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.
Eric Conger is Virgil Flowers. Plot was fast moving and complicated enough so you knew you weren't reading a candy cutter. He knows how to spin a tale. Eric Congers is great listening.
Yes, becasuse you couldn't easily see where he was going. You knew there would be twists.
I love Virgil and Lucas. Great pair!
I love John Sandford and I love Virgil -- a great addition to his story -- this is probablly no the best one to start with -- the backstory is already pretty well defined
if you love a good listen here it is
The narration was awful, but the story was not very good to begin with.
I would possibly recommend this book, maybe after suggesting to read the first one or two Virgil Flowers books to get the feel for this caracter
I got the feeling at the end, that this story could possibly continue in the future.
I love John Sandford books. This is another Virgil Flowers story, I have enjoyed them all. Plenty of unnecessary violence and crimes to be solved. What else can you ask for.
Since I gave a less than stellar review for the last Sandford book, I figured I'd chime in on this one. Better than the last, but still not his best. Others have given more complete reviews so I won't repeat all that. What didn't work for me was the predictable killing...it became rote over time. The killers move to the next location...and kill the person living there. No suspense there...
The other big hole was the ending around Ag Murphy's husband...as someone else said, it felt like Sandford was just trying to wrap up the book as easily as possible.
All that said, I didn't feel like this was a waste of a credit, and was entertained for the duration of the book. I just hope that Sandford stops pumping them out and puts a little more effort into the stories he's telling. His most recent work seems to generally be of lesser value that his earlier stuff.