The brilliant new Lucas Davenport thriller from the number-one New York Times-best-selling author.
"Sandford's track record as a best-selling author is amazing, but it's not an accident," wrote Booklist of Wicked Prey. "His plotting is sharp, his villains are extraordinarily layered, and his good guys are always evolving.
And this time, there's a storm brewing...Very early, 4:45, on a bitterly cold Minnesota morning, three big men burst through the door of a hospital pharmacy, duct-tape the hands, feet, mouth, and eyes of two pharmacy workers, and clean the place out. But then things swiftly go bad, one of the workers dies, and the robbers hustle out to their truck-and find themselves for just one second face-to-face with a blond woman in the garage: Weather Karkinnen, surgeon, wife of an investigator named Lucas Davenport.
Did she see enough? Can she identify them? Gnawing it over later, it seems to them there is only one thing they can do: Find out who she is, and eliminate the only possible witness.
©2010 John Sandford (P)2010 Penguin
"Sharply drawn characters, intricate plotting, and smooth dialogue make this a sure-fire winner." (Publishers Weekly)
In this episode of the "Prey" novel series. Lucas Davenport plays a lesser role than I've become accustomed to. The author instead brings in a supporting cast to flesh out the story. Including Virgil Flowers and other characters from earlier books. I found this story entertaining and satisfying. Perhaps I suppose, because I'm a big Sandford fan and I've grown fond of the storyline. However I get the feeling that it's getting a bit tired, and running on momentum instead of forging ahead. Still a worthwhile read though!
By now, those of us who listen to Sandford's Prey series know what we're going to get: wicked predators who like to kill and a lantern-jawed cop who's not alive unless he's hunting a perp. In this one, his wife Weather is in danger because she's a witness to a hospital burglary that results in a murder. Sandford also pads this one with the description of a long, delicate surgical process to separate two babies joined at the skull: Weather is a vital part of the surgical team. It's disappointing that Sandford enlists his other series hero, Virgil Flowers, as Weather's bodyguard but gives him almost nothing to do. The best thing about the audio is Richard Ferrone, who has performed every Prey book I've heard and who has the perfect throaty voice for a hardboiled plot-driven story. I listen to these books while exercising, and they're great page-turners if you don't mind lots of graphic violence and cops who prefer revenge to justice. Sometimes the simplistic and sadistic villains are unintentionally comic, and there's a bit of sexism built into the series that's almost tongue in cheek, but if you can turn off your higher frequencies and listen with your reptile brain, you'll enjoy the vicarious thrill of being Lucas Davenport, a man's man who always gets his man.
I really enjoyed this one. It didn't turn into a page turner until over half way through but then I couldn't put it down. Having Lucas, Weather, and Virgil all together again as the main characters made it even more interesting. The story was predictable but it didn't make it any less interesting. In some cases, it even enhanced it. It's definitely a great read. I highly recommend it.
Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 11-year-old daughter.
The characters in this book were great. Dr. Barakat is dripping with evil. Cappy is void of any redeeming social values. The Mack brothers were bad guys but occasionally would show a hint of decency, especially Joe. To the rescue comes Lucas Davenport, ably assisted by another Sandford protagonist, Virgil Flowers. And then there's narrator Richard Ferrone. The voice he uses when bad guys say dumb things made me laugh out loud. If you don't mind graphic violence (remember folks, it's fiction) and you like a thriller with interesting characters read by a talented narrator, then download this book. It's one of the best in the Prey series and I think I've listened to them all.
Keeping it green
If I started the Prey series with this book it may have been a little to cheesy, with the separation music and plot a little to close to home. That said, Storm Prey had a better ending then many of John Sandford's books, in my opinion.
All Prey series
Excellent as usual.
Lose the music between changes in chapters and subject matter.
Yes. It is a good book overall, but not the best Prey book. As an investigator Lucas missed asking two obvious questions and it drove me nuts thru the book. If those questions had been asked and answered when they should have been, I feel the book could have gone a much different direction and been far more exciting. No spoilers here but they were follow up questions that I think any investigator would definitely ask.
Yes. The whole series is wonderful. But not every book can be a 5 star.
Yes. The first few books I heard him narrate I had a hard time with his 'gravelly' voice but now I like it. Gritty for the tough investigator.
Drugs, thugs and questions that need answers.
I was a bit disappointed with this book. At the exact moment the first obvious follow up question wasn't asked I wanted to stop listening. Mr Sandford, you are better than this. There was no build up of tension, it was a logical book with no surprises. If that first question had been asked, it could have led to a kidnapping and much more tension and excitement. I love Lucas but he was not a stellar investigator in this book.
since there is no way to mark books as read in the library I thought this might be a way to mark them
Sandford is a pro and does not compose a bad tale. But this for me is the most disappointing of all of his titles that I have read or listened to. Sanderson often features bad guys who are bumbling, amoral and cretinous; this particular lot are off-putting with no redeeming quirks or original touches.
And within Sandford's oeuvre, the gap is widening between the delightful Virgil Flowers stories, and those starring his original lead character, Lucas Davenport. A healthy dose of credit goes to the Flowers' narrator Eric Conger, who gives Flowers a winning charm and warmth, along with a vocal inflection that embodies Minnesota country. The Flowers novels are truly funny and compelling; there is just a shadow of that delight in the Davenport books.
I love the characters of Luke Davenport, his wife Winter and all his colleagues within the police force- The details of each person comes to life.I find myself nodding, laughing, frowning and understanding the different reactions!.John Sanford does not disappoint. ,
When listening to a book, the narrator has a very important role: the number of characters Richard Ferrone brought to life is amazing.
Excellent and easy entertainment!
" I have my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.
Almost all of Davenports Novels are great in my opinion; the only competitors are Reacher & Rapp in my opinion. This doesn't mean I don't think characters like Harvath, Allon, Bosch, etc... do not have fantastic books that shouldn't be missed. Considering the whole body of work, 23 novels I believe including 'Silken Prey', there are few that have this many books within a series let alone having all 23 worthy of at least a once over. Davenport sets a great standard that is hard to match although I think Rapp, Reacher, & Allon are close, but none of those even have over 20 books within a series, plus 2 supporting characters that add another 9-10 more books I think.
One of the reasons I loved this particular book is why most people love any of the detective/military/espionage genre, drama & trying to figure out how the book is going to end. If u enjoy a good read that is a large step up from Patterson yet not at the level of vivid description style of Burke where I personally need to pay more attention (the only reason I left Burke out of the above list is because I think the way Burke writes is so unique even though the underlying content is the same, u really have to concentrate on what is said/read or u piss the poetry Burke uses to describe a simple backyard with a stream running thru it lol), Davenport never disappoints, he's not superman but he is someone u can judge their worth by recounting the enemies he's dealt with one way or another... While it took me a bit to really get into all the 'Prey' books while there were some 'Allon & Burke' books I had to read as well, once I really was able to focus on them I flew thru all the unabridged versions & was left asking for more... the good thing is Sandford will usually give us a fix quickly
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