Thursday, January 19, 2017

John Sandford Extreme Prey Book Review

First off, a confession. I have not read a SINGLE solitary John Sandford book. There are, however, many of them in my household.

Over the course of the last couple of years, my husband Chris discovered John Sandford and worked to collect and read his way through every single one of Sandford's books. I have a feeling there will be a Sandford book in my future.

Chris' most recent read was Extreme Prey and what follows is his review, which I thought I would share with you here.

John Sandford’s Extreme Prey is an exceptional read.

In the previous novel, the protagonist Lucas Davenport was leaving the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) with his daughter Letty asking, “What are you going to do next?” Extreme Prey flawlessly transitions Davenport from a badge carrying cop to a private citizen doing a favour for the state governor Elmer Henderson; a favour that finds Davenport investigating a potential threat against a presidential candidate. The fact that Davenport is not carrying a badge and has no authority kicks the story up a notch. Davenport uses old contacts and his reputation to gain support from local police while trying to convince others that there is a real and credible threat. Of course the threat is real and time is short, so the action is non-stop.

As the story unfolds, Davenport chases loose threads of evidence as he puts pieces of the puzzle together until the climactic scene arrives that is so engulfing that it will make you miss your bus stop; at least that happened to me.

For long-time fans of John Sandford, Extreme Prey effectively interweaves characters from previous books into the action as well as providing cameo roles for characters from the Virgil Flowers and Kidd series, also by John Sandford. If this is your first time reading a John Sandford book and don’t insist on starting at the beginning of a series, you will find a great read that can stand alone. Sandford gives you enough information to introduce every character without slowing down the action or distracting from this story.

Extreme Prey is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for anyone who likes police mysteries. For current fans of the “Prey” books you will find it an exciting surprise as Lucas Davenport adapts to not having a badge and the official support of the BCA. Personally I am already looking forward to Golden Prey scheduled for release in April 2017 to see what’s next for Lucas Davenport.

Extreme Prey definitely sounds like an excellent read to me and I have to thank my husband for the introduction to another author and for writing this post. I am especially thankful that he shared the fact that this book caused him to miss his bus stop. What a hoot!

Will there be a John Sandford book in your future?

Happy Reading!
Brenda & Chris

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6 comments:

  1. This sounds like a great book that will obviously hold you attention! I can easily imagine getting so enmeshed in a story that you miss a bus stop. Funny now, but probably was not funny at the time. Thank you Brenda for sharing Chris' review of this book. Not only do I think I would like the book, but I am pretty sure my husband and father would both like it too.

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  2. I've never read any of his books but I do love a good thriller. This one for sure is interesting. Thanks for sharing a great review.

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  3. I am a long-time fan of Lucas Davenport, Virgil Flowers and ALL the characters in John Sandford's books. I own nearly all of them and continue to add to that collection. I also reread them from beginning to end at least once a year. I have read "Extreme Prey" and anxiously await the arrival of "Golden Prey" to see where life takes Lucas next! (If you read 'Extreme Prey', the ending will give you an idea where this will be!). John Sandford is one of my very favorite authors and I have introduced him to several friends & relatives over the years! I hope he continues writing the 'Prey' series and the Virgil Flowers series for a long, long time! Loved Chris' review!

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  4. Thanks everyone. For those of us who have NOT read John Sandford, it sounds like we should. Nice, too, to meet another big fan of the author. I am sure Chris agrees with your wish, Pat, that Sandford continues writing those series.

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  5. Oh man... ANOTHER book to add to my to-read list. I believe I've read one Sandford book and really liked it. But I sure can't remember the title. This review reminds me to look up more of his books. This one sounds right up my alley!

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  6. This sounds like a book that's going on my wish list. Thank you for a great review.

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