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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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    Lynda Waseca, MN, United States 11-07-13
    Lynda Waseca, MN, United States 11-07-13 Member Since 2008

    Variety...the spice of life! I read a variety of genres. From historical fiction, to murder mystery, to vampires and on to teen fiction.

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    "That f@#$ing Flowers hard at work again!"

    I enjoyed this book in the Virgil Flowers series as much as the others. Most of the others involved Virgil tracking down murderers, but his one offered a bit of a refreshing break from that. Virgil has to track down a stolen relic from another country....stolen by a priest!!! The story left me guessing up to the end with a surprise ending. This was an enjoyable read and the reader does a nice job as usual with the characters' voices. I recommend the story. I love the fact that it was a Minnesota-based storyline. Anyone that lives in Minnesota will appreciate the part about the Mosquitoes and Poison Ivy. I had a good laugh!

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    Loy 11-03-13
    Loy 11-03-13

    Born to read

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    "another Virgil Flowers"

    I have listened to all of John Sandford books and really love his Flowers series.
    Flowers is a different kind of cop and gets the "bad guys" in his own way.

    this was a good installment - He has his unique way of doing things --

    worth a credit --

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    Robert SCOTTSDALE, AZ, United States 10-29-13
    Robert SCOTTSDALE, AZ, United States 10-29-13 Member Since 2011

    wolaf

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    "Sanford, Enough said."

    At this point with Sanford books it doesn't really matter what he writes about because I know and love the characters so much. Most books are a very easy fun read with some of them more time fillers then literary works of art. That being said I really liked where they took this book. A little international intrigue thrown in with the usual Effin Flowers and Davenport banter. Highly recommended.

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    Joel Dallas 10-23-13
    Joel Dallas 10-23-13 Member Since 2002

    I have listened to over 250 books in the last 10 years. I tend to listen to certain authors and try to read all their books. I listen while exercising and driving which makes the time past enjoyable.

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    "Another Virgil Flower's escapades"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Storm Front to be better than the print version?

    The print edition would allow you to re-orient to the character with the name.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Always Virgil Flowers


    What about Eric Conger’s performance did you like?

    Always good


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Good fast pace that kept you engaged


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to most of John Sandford’s books and this is right up with the best. Eric Conger continues as an enjoyable narrator. The only negative is that there are many Middle Eastern character names and it is difficult to orient the listener which character they goes with the name.

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    Eric Seattle, WA, United States 10-22-13
    Eric Seattle, WA, United States 10-22-13
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    "Virgil . . .What happened to ya' ?!?"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I'm afraid it would have been difficult to make this unfocused, meandering story into a 3, 4 or 5-start experience. Perhaps if Mr. Sandford had made this more about fewer characters and dropped many of the others and applied his usual skills at giving a story momentum, it would have worked.


    Has Storm Front turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not at all.


    What aspect of Eric Conger’s performance would you have changed?

    In this reading, the usually reliable Mr. Conger, did not do as well differentiating the characters, making it difficult at times to follow who was saying what. This is, in part, due to the fact that there really too many half-developed, throw-away characters in this story.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Storm Front?

    This story is so scattered, that there aren't any specific scenes that could be cut. It would be more appropriate to eliminate characters or story threads.


    Any additional comments?

    John Sandford is one of my favorite authors. He can skillfully create vivid bad guys, develop focus, create story momentum that keeps readers careening towards a usually satisfactory end and create strong interesting leads like Davenport, Kydd and Flowers. In the case of Storm Front, though, those talents seem to be missing. Except for some occasional laugh out loud humor in this book, the old Mr. Sandford seems to be missing. Instead of the usual focus on one local event that requires the attention of "that f#@kin' Flowers", he has placed his character in the middle of an international plot that is difficult to follow with characters that are more TV cliche than fleshed out baddies. I would have been more satisfied if the plot had just been Virgil tracking down the counterfeit barn wood people than trying to find an ancient artifact. Leave that kind of fantasy to Dan Brown. Bring Virgil back to his work in Mankato.

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    Virginia POWELL, WY, United States 10-21-13
    Virginia POWELL, WY, United States 10-21-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Not the best Virgil Flowers"

    More of an attempt at an international thriller being solved by down home policing. But it doesn't really work. It is very predictable and slow moving. I prefer Virgil solving murders.

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    Joe lexington, KY, United States 10-21-13
    Joe lexington, KY, United States 10-21-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Flower has moments of levity."

    This quick moving shell game is more suited to "Evanovich's",Stephanie Plum than Sanford's Virgil Flowers. A fun thrilling ride with an interesting side bar where the girl gets the guy. Sometimes difficult to follow but a good light hearted novel. The absence of a sinister villain where nobody is a killer and ends up dead or goes to jail is unique but a bummer. Looks like Virgil has a chance to settle down with a smart sexy adventurous lady makes this book intriguing. It was worth the credit but I hope Sanford gives Flowers a break and backs this one with a juicy "Prey" offering. Dan Brown doesn't have to worry about losing his place I'm the antiquity and historical genre. I smiled, laughed and shook my head in this one, defiantly out of the box for a Sanford novel.

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    Sanford 10-21-13
    Sanford 10-21-13
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    "Just a poor story but the reader is excellent"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I can only say that the story generally left me cold. I did finish it but i much prefer J. A. Jance's books.


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    Montana Billings, MT, United States 10-20-13
    Montana Billings, MT, United States 10-20-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Not Sandford's best, but..."

    Not Sandford's best, but hey, it's Virgil. What's not to love. This book may be better in print than audible format -- perhaps the many foreigners descending on Minnesota might sound more credible in a reader's imagination than they were off the tongue of this audio-narrator. I found it annoying that the male hairy, scary terrorist known as The Turk and the beautiful Israeli woman (both of them) had the SAME deep voice and truly awful accent. It was confusing who was talking when and to whom. I agree with another reviewer: Sandford and this narrator should stick to American characters. That aside, Sandford is one of my favorite authors, and I'm going to continue to buy everything he writes. He's that good.

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    Tom Brosman Olympia, Washington 10-18-13
    Tom Brosman Olympia, Washington 10-18-13 Member Since 2011

    I am 57, an English Lit major in college who has worked in a technicial field most of my life. I live near saltwater and in the evening, the wind blows the coolness of the mist and salt air through town like a welcome visitor with a freshly baked cake in their arms. Be well, Tom

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    "John Sanford has never written a bad book."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, you never get bored. All the twists and turns and romance on the side and international
    intrigue and human nature make it a great book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Always Virgil Flowers, though "Ma" was a standout for more than one reason.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When hmmmm, I don't want to give it away but there is a great deception than the novel is based on.


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

    No, I have my life to live, but it never gets boring and I look forward to hearing about the next exploits in the book from foreign agents to local cops.


    Any additional comments?

    John Sanford is a great read or listen. Any book is good. I have listened to them all from Virgil Flowers, cop, to Lucas Davenport Detective.

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