The creative mind of Sanford creates villains who are believable and not people you want to run into while they're on the run. This is a brutal tale of poor and desperate characters who screw up and make their situation worse when they have to run. Sandford shows the mindset of villains who know there's no way out.
The subplot of police who look for revenge, use the law and public opinion to justify their action is fascinating. Flowers on the other hand is not of their ilk. The ending is a great one, unusual and unexpected. Mad River is a social look into the minds of the killers, the police and the public. It was a wonderful read and a page turner.
Virgil Flowers is fast becoming as good as Lucas Davenport! Conger is Flowers and that's great. Most authors change their hero's but make it difficult for the listener the differentiate between them when they don't change narrators.
Yes. Great plot twists.
Absolutely, I kept trying to stay on step ahead of Virgil and the gang but...whew it was hard work.
I'm liking the Virgil Flowers series with a touch of Davenport now and then. Some narrators fit so well that they become the character for me. Eric Conger simply fits Virgil. I like the down to earth touch.
As other reviewers have stated, it's not your typical Virgil Flowers. The story line just makes you miss any of the prior novels
Skillful writing and wonderful narration.
I am captivated by this protagonist. I have read all the Virgil Flowers books and he is just such an interesting "hero". He is not a super tough guy although he can certainly take care of himself. He is a philosopher of sorts. His childhood as a preacher's son in a solid middle class family adds an interesting depth to the detective role. In some ways he reminds me of Columbo. He just ambles about asking questions until we get an insight into his keen mind. This time he is after a trio of young homicidal maniacs. Sandford has a way of making his characters come to life for me.
I loved that Virgil ignored what was professionally good for him and politically correct to stand up for what was right.
This is a great series. Read them all.
This was a great listen. There were a couple "turns" in the story I didn't see coming. As usualy, John Sandford didn't dissapoint.
This story was predictable and never engaged me. I was just waiting for the end so I could get on to another book. The primary trouble was the lack of character development and sufficient dramatic tension. I kept waiting for the contradictions, the unknown to appear. Everything was just so expected. Narration also lack characterization skill and a sense of real presence with the character. Overall, quite dull. I am not anxious to listen to another of Sandford's tales.
Virgil is my favorite John Sanford character and Eric Conger brings him to life. I listen as much for Eric's performance as I do the storyline which was okay. All in all, I enjoyed the book very much.
Absolutely. I've read a number of John Sandford's book and usually enjoy them. The quirkiness and odd humorous comments and behavior of his protagonists keep the stories alive.
Probably not. It wasn't up to Mr. Sandford's standards in my opinion. Could be I just wasn't in the mood for this particular theme.
Don't think I had a favorite. I really like the Virgil Flowers character but...
No. The ending pretty much tied up all the strings.
Good enough to, but I doubt it because I have too many books to go through as it is.
This story is about some kids lost in the jungle of trying to make it in the real world who ends up making deadly choices. Their plight is eventually compared to Bonnie and Clyde and Natural Born Killers. One thing I did like about Sanfords take was how without apologizing for their actions did acknowledge how kids like this probably had little chance for sucess in very much that was available to them in the first place. Which really is at the bottom of a lot of the bad and deadly decisions kids make today.
Another aspect of the book I found interesting was the interaction between the local law enforcement and the BCA. How it seemed to work only to a point, and then the local basically screwed things up in a big way, but was covered because apparently they can deal with a different set of rules. I would have thought the BCA had priority, but I guess not. A very frustrating part of the story, but the continuation from that point was a pretty good conclusion.
All in all this was a damn good listen while going down the road. All of Sanford's books are good road books. The reader of this book did a very good job too and that always makes a difference.