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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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review 2019-11-21 17:02
Behind the Scenes Look at a Presidential Election via Prey
Extreme Prey - John Sandford

I think that this was one of the strongest offerings in the Prey series. I still could not give it five stars though since there seems to be some ridiculousness with Lucas and his next job I think will get discussed further in the next book. At this point, they should have just retired Lucas and switched to someone else to focus on in this series. How he is running around in his late 50s, I think is a question. I did like the different mysteries going on and how the book ended though. And Sandford must by psychic because he talks about small farms and how broke they have become which has led to bankruptcy and other things.


"Extreme Prey" follows Lucas now that he has quit his job at the BCA. He is renovating his cabin and driving the carpenter nuts. When the governor's lackey calls him up, Lucas is intrigued enough to visit them in Iowa. Apparently the governor (Elmer Henderson) is hoping to get the Democratic nomination for President. However, he's concerned since he has come across a strange woman who has been threatening towards another candidate, Michaela Bowden. At first the Bowden camp doesn't believe in the threat, but Lucas is able to do enough investigating to show that something is going on. This leads him back to a former bombing in the 1970s and a fringe group of disaffected farmers. 


Lucas was pretty funny in this one I thought. He seems to be eh about most politicians, but is okay with the Democrats cause the Republicans cause his head to shake. Since he's so rich he doesn't need to work, him being involved in this case is just for his own curiosity. We have Lucas relying on his friends to help him piece things together, but hre realizes he is more hamstrung these days with no badge or gun. 


We get another look at the governor who I swear sounds like a mash-up of current and former politicians. Sandford does an Obama shout-out so I guess that the Prey series takes place during our time period. 

I thought the writing was interesting in this one since we got so many other POVs besides Lucas in this one. We have his, several criminals, and then even Jason Kidd who lends his expertise to Lucas in this one. I think that Sandford taps into some of the anger that a lot of farmers felt or feel about being pushed out of their homes and land. There's even discussion of how the large farms are owned by big conglomerates in other countries. And I thought there was an interesting discussion about police brutality, the ends justifying the means, and purity in politics. 


The ending was just another set-up to follow Lucas on another career path. I can't even wrap my head around how this would one, be legal, and two, no one would be crying foul over it. 

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review 2019-11-05 15:25
A Look at Travelers
Gathering Prey - John Sandford

So this is the 25th Lucas Davenport book I have read and it seems that we will see Davenport pursue something different. He once again is dealing with depression, but being asked to help find a young man that his daughter Letty met is enough to push that back for the time being. When it appears that Letty's friends may have come across a brutal group murdering Travelers, Lucas and others do what's necessary to take down the group.


"Gathering Prey" follows Lucas as he is dealing with depression setting in due to a murder case that looks to be shaping up to have the defendant get away with murder. Lucas is also starting to get annoyed with the bureaucracy at the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. While this is going on, Letty, his daughter, runs across two Travelers (Skye and Henry) near her school. Letty ends up being herself (don't even ask) and then passes on her number to Skye to look her up if she ends up near Minnesota. When Henry goes missing, Skye hears rumors that he may have been killed by a group headed up by a man named Pilate. She reaches out to Letty who in turns helps Lucas investigate.


Lucas seems more mellow in this one. Though Letty being involved with the case doesn't thrill him or his wife Weather, he's become resigned to the fact that she's going to be in law enforcement someday. One good thing I thought about this book is that Letty finally realizes that she's not the biggest/baddest thing out there. Lucas wants her to learn to be cautious instead of impetuous all of the time. Lucas is also getting tired of the BCA and though he calls up his usual suspects (Flowers, Del, etc.) his heart doesn't seem to be much in things.

Letty gets more developed in this one. I maybe laughed at someone telling Letty she's not a sociopath. I feel like Sandford was responding to criticism this character was getting from a lot of readers. She definitely shows emotion in this one. 


I wish we had gotten more dialogue with Weather. She just seems to be there to off-screen lecture Letty and Lucas and or tell them to be careful, and talk to Lucas about Letty's future. Remember when Weather was a fully developed character that actually did things and interacted with people? 

We also get Pilate's POV and I wish that had been cut down some. 


The writing at times is pretty grim when describing that has been done to victims by this group led by Pilate. The flow was up and down. I started to get bored reading about Lucas driving all over rural America and then having to deal with locals and shootouts every five seconds. It started to get to be a bit much after a while. 


The setting of the book dealing with Travelers and how they get around and interact with others was interesting. Sandford even gets into the Jugaloos and I still don't get that whole thing. At all. 

The ending leaves Lucas on a new path. 

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