I purchased this book after reading many great reviews. I honestly don't know what book other people were reading because this one is aweful. The book is very poor and I seriously question the author's ability to write; however, this is the only book of his I have listened to and probably the last.
Over 50% is nothing but foul language and most of that is the "F___" word. The plot is weak and repeating, characters are barely 2 dimensional, everything in the book is very predictable, and its out right boaring. I ended up fast forwarding through much of the book just to try and get through it and I found that I never missed anything. This is without question the worst book I have ever read/listened to. Don't waste your time or money.
I love Historical Fiction, SF, and a good thriller. listening to audio books affords me a better use of my time by listening to book while driving, working, or doing chores .
Typical of Sanford, non stop heart pounding lissening, gets a little slow midway through chap[ters 16-23 but picks up to a dramatic intense ending
Fantastic! All of the "Prey" are godd and this one is ethe best ever. John Sanford weaves a great stroy and keeps you on the edge of your seat biting your finger nails with eachpage. Can't wait until he writes a new one.
As a firm Sandford fan, this was not his best book, and I would have prefered to have had Eric Conger as reader. Richard Ferrone did not do a good job distinguishing characters and sometimes I was not sure which character was speaking.
I am not a big fan of books that make heroes out of criminals. I think this books did that to some degree, even if they were heroes to the "bad guy" in this case.
I do like the mystery aspect of this book, but I think there was more emphasis on the sexual side of some of the characters, some of whom were really small sidelines to the plot.
I'd pick quite a few other books before this one.
I have been reading Sandford's "Prey" series for years, but I believe this is the first to which I've listened. I enjoyed the story, as always, and found it very suspenseful. However, the narration was very distracting. Sometimes, I don't immediately like a narrator, but can almost always get past it once I am immersed in the story. This time though, I found the narrator's voice to be grating throughout. His gritty, rasping voice just seemed very out-of-character with the urbane Lucas Davenport. I just couldn't get past it....
I've never read/heard a Sandford book until this one. And that was enough for me. To hear the authors description of gore or disturbing imagry is on par with something a suicidal middle schooler would think of. The plot twists were abundant to the point of absurdity and the clues/leads were unbelievable. There are so many false leads and deadends that there is no chance you'll have a clue who dunnit. What disturbs me more than thinking about the authors own mental state is that people actually like this book. The only reason I gave it a chance is because it was so highly rated. Yikes... You people scare me. Maybe everyone liked it because the authors feels it necessary to include Davenports Top 100 Rock Songs of All time as a underlying premise in the story. Not only is it a horrible playlist (crash test dummies in the top 100?), it is totally uneccessary and is a poor excuse of character development. Please do not waste your time with this garbage like I did.
After stumbling at bit on the previous two titles, Sanford is back on track with this one. Thank goodness, as I was getting concerned that the best in the business was losing his perfect touch.
What a treat! Thus far, I've read the entire Davenport series in hard copy. Having Richard Ferrone tell me this tale made all the difference. His voice and delivery are just right for the gritty story.
In my book, this ranks as one of the best Prey stories to date. Davenport is working with his usual cast of characters plus a couple of sheriff departments to catch a truly deranged killer. There's lots of action and suspense, and enough plot twists and red herrings to keep a process junkie like me happy. I literally did not stop listening for the last two hours unless I absolutely had to. Highly recommended for Sandford regulars as well as those new to the author.
How a narrator handles the character of Lucas Davenport can make or break an audio presentation of a John Sandford book. Earlier narrators -- Stephen Lang and Eric Conger come to mind -- nailed it. Richard Ferrone doesn't, and Sandford's excellent story suffers for it. Lucas, the sensitive tough guy, or the tough sensitive guy, or whatever he is, just sounds whiny in this rendition. Ferrone's work isn't all bad, not by any stretch, but his Lucas misses the mark.