I have eagerly awaited this latest book in the Lucas Davenport series and I was not dissappointed. I really would have liked to give in 4 1/2 stars, if it were possible. I very seldom give 5 stars. I save those for extraordinary books (like A Prayer for Owen Meany, Angela's Ashes, and Pride and Prejudice - to name a few).
Lucas and Weather now have three children - Letty (adopted), Sam and a new baby girl. There was no mention of Lucas's daughter by Jenny. I really like the character Letty, and she plays an important role in this book .Most of the reoccuring characters from previous Davenport books appear in Stolen Prey.
A random crime against Lucas begins the book, followed by an especially gruesome murder of a family. Lucas in involved in investigating the crime and the murders. The murders involve a cruel and dangerous gang from Mexico. The action is fast paced. The dialogue is snappy and witty. Lucas is his typical macho self and still has his personal code of ethics/morals. The narrator does a very good job with this book.
I found myself torn about whom was responsible for the murders and violence. Should I blame the relative harmless people who unknowlingly set the viscious gang in motion, or do I blame the viscious gang who performed the attacks - or both?
Great book, and it could stand alone if you don't mind references to events or people from previous books. However I believe it would be even more enjoyable if you have been keeping up with the series from the beginning, as I have. Even though I have read or listened to every book in the Lucas Davenport series, there were some references to prevous events that I don't recall. It makes me want to go revisit previous Davenport books. Most of all, it makes me want Sandford to write the next book in the series.
I think you will be glad you purchased Stolen Prey.
Okay, Ms Evanovich, let's get moving. This is the same old stuff recycled, but a lot less of it. The book is only a little over 6 hours long. Plum is still wavering between Morelli and Ranger, which got old about six or seven books ago.
I think Ms. Evanovich is tired of writing this series, which means it is time for her to write the last book - but PLEASE make it a satisfying ending with no loose ends and the reader having to guess who Plum chooses or what happens in her future life.
Pendergast seems to be back to his old self - which is really cool. He is a great character (except for the Helen Trilogy - which I did not care for very much). He is witty, charming, scary, cold, and brilliant. Usually when Pendergast's appearance is described in this series, he silently comes out of nowhere, dressed elegantly in black, his glacial blue eyes glittering and his white blond hair shining. It absolutely gives me the chills. He is a romantic figure but not a "romance" figure. This book refers back to Still Life With Crows (which is one of my all time favorites in the Pendergast series) and features Corrie Swanson along with Pendergast. A new character, Stacy Bowdry, is introduced and I liked her. Most of the story is set in a Colorado ski resort area, near Leadville, for the super rich, as in billionaire rich. We also get to go to New York state and England for some of the action. Oscar Wilde, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson also play important roles in this book. I highly recommend White Fire and almost gave it a "5" which I reserve for only the best of the best. Andre Auberjonois is one of the best performers in the business. Preston and Childs are fortunate to have him performing the Pendergast series because he makes the books even better than the authors intended (in my opinion). Listen to him read this book - it is most entertaining and satisfying.
This book grabbed my attention in the first chapter and held it throughout. Even though parts were predictable, it was still packed with heart pounding suspense. The "people" characters were okay, but not particularly well drawn (therefore not particularly likable), but the robots were loaded with personality. The audio is a little glitchy. About ten times the same sentence will be repeated in exactly the same tone and cadence. Must be poor editing.
I wish Virgil were real and worked in my town. I like him a lot and would like to sit in the diner and talk to him. This was a good book - a little different from former books in the series, but Virgil is still the same. There is a lot of humor in the story and so many suspects that you are constantly changing your mind. Which shell is the stone under!? The Israel connection is interesting, but the great majority of the story takes place in Minnesota, as usual. I loved the Lebanese student pilot. He was an entertaining character and a suspect. Ma is also very interesting and also entertaining and also a suspect. Sandford keep me guessing on this one.
This is a very touching story about a policeman recovering from being shot and losing his partner and a trained Marine dog who was shot and lost her partner. Both are suffering from PTSD. They both are mourning, hurting and afraid. I loved the policeman and the dog and pulled for both of them.
This author really knows dogs and I have no doubt that he has a dog (probably many dogs in his lifetime) and that he understands and loves dogs.
I recommend this book highly. Even if you are not a "dog person" the police story and murder mystery will keep your attention. Excellent story line and a satisfying read..
Excellent story and well performed, but I thought Dallas was too hard-nosed/snarky in this book. Her treatment of Peabody and other characters was just too rude and over the line.
I really enjoyed Swan Song. It reminded me of The Stand by Stephen King, which is one of my all time favorites. However, Swan Song has its own personality. I really cared about the characters and what happened to them. This is a long book, but it holds your interest throughout and is hard to stop listening to. The suspense is thrilling!
Very good story from beginning to end. This was my introduction to Jack Reacher and I find him very interesting. In fact, I order the next three books in the series in paper format. The reason I ordered the next three in paper book format is because I read in reviews that the reader changed and he was not as good as Dick Hill who narrated Killing Floor. Dick Hill again narrates book 4 and the rest of the series. I think what really happens is that the image of a character (in this case, Jack Reacher) gets fixed by the first person you hear reading his voice and any other reader does not match your image. This makes a book uncomfortable. I am now hooked on Dick Hill's version of Reacher and am not going to get disappointed by a different voice.
I enjoyed this short story. I had already listened to Love You More by Lisa Gardner and enjoyed it too. After listening to 7th Month, I ordered the entire DD Warren series and the other series by Gardner about FBI profiling, except for one book (Say Goodbye) that I think may be too violent for me.
This book kept my interest from the beginning and held it to the end. I could not figure out who the serial killer was even though there was a small pool to choose from. Casual Innocence is a good read that you won't regret purchasing.
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