I really enjoy John Sanford's other characters so I was looking forward to getting into the Virgil Flowers series. This is the premier book. Hopefully the series got better after this one. I think there is a good story line in there someplace but it was so full of useless characters and sub plots that I really don't know. In addition the narrator was very dead pan, almost boring. I found my mind wandering off every time I tuned into this novel, something that doesn't usually happen. Being the first of the series perhaps there was a lot of character profiles going on and the series will get better. I'll try again with another novel and take it from there.
When listening to the sample and reading the audible summary of the book, there is no indication of all the bible and religious "language" .I think those references slow down the story. If books that have this interlacing were noted, I'm sure there is a big audience that would love it. For me, remove the religious aspect in the book.
No and yes. Almost every "scene" of the book has a religious reference. A certain segment of the "reader" population would really like this book.
It seems very choppy. I can tell when there is a period....but then the reader almost comes to a full stop on commas.
Haven't been able to get into the book that far to tell.
There should be a way to be able to know which books have religious overtones before purchasing the book. At least with a hard copy, a person can glance thru the book instead of being giving a 5 minute, interesting snippet .
I usually like John Sanford, but this one was quite a disappointment. Weak story line and very predictable.
The story line was great, but the narrator was the poorest (too slow and not enough emphasis. My favorite is Scott Brick as a narrator.
Review would have been awesome if Scott Brick would have been the narrator. It was evident who the suspect was early on.
Tone down the sex scenes and cut back on the f-bombs. This was excessive compared to his other books.
not at all. It was a good story and interestingly written. But it was a solid R rated book and I wasn't expecting that.
The detailed sex scenes didn't further or enhance the narrative, Unless maybe you're a voyeur.
The story is a return for John Sanford back to the roots of the types of books which I originally loved, his Lucas Davenport series. Still love them, but with Lucas older, and married to Weather, with kids at home - all realistic, mind - it leaves the storyteller struggling to keep romantic subplots effective and tasty, always a keen point in the Davenport series. Here, Virgil's story is a return to grit, investigation by walking around, and less polito-drama than the most recent Lucas boioks. Don't get me wrong, I still read and enjoy them, too... but...
Protagonist Virgil, actually. For the usual reasons of a protagoginist. I didn't care for much of anyone else, and the villians are too crazy to be likeable. Probably Sanford's point.
Eric is breaking new ground in this one. It felt as if he was working his way into Virgil's character as the story went. By the time he's finished it, he's going well, but at the beginning, "feeling his way" is a good description. Again, I liked it a lot.
Virgil giving his statement to the press after the ambush south of town.
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Maybe I'm a bit spoiled, having listened to a lot of books narrated by the likes of Ray Porter, Roy Dotrice, and George Guidall, but I couldn't get past the deadpan performance of the Narrator.
If I couldn't understand English, and relied only upon the fluctuation of the narrator's voice to tell me this part was funny, or that part was exciting, then I would only be left with...blah.
The story? Ok, I suppose. It just doesn't stand out.
Baby Boomer in Raleigh NC. Faves include James Lee Burke, CJ Box, Baldacci, Flynn, Child, DeMille, Crais, Connolly, Thor, Coes, L'amour. Average two books/week.
This was my 3rd Virgil story after 10-12 of Lucas' "Preys". No offense to Lucas Davenport, but I'm enjoying "that f-in Flowers" even more than Lucas.
The whole Minnesota "thing" doesn't appeal to me but I do enjoy the characters and the stories.
I enjoy that Lucas is a secondary character in these but he leaves it up to Virgil to solve the cases.