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Storm Prey: A Lucas Davenport Novel | [John Sandford]

Storm Prey: A Lucas Davenport Novel

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"Sharply drawn characters, intricate plotting, and smooth dialogue make this a sure-fire winner." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Kevin Crownsville, MD, United States 06-13-10
    Kevin Crownsville, MD, United States 06-13-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Still a fun read!"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    The Big Al 06-11-10
    The Big Al 06-11-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Davenport Back in Action"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bob North Lauderdale, FL, United States 05-30-10
    Bob North Lauderdale, FL, United States 05-30-10
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    "One of the best of the Prey series"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 08-27-10
    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 08-27-10 Listener Since 2006

    Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 12-year-old daughter.

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    "The evil Dr. Barakat"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Glenda 07-05-15
    Glenda 07-05-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Painfully bad....."
    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Richard Ferrone?

    Richard Ferrone needs to stop narrating books with characters from foreign countries. His attempts at the accents of all the players in this book was so bad.


    Any additional comments?

    I wanted to stop listening to this book but I kept thinking it would get better..... and it didn't.

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    KVW Creations 07-04-15
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    "You have our attention."

    Storm Prey is excellent as are all the Sandborn books. We can both agree on these for road trips. The Prey series always keeps our attention.




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    The Amester 05-26-15
    The Amester 05-26-15

    The Amester

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    "Who Cares about Weather Karkinnen? Not I!"

    While the murder mystery plot is very interesting, the tedious amount time spent on Weather and the medical sub-story is insufferable. I have always enjoyed Lucas and his colleagues - they are at the core of what makes these stories work. But, Lucas's home life? I don't care. Weather remains a one-dimensional and supremely boring character despite her elite profession, despite the attempts to "hot her up" with bedroom scenes. Sandford needs to ditch Lucas's family entanglements and focus on the detective doing his detecting.

    I know I sound harsh. I simply resented every minute I had to listen to about Weather's "Medical Mission" - especially when that plot is compared to the fascinating and cascading series of crimes.

    A personal catastrophe which rids Lucas of wife and children would be a boon to the series.
    ...I can say that because it's fiction.

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    Amazon Customer Federal Way, Wa, United States 04-20-15
    Amazon Customer Federal Way, Wa, United States 04-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Especially liked this one"

    I don't usually like wives and kids in series like this but Whether and Letty are okay. I liked the back and forth between the surgery and the robbery. LOL when Whether tried to run the guy down after he tried to kill her. That's probably why I like her.

    Good story. Ferrone isn't outstanding with accents but I can live with it because he does Lucas and his people so well.

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    Sherryl n TX Texas, USA 03-25-15
    Sherryl n TX Texas, USA 03-25-15 Member Since 2013

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    Storyline was unusual and a fun read. Enjoyed the ending. Who'da thunk it!
    Beer anyone?

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    "Music was annoying"

    The musical interludes detracted from Ferrone's normal excellent performance. The music didn't add suspense or excitement it simply annoyed me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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