Rocklin, CA, United States | Member Since 2004
So many of these "Prey" books -- I was scrolling through my iPod, looking for the newest John Sandford book I'd just downloaded. But I got confused, selected the first 'prey' book starting with "S" I came across, and started listening. It took only a few minutes for me to realize I'd listened to this one already -- and not that long ago, either. But? I couldn't seem to turn it off. Finally I decided I might just as well listen to the whole book again.
This is just a very good book -- lots of tension, twists and turns all over the place, odd-lot characters who seem like real people, lots of laugh out loud one-liners, and all your favorite players, Virgil Flowers included, a side-kick who now stars in some of his own books, and whose droll commentary I've come to appreciate. The Minneapolis setting -- cold, stormy, ice everywhere you look -- is another asset. It's always good to listen to these books in the summer -- they cool you off.
In 'Storm Prey', the tension of Weather's surgery -- to separate conjoined twins -- set against the background of really brutal, nasty criminals is a winner. This time, I already knew who the bad guy was -- you will too, not very far in -- but that didn't detract from my thoroughly enjoying this book again.
Sandford is one of the very few contemporary prolific detective fiction authors whose last books are just as good as the first ones -- the only others I can think of are Sue Grafton and Jonathan Kellerman. All the others seem to run out of steam about ten books in, but not these three. So not only are these books classics, designed to be enjoyed again and again, but you know that no matter which one you decide to listen to, it's going to be a pleasure.
And now, the good news is, I still have the newer one I just bought left to listen to -- good deal!
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