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The thrilling new novel in the number one New York Times - bestselling series.

In Israel, a man clutching a backpack searches desperately for a boat. In Minnesota, Virgil Flowers gets a message from Lucas Davenport: You're about to get a visitor. It's an Israeli cop, and she's tailing a man who's smuggled out an extraordinary relic - a copper scroll revealing startling details about the man known as King Solomon.

Wait a minute, laughs Virgil. Is this one of those Da Vinci Code deals? The secret scroll, the blockbuster revelation, the teams of murderous bad guys? Should I be boning up on my Bible verses?

He looks at the cop. She's not laughing. As it turns out, there are very bad men chasing the relic, and they don't care who's in the way or what they have to do to get it. Maybe Virgil should start praying.

©2013 John Sandford (P)2013 Penguin Audio

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Flowers for Sanford

This tome haas Virgil at his best, the hormonal sleuth fights off the babes as he fights crime in this caper with not only international intrigue, his is tossed into the world's hottest frying pan. Don't want to throw too much out there, but Sanford may rile some feathers with the light hearted touch he lays on terrorism and terrorists.
This plot has a new, higher levels of deception and machination that will have some comparing him to James Bond (with a fishing rod rather than a Beretta)!
Thoroughly enjoyed this romp!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Also see my "Prayer Review" on other titles

Would you listen to Storm Front again? Why?

I might end up doing all of them again. All of John Sandford, I mean.

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

Absolutely. There were SO many characters doing so many things, some expected and some not.

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

That f*ckin' Flowers, of course.

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

I almost cried when it was over because I had nothing half as good lined up. I laughed a number of times but I think my favorite was Chapter 23.

Any additional comments?

I think I may be ready to say John Sandford is my favorite writer ever. Definitely my favorite one still working.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Loved it but then I'm a little in love with Virgil

If you could sum up Storm Front in three words, what would they be?

I've listened to all of the Lucas Davenport books at least 4 times and love them. With Virgil Flowers, Sandford has given us another awesome character that engages in really interesting "whodunits". He gets the cases no one else can solve.<br/><br/>I recommend ALL of the Virgil Flowers books including Storm Front. Still, if you haven't read one, don't start with this one. It's better that you start with the first or second in the series and get to know Virgil first.

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Still a fan, but...

What did you like best about Storm Front? What did you like least?

I enjoyed the humor and actually LOL'd a few times. But for some reason the baddies just weren't very bad and the chase scene just ran out of gas. I am usually able (and willing) to suspend belief if I am invested in a story, but I found myself shaking my head and saying 'no way', one too many times.<br/><br/>The thing I liked least (read: hated!) was every time Virgil spoke to his maybe girl-friend and called her "Ma" . That was just wrong...

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

There were too many characters who were just not well-developed.

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

I did enjoy Anwan. I would actually like to see him again.

Could you see Storm Front being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

I think Eric Christian Olsen from NCIS LA would make a good Virgil. I would love to see a Virgil movie, just not this one...

Any additional comments?

Virgil deserves better.

13 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Rollin
  • Cholula, Mexico
  • 12-23-16

Needlessly convoluted

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

As always, Virgil Flowers is a great character.

Has Storm Front turned you off from other books in this genre?

Sandford exagerated the twists and turns of a needlessly complicated plot.

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

Dissatisfaction and disappointment with Sandford

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good story, but not John Sandford's best

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The story was good, but many of the characters had conflicting loyalties and at times it was hard to keep them straight. Eric Conger is great, as usual, but I wish both he and Richard Ferrone, who reads Lucas Davenport, would ask someone from the mid-west how to pronounce crappies, bratwurst & lilacs.

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  • Tim
  • Jupiter, FL, United States
  • 11-20-13

Classic f_ _ _in Flowers!

It's the Virgil we love. Interesting twists, not the darkness of some of Virgil's other books; but a great read just the same. Ignore the other comments to the contrary, get this and enjoy.

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  • Ted
  • Lancaster, PA, United States
  • 07-01-15

Virgil Flowers Is Back... Yea!

Tight plot, fast pace, odd characters, and - of course, Virgil Flowers - at his randy-est. In fact - I think it's Chapter 23 that might be one of the shortest hot writings in all of thriller/mystery/detective-dom. If you liked John Sanford's Flowers before he slacked off a tad in 'Mad River' well there's no slack in "Storm Front".

Oh, and Eric Conger's a terrific actor, builds a gripping ensemble, and suspends disbelief... Fine team here.

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First Davenport now Flowers is slowing down

Would you listen to Storm Front again? Why?

There wasn't anything I would want to listen to again. The story dragged and I often found my mind wandering while listening. I will probably still continue to follow the adventures of Davenport and "that effin Flowers" but just like Davenport settling down with a wife and kids has taken the steam out of his stories, now Flowers is getting old.

What aspect of Eric Conger’s performance would you have changed?

The person who produces the audio failed with this book. I don't blame Eric Conger but somebody didn't do the homework on how to pronounce place names in Minnesota! Edina is pronounced with a long E and long I. Owatonna starts with a long O, and the college in St Peter is Gustavus and the A in the middle is long. I live in Rochester Minnesota and have family in Mankato, St Peter and the twin cities. Hearing these continually mispronounced was like fingers on a black board.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Will he?

What did you love best about Storm Front?

I think Virgil has been fleshed out a bit more and has become more of a person.

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

I have only heard him in the other Virgil Flowers, and he has become the "voice" of Virgil in my head.

Any additional comments?

What place is Ma going to play in future Virgil Flowers novels? Only the author knows, and even he might not. The book left me wondering if Ma would become #4.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful