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.
I have read or listened to all of John Sandford's novels. Hit characters are well developed and plots full of twists and suspense. This novel featuring his Virgil Flowers character was no exception.
Even when I read one of Sandford's books, I hear Eric Conger's voice. He is one if my favorite Audible narrators. He does a great job helping listeners follow different characters.
John Sandford is my favorite author of thriller novels, and he did not fail me with this book. I love the characters and the sense of humor. Even though the murders are always gruesome, I'm just fascinated by the clever writing. I enjoyed this book very much, and John Sandford is still at the top of my list. The reader was very good, although I prefer Richard Ferrone, who reads the Lukas Davenport (Prey) series by Sandford.
Virgil Flowers, of course!
Things are crazy for Virgil Flowers when a killing spree takes him back to where he was raised. We get a glimpse into Virgil's childhood with a hint of the contrast of Virgil, the son of a preacher, and the rogue who has the ability to always find a romance amongst a killing rampage.
I like the Virgil Flowers character and how he handled Duke taking the law into his own hands. I particularly liked what Virgil said at the subsequent press conference. I didn't likeThe lack of suspense caused by knowing who done it from the start. I also did not like the mental acuity of the killers, which was slightly above the caveman. The story would be so much more compelling if Flowers faced a foe with superior intellect. It didn't ring true that these morons traveled all over hill and dale under the radar when so many members of law enforcement were on their trail. I also found all the politics which seems to be a common staple in Sandford novels tiring. For a book with so many dead bodies littering the landscape, it should have been more of a page turner.
Make the bad guy more formidable in terms of smarts and intimidation. Put Virgil in harms way several times during the story and show him doing more detective work than simply going house to house eliminating the killers' possible hideouts. It was almost embarrassing that such lame brains avoided the police dragnet the entire book.
Yes. Eric is extremely gifted and his performances are always first rate.
I'd say yes, but not enthusiastically.
I consider John Sanford one of my favorite authors. The majority of his novels are excellent and I would highly recommend them; however, I found Mad River one of my least favorites. In my view the Lucas Davenport Prey series is far superior to the Flowers ministries. I must agree with one of the other reviewers that the absense of someone saying "that effing flowers" was particularly disappointing. One of the great mysteries about the book is the number of readers who rated Mad River 5 stars. I have read the majority of the Sandford books, and I don't understand how these readers arrived at that conclusion.
I personally prefer audios because I listen in controlled time increments. Printed books I tend to devour too quickly.
The bad guys killing the innocent black guy for his truck. It makes you realize how tenuous life is, and how little some people care about taking a life. I also liked when flowers bagged the old girlfriend.
This book was great, I like all of Sandford,s books and the Virgil Flowers editions stand out.
The speaker selected to read the book had a good voice and speaking style.
Love me some Virgil Flowers, but this was just ok. Usually the reader follows Flowers through a personal journey along with his detective work, although that was in here not too much depth and he is such an interesting character. Also I kept looking for the phrase that is usually said once in the book when someone again meets up with ______ Flowers, but it either wasn't there or I missed it and I always enjoyed that calling card. Anyway if you are a Virgil fan you will of course read it. Not sorry I bought it as I said love me some Virgil Flowers. I did like the narration.