Storm Front Hardcover – Oct 8 2013
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Praise for Storm Front
“One of the best in that series so far . . . [it is] exciting, complex and funny . . . The beauty of Sanford's writing is that the narrative of the book is told in perfect harmony with Flowers' personality. The descriptions of the plot and the locale of the story have the same laconic quality as Virgil's tone and speaking habits. You seem to be in Virgil's mind and thoughts as the narrative unfolds . . . STORM FRONT is an enjoyable and relaxing read. Sandford knows his characters, his locale and his plot. There are no missteps. It is entertaining reading all the way.”—Huffington Post
“With another gritty storyline and appealing characters, Sandford has penned another winner, one sure to shoot to the top of the best-seller lists.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
“Clever, quirky . . . unusually good-natured intrigue distinguishes this outing.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Praise for Mad River
“The best entry in a stellar series” – Booklist (starred review)
“A high-octane thrill ride. Virgil pulls out all the stops.” – Publishers Weekly
“Wonderfully entertaining” – St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“Very strong. Sandford is one of America’s ace mystery authors.” – Cleveland Plain Dealer
“The greatest strength of Mad River lies in Flowers himself. It’s hard to think of a more balanced and genial investigative hero, yet he’s still able to keep cops and bad guys alike in line. The killers’ motivations and dynamic remain riveting until the final pages.” – Shelf Awareness
“There are few events more welcome in the literary world than the appearance of another John Sandford book. Mad River is shot through with dark humor from all sides [and] the violence that is the driving force of the book ratchets up the suspense to an almost excruciating degree.” – Bookreporter.com
“The best thing about Sandford’s writing is that it is still fresh. He writes with enthusiasm and never coasts on his merits or uses any tricks of the trade. Mad River is just as refreshing as the first novel he ever wrote.” – Huffington Post
“Sandford can be depended upon to create thrillers infused with page-turner plots, knife’s-edge prose, and well-drawn portraits. What sets this series apart, though, is Flowers himself, a man of action but also one of contemplation. In Mad River, as in his entire body of work, Sandford sets out not only to thrill and entertain, but also to inspire thought.” – Richmond Times-Dispatch
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There`s a representative from the Israel Antiquities Authority who turns out to be a Mossad agent, the real representative (Yael 1 and Yael 2), a couple of murderous Turks, a young Arab with Hezbollah connections, a TV personality, a Texas millionaire, and, among others, a local single mother of five who deals in fake barn wood. Lucas Davenport of the "Prey" novels gets involved, and then there`s Virgil Flowers, who is in the middle of what he refers to as a compound word beginning with "cluster".
This is not a conventional crime/ thriller novel. Rather, it is a caper, along the lines of Donald Westlake, and a clever satire with amusing scenes and great dialogue, targeting religious relics and writers like Dan Brown. This is a point most of the 1 and 2 star reviewers miss.
An entertaining, tongue-in-cheek ride with chuckles along the way. Those with a sense of humor will enjoy it.
If you've read any of the previous books in this series, you have some idea of what to expect. Virgil Flowers is a laidback detective with the BCA in Minnesota, a good old boy who cracks the cases his boss Lucas Davenport sends his way as quickly as possible so he can get back to his two favourite passtimes: fishing & looking for wife #4.
Don't be fooled by the jeans, vintage t-shirts, straw cowboy hat & charm. Virgil's a thinker. He's also relentless once he sets his sights on a bad guy, although not above turning a blind eye to some questionable activities if it helps his case.
It all starts when Lucas asks him to pick up an Israeli antiques specialist at the airport & help her find an artifact that was smuggled into the states from an archeological dig. Right from the beginning, Virgil has the feeling he's not being told the whole story & soon he'll have to deal with a dying preacher turned thief, a Mossad agent, crazy Turks, a scary killer known as the Hatchet, an Indiana Jones wanna-be & shadowy american government agents. They all want the artifact, a small stone that could change the status of Middle East relations & possibly rewrite the bible. Hey, no pressure.
There are lots of red herrings & lies as Virgil tries to figure out who the bad guys are. Lucas doesn't really care, he just wants him to get the damn stone & send it back. To help out, he sends in old friends/ fellow agents Jenkins & Shrake to give him a hand. It all becomes impossibly complicated as unknown players emerge & Virgil is more than a little distracted by an attractive woman he's been investigating for another case.
There's much more to the plot. But faithful readers will recognize series regulars & the continuing story lines from previous books.Read more ›
Lots of characters to keep track of as everyone is trying to find or buy a missing artifact. It was obvious to me at the start that the dying professor was trying to fund his wife's medical care after he was gone. Impressive, but illegal!
This is an entertaining as well as an absorbing read. I highly recommend this entire series as well as this latest adventure, Storm Front.
Most recent customer reviews
This author is the best, this series is his best. I am in the process of reading all his books.Published 24 months ago by JimmieA.
We really enjoy Sanford's book. We listen to the tapes in the evening as we go to bed. They are entertaining and well done.Published on April 7 2014 by eg
Love the Virgil Flowers and Davenport series. I have read almost all of them and pre-orders are always on my wish list.Published on April 3 2014 by murphy93