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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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.
Yes; the writing is wonderful, stories are intricate, plausible, and a little humor never hurts.
All of the John Sanford books are great; I look forward to each new one as it comes out,. My favorite author, right along with Michael Connelly.
None in particular. All are good.
Yes, but I made myself savor it.
Although not exclusively, I do read a lot of crime novels and I am perplexed by the good ratings this one received. There are a lot of good crime fiction authors out there but this is not one. I do make allowances for a novel considering the fact that it is entertainment and does not need to be completely realistic. But this Novel was just bad. The characters are improbable and inconsistent. The dialog is unrealistic and cheesy. The actions of the characters are erratic. The overall idea of the story is good; the rest is just not good. I can imagine that if you are a male seeking a fantasy fulfilling story of a rich tough guy that can have his cake and eat it too and do not care much about the literature value, this is a story for you.
Yes. Very entertaining and exciting.
Lucas taking no prisoners at the end!
One of my favorite readers. Great job as usual!
I've listened to a good number of John Sanford's books in the "Prey" series. This is apparently an early one, and had it been the first I'd listened to, it would certainly have been the last.
From the start, I kept waiting for something interesting to happen.
SPOILER ALERT: Nothing interesting does.
Right from the beginning, I found the story (and frankly, the narration) to be excessively slow. Ferrone reads the Indian voices at such a slow pace that I just wanted to shake him and get him to read like he wasn't drugged, or trying to make the characters sound stupid. HIs tempo is faster in the second part of the download, but by then, it's too late for redemption.
At the end of the audiobook is a disclaimer from the author, explaining that this book was an early work, and practically apologizing for the fact that it just doesn't work. In the printed version, this is a preface. It should have been left at the beginning, rather than shifted to the end, so that listeners would be forewarned that even the author realizes that the work bombs.
The story shifts between the action of Native Americans seeking retribution against an oppressive white majority that exploits and abuses their community, and a sexual affair between the hero (?) Lucas Davenport and a woman cop from NY, Lilly. The book would have been a lot tighter without any of the romantic detours and digressions. The long, rambling sections left me saying to myself "well, he sure could have left all of that out." It didn't add to the story, but rather detracted from the continuity of the book. The sudden and sometimes inexplicable change of mood between them at times made me wonder if I'd missed part of the book. An interchange between them on a practice firing range was bordering on torture, though I suppose it could be said to justify their shooting abilities later in the story. But it was just one example of some overly long and tedious diversions from the main plot.
And don't expect a nicely wrapped ending as your reward for sticking it out to the bitter end.
This book is best left in the shadows. If you've never read a "Prey" book, DON'T make this your first. If you have read and liked them, don't waste your time on this one.
Persnickety, curmudgeonly, locked into a long daily commute which is mitigated somewhat by listening to great books.
Maybe, but probably not. This is my second.
Possibly, if it was rated highly.
I didn't notice this in the first "Prey" novel, but Ferrone's characters' voices seem to get confused. It is hard to tell one character from another. All women characters have deep, husky voices. Some readers can pull this off, but Ferrone has trouble with it.
I was disappointed in this book. After reading the Walt Longmire series and the Cork O'Connor series, I was optimistic about a native American themed mystery. This one had promise, but the story was hijacked by the sexual shenanigans of a suddenly super-horny Lucas Davenport and I am not getting the point of that. It cheapens the Davenport character even if it gives Lily a little more character as she stresses about her husband.
I am a college professor and professional actor, director and playwright. The peformance of the book is as important to me as the writing.
I have loved John Sandford but this one was pretty lame. Predictable romance that was very melodramatic and a convoluted story that I really didn't find compelling.
I like the whole series and was only able to find an abridged version of this book until I found your website. Richard Ferrone is one of the best author/reader out there, along with Scott Brick.
The whole series is good.
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