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Hidden Prey | [John Sandford]

Hidden Prey

Six months ago, Lucas Davenport tackled his first case as a statewide troubleshooter, and he thought that one was plenty strange enough. But that was before the Russian got killed. On the shore of Lake Superior, a man named Vladimir Oleshev is found shot dead, three holes in his head and heart, and though nobody knows why he was killed, everybody - the local cops, the FBI, and the Russians themselves - has a theory. And when it turns out he had very high government connections, that's when it hits the fan.
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Six months ago, Lucas Davenport tackled his first case as a statewide troubleshooter, and he thought that one was plenty strange enough. But that was before the Russian got killed. On the shore of Lake Superior, a man named Vladimir Oleshev is found shot dead, three holes in his head and heart, and though nobody knows why he was killed, everybody - the local cops, the FBI, and the Russians themselves - has a theory. And when it turns out he had very high government connections, that's when it hits the fan. A Russian cop flies in from Moscow, Davenport flies in from Minneapolis, law enforcement and press types swarm the crime scene - and, in the middle of it all, there is another murder. Is there a relationship between the two? What is the Russian cop hiding from Davenport? Is she - yes, it's a woman - a cop at all? Why was the man shot with ... fifty-year-old bullets? Before he can find the answers, Davenport will have to follow a trail back to another place, another time, and battle the shadows he discovers there - shadows that turn out to be both very real and very deadly.

©2004 John Sandford (P)2012 Penguin Audiobooks

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    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 01-14-13
    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 01-14-13 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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    "Davenport is all business in this one"

    Having read many of the installments in the Davenport series, I was a little surprised that the usual cast of family and law enforcement characters were minimized in this novel. It was all about Lucas and the characters created for this particular story. And it worked. Carl wasn't very believable but this was tempered somewhat by grandpa who was a great character and who allowed us to believe that maybe Carl could be someone in the real world. I liked Nadia and wouldn't mind seeing her in other Davenport installments (although I'm not sure exactly where this book falls chronologically in the series). As always, narrator Richard Ferrone was superb. His delivery is impeccable, especially when portraying low-life characters. This was not the best Davenport novel I've listened to but it was well worth my time.

    30 of 32 people found this review helpful
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    MidwestGeek Ann Arbor, MI, United States 12-09-12
    MidwestGeek Ann Arbor, MI, United States 12-09-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Well written and read but not a great plot."

    Book #15 in the series of 22 featuring Lucas Davenport, this was my first exposure to Lucas Davenport, having picked up the book on sale. He sounds like an interesting character, but the mystery doesn't really hold together well. A 50-year-old communist cell in northern Minnesota consisting of members of several clans but previously undiscovered in a region where historically Socialism had taken root? Unknown to the FBI? A grandson brainwashed by his kooky grandfather, apparently willing to do whatever it takes to further the cause? Structurally, you need to accept that an important character in the beginning and end but apparently incidental to the plot withheld the key to the case only to reveal crucial elements when Lucas was stuck. Nevertheless, I liked the internally incompletely resolved conclusion. Will the case reach full closure in connection with a later book in the series? The writing is good; I'd be willing to give another Sandford book a try if the story had an average rating of 4+ by others.

    I'm glad that a previous reviewer (Adry) mentioned a background noise that sounds like another story or radio--too faint to be understood but loud enough to be distracting, especially during pauses in the reading. This is the first Audible book that I found to be technically flawed in this way.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    The Black Girl Brooklyn, NY, United States 01-08-13
    The Black Girl Brooklyn, NY, United States 01-08-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Hear a second voice in background"

    good story. Background voice annoying. Listened to other John Sanford audiobooks. Never had this problems before. Very distracting. Never had this problem with an audible.com book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    adry arlington, TX, United States 11-28-12
    adry arlington, TX, United States 11-28-12 Member Since 2011

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    "crazy grampa ....lol"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The title was vague...but the story was awesome. I had a little problem with the second part, it had a back noise like radio or something but AUDIBLE courteously give me $10 credit for it...Im very grateful... Thank you


    What about Richard Ferrone’s performance did you like?

