In Shadow Prey, the crackling sequel to Rules of Prey, Twin Cities sleuth Lucas Davenport teams up with NYPD Lieutenant Lily Rothenberg to track down an elusive killer known only as Shadow Love. Among the victims are a Minneapolis slumlord, a judge from Oklahoma City, and a Manhattan politician. The murder weapon is a Native American ceremonial knife.
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If you are like me, I like the prey books as decent, suspenseful, quick reads, not unlike one of Robert Parker's Spencer novels. Entertaining and enjoyable. I missed a few of the early ones, so am picking them back up on audio here and there.
The narrator is great. The characters are so well-rounded. After listening to the book, I also listened to the author's note about how political the first draft of this story was. But after final edits Sanford managed to make you sympathetic to the cause of the antagonists and root for the good guys with a well-written thriller.
I loved the premier of this series and I was excited about the second installment. Boy was I disappointed.This book feels like it doesnt know what it wants to be. The lead bad guy is paper thin and confusing. I will be returning this book.
This book was not as good as the first, but was still just a great book! I did not think it seemed true murderer/serial killer fashion like I was hoping for after the first Lucas Davenport book. This book was more so a social warfare drama with some casualties on the way of finding the lead perpetrators. I want to hear more about the crazy mind of a killer like Rules of Prey did for us. I will keep reading and listening though.
One of Sandford's earlier works and I'm new to his offerings but I totally enjoyed this thriller. Great characters and thoroughly entertaining. Can't wait to start the next one.
still it was engaging. i probably needed more depth. Lucas Davenport seemed a little unrealistic even though the writer explores more of his personality.
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Would've preferred the narrator acted a bit more instead of just reading it. I think I would've been more engaged in the story had the narrator actually put some life into the characters other than that it's a solid thriller.
Sure, it keeps you hangin.
I will listen to him but his Jersey accent doesn't fit Minnisooooota
Sandford needs to keep his liberal feelings out of his writings
It starts off by gripping my interest and not letting go! I definitely recommend this book!
The climax - the final showdown between good and evil - blew my mind. I was so nervous for Lucas and his family! I could barely breathe! Thank goodness for the safe!!
Lucas - he has a cool, alpha male "swag" about him, and I can feel it through Richard Ferrone's voice.
The beginning of the book was heartbreaking. Without giving away much, my heart ached for the poor girl. She was a human being...somebody's daughter. All I could think to myself is 'She will never be the same.'
I have purchased the next two books in this series! I love the Prey series thus far and plan to listen to each and every book!!!
Thrilling, captivating and enthralling.
It was exciting and felt very plausible. It was a fresh breath that you followed both the police and the killers thoughts. The Main character Lucas Davenport, he's clever, intelligent, tough and a ladies man, but also a man who has has flaws and is hard to figure out. Well written characters that are not one dimensional.
Richard Ferrone has a very cool dry voice, he makes the book come to life. I really enjoyed listening to him tell the story.
Some of the things that made me go woah, didn't see that one comming.
I'm hooked to this series, only greif is that some of the books aren't available in my country.
"Sandford's Prey series is superb except this one"
The Prey series is a truly wonderful collection of books. Davenport is a complex character in the best of ways. He is a dodgy, reckless, self made rich guy with some unpleasant traits but he sure is fun. Intelligent friends and fellow cops add more humour and insight into the dark situations the barking mad criminals create. The descriptive writing is beautiful and thoughtful too, never jumping to simplistic assumptions about the forces that drive human beings.
The audiobooks are just as they should be - unabridged and most importantly, read by the same excellent reader. When you have such a rich collection of characters as this you obviously form ideas and images about them. Changing the reader of a series is unbelievably stupid. It ruins continuity, and the rhythm and pace of the entire book. It is like turning the TV on to watch Inspector Morse and finding that he's played by an unknown actor.
So, what is wrong with this one? It is the second Prey book and was the only one not recorded at the time. Perhaps because is was no good? It is drawn out with a weak storyline, a tedious sexual affair and unfocused baddies. All the things that John Sandford's Prey books are not, usually.
Please don't judge the Prey series by this one. The best in the series in my opinion are two of the best books I have ever heard, the two Rinker books, Certain and Mortal Prey. There's not enough room or time here to do them justice. Perhaps it is best to start at the begining with Rules of Prey and omit this one.
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