The story is decent, but there are too many times when I seem to understand the scene better than the author. The author seems to sometimes forget who's in the room. Those of us who listen to books know exactly who's in the scene. I guess I'm just not a Sandford fan. I hate it when I read or listen to a book and find myself rolling my eyes at the writing.
I have been a fan of John Sandford and the Lucas Davenport novels for many years, and I listen to the new ones as soon as they come out. This was the first time I've heard a Virgil Flowers novel. My reaction - it was slow in the first half, then it really picked up during the second half.
I liked Virgil - somehow I picture Sam Elliott while listening, although I know that Virgil is supposed to be in his 30's. Perhaps Sam Elliot younger, with lighter hair?
The plot was good, but as other reviewers have commented, there were so many characters to keep track of - had a hard time remembering who they were until I was about halfway through.
Wasn't crazy about Eric Conger, the narrator. He sounded rather....well, lifeless, at least at first although he picked it up a little as the story went on. I love Richard Ferrone, who narrates the Prey novels.
Would I recommend it? Yes, but don't expect too much during the first half. The second half will blow your socks off.
I love John Sanford’s books, Lucas is my favorite but Virgil is moving up quickly as my second favorite character. He and Bosch are running neck and neck. Virgil has so many little quirks that really make his character stand out, minister father, sex appeal to the women, morals. What a combination!
This is the first Virgil Flowers book I've listened to and I really enjoyed it, but then I've been a John Sanford fan for a while. I've listened to all his Prey series and found his good guy characters and dialogue to be believable. I love the touches of humor, especially Virgil and Lee's book-ending conversation--it left me chuckling--MEN!
While I thoroughly enjoyed the book, I did find the subject rather disquieting. And although Sanford at least did a little poking around in the brains of his predator characters, they remained pretty one-dimensional bad guys.
The reader was absolutely perfect for the story. He captured the accents and attitudes very well.
This is one of the best cop stories I've listened to this year. The characters are well developed and it's easy to follow the narrator, who has great timing and made me giggle a bit at the writers funny stuff. I don't want to give anything away but I'd recommend this one for sure.
Really enjoyed the story and the narrator. Highly recommended, though definitely adult fare. I'm really enjoying the Virgil Flowers character...nice complement to the Lucas Davenport character.
I have been reading John Sandford for years, when I accidentally walked into a B&N during a scheduled book signing. I love how well he develops all of his characters and creates such realistic (because they're based on real locations) settings. This is another solid Virgil Flowers novel! I won't give any spoilers, but really enjoyed the story, in fact really got me thinking about how tight (and potentially devious) very small communities are, and the thought went through my mind ... hmm, could it really happen? Not two days later, I was flipping through the tv, and came across an old Little House on the Prairie episode, and was SHOCKED at how similar that community was to the "small town" that Virgil was dealing with in this book. Made me think of "Little House" in a whole different light!
An entertaining listen. The Narrator does a good job and is very easy to listen to. I've read every Virgil Flowers book Sandford has written and enjoyed them all. If you like an interesting story line with good characters, this is a good choice.
Good read, good suspense and very well written. Must write more of the review to be acknowledged, 15 words or more however GOOD is the synopsis of this book.
I've enjoyed all of the Vrigil Flowers novels, but this is probably my least favorite. Nothing specific really, just didn't like the story as much as the last 2 i guess. Still worth a listen, and i will definitiely get the next one as well.