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The company chairman lay on the cold ground of the woods, his eyes unseeing, his orange hunting jacket punctured by a rifle bullet at close range. Around him stood the four executives with whom he had been hunting, each with his or her own complicated agenda, each with a reason not to be sorrowful about the man's death. If he read it in a book, Lucas Davenport thought, it would seem like one of those classic murder mysteries, the kind where the detective gathers everyone together at the end and solves the case with a little speech.

But it wasn't going to be that easy, he knew. There were currents running through this group, hints and whispers of something much greater than the murder of a single man. He had felt this way not long before, sensed the curling of an indefinable evil, and not only had it nearly gotten him killed, it had lost him his fiancee, who'd never been able to recover from the violence of the encounter. Sometime soon, unless he could stop it, there would be another death, and then still another, and Davenport couldn't help but wonder if maybe this time, the final death might not be his own....

John Sandford has written extraordinary thrillers before, but nothing to top the startling twists and unrelenting suspense of Secret Prey.

©1998 John Sandford (P)2012 Penguin Audiobooks

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Very good Davenport take.

I thoroughly enjoy the "Prey" series by John Sandford, starring Lucas Davenport. I find that I usually read these in clumps. I'll read a number of books that are more literary in nature and then desire something that I can just enjoy and have fun with.

For this purpose, Sandford's novels are perfect. The characters, Davenport in particular, are well developed and have all grown as the series has progressed. The stories are different than most detective fiction, in that we almost always know who the killer is early in the plot's development. It's not a whodunit but rather a how do we catch them.

I wholeheartedly recommend this and all the "Prey" novels as an excellent escape from mundane daily life.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Murder? Who You Gonna Call? Lucas D.... Of Course

Who do you trust? No one, especially while on a hunting trip with a group of "friends". Everybody has guns and everybody has something to gain by the death of the Chairman, somebody pulls the trigger killing the "top man" and nobody is sorry that he's dead.... wow! a murder mystery for Lucas Davenport to solve.

This is where the skills and intuition of Lucas Davenport steps in to solve the case. But it was not going to be easy because the same people who are supposed to be the man's friends contains at least one man or woman who was willing to pull the trigger, and would benefit from the man's death. There are twists and turns in the storyline that keeps the story interesting and the listener guessing whodunit.

Ferrone, the narrator, is the voice of Lucas Davenport. An enjoyable listen.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • G.Monie
  • Bethpage, NY, United States
  • 03-11-13

All the Davenport series

I get a great kick out of the Davenport series, it's a little more complex then Patterson but one of the better series besides Reacher

I just picture Gibbs from NCIS as Lucas & it's very entertaining, this goes for all the series books , like any series I'm sure some are much better then others but its worth the time & credit

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Ted
  • Lancaster, PA, United States
  • 03-24-16

Like Lucas Davenport? Buy This Book!

Another tight Sanford plot littered with gritty characters and Sanford's talent. Richard Ferrone's keeps this cast clearly distinct from one another without intruding any idiosyncratic debris into the drama.

If you want a good mystery read that's read good... Get Secret Prey.

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Weatherless

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I am new to this series and so far it has not failed in delivering a thrilling, hang on to your seats story. The characters play off each other organically giving the dialog and interactions a realistic feel. The secondary characters give enough support to move the story along and side bars to keep things interesting. Lucas is a juxtaposition of traits, emotions, and actions. He is a good cop but a master manipulator of people and situations. He upholds the law but has no qualms in taking on the role of judge and executioner . But those flaws are what makes this character fascinating. The only qualm that I have is Luca's love interest, Weather, who I despise. The character comes a across as a toad, with a bedside manner guaranteeing a second opinion, and lacking the empathy gene. "But she is intelligent and a surgeon [!}". The relationship is very one dimensional and seems more sexual than emotional. Any emotion is told to the reader rather than evolving making the relationship feel contrived. I am not sure whom Sanford used as a primer for this character, but a surgeon that falls apart after being sprayed with blood and guts in a shootout should probably stay home. And Luca's should probably rethink a woman who will walk away when times get tough. <br/><br/> "Secret Prey" was engrossing and disturbing. The best part, Weather is out. But I am afraid Sanford will bring her back. I can only hope for a doctor murdering serial killer, a faulty electrical outlet in the operating room, or that Davenport will come to his senses.<br/>

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  • Brenda
  • United States
  • 01-01-14

Great Series!!!

Any additional comments?

Great read, Davenport always gets his guy...The narrator is sometimes annoying, but nothing I can't stand.

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Lucas is such a great character

Davenport is such a great character and this whole plot was really good. I could hardly put it down. As usual Richard Ferrone did a great job narrating.

I can go without reading one of these for a bit but as soon as I start hearing Lucas and his detectives start working out a case I smile.

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  • James
  • Franklin, GA, United States
  • 11-22-15

I can't seem to get enough of this series.

After several of these books I thought I'd try something else but the whole time I was wondering what was going on in the next Prey series. I'm hooked. Glad the narrator never changes from book to book too.

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  • Cartec
  • Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 10-16-16

No mistakes here

This was typical 'Lucas Davenport'. I get the impression that all Sandford's book follow a pattern. I guessed who did it about three chapters before the killer was identified. In spite of the predictability of the plot the book was very good. The story had a lot of loose strings to keep the listener interested and the author made sure each and every one was addressed before he sent the book to the publisher. I appreciate that. The last string was almost left but he found it. It was a little obvious that he forgot about it but he worked it in before closing the book. (spoiler alert) Only other problem I found with the story was that either the killer was so crazy that he/she couldn't think straight or it was an oversight on behalf of the author. But I wondered 'why didn't he/she killed all of them?', if he/she really wanted her/his plan to work. It was the only flaw in the story and the author should have massaged it a little. All in all it was a very good story and I would recommend this book.
The reader was very good although he had some trouble with the voices. It was difficult to follow all of the players. He was able to perform without distracting from the story.

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  • Ralph
  • Adel, GA, United States
  • 02-11-13

Another awesome Prey Novel

Where does Secret Prey rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Sandford's a terrific storyteller and Ferrone tells it well. Never been a boring Prey novel and this one's right up there!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lucas Davenport is a crime-solving son of a gun....Sandford gives him believability....seems very realistic and always interesting.

What about Richard Ferrone’s performance did you like?

The voice is perfect for the story....and always is. Can't imagine another voice/style for a Davenport novel.

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

Brought the iPod with me from the car...and finished in a weekend.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful