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Mike

Rowlett, TX, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Bad Blood: A Virgil Flowers Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1993)
    Performance
    (1100)
    Story
    (1095)

    One late fall Sunday in southern Minnesota, a farmer brings a load of soybeans to a local grain elevator - and a young man hits him on the head with a steel bar, drops him into the grain bin, waits until he's sure he's dead, and then calls the sheriff to report the "accident." Suspicious, the sheriff calls in Virgil Flowers, who quickly breaks the kid down...and the next day the boy's found hanging in his cell. Remorse? Virgil isn't so sure....

    Bob says: "EXCELLENT!"
    "Like a car wreck, you gotta look, but can't enjoy"
    Overall

    Virgil Flowers once again heads to rural MN to investigate a series of murders that turn out to be linked to practices within a church cult that include incest, rape and child molestation. Like the previous novels, Virgil's laidback style, likable manner and impecable judge of character help him build ties with the local police, romance women and slowly unravel a truth that is protected by a tightly knit closed community. Unfortunately, unlike the dark content of the other Davenport and Flowers books, the distrubing content of "Bad Blood" makes any ending unsatisfying and my desire to reread the book non-existent. Buy the book to keep up with Virgil, but for me it is definitely a one-time read.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Electric Church

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jeff Somers
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (38)

    Avery Cates is a very bad man. Some might call him a criminal. He might even be a killer - for the right price. But right now, Avery Cates is scared. He's up against the Monks - cyborgs with human brains, enhanced robotic bodies, and a small arsenal of advanced weaponry. Their mission is to convert anyone and everyone to the Electric Church. But there is just one snag: Conversion means death.

    Flatlander says: "Good Story....Bad Ending"
    "If you like antiheroes, it's a great read"
    Overall

    The liner notes called this book cyber-noir. So, despite the weird cover, I took a chance and was pleasantly surprised. The Electric Church was a futuristic, but gloomy future world seen through the eyes of an unlikely anti-hero (Avery Cates) as he fights against a repressive "system". I liked it so much, I read it in a day, bought hardcopies of the next 3 books the next day, and purchased the whole series on audio the first month of my audible account.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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