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I was not impressed with John Sandfords last prey novel, but I was super impressed and ENTERTAINED with Storm Prey! In this book, Sandford brings in all my favorite characters such as: Weather, Letty, Dell and Virgil Flowers who works with Davenport throughout this case. The plot starts off light then it swirls into many ripples. The most important ingredient was that Sandford brought situations causing some gerneral fear and alarm in many parts of the book for some of the characters. He also brought in the shock value. I liked Richard Ferrone as Narrator he grew on me a few audiobooks back. I'm looking forward to the next 'Prey' novel because Weather and Lucas make an important decision at the end of the book and I can't wait to see if they follow through with it!!
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John Sandford returns to his previous form in this new novel about Lucas Davenport and the Minnesote Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. All the elements of classic Sandford are here. A vicious crime and a gang of miscreant criminals. A Minnesota winter. A side plot that could be its own novel. Plenty of Davenport. Virgil Flowers. What more could a Prey fan ask for?
I thought that a couple of Sandford's previous efforts, centered around a political convention held in Minneapolis, were really one book that had been split into two just because it could be. In other words, my view was that these two really should have been one book. But in Storm Prey, along with the last Virgil Flowers novel, Sandford has returned to the greatness he showed earlier in the series.
This story is well told and moves along at a very nice pace. There is one key side plot, one or two incorrect roads that Davenport and the team take just to keep it realistic, and a couple of very clear recapitulations of the whole story at a couple of points so that the listener can keep it all straight.
As usual the narration by Richard Ferrone is just excellent. I agree with a prior reviewer that Eric Conger's narration of the Flowers novels is a good switch for that series, but no one does Davenport like Ferrone. Others here have knocked his French accent - not hard to see why - but it really wasn't a big issue for me.
Overall, thanks for another Prey novel. This one felt much more like the early books in the series to me. Good show! Five stars.
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