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Publisher's Summary

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.

There were currents running through this group, hints and whispers of something much greater than the murder of a single man. Lucas Davenport 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 fiance, 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.

Please note: This is the abridged edition. An unabridged version is also available.

Hear Lucas Davenport on the case in more of John Sandford's Prey novels.
©1998 John Sandford (P)1998 Putnam Berkley Audio, a member of Penguin Putnam Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Full of smart suspense and deduction as well as explosive action." (Publishers Weekly

"A good plot, a great villain, and a realistic, flawed hero, combined with a great reading by Lang, all make this a very entertaining 'listen.'" (Library Journal

"Sandford has sustained his Prey thrillers by varying the premise with imaginative plotting; shifting points of view; a subtle, melancholy protagonist; and most of all, great villains. The ninth Prey novel may well be the best, and that's high praise in the context of such a consistently entertaining body of work." (Booklist)  

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Another winner for Sandford

How does he do it? Sandford, I mean. He has turned out so many of these "Prey" novels, yet they are all different (even if related in some ways) and spectacular in terms of being true crime thrillers.

The reader is excellent. As I said, another winner for Sandford

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Sometimes change is good...sometimes not

One of the things about listening to an audio series, or reading one for that matter, is that you begin to understand who the main character is that you are following through all these books. You may like that person, you may not, but the point is you have grown to understand and find some sort of comfort in the consistency of that. Richard Ferrone was the narrator for the previous Prey series and had developed the character of Lucas Davenport in a specific way. Over time the reader could distinguish between vocal tones, knowing what type of response Lucas was giving. With the switch to this new narrator, Lucas Davenport became a COMPLETELY different person. The narrator tried to hard to give emotion to a man who isn't supposed to express all that much emotion to begin with. His attemps at female voices are terrible and it completely takes away from the stories. Over the years I have become a BIG fan of the Prey series but I was unable to even get through this one. I highly recommend skipping this one and looking to see who is narrating. I didn't think it would make a big difference but the difference was actually huge.

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Should have read Rachael's review first

Sure wish I had read Rachael's review before getting this one. I didn't think it would be that big of a deal since I am such a HUGE Prey series fan. Everything she said is absolutely right. The reader has totally changed the character of Lucas, Sloan sounds like an idiot, and his voices are almost comical. I think we could also do without all the sound effects especially when they over ride the readers voice and you can't hear what is being read. Prey fans,,,,skip this one or get it in written form.

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sudden prey

I could live without all the musical interludes between chapters. I found them a little creepy otherwise it was not bad I like John Sandford

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short and rushed

only because this one was so short and i didn't prefer the narrator. the reader was rushed and didn't match the old character voices at all. this book was half the length if the others. the story was good but not very deep development if side stories.

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The narrators terrible

I’ve read at least 15 Sandford books and this one was BORING. The narrator sounds like someone who shouted narrating a fashion magazine not a cop mystery. Skip this one

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not easy to predict- kept you guessing

I really enjoyed this audio book. As always, the suspense and humor were a great balance. highly recommend

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Great prey story

This was another in a great prey series with a good story, suspense and intriguing action. I would recommend it for everyone.

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The narrator is not as good as the prior books.

The narrator is not as good as the prior narrator. The audio never really captured my imagination. The length of the book was also a lot shorter. The story was good, but the detail was less leading to a shorter version.