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Field of Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 24 | [John Sandford]

Field of Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 24

The night after the fourth of July, Layton Carlson, Jr., of Red Wing, Minnesota, finally got lucky. And unlucky.

He’d picked the perfect spot to lose his virginity to his girlfriend, an abandoned farmyard in the middle of cornfields: nice, private, and quiet. The only problem was...something smelled bad - like, really bad. He mentioned it to a county deputy he knew, and when the cop took a look, he found a body stuffed down a cistern. And then another, and another. By the time Lucas Davenport was called in, the police were up to 15 bodies and counting.

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Publisher's Summary

The extraordinary new Lucas Davenport thriller from number-one New York Times best-selling author and Pulitzer Prize winner John Sandford.

The night after the fourth of July, Layton Carlson, Jr., of Red Wing, Minnesota, finally got lucky. And unlucky.

He’d picked the perfect spot to lose his virginity to his girlfriend, an abandoned farmyard in the middle of cornfields: nice, private, and quiet. The only problem was...something smelled bad - like, really bad. He mentioned it to a county deputy he knew, and when the cop took a look, he found a body stuffed down a cistern. And then another, and another.

By the time Lucas Davenport was called in, the police were up to 15 bodies and counting. And as if that wasn’t bad enough, when Lucas began to investigate, he made some disturbing discoveries of his own. The victims had been killed over a great many years, one every summer, regular as clockwork. How could this have happened without anybody noticing?

Because one thing was for sure: The killer had to live close by. He was probably even someone they saw every day....

©2014 John Sanford (P)2014 Penguin Audio

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    J. Eastham Austin, Texas 05-20-14
    J. Eastham Austin, Texas 05-20-14 Member Since 2008
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    "It is sad (Spoilers)"
    Would you try another book from John Sandford and/or Richard Ferrone?

    Of course, I would.


    What was most disappointing about John Sandford’s story?

    It is sad that after the first half of the book, Lucas and company become stupid. Lucas erases all of the photos from his phone. The sheriff sends all of the deputies out and takes a shower when everyone knows that the bad guy is after her.


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

    I thought the narration was fine.


    Do you think Field of Prey needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, everyone is dead or has had their lives ruined.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope that Lucas and his fellow detectives regain their intelligence. I miss them.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Poconos pocono pines, pa United States 05-07-14
    Poconos pocono pines, pa United States 05-07-14 Member Since 2010

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    "One of the best author/narrator combos anywhere!"
    If you could sum up Field of Prey in three words, what would they be?

    I stopped listening half-way through another one of my favorite authors so I could start listening to "Field of Prey". I am not disappointed. I'm only part way in to the story and I am loving it already! I will pre-order any of John Sandford's books and hopefully Audible will keep Richard Ferrone as the narrator. There is no finer combination.


    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 06-26-14
    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 06-26-14 Member Since 2006

    Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 11-year-old daughter.

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    "Sandford and Ferrone deliver"

    What I like about the Prey series is John Sandford's ability to continually create some pretty evil guys. He doesn't disappoint in this installment with the really oily dynamic duo of Horn and R-A. Neither of them have anything even resembling a redeeming social value. They are perfect bad guys. Sanford also introduces a new character, who I hope will appear in upcoming installments. Catrin Mattsson had a baptism of fire in this novel and is deserving of a Virgil Flowers kind of spinoff. I hope we at least see her in future Prey offerings. Finally, Richard Ferrone made this story come to life with his dead-on vocal interpretations. A musician could read music and lyrics from a new song and have an idea of what the finished product would sound like. But hearing the instrumentation and vocals would, for most of us, make for a better experience. Same goes with Audible books. Reading them would be fun but listening to them is much better. And with a narrator like Ferrone, the experience is kicked up a notch. A five-star winner. Keep 'em coming.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    peg 06-23-14
    peg 06-23-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Disappointed"
    What disappointed you about Field of Prey?

    The story did not develop any real suspense after the discovery of bodies in well. The characters were not interesting.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Left flat


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He was fine


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Nothing


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ronn BRENTWOOD, TN, United States 05-29-14
    Ronn BRENTWOOD, TN, United States 05-29-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Not for the faint of heart"

    I like virtually everything that Sanford writes but certain parts of this story are pretty brutal. Unless you like reading about folks like the BTK killer, you might want to consider passing on this one. On the plus side, Davenport and Letty are as sharp as ever.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly Y Oklahoma 05-21-14
    Kimberly Y Oklahoma 05-21-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Not Sandford's Best Work"
    Would you try another book from John Sandford and/or Richard Ferrone?

    I will try other books from John Sandford because I do think he's a great author.


    What was most disappointing about John Sandford’s story?

    I usually love John Sandford--I have most of his books in both hard copy and audible form. But this one just didn't satisfy my. The plot just didn't seem as developed as usual. It felt rushed and very surface in nature. It felt more like a way to set up a spin off for a book about Letty than an in-depth Davenport thriller. I don't want to spoil the plot but felt a lot of the violence was more gratuitous than essential. All in all, a disappointment from one of my favorite authors.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John Norton Southern USA 05-12-14
    John Norton Southern USA 05-12-14 Member Since 2008

    I'm hearing teacher voices

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    "Solid! Now if I can make it to Fall & Flowers..."

