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Escape Clause Audiobook

Escape Clause: A Virgil Flowers Novel, Book 9

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Publisher's Summary

Whenever you hear the sky rumble, that usually means a storm. In Virgil Flowers' case, make that two.

The exceptional new thriller from the writer whose books are "pure reading pleasure" (Booklist).

The first storm comes from, of all places, the Minnesota zoo. Two large and very rare Amur tigers have vanished from their cage, and authorities are worried sick that they've been stolen for their body parts. Traditional Chinese medicine prizes those parts for home remedies, and people will do extreme things to get what they need. Some of them are a great deal more extreme than others - as Virgil is about to find out.

Then there's the home front. Virgil's relationship with his girlfriend, Frankie, has been getting kind of serious, but when Frankie's sister, Sparkle, moves in for the summer, the situation gets a lot more complicated. For one thing, her research into migrant workers is about to bring her up against some very violent people who emphatically do not want to be researched. For another...she thinks Virgil's kind of cute.

"You mess around with Sparkle," Frankie told Virgil, "you could get yourself stabbed."

"She carries a knife?"

"No, but I do."

Forget a storm - this one's a tornado.

©2016 John Sandford (P)2016 Penguin Audio

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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 03-05-17
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 03-05-17 Member Since 2010

    Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.

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    "Super Sandford"

    Here's a book that does a whole lot that John Sandford can imagine Virgil Flowers doing. Which is more than most authors can can imagine their characters doing. So if you like Virgil as much as I do, then... why not listen to Eric Conger do another cool reading?

    If you've NOT listened to Flowers do his detective work... then start at the beginning of this series since there are a passle of spoilers strewn about here that'll take the edge of the sharp stuff Virgil does before this.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    D. West GA United States 10-23-16
    D. West GA United States 10-23-16 Member Since 2010
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    "5 stars for Virgil lovers. 4.5 for newbies"
    What did you love best about Escape Clause?

    I love Virgil! This series is lighter than the Lucas Davenport series and there are usually a few laugh out loud moments courtesy of Virgil, Shrake and Jenkins, and slightly bumbling bad guys. I already knew Virgil from the Lucas Davenport series so I starting reading this series from book 1 and know about his relationships and quirks. Someone who picks up this book without knowing Virgil will miss out on some of that, but it will still be an enjoyable read.


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

    Not really edge of seat, but interested. It wasn't as much what will happen next as how will these idiots get themselves caught.


    What about Eric Conger’s performance did you like?

    I really like that he reads the book rather than performing it. He does some accents but I was thankful that he read the females in his own voice rather than trying to impersonate female voices.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No spoilers, but I loved the way things ended for Peck.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 11-16-16
    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 11-16-16 Member Since 2017

    Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 14-year-old daughter.

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    "Virgil and Conger at their best"

    This wasn't a spectacular story but I was very impressed by narrator Conger's performance. It raised my overall rating from a four to a five. His phrasing when speaking for a Xanax-filled Peck presented a vivid accounting of just how whacked out this anti-hero was. His depiction of a female, Hispanic factory worker helped me envision the character. I appreciate good narration and Conger was nothing short of brilliant. It helped that he had good material and Sandford was on his game in the latest Flowers adventure. I'm actually starting to prefer the Flowers series to the Davenport series. A good story line, lots of humor and the aforementioned excellent narration make this a most worthwhile listen.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs. Wendy M. Kulterman 10-19-16

    Mama Wendy

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    "Tiger By The Tail"

    I thoroughly enjoy John Sandford's style of writing, and Virgil Flowers is one of my favorite colorful characters. As usual, there are several plot twists circling around Virgil, especially the stolen tigers,and Escape Clause doesn't disappoint. Sandford's gift of characterization draws the listener to attention. Eric Conger's narrative style also makes this a delight. I don't like sharing spoilers, so I will conclude by writing if you are a JS fan, you won't be disappointed by his latest contribution to the Virgil Flowers series: Escape Clause. And course: Way to go Katya!!!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    DAN PARRY 11-16-16
    DAN PARRY 11-16-16
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    "incredible
    I love flowers"

    beyond your wildest imagination.
    perfectly narrated
    flowers moves from saving dogs to tigers. this suspense story is good to the last bite

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Boston, MA United States 11-15-16
    Amazon Customer Boston, MA United States 11-15-16 Member Since 2008
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    "Entertaining read"

    Sandford delivers another enjoyable story with humor, drama, suspense. Eric Conger is a great voice and perfect for this material

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bond James Bond 11-15-16 Member Since 2008

    silentsun

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    "a good story"

    Maybe not the best Virgil book, but still much better than the average book I listen to.
    Sandford still favorite writer, Conger still favorite narrator, Virgil still favorite character.
    Hope there are more adventures for Virgil.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    bebe South Carolina 05-21-17
    bebe South Carolina 05-21-17

    I love books - all kinds of books. My genre is "good book"

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    "That F.. Flowers is back"
    Any additional comments?

    This book is in the Virgil Flowers series by John Sandford. It runs along with the Davenport series also written by Sandford. Even though this book is in a series, it can also stand alone. Virgil is a detective with an unusual approach. He wears cowboy boots and hat along with rock band Tee shirts. He usually is pulling a boat behind his vehicle because he loves to fish. He doesn't like guns . He does like to talk to locals about his cases whereas other detectives keep information away from people. Virgil thinks he picks up useful information by talking with people at the local cafe. He is the son of a minister and likes to lie in bed and think about the Bible, but he is not a church goer.<br/><br/>In Escape Clause, Virgil is trying to locate the people who have taken two tigers from the zoo. There is much action and Virgil does his amazing work detecting. He is smart and always figures things out, and he does so in this book too. The ending is spectacular - but I can't give any more information or it will ruin it for you.<br/><br/>Sandford is a great writer. His books are always entertaining because he knows how to tell a story and create memorable characters. His style is easy going and down to earth familiar. I have been reading both his series for years and I almost know the map of Minnesota by heart because of his descriptions of driving all over the state. He mentions the road numbers and towns - you can follow the journeys with a road map while you read.<br/><br/>Can't close without saying that Eric Conger narrates Sandford's book and he is a super talented performer. I love his voice, his accents for the characters and the way he reads the written words. He is awesome.<br/><br/>

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Loy 12-29-16
    Loy 12-29-16

    Born to read

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    "another Flowers book"

    I love Flowers -- good book-- not a good "robbery" of the tigers.
    I liked the secondary story too.
    I am not sure why he is still with Frankie --- I guess he is older and likes to be settled

    enjoyed it as always

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    Tony Acree Goshen, KY USA 11-11-16
    Tony Acree Goshen, KY USA 11-11-16 Member Since 2015

    Tony Acree

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    "Good if predictable"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I greatly enjoyed Escape Clause. This is the rare case where the resolution of both of the two main story lines are predictable, but you don't care. I got the resolutions I wanted.


    What about Eric Conger’s performance did you like?

    Overall, I liked Eric Conger's performance. Occasionally the transition between characters lost me a bit, but he's great listen to read a novel.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I cheered out loud with the resolution of the main story line.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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