A Book Addict who found she could clean house and get her book fix with audio books.
I have read this series since Lucas was a tough cop with more brutality than sense. I have loved to see his character mature. The stories keep getting better and better. This one was great and I love the voice of Davenport in this book!
Well paced story with very good dialogue, Davenport still hard-nosed without trying to be too macho. Graphic murder scenes are top notch
Yes. The killers may be uneducated, but they're not stupid. Thieves fall victim to their own smarts.
No. Where the heck are the Minnesota accents? Ferrone's attempts at ANY accent results in utter failure. He loses his "person" many times throughout the reading. Attempting to speak with a Mexican accent is not accomplished simply by speaking s-l-o-w-l-y. The Russian guy sounded more Mexican than the natives.
Please - good police procedural start to finish.
Another Sandford guaranteed not to disappoint. Wasn't blown away, and the story didn't say with me longer after finishing it but it was enjoyable while listening to it.
Some of the best audio books I've listened to are from John Sandford. If he keeps writing about Lucas Davenport and Virgil Flowers I'll be a pretty happy guy. The books are just plain great. And Ferrone is Davenport and Flowers - wouldn't be the same without him.
As usual I always think I can figure out how the story will unfold. I never do and and am always fascinated at how Mr. Sandford builds more twists into the books than Chubby Checkers.
Leddie (sp) taking care of business at the end.
Prey for me
My sincerest compliments to Mr. Sanford. I believe I have either read or listened to every Lucas Davenport and Virgil Flowers book he has written. Looking forward to your new Flowers story in the fall. Marc Hamilton, St. Louis MO
I have read almost all of John Sanford's books and can say I'm truly disappointed in this particular book. Yes, it was a Lucas Davenport read, which are normally great. But this book was predictable and more gruesome than usual. I hope that Sanford returns to his previous way of writing, which was way above this particular book. Mr. Sanford, please take your time with the next one and think about those of us who have always loved your books!
I think I've listened to all of Sandford, and he's my favorite author, and this is a great story.
Great plot, great mix of recurring characters, well read. I tend to like the Virgil Flowers stories better than the Davenport ones, and this was a Davenport story, but I kept backing up to listen again. I didn't want the story to end.
Definitely. Lucas Davenport is a character I will always keep up with. I've been hooked for years.
Yhe maturity and strong will of Letty. I knew she was gonna develop onto a serious player in this series
Personally i think he was a little phony with the tuogh sounding voice. then near the end it seemed to fit. Sorry, it really just fell into place for me at the end.
Of course. You can't stop now.
John Sandford has the dialogue down when it comes to law enforcement. He really gets it.
I'm married to a police LT and every time he hears parts of any Sandford book- he says it sounds exactly like listening to actual cops talk.
Sandford is was the first author to REALLY get me into reading reading. I get so excited every time he releases a new book! Keep it up!
He has a fantastic voice. :)
no, only because I can't listen to it while working. :)
First, the narrator: I'm not sure what happened to Richard Ferrone on this one, but he can take a lesson from Luke Daniels or Nick Podehl -- both of whom did outstanding vocal talents with Neal Shusterman's audiobooks -- when it comes to performing multiple voices. Don't get me wrong; Ferrone's voice for Lucas fits the character perfectly! But every cop who wasn't Lucas sounded like a poor imitation of Humphrey Bogart. Then all of the Mexican characters had the same voice and even worse, Virgil Flowers (along with a few random characters) often shared the same voice as Lucas. Even with Sanford's pervasive use of " said", it was often difficult to determine exactly who was talking.
I came away from the end of this novel thinking, "That's it?" My first 'Prey' novel was, "Invisible Prey", which gained my respect for Sanford and intrigued me to read more of his work. This story was a bit weak, suffering only from a lack of action and suspense. And while it kept my attention, it was nothing like the rush from a Kidd novel. While Kidd may not resurface, I wish Sanford would create another character like him. The police thought-process is intriguing but these stories become monotonous, all tending to follow the same layout with a little flare on the side. And like other reviewers have said, the Virgil Flowers subplot was completely worthless. It added no value to the story and didn't interfere with the main plot in any impressive way.
[SPOILER] Think how much more interesting this book could have been if Lucas' cast was on his right hand and it handicapped him from retrieving or handling his pistol in a timely manner during a tight spot with the Mexicans. Then the subplot would've had SOME importance. As a matter of fact, Lucas never even came into contact with the Mexicans. I believe the absence of this action is alluded to by Sanford via Lucas' take on police novels; '[While it's a lot more realistic without the Hollywood theatrics, it sure is boring.]' [/SPOILER]
All-in-all, it's okay, nothing great. But Sanford's a good writer, so I'm guessing that I need to travel back down the timeline of 'Prey' novels to see what all the fuss is about. Although I really wish he would find a reason to bring Kidd back into the picture.