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Deadline: Virgil Flowers, Book 8 | [John Sandford]

Deadline: Virgil Flowers, Book 8

In Southeast Minnesota, down on the Mississippi, a school board meeting is coming to an end. The board chairman announces that the rest of the meeting will be closed, due to personnel issues. "Issues" is correct. The proposal up for a vote before them is whether to authorize the killing of a local reporter. The vote is four to one in favor.
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Publisher's Summary

The thrilling new novel in the number one New York Times best-selling series.

In Southeast Minnesota, down on the Mississippi, a school board meeting is coming to an end. The board chairman announces that the rest of the meeting will be closed, due to personnel issues. "Issues" is correct. The proposal up for a vote before them is whether to authorize the killing of a local reporter. The vote is four to one in favor.

Meanwhile, not far away, Virgil Flowers is helping out a friend by looking into a dognapping, which seems to be turning into something much bigger and uglier - a team of dognappers supplying medical labs - when he gets a call from Lucas Davenport. A murdered body has been found - and the victim is a local reporter.

©2014 John Sandford (P)2014 Penguin Group

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    MJ Catonsville, MD, United States 10-19-14
    MJ Catonsville, MD, United States 10-19-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Best in this series"

    Loved this installment. A little lighter. I actually laughed out loud twice at some of the dialogue. The story kept me interested throughout, and the narration was excellent.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 10-13-14
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    "Virgil flowers"

    Very few authors can keep their characters fresh and exciting for decades, much less have a successful spin off. John Sandford has done just that. Couple that with excellent narration and my only complaint is now I'm waiting for the next one. Well done Mr Sandford and Mr Conger

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Carrie Pembroke Pines, Florida, United States 10-17-14
    Carrie Pembroke Pines, Florida, United States 10-17-14
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    "One of John Sandfords best Virgil Flowers story"

    Eric Conger's narration is superb. He IS Virgil. The story is full of humor and fast paced. I enjoyed the story so much I was sad when it ended. I wanted to keep hearing about Johnson Johnson and all of Virgil's friends and co-workers. The body count was high but each progression of the story made sense and added to the drama. Some of the absurdities rang so true you just know they could happen in real life.

    John Sandford can't write often or fast enough to keep me satisfied, I want to hear more about the world he has created in Minnesota. Lazy fishing days, stupid criminals and sexy men and women. Keep writing John!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    sandra 10-09-14
    sandra 10-09-14
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    "AWESOME, FUNNY SANDFORD AT HIS BEST"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Deadline to be better than the print version?

    I only listen, eyes can't handle print anymore.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Deadline?

    The humor! Feels good to laugh.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All of it to hard to pick out just one.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes like I said laughter nothing better than that.


    Any additional comments?

    Eric Conger is GOOD great voice great sound. I don't know maybe I have a sick sence of humor but I really enjoyed this book. Thanks John and Eric.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Terry S. 11-20-14
    Terry S. 11-20-14

    I'm a private investor with an affinity for a good spy story, mystery, or thriller. WWII Biography or History also appeals greatly.

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    "Typical Sandford Fare"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Sure I would, as long as I knew they didn't mind a good fun, light read on occasion.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    It is a decent suspenseful plot that keeps a pretty high level of interest. Sanford always has at least two threads going in his stories which helps keep it moving along.


    Which character – as performed by Eric Conger – was your favorite?

    You would have to like Virgil Flowers if it was realistic for him to actually exist. He is independent, resourceful, thoughtful, and intelligent while being both blue collar and intellectual in his pursuits.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I wouldn't go that far! This a pretty light fare designed for easy enjoyment. You don't look to this author for deep inspirational moments or heavy thoughts. His characters say "huh" as a full sentence for goodness sake.


    Any additional comments?

