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review 2020-02-17 13:56
Sudden Prey
Sudden Prey - John Sandford

I love these books and can't get enough of them.  They are so violent but sometimes things don't really jive with reality.  I think that is the reason I can enjoy them for the most part.  The times I have started to read a true crime story and get to this level of craziness, I find I can't continue.  I can't enjoy these books if they are too real.  I want the bad guys to lose and the good guys to win in the end.  


This story was pretty intense with an escaped convict and a couple of his buddies ganging up to kill cops or their family.  To add flame to the fire they had a cop working with them and feeding them information.  They had something on him so he was blackmailed into giving them information about cops and where they lived.  He didn't really want anyone to get hurt so he was trying to play both sides.  This was one of those books I didn't want to put down but at the same time I didn't want it to end too soon.  


A few things did bother me about the story -  like the women who didn't want to stay in protection when there were madmen after them.  So, they knew these guys were gunning for the wives/girlfriends of the police and had actually killed some and wounded some.  Who in their right mind would insist on going to work anyway?  I found myself hoping the two women, ex-girlfriend and fiancée, would get killed just because they were so annoying and stupid.  In some of the other books too there was some conversation with these women and Davenport that was just plain stupid.  Basically, they are turned off by how he gets this thrill from the job or getting the bad guy.  They don't like it when criminals are killed instead of talked down, locked up, and "fixed".  It's like the author wants you to hate them.  


Then, there was the case of two characters seeming to have a personality change at the end of the book.  Sure people might might snap but it's doubtful they would ever really get nice.  


So, in a nutshell, I loved it AND hated it.  I still give it 4 stars for the impossible-to-put-downness minus a few stupid moments.

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review 2020-02-10 03:56
Mind Prey
Mind Prey - John Sandford

I love these books.  I'm addicted to this series.  I actually bought these books YEARS ago and felt like I needed to collected all of them that were available before starting to read them.  I finally started reading them and wasn't sold at first.  The murders were pretty graphic.  I went on the next one though and now I just can't stop.  


This was a great story and different from the other stories in that it was about a woman and her two daughters that were kidnapped. I liked the change of pace instead of just another psychopath on the lose killing people. They were racing to figure out who did it and why so they could find them before they were killed. I didn't want to put the book down even when I could barely keep my eyes open.

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review 2020-01-24 19:47
Neon Prey
Neon Prey (Lucas Davenport #29) - John Sandford

Trigger warning: Graphic depictions of rape.


I almost put this one down a few times. It was very grim reading from beginning to end. Not only do you have a serial killer who eats people (not shown) you then have said killer and others deciding to become robbers and the rape. This book was too all over the place. We have Lucas dealing with getting shot (again) and him trying to get past it. I also felt let down by the ending.



In "Neon Prey" Lucas is sitting around bored. That is until Rae and Bob call him in when it appear a serial killer has been active down south. With his general marshal mission, Lucas can work on whatever, so he decides to track down the serial killer. This takes him to California and then Nevada where it seems the serial killer on the run has hooked up with an even crazier crew. 

Sandford spends too much time with the crew. I started to get bored. When we get to some of the more graphic scenes, I had to skip. 


Once again things are up in the air for Lucas. I honestly wish he just get back to Minnesota already. There is a weird sub-plot about Letty's future and I hope Sandford isn't trying for some Girl With the Dragon Tattoo mess with her. 

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review 2020-01-24 16:18
Twisted Prey
Twisted Prey - John Sanford

Not too much to say about this one except it really didn't work for me (Lucas's family in danger again) and that the ending was pretty lackluster. Having Sandford bring up Clara Rinker in reference to Senator Taryn Grant was hilarious to me. Clara would have eaten Grant for breakfast. Lucas a marshal does not interest me much anymore. Most of the time he is just driving or flying someone and now with his two side-kicks (Rae and Bob) it just makes me miss the Minnesota cops much more.


"Twisted Prey" has Senator Taryn Grant up to her old tricks and trying to take out a rival. At this point she would definitely fit in with our current Senate set-up. I maybe laughed at the mention of the Twitter in Chief. So we have confirmation that Davenport's world is now synced up to our own and I am sad all over again. There's not much there in this story. We get shades of Blackwater in this one with former military people doing some underhanded things and Lucas almost getting murdered. And then he, Rae, and Bob trying to put the puzzles together. This just didn't grab me like previous books. 

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review 2020-01-06 16:17
Golden Prey
Golden Prey - John Sandford

Every time I think of this book I think of Golden Eye and the Tina Turner song. So that's now in my head now and I hope it's in your heads as well LOL.


"Golden Prey" now follows Lucas as a U.S. Marshal. After the events in the last book, the presidential candidate and several congressmen and the governor of Minnesota owe him. So he gets a job where he gets to hunt. Lucas is bored though. There are cliques within the marshal service and a lot of people don't like him. Lucas gets an interesting case to work though, one no one else wants to deal with. A fugitive who is on the most wanted list (Garvin Poole) robs a cartel (why dude why?) and kills the people at the heist along with a child. Lucas wants to track him and his companions done. The book follows Lucas through Mississippi and several other states. Garven doesn't realize it though, besides Lucas, he also has two stone cold killers from the cartel out to hurt anyone he is related to and knows in order to get the money back. 


So this book at times felt a little weird to me. We don't have Del or anyone else that Lucas has worked with. Instead we have him having to rely on all new people. He ends up with two new side-kicks though, Bob and Rae. The book got much snappier when the three of them were around each other. 


The book jumps around though and we get Garv's POV along with the two killers who are hunting him. I felt a bit bored reading about Garv and others though. They are all killers and we get to see why they make the choices they do, but I was happier just staying with Lucas and new friends.


The setting of the book moves several times. I can't even recall how many states they were in and out of. After a while I just went with it. 


The ending was freaking hilarious though with the bad guy and bad guy dust-up with Lucas's supposed supervisor and a shovel. 

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