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Storm Prey Reviews

  • Kemper
    2018-10-21 12:12

    Storm Prey is the twentieth entry in the Prey series. Add in the four books about Kidd, three with Virgil Flowers, two stand-alone novels, and that’s a total of twenty-nine John Sandford novels. I’ve read them all, and I’ll probably keep reading if he writes another twenty-nine. So yeah, I guess you could say I'm a fan. When a group of bikers rob a Minneapolis hospital pharmacy for a fortune in drugs it seems like the perfect plan. Except that they manage to kill a hospital employee in the process, and one of them gets spotted without his mask by a surgeon, Weather Karkinnen. Weather just happens to be the wife of Lucas Davenport, the Minnesota state cop and hero of this series.With a felony murder charge hanging over all of them the thieves turn on each other, and a young psycho biker gets brought in to act as an ad hoc hit man. Despite concern for Weather’s safety Davenport and his people quickly identify the gang and seem on the verge of wrapping up the whole thing when an unexpected act by of one of the thieves surprises the cops and kicks off a string of ever more violent murders. It’s every man for himself, and Lucas and his friends (Including Virgil Flowers popping in from his own series.) will have to try and figure out who is killing who while watching Weather’s back. And they’ll also have to keep an eye out for the inside man at the hospital. At this point reading a new Davenport book is like getting a visit from an old friend. Sandford is still a master at plotting the cat-and-mouse game between the cops and the criminals, and he still keeps me turning pages way past my bedtime to see what happens next. My only complaint is that this is the second book in a row to feature a threat to Davenport’s family. He’s used that plot device before in other books so it’s more than a little repetitive that he goes to it again so soon, and it won't be the last time he'll play that card. I do give credit to Sandford for coming up with a logical reason why the very wealthy Davenport simply doesn’t fly Weather out of the country while they deal with the threat. She’s a key member of a surgical team doing a series of tricky operations to separate two conjoined babies so she can’t leave town. That subplot also adds some more drama to the story and helps keep Weather as a vital character and not just a damsel in distress.Summing up: Smart, tough and funny cops. An innocent surgeon in danger. A motorcycle gang. A cold blooded killer. A drug addicted doctor. Conjoined babies. Operating room drama. Robbery. Drugs. Shoot-outs. ‘Roid rage. And hand grenades. All set during a brutal Minnesota winter. What more could anyone ask for in a crime thriller?Next: Lucas flashbacks to the case that made him a detective in Buried Prey.

  • Liz
    2018-11-03 11:52

    “The problem is we’re stupid people.”Well, that pretty much sums up the plot of this book. Things go from bad to worse with the robbery of a hospital pharmacy. Lucas leads the charge trying to figure out who’s responsible. Another worthwhile effort by Sandford. I listened to this and Ferrone did a great job with the narration.

  • James Thane
    2018-10-30 14:44

    As I've said before here, I'm a huge fan of John Sandford's "Prey" series. I think that Lucas Davenport, Sandford's main protagonist, is a marvelously-imagined character, and Sandford has surrounded him with a great supporting cast. I especially love the humor in the books, which seems appropriate even in the darkest situations. If this isn't the way cops actually talk to one another, it probably should be. Additionally, Sandford has written some really good plots, often making it impossible to put one of these books down once you've started it.That said, I wasn't all that knocked out by Storm Prey. I enjoyed reading it, but it's certainly not one of the better books in the series. It opens with the robbery of a hospital pharmacy. And this just happens to be the hospital where Davenport's wife, Weather Karkinnen, works as a surgeon. As it further happens, Weather is coming in early to perform a delicate surgery and catches a glimpse of a couple of the men who may have been involved in the robbery. A hospital employee is murdered during the course of the robbery and the robbers conclude that Weather must be eliminated so that she cannot identify them. The story then centers principally on the robbers' attempts to kill Weather while Lucas Davenport tries to protect her.I'm never very happy when a writer puts into jeopardy a family member or close friend of his protagonist. Whenever this happens, I always assume that the creative juices were off on vacation in Mexico and, rather than calling them back, the writer decided instead to resort to a tired old plot device. And as much as I love these books, Sandford has done this a lot. Over the course of this series virtually everyone close to Davenport has at one time or another been targeted by some nasty antagonist, and to see it happen yet again just makes you want to groan.To further complicate matters, the villains in this book are a gang of Really Dumb Guys. They are among the least interesting and least scary villains that Sandford has ever created--and he's created some great ones. But not for a moment is any reader ever going to believe that THESE are the guys who are finally going to outwit Lucas Davenport, penetrate his defenses, and do serious harm to someone he loves.Ultimately, it's the interaction between Davenport, Weather and the rest of the cast that saves the book and makes it an enjoyable read in spite of these shortcomings. It's a fun way to spend an evening or two, although someone coming fresh to the series would probably want to start with one of the earlier books in the series. For my own part, I still eagerly await Lucas Davenport's twenty-first outing. I'm just praying that it doesn't open with Davenport's infant son, Sam, being kidnapped on the way to his nursery school.

