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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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    Kindle Customersharon 12-14-14 Member Since 2014
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    "a fan"

    love the idea of the story and the narrator was like listening to a old western storyteller thank you

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    Kaaren C Houston, TX, United States 11-08-14
    Kaaren C Houston, TX, United States 11-08-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Is It just Me?"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    When listening to the sample and reading the audible summary of the book, there is no indication of all the bible and religious "language" .I think those references slow down the story. If books that have this interlacing were noted, I'm sure there is a big audience that would love it. For me, remove the religious aspect in the book.


    Would you recommend Dark of the Moon to your friends? Why or why not?

    No and yes. Almost every "scene" of the book has a religious reference. A certain segment of the "reader" population would really like this book.


    How could the performance have been better?

    It seems very choppy. I can tell when there is a period....but then the reader almost comes to a full stop on commas.


    What character would you cut from Dark of the Moon?

    Haven't been able to get into the book that far to tell.


    Any additional comments?

    There should be a way to be able to know which books have religious overtones before purchasing the book. At least with a hard copy, a person can glance thru the book instead of being giving a 5 minute, interesting snippet .

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    Bonita Excelsior, MN, United States 10-28-14
    Bonita Excelsior, MN, United States 10-28-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Not one of his best"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I usually like John Sanford, but this one was quite a disappointment. Weak story line and very predictable.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Eric Conger?

    Yes


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    wanda thompson 10-17-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Great story, poor narrator"
    Where does Dark of the Moon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The story line was great, but the narrator was the poorest (too slow and not enough emphasis. My favorite is Scott Brick as a narrator.


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

    Virgil


    Any additional comments?

    Review would have been awesome if Scott Brick would have been the narrator. It was evident who the suspect was early on.

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    Hoss McDonald 07-10-13
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    "Good if you enjoy Sex and bad language"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Tone down the sex scenes and cut back on the f-bombs. This was excessive compared to his other books.


    Has Dark of the Moon turned you off from other books in this genre?

    not at all. It was a good story and interestingly written. But it was a solid R rated book and I wasn't expecting that.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Dark of the Moon?

    The detailed sex scenes didn't further or enhance the narrative, Unless maybe you're a voyeur.


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    John Powell III Houston, Texas - United States 07-06-13
    John Powell III Houston, Texas - United States 07-06-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Virgil Flowers becoming independent"
    What did you love best about Dark of the Moon?

    The story is a return for John Sanford back to the roots of the types of books which I originally loved, his Lucas Davenport series. Still love them, but with Lucas older, and married to Weather, with kids at home - all realistic, mind - it leaves the storyteller struggling to keep romantic subplots effective and tasty, always a keen point in the Davenport series. Here, Virgil's story is a return to grit, investigation by walking around, and less polito-drama than the most recent Lucas boioks. Don't get me wrong, I still read and enjoy them, too... but...


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Protagonist Virgil, actually. For the usual reasons of a protagoginist. I didn't care for much of anyone else, and the villians are too crazy to be likeable. Probably Sanford's point.


    What about Eric Conger’s performance did you like?

    Eric is breaking new ground in this one. It felt as if he was working his way into Virgil's character as the story went. By the time he's finished it, he's going well, but at the beginning, "feeling his way" is a good description. Again, I liked it a lot.


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

    Virgil giving his statement to the press after the ambush south of town.


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    Bob East Hampton,NY 06-24-13
    Bob East Hampton,NY 06-24-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Slow and steady till the end"

    Thought the story moved slowly. The ending was good, but took a while to get there.

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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
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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
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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
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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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