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Storm Prey (Lucas Davenport #20)

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When a simple robbery turns deadly, the thieves close in on the only witness: Lucas Davenport's wife...
ebook, 416 pages
Published May 1st 2010 by Berkley Books (first published 2010)
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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 and 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 p
James Thane
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
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
Oct 28, 2012 Mike rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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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
Ilsa Bick
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3.5 but it's Christmas so maybe it was just a mood thing.
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
Kathy Hiester
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
Jack Rochester
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 Newby
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.
Heather G
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
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
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!
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
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.
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
Giovanni Gelati

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:
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Saturday- Jack Coughlin- Clean Kill- A Marine Sniper Novel
Sunday-Richard Marcinko/Rogue Warrior Richard Marcinko
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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
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
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
Jim George
Lucas Davenport is one of my favorite cops. He always gets his man. The author always keeps abit of action going, Lucas wife & daughter are cool, he hangs out with pretty awesome cops. Plenty of morbid humor thrown in, for people who are sharp enough to catch it.
I always love it when I can read a book in this series. It is so much fun watching Lucas figure out the crime and there are always some missteps along the way that make things more interesting and this was the case this time. I also loved that a lot of the cops that we have met along the way in the series showed up, along with a heavy dose of Weather and Lettie. Those 2 always spice up the story and I love how each of them give Lucas a hard time. Virgil was great in this story as well, his inter ...more
I do really enjoy reading these as the story lines are usually pretty good and I like all the supporting characters. My only complaint is that there always seems to be alot of undeserving victims and this case is no different. I kind of got the feeling through this one that there were a few too many undeserving victims because Lucas and his pals were missing lots and lots of opportunities to put a stop to it. Are they getting soft? I do like how Sandford wended the story and intertwined it with ...more
If you love good mysteries with plenty of twists and turns, this is a great series for you. This also carries some medical thriller suspense in it too. We're introduced to Lucas Davenport and his wife Weather. Set in a wintry Minnesota,there's a lot of action-packed suspense and a good crime from the get-go to get your heart racing on every page to turn. From the hook to the ending, we see how Weather and Lucas interact with the people in their circles and with each other. Opposites do attract f ...more
Paula Dembeck
This is number 20 in the Prey Series.
It is a very cold winter in Minneapolis. Early one morning three men enter a hospital pharmacy, tie up two pharmacy workers and steal a bucket load of drugs. However during the robbery one of the workers is inadvertently injured, seriously it turns out. When the job is done and the men exit the parking lot, they suddenly run into a surgeon arriving early for a complex medical procedure. For a few brief seconds their eyes meet, but each of them is so entire
Stuart Langridge

The brilliant new Lucas Davenport thriller from the #1 New York Times-bestselling author. "Sandford's track record as a best0selling author is amazing, but it's not an accident," wrote Booklistof Wicked Prey. "His plotting is sharp, his villains are extraordinarily layered, and his good guys are always evolving. And this time, there's a storm brewing...Very early, 4:45, on a bitterly cold Minnesota morning, three big men burst through the door of a hospital pharmacy, duct-tape the hands,

I can't put my finger on what makes John Sandford so successful. In this book, the bad guys are complete idiots and the reader gets to ride their stupidity down the spiral. In a lesser author's hands, this could have been annoying. I can't quite place what Sandford does that makes his work different. I think he just keeps it simple. He doesn't seem to have an agenda other than to tell a cohesive story. He isn't out to break new ground with an outlandish plot or garish characters. The events are ...more
Well...a mixed reaction. Although I am not surprised after having read a few of the earlier reviews. Shheesh I have to avoid doing that from now on. Anyway here is my take. I'd agree with those who are fed up with Weather (and perhaps even THE weather)She is a useless drain an anti climatic antihero. the combined arrogance of all the characters also grates upon my nerves. Lucas Davenport being the biggest of them all. Too smug, too sure, too...TOO. I'm pleased I've read most of his novels but th ...more
Tim Healy
This was a really great read. It may not have been high on the literary merit scale, but it's a fun read. I seem to either like these a lot or just be non-committal about them, but when they're good they're good. This book is well plotted. It starts with Lucas' wife being somewhere that it maybe would have been best she hadn't been. Everything spirals out from there believably with Weather, and therefore Lucas, stuck in the middle of it all. The surgical sub-plot with Weather is also surprisingl ...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 Iowa. He was in th ...more
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