  • Mike
    2018-10-26 13:54

    Storm Prey is a stupid 3 Stars. Honestly that is not a put down. The theme of stupid criminal runs throughout, actually is the backbone of the plot. Where Sandford used to have really devious and brilliant adversaries, he gives us a bunch of Darwin award winners for criminals here. The robbery of the hospital pharmacy begins a chain of events that puts Lucas's wife Weather in harm's way, brings Virgil Flowers into the main story, and reunites a bunch of the old gang of "Prey" characters. There is no "Storm" here until the end, so not clear why that was in the title--he must be running out of words to precede "Prey". There is a lot of medical info as we follow Weather in her job, not pertinent to the story but interesting in a way. I bumped it to 3 Stars because he actually described a character as "Christian, conservative and competent". Holy crap, he musta got a whipping from his lib friends for that one, considering his constant put down of conservatives in other books in the series. It reads exceptionally fast and really no mystery on where this one will wind up.

  • Kenneth Hursh
    2018-10-24 14:01

    Terrific premise! Terrific! Crooks have just robbed a hospital pharmacy. During their escape, a woman eyeballs them, and they’re afraid she’ll identify them. She happens to be a surgeon named Weather, who is essential to a delicate operation to save the lives of conjoined twins! I was excited! I could see the crooks abducting Weather, a frantic search to save her before the crooks did her in, the poor babies’ lives hanging in the balance . . . Got none of it. Instead, the book focused mainly on the criminal gang, who would fit right in on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and who, from paranoia or sheer meanness, start killing each other off. Alongside this uninteresting story, a group of run-of-the-mill cops engage in run-of-the-mill police work through which, along with some luck and bumbling by the criminals, they eventually identify all the perpetrators. By the time they actually locate the perpetrators, the perpetrators are all dead, except for one, and the cops only nab him because he turns himself in. Weather, the surgeon/witness, is never in any real danger and plays little to no part in solving the crime. She separates the twins in spectacularly un-dramatic fashion. Terrific premise terrifically wasted.

  • Amanda
    2018-10-24 12:49

    I am stupidly dedicated to the Prey series and I will probably always love me some Lucas Davenport. And Virgil Flowers. But I've been wondering: what happened?? Why is the Prey series now a run of the mill mystery?Lucas is incredibly intelligent, shrewd and will kill you if he needs to. He used to go up against some intelligent, shrewd killers in previous books but the last few have been disappointing. He's having to go against some of the dumbest damn people ever. There's no mystery or challenge anymore.The hospital that Weather works at is robbed with the pharmacy wiped clean. Someone dies in the process and everyone is up in arms. The Mack brothers and an inside doc are the criminals and they are all as dumb as bricks. And drug addicts to boot. Fabulous.For a regular ol' mystery, this is good. For a Davenport book (with that Fuckin' Flowers even!!!) it's just not that good. Lucas needs better villians to go up against. No more stupid rednecks.

  • Mike
    2018-10-24 10:55

    2nd reading - In Minneapolis, at the hospital our protagonist's wife works at, a crew plans to break in to the the pharmacy and steal muy hospital-grade drugs. Complications arise - a worker who's been tied up gets an arm loose and attempts to dial 911. Bad guy hurts him, and he later dies. The hunt is on, but Lucas's wife has seen some of the creeps.Marcy and Flowers are featured significantly, and the story zooms along like a crazy snow plow.1st reading - Pretty good Lucas/Weather/Virgil/Marcy/Jenkins/Shrake story. Snow storms. Co-joined twins and separation operations. Drug stealing dumb bikers. Cocaine-snorting Lebanese doctor.

  • Nancy
    2018-10-25 11:00

    Another Davenport family in peril story. Now instead of Letty in danger, Weather is the one targeted by a biker gang no less. Sub plot about Weather's part in surgically separating conjoined twins was vaguely interesting.

  • Laurie Stoll
    2018-10-25 11:02

    As with all the books in the Lucas Davenport series, the story is always face paced, well written, and filled with suspense.

