5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
This book kept you reading and interested, enough turns to keep it enjoyable.
Would suggest as a good book for those who like the serial killer themes
Published 10 months ago by Janet
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1.0 out of 5 stars I can't believe I spent money on this tripe
So I read all the reviews here and was eagerly looking forward to reading a new author in a genre I enjoy -- thriller/crime.
Wow, was I ever let down.
First of all I found it incredibly hard to like the main character Lucas Davenport, particularly after he is portrayed as having absolutely no scruples -- from planting evidence (he's a cop!) because he can't find any...
Published on May 11 2000 by Ny-er
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4.0 out of 5 stars good story compromised by average prose/characterizations,
Now back to the story, we have your psychotic monster who gets sexual pleasure by killing women. He knows he's psychotic. And he knows he's very intelligent. The local police department recruits supercop, who is naturally "a sex machine with all the chicks", to find this monster. As I mention above the story has bumps and turns. It also has a decent ending (no spoilers here).
Bottom line: certainly this territory has covered by better writers than Sandford. Still, 'Rules of Prey' is an enjoyable read.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, page-turning thriller,
I don't normally read many thrillers, but I picked this up when I was starved for something to read, and I was not disappointed. This book is definitely worth reading, but be careful, because it's possible you will get hooked. After reading Rules of Prey, I continued reading the Prey series for another 10 or 11 books before I was finally able to wrestle myself away from them.
3.0 out of 5 stars Rules Of Prey-Breaks the Rules,
Aside from this little fact, this book was a very good read, filled with suspense and violence. If you're in to those things, you will probably like this very twisted novel.
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth Reading Twice,
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent, but not the best of the prey,
If this was the first Prey book I'd read, I'm sure my rating would have been higher. But this definitely is not up to the standards of the later books in the series. Davenport seems more interested in following the desires of his groin than in trying to resolve the many personal issues he's facing. He develops throughout the series into a very likable, fallable person who you end up cheering for. But with this first attempt, he is more a of a shallow, one-dimensional character, ruthless, unfeeling, and voyeuristic. Perhaps I'm being a bit too hard, but the later books in the series are so much more compelling, this left me slightly less than totally satisfied.
4.0 out of 5 stars Master of Suspense,
Minneapolis Lieutenant Lucas Davenport also enjoys games. He invents strategic video games, drives a Porsche, likes to fish, collects guns, and, like our serial-killer, plays by his own rules. The rebel in him should've got him fired long ago. But, despite his style and ethics, he gets results. Now he's assigned to catch this demented serial-killer but the "maddog" will certainly have the cops chasing their own tails in this thriller.
Lucas is a genuine and complex character. I'll enjoy getting to know him better throughout the series. He's kind and sensitive when he can be, crude and tough when he needs to be. For such a tough guy, you'll be surprised to know he's afraid of flying. He loves women. Many women. The media loves him, one anchorwoman in particular. But often, they use each other to their own professional advantage.
John Sandford delivers a debut novel filled with suspense and realism. The entire police investigation seems so authentic and easy to follow that the reader applauds their breakthroughs and sympathizes with their foul-ups. Their tactics are truly absorbing, often educational. Sandford doesn't bore the reader with lines of needless detail, but provides remarkable descriptions, narratives and key information throughout the book. My only complaint is the utter stupidity Lucas Davenport's women possess, especially when it comes to their relationships with him. They're all just too casual about break-ups and infidelities. But still, never a dull moment in this first of many "Prey Series" books.
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprise surprise it was GREAT!,
5.0 out of 5 stars Sandford Writes with Depth,
You don't need to know the setails of the story - other reviews give you that. What you do need to know is that the story works, the characters resonate reality and the villians don't hold back.
This is the real thing and missing it is your loss.
5.0 out of 5 stars John Sandford & the Prey Series,
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book to make you double lock your doors,
the circumstances should of removed him from the job. The thing is he is great at tracking down the killers so he gets a special assignment title and an office in the basement. The police force overlooks his discretion's because of his proven track record. He also has a literal love affair with the media. He is involved with one anchorwoman as he strings another along with tidbits on the cases. To further complicate matters he has a relationship with a victim of the killer. Normally these antics turn me off a novel, Sanford has the gift of writing that makes Lucas a male gigolo with brains. As for the case, a killer is after a certain
type of woman ( aren't most serial killers), but he leaves notes behind telling them about his methods. He is a highly skilled intelligent person who loves to taunt the police. He is always one step ahead of them and calls Lucas to let him know this. Lucas becomes obsessed with this case and the reader is forced to keep reading to unravel the truth. This book has all the makings of a masterpiece. From the start Sanford gives us a three dimensional investigator with a real personal relationship. There is no choppy writing as the author tries to mold a character and plot is well supported by facts and details most debut novels don't bother to have
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Rules of Prey by John Sandford (Mass Market Paperback - Aug. 2 2005)
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