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Storm Prey

(Lucas Davenport #20)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  17,003 ratings  ·  903 reviews

Unabridged CDs, 10 CDs, 12 hours

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The brilliant new Lucas Davenport thriller from the #1 New York Times-bestselling author.

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Published May 18th 2010 by Penguin Audio
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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
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
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“The problem is we’re stupid people.”
Well, that pretty much sums up the plot of this book. Things go from bad to worse with the robbery of a hospital pharmacy. Lucas leads the charge trying to figure out who’s responsible.
Another worthwhile effort by Sandford.
I listened to this and Ferrone did a great job with the narration.
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
Honestly not too much to say about this. The POVs with the bad guys in this one don't work. It was good to get more of Weather's POV though and I realize it's been a while since Sandford had her actually part of the story besides going to work and getting Lucas out of his bad moods. Other than that though, this book really doesn't work. The bad guys are some of the stupidest people ever. The fixation on killing Weather makes zero sense. And then there's an update about a character in this one ...more
Nov 01, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  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 ...more
Kenneth Hursh
Jan 29, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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A good, but not stunning addition to the series. There were a lot of twists & turns as the bad guys tried to get out from under while Lucas & company closed in, but they often caused their own problems since they were running when no one even knew who to pursue, so they drew attention to themselves. Pretty dumb, maybe too dumb at times. Definitely too coked up. I had trouble believing that the doctor could function unnoticed.

The twins & their operation were interesting. The weather
Jun 13, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
2nd reading - In Minneapolis, at the hospital our protagonist's wife works at, a crew plans to break in to the the pharmacy and steal muy hospital-grade drugs. Complications arise - a worker who's been tied up gets an arm loose and attempts to dial 911. Bad guy hurts him, and he later dies. The hunt is on, but Lucas's wife has seen some of the creeps.

Marcy and Flowers are featured significantly, and the story zooms along like a crazy snow plow.

1st reading - Pretty good
As we begin John Sandford's 20th entry in the Lucas Davenport series, we know, from past experience with that series, that we will experience three effects. First, the story will be a thriller, not a mystery, as we will be introduced to the bad guys at the very beginning of the book. In this case, a doctor, a biker bar owner, the bar owner's brother, and two biker friends plan and execute a pharmacy robbery at a major hospital. They strip every drug from the pharmacy and strip the life from the ...more
Jan 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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.
Jul 03, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Laurie Stoll
As with all the books in the Lucas Davenport series, the story is always face paced, well written, and filled with suspense.
Ilsa Bick
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Jul 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
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.
Jun 23, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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!
11811 (Eleven)
3.5 but it's Christmas so maybe it was just a mood thing.
Todd Hickman
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
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
this was a descent enough mystery that I would read more. apparently this author been around and I have never read the other 28 or so books.
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Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good believable story with the exception of Letty operating in the adult world. Davenport becomes bit more 'less' violent and Virgil becomes a bit more professional.
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The 20th entry in the Prey books, is titled Storm Prey, 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 it understandable and interesting for readers who ...more
Michelle Lancaster
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
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,
Heather G
Dec 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 02, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...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
Feb 27, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Aug 07, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
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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

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