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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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    D. A. Gordon MOAB, UT, United States 07-02-14
    D. A. Gordon MOAB, UT, United States 07-02-14

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    "A Lucas Davenport fan!"

    I love John Sandford's Prey books. I have listened to all of them more than once. Lucas Davenport is such a great character - both believable and likeable. Richard Ferrone, the voice of Lucas Davenport, is perfect for these books. Field of Prey has some nail-biting, hair-raising twists and turns. What an amazing story.

    Sandford is a great thrillmaster. Every year I look forward to another Prey book, and I hope there are many more.

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    Mari Farmington, MN, United States 06-24-14
    Mari Farmington, MN, United States 06-24-14 Member Since 2013
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    "The twist at the end I didn't see coming"

    Although I prefer Eric Conger as the narrator of John Sanford books, I think that Richard Ferrone does a good job. With that said this book was another in a long line of great stories by John Sanford. The twist at the end I didn't see coming at all. Great listen and well worth the credit.

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    Judith Manchester, CT, United States 06-23-14
    Judith Manchester, CT, United States 06-23-14 Member Since 2008
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    "John Sandford at his best"
    If you could sum up Field of Prey in three words, what would they be?

    Keeping your interest from page to page


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

    a great plot


    Which scene was your favorite?

    severeal to mention


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

    when an innocent family was murdered


    Any additional comments?

    very realistic

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    creidmac 06-21-14
    creidmac 06-21-14 Member Since 2013

    Write and teach about horses and horse training. Enjoy good mystery novels and true stories about horses and horse people.

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    "A definite head turner!"
    What did you love best about Field of Prey?

    John Sanford once again demonstrated his ability to plot a devious series of crimes with a believable criminal and with a twist or two that adds to my enjoyment of his stories. Always intrigues me how I think they almost have the story wrapped up about 4 hours in and wonder how Sanford is going to continue this story for another 8 hours -- and he never disappoints me.


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

    As usual, Sanford's pace and writing style kept me sitting in my Escape listening for what would happen next. Several times I had to remind myself that was listening on my phone through my bluetooth and that I could continue listening to the story even if I got out of my vehicle. .


    Which character – as performed by Richard Ferrone – was your favorite?

    Lucas Davenport would be a friend of mine. That F'in Flowers would also be invited over for steak once in a while. I like how Sanford connects these two characters regardless of which series I am reading.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listen while I am traveling for work. Usually it takes me a week, sometimes two, to complete a novel of this length. I completed Field of Prey in 3 days.


    Any additional comments?

    A new female detective has entered the BCA family and I'm hoping I'll see more of her in the next Davenport AND Flowers novels.

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    Denise 06-20-14
    Denise 06-20-14 Member Since 2014

    It has been a long time since I've actually picked up a book and read. I enjoy horror, mysteries, fiction, sci-fi, and good cop drama books.

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    "The Prey Man"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! I picked Sanford up in an exploration for new authors to read. And he had just started writing his "Prey" novels. I was hooked on Sanford and Davenport from that moment forward. Sanford, in my opinion, was better than McBain. Because Sanford writes in "action" McBain is more of a thinker.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Davenport, even as the family man now he is still suave and debonair.


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

    I believe I have heard this man read before. And I like the characterization he is able to personify every individual in the story.


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

    No emotion just enthralled and captured by the story.


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    schwfam1 06-15-14
    schwfam1 06-15-14
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    "Excellent suspenseful novel!"
    If you could sum up Field of Prey in three words, what would they be?

    Can't put it down.


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

    The plot definitely kept me on the edge of my seat.


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

    Ferrone is very good at Sandford's novels, I think of his voice as Lucus Davenport'sVoice.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Nonstop suspense


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    Camille ODENTON, MD, United States 05-30-14
    Camille ODENTON, MD, United States 05-30-14 Member Since 2013

    Social sci-fi, vampires, and modern detective thrillers, oh my!

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    "Classic Davenport"

    This is very much like Sandford's earlier Davenport books, being on the hunt for a serial killer. The ending was quite shocking. I hope one of the new characters introduced in the book will get her own series.

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    Virginia POWELL, WY, United States 05-27-14
    Virginia POWELL, WY, United States 05-27-14 Member Since 2014
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    "All the suspense and grit of the early Prey novels"

    A great return to the tight plots and really bad guys of the early Prey books that got me hooked. The series was getting a little bland, but this one is as good or better than any he has written. It is more violent than the more recent books, but if you have read the early ones, it is right in line.

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    Andrew 05-26-14
    Andrew 05-26-14
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    "Tried and True"
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    The formula works. Like-able characters, tight writing, and good story-telling make this a continuation of the series I enjoy.

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    Gregg Smyrna, GA, United States 05-21-14
    Gregg Smyrna, GA, United States 05-21-14 Member Since 2013

    Nearly 1200 titles.

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    "One of the best Sanford novels, yet"

    From the first gripping chapter to the final words, this is Sanford at his best. Fast paced. Lucas Davenport has never been so on his game.

    Great narration, just the right mixture of voices, emotion and pacing.

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