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Golden Prey

(Lucas Davenport #27)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  20,010 ratings  ·  1,716 reviews
The man was smart and he didn’t mind killing people. Welcome to the big leagues, Davenport. Lucas Davenport’s first case as a U.S. Marshal sends him into uncharted territory, in the thrilling new novel in the #1 New York Times-bestselling series.

Thanks to some very influential people whose lives he saved, Lucas is no longer working for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Ap
Hardcover, 393 pages
Published April 25th 2017 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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I received a free advance copy of this from NetGalley for review.

The twenty-seventh book in a series would be when you’d really expect an author to run out of gas and just coast along on the fumes of creativity and the goodwill of hard core fans. So how do you explain John Sandford writing one of the most exciting Prey novels now?

You can’t. So just enjoy it.

Lucas Davenport is now a deputy US marshal, and he got the gig thanks to his political connections. In fact, Lucas has so much juice that h
Andrew Smith
Mar 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
About ten years ago I had a job that required me to undertake a lengthy commute - it resulted in me being cocooned in my car for about three and a half hours each day. That’s when I started listening to audiobooks. The radio was driving me crazy – how many times can you listen to the same news headlines before madness sets in? So I was making regular trips to my local library to grab any audiobooks that took my fancy. They didn’t have great variety, but they did have a good stock of John Sandfor ...more
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
Another well done book in the Lucas Davenport series. Always fast paced, always entertaining. This book introduced some new characters, as Lucas is now part of the US Marshals.
As with all his books, there's a mix of dry humor and gruesome details.
The “Prey” series began in 1989 which is pretty mind boggling, when you thing about it. I’ve been reading the books for years & have my favourites like every other fan. But I felt like the last couple of books had lost a bit of the old spark & wondered if that would continue in the latest instalment.

The short answer is no, it hasn’t. The author has shaken things up by giving his popular MC a new job & surrounding him with a completely different cast of characters. Lucas is now a U.S. Marshal &
James Thane
I confess to feeling enormously conflicted about this book, which features John Sandford's principal protagonist, Lucas Davenport. Through the twenty-six books that precede this one, Davenport has been first a detective on the Minneapolis P.D. and then head of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. In each instance, he took on only the most challenging and interesting cases. At the end of the book preceding this one, he saved the life of a Very Important Person and was rewarded with a ne ...more
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
If you're a John Sandford fan, you'll get what you expect with this book. They are getting to be formulaic, but I still enjoy them. ...more
Reflecting on my completion of this read a week ago has moved me to up my rating on the pleasure meter. It stands out as more fun and clever over the batch of other mysteries and thrillers I’ve been reading. Also, it was refreshing with this one to get our hero Lucas Davenport out of Minnesota law enforcement and into the national scope in his new position with the U.S. Marshal Service. As a bonus for saving the ass of the Democratic candidate for President, his position allows him to pick his o ...more
Sep 25, 2017 rated it liked it
“Toto, we’re not in Kansas anymore.” Or, in Lucas Davenport’s case, not in Minnesota. Davenport, formerly a Minneapolis homicide detective, turned Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension detective, is now working as a U.S. Deputy Marshal, which means that he has one whole big territory to cover – the U.S. of A. In the 27th installment of John Sandford’s Prey series, Golden Prey, Lucas has got friends in high places, thanks to his work saving the lives of some influential people in the past, an ...more
Readers familiar with the Prey series know that Lucas Davenport left the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) and is now a U.S. Marshal. I am still trying to adjust to this change ... as is Lucas. This new career came about after he saved the life of a candidate for President. In effect a political appointment. There are others in the service who resent his coming in "from the top down" rather than having had to work his way up. Another adjustment is he now has to work anywhere in the ...more
Jun 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
I love this series. It's one of my favorite audiobook series. I love the narrators voice and the stories are always captivating and enthralling. Some books are better than others, but all are wonderfully entertaining. And I'm always looking forward to a Lucas Davenport novel.

Golden Prey had less about Lucas's family life - which I really enjoyed, and it had less of the bullshitting that's was usually exchanged between the guys - which had me usually cracking up. So missing both of these aspects,
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another great book by Sandford :) Some new people were added and of the course the villains you have to hate. 27 books not counting the virgie books (have read all of those too) and still going strong!!!!!
Oct 05, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
Story 3.5 Stars
Narration 4.5 Stars

Davenport was better as a regular cop.
Narrator: Richard Ferrone

Looks like I'm the only one who found the latest Prey book a bore. I don't mind same-old, same-old because when I like them, they invariably become comfort reads.

Not so in this case. There wasn't any mystery, no twists, just Lucas on the hunt and that revolving around more hackneyed tropes - drug runners wanting their money back, out to show it's a bad idea to steal from them, and Lucas harrying all over the place. I like Davenport mor
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trademark Lucas Davenport with some suspense, characteristic humor, and action.There is little mystery and no real twists- but Lucas fans will enjoy Lucas's latest "hunt" in his new job as a U.S. Marshal. ...more
Erin Beall
For its genre, it’s pretty good.

