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Dark of the Moon Audiobook

Dark of the Moon

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Publisher's Summary

Virgil Flowers kicked around for a while before joining the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. First it was the army and the military police, then the police in St. Paul, and finally Lucas Davenport brought him into the BCA, promising him, "We'll only give you the hard stuff."

He's been doing the hard stuff for three years now, but never anything like this.

In the small town of Bluestem, a house way up on a ridge explodes into flames, its owner, a man named Judd, trapped inside. There are a lot of reasons to hate him, Flowers discovers. In fact, he concludes, you'd probably have to dig around to find a person who doesn't despise Judd.

And that isn't even why Flowers came to Bluestem. Three weeks before, there'd been another murder, two, in fact, a doctor and his wife, the doctor found propped up in his backyard, both eyes shot out. Flowers knows two things: this wasn't a coincidence, and it had to be personal.

But just how personal is something even he doesn't realize, and may not find out until too late. Because the next victim may be himself.

©2007 John Sandford; (P)2007 Penguin Audio, a member of Penguin Group (USA), Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Sandford keeps the reader guessing and the pages turning while Flowers displays the kind of cool and folksy charm that might force Davenport to share the spotlight more often." (Publishers Weekly)

What Members Say

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    Books and Crannies Recycled Torrington, CT 06-20-13
    Books and Crannies Recycled Torrington, CT 06-20-13 Member Since 2012

    Avid Audio book listener, Blogger and Book-Seller.

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    "Deadpan Narration"

    Maybe I'm a bit spoiled, having listened to a lot of books narrated by the likes of Ray Porter, Roy Dotrice, and George Guidall, but I couldn't get past the deadpan performance of the Narrator.

    If I couldn't understand English, and relied only upon the fluctuation of the narrator's voice to tell me this part was funny, or that part was exciting, then I would only be left with...blah.

    The story? Ok, I suppose. It just doesn't stand out.

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    Mel Raleigh, NC, United States 05-29-13
    Mel Raleigh, NC, United States 05-29-13 Member Since 2011

    Baby Boomer in Raleigh NC. Faves include James Lee Burke, CJ Box, Baldacci, Flynn, Child, DeMille, Crais, Connolly, Thor, Coes, L'amour. Average two books/week.

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    "Virgil vs Lucas"

    This was my 3rd Virgil story after 10-12 of Lucas' "Preys". No offense to Lucas Davenport, but I'm enjoying "that f-in Flowers" even more than Lucas.

    The whole Minnesota "thing" doesn't appeal to me but I do enjoy the characters and the stories.

    I enjoy that Lucas is a secondary character in these but he leaves it up to Virgil to solve the cases.

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    G.Monie Bethpage, NY, United States 04-03-13
    G.Monie Bethpage, NY, United States 04-03-13 Member Since 2016

    " I have my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.

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    "Great Compliment to Davenport"

    I really loved the 2 Virgil Flowers books I've read, Sanford did a great job creating 2 completely different characters in the same line of work and the same state which I think is no small feat...

    Davenport is a hard-boiled cop 5.0 with a Porsche and willingness to use an ends justify the means attitude, WHILE VIRGIL comes off as a great undercover/underestimated cop who comes off as a hippie and uses Sun Tzu like tactics to make enemies take him lightly all the way until he has a shotgun shoved in your mouth and asking you to 'freeze' lol....

    I also love the fact that Flowers has a military history, its not that cops in cities can't compare to espionage/soldiers but the background adds an extra layer to the character like an onion... It also means as 'chill' as Flowers comes off he's got an arsenal hidden in various places and 1000 yard stare

    Dark of moon has great content that sets up tangential characters that reappear in the series, contacts, friends, etc... The book also has an underlying development of a character who might.... only might fill the shoes or at least run along side of the Davenport series, I've only read 2 of the books but both were good, books you have to pay a little attention to, meaning, its not like Patterson where you don't have to think while you read but its not as heavy as a Ken Follet book...He runs the entire investigation completely different then Davenport would but its just as effective.... and I LOVE how he always calls Lucas when its too friggin early for him.... at 930am lol, the 'cameo's' in the book are enjoyable

    Overall a great read and worth the credit and I believe I'll check out all the books with Flowers

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    RTimmons Siloam Springs, Arkansas 03-26-13
    RTimmons Siloam Springs, Arkansas 03-26-13 Member Since 2015

    R Timmons

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    "A Good Start For Flowers"
    If you could sum up Dark of the Moon in three words, what would they be?

    Good Flowers Introduction.


    What did you like best about this story?

    As a Sandford fan and Lucas Davenport follower, it's nice to have an introduction to a character that can fill-in for the tired Davenport series.


    Have you listened to any of Eric Conger’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Conger did a good job bringing Virgil to life.


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

    It's not so compelling as to listen straight through, two or three hours at a time is good enough.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm going to move on through the Virgil Flowers series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dan BIRMINGHAM, AL, United States 02-18-13
    Dan BIRMINGHAM, AL, United States 02-18-13 Member Since 2012

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Flowers does it again."
    What did you love best about Dark of the Moon?

    Sandford nails Minnesota, again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Virgil Flowers. An interesting character. A lot more depth that what appears on the surface.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None in particular.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Theresa 01-29-13
    Theresa 01-29-13
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    "not for me"
    Would you try another book from John Sandford and/or Eric Conger?

    No I don't think so


    What could John Sandford have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I have no idea


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    He was ok


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The narrator wasn't half bad I just don't care for John sanders


    Any additional comments?

    Sorry

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    M. Dewitt 01-07-13
    M. Dewitt 01-07-13

    I am a 57 year old book addict. I started out reading Daniel Steele and Sidney Shelton novels 30 years ago. Since then I have added literally hundreds of authors. I take the time to write reviews on books that sweep me away. So if I have really loved that particular book. There have been a couple over the years I reviewed because I truly hated them too.

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    "Great"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dark of the Moon to be better than the print version?

    N/A


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Virgil was a funny, serious, caring, character. He was believable.


    Which character – as performed by Eric Conger – was your favorite?

    Stryker


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Suspenseful


    Any additional comments?

    I hate paying so much for an audible book when I could just as easily read it. This was worth the price. The storyline was great and the narrator was great for this type story.

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    Claudia Bell 11-28-12
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    "it was ok...killed time in traffic"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    as i said, it killed time in traffic


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    a little less "good ole boys" club type attitude.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    didn't really have one.


    Was Dark of the Moon worth the listening time?

    it wasn't a waste....


    Any additional comments?

    wouldn't really recommend as an interesting read. couldn't get into the virgil flowers character. will not continue with this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia Normal, IL, United States 10-09-12
    Cynthia Normal, IL, United States 10-09-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Very slow"

    This book took me forever to listen to because I kept falling asleep. The narrator was as flat as the State of Kansas. The story was ok, but there was too much down time between action and contemplations. I did not enjoy it.

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    Carol 10-03-12
    Carol 10-03-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Most Enjoyable"

    This is an excellent book. The story is good; the characters are well developed and the plot progresses at a good pace. What really makes this book "a must" is the narration. The narrator's voice is highly "listenable" and he does a superb job of adapting his tone and inflections to differentiate the various characters. Overall, the story keeps the listener engaged and eager for the next chapter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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