The extraordinary new Lucas Davenport thriller from number-one New York Times best-selling author and Pulitzer Prize winner John Sandford.
They call them Travelers. They move from city to city, panhandling, committing no crimes - they just like to stay on the move. And now somebody is killing them.
Lucas Davenport's adopted daughter, Letty, is home from college when she gets a phone call from a woman Traveler she'd befriended in San Francisco. The woman thinks somebody's killing her friends, she's afraid she knows who it is, and now her male companion has gone missing. She's hiding out in North Dakota, and she doesn't know what to do.
Letty tells Lucas she's going to get her, and, though he suspects Letty's getting played, he volunteers to go with her. When he hears the woman's story, though, he begins to think there's something in it. Little does he know. In the days to come, he will embark upon an odyssey through a subculture unlike any he has ever seen, a trip that will not only put the two of them in danger - but just may change the course of his life.
©2015 John Sandford (P)2015 Penguin Audio
"Sandford has always been at the top of any list of great mystery writers, and this book shows why. His writing and the appeal of his lead character are as fresh as ever." (The Huffington Post)
"There is no limit to John Sandford's ability to keep new breath and blood flowing into his Lucas Davenport novels. This is a series you must be reading if you are not already." (Bookreporter.com)
I hope by the way it ended, though, that this is not the last of Lucas and friends! I've come to love them. I especially love hoe Lucas' relationship with Lettie has been fleshed out. I guess we'll have to wait (impatiently) until next year this time. The story really kept going, no slow pacing at all. Richard Ferrone, as always, was a great narrator. He translates Lucas well, where I can almost visualize him. I highly recommend this and all the other Prey novels. If I could give it ten stars I would!
Another great Lucas Davenport book. A great listen and awsome job by Richard. Would most definitely recommen.
Where to start? Well, Richard Ferrone has become Lucas Davenport in my mind and he does a great job in narrating this novel.
I'm not going to restate the plot, the promotional blurb does that quite well.
I enjoyed "Gathering Prey" I liked the way that Lucas'and Letty's relationship has matured, the way it's transitioning from Adult/Child relationship to an Adult/Young Adult relationship. Lucas still has "Dad" moments, but he is far from being a "helicopter parent".
So yes I enjoyed this novel, and after it was over I realized why I enjoyed it. It's because I've read it before. From direct callbacks to "Winter Prey" to reworked scenes lifted from past adventures, I couldn't help but feel that Skye is just a slightly reworked Juliet (from Wicked Prey)with another name.
In the end this is a familiar story, told well and read with skill.
I was looking forward to listening to this book as I've been a Prey fan for years. However, this one was a disappointment. Character development in this particular novel is poor. I found I didn't care one way or the other about any of them. Even the bad guy is trite.
I've read/listened to every one of the Prey series at least twice. Read a lot of them in paper, too. For me, this was one of the best; I really don't understand the negative reviews.I agree with the positive ones (of course). It was nice to see Lettie's character and relationship with Lucas developed further. It was nice seeing less of Weather in the story. I thought the characters were interesting and developed as much as they needed to be.The UP sheriff was a gem. I'm sure I'll read it again. I recommend it highly.
Looking forward to and hoping to see Lucas again soon.
Probably, but only because I have been a Sanford, and particularly a "Prey" fan since the series began, though admittedly, the last few have been decidedly inferior to the earlier works.
After a very promising beginning, the story just stalled and became a nine hour gun fight.
I like the fact that Ferrone has been the reader in all of the "Prey" books I've listened to and I appreciate consistency in this area.
Disappointment sums it up pretty accurately.
On the positive side, I like the way Sanford has developed the character of Letty. In fact, her role was probably the highlight of this book. Finally, as much as I love the character of Lucas Davenport, I think it's time for Sanford to retire this series. Although my opinion here seems to be in a distinct minority based upon the rave reviews I've read, this series has been on a down-hill trajectory for quite some time. Hopefully his next one will be a comeback and prove me wrong.
The progression of the main character and his family and friends
I have read all John Sandford books and will continue as long as writes them. I know I will get a great story.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
Approximately half of John Sandford's 42 novels are in my Audible library. I prefer the Lucas Davenport series to the Virgil Flowers series although both men appear in most of the novels. Davenport's physician wife and his daughter Letty add much to the series. Letty, his daughter from a prior relationship, is especially interesting. She plays the biggest part in Gathering Prey.
The very wealthy (from developing computer games) Davenport works for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. The bureau covers cases throughout the state.
Gathering Prey is one of the best book in the Davenport/Prey series thanks mostly to the suspense around Letty's activities (she is now a college student).
Richard Ferrone does an excellent job of narration, but he is simply not in the same class as a narrator in the top tier such as Scott Brick, George Guidall, Will Patton, Lorelei King, Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy, Simon Prebble, Jim Dale, Gerard Doyle, John Lee, McLeod Andrews, etc., etc.
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Kind of disappointing for a John Sanford...was expecting more mystery and suspense. This was not scary, nor tense. Just kind of half|assed working a not even assigned case.
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