The thrilling new novel in the number one New York Times - bestselling series.
In Israel, a man clutching a backpack searches desperately for a boat. In Minnesota, Virgil Flowers gets a message from Lucas Davenport: You're about to get a visitor. It's an Israeli cop, and she's tailing a man who's smuggled out an extraordinary relic - a copper scroll revealing startling details about the man known as King Solomon.
Wait a minute, laughs Virgil. Is this one of those Da Vinci Code deals? The secret scroll, the blockbuster revelation, the teams of murderous bad guys? Should I be boning up on my Bible verses?
He looks at the cop. She's not laughing. As it turns out, there are very bad men chasing the relic, and they don't care who's in the way or what they have to do to get it. Maybe Virgil should start praying.
©2013 John Sandford (P)2013 Penguin Audio
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.
Tight plot, fast pace, odd characters, and - of course, Virgil Flowers - at his randy-est. In fact - I think it's Chapter 23 that might be one of the shortest hot writings in all of thriller/mystery/detective-dom. If you liked John Sanford's Flowers before he slacked off a tad in 'Mad River' well there's no slack in "Storm Front".
Oh, and Eric Conger's a terrific actor, builds a gripping ensemble, and suspends disbelief... Fine team here.
I enjoyed the humor and actually LOL'd a few times. But for some reason the baddies just weren't very bad and the chase scene just ran out of gas. I am usually able (and willing) to suspend belief if I am invested in a story, but I found myself shaking my head and saying 'no way', one too many times.
The thing I liked least (read: hated!) was every time Virgil spoke to his maybe girl-friend and called her "Ma" . That was just wrong...
There were too many characters who were just not well-developed.
I did enjoy Anwan. I would actually like to see him again.
I think Eric Christian Olsen from NCIS LA would make a good Virgil. I would love to see a Virgil movie, just not this one...
Virgil deserves better.
No matter where you go, there you are.
This tome haas Virgil at his best, the hormonal sleuth fights off the babes as he fights crime in this caper with not only international intrigue, his is tossed into the world's hottest frying pan. Don't want to throw too much out there, but Sanford may rile some feathers with the light hearted touch he lays on terrorism and terrorists.
This plot has a new, higher levels of deception and machination that will have some comparing him to James Bond (with a fishing rod rather than a Beretta)!
Thoroughly enjoyed this romp!
I might end up doing all of them again. All of John Sandford, I mean.
Absolutely. There were SO many characters doing so many things, some expected and some not.
That f*ckin' Flowers, of course.
I almost cried when it was over because I had nothing half as good lined up. I laughed a number of times but I think my favorite was Chapter 23.
I think I may be ready to say John Sandford is my favorite writer ever. Definitely my favorite one still working.
Perhaps it was the improbable storyline, or maybe my inability to connect with any of the characters besides that effin Flowers (I looked forward to his calls to Davenport), but my mind wandered a lot throughout this listen.
Conger's narration was great, as usual, but even he sounded bored in a couple places.
I think I'll keep my expectations in check awaiting Lucas and Virgil's next big adventure.
" I have my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.
I think Sanford's Fuc*!#g Flowers is losing some steam, I pre-ordered this title & instead of a police type mystery I got some type of chase after an possible important artifact of history, BUT not anywhere near Indiana Jones style. I am all for these types of books but this takes place in Minnesota! The quad cities, the Twins, the Vikings, snow! I'm sorry for all the Minnesotans but I don't think this would have been interesting In NYC.
I gave the book 1 star extra just because I love the author although I believe he should stick to Davenport, & Kidd might be getting a tad more interesting but also has less books. I was disappointed overall with the caliber of this book & story, I might be sticking to the 'Prey' series from now on. The Virgil Flowers series started off with some good books but at this point I am a bit flustered with the storylines & the lack of Flowers character growth.
There wasn't anything I would want to listen to again. The story dragged and I often found my mind wandering while listening. I will probably still continue to follow the adventures of Davenport and "that effin Flowers" but just like Davenport settling down with a wife and kids has taken the steam out of his stories, now Flowers is getting old.
The person who produces the audio failed with this book. I don't blame Eric Conger but somebody didn't do the homework on how to pronounce place names in Minnesota! Edina is pronounced with a long E and long I. Owatonna starts with a long O, and the college in St Peter is Gustavus and the A in the middle is long. I live in Rochester Minnesota and have family in Mankato, St Peter and the twin cities. Hearing these continually mispronounced was like fingers on a black board.
I think Virgil has been fleshed out a bit more and has become more of a person.
I have only heard him in the other Virgil Flowers, and he has become the "voice" of Virgil in my head.
What place is Ma going to play in future Virgil Flowers novels? Only the author knows, and even he might not. The book left me wondering if Ma would become #4.
It's the Virgil we love. Interesting twists, not the darkness of some of Virgil's other books; but a great read just the same. Ignore the other comments to the contrary, get this and enjoy.
One of the more Byzantine plots from the Flowers series. Immensely entertaining: Dan Brown meets the Maltese Falcon at the cross roads of Lake Woebegon. As usual, Eric Conger brings life to John Sanford's richly drawn characters.
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