Weird jumping into a series for the first time as it nears #30, but I️ didn’t seem to be missing anything crucial.
Apr 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
This book Golden Prey, the 27th book in John Sandford's 'Prey' series, picked up where the story ended in the previous installment, Extreme Prey. Lucas Davenport, former investigator for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA), after saving the life of the Democratic candidate for President when she was targeted by a group of homegrown extremists at the Iowa State Fair, has cashed in on his good deed... landing a position with the United States Marshal Service as a deputy marshal. Da ...more
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An excellent story by a great, great writer. 10 of 10 stars
Jeff Dickison
Nov 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good book with lots of action, good plot twists, but unnecessarily violent at times. Davenport's first case as a U.S. marshal. Recommended to Sandford fans. ...more
Suzanne Arcand
May 14, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This is a bad book. Why, oh why, did I force myself to read? What was I hoping? That a story would develop. That at least one of the characters would show some depth? If I did, it was all for nothing.

It’s a very easy story to summarize. There is an evil guy, Garvin Poole, a psychopath really, and he has a friend, Darling. This “friend” has this fantastic idea to make them rich: they will rob millions from a drug cartel. Now, you and I can see what’s wrong with this picture but they don’t, so the
May 01, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not awful but nothing special. This book is what happens when "cut to the chase" is all you do for the entire story. ...more
Oct 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The start of this book stopped my heart, thank goodness the rest of the book had it running at double time. Lucas is now a US Marshall who can pick and choose his own case. I was a little concerned that the series would suffer with tne loss of some of my favourite book friend's. I need not have been concerned we get to see Lucas at his best, and we get introduced to two new friends Ray and Bob. With a cracker story and some great characters this book is a winner, as are all of the Prey books. ...more
joyce g
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
First John Sanford I have read in a long while. Quite an adventure with U.S. Marshal Lucas Davenport leading the chase.
Cindy Newton
Another great entry into the Lucas Davenport series. I label these books as mystery/thrillers, but the mystery part is not completely accurate. We, the reader, know exactly who the bad guy is and what he's done. For us, it's more about watching the cat and mouse game as Lucas ruthlessly hunts down his prey (see how I did that?). The game is always thrilling, though, and despite knowing all the details of the crime and every move the bad guys make, there's plenty of suspense to go round. It was n ...more
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Golden Prey

This was a good book but not as good as I was hoping or expecting. I don't know if this is true or not but I think I read somewhere that this was the last book in the Lucas Davenport series. I'm really hoping that this is not true because it has become my favorite series. If it is I'll certainly be disappointed but I'm still looking forward to everything else John Sandford will write in the future.
Lucas is back, but as a US Marshal & he takes on the job of finding a very elusive thief & killer. All good so far & the novel starts with a bang. He winds up broadening his horizons to the southern states & Sanford puts his tongue firmly in his cheek. One of his new partners is Ray Givens, a tall black woman who helps him chase the remnants of the Dixie Hicks gang. Seriously.

The action is fast & furious. Great use of technology in the form of tracking cell phones, a theme he expounds upon at th
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, when I started reading this book, I was surprised. I was kind of…bored.

You see, I like this series and I like Davenport. But the people they start out chasing just bored the spit out of me. Evil? Sure. Violent? Absolutely. Dull as dishwater? Yup!

I was tempted to give up.

Enter Kort. Sociopathic. Unattractive. Bat (insert expletive here) crazy. Able to saw your limbs off you with a smile. Hello!!! I was in. And if Kort wasn’t enough, we eventually end up with a fierce foursome of females who c
Audio and ebook Glad to see Lucas having a new job that takes him out hunting. However, the ending did not seem to match the journey.
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this from the publisher through NetGalley to review.

GOLDEN PREY by John Sandford is the 27th book in the Lucas Davenport/Prey series that finds Lucas starting another chapter in his law enforcement career as he’s become a U.S. Marshal after leaving the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, and he finds that there is some initial resentment of the political influence that resulted in him getting the job.
Lucas adapts as always, finding ways to get the most out of the peop
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is fantastic! I cannot wait to go back and catch the rest of the series.

Alex Davenport, US Marshal, is new to the Marshall's office but not new to law enforcement. He has been having a tough time trying to find out what he wants to do inside the parameters of his new position. He knows one thing though and that's that he wants to hunt.

In this book he gets his chance. He's looking for a cold blooded murder who has no conscience and doesn't mind putting a bullet in anybody. He's been o
Randal White
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, fiction
It's been several years since I have read one of Sandford's "Prey" novels. I'm happy to say that I picked the right one to jump back into the series. This was a highly enjoyable book, and I had a hard time putting it down.
Sandford's protagonist, Lucas Davenport, has found himself in a new and exciting position. He has now been assigned to the U.S. Marshal's Service, as a special appointee. This move has allowed Sandford to move beyond the Minnesota area and expand the scope of Davenport's advent
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John Sandford was born John Roswell 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 Univer

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