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Silken Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 23 | [John Sandford]

Silken Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 23

Very early one morning, a Minnesota political fixer answers his doorbell. The next thing he knows, he’s waking up on the floor of a moving car, lying on a plastic sheet, his body wet with blood. When the car stops, a voice says, "Hey, I think he’s breathing." And another voice says, "Yeah? Give me the bat." And that’s the last thing he knows. Davenport is investigating another case when the trail leads to the man’s disappearance, then - very troublingly - to the Minneapolis police department, then - most troublingly of all - to a woman who could give Machiavelli lessons.
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Publisher's Summary

Murder, scandal, political espionage, and an extremely dangerous woman. Lucas Davenport’s going to be lucky to get out of this one alive....

Very early one morning, a Minnesota political fixer answers his doorbell. The next thing he knows, he’s waking up on the floor of a moving car, lying on a plastic sheet, his body wet with blood. When the car stops, a voice says, "Hey, I think he’s breathing." And another voice says, "Yeah? Give me the bat." And that’s the last thing he knows.

Davenport is investigating another case when the trail leads to the man’s disappearance, then - very troublingly - to the Minneapolis police department, then - most troublingly of all - to a woman who could give Machiavelli lessons. She has very definite ideas about the way the world should work, and the money, ruthlessness, and sheer will to make it happen.

©2013 John Sandford (P)2013 Penguin Audio

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    Margaret Gainesville, VA, United States 05-27-13
    Margaret Gainesville, VA, United States 05-27-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Sandford doesn't disappoint."
    If you could sum up Silken Prey in three words, what would they be?

    Classic Lucas Davenport novel. Great pacing, loved Richard Ferrone (he is the perfect narrator). Lots of twists and turns, but you can still follow the plot. I like how Sandford keeps the same side characters (Dell, Elle, Letty) and has Lucas work with them all.


    What other book might you compare Silken Prey to and why?

    You might also enjoy "The Burglar" books, also narrated by Richard Ferrone. Bernie Rhodenbarr (lead character) is a likable sort - similar to Lucas.


    What does Richard Ferrone bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Ferrone brings a warmth to the story. He paces the thoughts and actions appropriately.


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

    NO, it was a great commuting book. 45 minutes in the morning and at night.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kirk STILLWATER, MN, United States 05-23-13
    Kirk STILLWATER, MN, United States 05-23-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Outstanding"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Great read, one of his best highly recommend it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lucas of course


    Have you listened to any of Richard Ferrone’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    One of his better ones


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joe lexington, KY, United States 05-23-13
    Joe lexington, KY, United States 05-23-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Sandford's Finest Prey in Years"

    Lucas Davenport and the cast of characters trap you from the first riveting chapter to the scintillating end. The killers are real, the motives obvious but catching them proves to be life threatening. Danger lurks in unlikely places. I was weary Sandford had lost his passion for the Prey Series, I missed the panache' of older novels. I love this thriller. There are good guys, bad guys and good guys turned bad that......sorry I can't ruin the plot. "Silken Prey" gives you more than you can ask from an author.

    We are blessed with atypical villains we hate, comfortable characters we embrace, a hero everyman would love to become and a fresh story. The sprinkle of new characters fit well and make you smile. I loved the Governor. This is the only mystery I can remember that the bad guys aren't Big Business, Right Wing Conservatives or the Military full of Greed or Righteousness Thanks John for the refreshing story line.

    Richard Ferrone would make a Filibuster sound interesting......he is Lucas Davenport!

    "Political Prey" is a better title but that aside "Silken Prey" is a must read and read again. Easily one of the top three Prey novels, pick it up and you won't put it down. Pick it up and it won't let you down!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Regina Seattle, WA, United States 98109 05-15-13
    Regina Seattle, WA, United States 98109 05-15-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Worked for me"

    Richard Ferrone makes me happy to be human. I'd send aliens to listen to his voice: This is what the male of our species sounds like when talking. Silk embedded with gravel, never showing off, getting the job done.

    And John Sandford is a reliable treasure. His characters are lean and lovely, burrowing into the stories created for them. This one needs a sequel, as the main villain is still standing. I don't listen to books like these to see evil-doers get away with it. Life requires that kind of patience. In mystery novels, I pay for closure.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Rose Huntington Beach, CA, United States 05-13-13
    Rose Huntington Beach, CA, United States 05-13-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Solid 4 out of 5 stars..."

    Just a quick review, as others have said most of what needs to be said. Overall, an enjoyable read, just not as full as other Prey novels.

    Lacked in character development. Sandford relied on past novel character development, so if you have not read others in the Prey series, you will not get the full experience and inside jokes, etc.
    Plot did not contain much mystery, as story played out as expected.

