By now, those of us who listen to Sandford's Prey series know what we're going to get: wicked predators who like to kill and a lantern-jawed cop who's not alive unless he's hunting a perp. In this one, his wife Weather is in danger because she's a witness to a hospital burglary that results in a murder. Sandford also pads this one with the description of a long, delicate surgical process to separate two babies joined at the skull: Weather is a vital part of the surgical team. It's disappointing that Sandford enlists his other series hero, Virgil Flowers, as Weather's bodyguard but gives him almost nothing to do. The best thing about the audio is Richard Ferrone, who has performed every Prey book I've heard and who has the perfect throaty voice for a hardboiled plot-driven story. I listen to these books while exercising, and they're great page-turners if you don't mind lots of graphic violence and cops who prefer revenge to justice. Sometimes the simplistic and sadistic villains are unintentionally comic, and there's a bit of sexism built into the series that's almost tongue in cheek, but if you can turn off your higher frequencies and listen with your reptile brain, you'll enjoy the vicarious thrill of being Lucas Davenport, a man's man who always gets his man.
I really enjoyed this one. It didn't turn into a page turner until over half way through but then I couldn't put it down. Having Lucas, Weather, and Virgil all together again as the main characters made it even more interesting. The story was predictable but it didn't make it any less interesting. In some cases, it even enhanced it. It's definitely a great read. I highly recommend it.
Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Mom to his 10-year-old daughter.
The characters in this book were great. Dr. Barakat is dripping with evil. Cappy is void of any redeeming social values. The Mack brothers were bad guys but occasionally would show a hint of decency, especially Joe. To the rescue comes Lucas Davenport, ably assisted by another Sandford protagonist, Virgil Flowers. And then there's narrator Richard Ferrone. The voice he uses when bad guys say dumb things made me laugh out loud. If you don't mind graphic violence (remember folks, it's fiction) and you like a thriller with interesting characters read by a talented narrator, then download this book. It's one of the best in the Prey series and I think I've listened to them all.
Sandford is a pro and does not compose a bad tale. But this for me is the most disappointing of all of his titles that I have read or listened to. Sanderson often features bad guys who are bumbling, amoral and cretinous; this particular lot are off-putting with no redeeming quirks or original touches.
And within Sandford's oeuvre, the gap is widening between the delightful Virgil Flowers stories, and those starring his original lead character, Lucas Davenport. A healthy dose of credit goes to the Flowers' narrator Eric Conger, who gives Flowers a winning charm and warmth, along with a vocal inflection that embodies Minnesota country. The Flowers novels are truly funny and compelling; there is just a shadow of that delight in the Davenport books.
I love the characters of Luke Davenport, his wife Winter and all his colleagues within the police force- The details of each person comes to life.I find myself nodding, laughing, frowning and understanding the different reactions!.John Sanford does not disappoint. ,
When listening to a book, the narrator has a very important role: the number of characters Richard Ferrone brought to life is amazing.
Excellent and easy entertainment!
I wish u could comment on other peoples comments, add a new dimension on what people write, some reviews deserve more than a 'yes or no'
Almost all of Davenports Novels are great in my opinion; the only competitors are Reacher & Rapp in my opinion. This doesn't mean I don't think characters like Harvath, Allon, Bosch, etc... do not have fantastic books that shouldn't be missed. Considering the whole body of work, 23 novels I believe including 'Silken Prey', there are few that have this many books within a series let alone having all 23 worthy of at least a once over. Davenport sets a great standard that is hard to match although I think Rapp, Reacher, & Allon are close, but none of those even have over 20 books within a series, plus 2 supporting characters that add another 9-10 more books I think.
One of the reasons I loved this particular book is why most people love any of the detective/military/espionage genre, drama & trying to figure out how the book is going to end. If u enjoy a good read that is a large step up from Patterson yet not at the level of vivid description style of Burke where I personally need to pay more attention (the only reason I left Burke out of the above list is because I think the way Burke writes is so unique even though the underlying content is the same, u really have to concentrate on what is said/read or u piss the poetry Burke uses to describe a simple backyard with a stream running thru it lol), Davenport never disappoints, he's not superman but he is someone u can judge their worth by recounting the enemies he's dealt with one way or another... While it took me a bit to really get into all the 'Prey' books while there were some 'Allon & Burke' books I had to read as well, once I really was able to focus on them I flew thru all the unabridged versions & was left asking for more... the good thing is Sandford will usually give us a fix quickly
I enjoy Lucas and all his sidekicks
I enjoyed this book. I like Lucas Davenport and his sidekicks. This book starts out with a hospital employee working with some robbers to break into the hospital pharmacy and steal a bunch of high end drugs and end up killing one of the pharmacy employees. Davenport's wife, a surgeon at the hospital, inadvertently sees two of the robbers and they set out to eliminate her as a witness. The body count is high in this book as Davenport and colleagues search for the robbers/killers. The killers really do give you the creeps for psychotic killers. This is a great read if you are looking for a great mystery with some great characters.
Sanford once again delivers an action packed story with great and quirky characters. Looking forward to the next installment.
Give the characters more depth!
I have read a few and listened to a few. They are typical "no brainer's" that are easy to listen to when doing chores or tasks.
Yes, good narration.
yes as long as you aren't expecting sophistication.
Will continue to listen to his books.
A 50-something who loves sci-fi, cozy mysteries, thrillers, an occasional romance, and any genre if it is a good story. And especially if it makes me laugh! No vampires or zombies though - these are NOT sci-fi!
I was impressed with the John Sandford's writing. He makes a story come to life, which is probably why I won't read another of his books! Too real for my stomach - though I know there are worse. I've seen animals die the way he describes people dying, and it turned my stomach. Too many innocents dying. I finished it because I got intrigued with the story and wanted to know what happened to the twins!
Narrator was excellent, since I didn't notice him. That, to me, is high praise!