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Publisher's Summary

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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  • Gary
  • Colorado Springs, CO, United States
  • 11-14-13

Still a fan even though it is what it is >>>>

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

The way the story went back and forth. The way the story went back and forth

What could John Sandford have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Wrote the way he used too!

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Dragged on.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

no

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  • Dan
  • Iowa City, IA, United States
  • 11-10-13

Not up to par

I love Sanford AND Virgil, but this book simply seemed to far-fetched a plot premise and I felt much less in touch with the characters involved. I think Virgil dealing with crimes and characters that are somewhat indigenous to the Midwest make for a much better book.

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  • Lynda
  • Waseca, MN, United States
  • 11-07-13

That f@#$ing Flowers hard at work again!

I enjoyed this book in the Virgil Flowers series as much as the others. Most of the others involved Virgil tracking down murderers, but his one offered a bit of a refreshing break from that. Virgil has to track down a stolen relic from another country....stolen by a priest!!! The story left me guessing up to the end with a surprise ending. This was an enjoyable read and the reader does a nice job as usual with the characters' voices. I recommend the story. I love the fact that it was a Minnesota-based storyline. Anyone that lives in Minnesota will appreciate the part about the Mosquitoes and Poison Ivy. I had a good laugh!

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another Virgil Flowers

I have listened to all of John Sandford books and really love his Flowers series.
Flowers is a different kind of cop and gets the "bad guys" in his own way.

this was a good installment - He has his unique way of doing things --

worth a credit --

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  • Robert
  • SCOTTSDALE, AZ, United States
  • 10-29-13

Sanford, Enough said.

At this point with Sanford books it doesn't really matter what he writes about because I know and love the characters so much. Most books are a very easy fun read with some of them more time fillers then literary works of art. That being said I really liked where they took this book. A little international intrigue thrown in with the usual Effin Flowers and Davenport banter. Highly recommended.

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  • Joel
  • Dallas
  • 10-23-13

Another Virgil Flower's escapades

Would you consider the audio edition of Storm Front to be better than the print version?

The print edition would allow you to re-orient to the character with the name.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Always Virgil Flowers

What about Eric Conger’s performance did you like?

Always good

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

Good fast pace that kept you engaged

Any additional comments?

I have listened to most of John Sandford’s books and this is right up with the best. Eric Conger continues as an enjoyable narrator. The only negative is that there are many Middle Eastern character names and it is difficult to orient the listener which character they goes with the name.

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  • Eric
  • Seattle, WA, United States
  • 10-22-13

Virgil . . .What happened to ya' ?!?

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I'm afraid it would have been difficult to make this unfocused, meandering story into a 3, 4 or 5-start experience. Perhaps if Mr. Sandford had made this more about fewer characters and dropped many of the others and applied his usual skills at giving a story momentum, it would have worked.

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

Not at all.

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

In this reading, the usually reliable Mr. Conger, did not do as well differentiating the characters, making it difficult at times to follow who was saying what. This is, in part, due to the fact that there really too many half-developed, throw-away characters in this story.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Storm Front?

This story is so scattered, that there aren't any specific scenes that could be cut. It would be more appropriate to eliminate characters or story threads.

Any additional comments?

John Sandford is one of my favorite authors. He can skillfully create vivid bad guys, develop focus, create story momentum that keeps readers careening towards a usually satisfactory end and create strong interesting leads like Davenport, Kydd and Flowers. In the case of Storm Front, though, those talents seem to be missing. Except for some occasional laugh out loud humor in this book, the old Mr. Sandford seems to be missing. Instead of the usual focus on one local event that requires the attention of "that f#@kin' Flowers", he has placed his character in the middle of an international plot that is difficult to follow with characters that are more TV cliche than fleshed out baddies. I would have been more satisfied if the plot had just been Virgil tracking down the counterfeit barn wood people than trying to find an ancient artifact. Leave that kind of fantasy to Dan Brown. Bring Virgil back to his work in Mankato.

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  • Virginia
  • POWELL, WY, United States
  • 10-21-13

Not the best Virgil Flowers

More of an attempt at an international thriller being solved by down home policing. But it doesn't really work. It is very predictable and slow moving. I prefer Virgil solving murders.

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  • Joe
  • lexington, KY, United States
  • 10-21-13

Flower has moments of levity.

This quick moving shell game is more suited to "Evanovich's",Stephanie Plum than Sanford's Virgil Flowers. A fun thrilling ride with an interesting side bar where the girl gets the guy. Sometimes difficult to follow but a good light hearted novel. The absence of a sinister villain where nobody is a killer and ends up dead or goes to jail is unique but a bummer. Looks like Virgil has a chance to settle down with a smart sexy adventurous lady makes this book intriguing. It was worth the credit but I hope Sanford gives Flowers a break and backs this one with a juicy "Prey" offering. Dan Brown doesn't have to worry about losing his place I'm the antiquity and historical genre. I smiled, laughed and shook my head in this one, defiantly out of the box for a Sanford novel.

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Just a poor story but the reader is excellent

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

I can only say that the story generally left me cold. I did finish it but i much prefer J. A. Jance's books.