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Extreme Prey

(Lucas Davenport #26)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  18,221 ratings  ·  1,429 reviews
The extraordinary new Lucas Davenport thriller from #1 New York Times–bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner John Sandford.
After the events in Gathering Prey, Lucas Davenport finds himself in a very unusual situation—no longer employed by the Minnesota BCA. His friend the governor is just cranking up a presidential campaign, though, and he invites Lucas to come al
Hardcover, 406 pages
Published April 26th 2016 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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debra I have listened to many of the Prey book and Richard Ferone has become the voice of Lucas to me. I think he does a v good job of it. If author changed…moreI have listened to many of the Prey book and Richard Ferone has become the voice of Lucas to me. I think he does a v good job of it. If author changed narrators I fear I would become disoriented.(less)
Colleen As Scott says, you can start anywhere. But it will only make you want to start at the beginning. A favorite series, and Sandford keeps it both fresh…moreAs Scott says, you can start anywhere. But it will only make you want to start at the beginning. A favorite series, and Sandford keeps it both fresh and familiar. I think you'll want to get to know these people.

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Diane S ☔
May 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have read this series from the beginning and I am continually surprised at how much I still like them. Hard to keep a long running series fresh, but somehow Sandford manages to do just that. There were some I liked more than others, often due to the case not the writing. This one is timely as well, Davenport is no longer a cop but when a political candidate running for President is threatened, he is brought in as a special advisor. Using his longtime friends, he manages to get information even ...more
May 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
The more things change the more they stay the same. For example, Lucas Davenport may not be a cop anymore, but that doesn’t mean that he’s done chasing killers.

Lucas got fed up with certain elements of his old gig as a state investigator in Minnesota so he quit, but he’s still the first call that the governor makes when he needs a bloodhound. The gov is now running for president, and he got a bad vibe off some people he met on the primary campaign trail in Iowa. He fears that some whackos plan t
James Thane
Following the events of the twenty-fifth book in this series, Gathering Prey, Lucas Davenport decided to hang up his spurs and leave his job at the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. For the first time in years, and for the first time in this long-running series, Lucas is no longer a lawman of any kind. He's very contentedly spending the summer adding an addition to his cabin in Wisconsin, with the assistance of a carpenter named Jimi. Lucas's former subordinate, that F***in' Virgil Flow ...more
Sep 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Sanford
Shelves: thriller, male-lead
Checked out because 1) it was in large print, 2) I'm looking for non-torture-porn detective series for the mom, and she seems to not mind some of these factory mill books, and (sigh) 3) the exciting colors of the cover. I needed something brainless while I recovered from The Trees so I decided to preview it for her last night. Don't take that personally if you love this series.

Well-written for the genre but troubled by with several 'um, what?' moments, particularly the multiple extreme reactions
Andrew Smith
Apr 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I’ve been a long time admirer of Sandford’s work. A former Pulitzer prize winning journalist, he has written over 40 crime fiction books, many featuring Minnesota crime stopper Lucas Davenport. I find the quality and feel of his books to be comparable to Michael Connelly, in that over time the lead characters have become members of a cherished group I just love to catch up with and the quality of the writing means that the stories flow by far too fast, leaving me instantly hungry for more.

Jul 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller, iowa, fiction
A great summer read for a cat-and-mouse thriller with the timely aspect of dealing with a murder plot against a presidential candidate. The star of the series, Lucas Davenport, is not only all grown up from his early days of womanizing and flamboyant cars, he is retired from directing Minnesota’s division of criminal investigation. Thus, he is free to take on security work for his old friend the governor, whose ambition to be picked to run for vice president has led him to encounter veiled threa ...more
Sep 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is John Sandford's 26th Prey book, and it's a humdinger! I read the first Lucas Davenport book 11 years ago and I was hooked. I devoured the remaining books in the series. By now, the characters are old friends, but some of them aren't even mentioned in this book. Leaving friends behind happens as time passes, and Lucas's life has changed over time.