    I agree with the reviewer who thought the character development was a little light, esp. for Investigator Mattsson. I did enjoy Letty going on the road with Lucas (maybe that 50 Shades of Grey spoof on 4/1/13 wasn't so spoofy after all). Plenty of the patented Sandford tricks and twists. Maybe there are just too many characters to visit in a single book anymore.

    John (Camp) Sandford is about 70 now - I'm not too far behind. So I especially appreciated the old folks with the RV overflowing with full-auto.

    As is the case each May, when the new one reaches The End, I listen to 4-5 oldies, luxuriate in Richard Ferrone's awesome performances, and wait impatiently for October and Virgil coming down my driveway with the boat trailer hitched to the back of the truck.

    (PS: Thanks for not killing off you-know-who.)

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Purdy Oaten eastish of eden 05-19-14
    Purdy Oaten eastish of eden 05-19-14 Member Since 2009
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    I have been reading/listening to the Prey novels since their beginning, back in the eighties, and for me, this was the most engrossing, the most maddening of them all. The whole novel felt like that exciting point that all the Lucas Davenport novels move toward, when all the figuring, all the questioning, all the digging suddenly starts to reveal what is what and who is who, and the action becomes a mad dash or avalanche towards the uncertain and usually pretty dicey ending. I guess one thing that made me feel that from the very beginning was the action of a very strong female character, responding to being attacked bound, and driven off into the night. I felt truly exhilarated by this beginning, and I rarely lost that sense of involvement, as the action and characters developed throughout, "Field of Prey."

    I have always found that Sandford creates strong and complex women in his Prey books, and they are even stronger in this one. His daughter, Letty, in particular, is so enjoyable in this installment, that I am now hoping she completes her time at Stamford and comes back to the twin cities, to work with Lucas, a lot sooner than four years from now. I admit it, I have to remind myself, now and then, that these people are not real, I have been reading about them for so long. Yes, all the gang are here: Dell, Virgil, Sandy, Lucas's childhood friend, the psychologist nun, and of course, those responsible for something like twenty years worth of the disappearances and murders of young blonde women.The familiar voice of Richard Ferrone , with its tough guy edge, always adds to my enjoyment. Whoever chose him for the Prey series created a perfect marriage.

    When I listen to the decisions Lucas makes, unaware of the big picture that Sandford shares with us, I feel like a kid at the matinee, wanting to shout out, "What the hell are you doing? Turn around; do not go home before you question that creep!" I say no more. No spoilers here. Oh yes, I loved this installment of Sandford's Prey series. What a great read!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Nada Austin, MN, United States 05-09-14
    Nada Austin, MN, United States 05-09-14 Member Since 2009

    Hand knitting and crochet are my hobbies in retirement, listening to books makes the time and the stitches fly by!

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    "Book 24 in the Series is one of the Best!"
    Where does Field of Prey rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the detective and mystery line (my name for this genre) the Lucas Davenport series by John Sandford in one of the best. Most of the books are very good, and with this one, they are getting even better! The series doesn't disappoint at any level.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Field of Prey?

    The last hour of the audio was full of discovery and excitement. Many threads are woven into the body of the book, making it a very interesting "read".


    What about Richard Ferrone’s performance did you like?

    Richard Ferrone has done the entire 24 books in the Davenport series. He has a wonderful reading voice, and makes the events come to life, adding to the excitement.


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

    No emotional extremes here, unless you count the discontent of what law enforcement is up against when trying to stop the villains. And the miss-direction of the media when it comes to what is really important.


    Any additional comments?

    One of my favorite aspects of the Lucas Davenport series is the fact that the stories take place for the most part in Minnesota. Being familiar with all of the locations make the stores more real the the outcomes feel closer to home.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Marilyn Horan NYC 06-14-14
    Marilyn Horan NYC 06-14-14 Member Since 2003
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    "Violence Porn"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, with reservations. I did like the character of Lucas Davenport (although he is neither Jack Reacher nor Dave Robicheau). This is the first time I have read a book by the Sandford. I am looking for a new author to follow because I have read all of Lee Child and James Lee Burke. I will give Sandford another try, and hope the next book won't be as violent as this one was.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The least interesting aspect was the author's tellling the story of Del in Texas. Truthfully, it was like an unformed twin growing on its brother's body. What the heck was the point of that?


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

    He is a great narrator.


    Did Field of Prey inspire you to do anything?

    Yes. Watch out for psychos.


    Any additional comments?

    The descriptions of a certain woman being beaten was really unbearable. I had to fast forward through the gruesome and oft repeated descriptions of this woman being beaten and raped--her teeth, nose, and bones broken--made me sick. I seriously felt nauseated. It was like violence porn. I'll give another of his books a try, but if it details such abuse of women I won't be able to finish it.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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