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Storm Prey (Lucas Davenport #20)

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A daring drugs raid on a Minneapolis hospital takes place on the same day that Lucas Davenport's wife, Weather, is due to perform an operation to separate conjoined twins. Investigating the raid, Davenport concludes that it must have been an inside job and, as a witness, Weather is now in grave danger.
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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 proce
James Thane
Mar 19, 2011 James Thane rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
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 ...more
Nov 01, 2010 Mike rated it liked it
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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 i ...more
Jun 13, 2010 Amanda rated it liked it
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 challeng
Jan 18, 2017 Nancy rated it liked it
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.
Kenneth Hursh
Jan 29, 2013 Kenneth Hursh rated it did not like it
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May 30, 2010 Ilsa Bick rated it liked it
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Jul 10, 2010 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. Howeve
11811 (Eleven)
Dec 22, 2014 11811 (Eleven) rated it liked it
3.5 but it's Christmas so maybe it was just a mood thing.
Todd Hickman
Mar 28, 2017 Todd Hickman rated it liked it
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 ...more
Jack Rochester
Oct 04, 2011 Jack Rochester rated it liked it
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 ...more
Michelle Lancaster
Apr 02, 2013 Michelle Lancaster rated it really liked it
Published May 2010 408 pages
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
ISBN 9781101187715
From my personal library (read in Sony Reader format) Rating: 4 - Really liked this
Storm 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.
Kathy Hiester
Apr 28, 2011 Kathy Hiester rated it it was ok
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, b
Heather G
Dec 04, 2010 Heather G rated it really liked it
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 pa
Jul 02, 2010 Kristin rated it really liked it
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 char ...more
Tess Mertens-Johnson
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 manhu
Jun 23, 2010 Jackie rated it did not like it
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!
Feb 27, 2011 Rachel rated it it was ok
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 th ...more
Jul 03, 2010 Joe rated it did not like it
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
Aug 07, 2010 Cathy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Twentieth in the Lucas Davenport detective mystery series and revolving around an honest detective in Minneapolis who is willing to take shortcuts.

My Take
Another 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 he
Apr 16, 2017 Aidil rated it it was amazing
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.
The 2nd mastermind for the robbery wasnt all that fact, apart from the doctor no one was that smart. Just a bunch of low level drug pushers. So when things don't go
Will Wyckoff
Mar 09, 2017 Will Wyckoff rated it it was amazing
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
May 19, 2010 Giovanni Gelati rated it it was amazing

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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 man
Brent Soderstrum
Jun 28, 2015 Brent Soderstrum rated it really liked it
This is #20 from the Lucas Davenport series by Sandford. All of which I have enjoyed and though this isn't one of his best it was still an entertaining read.

One thing I learned from this novel was that if I am going to pull off a big robbery or really any type of crime, I should do it myself or with as few people as possible. In this book a group pulls off a robbery of a pharmacy in a hospital stealing many drugs in which they plan to sell on the street. When problems develop the gang members se
Jun 15, 2012 Monnie rated it it was amazing
After a less than stellar 19th book in his "Prey" series (Wicked Prey), I'm delighted to report that Sanford is back in top form in the 20th. If nothing else, it's always a treat when Virgil Flowers, the character in Sanford's other popular detective series, makes an appearance. In this one, Flowers takes on a bigger role; he's assigned to guard Davenport's wife, Weather, a surgeon who probably can identify one of the robbers who stole drugs from her hospital's pharmacy and killed an employee in ...more
The 20th entry in the Prey books, is titled Storm Prey, or it might also have been called “Dumb and Dumber” 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 i ...more
Jul 03, 2013 Elgin rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
Another road trip, another audiobook. I have read most of John Sandford's Lucas Davenport novels. I always enjoy them. They usually take place in Minneapolis, a city I know moderately well. Sandford stays true to the twin city geography so I can picture the different areas Davenport visits as he works on a case. I enjoyed this story on several levels: the "bad guys" were an interesting mix of characters who, after a stupid mistake during a robbery, decided they had to start eliminating witnesses ...more
Danny Tobey
Sep 29, 2011 Danny Tobey rated it it was amazing
This was my first John Sandford novel, and so it was my first in the Prey series as well. I'm hooked! After hearing John Sandford speak at Thrillerfest, I was inspired to try the series. I don't know how this compares to other Prey novels, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. The pacing and structure are the work of a skilled craftsman. Sandford ups the ante so gradually and seamlessly that the hooks get into you without warning. And then the night is shot and you're up till 3am reading. I wasn't surpri ...more
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John Sandford was born John Camp on February 23, 1944, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He attended the public schools in Cedar Rapids, graduating from Washington High School in 1962. He then spent four years at the University of Iowa, graduating with a bachelor's degree in American Studies in 1966. In 1966, he married Susan Lee Jones of Cedar Rapids, a fellow student at the University of
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Lucas Davenport (1 - 10 of 27 books)
  • Rules of Prey (Lucas Davenport, #1)
  • Shadow Prey (Lucas Davenport, #2)
  • Eyes of Prey (Lucas Davenport, #3)
  • Silent Prey (Lucas Davenport #4)
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  • Mind Prey (Lucas Davenport, #7)
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