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.
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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.
" I have my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.
I really loved the 2 Virgil Flowers books I've read, Sanford did a great job creating 2 completely different characters in the same line of work and the same state which I think is no small feat...
Davenport is a hard-boiled cop 5.0 with a Porsche and willingness to use an ends justify the means attitude, WHILE VIRGIL comes off as a great undercover/underestimated cop who comes off as a hippie and uses Sun Tzu like tactics to make enemies take him lightly all the way until he has a shotgun shoved in your mouth and asking you to 'freeze' lol....
I also love the fact that Flowers has a military history, its not that cops in cities can't compare to espionage/soldiers but the background adds an extra layer to the character like an onion... It also means as 'chill' as Flowers comes off he's got an arsenal hidden in various places and 1000 yard stare
Dark of moon has great content that sets up tangential characters that reappear in the series, contacts, friends, etc... The book also has an underlying development of a character who might.... only might fill the shoes or at least run along side of the Davenport series, I've only read 2 of the books but both were good, books you have to pay a little attention to, meaning, its not like Patterson where you don't have to think while you read but its not as heavy as a Ken Follet book...He runs the entire investigation completely different then Davenport would but its just as effective.... and I LOVE how he always calls Lucas when its too friggin early for him.... at 930am lol, the 'cameo's' in the book are enjoyable
Overall a great read and worth the credit and I believe I'll check out all the books with Flowers
Good Flowers Introduction.
As a Sandford fan and Lucas Davenport follower, it's nice to have an introduction to a character that can fill-in for the tired Davenport series.
Conger did a good job bringing Virgil to life.
It's not so compelling as to listen straight through, two or three hours at a time is good enough.
I'm going to move on through the Virgil Flowers series.