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text 2019-10-19 06:03
Fan Cast: Shock Wave by Dana Mentink


Trey Black - Nikolai Nikolaeff

Sage Harrington - Alexandra Daddario 

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review 2019-10-19 05:40
Review: Shock Wave by Dana Mentink
Shock Wave (Stormswept Book 1) - Dana Mentink

Title: Shock Wave
Author: Dana Mentink
Series: Stormswept, 1
Format: ebook
Length: N/A
Rating: 3 stars



When an earthquake rips through San Francisco, the last person journalist Sage Harrington expects to run into is ex-soldier Trey Black. After what they survived in Afghanistan, she doesn't know if she can face him again. But now they're trapped in the bowels of a ramshackle opera house on a mission to find Sage's missing cousin. And they may not be the only ones. Someone is desperate to keep them from discovering the truth. With time running out and devastation and danger all around, Sage and Trey must put their trust in each other to make it out alive. 

Stormswept: Finding true love in the midst of nature's fury.


Favourite character: Trey
Least favourite character: N/A


Mini-review: To be honest, I struggled a bit with this book at the beginning, and I think that was because of Sage's blind decisions to do stuff without thinking it through. Once she calmed down about halfway through the book, I enjoyed it a lot more and I can't wait to reread Antonia's story, as well as Dallas' story.


Fan Cast:

Trey Black - Nikolai Nikolaeff

Sage Harrington - Alexandra Daddario

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text 2019-10-16 19:28
Reading progress update: I've read 20%.
Shock Wave (Stormswept Book 1) - Dana Mentink

Why can't Sage let Antonia go? She's willing to let a dog die and/or fend for himself, but she has to go stupidly after a woman she's not even sure is in the building? She could've left before all this happened. But, no, every single noise must be Antonia. Despite the fact that someone's obviously trying to kill them.



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review 2016-06-02 18:19
Thriller Review: Shock Wave by Clive Cussler
Shock Wave (Dirk Pitt, #13) - Clive Cussler

Lucky number thirteen in the Dirk Pitt series Shock Wave actually has a few surprises to offer, elevating it from the standard Clive Cussler formula. Not that there's anything wrong with that formula - it's immensely successful for a reason - but it's refreshing to find some new twists in the read.

The novel opens on an historical note, with the 1856 journey of the Gladiator. Under the command of Charles “Bully” Scaggs, it's on its way to deliver a load of prisoners to the penal colony in Australia when a typhoon strikes amidst the Tasman Sea. The wreck of the ship, the desperate construction of a raft, and the brutal battle that follows between sailors, soldiers, and prisoners is intense, matched only by the final journey of the raft and its few pitiful survivors. Cussler has done historical bits before, but never as well as this. Fantastic stuff.

The contemporary story is a bit odd, in that it casts a billionaire diamond tycoon as villain, introduces what feels like a very science fiction threat, and hinges it all on a bold financial move to manipulate the diamond market. It sounds preposterous, but it's the characters who make it work. Arthur Dorsett is a genuine monster, a brutal tyrant who treats his rebellious daughter just about as well as his illegal Chinese mining slaves. This is a man who shrugs off the impending death of hundreds of thousands of people, all so he can add an extra zero to the legacy of billions he'll leave to his family. As for that daughter Maeve, she is not only an admirable young woman and a pretty decent heroine, but a legitimate romantic interest for Dirk Pitt. Dorsett's two other daughters are largely cartoon caricatures, with Boudicca unnecessarily (and illogically) over-the-top, but important in demonstrating their father's ruthless power and control over them.

While the story is book-ended by some massive action pieces, involving daring rescues and last minute escapes from certain doom, Cussler does something different in the middle of the tale. First of all, he creates a genuine romance for Dirk Pitt, something we haven't seen for a very long time. You can almost allow yourself to believe he'll sail into the sunset and settle down with a woman worthy of his adventurous soul. Second, he allows Admiral Sandecker and NUMA to carry much of the story, putting their efforts to prevent Dorsett's shockwave from decimating the population of Hawaii at center stage. There's a lot of technical discussion and political maneuvering involved, but Cussler keeps it interesting. Lastly, he strands Dirk, his buddy Al, and Maeve on a derelict boat in the middle of stormy seas for a good portion of the story, creating a sustained level of dramatic intensity that really pays off. You know they're going to survive, but there is some read danger here, and some genuine doubt as to whether all three will escape intact.

There's no underwater archaeology or salvage this time around, trading the Indiana Jones feel of the earliest books for the James Bond feel of the most recent, but the entire story is built around life (and death) at sea. Shock Wave isn't quite the breathtaking ride we've become accustomed to from Clive Cussler, but it's a more well-rounded tale, and one with some real depth to it. Definitely recommended.

Source: beauty-in-ruins.blogspot.ca/2016/06/thriller-review-shock-wave-by-clive.html
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review 2014-09-02 00:00
Shock Wave
Shock Wave - John Sandford 3.5 stars

I'm getting to be quite a fan of the Virgil Flowers series. Like the others, this was a nicely done suspense thriller. Some minor problems, a little bit of overreaching, maybe too many plot twists, but I'm always prepared to overlook that if I like the book as a whole, and I do like this one. The characters are very colorful, and Virgil himself is very likable, so that's a bonus.
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