The author manages to pile up a story about money, music, sex, underage sex, lesbians, and powerful women and... be boring. The hyper masculine Vietnam veteran that stands up to all these women might well be a sexual fantasy of provincial, conservative Americans. If you are not in this kind of fantasies, and actually like women with power, stay away!
This is a keeper. Virgil is so human. Sandford's Virgil Flower is a great down to earth kind of a guy. Sandford leaves enough out to keep you guessing but not so much that you lose interest. I suspected the ending but it was funny how Sandford pulled it off. Poor Virgil.
Complex and light hearted police procedural. Excellent cast of new characters to support our hero, Virgil Flowers. (Virgil himself is one of this author's more fully drawn personalities.) Believable dialogue.
Some of John Sandford's better developed primary and secondary plot development.
Long commutes have turned me into a dedicated Audible fan. Looking at my stats I can't believe I have 825 titles in my Library.
I guess if you're a Virgil Flowers fan this is right up your alley. Didn't work for me.
Several things turned me off this book. First, the narrator, who've I've listened to before, does a pretty good job with female voices but his breathless narration really leaves me straining to hear the end of sentences. He kinda falls off as he completes the sentence and it's very hard to hear and understand what he said even with sound turned up.
Second, I get the Virgil Flowers cowboy/pony tailed surfer dude/roadhouse tough guy cop thing but in this book it's overplayed. I guess I'm spoiled by Lucas Davenport, who has his own peccadilloes, but Sanford overdoes it in this book with Flowers.
Third, I'm not antigay but much of this initial story line revolves around the sexual interactions of a bunch of lesbians at a resort in the woods; including cat fights, bisexual innuendoes, etc, etc. It just didn't hold my interest. I wanted some crime fighting.
So far I'm halfway through and I really don't want to waste my time with the rest of the story. I just don't care who killed the Lady CEO.
I'm glad Audible has a giveback program. I'll be asking them to let me return this one and wait for the next Lucas Davenport book (I've read them or listened to them all).
There isn't a thing about this plot that held my interest. There were no surprises. I do not recommend buying this one.
I have listened to a Sandford book once before and it was probably a 4 star... This book was very highly reviewed by another member who generally agrees with me on thrillers, so it was a surprise that I didn't really get pulled in. I did not read the first two in the series, so maybe that would have helped however I detected very little character development of the protagonist. I don't really have a sense about who he is or what he's like and I didn't care too much about him, like I had become attached to Jack Reacher in Lee Child's series. In addition, this book was sorely lacking in action. Basically, there is serial killer and Flowers goes around and inquires. At the end there is a twist, that however did not surprise me that much. I finished the book however I'm not eager to buy the next one. Since I didn't strongly dislike it, I would say that this is a 3.5 star listen. Since I'm current with Reacher and looking for something new I'm going to switch over to Sandford's prey series and see if I like that better.
" I have my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.
The great thing is that Sanford does a great job of creating 2 different characters in Lucas D and Virgil F, I like the Virgil series but they are not all great compared to most of Lucas' stories... Virgil has a specific way of creating unrest that helps him reach his ends & his ultimate goal. I am not always convinced with Virgil's methods, especially against a really solid 'criminal crew', his weakness is so obvious & so easily exploitable if needed to keep real criminals from going back to jail... etc.... BUT his smokescreen & creation of 'chaos' thru talk & untrustworthiness from potential suspect to suspect, so in the types of conditions Lucas inserts Virgil his method works & entertaining
I also like that Virgil has a military background although I don't believe it is used enuff, even though I'm not looking for another Reacher wanna-be minus about 100 pounds & 100 Macroliters of testosterone & fighting ability but it would be more interesting if instead of just being an MP Virgil was Recon, SF, etc... but I'm just going talking nonsense... This book is not the near the best of the 6, the first couple novels are Sanford's best regarding Virgil but I'm convinced he can get back to some more 'grass-root', causing chaos, taking a completely unreadable angle to get that first lead to solve his cases... & not carrying his gun often? I can understand the t-shirts, but its book 6 & he still hasn't learned & don't think he will make book 8 with that kind of attitude esp after making the type of enemies he has plus ones that are in included by proxy for knowing Davenport..... Worth the reading, average in content
Love listening to audiobooks
So far out of the Virgil series, this one is my favorite. Lots of twists that u don't see coming. Love being blindsided by a plot!
Virgil, I love that guy!!!
I HAD A DIFFICULT TIME FOLLOWING THE BEGINNING. HAD TO GO BACK AND LISTEN AGAIN. STILL DIFFICULT.
AGAIN, NOT HIS BEST WORK.....
ERIC IS GREAT
NO. MOVE ON.
ALMOST CALLED AND ASKED FOR A REFUND.
Love the development of the character Virgil Flowers, from Sandford's Prey series. Congers laid back style is a perfect match. Story keeps your interest and I'm looking forward to the next Flowers book.