In this book, Lucas has resigned from the Minnesota BCI, but he's asked to do some investigating by the governor who is running for president. W
May 08, 2016 rated it really liked it

Hummm … the twist was a fire hydrant … a fire hydrant!!! Who would have suspected a fire hydrant? Simplicity is just one of the reasons I love John Sandford. His writing is sharp, crisp and straight forward; perhaps it could be characterized as efficient! No literary meandering, no tangents, nothing peripheral or inconsequential. Throw in some dry and off color humor, a few mild sexual innuendoes and some astute observations about marriage, raising kids and the politics of employment an
After Gathering Prey Lucas Davenport finds himself unemployed, having resigned from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. He is spending his time doing some remodeling work on his cabin and driving everyone crazy when he gets a phone call. He needs to meet with the governor, who happens to be running for President. The governor doesn't realistically expect to win the nomination but he does believe he has a shot at being offered the number two slot on the ticket. During the campaign the ...more
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I'm having a really bad "run" with my latest reading binge!!!

And it continues with Extreme Prey, the latest book in the Lucas Davenport Series by John Sandford. What a let-down!!! After reading this series from the very come to this!!!! It was the least liked book of Lucas... of all time! One could say that I was beyond...

By chapter 2....I knew I was going to so not like this story!!!! By the last chapter, I was as grumpy as anything.....
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My favourite characters - Lucas
Cindy Newton
What to say about this book? It's John Sanford. It's Lucas Davenport. That should be enough! If you are a Sanford/Davenport fan, you'll know what that means. Our guy, Davenport, plunged into a race against time to find a killer, complete with non-stop action, unforeseeable twists and turns, and high-octane suspense--even when you know who the killer is. If you haven't read Sanford/Davenport before, you CAN start with this book, but I would recommend beginning with the first book in the series, R ...more
Jun 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-detective
Lucas Davenport, retired from Minnesota's BCA, is summoned by the governor, who wants to be chosen as a Vice Presidential running mate to someone who needs his Midwestern roots. The candidate's life has been threatened, and he asks Lucas to investigate. Much of the novel is Lucas looking into a fringe agrarian political group, who despise law enforcement and which has some skeletons in its closet. As Lucas narrows the field of assassins, his interviewees start dying; however, the time pressure i ...more
Jun 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, mystery
I am an enthusiastic follower of the 'Prey series' written by John Sandford, which features character Lucas Davenport. I have been a faithful follower of this series and 'Extreme Prey' is the 26th installment. I listened to the audiobook version of this book and it was masterfully narrated (as always) by Richard Farrone.

'Extreme Prey' picks up where the story ended in the previous book, 'Gathering Prey'. Lucas Davenport, an investigator for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) had
Mar 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Lucas Davenport is back on the hunt in Extreme Prey. Despite the misleading title --the villain is NOT the 1980’s hair-metal band Extreme (famous for their delightful little ditty, More Than Words)—this is still a solid and timely addition to John Sandford’s detective series.

“But wait”, you are probably hollering at the top of your lungs. “Didn’t Lucas quit his job with the police force? Isn’t he at home doing the stuff retired people do—you know, collecting stamps, winning the tri-county pickl
Sep 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Another good one & Lucas is out of state without a badge. He gets into more trouble than usual, but still does a great job figuring things out. As usual, Sandford does a great job with the background & even Flowers puts in a couple of cameo appearances to lighten the mood. The politics are typical & this time the media actually comes off fairly well. People with their phone cameras are catching an increasing number of remarks.

One gripe is that Sandford seems to live in an Apple world
Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
Reviewed by Gemini

Extreme Prey is the twenty-sixth book in the Lucas Davenport/The Prey series, featuring Lucas Davenport. Lucas is a well-known and respected law enforcement agent that seems to always get his man. This time, Lucas has gotten tired of all of the red tape and politics that comes with the job so he has quit and is working on remodeling his cabin when he gets a call from the Governor's office. Lucas is asked to investigate a possible threat to Presidential Candidate Michaela Bowden
11811 (Eleven)
Mar 30, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5. It's okay to get a little bored after book #26 in a series but I'm still gonna read the next one.
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another good story by Sandford. I did miss having the old gang involved but they were all mentioned! I love Kidd and he helped, I love Del and he got his head whapped with a spoon, Elle helped...Lucas does have friends :) My only problem was Lucas has been involved with extremely intelligent criminals and the two in the book just didn't fit the picture. They were smart, that is shown but that smart??? not so sure about that....
Apr 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Reading books I've received free in exchange for reviews, as I often do, is always a bit stressful. If nothing else, I've got to pay close attention and jot down notes to remind me what I liked (or didn't). So when I have the time to pick up a book by a favorite author - with a character that's on my list of 10 all-time favorites - I open it with a huge smile on my face. So it was when I started this one.