  • Ilsa Bick
    2018-11-08 16:49

    I've read every Prey book--many several times over. I have to agree with other reviewers who have noticed a decline in the overall quality of Prey books. Beyond copy-editing issues, there are several times where there are point-of-view shifts between multiple characters in the same scene. Sandford would never have done this in earlier books. The plotting isn't THAT intricate either. Not only are the villains not much of a threat--they're actually pretty incompetent and dumb--there's really no sense of urgency here (not even in the relatively distracting B-storyline about the operation-which was pretty much of a snooze, even if technically correct).I think the problem here is what Sandford has Lucas realize midway through the book: Lucas is happy. (And another baby? Please, say it isn't so. I can see it now; Lucas retires because he realizes he wants to be around for his kids and/or Weather nags him into a guilt trip about it.) The problem here is that a happy Lucas doesn't make for a compelling read. Nothing really shakes him up; no one's really in danger; he doesn't stand to lose much (the threat to Weather was no threat at all); and no character is very interesting for long without conflict or something to lose. There is none of that here. (This was the problem with the last book, too. You knew nothing was REALLY going to happen to Letty--which was a shame because I'd been waiting for a Letty book since Naked Prey.)Also, it was pretty obvious to me that this novel felt like an excuse to have Virgil Flowers trot onto the stage--a pretty bald attempt to get readers accustomed to him and, perhaps, ready to embrace him when Sandford decides that Lucas has to retire. Certainly, if Sandford's tired of writing about Lucas, you can understand that; it's a Conan Doyle kind of thing. But that doesn't mean that Virgil Flowers can really take Lucas's place. Flowers just doesn't do it for me--a surfer-looking dude with a gun and rock band t-shirts who likes to think about God at night is pretty uninteresting. I don't think the Flowers books are nearly as well-written as the Prey books either--even the not-so-great Prey books--and Lucas's seal of approval for Flowers isn't reason enough for me to climb on the Flowers bandwagon.And I also agree that the ending of this book is pretty lame--yet another problem that didn't use to be. I think about the endings of books like Mortal Prey and Sudden Prey--and I just want to weep. Phantom Prey was a pretty good Prey book, but the last *decent* Prey book before that was Broken Prey (which was a fabulous exercise in misdirection and I think the only one where Sandford kept us ALL in the dark about the killer's identity until nearly the very end). Problem is: a couple of years between good Prey books is just too darned long to wait.I used to preorder all of Sandford's books, but next time I'm gong to wait until I snag a copy at the library. You can't keep churning out a substandard product and expect people to keep buying out of loyalty. I feel guilty saying this because I've been a Sandford fan from the beginning, but his writing is just getting sparer and sparer and the spark is gone. Don't know if he'll find it again, but I sure hope so.

  • Julie
    2018-11-14 12:58

    I kind of had the hots for Lucas Davenport in that Book Boyfriend way. He's a freaking fantastic character. Intelligent, cocky, vain, hard as nails when needed, a total man-whore, and unapologetic as Hell. I admire an author who can write someone like that without constantly trying to explain it or justify it.Lucas had gotten kind of stagnant since he's settled down with Weather. I liked him better single, though I see where him being married with kids adds another layer to his character. However, I don't like Weather's character because she doesn't add anything to the series for me. She's a strong, intelligent woman, which I appreciate, but she's also a giant amount of Blah, which clashes horribly with Lucas's fire.The last Lucas book was boring. It just was. This one was anything but. It started out hard and got harder. It was intense and fast paced but it was so bogged down by Weather's part in it. I didn't *care* a lick about the excrutiatingly detailed plot about her involvement in a surgery to separate conjoined twins. Why would I? What does that possibly have to do with the hospital pharmacy being robbed and one of the workers being killed?It took up so much time from the book. The surgery scenes broke the intensity, broke the flow, killed the momentum. The rest of it that involved Lucas and his team (Virgil Flowers, my love, you have now replaced Lucas in my heart!) was SO GOOD!!!!! I hate it when authors want to force you to care about another aspect of a character's life. We really don't have to. Seriously. I'm perfectly okay just reading about Lucas and his cases.

  • 11811 (Eleven)
    2018-11-09 15:48

    3.5 but it's Christmas so maybe it was just a mood thing.

  • Todd Hickman
    2018-11-02 12:10

    I guess I expected more from a "#1 New York Times Bestselling Author." I read the hardback version of "Storm Prey" and was not overly impressed. I guess I was supposed to have read his other books like "Shadow Prey," "Wicked Prey" and so on. Lucas Davenport is the good guy and Weather Karkinnen is his doctor wife. She is a witness to a robbery of a hospital pharmacy and a series of bad guys try to rub her out. And these are really bad guys. They commit a series of grislymurders without any trace of remorse.The writing was good. Sandford knows how to set up a scene and use dialogue and the pace moves the reader swiftly along. But the whole thing seemed fuzzy, sloppy and unformed. A kind of pastiche of mayhem while Davenport fumbles around trying to stop the bleeding, while his surgeon wife tries to separatetwo Siamese twins.Probably my own fault for reading a #20 in a series. Bad place to start. The bad guys seemed to be fleshed-out characters, but Lucas and Weather were not. I hardly got to know them.It was a competent enough read, but mainly for fans who are already hooked on Sandford's writing. I was not overly impressed.

