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In Shadow Prey, the crackling sequel to Rules of Prey, Twin Cities sleuth Lucas Davenport teams up with NYPD Lieutenant Lily Rothenberg to track down an elusive killer known only as Shadow Love. Among the victims are a Minneapolis slumlord, a judge from Oklahoma City, and a Manhattan politician. The murder weapon is a Native American ceremonial knife.

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  • robert
  • Stroudsburg, PA, United States
  • 07-01-12

Another Winner

Good story and great narrator. I hope the author and the narrator keep this up!

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • R. Klein
  • Rocketville, Maryland - USA
  • 05-01-16

Zzzzzz

I've listened to a good number of John Sanford's books in the "Prey" series. This is apparently an early one, and had it been the first I'd listened to, it would certainly have been the last.

From the start, I kept waiting for something interesting to happen.
SPOILER ALERT: Nothing interesting does.

Right from the beginning, I found the story (and frankly, the narration) to be excessively slow. Ferrone reads the Indian voices at such a slow pace that I just wanted to shake him and get him to read like he wasn't drugged, or trying to make the characters sound stupid. HIs tempo is faster in the second part of the download, but by then, it's too late for redemption.

At the end of the audiobook is a disclaimer from the author, explaining that this book was an early work, and practically apologizing for the fact that it just doesn't work. In the printed version, this is a preface. It should have been left at the beginning, rather than shifted to the end, so that listeners would be forewarned that even the author realizes that the work bombs.

The story shifts between the action of Native Americans seeking retribution against an oppressive white majority that exploits and abuses their community, and a sexual affair between the hero (?) Lucas Davenport and a woman cop from NY, Lilly. The book would have been a lot tighter without any of the romantic detours and digressions. The long, rambling sections left me saying to myself "well, he sure could have left all of that out." It didn't add to the story, but rather detracted from the continuity of the book. The sudden and sometimes inexplicable change of mood between them at times made me wonder if I'd missed part of the book. An interchange between them on a practice firing range was bordering on torture, though I suppose it could be said to justify their shooting abilities later in the story. But it was just one example of some overly long and tedious diversions from the main plot.

And don't expect a nicely wrapped ending as your reward for sticking it out to the bitter end.

This book is best left in the shadows. If you've never read a "Prey" book, DON'T make this your first. If you have read and liked them, don't waste your time on this one.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Stephen
  • WORCESTER, MA, United States
  • 12-30-15

Is This Crime/Mystery or Soft-Core Porn?

Would you try another book from John Sandford and/or Richard Ferrone?

Maybe, but probably not. This is my second.

Would you ever listen to anything by John Sandford again?

Possibly, if it was rated highly.

What didn’t you like about Richard Ferrone’s performance?

I didn't notice this in the first "Prey" novel, but Ferrone's characters' voices seem to get confused. It is hard to tell one character from another. All women characters have deep, husky voices. Some readers can pull this off, but Ferrone has trouble with it.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I was disappointed in this book. After reading the Walt Longmire series and the Cork O'Connor series, I was optimistic about a native American themed mystery. This one had promise, but the story was hijacked by the sexual shenanigans of a suddenly super-horny Lucas Davenport and I am not getting the point of that. It cheapens the Davenport character even if it gives Lily a little more character as she stresses about her husband.

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mildly entertaining but hokey

I have loved John Sandford but this one was pretty lame. Predictable romance that was very melodramatic and a convoluted story that I really didn't find compelling.

8 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Jeff
  • LA CROSSE, WI, United States
  • 08-06-12

Prey series is awesome

What made the experience of listening to Shadow Prey the most enjoyable?

I like the whole series and was only able to find an abridged version of this book until I found your website. Richard Ferrone is one of the best author/reader out there, along with Scott Brick.

What other book might you compare Shadow Prey to and why?

The whole series is good.

Which character – as performed by Richard Ferrone – was your favorite?

Lucas Davenport

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  • Erik
  • North Branch, MN, United States
  • 07-29-12

Another great Prey book

As usual, a great crime novel, and great characters.
Captivating dialogue, performed brilliantly by Richard Ferrone.
Can't wait to listen to the next one.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Doug
  • Highland Park, IL, United States
  • 12-19-12

Lucas Davenport Continues to Thrive

Would you consider the audio edition of Shadow Prey to be better than the print version?

One of the best in the Prey series. Subtle yet compelling and with a suspenseful plot. Richard Ferrone is a forceful and very listenable narrator.

5 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Love this series!

Just getting started with this series and can't get enough. Looking so forward to the remaining books!

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The second round was better.

Read the paperback version a few years ago, the audioble version made it more interesting.

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Just o.k.

Mr. Sandford's 2nd book. In my opinion, not his best. Like his later Prey books.