    I just love it


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Steven north liberty, iowa, United States 05-11-13
    Steven north liberty, iowa, United States 05-11-13 Member Since 2006

    I love Audible and I love books. What more can I say?

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    "Far and away Sanford's very best."
    Would you listen to Hidden Prey again? Why?

    I plan to make it a bi-annual read because it is Sanford's best novel. There is much going on with the plot, it weaves around so easily bringing all the characters together in an intricately written plot.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The great characters from Davenport himself, to Grandpa, and the Russian female cop. I mean it was absolutely dazzling. I have now read all of Sanford's books due to the un-abridging bonanza. I would go so far as to say that this book equals or bests
    any cop/thriller book on the market.


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

    The usual perfection.


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

    Definitely written with great humor, as are all Lucas' novels.


    Any additional comments?

    I promise if you like Davenport's other books it's a no-brainer, if you are new to Davenport this book should give you reason to read more by Sanford.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    bonnie 03-28-13
    bonnie 03-28-13

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    "Excellent addition to the series"

    John Sanford has managed to create a book with a sufficiently intricate plot to keep the reader interested, along with a variety of characters that he skillfully interweaves among the activities. It surprises me that a series as established as this one can present a book with such a fresh face.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Helen Union Grove, AL, United States 02-13-13
    Helen Union Grove, AL, United States 02-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Ehhhh"
    Would you try another book from John Sandford and/or Richard Ferrone?

    Probably not


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Plot was OK but a bit forced. A little too far fetched.


    Any additional comments?

    Understand this is a "tough guy" mystery type but the constant use of f*** just makes the characters look stupid and lacking in any depth. Sure doesn't give me the idea that "good guys" even have brains to figure out anything ...only that they are constantly irritated and know only one word. The plot seemed a bit Far fetched. The many "exciting" twists made it feel even more so.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    K. Shaw Atlanta, GA 01-07-13
    K. Shaw Atlanta, GA 01-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Amother great Lucas Davenport mystery"
    What made the experience of listening to Hidden Prey the most enjoyable?

    I like listening to these mystery books as you get a better feel for each different character by the voice and infliction of speech.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Russian "cop". She was intense but very funny at the same time


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

    NO, Listened to this book on my commute to and from work and while working out.


    Any additional comments?

    Yet another good Lucas Davenport read! This time Lucas is dealing with Russian spies in Minnesota. A story with a good plot and a very psychotic bad guy that is a grandpa. You don't usually find the old grandpa being such a bad guy! There was even some great humor. I was listening to this while working out at the gym one day and I know people had to be looking at me like I was crazy when I am laughing at a few scenes while lifting weights. I enjoy Sandford's intense plot lines and his sense of humor which make for a great book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Peter HIXTON, WI, United States 03-02-14
    Peter HIXTON, WI, United States 03-02-14 Member Since 2012
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    "EXCELLENT LISTEN, AS ALWAYS."

    I am partial to the "PREY SERIES", by John Sandford. I have read/listened to them all. They are my favorite. This book is one of many, Sandford books that will not dissapoint, if you like this genre. Well written, and the narrator does a wonderful job. The combination writer, narrator, is the best I have found. Every John Sandford audiobook, is as goodas the last. If you like murder, mystery, suspense, thriller, you will like this series, these books are just plain good, very good. Try one. Start with "Rules of Prey", book one, and work your way down the list. Trust me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Edward Centerville, MN United States 12-23-12
    Edward Centerville, MN United States 12-23-12
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    "Not the best Sanford has written."
    Where does Hidden Prey rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would rank this book behind the W. E. B. Griffin novels, but in front of Tom Clancy's newest two novels.


    What about Richard Ferrone’s performance did you like?

    Great separation of characters with his different voices for them.


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

    No extreme reaction. In fact, I was surprised to hear who was "the bad guy" in the first chapter. In other Lucas Davenport novels we "see" the killer, but do not know their identity until the end of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I have had problems listening to this book. It seems more boring than other Sanford works.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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