I guess I'm a baby...I just love to be read to.
I like this LD installment because it flashes back to Lucas as a beat cop on the verge of making detective. Don't worry...he's just as cocky and self-assured as a youngster but he keeps it to himself more than present day Davenport.
I have been an avid follower of John Sandford, originally consuming the first 14 one after another in winter of 2003. But gosh what happened? I thought this was boring. It missed the energy and life. I may have missed the books immediately before this one... now I'm curious if there was a slow decline or what happened. Could it be me?
I LOVE Richard Ferrone! No problem there. It was the plot and the fun personal details that always livened up the book. This one plodded along.
I am listening to Stolen Prey right now. It is also missing the verve! But at least the plot is more colorful than Buried's boring revisit to the past. I might try the 2013 Silken before I give up. Not sure. Depends on how good some other mysteries are to lure me further away from the Prey series.
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After you have been away for a while, few listening experiences are as comfortable and satisfying as coming home to Davenport. Just like walking into a roomful of friends where the conversations are already in progress exactly where you left them the last time you walked away. Add a cocktail of well constructed plot, private angst and a few invigorating drops of violence and grotesquerie and you are ready to settle back and let Sandford and Ferrone carry you far away from the cares of the day.
Solving the mystery and catching the bad guy is the occasion for the Lucas Davenport novels, not their heart and soul. At least for those of us who have been following Lucas from the beginning, the attraction now is, to a great degree, the pleasure of spending time with well drawn and familiar characters whom we have watched grow and stumble and succeed and age and come to terms with their lives and with the nature of the job they do and the world they live in. Face it, one plot is much like another in the realm of urban cop stories. It is the people we come to love, just as in our own lives.
If this book ends up appealing to you at all, I recommend that you go back to the beginning and try a few more. Quite soon you may find yourself getting comfortable on the couch.
I found this a little slow to get into, but really enjoyed the middle and end of the book. Great balance of character development while keeping the story moving.
I am an entertainer...so I spend a lot of time on the road. I take my audio seriously. I appreciate great writing and outstanding narration.
As mysteries go, this one is fair. The puzzle is gently compelling.
But if you have as high an opinion of John Sandford's work as I do, you'll recognize he's still doing the same stuff he's already done. Nothing new. An inspired plodder. Easy to listen to...but don't expect anything remarkable...because there isn't anything remarkable.
Extremely well written, narrated and produced. I took longer walks and drives to hear more. I've been reading this series for ages. However, the ones of late seemed a bit (I hate to say this but) stale. This book revitalizes the series and gives you back that whole ticking time bomb intensity.
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I loved Wicked Prey! It goes back to the young days of Lucas and shows us the macho, handsome, lady's man he was before he got married!! I love Weather and his kids, but the dynamics of his decisions are very different now. This book was more like the earlier Prey books with the intensity of the young cops and his friends who ended up at the BCA with him. I recommend highly!!!!!
This is my first John Sanford novel and I chose it based on the reviews. However, I was really disappointed. The first half of the book was painfully slow and boring. The suspense finally began towards the very end and was over before I could get hooked.
Sandford is back in one of his best Prey books. Lucas is his best character along with Dell and the story is terrific. Please Jiohn keep them coming. Richard Ferrone is perfect as always! A must read if you're a Sandford fan!
I confess to some trepidation when purchasing Sanford or some of my other usually reliable authors...some of these characters need to be retired. I divorced myself from from Lee Child after listening to the awful "61 Hours" and Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch is getting tedious also...these characters have achieved a certain level of competence over time. I get irritated as a result when I know something before the super-sleuth does. Continued listening expecting the books to surprise me because it can't be so simple...was disappointing. This book was refreshing in meshing the early Davenport with the experienced character we have come to know. We get to see things from the perpetrator's point of view and he's not brilliant, just lucky. I get a bit tired of the "super" criminal playing a "deadly cat and mouse game" with whatever new super detective in whatever new thriller.