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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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.
Yes. Very entertaining and exciting.
Lucas taking no prisoners at the end!
One of my favorite readers. Great job as usual!
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.
Author of the Reno McCarthy and Harry Cork Series
One of the best in the Prey series. Subtle yet compelling and with a suspenseful plot. Richard Ferrone is a forceful and very listenable narrator.
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.
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'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.
There are so many problems with this story from legal, medical , geographical , and physical points of view. Without spoiling the story it's hard to point out all of the inaccuracies in this book. The dialogue is boring and unbelievable, and the sex situations seem like they were written by a 13 boy describing his first R rated movie to his grandmother. The only good part of this book was the authors note at the end admitting it was a rushed piece of crap. I wouldn't pick up another book in this series if I saw it discarded on a park bench.
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