©1989 John Sandford; (P)2005 Recorded Books, LLC
"A police procedural as effective as it is brutal." (Publishers Weekly)
"Sleek and nasty...a big, scary suspenseful read." (Stephen King)
I read, I write; I listen
John Sandford Prey series is awesome but If your like me I have read/listened to a few out of order; it's really no big deal but here is the list in order just in case anyone wants to know:
. 1. Rules of Prey (1989)
2. Shadow Prey (1990)
3. Eyes of Prey (1991)
4. Silent Prey (1992)
5. Winter Prey (1993)
6. Night Prey (1994)
7. Mind Prey (1995)
8. Sudden Prey (1996)
9. Secret Prey (1998)
10. Certain Prey (1999)
11. Easy Prey (2000)
12. Chosen Prey (2001)
13. Mortal Prey (2002)
14. Naked Prey (2003)
15. Hidden Prey (2004)
16. Broken Prey (2005)
17. Invisible Prey (2007)
18. Phantom Prey (2008)
19. Wicked Prey (2009)
20. Storm Prey (2010)
21. Buried Prey (forthcoming, early 2011)
I enjoyed the book but, like Ron (Oct 14, 2009), was taken aback when, at the end of each chapter, the last word/words of the chapter were cut short by an over zealous editor, who, instead of completing the current chapter, chose to introduce the next chapter early. This may not be a issue for some, but I savor every word of the books to which I listen.
Good customer service suggests that this book be pulled from circulation, remastered without the clipping at the end of chapters and provided to those who paid their cash or utilized their credits for the faulty recording. After all, we specifically chose an UNABRIDGED recording, not one abridged by an editor's anxious hand. Ron's review is dated 2009. Shame on you, Audible, for not pulling the faulty recording before now, fall 2011. I am not suggesting that we "get something for nothing". I just propose that we "get what we paid for".
This first novel in his "Prey" series in still the best. You get a look into the life and mind of the serial killer and an introduction to Lucas Davenport. Narration is well done, and the story moves very fast. Sandford's knowledge of police and detective procedures is incredible. And it gives his "Prey" books more plausibility than other books of the genre.
Love having someone read me a story. Fires in the hearth, rain on the roof, sunny days and surf. Good friends, good food and J S Bach.
These 'Prey' stories are a little addictive. Over the top Lucus starts his jouney here. That is why I downloaded this audiobook.
He does not need the money. He loves dressing well and women. And he is a detective of sorts. Serial killer yarns, with graphic detail, are not light listening. The stories do get better as John Sandford finds his stride in the later stories.
Apart from from following the development of Sandford's writing. there is not a lot to recommend in 'Rules of Prey'.
Some of his stories are better than others. Ferrone reads well. For your credit I suggest starting later in the series of Prey. They are stand alone stories. And Lucus Davenport is a curious character.
John Sandford is just about the best crime/thriller writer I've read. And Richard Ferrone, as a narrator, brings the 'Prey' series of books to life like no other narrator can.
A great audiobook experience. Better than reading the book. Better than watching a movie.
Now lets have more of the series made available on Audible!
If you like John Sandford's character, Lucas Davenport, you'll like this book. It's not his best, but it's good. The narrator does an adequate job (although he's not so good doing women) so it's the story itself that gets the stars in this book(and I confess to being something of a Davenport fan for many years. This is the first one I have listened to, however, rather than read.)
The "Mad Dog" character is not just a convenient bad guy; he is drawn with depth and is believably gruesome, intelligent and seriously scary. He is also an excellent foil for Davenport, who is an unconventional cop in several ways. I won't give anything away, but I will say that he has been drawn with both interesting "baggage" and believable but intriguing "advantages" and this story puts them to excellent use.
Lucas Davenport is a police detective who creates computer video games in his spare time. He makes a lot of money. He drives a Porche. He dresses well. The ladies like him. His childhood friend is a psychologist nun who provides profiling information.
Louis Vullion is a serial killer attorney referred to as maddog. He kills women. He stalks, plans, attacks, ties them to a bed, rapes, and then stabs them in the heart. He leaves notes on the bodies stating different rules about killing. For example: never keep a weapon after using it.
