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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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19 out of 23 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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