As usual, I was engrossed from the start and had a hard time not listening.
I've listened to all the Sandford books. Eric Conger is a fabulous narrator and he makes the Virgil Flowers books so much richer. He hits the humor dead on. The characters are awesome much because Conger's presentation. I've been tempted to look for other books just to listen to more Eric Conger.
As usual with Virgil Flowers books, there were many moments where I truly did LOL. With a couple of them, I replayed them because they were so funny!!
The Sandford/Conger combo is outstanding. It just doesn't get any better than these.
I enjoyed this book very much. It is funny and engaging and shows a humanity in Virgil we have not seen before. It also was not so bloody or so tragic as to make me squirm. I thought it delightful!
Give me water to swim and surf in. That with a glass of white wine and the sun. That's heaven.
The way the story went back and forth. The way the story went back and forth
Wrote the way he used too!
I love Sanford AND Virgil, but this book simply seemed to far-fetched a plot premise and I felt much less in touch with the characters involved. I think Virgil dealing with crimes and characters that are somewhat indigenous to the Midwest make for a much better book.
Variety...the spice of life! I read a variety of genres. From historical fiction, to murder mystery, to vampires and on to teen fiction.
I enjoyed this book in the Virgil Flowers series as much as the others. Most of the others involved Virgil tracking down murderers, but his one offered a bit of a refreshing break from that. Virgil has to track down a stolen relic from another country....stolen by a priest!!! The story left me guessing up to the end with a surprise ending. This was an enjoyable read and the reader does a nice job as usual with the characters' voices. I recommend the story. I love the fact that it was a Minnesota-based storyline. Anyone that lives in Minnesota will appreciate the part about the Mosquitoes and Poison Ivy. I had a good laugh!
I have listened to all of John Sandford books and really love his Flowers series.
Flowers is a different kind of cop and gets the "bad guys" in his own way.
this was a good installment - He has his unique way of doing things --
worth a credit --
At this point with Sanford books it doesn't really matter what he writes about because I know and love the characters so much. Most books are a very easy fun read with some of them more time fillers then literary works of art. That being said I really liked where they took this book. A little international intrigue thrown in with the usual Effin Flowers and Davenport banter. Highly recommended.
I have listened to over 250 books in the last 10 years. I tend to listen to certain authors and try to read all their books. I listen while exercising and driving which makes the time past enjoyable.
The print edition would allow you to re-orient to the character with the name.
Always Virgil Flowers
Good fast pace that kept you engaged
I have listened to most of John Sandford’s books and this is right up with the best. Eric Conger continues as an enjoyable narrator. The only negative is that there are many Middle Eastern character names and it is difficult to orient the listener which character they goes with the name.
I'm afraid it would have been difficult to make this unfocused, meandering story into a 3, 4 or 5-start experience. Perhaps if Mr. Sandford had made this more about fewer characters and dropped many of the others and applied his usual skills at giving a story momentum, it would have worked.
Not at all.
In this reading, the usually reliable Mr. Conger, did not do as well differentiating the characters, making it difficult at times to follow who was saying what. This is, in part, due to the fact that there really too many half-developed, throw-away characters in this story.
This story is so scattered, that there aren't any specific scenes that could be cut. It would be more appropriate to eliminate characters or story threads.
John Sandford is one of my favorite authors. He can skillfully create vivid bad guys, develop focus, create story momentum that keeps readers careening towards a usually satisfactory end and create strong interesting leads like Davenport, Kydd and Flowers. In the case of Storm Front, though, those talents seem to be missing. Except for some occasional laugh out loud humor in this book, the old Mr. Sandford seems to be missing. Instead of the usual focus on one local event that requires the attention of "that f#@kin' Flowers", he has placed his character in the middle of an international plot that is difficult to follow with characters that are more TV cliche than fleshed out baddies. I would have been more satisfied if the plot had just been Virgil tracking down the counterfeit barn wood people than trying to find an ancient artifact. Leave that kind of fantasy to Dan Brown. Bring Virgil back to his work in Mankato.
More of an attempt at an international thriller being solved by down home policing. But it doesn't really work. It is very predictable and slow moving. I prefer Virgil solving murders.