  • Jack Rochester
    2018-10-26 15:10

    I’m hooked on John Sandford’s “Prey” novels, featuring the emotionally complex Lucas Davenport, and have several friends who are as well. Last year’s Storm Prey was the 20th. The first, Rules of Prey, came out in 1989. That puts him at a book a year, except he’s launched two other series, Kidd and Virgil Flowers and has written a couple others besides. The point is, John Sandford has fallen prey to the New York publishing mill, turning out more and more and, at least for me, satisfying less and less. [Note: please read my review of 2011’s Buried Prey for my more positive reaction.] I’m willing to wager that his manuscripts go from first draft to print, with little if any revision. No time for enriching or embellishing, or working in more complex situations or characterizations, shrieks the publisher – we gotta have a hardcover and at least one paperback on the bestseller lists at all times!To test my thesis, I recently bought a copy of Rules in a used book store [having collected all of them, then given them to my local library in Holderness, New Hampshire] and re-read it. The writing was scintillating, gripping, a real pleasure to read. By comparison, Storm Prey reads like little more than a good first draft without the rich scene descriptions, characterizations and plot intricacies. Just take a look at the first page of Rules of Prey: “A rooftop billboard cast a flickering blue light through the studio windows. The light ricocheted off glass and stainless steel: an empty crystal bud vase rimed with dust, a pencil sharpener, a microwave oven, peanut-butter jars filled with drawing pencils, paintbrushes and crayons. An ashtray full of pennies and paper clips. Jars of poster paint. Knives. “A stereo was dimly visible as a collection or rectangular silhouettes on the window ledge. A digital clock punched red electronic minutes into the silence. “The maddog waited in the dark. “He could hear himself breathe. Feel the sweat trickle from the pores of his underarms. Taste the remains of his dinner. Feel the unshaven stubble at his groin. Smell the odor of the Chosen’s body.”” A digital clock punched red electronic minutes into the silence.” Wow. This is wonderful writing. You can see, smell, hear, feel the scene. There is an entire tableau before you, so you know it’s an artist’s studio. Sandford is paying attention to the detail that draws the reader. But you don’t get this kind of richness in the first draft.Lucas Davenport, the dashing police detective and former software designer who made millions selling his computer program, is married to Weather Karkinnen, a doctor. They have an adopted daughter and an infant son of their own. A cocaine-snorting intern at the hospital enlists the help of three bikers to knock off the hospital pharmacy; he plans to sell the drugs to support his massive coke habit. Of course the plan goes to hell and he thinks Weather recognized him, so he plans to get her killed. Not bad for a plot, and as far as the plot goes it’s pretty good, but I never had the feeling Lucas was truly worried for his wife’s safety – or his family’s. In fact, the teenaged girl, Letty, and the baby don’t make an appearance in the first few scenes at Lucas’ home – which I found strange. Ditto on the guy trying to chase Weather down in her car. Why isn’t anyone worried about the obvious threat? It’s a plot slip that I think Sandford would have caught on a subsequent draft.Lucas displays his trademark emotion [frustration or anger, rarely gentleness or compassion - after all, he is a cop] only once with respect to the danger to his wife. Otherwise, he and the other cops are pretty much stick figures. The two main crooks have more depth and are revealed in deeper ways than Lucas and Weather. These are small defects, but I think Sandford would have dealt with them had he spent more time revising. Which, of course, is something that rarely happens with “summer reading” books. But I think it was noted by his readers in the fact that this book only spent a few weeks on the New York Times best seller list. I have avoided reading any reviews of Storm Prey, but after I read the last book, Wicked Prey, I browsed the reviews on Amazon; many commented that it was disappointing or not up to the quality of earlier works. For this I don’t blame Sandford, but his publisher, for making their author crank out books like they were widgets, instead of respecting the work of a creative mind. Hey John – are you having fun?If you haven’t read the Lucas Davenport novels, I suggest you start with the first and read serially. He is an evolving character and there are lots of dimensions to the back story – even though Sandford makes an occasional stab at refreshing the reader’s memory about different folks. Here are Sandford’s “Prey” novels in published order:1. Rules of Prey (1989)2. Shadow Prey (1990)3. Eyes of Prey (1991)4. Silent Prey (1992)5. Winter Prey (1993)6. Night Prey (1994)7. Mind Prey (1995)8. Sudden Prey (1996)9. Secret Prey (1998)>10. Certain Prey (1999)11. Easy Prey (2000)12. Chosen Prey (2001)13. Mortal Prey (2002)14. Naked Prey (2003)15. Hidden Prey (2004)16. Broken Prey (2005)17. Invisible Prey (2007)18. Phantom Prey (2008)19. Wicked Prey (2009)20. Storm Prey (2010)21. Buried Prey (2011)Sandford’s real name is John Camp, and he was a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper journalist for the St. Paul Pioneer-Press. You can learn a lot more about the author and his work at johnsandford.org.

  • Lesley
    2018-11-19 10:55

    this was a descent enough mystery that I would read more. apparently this author been around and I have never read the other 28 or so books. gangstersdrug raidmurders

  • Carol
    2018-11-01 13:54

    The 20th entry in the Prey books, is titled Storm Prey, as Lucas Davenport faces a truly thick and unsophisticated team of guys who one morning rob the hospital pharmacy – the same morning when Weather Karkinnen, Lucas’s wife goes in early for an important surgery. The author dedicated quite a few pages to this extraordinary surgery. Indeed, separating of Siamese twins is quite spectacular. The author did a good job researching it and keeping it understandable and interesting for readers who have zero medical background. The prep and delay of the surgery is like a thread through the entire book. I will not spoil the outcome.As for the detective work in this story, it was different, compelling enough. I just think that sometimes there are too many casualties in the Prey books, whether it’s victims of evil people, or bad guys among themselves, like here in this one.

