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Gathering Prey

Lucas Davenport, Book 25
Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
Series: Lucas Davenport, Book 25
Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
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Lucas Davenport's adopted daughter, Letty, is home from college when she gets a phone call from a woman Traveler she'd befriended in San Francisco.

The woman thinks somebody's killing her friends, she's afraid she knows who it is, and now her male companion has gone missing. Letty tells Lucas she's going to get her, and, though he suspects Letty's getting played, he volunteers to go with her....

©2015 John Sandford (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd

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Praise for the author: "Crime writer John Sandford is one of the best around." ( Sun)
"That rare beast - a series writer who reads like a breath of fresh air." ( Daily Mirror)

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  • Lia
  • Sutton, Australia
  • 05-15-19

A Different Type Of Criminal

Lucas is drawn into a case by his adopted daughter who is attempting to help a young woman whom she met out in San Francisco when the woman was busking. Now the woman is worried about her male companion who went off to meet a group and disappeared. The group seem to be a strange religious cult, but think in terms of Manson (if you remember him). The group has a dangerous, possibly insane, charismatic leader who goes by the name Pilate. The plot moves through South Dakota, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota. People don't stay in place very long - usually just long enough to cause trouble.

The novel has violence ranging from gun fights to physical attacks. Expect some people to die. There are some unlikely heroes and heroines. In the Upper Peninsula, everyone has access to at least a rifle, and many have military training. You will get a lot of details about tracking and containing dangerous criminals. There is sexual content, mainly by discussion. I would give the novel an R rating, with motion picture potential. It has a surprise ending. I am not sure where the author intends to take the characters. Virgil Flowers makes a brief cameo appearance, but Lucas takes the lead on the law enforcement side, aided by various other people.

Richard Ferrone wonderful with the delivery of the story

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  • christopher
  • 02-06-16

Excellent as always

As usual a brilliant piece of writing by john sandford and fluently read by Richard Ferrone. As always with these books I was really sad when it finished. Let's hope the next one is out soon.

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  • Annie
  • 02-20-16

One of the best Davenport

Excellent is all I can say. The plot was as good as ever and Without giving anything away I was quite sure it was all over 3 quarters of the way through but I was wrong. Only slight niggle was Richard Ferones delivery which did get a bit samey but I would rather he read these than anyone else so I am not complaining.

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  • Mark
  • 04-27-16

Finally had it with Richard Ferrone

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes - Sandford gets better and better. Ingenious plots, excellent procedural content, brilliantly observed social commentary, an affectionate and cock-eyed evocation of Middle America - everything leavened, best of all, by a wry, dry humour. These books should be much better known than they are.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Richard Ferrone?

Almost anyone - Jeff Harding perhaps, who reads the John Connolly's books, or Dick Hill. Maybe William Roberts, who used to narrate Bill Bryson.
While I love Sandford, I have finally come to end of the road with Richard Ferrone as a narrator. His dialogue is particularly lazy. He has two stock voices: a masculine growl for Davenport, and a kind of high, querulous whine for everyone else, male or female, strong or weak, sympathetic or not - all are effectively indistinguishable if heard out of context. There is no effort at characterisation and he misses much of Sandford's deadpan humour. Everything is reduced to a monotonous trudge that nearly ruins a great thriller.

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  • Adrian Austin
  • 05-17-17

Gathering Prey

A truly excellent story, very enjoyable and gripping , beautifully delivered by Richard Ferrone. To be recommended to all readers of crime stories.