    Still, I have read all other Prey and enjoyed this story, so give it a solid 4 out of 5.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Madison, OH, United States 05-13-13
    Donna Madison, OH, United States 05-13-13 Member Since 2010
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    "One of my favorite series."

    While this wasn't one of my favorite books in the series, I still enjoyed the book. Really enjoyed that Kidd was included in the book (from his Kidd and LuEllen series), probably my favorite part. Lucas is aging well, and like always, it was a pleasure to read one of Sandford's books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Peter HIXTON, WI, United States 05-13-13
    Peter HIXTON, WI, United States 05-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "JOHN SANDFORD DOESN'T DISAPPOINT, AGAIN."

    A very good book, per usual. I am a huge John Sandford fan, and every six months I literally can't wait until his next book arrives. The Prey Series is my favorite Sandford series. I used to read them all, now I listen to them. I expect so much from them, I want them to live up to my expectations, and 'Silken Prey' does exactly that. It has a very good story, with well developed characters, one in particular, that everyone can relate to and unilaterally despise. Along with the regular cast of characters, which do not disappoint, EVER. I really wish I was just now, discovering the 'Prey Series' and could listen to them, just now, for the very first time. If that is you, DO IT!!! NOW!!! Don't wait, start now.
    This book.is classic, Sandford, with classic and typical Sandford elements. Suspense, mystery, brutality, a little gore, some nasty people, some great people, some surprises, the usual charm and humor, and most important of all, a story line that is really, second to none.
    So if you are on the fence whether or not to buy and listen or you are just looking for a good book lo listen to, just buy it. You can thank me after you listen. Or, a better idea, go get 'Rules of Prey', and listen to it, then go and get 'Shadow Prey', and listen to it, then go get, 'Eyes of Prey', listen to it, and then go and get 'Silent Prey'.......And like I said before, you can thank me after. And, Your Welcome. : -)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Montgomery Village, MD, United States 05-12-13
    Laura Montgomery Village, MD, United States 05-12-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Four for the "Prey""

    Have read all 23 Prey books by John Sandford. Have a MAJOR CRUSH on Lucas Davenport, America's classic good boy/bad boy.

    This Prey is a bit on the boring side - the characters and their interplay elicited some yawns. Usually I dive right into Sandford books and don't mind hitting my head on the bottom. That being said, Silken Prey deserves a four out of five.

    Long live Lucas Davenport!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eddie Shelbyville, IN, United States 05-12-13
    Eddie Shelbyville, IN, United States 05-12-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Politics really makes for strange bedfellows"

    Whether in audio or written form, John Sandford's novels are among my favorites and Silken Prey is one of his better works. Richard Ferrone does another excellent job in reading Silken Prey and listeners will not have a hard time distinguishing characters. The combination, story and reader, make another excellent entry into this series.

    The plot focuses on a US Senate election and on the criminal activity that one side chooses to engage in order to win the election. Davenport is brought in by the Governor to sort through the accusations of child pornography that have been levied against the incumbent Senator without upsetting the political balance. Recognizing that this is the kind of case that could result in people losing jobs, Davenport looks outside his usual supporting cast (early in the book; favorites like Del, Shrake, and Jenkins are back later) which leads to a great fan service for long time Sandford fans. Kidd and LuEllen have fairly significant supporting roles in Silken Prey.

    As with most Prey books, Early chapters switch between what the criminals are doing and what Davenport is doing. This helps provide tension as we see both sides making moves, one to protect their secrets and Davenport attempting to expose them.

    If you've read/listened to other Prey novels and have not enjoyed them, there is little here to change your mind but for fans this is a great entry in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    pacience DORCHESTER CENTER, MA, United States 05-12-13
    pacience DORCHESTER CENTER, MA, United States 05-12-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Phoned this one in"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Maybe I'm spoiled by some of the previous Prey series and other John Sanford books but this wouldn't be something I'd recommend to a friend. This book had no mystery, no suspense and little to no character development. This book felt like a prequel to some other book in the future and could have been contained in a paragraph. I was bored early on and found my self wishing for the end. The female characters in the series have always left something to be desired in their development but this was the worst. The constant references to excess and wealth are becoming more than tiresome and add nothing to the characters nor the story and actually prevent me from liking most of the character in this book. I'd recommend a Virgil Flowers book to a friend certainly not this book.


    Has Silken Prey turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, not at all there are natural highs and lows within any series but this was a defiantly one of the very lows.


    What about Richard Ferrone’s performance did you like?

    He gives Lucas Davenport a believable voice.


    Did Silken Prey inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, to long for the next Virgil Flowers book! I'm defiantly finding myself drawn more to that series than the Prey books of late. The characters are a lot more interesting and I actually like them, I'm beginning to find Lucas, Weather and the lot to be very boring and tedious.


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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