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Is this the best book Linda Howard has ever written? I don't know, I doubt it though. Her next book could the best one she's ever written who's to say. This one wasn't bad. It has a good story, different. My least favorite plot device is the giant misunderstanding, there is very little of it in this book (Linda's pretty good at avoiding that, which is why she is one of my favorites).
This story takes place in the mountains, but without snow (thank you very much, I really hated "Ice"). There's enough action to keep you interested, there's a man killing black bear and a human killer and of course they both, at some point try to kill the heroine, Angie. Dare (cute name, right) is the hero and in true Linda Howard style he's an alpha type male but not to the extreme, he respects and at the same time truly desires Angie, I much prefer that to a hero who spends a great deal of time resenting the object of his affection in an effort not to love her (more of that misunderstanding stuff, which is just boring), the romance is paced well and believable.
Both Dare and Angie own competing hunting guide services. Dare's is more successful and Angie's is going under, so the story begins. Angie is taking two men on a black bear hunt, which is probably going to be her last hunt, as she has put her business up for sale. The action begins there. I don't want to say more about the story because it makes the read more fun if you don't know. But in true Linda Howard style you get to see the story from all viewpoints, Angie, Dare, the killer and most interestingly the black bear, which was truly different.
In my opinion this is her best book since "Death Angel".
In short, if you like Linda Howard, you'll like this book.
19 of 19 people found this review helpful
This is the second "so close to great" book from Linda Howard lately. Frustrating when you only get one book from her a year (or more) and then it doesn't live up to expectation.
This book was a bit tough for me and at the end...I was simply disappointed. I was highly anticipating this story...one because of course it's LH; two - book selection for me has been dwindling in the midst of vampires and werewolves, and three - the story line had me expecting this great dash through the woods.
While I like the characters of the book and the plot had promise it was a bit of a lull and then sudden event...and back to a lull. I mean c'mon. All of the action took place in a span of 2 hrs...once in the middle of the book...and at the end. That's all I get...really?? I wish there had been more interaction with the "man killer", that was a major miss for me.
Overall, this book is still enjoyable; but if you are expecting a mad dash (not to ICE's crazy standard) more like Up Close and Dangerous...you won't get. Are there still things about the book to make it worth the listen? Yes...
The suddenness of the events is more like Open Season without the funny. Great book by the way...an unabridged version would be welcome. (Hint, hint)
In the interest of fairness, several of LH's books has the sudden wrap up of the "suspense" factor - and she makes it work. The last two books for me though - have just left me with the impression that there was more that could have been pulled out of the characters/plot...and though enjoyable...not what I was expecting.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
I am a big Linda Howard fan and was hoping for a really good book this time around (after not really enjoying her previous few releases). I loved this audiobook! It had me listening non stop over two days and staying up till 3am.... This story is a little gory in parts but definitely kept me on the edge of my seat, I was delighted that the romance between the two main characters was back to the same standard as some of her earlier titles and kept my attention to the end. The narrator was really good, smooth tone of voice and did the male voice very well, no complants from me 5/5 stars!
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Is there anything you would change about this book?
Mostly, cut out the repetitions, and the long-winded exposition. We don't need to hear umpteen times how Chad is underestimated by everyone, that Dare is grouchy or that Angie has low self-esteem in relationships. Linda Howard is normally good at 'show not tell' but she slipped up there. The middle part, though it did a decent job at exploring the developing relationship between the hero and heroine, went on too long for a suspense novel. The bear's point of view was odd - it didn't really fit the book. Enough could be learnt about it from exposition and his grisly actions (and remains of actions).
If you’ve listened to books by Linda Howard before, how does this one compare?
Not anywhere as good as Open Season or Mr Perfect, but a decent listen. The narrator made the most of the book.
Have you listened to any of Abby Craden’s other performances? How does this one compare?
I haven't, but I thought she did a good job.
Do you think Prey needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
No, it's fine as a stand-alone.
Any additional comments?
I love books about the great outdoors, so that hit the spot, and unlike some reviewers, I was not put off by the realistic description of a man-eating bear. I could have wished for more suspense throughout the book, because suddenly, we're stuck in a two-day wash-out, and the action is suspended. Linda Howard's gift for dialogue comes to the rescue to give us some fine exchanges between hero and heroine, but not enough to keep the suspense afloat (despite all that water).