When I finished it, I was still smiling, but not quite as broadly. Maybe it was the more-tha
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thrillers
Even though this is #26 in the series, it's the first book of Sanford's I've read. In this one, Davenport is a retired federal agent who gets asked to help prevent an assassination of a presidential candidate. It's definitely a page-turner, and I didn't feel I missed anything by not reading the books that came before it. Some things were cheesy, like two lawmen suddenly diving into a discussion of fashion, not to mention women being described by their level of attractiveness or by how much a guy ...more
Love this series. Wasn't sure after the last book how this series was going to go forward after Lucas quit his long-time job. In this new installment, he is trying to stay busy in his "retirement" when the governor calls and asks him to investigate a possible threat to a presidential candidate campaigning before the Iowa Caucus. Good, engrossing story, also timely. We also get an idea of what Lucas might be doing in the future. Enjoyable read.
Jul 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again, I find myself saying, not his best work. Extreme Prey was okay and certainly better than Deaver's The Cutting Edge, which I also rated at three stars, but just okay. In a sense, it was Lucas Davenport on a ho-hum case - working to save a presidential contender from an assassination attempt but in a ho-hum fashion.

Nothing about the book was awful but neither was anything great. If you've read a bunch of the Prey series, you might just skip this one although, to be fair, the book rece
Simon McDonald
With Extreme Prey its twenty-sixth instalment, you’d think John Sandford’s long-running Lucas Davenport series would’ve reached its crescendo long ago, and by now, be drifting into paint-by-numbers territory. But somehow, Sandford remains a mystery connoisseur’s delight, and remains the go-to guy for relentless page-turners that can be read without once having to invest in a bookmark or – dare I say it – bending the corner of a page.

Following the events of Gathering Prey, Davenport is out of a j
Darcia Helle
I'm a longtime fan of John Sandford's writing, and a bit of a Lucas Davenport groupie. Lucas is a badass who constantly challenges the status quo, and also happens to be an intellectual who likes to dress classy. What's not to love?

This book is #26 in The Prey series, and character development is a challenge for any author with this many books behind him. Extreme Prey reads perfectly as a stand-alone but, if you're just meeting Lucas Davenport, you might miss some of the nuances in his personali
When an author gets to book #26 in a series, you know they're doing something right. Long time fans will find exactly what they've come to expect....a diverse cast led by Lucas Davenport, interesting bad guys, slightly sophomoric humour & a fast paced game of cat & mouse.

In this outing, the difference is Lucas is a one man show. Currently unemployed, he's driving everyone nuts & they breathe a collective sigh of relief when he accepts a job offer from the governor.Someone may be plo
May 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sandford is in top form and Ferrone again reads magnificently in this politically-based story. No longer a police procedural, Lucas has resigned as the top BCI cop and is working on his cabin when he is called by the governor’s staff to come help out with a thorny problem. Henderson, womanizer that he is, is running for Veep and has been approached by several weird people all conveying the message that he needs to move to the center in case something happens to Bowden (the woman running for pres ...more
The 2016 election season has been absolutely dreadful, and all we need to make it worse would be a team of radicals attempting to assassinate one of the candidates. That, I think, was the primary (no pun intended) inspiration for Sandford's latest Lucas Davenport thriller - in which right-wing racist radicals (exactly the sort who would vote for Der Fuehrer Drumpf) conspire to assassinate a fictional Democratic candidate loosely based (to my mind, at least) on Hillary Clinton.

If this were to hap
RachelW (BamaGal)
Apr 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
3.5 stars. Good, solid addition; if nowhere near the best in the series. Lucas is no longer with the BCA, leaving him at loose ends; and his good buddy the governor sets him on the path of some political drama and murder. Therein lies my big problem with the story. I know it might seem timely to throw a political thriller into the mix; but quite frankly I'm already sick of politics in the real world. There is a nice bit at the end giving a clue as to where Lucas might be working in the future...
Lily Malone
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Something I liked about this was Lucas didn't quite get the job done at the end for once. Usually he manages to swoop in and save the day. Not quite this time.
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lucas Davenport is between jobs. He's been a police intelligence lieutenant, an assistant chief (political appointment because he's buddies with the governor), and a high-ranking BCA agent. He is now working security for a candidate. He's not a guard; he's on the track of a family bent on killing the candidate, who is clearly a Hillary figure. Davenport is still very good at his job, is smart as hell, and has a significant mean streak toward perps. The family comes to recognize him for the threa ...more
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