    John Sandford has developed a great franchise out of a few recurring characters and he always delivers a fun, suspenseful storyline. Like all authors in this genre, he pads the word count, in his case with overly detailed explanations of geography that only a local would care about, but I have no real complaint with this since he delivers a good product. There is definitely a mass market playbook that most of them are following. It's only irritating when they get lazy and take their readers for granted. So far Sanford has not done so for me.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra 10-17-14
    Sandra 10-17-14
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    "Love Virgil Flowers Series"
    Would you listen to Deadline: Virgil Flowers, Book 8 again? Why?

    Fully intend to listen again - perhaps while on vacation next month.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    As always, Sandford spins a terrific story. Twists and turns aplenty. Characters well developed and interesting as individuals.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Cannot pinpoint one scene - the entire book was captivating.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Again, so lost in story line there is no one particularly moving moment.


    Any additional comments?

    Davenport and Flowers have completely captivated my interest. Eagerly anticipate new releases and pre-order as soon as possible. Get aggravated with myself for listening so intently books end much too soon. Recommend this installment to new listeners as well as veterans such as myself.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 12-11-14
    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 12-11-14 Listener Since 2006

    Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 12-year-old daughter.

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    "About what you would expect"

    This story is filled with a whole lot of characters who are easy to hate. Perhaps the newspaper editor is the worst of them all. You have a primary plot and two sub plots that Sandford did an excellent job of weaving together. There's never any doubt that the dogs and the good guys will prevail but the journey is fun anyway. Standard Virgil Flowers fare with maybe a little less female intrigue than usual.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    helen 11-19-14
    helen 11-19-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Flowers is back!"
    Would you listen to Deadline: Virgil Flowers, Book 8 again? Why?

    No. I just don't reread. Too many books available.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Virgil was my favorite. I enjoy his down to earth personality. He is not perfect but human.


    Have you listened to any of Eric Conger’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He is getting more into Virgil's character.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I read comments that said Sandford was coasting. I believe he is just developing another character that is not a super hero. I really enjoy "Virgil".

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Regina Seattle, WA, United States 98109 10-11-14
    Regina Seattle, WA, United States 98109 10-11-14 Member Since 2015
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    "John Sandford is coasting"

    I was eagerly waiting for the audio release of this book, but wow, it reads as if John Sandford dictated it instead of wrote it. He's got an intriguing plot and that's it. None of the bad characters have dimension. The old Sandford would have been able to give them some heft and complexity without slow down the speedy narrative, but now, even the narrative bogs down. Who are these straw people? They catch fire and burn out before we get much of a look at them.

    Sandford appears to know this, which is maybe why he gave three of the murderous school board members the same first name: Jennifer.

    And the great Virgil Flowers is a cardboard cutout of himself. His traits are tics, cited to remind readers of the interesting person they got to know in previous books.

    My main complaint is the subplot: the dog stealers. I don't want to ruin this for anyone who's going to listen to it, but the writer exhibits no real concern about the dogs who've been stolen and mistreated. The ending is played for comedy. It's not funny. And Virgil gets a dog out of it? Really? That dog was stolen. No effort is made to find the owner? And that's heartwarming? What?

    Eric Conger does his usual splendid job. If I'd read this review instead of written it, I'd probably buy the book anyway, because, hey, it's still John Sandford. A debased Sandford is still pretty good, although he needs to be ashamed of the dog part.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Keenan Oconomowoc, WI 53066 11-26-14
    Paul Keenan Oconomowoc, WI 53066 11-26-14
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    "Not Impressed at all"
    What disappointed you about Deadline: Virgil Flowers, Book 8?

    This is the first of the series I have read. Other glowing comments must be based on visualizing the characters from prior books. The characters are not developed and have no depth, the subplot seems added on just to extend the story which just drags on. I agree with another reviewer, there is no sign of empathy for the dogs, which seems to be a major missing factor. It is easy to project the next step in the story.


    Would you ever listen to anything by John Sandford again?

    I have read others.


    How could the performance have been better?

    As for the narration, again other reviewers must be remembering the characters from prior readings. What is written on the page is just not coming across vocally.


    Any additional comments?

    After 2 days of listening in the car we are in chap 22 of 29 enough is enough. Time to find something better.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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