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

Sudden Prey: A Lucas Davenport Novel

John Sandford's acclaimed Prey novels featuring the brilliant Lucas Davenport have plunged millions of readers into the darkest recesses of the criminal mind.... When Lucas and his team gun down two bank robbers in the middle of a heist, Davenport falls prey to the purest and simplest criminal motivation: revenge.
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Publisher's Summary

John Sandford's acclaimed Prey novels featuring the brilliant Lucas Davenport have plunged millions of readers into the darkest recesses of the criminal mind.... When Lucas and his team gun down two bank robbers in the middle of a heist, Davenport falls prey to the purest and simplest criminal motivation: revenge.

Prey tell: listen to another Lucas Davenport thriller.

©1997 John Sandford (P)2011 Simon & Schuster

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    Amazon Customer 09-26-14
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    "Too many close calls"
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    I am a fan of the Davenport series. I started reading and listening late in the series and decided to start at the beginning and haven't been dissapointed. Although I enjoyed this book, I did not like as much as the others. It seemed to sacrifice a solid story line for constant action, near misses and close calls. I was ready for it to be over about 2 plot twists before the end. I thought the antagonists were inconsistent in their behaviors, and there were some unanswered questions at the end that I can't go into detail about here without spoilers. Maybe they will be resolved in the next book, or maybe they were just loose ends.

    There are some seriously pivotal moments regarding his personal relationships that will probably play out in the next book, so I am guessing that if you skip this one, you will have some missing backfill in the next one, but I have not read that one yet so I am not sure.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    R. Pontiflet Fairfield, CA USA 03-15-15
    R. Pontiflet Fairfield, CA USA 03-15-15 Member Since 2015

    retired writer

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    "What a Drag! Near Misses Abound!"

    This is second book that I've listened to in the Prey series. Field of Prey was good. I decided to read more of the Prey series because a good friend recommended them, but I wish that I had not chosen this one... the plot dragged with too many "close calls or near misses" as one reviewer noted. How many times should the writer allow the villain or the good guy to go to a door or to a house to kill someone but only to find that they just missed them. This story had the good and bad guys chasing each other back and forth but to just miss them by some fluke or other. This story bored me and only because I love listening to narrator Ferrone and because I wanted the story to turn around and wow me that I finished reading it. I was not wowed... the story just kept going in circles until Davenport figured out who the "double agent" was working against the police.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lauren Chicago, IL, United States 11-22-13
    Lauren Chicago, IL, United States 11-22-13 Member Since 2011

    I guess I'm a baby...I just love to be read to.

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    "Least Favorite Davenport So Far"

    I don't know what it was but I really didn't like this Davenport book. I never could quite get into the story, which was not very compelling.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Len Marino San Antonio, TX USA 07-02-11
    Len Marino San Antonio, TX USA 07-02-11 Member Since 2012

    Retired Military Officer & Pilot. President of a national executive search firm specializing in recruitment and placement of Physicians.

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    "Incredibly bad performance by comparison"

    I've read most of these novels by John Sandford, it is one of my favorite series. However, this abridged version sounds as though it has been artificially speeded up to fit into some sort of time criteria. Much of the dialogue is delivered without much inflection, and music and sound effects are added here and there - not improving the performance much. this is the first audio book I've purchased in this series that has been "abridged", I won't buy another abridged performance. A couple of truisms I've learned listening to audiobooks, the first is NEVER buy an audio performance delivered by the AUTHOR, now I'm thinking about these abridged versions. The UNABRIDGED versions are done well in this series.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Cathy CLEARWATER, FL, United States 07-13-15
    Cathy CLEARWATER, FL, United States 07-13-15

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    "A little ridiculous"

    I find this book a little ridiculous and over-the-top. My husband is a retired cop and nothing gets under your skin more than the miss use of terms and ridiculous scenarios.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pat 06-21-15
    Pat 06-21-15
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    "Another winner"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would. It's part of a series that I am enjoying very much.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. Not knowing where the next cop would be attacked, or where, made every moment intense.


    What does Richard Ferrone bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His changing vocal inflection for the different characters is so subtle, yet, distinct, you start to recognize the characters by their conversation.


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

    No. I listen to audiobooks when I go to bed. Depending on how tired I am dictates how many nights it takes to complete a book.


    Any additional comments?

    I am really enjoying this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Theresa 03-17-15
    Theresa 03-17-15 Member Since 2012
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    "one of my favorites"

    I love Sandford and especially Lucas Davenport! This book is right up there with being one of my favorite books in the series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Custome Maplewood, NJ USA 05-11-12
    Amazon Custome Maplewood, NJ USA 05-11-12 Member Since 2008
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    "An Awful Lot of Killing for Minneapolis"

    I've probably listened to at least 10 of the Lucas Davenport books -- and plan to read them all. This seems be an awful lot of killing for Minneapolis, even in Lucas's world. The streets must have been running red with blood, the air black with lead powder from all the shooting. How many types of firearms must be deployed, how many magazines must be loaded, how many rounds must be discharged before the bad guys meet their violent end?

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Bill Downingtown, PA, United States 07-01-11
    Bill Downingtown, PA, United States 07-01-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Just could not finish the book"

    I do listen to a lot of books and this one just seemed to drag on. I listened for about 8 hours hoping it would it would pick up but for me, it just did not. I have listened to other John Sandford books and I found Sudden Prey to come up a bit short.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Bear Arizona 02-08-15
    Bear Arizona 02-08-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Thrilling Ride"

    The story was an edge of your seat thriller. The narration was superb contributing to the intensity of the story. The final face off between Chief Davenport and the escaped killer convict Dick LaChaise is electrifying. Audible dot Com is the only way to experience the intensity and adrenal action of John Sandford's Novels.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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