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Secret Prey Audiobook

Secret Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 9

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The company chairman lay on the cold ground of the woods, his eyes unseeing, his orange hunting jacket punctured by a rifle bullet at close range. Around him stood the four executives with whom he had been hunting, each with his or her own complicated agenda, each with a reason not to be sorrowful about the man's death. If he read it in a book, Lucas Davenport thought, it would seem like one of those classic murder mysteries, the kind where the detective gathers everyone together at the end and solves the case with a little speech.

But it wasn't going to be that easy, he knew. There were currents running through this group, hints and whispers of something much greater than the murder of a single man. He had felt this way not long before, sensed the curling of an indefinable evil, and not only had it nearly gotten him killed, it had lost him his fiancee, who'd never been able to recover from the violence of the encounter. Sometime soon, unless he could stop it, there would be another death, and then still another, and Davenport couldn't help but wonder if maybe this time, the final death might not be his own....

John Sandford has written extraordinary thrillers before, but nothing to top the startling twists and unrelenting suspense of Secret Prey.

©1998 John Sandford (P)2012 Penguin Audiobooks

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    Phillip Arlington, TX 03-20-13
    Phillip Arlington, TX 03-20-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Very good Davenport take."

    I thoroughly enjoy the "Prey" series by John Sandford, starring Lucas Davenport. I find that I usually read these in clumps. I'll read a number of books that are more literary in nature and then desire something that I can just enjoy and have fun with.

    For this purpose, Sandford's novels are perfect. The characters, Davenport in particular, are well developed and have all grown as the series has progressed. The stories are different than most detective fiction, in that we almost always know who the killer is early in the plot's development. It's not a whodunit but rather a how do we catch them.

    I wholeheartedly recommend this and all the "Prey" novels as an excellent escape from mundane daily life.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    G.Monie Bethpage, NY, United States 03-11-13
    G.Monie Bethpage, NY, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2016

    " I have my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.

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    "All the Davenport series"

    I get a great kick out of the Davenport series, it's a little more complex then Patterson but one of the better series besides Reacher

    I just picture Gibbs from NCIS as Lucas & it's very entertaining, this goes for all the series books , like any series I'm sure some are much better then others but its worth the time & credit

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 03-24-16
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 03-24-16 Member Since 2010

    Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.

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    "Like Lucas Davenport? Buy This Book!"

    Another tight Sanford plot littered with gritty characters and Sanford's talent. Richard Ferrone's keeps this cast clearly distinct from one another without intruding any idiosyncratic debris into the drama.

    If you want a good mystery read that's read good... Get Secret Prey.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Tesla's Fire 03-18-16

    Winds of Change

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    "Weatherless"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I am new to this series and so far it has not failed in delivering a thrilling, hang on to your seats story. The characters play off each other organically giving the dialog and interactions a realistic feel. The secondary characters give enough support to move the story along and side bars to keep things interesting. Lucas is a juxtaposition of traits, emotions, and actions. He is a good cop but a master manipulator of people and situations. He upholds the law but has no qualms in taking on the role of judge and executioner . But those flaws are what makes this character fascinating. The only qualm that I have is Luca's love interest, Weather, who I despise. The character comes a across as a toad, with a bedside manner guaranteeing a second opinion, and lacking the empathy gene. "But she is intelligent and a surgeon [!}". The relationship is very one dimensional and seems more sexual than emotional. Any emotion is told to the reader rather than evolving making the relationship feel contrived. I am not sure whom Sanford used as a primer for this character, but a surgeon that falls apart after being sprayed with blood and guts in a shootout should probably stay home. And Luca's should probably rethink a woman who will walk away when times get tough.

    "Secret Prey" was engrossing and disturbing. The best part, Weather is out. But I am afraid Sanford will bring her back. I can only hope for a doctor murdering serial killer, a faulty electrical outlet in the operating room, or that Davenport will come to his senses.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda United States 01-01-14
    Brenda United States 01-01-14 Member Since 2009

    I read all series books, when I find a character I love I can't stand not to know what happens to them next.

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    "Great Series!!!"
    Any additional comments?

    Great read, Davenport always gets his guy...The narrator is sometimes annoying, but nothing I can't stand.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Federal Way, Wa, United States 09-06-13
    Amazon Customer Federal Way, Wa, United States 09-06-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Lucas is such a great character"

    Davenport is such a great character and this whole plot was really good. I could hardly put it down. As usual Richard Ferrone did a great job narrating.

    I can go without reading one of these for a bit but as soon as I start hearing Lucas and his detectives start working out a case I smile.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    R. Pontiflet Fairfield, CA USA 07-15-16
    R. Pontiflet Fairfield, CA USA 07-15-16 Member Since 2015

    retired writer

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    "Murder? Who You Gonna Call? Lucas D.... Of Course"

    Who do you trust? No one, especially while on a hunting trip with a group of "friends". Everybody has guns and everybody has something to gain by the death of the Chairman, somebody pulls the trigger killing the "top man" and nobody is sorry that he's dead.... wow! a murder mystery for Lucas Davenport to solve.

    This is where the skills and intuition of Lucas Davenport steps in to solve the case. But it was not going to be easy because the same people who are supposed to be the man's friends contains at least one man or woman who was willing to pull the trigger, and would benefit from the man's death. There are twists and turns in the storyline that keeps the story interesting and the listener guessing whodunit.

    Ferrone, the narrator, is the voice of Lucas Davenport. An enjoyable listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James Franklin, GA, United States 11-22-15
    James Franklin, GA, United States 11-22-15 Member Since 2007

    Atlanta native and Realtor. Love Audible

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    "I can't seem to get enough of this series."

    After several of these books I thought I'd try something else but the whole time I was wondering what was going on in the next Prey series. I'm hooked. Glad the narrator never changes from book to book too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ralph Adel, GA, United States 02-11-13
    Ralph Adel, GA, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Another awesome Prey Novel"
    Where does Secret Prey rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Sandford's a terrific storyteller and Ferrone tells it well. Never been a boring Prey novel and this one's right up there!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lucas Davenport is a crime-solving son of a gun....Sandford gives him believability....seems very realistic and always interesting.


    What about Richard Ferrone’s performance did you like?

    The voice is perfect for the story....and always is. Can't imagine another voice/style for a Davenport novel.


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

    Brought the iPod with me from the car...and finished in a weekend.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MLN Texas, United States 01-22-13
    MLN Texas, United States 01-22-13
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    "Exciting and thrilling mystery"
    What did you love best about Secret Prey?

    The author presents word-pictures of scenes and events by giving specific details that appeal to the five senses, or to the reader’s imagination. Description presents background and setting. This story had me hooked from start to finish.


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

    This plot did keep me on the edge of my seat. So many of the characters had reason to pull the trigger. Everytime I thought I had it figured out a new twist would unfold in the story.


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

    Lucas


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

    I would leave it as Secret prey a Lucas Davenport mystery


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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