Which makes things all the more complicated for Virgil, because as he begins investigating, he finds a web of connections between the people at the resort, the victim, and some local women, notably a talented country singer.
©2009 John Sandford; (P)2009 Penguin
I screwed up review for One Dog Night. I meant to give all FIVE STARS. Audible techinical said there 's no way to correct a review or redo
I did enjoy this book. I didn't expect to because of some of the other reviews I had read. I found it suspensful enough too want to get to the next page even though I figured out all the 'who-dunits' before the end of the book. I enjoy the midwest settings and the downhome 'good ole boys' fishing and drinking. I was even comfortable with the gay/lesbian aspect and I thought it was well handled and not over played or bashed in anyway. This was a 'fun listen'.
WHY DO NONE OF THE REVIEWS MENTION THE CRUDE, VULGAR, AND RAUNCHY SEX-CAPADES? I LOVE THE ADVENTURES OF VIRGIL AND HAVE ENJOYED LISTENING TO ALL OF THEM...EXCEPT THIS ONE, IT WAS NOT WORTHY OF HIM. I ALMOST CHUCKED IT SEVERAL TIMES DURING THE LISTENING, WHICH HAS ONLY HAPPENED ONCE IN THE PAST FIVE YEARS. I EVEN LIKED STEIG LARSON AND THOSE STORIES WERE A BIT RACEY FOR ME! YEP, I'M A LITTLE OLD LADY FROM FLORIDA WITH A LOT OF CATS, HOWEVER TACKY IS TACKY! MR. SANDFORD CAN DO BETTER THEN THAT.
Interesting characters and plot. Very likeable hero... believable villian. Combined a good murder mystery with enough humor and funny encounters/characters to lighten it up just enough. I read in a review that Sandford is getting more and more political in his books so I may not use my credits for more... we'll see. I listen to these sort of books for sheer enjoyment and entertainment and I don't want to spoil my fun escape time with any political agendas. Politics take up so much of everyday life and books are my brief moments of escape. I hope Sandford doesn't go that direction because I would definately go for some more Virgil Flowers.
I like the Virgil Flowers character--an entertaining story. Kept my interest--maybe not the greatest novel, but lite entertainment.
Audio Book Fiend
I don't think this is John Sandford's best book, but I like the character of Virgil Flowers. The character is raunchier and funnier than Lucas Davenport, which opens up pages of humor that I love. The mystery story is average and not that suspenseful, but getting to the end is fun. Overall, I liked it, but didn't love it. But I love Virgil!
This Flowers character is really growing on me. I had my doubts at first, being a big fan of the Prey series, but I've listened to all three Flowers books and have found them worthy successors. Sandford just can't put these out fast enough!
In the course of his investigation one innocent person was maimed for life and another one was killed. If he acted more like a real cop, neither of them would have been hurt. He divulges to much information to suspects and anyone else that will talk to him.
Who is Virgil Flowers? I really don't know. He seems to get laid a lot (unless the women lesbians -- by the way, all the lesbians in this book are really hot and often get into cat fights). I can't picture this guy in my head. Why does he wear rock band tee shirts and just start talking about God? However, he doesn't seem to have any remorse about killing people or feel anything for people that we shot or killed. He will just go out and have a beer and get laid like nothing happened.
I think that Virgil Flowers is a reckless idiot.
This book doesn't even seem like its written by John Sandford. I'm a longtime fan and have read all of his Prey books and some of his other ones and this falls far short. It doesn't keep you wanting to turn the page, the story is boring and the narrator sounds like he's bored too. Virgil is made out to be a dope. Bring back Davenport and the good old days!!
I thought the story was simple, unrealistic, and boring. I felt I was listing to an author who could really write but didn't have a story to match the level of his writing ability. I almost fast forwarded the entire second download. Let's just say I was as frustrated as Virgil was at the end of the story.
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