  • Michelle Lancaster
    2018-10-30 15:13

    Published May 2010 408 pagesPenguin Group (USA) IncorporatedISBN 9781101187715From my personal library (read in Sony Reader format) Rating: 4 - Really liked thisStorm Prey is number twenty in John Sanford's Prey series. Rules of Prey, published in 1989, is the first book in the series. It introduced our hero Lucas Davenport, a Minneapolis cop. Davenport is my favorite character in the mystery genre. He's intelligent, funny, sexy, fearless and perfectly smooth. Davenport is a man of appetites.Storm Prey was published 20 years after Rules of Prey and finds Davenport promoted to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. His wife is Weather Karkinnen - the most fabulous name ever, yes? She is a plastic surgeon and saved Davenport's life a few books ago by performing an emergency tracheotomy in the middle of nowhere on a frigid Minnesota winter night.Storm Prey begins with the robbery of a pharmacy in the hospital where Weather practices. As the robbers are making their escape from the parking garage Weather pulls in and gets a good look at them. The robbers decide to eliminate the only witness. Lucas calls in all of the old characters, Shrake, Del, Virgil Flowers, Jenkins, to protect Weather. At this point the book takes off and the suspense doesn't let up as Lucas and his merry men take off in pursuit of the bad guys.There is a subplot involving an operation to separate conjoined twins in which Weather is a key member of the surgical team. I'm not sure why this subplot is necessary. I found it a little distracting. The author is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and obviously did his homework regarding the separation of conjoined twins. A little research of my own finds that Sandford published a book in 1989 titled Plastic Surgery: The Kindest Cut. Perhaps this is where he got his inspiration.My favorite thing about these books, besides my crush on Davenport, is the dialogue. It is quick, funny, smart and fun to read. Sandford describes the robbers as "hard men." Spare but enough. In the context of that scene you know exactly what he means. Another hallmark of the Prey books is the bad guys. They are multi-dimensional. They have pasts and personalities and you can see the pathology of their thinking. The author spent a month at a prison in Minnesota interviewing inmates. He came to the conclusion, stated in an interview, that most criminals turn out ultimately to be mundane; nothing special, although they would dearly like to believe they are.I highly recommend this book (and the entire Prey series) for fans of quality mysteries. And for what it's worth I would read the Prey series again and that's very rare for me.Also, as a cool tidbit, I have included a link to a list of Lucas Davenport's favorite songs from Sandford's web site. Enjoy! http://www.johnsandford.org/prey16x1....

  • Kathy Hiester
    2018-10-23 13:53

    This volume of John Sandford's Prey series gives more attention to the criminals and to Lucas' wife, the surgeon Weather Karkinnen, is part of the team that is separating two Siamese twin babies. Lucas is not in total control of the murder case, he makes mistakes.A non-too-smart Lebanese ER physician at Weather's hospital is abusing drugs and is out of money. He persuades some bungling low-level crooks to steal about a half million dollars worth of drugs from the hospital pharmacy. They do so, but, being incompetent, accidentally kill one of the pharmacists. While dashing away in a car, they pass Weather who is arriving for the twin's operation. Weather sees and is able to identify one of the bunglers. The crooks decide, among other dumb ideas, to kill Weather so that they would remain unidentified. "My friend," one of them says to another, "you are smarter than you look," and this emphasizes how dumb they really are.Virgil Flowers, Lucas' assistant and the protagonist of three excellent Sandford novels, plays a role in the book, protecting Weather, but shows little or none of the flare that made him such an enjoyable character in the three Flowers books.All in all, this mystery lacks the usual humor of the Sandford mysteries, the bungling mars our desire to identify with Lucas, and the story lacks suspense.2 Stars

  • Heather G
    2018-10-30 13:45

    I've sat on this book for some time now - Sandford is my favorite author and I just wasn't ready for to turn the final page without knowing when I'd be able to get my hands on the next in the series (which I now see is early 2011).Unfortunately this book never made it up to par with the titles in the earlier series, but that's been the case since Davenport lost some of his his appeal by getting married, having kids, etc. And the characters just aren't as intriguing as some of the criminals of past (Clara Rinker).However, this is still John Sandford, and in my opinion you can never go wrong with a Davenport novel. It's just the last few have felt more like filler titles (maybe he's too involved with creating his newer Virgil Flowers series) and I'm waiting for the day that I'm completely pulled in again and become so engrossed that I can finish within a sitting. I think I'll see this day when Letty becomes old enough to join forces with her old man. At least, that's what I'm counting on.

  • Kristin
    2018-10-23 12:01

    John Sandford is such a guy's author- the language is coarse, the jokes are dirty, and the style of writing is very blunt- but I love him anyway. There's something so appealing about a protagonist who is as flawed as Lucas but who I find myself rooting for anyway. The great thing about these books is how the narrator lets us in on everything- there's really no "whodunit" aspect, in fact we usually know whodunit in the first 50 pages, but I am still glued to every page in anticipation. Every character- including the villains and the periphery casualties that I wouldn't normally care about in a crime novel- is three-dimensional and really well-developed.The newest one hits Lucas pretty close to home when his wife Weather is a witness to a pharmacy robbery gone wrong at the hospital where she's a surgeon. It becomes clear that someone is desperately trying to eliminate witnesses- including Weather. If you know Lucas, you know how well that will go over.

