Listening while I run.
Virgil Flowers is one of my favorite characters. He is a tough smart cop that you can't help but like! I also like the small-town flavor of this series. Sandford is a master of keeping the interest. Conger is great too.
Not what I would call a complete novel. John Sandford kind of left out the plot on this one.
The story seemed like a jumble of mindless events, none really making very much sense. It does appear that the author just cranked this one out of the book factory without really giving it much thought. Reminds me of the stuff Patterson is putting out lately.
If you like Sandford, give it a listen, but it's probably the worst Flowers of the series.
It was very good and well paced.
The chase, the realness of it all.
I liked how he made it sound kind of Drag Net like. Very procedural and precise
A little of both. I'm pleased with the ending.
Made you think how hard it would really be to catch a couple of nut jobs like this.
Sandford once again turns out a thriller. This Flowers story was consumed in two sittings, on a trip to Bemidji over the weekend. Virgil is an even more likable (and believable) character than Davenport ever was. Like real life, it left one (fairly important) dangling line. Food for thought between "Mad River" and his next book which will not be published soon enough.
Prolific reader, writer of short stories, novels and non-fiction.
This novel ranks in the top five for me. I've read Sandford since his first book was published over 20 years ago and he always delivers a gripping plot line and sub-plots, vivid characters and a satisfying conclusion. No fluff or filler - just the real thing.
The intertwining of events, Virgil, of course, the development of an array of rich characters, whether they are on the side of good or evil, the matter-of-factness that somehow helps to temper the sobering violence. Unfortunately, the theme of multiple murders and shakey motives rings even more true lately.
I love his voice. In future, I will seek out books that he reads.
I'm looking forward to more Sandford. And Conger.
The story was not compelling nor compellingly told. It plodded along and then carried on an hour after it should have ended. And where is Richard Ferrone? He makes Sandford books come alive. A large disappointment for a fan of Lucas Davenport novels.
about a b or b minus
His narration brings Virgil Flowers to life and that is what makes listening worthwhile
just nice escapism
Having read all of the Virgil Flowers series (as well as all of the Lucas Davenport "Prey" series), I must admit that I'm a fan of John Sanford. That said, this is not the best of the series, by any means. There are no surprises here, and much of what is coming is telegraphed ahead. But I am writing this review not to trash the book, but to praise Eric Conger's narration. He was born to play Virgil Flowers. He has this perfect combination of aw-shucks country boy, and savvy instinct in his reading, that bring the BCA agent to life in a wholly engaging and believable way. I am also a fan of Richard Ferrone, who reads the Lucas Davenport novels, and when I saw that the Flowers stories were being read by someone else, I was skeptical. The first few chapters cured me of that. While Ferrone is just right for Davenport; a stylish, refined, big city gent with a very hard edge, Flowers is another breed of cat altogether, and needs a more good ole' boy approach. The son of a minister, Flowers "thinks about God" often before going to sleep, and the way Conger says this (many times in the series), in such an offhand, natural way, takes any hint of preachiness out of it, and just makes it another facet of this complicated, but "what you see is what you get" character. I await the next installment with eagerness. Well done, Eric Conger!
I'm an avid listener always searching for another good book and willing to share my thoughts with a pithy review.
Not great, but certainly not bad. Not likely to remember much, and not likely to advise other reading friends to be sure to include on their wish list.