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
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.
Not at all.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I can only say that the story generally left me cold. I did finish it but i much prefer J. A. Jance's books.
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.
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
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.
Always Virgil Flowers, though "Ma" was a standout for more than one reason.
When hmmmm, I don't want to give it away but there is a great deception than the novel is based on.
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.
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.
Just about every thing. The plot .. The characters.. And I was really looking forward to a new john Sanford book.
I do like Eric conger.
The story didn't make sense. I felt like the author said "hey, I'd like to write a book that involved middle-eastern characters" and made up a story to fit. Also, the "Ma Jones" interlude was just plain weird - he was fixated on boobs. I've read John Sandford / Camp novels since the very beginning, and this was one of the worst ones.
Identical by Scott Turow
Virgil in Israel
Most of them ... there were a few funny scenes, but the characters were weak, stereotyped and shallow.
I wish he'd take a couple years off and get some new juice going.
I am apparently the dissenting opinion. I liked this outing with Virgil Flowers. I think I liked the lighter, funnier storyline. Yes, maybe the plot was a little suspect but I liked the various characters, agencies, fake agencies and even Ma Noble. I will agree that I thought Mr. Conger was a little lax in trying to have different voices. I had a hard time distinguishing between Lucas and Virgil. He did great accents though. I will also agree that he has never done any research on the pronunciation of the cities in Minnesota. I still haven't forgotten Cloquet being pronounced "Klo-ket". Still, I think this outing may provide new characters for Virgil in the future. It was fun taking a walk on the lighter side.
I did enjoy this book but I did not love it. It kept me interested, but, as much as I love Virgil, I think Sandford gives his best stories to Lucas. I love Lucas also, but he's not quite as interesting since he got married.
I think the story itself was not quite as interesting. Like others, I'd rather the story be a mystery involving Minnesotans, not foreigners.
As for Erlc Conger, I like his voice but he makes no real effort to distinguish different voices, not even making female voices be a bit lighter or something to make you know you are hearing a woman. All in all, it was a pretty good book and I remain a firm Lucas and Virgil fan.
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