  • Tess Mertens-Johnson
    2018-11-16 16:52

    I Love John Sanford. I think Lucas Davenport is one of the best fictional characters in today's writing. (I also feel Mark Harmon was a great choice to play him).BUT, this book just did not grab me like the others. The characters were very weak.The book beings with a robbery gone wrong at a hospital pharmacy where one of the culprits is lost and a hospital employee is killed. The only witness to the crime is Weather, Lucas' wife who is a doctor at the hospitals.What ensues after this is a manhunt to find the two other thieves. A side story has to do with Weather being a surgeon dealing with separating two conjoined twins. But the stories never come together.The high suspense and smart remarks from Lucas were missing in this book. Did marriage domesticate him? Say it isn't so!

  • Jackie
    2018-11-18 11:48

    I absolutely could not finish this. I was so weary of the foul language that contributed nothing to the plot/action/reading enjoyment. I couldn't even find anything to like about the characters. Yes, I understand Lucas Davenport is a hero, but really....Why couldn't he figure out that if his wife could describe the villains she saw, they could also identify her and come after her? What kind of "smart" guy is this?And that was just one of the things that put me off so much I finally said: Enough! There are lots better things to do with my time. And lots better books to read as well.

  • Rachel
    2018-11-20 10:58

    I hadn't read any Prey books in a while... and this one was not the best to go back to. This will sound odd but I really couldn't stand reading about the bad guys in this story. They were so dumb! It seemed like more of the story was spent on them than the chase to find them - and thus it bothered me to waste my time reading about them. I admit that I had to keep reading to find out how the story progressed - but I didn't really enjoy the story. Not all bad guys are dumb... ok they don't make the best choices - but they aren't stupid like these were.

  • Joe
    2018-11-12 14:49

    I started reading the "Prey" series years ago, and after about 5 I said I was done and yet here I am reading yet another. This time, Sanford decided to add many more pages of implausible plot and stick characters to his latest. All I can say is that I could hardly wait until it was over and I am certain that this will be my last

  • Cathy
    2018-11-08 15:57

    I've always enjoyed this series, especially in audio form - good "car" reads. But the series has really gone downhill (maybe since he got married?? - Weather's a pretty unappealing character), and in this book Lucas seemed inept even at fighting crime. Sandford's character development is one of his strong suits, and that kept me engaged, but I was glad to "hear" the end of this one.

