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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: October 2011 ISBN: 9781101523391
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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 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 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 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 Sue Poston | 1/11/2013

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ben Vogel | 2/25/2012

    " Didn't grab me as strongly as many of Sanford's novels. Not bad. Enjoyable and fast storytelling, just wasn't as compelling of a supporting cast, if you'll forgive the analogy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pris | 2/21/2012

    " Not flashy but good, solid mystery/procedural. And I have a little bit of a crush on Virgil Flowers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edward Trujillo | 12/14/2011

    " Story of a bomber trying to stall development in a small town. Virgil flowers is the protagonist. His girlfriend, not so much of one, is in LA. An attempt is made on his life "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nick | 11/5/2011

    " Typical Sandford...absolutely brilliant. I never thought I'd take a shine to Flowers and always wanted more Davenport but he's growing on me more and more.

    I read this in one sitting...started at 10:30 pm and was done by 2 in the morning. Yep, one sitting, it's that good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen | 11/4/2011

    " can't go wrong with Virgil Flowers... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 11/1/2011

    " It was good. Just not my type of book generally. Held my interest but I had the bomber figured out long before it ended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 10/31/2011

    " Just love Virgil! Sanford develops great characters and plots. The story moves along at a good pace. Virgil is easy going and a good cop. Just a good read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Glennie | 10/30/2011

    " Enjoyed this one. Some good twists. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Book Him Danno | 10/29/2011

    " I like this author and this one was a good story, but not as good as the last in my opinion. I will give it 3 1/2 stars on my blog when I do a more comprehensive review. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nette | 10/29/2011

    " The writing is as good as ever, and I love Virgil, but I find bombs really boring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vsw1952 | 10/28/2011

    " Once again need option to add half stars. Better than average. I like Virgil and Sandford always move his stories nicely along. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob | 10/25/2011

    " Another great read from Sandford. Complex and believable with a great story line and characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail | 10/24/2011

    " Sandford is always an entertaining read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristen | 10/24/2011

    " John Sandford never disappoints whether it is the Virgil Flowers or Lucas Davenport series.... "

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About the Author
Author John Sandford

John Sandford is the pseudonym of John Roswell Camp, an American author and journalist. He won the Pulitzer Prize in journalism in 1986 and was one of four finalists for the prize in 1980. He also won the Distinguished Writing Award of the American Society of Newspaper Editors for 1985. He is the author of more than thirty published novels, all of which have appeared, in one format or another, on the New York Times’ #1 bestseller lists. His books have been translated into most European languages, as well as Japanese and Korean.

About the Narrator

Eric Conger is a stage actor, voice artist, and award-winning audiobook narrator. He has narrated more than 125 fiction and nonfiction audiobooks and was a four-time finalist for the Audie Award, both as a sole narrator in 2007 and 2008 and as part of a multicast reading in 2001 and 2012. He has earned six AudioFile Earphones Awards. His extensive voice-over work includes more than 5,000 narrations for commercial ventures. A graduate of Wesleyan University and the University of Paris, he also works as a writer and playwright. He has appeared in over fifty plays and has also translated plays of Molière and Feydeau for regional theaters.