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Storm Front (Virgil Flowers Series #7)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Like really good macaroni and cheese

John Sandford has been phoning the Prey and Virgil Flowers books in for a while now and Storm Front does not depart from that pattern. But that isn't nearly as harsh a criticism as it may sound. Sandford has long since developed the characters and there is only so muc...
John Sandford has been phoning the Prey and Virgil Flowers books in for a while now and Storm Front does not depart from that pattern. But that isn't nearly as harsh a criticism as it may sound. Sandford has long since developed the characters and there is only so much tweaking that he can do. So the books are now more like chapters in an ongoing saga. Most of the stomach-clenching gore and the bracing ethical quandaries that marked his earlier work are gone. What remains is as familiar and enjoyable as a plate of really good macaroni and cheese. It isn't particularly healthy and you couldn't eat it every day but it leaves you with a satisfied smile.

posted by Windriven on November 4, 2013

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18 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

The decline in John Sandford novels continues with Storm Front.

The decline in John Sandford novels continues with Storm Front.  There are consistent differences in the various Sandford series: Davenport hunts killers; Kidd uses technology to fight corporations and government; Virgil tries to outsmart criminals and this book continu...
The decline in John Sandford novels continues with Storm Front.  There are consistent differences in the various Sandford series: Davenport hunts killers; Kidd uses technology to fight corporations and government; Virgil tries to outsmart criminals and this book continues that tradition.  The story tries to be clever instead of dark but it just doesn't make it.  The best way I can describe the blandness of the story is like when you are watching Goodfellas on regular TV instead of the original movie and everything is PG and kind of boring.  I was glad this story doesn't have constant killing but unfortunately its also missing real conflict and drama.  There is no soul searching, no new personal awareness or awakening.  The story doesn't make you get emotional or cause you to think, it just walks you down a road toward the ending.

The book is pretty short and a very easy read.  There are multiple inconsistencies in the story.  Without giving away stuff related to the plot line, one inconsistency was Virgil receives military retirement pay, writers pay from magazines, BCA agent pay, lives a pretty cheap lifestyle and is described in the story as heading towards affluent yet he rents a home, can't afford an overseas flight and needs to make boat payments with 16% interest.

The story could take place anywhere as there is almost no Minnesota color.  There are MN towns and businesses but none of the descriptive attributes, ways of conversing or doing things that are unique to MN.Sorry, but this book is just not that good and certainly doesn't rise to the quality of earlier novels.

posted by GM_likes_reading on October 10, 2013

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  • Posted November 4, 2013

    Like really good macaroni and cheese

    John Sandford has been phoning the Prey and Virgil Flowers books in for a while now and Storm Front does not depart from that pattern. But that isn't nearly as harsh a criticism as it may sound. Sandford has long since developed the characters and there is only so much tweaking that he can do. So the books are now more like chapters in an ongoing saga. Most of the stomach-clenching gore and the bracing ethical quandaries that marked his earlier work are gone. What remains is as familiar and enjoyable as a plate of really good macaroni and cheese. It isn't particularly healthy and you couldn't eat it every day but it leaves you with a satisfied smile.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2013

    Good read

    If you want to relax and enjoy a good story then its worth the read. Likable characters and a good story especially if you are a Flowers fan and you don't take yourself too seriously, like other reviewers

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2014

    Main camp

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 24, 2014

    Another great adventure for that f'n Flowers...

    ** POSSIBLE MILD SPOILERS AHEAD ** This was a good story once you get past the unlikely nature of it. The likelihood that so many foreigners were in country would have garnered much more attention. That being said and forgotten, it was Virgil at his finest. Now that I read the article where Sandford said he thought of Owen Wilson when casting Virgil, that is now how I see him in the stories and it works and makes them more fun. Virgil calls on the help of most of the "Rules" crew, and the ending is pretty fun too...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2013

    great read

    consistent with others in series.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 10, 2013

    Fast and Funny

    A fun book! But a bit of a change for Sandford. The dialog has a kind of "Joseph Wambaugh" flavor with a fast pace, back and forth kind of humor. As in other Sandford novels you are held in suspense to the very, very end. Was-Red-Ed

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 10, 2013

    Great read!

    I am a big fan of the Virgil Flowers series. He is a man's man and women in the stories are always attracted to him. The stories move along with great characters interacting with Virgil. This particular book's story line was unique with many twists and questions as to who were the good guys and who were not. Keep them coming. I'm waiting for #8.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2013

    Very good

    I really John Sanford books. This one is exceptional. If you like the Davenport or Flowers series, this book will not disappoint. If you want to try a Sandford book, this is an excellent one to try. A little mystery, a little international intrigue deep in the heart of Minnesota. A really good read for a cold night.

    Enjoy!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2013

    Neku

    He nodded, and led her to the spot. "Right aroud here." He mewed, indicating a patch of jungle neqrby.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 16, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    Another great book from John Sandford. Could not put it down. Story line was outstanding.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2013

    Thoroughly enjoyable

    I enjoyed this book. Laughed out loud a few times. I love Virgil Flowers and have read all the books in this series. As another reviewer posted......lighten up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2013

    Ifr you're a Sanford fan, don't miss this book

    Can't get enough of Sanford, Davenport and Virgil Flowers

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2013

    Interesting story line; liked the ending.

    I've read all of these series books and found this one wasn't quite as good as the others. It's okay, entertaining and I would still buy it -- just a little disappointed.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 1, 2013

    Good read

    Worth reading. Nothing revolutionary in the plot.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 1, 2013

    Highly Recommend

    John Sanford continues to amaze me, with some authors the longer they write the quality tends to go downhill. Not with Sanford his work stays at a great level and each book is well worth the read. I hope there is a next book in the works.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2013

    Good easy read

    As always like Sanford's work. BN if you are reading, please make anonymous the default for posting reviews. Accidentally posted under pen name because you automatically check that. Don't like that! No more reviews from me.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 1, 2013

    Storm Front

    It wasn't one of his best by far. I don't know who's writing for him but I didn't think it was very good at all. The story didn't keep my interest... It was waisted money!!! Sorry John, it was a bust......

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  • Posted November 1, 2013

    Good, not Great!

    I love all John Sanford books, this one was okay, but I just like the Lucas Davenport series better.
    I do like the laid back attitude of Virgil, he thinks things through and comes up solving the crime.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2013

    Good read

    Entertaining

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2013

    The entire group of novels written by Mr. Sandford makes for wo

    The entire group of novels written by Mr. Sandford makes for wonderful reading. Including this latest Flowers book. It was worth enjoying by itself, and it does fit in with the series. If there is a discrepancy in entertainment, perhaps the reader just does not like that particular book. I have about a dozen authors that I have collected all of their books, keep them, and every few years of so, read the entire sires starting at #1. Mr. Sandford is one of those. I just wish he would write a few more Kidd novels. There is an edgier group of novels for you!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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