  • Kathy Davie
    2018-11-13 15:51

    Twentieth in the Lucas Davenport detective mystery series and revolving around an honest detective in Minneapolis who is willing to take shortcuts.My TakeAnother complicated and unusual mystery for Lucas. It's not an easy case for him or the rest of the cops. Suspects run, get killed, kill. It's turning Lucas and his people into a joke with the other cops, especially when Lucas and company keeps getting beat up.It's not easy at the hospital for Weather either. All those cops hanging around as her bodyguards. Asking questions about French accents. It's enough to push her into investigating.I get that the surgery was delicate what with all the doctors and how they had to keep stopping and starting over a number of days, but Sandford didn't make me feel the tension in it. Not like I felt for the woman with the grenade between her thighs!Don't get me wrong. Sandford still writes a fascinating mystery, one with few clues that he roots out, uncovers, and builds on until he learns whodunnit.Thank god Weather is a cop's wife when that assassin comes after her on the freeway. Lol, I do love how she takes things into her own hands. And he's so pissed that she'd defend herself, the lack of respect(?), ROFLMAO. What is it with bad guys that it's okay for them to gun people down, but when someone shoots back…it's all wrong?Sandford writes about a serious topic, murder, and yet he infuses it with humor. Cop humor, family humor."I'll put you in for something. A medal, or something. Or we could get the guys to chip in, buy you one of those family packs of Cheetos."Poor Shrake, he's learning just how dangerous it is to be around Letty."'Don't bother us,' Letty said. 'If he goes out, I've got to take my bra off.'"It's stupid enough to pull a robbery, but then they keep trying to clean up after themselves. It sure didn't help that they teamed up with a drug addict. It's a fatal combination. Then they pull in an outsider, which only makes it worse when Cappy teams up with Barakat. Talk about a match made in heaven! Criminal heaven."'Last time I saw him, he, well, he looked like that drawing.'Shrake said, 'If you weren't short, fat, and male, I'd kiss you on the lips.''Hey, that's okay,' Melicek said. 'I can live without it.'"And the crooks just keep stonewalling as more and more people die.Oh, yeah. Lucas is whipped!"'As for me, I'm going to get pregnant again,' Weather said.'You got the daddy picked out?''Yup.'…Well. Okay, then.'" The StoryIt's heartbreaking for the parents and life-critical for the babies. The way their heads are joined will lead to their deaths if they can't be separated. One of the babies has a congenital heart defect which could complicate the operation to save them.Dr. Maret has done two of these surgeries before, and he invited Weather to participate due to her successful reconstruction of a young boy's thumb. It's a complicated operation for both doctor and patient, and it doesn't help when robbers clean out the pharmacy.Nor does it help that Weather may be an eyewitness.The CharactersThe battered yet hawk-handsome Lucas Davenport is the governor's troubleshooter, a state police investigator, a man who loves clothes, poetry, fighting, and his family. Dr. Weather Karkinnen is a plastic surgeon who does aesthetic, reconstructive, and microsurgery at Hennepin General. Sam is their son. Letty is their officially adopted fifteen-year-old daughter.The Department of Public Safety is……the governor's pet project used to keep him and the Democrats in Minnesota looking good. Rose Marie Roux is the head of the department while Lucas is the agent in charge. The agents who work under Lucas include Shrake and Jenkins, a double act; Virgil Flowers will move in to Lucas and Weather's place to guard her; and, Del Capslock.Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) is……where Lucas has his office. Frank Harris doesn't like Lucas; he and Lannie Tote are BCA's gang guys. Dan Martin knows most of the Seed guys. Sandy is a part-time researcher, a really good one.Minneapolis PDDeputy Chief Marcy Sherrill is heading up the drugs robbery; she's married to a medium big shot at General Mills. James is her son. Larouse is a cop supervisor and an old friend of Lucas'. Lodmell is in the lab. Detectives Phil Dickens, Franklin, Marilyn Crowe, Doug Jansen, and Stone are all working the case. Lee Hall is the senior guy on the final day.St. Paul SWATJohn Nelson is the team commander. Billy Harris is part of the team.Mendota Heights PDMark Grace is the chief.Washburn PDBill Stephaniak is the sheriff.Hastings PDNancy Knott is with forensics. Lonny Johnson processed the Haines-Chapman murder scene.Bakersfield, California PDDetective J.J. Ball works Intel with Al James.Minnesota Medical Research CenterThe surgical team consists of……all kinds of doctors and some twenty nurses and surgical assistants. Dr. Gabriel Maret is a French doctor (and the team leader) who has socialized over the winter with Lucas and Weather. He and Lucas can spend hours talking about clothes. Regan is a radiologist; Rick Hanson is the orthopedic surgeon with the custom electric saws; John Dansk, Sandy Groetch, and Mark Lang are the neurosurgeons; Dr. Yamaguchi is an anesthesiologist; Dr. Alan Seitz and Geoff Perkins are the cardiologists; Tremaine Cooper is another plastic surgeon; and, Kristy is the nurse to whom Weather gives the note.The patients are……Siamese twins, Ellen and Sara Raynes, joined head to head. Their father, Larry, works in a heating and air-conditioning business owned by his father. Their mother, Lucy, works at the post office.The pharmacy victims are……Dorothy Baker was the nurse doing inventory in the pharmacy, and Don Peterson.Other employees in the hospital include……Dr. Alain Barakat, a spoiled rich kid with an addiction, is observing; he works the ER. Thomas Carlson is the hospital administrator. Rob Jansen is a supervisor in Sanitation. Marlene Bach is the head of surgery. Possible suspects include Halary, who is a weasel and an otolaryngologist; Martin; and, Albert Loewe. Adnan Shaheen is also a doctor, and Barakat's babysitter. Shaheen did all the studying to be a doctor for the two of them.The gangLyle and Joe Mack (he's just dumb) are brothers who own Cherries Bar. Their father is Ike Mack, a Seed member in the sixties. Mikey Haines is big and dumb, the guy who got carried away. Charles "Shooter" Chapman is a talker from California. Harriet B. "Honey Bee" Brown is Lyle's girlfriend but not averse to slipping it to Joe; she also tends bar.Anthony Melicek and Ron Howard patronize Cherries, both are former Seed. Donna Howard is Ron's wife. Melanie is the Howards' probation officer. Lincoln. Dan Lenert is with Mid-State Vending and Games. Ansel Clark pulled a five-year sentence for a robbery. Jon Orff is an assistant warden in Stillwater. Phil Lighter drives for a limo service and is a childhood friend of Joe Mack's. Alice "Butch" is his woman.Caprice "Cappy" Marlon Garner is a sociopath in love with his BMW; he "bought" it when he held a gun on its original owner. Not to worry about the original owner, he died very, very soon after. His childhood is another reason why parents should be licensed."He'd killed them without a flicker of a doubt, without a shred of pity, and enjoyed the nightly reruns…"He's 20 years old.Dick Morris owned the Yamaha that got stolen. The Bad Seed is a Wisconsin motorcycle club; in Minnesota they operate out of Cherries. Jim Locke is a retired Minneapolis detective. Arnold Shoemaker is the gassy chicken farmer. Jill MacBride was going to pick up her daughter, Stacy, from school. Marti Stasic is the concerned teacher. Star, Michellay, and Jamilayah are ladies Cappy and Barakat run into at the bar. Don Johnston is Cappy's supervisor at UPS. Roger Denton works with Cappy. Ann Wilson owns the house where Cappy rents a room. Ruffe Ignace is a cop reporter with the Star-Tribune who's worked with Lucas before.The Cover and TitleThe cover is a deep blue-green, a lonely road under a hazy moon with a solitary car parked by the side of that road. Trees and bushes line the sides with powerlines snaking alongside.The title is that ending, what better to do with Storm Prey than have one last drink? "What better to do on a day like this?"

