Lucas Davenport and his team quickly hone in on a possible suspect, a man named Charlie Pope, who was released from the same hospital prison a few weeks earlier, and who now seems to have cut himself free from his court-imposed ankle bracelet and disappeared. But is he really the one? And why do the Big Three look so agitated?
Brilliantly suspenseful, consistently surprising, once again, Sandford has outdone himself.
©2005 John Sandford; (P)2005 Penguin Audio
" is tough, unstoppable, white-knuckle fiction." (Publishers Weekly)
"The 17th Prey thriller is a cut above recent entries in the series....It contains supersized servings of all the elements readers have come to treasure in the series: Davenport's quirky, self-deprecating, and ironic worldview; plenty of graveyard humor; and a dynamic sense of place....An extra treat is Davenport's ongoing mental gyrations as he compiles a list of rock's 100 greatest tunes for his new I-pod." (Booklist)
Personally, I found Broken Prey to be just as entertaining and captivating as all his other stories. Sandford is of my all time favorite authors, and Ferrone is one of my favorite readers, and I was not disappointed. Couldn't put the story down.
Semi retired magazine editor and part time university adjunct instructor who is often distracted by his 10-year-old daughter.
If you've read through most of these customer reviews, you'll understand that very few readers are neutral on Sandford's Prey series and narrator Ferrone. If this was the first Sandford book you've listened to, then it's understandable that you would not like it if you're adverse to graphic descriptions of violence. It is trademark of the Prey series, along with one or more psychopaths who redefine evil. Broken Prey had several who fit into this category and were collectively about as horrid as you could get. This book differs from the other Prey books I've listened to because this one kept you guessing as to who the primary villian was. I don't think this book was the best in the Prey series, but it was entertaining given the genre. And Farrone is perfect for the Prey series and was excellent with the narration of this book. If you like the Prey series, you'll like Broken Prey.
I love the Prey series and I've read or/and listened to most of them. This book is just as good as the previous ones. It can be a bit graphic in parts, but so can real police work (I would think). Anyway, there's plenty of action, mystery and suspense to keep you listening until the end. I love all of the characters, and the author does a wonderful job of making them seem so real. I thought that the reader was fantastic, too!
Potential readers deserve to be warned about the content of this book. This is one of the most disturbing mysteries I have read/heard. After about a hundred pages I stopped reading it. It is one thing to hear on the news about real evil, but being entertained by it is quite a different thing. You should read this book only if you are interested in feeding the dark side of your mind.
Davenport is at his best in this book. It moved quickly, and you couldn't wait to reach the end. If you like Davenport's character from the other prey novels, you'll like this one too.
This was my first John Sandford novel, and having read a great deal, this book offers nothing new. The story was good, the pace fine, the characters entertaining. There were some good twists, with some good "CSI" type sequences and action. With the plot twists I didn't feel abused when I actually found out whodunit, there were no interjections of last minute details. I agree with the Audible synopsis which lists as a highlight, one of the character's researching the top 100 rock and roll songs. That should give a little more insight into how original the story was.
I am a retired school counselor (middle and elementary) and an avid reader. I am a lover of great mysteries, quirky protagonists, and medical/scientific non-fiction. I travel a lot and love the freedon audiobooks give me to drive, work, and relax while enjoying a good book. On my ipod I have eclectic musical selections as well as audiobooks. I will strive to never steer you wrong in a review.
I have enjoyed this series for a long time. Broken Prey was a big disappointment. Just as Robert B. Parker has been turning out what are essentially short stories marketed as novels Sandford has padded a small story with a lot of meaningless filler to sell it as a novel.
I've read all of the novels in the Prey series, partly because of the Minneapolis/St. Paul setting. However, this one was too gory for me. Yes, police work can be gory, but he could have spared us the details about entrails and such. Also, I enjoy the interactions between Lucas and his family members, who were off in England during this entire story.
I didn't notice any anti-gay undercurrent, as another reviewer did. In fact, I remember thinking that the police in this story seemed disinterested in the gay-ness of anyone, but were stumped because the first rape/murder victim was a woman; the second was a man.
So, I'd recommend the other John Stanford's before this one!
It's been taking me too long to finish listening to Broken Prey because of the narrator's voice. His voice is so garrulous it is so painful to listen to him. Otherwise, I know that this book is excellent as I have read all past "Prey" books by John Sandford
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