This is a police procedural murder mystery suspense thriller. The main character Lucas is a police investigator and part vigilante. He breaks the law more than once to see that his version of justice is done. Although Lucas is shown to be very smart about all of this and does some smart things, the other cops and strange circumstances create “incredible luck” for the killer. One cop turned a corner too quickly accidentally squealing his tires which alerted the killer to get away. Another cop didn’t know his turn signal light was broken, so the killer was able to detect that he was being followed. They had a radio transmitter on the killer’s car, so why did the broken-light-cop-car have to follow the killer so closely and for so long? Not well done. About a dozen different things happened during the book which were simply “luck” helping the killer. There is one scene I would describe as “a perfect storm of bad luck and police incompetence.” I don’t mind occasional luck causing unusual things to happen, but here luck was a primary element for almost every single event. The events were predictable. Nothing surprised me.
Lucas is sleeping with two different women during the book, one woman one day and another the next. A third one wants to sleep with him, but he has requirements. She’s not smart enough. The main love interest Jennifer was selfish, smart, manipulative, and dishonest. She used whatever means necessary to get information out of Lucas and then broadcast it. She was a reporter. Without his knowledge or consent she tricked him into getting her pregnant. After suffering from her deceptions, he keeps talking to her and doing things for her as if nothing is wrong. Toward the end Jennifer didn’t require marriage, but she demanded that Lucas be faithful to her for two years because of the pregnancy, so she could pretend they were married. After that he could return to his bachelor ways and she would pretend they were divorced. He shrugs ok. Does this appeal to guys? Where is his spine? He appears to go along with whatever women want of him. I don’t mind having weak or negative female characters in a story. But somehow all of this felt like it was written for guys, appealing to their egos, identifying with Lucas - smart, lots of money, and lots of women wanting him. I didn’t enjoy the female characters. It didn’t help that the one female character that I thought was ok, Carla, later did something stupid putting herself in danger.
On balance, it kept my interest to know what would happen. But I wasn’t drawn to the characters. I wasn’t surprised or delighted. I didn’t smile. I was annoyed with the excessive use of luck, stupidity, and incompetence to move the plot.
The narrator Richard Ferrone was fine, but the editing was bad. At the end of each chapter, the last syllable in the last sentence was cut off by the narrator saying “chapter 3” or whatever the number it was. The editor needed to leave at least a half of a second pause before saying “chapter x.” At times I wondered if more than part of the last word was being cut off.
This is the first book in the Lucas Davenport series. There are at least 21 more.
Good, economical, life-like writing, very well narrated. The only annoying aspect was a number of pop-culture references which I thought were "so 80s". Only later I learned the book actually was written in 1988. So, what's happening? Why is it the only one available of the obviously marvellous series? Please give more soon!
I love books!
Like some other series I've come across, I discovered John Sandford and his Lucas Davenport series many books into the series. I think I came across an Audible sale where I got this first book in the series on the cheap and thought why not go back to the beginning? It was entertaining and I'm glad I did. I don't really think of Minnesota the land of serial killers but it is an interesting setting. I'm sure I'll pick up a few more in the series before it's all said and done.
"One of the best I have heard"
The difficulty with an audio book is judging which authors will come across well in a slightly different medium. I have explored widely and despite thrillers being my prefered reading,in audio I have until now prefered ancient history. This book was however very well paced and involving at just the right level. Perhaps not a great book but certainly a great listen and kept me involved for the full 12 hours.
My only problem is that I cannot now find another although Sandford has written an entire series.
"An excellent listen for Sandford fans"
Being a 'Prey' fan for many years I was delighted to find this on Audible. It used to be difficult to get the books in the UK but that has changed. Now if only Audible UK can make it easier to get audio versions (as the US site has at least a half a dozen titles).
This is quite a long unabridged version, but the reader (Ferrone) is excellent. I don't think I've ever come across an audio reader who has made the novel sound exactly like I felt it should - given that I have read most of the other books in the Prey series myself.
"rules of prey"
This is one of the only 'prey' books i have not yet listened to, and i wasn't disappointed. Its just a pity there is only this book by John Sandford on the UK site. The 'PREY' series in my opinion are well written crime thrillers,and come across on audio very well thanks to a good narrator Richard Ferrone,who does the book justice. Sandford sets out with good pace an keeps you mainly wondering what twists the criminals will take and how 'Davenport' will eventually catch them. Once into the story its hard to turn it off as you want to know what will happen next.
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