fucking Flowers" is at the top of his game in this novel from the Virgil Flowers series by John Sanford. It's hard not to like Virgil, he jumps off the page as a real person. IMHO this is the best Flowers novel yet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kevin LeBlanc | 9/4/2013

    " This was my first Virgil Flowers book and really liked it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ray | 6/25/2013

    " was the best virgil flowers book yet "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sue Poston | 1/11/2013

    " I enjoy reading books set in MN and I get a kick out of "that f*cking Flowers"! "

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