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Shadow Prey (Lucas Davenport Series #2)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Excellent!

Second in the Lucas Davenpoart series is a grippimg page turner! Cant wait to start the next installment and each one in sequence!

posted by 9693499 on October 23, 2011

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2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Sandford's "Shadow Prey" does not Belly Up to the Bar.

In his crackerjack debut RULES OF PREY, New York Times bestselling author John Sandford did a phenomenal job in providing his readers with a womanizing and no-nonsense hero in Minneapolis homicide detective Lucas Davenport. He has amazed his readers in portraying Lucas'...
In his crackerjack debut RULES OF PREY, New York Times bestselling author John Sandford did a phenomenal job in providing his readers with a womanizing and no-nonsense hero in Minneapolis homicide detective Lucas Davenport. He has amazed his readers in portraying Lucas' breeching tactics upon catching the villains. Such literary elements like the ones mentioned are lacked in his following entry SHADOW PREY.
In chapter two of his notorious Prey series, the ball that Sandford hits with this book falls right into the sandpit. Throughout the entire police procedure, enter through the investigation of several murders, those of a slumlord, welfare supervisor, rising politician and federal judge. For those that may ask on what the connection lies in between all of them, it is in regard to every victim having their throat cut out with an Indian ceremony knife. Throughout the investigation, Lucas partners up with Lily Rothenberg, a married NYPD detective on a personal pursuit of her own to find the killers. Together on the case, both Lucas and Lily ramshackle their way through the derelict streets of Minneapolis; they go on their cat-and-mouse pursuit through urine-stenched residencies to hunt down a group of Native Americans who are driven with a distinct purpose. The ringleader of this particular group, Shadow Love, is one is self-willed and will allow nothing to stand in his way of what he attempts to achieve. It is up to both Lucas and Lily to prevent the body count from rising.that is if they can.
SHADOW PREY, nonetheless, falls short to Sandford's standards with writing a good, solid story. He fails to indulge his readers with the story elements that made him successful in his previous Prey novel RULES OF PREY. The myriad number of inconsistencies that the author tends to draws can and will annoy his fans scene in and out. For starters, the pace of the book in a few of the scenes tends to drag on from time to time. It thereby has the reader finding the storyline to become tiresome at times. Aside form the slow pacing, Sandford fails to weave together all of the loose ends of the story; it makes for nothing but an execrable hodgepodge. Chapter in and out, you are sitting in your seat at home constantly cheering for Sandford to resolve the issues he has going on in the story, only to find yourself disappointed at the end of the road. In addition to all of that, the biggest mistake that torpedoes SHADOW PREY is that Sandford gets too caught up and focused into the loving relationship between Lucas and Lily rather than the case at hand. Readers will find this element portrayed by the writer to rather distracting from scene to scene.
Despite the endless flaws in SHADOW PREY, Sandford does nevertheless make an attempt to compensate them through a few of the intriguing elements that he creates. In one of the good strengths that he portrays through the book, Sandford does a great job with providing his readers with a different lens on the main storyline involving racism. He cleverly gets his readers to view the morality of racism through the vendetta that this Native American group has, especially through a background of people that nobody hears about. The author's most enjoyable function upon creating this entry involves portraying to his readers a more sensitive and vulnerable side of Lucas Davenport. Throughout midway of the story, Davenport almost loses his life in a hostage negotiation with one of the killers. Following the sudden takedo

posted by XMan on April 2, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2008

    Plot was pretty good, twists were nice but....

    Plot was pretty good, twists were nice but the thing that has me gets me I think is Sandford seems to not have decent researchers for his books. The 3 that I have read are just thrown together totally making people who happen to know a bit about it look away to enjoy the story. Sure its fiction but really - it needs to be realistic in my opinion. If you read someone like Pearson or Deaver you see how well they show how research has been done. It makes sense when you get done so you feel exhilirated reading it. Thinking about the twists and turns and getting a dose of reality and fact and in the end a great novel. Sandford just seems to try to keep it action packed with quirky statements and just plain silly tactics so you end with a bitter taste in your mouth. After reading some reviews I think I may be alone on this site however on other sites - its clear, Sandford in his early days was 'weak' at best.

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  • Posted July 26, 2012

    Good read - enjoyable

    It was a good read but nothing exceptional. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys mystery novels. Like most authors now days about a quarter of the book could be left out without you missing anything. Too much insignificant details that do not add to the story line but hey that is the way books are written today and I just deal with it. Again enjoyable and worth the time to read it.

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