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Storm Front Audiobook

Storm Front: Virgil Flowers, Book 7

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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

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    Adam 11-13-13
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    "Laugh-out-loud funny"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Poconos pocono pines, pa United States 11-02-13
    Poconos pocono pines, pa United States 11-02-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Boring beyond belief!"
    What would have made Storm Front better?

    I am a huge fan of Sandford and the character but this story is just majorly way too hard to follow. You would need to make a spread sheet of the characters just to even try to keep up with what is going on but even that would not help I'm afraid.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MARRILEE KENNESAW, GA, United States 10-20-13
    MARRILEE KENNESAW, GA, United States 10-20-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Sandford Writes Another Winner"

    An intriguing story full of memorable characters sprinkled with some great wit. I'd love to read a sequel to this story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    bebe South Carolina 10-15-13
    bebe South Carolina 10-15-13 Member Since 2009

    Attorney - love to listen to audio books

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    "Virgil Flowers is unique"
    Any additional comments?

    I wish Virgil were real and worked in my town. I like him a lot and would like to sit in the diner and talk to him. This was a good book - a little different from former books in the series, but Virgil is still the same. There is a lot of humor in the story and so many suspects that you are constantly changing your mind. Which shell is the stone under!? The Israel connection is interesting, but the great majority of the story takes place in Minnesota, as usual. I loved the Lebanese student pilot. He was an entertaining character and a suspect. Ma is also very interesting and also entertaining and also a suspect. Sandford keep me guessing on this one.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Francine Toronto, Ontario, Canada 10-12-13
    Francine Toronto, Ontario, Canada 10-12-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Disappointing!"
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    I've read all of Sandford's novels and I'm particularly fond of the Flowers series but not this one. Too many half-developed characters and an implausible story that never grabs you. Good narration though and quite funny at times. I still love you Virgil but leave the international intrigues to Jason Bourne. Minnesota is where the fun is.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Regina Seattle 10-09-13
    Regina Seattle 10-09-13 Member Since 2016
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    "What storm? Barely a sprinkle"

    Maybe it's me. Who knows what subjective criteria influence enjoyment, but I'll bet there are plenty. Still, after having listened to everything by John Sandford available either at Audible or on discs at the library, and loving all featuring Lucas and/or Virgil Flowers, I was not intrigued by this title.

    The plot is massively unlikely, and it limps along. Virgil remains a fabulous character and I especially like his sometime-girlfriend this time out, but the story made me feel tired. I didn't care about the stone, real or fake, and didn't believe a minister working for so many summers in Israel would so abuse the country's hospitality. Plus, when the payoffs came, making the story work, I must have been daydreaming. Who paid?

    Sandford is good at making his evil-doers scary, but the thug in this book said to be famous for cutting off men's balls seems as if he wandered in off the set of a sitcom. Who'd be scared of him?

    Do good people turn to crime just because they need the money? Maybe sometimes, but I'd need a little more convincing than Sandford provides. And don't ministers at some point rely on God's grace and mercy? Shouldn't a minister in good standing in his profession at least be seen to pray about his problem, even once?

    Even given all that, it's still a John Sandford title. If I knew all this before buying the title, I'd probably still buy it. At his worst, Sandford is better than most.

    13 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 11-04-13
    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 11-04-13 Listener Since 2006

    Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 13-year-old daughter.

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    "Average story with nice twist at the end"

    Not sure that John Sandford spend a lot of time writing this novel. He introduced several characters that were not germane to the story and when they reappeared several pages later it had me trying to recall where they fit in. The agent with the double secret phone was one such character. That aside, this was a typical Flowers yarn, even though it didn't deal with the typical Flowers elements. Can't remember Virgil dealing with too many ancient biblical artifacts in his previous adventures. Lots of running in circles in this story but enough action, comedy and intrigue to keep Flowers fans interested. The twist at the end fit the story perfectly. The length was about right too. Those who like the Flowers series will be satisfied but not overly impressed.

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    Roger C Thompson Giddings, Texas, US 10-15-13
    Roger C Thompson Giddings, Texas, US 10-15-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Hard to Follow"

    I found this book hard to follow. I had to back up several times to relisten to it. I guess I had thought this was a Davenport novel, but it is a Flowers novel. I guess I should have looked at the title. John Sanford does not have a good range of different voices, so I had a hard time figuring out who was talking. I just found this book to be far fetched, and not very captivating.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Tim Healy Erlanger, KY 09-02-16
    Tim Healy Erlanger, KY 09-02-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Love Virgil, not this"
    What did you like best about Storm Front? What did you like least?

    I've read, or now listened to, all of the Virgil Flowers novels. They're quirky and fun, and good for an exciting read. This one takes the character away from his greatest strengths and drops him in an international thriller. It's good, but it's a bit of a miss for me.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It works pretty well. The bases are covered, and I think I was as surprised as Virgil was. Sandford is usually good for a plot that will take a twist at the end and surprise you. This one is no exception.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    And I have to say, I'll probably never buy another book narrated by Eric Conger. He sounds like one of those recordings where they take individually recorded words and paste them together with a computer. It has all the personality of a telephone answering system.


    Could you see Storm Front being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Maybe, but it couldn't be the first in the series. I wouldn't come back to it if it were. There's not enough that I would feel would hold my interest. No casting suggestions are springing right to mind, though.


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    Kenny landit 06-02-16 Member Since 2016

    I drive 50000+ miles a year and spend most, when not on the phone, listening to audio books. Local flare, Stone, Sean, King and Maxwell.

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    "I want more virgil flowers novels.
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    everything about these novels and characters is outstanding. The locations are in my back yard.
    EXCELLENT.

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