Is that I am about to come to the end of the run. I just downloaded #25, and it feels like I'm about to lose a good friend. Additionally, I made the mistake of reading the Virgil Flowers series before starting the Davenport series and it kinda screwed me up, chronologically, since, in the Flowers series, Lucas is already the head of the BCA as opposed to working his way thru the ranks in his own series. Having said that, I've come to feel like I know all the characters and Richard Ferrone is one of the best narrators I've come across in all my dealings with Audible (and that has been substantial... over 245 books over the past 4 years), along with the likes of Dick Hill (Jack Reacher series), Len Cariou (Harry Bosch) and
Ron McLarty/Orla Cassidy (David Baldacci books). The local knowledge of Minneapolis is so complete, you feel like you live there, and although Sandford makes Minneapolis seem like the murder capital of the world, nevertheless the scenarios and the people are believable, tho more than a little bit brutal and violent. I've thoroughly enjoyed this series and am already feeling a little sad that its coming to an end. Hopefully, I can find someone half as good to carry the torch forward.
Finding out about Lucas as a young man and his reputation was enlightening. I've read most of the books but not this one. It explained about his relationship with the TV anchor and their daughter. Showed how he matured from the cocky player into the more likable older man.
Yes, it was never boring, Kept wondering how it would end since the bad guy was way too smart to be trapped.
The narrator is excellent and depicts Lucas perfectly.
Games can be deadly.
If you have not experienced John Sanford's Prey series, you are in for a treat. Richard Ferrone is a great narrator, the characters are incredible, and the bonus is there 20 more of these after this one.
Plus if you are from Minnesota, live in Minnesota, or simply like Minnesota, you will enjoy the Midwest setting.
The downside is that John Sanford's writing will spoil you for many of the other prolific writers of this genre. He is among the best.
This story wasn't too bad. It was somewhat predictable but heald my interest. enough so that I will move onto the next. The narrator is no George Guidel but he was decent.
The main story line here of cop versus serial killer is pretty typical, nothing surprising and no real twists. As far as plot it could be a made for TV movie or an episode of a tv show.
What was a really tough listen were the characters.; Our "hero" Lucas Davenport is basically any man's wet dream of an idol; he is a cop which means he gets to do cool stuff like have a gun collection, talk and act rough, be above the law and get hot chicks. But wait! There's more. He is also a game designer on the side and makes tons of money, so naturally he drives a Porsche and owns two homes and really doesn't have to work at all, except, well, being a cop is cool.
What was also annoying is that Lucas isn't really that nice of a guy; sleeping with multiple women and lying about it, breaking and entering, planting evidence and.....gulp, actually planning and carrying out a murder of his own!
The female characters in the novel are far worse, they come in two types: literal whores, or loose career driven women that like to sleep with aforementioned cool cop but have no interest in a relationship. How convenient. The women are also one dimensional and the dialogue is painful.
The narrator is just okay, he has a gravely voice that would be well suited to noir or crime, but his voicing of the female characters comes off as very whiny.
All in all the plot was predictable, I didn't feel at all interested or invested in any of the characters and I can't help but feel I just got into the head of a guy living out his midlife crisis' fantasy.