Lover of good cops and robbers books, Anne Tyler, Robert Parker, Dennis Lehane, James Lee Burke.
I was probably the first or second person to download this book as I loved the previous books so much and was anxious for the next chapter. Virgil is one of my favorite series stars alongside Burke's Dave and Hackberry. However, I found this latest Virgil adventure to be quite bland and predictable. The characters were shallow and uninteresting. The fun and funny and sexy Virgil from previous installments seems to be tamed down. Also, for some reason, the name Pyemart was distracting because you knew he was using it in a Walmart sense. There just was no juice to the story. To be truthful, I kept dozing off. If I were you, I'd wait til it shows up on a $4.95 sale. The Virgil we know and love come back!!!
This may appear again now and then.
Dear God: Please let this man write another book soon and please let me be here to listen to it. I can't say something like 'even his worst book is good' because I can't think of anything he's done that is worse than anything else.
Before I post this list I have to say that Sandford, Parker and MacDonald are EXTRA special. And Richard Ferrone as John Sandford's voice is an amazing match. Like George Guidall with Craig Johnson and pretty much anything George reads. I'll add Eric Conger as Virgil here.
Robert B. Parker lived in this space for me as did John D. MacDonald, Michael Connelly, Robert Crais, John Hart, Craig Johnson, John Lescroart, William Kent Krueger Ridley Pearson ,and Jonathan Kellerman. Some others are really good but these guys have something special. If you are into mystery-thrillers I just gave you a back catalog I wish I could have...but I HAVE had it and it is an incredible treasure. I stopped going to libraries and swap places just so I can encourage these guys by sending them money. Please enjoy.
John Sandford remains my favorite author, and this book continues his tradition. With “That F’ing Flowers” as the protagonist this book is difficult to put down, and one has to love Sandford way with a phrase such as when Flowers is musing about if admiring a woman’s ass is cheating he says, “I know what Jimmy
Carter would say…aw F### him!”
This is one of those books that you just don’t want to end, can hardly wait for Sanford’s next.
I have had a library card wherever I've lived, & always have a book in progress. Fell in love with Audiobooks when my 70 yr old eyes couldn't keep up with my reading. Mysteries are my favorite, but last enjoyable read was "Fifty Shades of Grey" WOW Sensual reading, but it had my interest ! I'm not dead yet!
That F****** Flowers is back on the job. His laid-back detective skills are keeping us on edge as the plot unfolds with several twists & turns until we finally nab the killer. His love life goes cold in this novel, so maybe Virgil is learning not to jump in bed with every pretty face he meets. He is one of my favorite Sandford characters. Keep him coming!
okay I love John Sandford. that said I love this book. I started listening and could not stop.
Virgil is in top form with this one. He is chasing a bomber who is trying to stop a large box store from building in the town. with his usual grace and craziness he goes about solving the murder,
I so enjoyed this book and went back and listened to a few others about Virgil -- This was so worth it. I listen to a lot of audio books 12 -15 a month and this one is one the best I have heard in a long time.
keep it up Mr Sandford!!!!
Few authors can create such life-like dialogue, and throw in a few over-the-top characters for comedy relief (I laughed aloud a couple of times). This may be the best book in the series. Sanford keeps you guessing throughout the book, as Virgil chips away at the multilayered mystery.
Virgil Flowers is one of my favorite characters in this genre, and I was really looking forward to this book's audio release. It wasn't a terrific book, but I can't say I was very disapointed either.
First, I can't imagine anyone doing Flowers but Conger. And, Conger did an excellent job with this book just like he has with the other Flowers books.
This book didn't have the same gusto as the previous Flowers books, and it was dangerously teetering on the ridiculous. But the author pulled us back from the place called "ridiculous" just in time.
In the end, I love Flowers enough and the book was good enough to give it a thumbs up.
When can we get another Flower's book!?!
Virgil Flowers is one of the best characters of contemporary crime/mystery fiction, and arguably the most appealing of all in audiobook format. Kudos to the author John Sandford, who made his fame with his character Lucas Davenport. Davenport and the Prey novels are fine, but I find the Flowers stories to be clearly superior. And much credit goes to the narrator Eric Conger. For my money, he expands upon the author's creation with what he brings to the reading: the warmth and uniqueness of the voice, the inflections, attitude, personality. No hammy "Minnesota" accent, but a delivery that feels authentic. Beyond his portrayal of Virgil, he handles a range of characters with aplomb. Simply exceptional.
Early reviews to the contrary, I found the plot and substance of Shock Wave to be superior to the preceding Flowers novels. I expected the 'PyeMart' thread to be heavy handed; it is not. There is a unique cast of characters and no obvious solution to the mystery. The balance of humor and seriousness is satisfying,and for the first time, Virgil's personal life is a bit more complex and realistic (for all his charm, a new conquest isn't so easy).
So many contemporary crime stories are diminished by either wooden characters or depressingly grim circumstances. The Flowers' novels thankfully have neither, But they also do not veer towards Carl Hiassen-like parody and lampooning (as good as Hiassen is for what he does). We need more crime novels of the serious yet thoughtful and also most cleverly entertaining mode that Sandford delivers with Virgil Flowers. Too rare!
Once again Virgil is called on to solve the crime and the story weaves its way through the Minnesota countryside. This is one of Sanford’s better stories as he keeps you guessing until the end. It touches on many of today’s social issues and the impact of big box stores on local economies as well as how easy it is to use explosives to disrupt lives. And then there is the local corruption to add to the confusion. Overall – a good read/listen.
Classic, funny, interesting
Virgil of course. He is just so funny and not at all your typical cop. **SPOILER ALERT** I love that he hates to carry his gun and also that he enjoys calling Lucas early in the morning when he knows how much it pisses Lucas off. That just seems like real life. And Virgil is such a gossip!
Eric Conger is one of my favorite male readers. I have listened to him on other books and he always brings the story to life for me.
Again, Virgil of course and again he is such a gossip. He would have so much to say. There would never be a silent moment.
Classic Sandford book. I love this spin off character from the Davenport series.