  • Aidil
    2018-11-08 09:51

    It's a light read for a crime thriller. Very enjoyable. To me there was two separate plots (1) The robbery of the hospital's pharmacy and (2) the operation on the conjoint twins. Sandford did a great job in narrating the 2nd plot without overshadowing the 1st plot because this is a crime thriller after all. SPOILER ALERT --The 2nd mastermind for the robbery wasnt all that smart...in fact, apart from the doctor no one was that smart. Just a bunch of low level drug pushers. So when things don't go according to plan, their only solution was to kill and flee. The plot twist of the killer and the doctor being friends wasn't entirely forseeable but it did piss me off that the doctor died just like that. I would've preferred that he be caught by the police so the whole world can see how sick he is. That was the only misgivings I had...that the doctor died so easily. For all the grief he started, he died just like that..its not fair.

  • Will Wyckoff
    2018-11-05 13:56

    Fate landed this book in my lap, and I enjoyed it. (I never heard of Mr. Sandford, and now I am surprised that's true, for I have learned he's penned quite a few!) I found STORM PREY to be action-packed from beginning to end. We're told "who done it" at the outset. Then we're taken on an exciting trip in search of justice. I found the story to be realistic in that never once did I think anyone is particular was out of harm's way. I like that. P.S. Dress warm. The weather is cold!

  • Giovanni Gelati
    2018-11-09 11:58

    Happy Monday to everybody. The week before Memorial Day is upon us and we have an awesome lineup this week. He it is in a nutshell:Today- Storm PreyTuesday- Lee Child -61 HoursWednesday- Mark Greaney Guest Post –Author of The Gray ManThursday- Richard Thomas- TransubstantiateFriday-Graphic Novel –Supreme-The Story of the YearSaturday- Jack Coughlin- Clean Kill- A Marine Sniper NovelSunday-Richard Marcinko/Rogue Warrior Richard MarcinkoMonday Memorial Day- Guest Post by Bob Hamer former U.S. Marine & FBI undercover AgentI think you can see we mean business this week. I must say I was lucky enough to get both John Sandford and Lee Child’s newest novels right away. I was totally amped as I looked them both over and cracked the spine on them; I must admit I enjoy the sound. I know, the simple joys of the simple minded. I jumped right into Storm Prey as it won the coin toss over 61 Hours. Davenport & company are back and going full bore. There is not a boring or slow page contained in the 408 pages of the novel. Sanford hits another grand slam here in his 20th, yes 20th, Davenport Prey novel. I am not bashful in saying I have read them all in order, and have thoroughly enjoyed the ride. Davenport is again central in Prey as are Shrake, that #@*% Flowers, Weather, Jenkins & Marcy. Letty for some reason or another is only mentioned briefly in the novel.I am not going to do any spoilers here but the plot as usual is excellent, the bad guys are good, Sandford engages us the reader, right away. Storm Prey is hard to put down. Davenport, as a fictional character, has stood the test of time and has only gotten better and better. Sandford has crafted a detective for a lifetime here. To observers he is a goon and a killer, a well dressed one they admit. But to us, his fans, he is much more than that. Davenport is deep, introspective and caring as well as a killer, but I don’t think a goon. I think one can only love the character as he kicks some butt and worries about the consequences later, only trying to do the right thing.If you are craving a great character driven novel that has all the right elements to it, then Storm Prey will take care of it. Sanford has yet to lay a dud on us. Suspense that you cannot turn away from or put down, a roller coaster ride with white knuckles included, John Sandfords Storm prey is for you. My copy still has the indentations from my fingers in it .Sanford will be releasing a Virgil Flowers novel in September. Gotta love that #@*&% Flowers, I can’t wait.What are you reading today? Check us out and become our friend on Facebook. Go to Goodreads and become our friend there and suggest books for us to read and post on. You can also follow us on Twitter. Thanks for stopping by today; we will see you tomorrow. Have a great day.

  • Michael
    2018-11-03 14:55

    During John Sandford's "Storm Prey" four men rob a hospital pharmacy. When one of the employees tries to call for help, one of the robbers kicks him so hard, the older man dies of complications.The robbers also had an inside man who let them into the hospital. Later, we learn about him and his dependency on drugs that caused him to be part of the robbers' scheme.Lucas Davenport's wife, Weather Karkinnen. is a plastic surgeon at the hospital. She's involved in a major surgical procedure where many of the hospital staff are working together to separate two little girls joined at the head. As Weather came to work on the day of the robbery, she got a good view of the driver of the get away car.Much of the remainder of this engrossing novel deals with the robbers having a fallout between themselves and attempting to eliminate anyone who could identify them.They aren't killers so they hire a crazed young killer from California. When the shooter, Cappy, attempts to shoot Weather on her way home from work, we are thrilled by her observing the would be assassin and turning the table on him. She's a true cop's wife and alert to circumstances that get in her way.The reader gets an immediate sense of drama that the author is noted for in his wonderful series involving the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Lucas Davenport and his leading detective, Virgil Flowers.The story moves swiftly - so much so that I kept putting off my dinner so I could read the next exciting segment.It is interesting to watch Lucas, Virgil and various police departments join in the search. The compulsive story continues chapter by chapter until its exciting climax.