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Storm Prey (Lucas Davenport Series #20)

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14 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

Storm Prey is the twentieth Prey police procedural, but retains the freshness of the series opening act

Dr. Weather Karkinnen, wife of Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Chief Lucas Davenport, is one of the surgical team diligently working to separate twins co-joined at the head. As they begin the complex series of operations, four men rush into the hospital's pha...
Dr. Weather Karkinnen, wife of Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Chief Lucas Davenport, is one of the surgical team diligently working to separate twins co-joined at the head. As they begin the complex series of operations, four men rush into the hospital's pharmacy, taking millions in drugs. The surgery is postponed for one day.

Weather saw the face of one of the men in the garage and in the elevator. She also sees their vehicle. The robbers understand that Weather is a witness who can identify them; so she must die. They shot at her when she was in her car, but she gets away unscathed. Lucas provides his spouse with police protection while he and his unit investigate the theft. He learns that one of the thieves was a doctor. Once he finishes his inquiry and she the surgery, he and Weather become predators and no longer the prey.

Storm Prey is the twentieth Prey police procedural, but retains the freshness of the series opening act (see First Prey) as this case is personal. There is plenty of action in the plot as explosions and violence frequently occur; nut not enough to turn off the audience. The hero has grown over the course of the series, but though experienced he remains true to his values as he still does not play by someone else's rules though he adheres to the law.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on March 15, 2010

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3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Why do I need to read it now?

"Publishers Weekly"'s synopsis gave spoilers for most of the book! Thanks a lot, guys! >:-(

posted by Deb88 on May 21, 2010

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  • Posted March 15, 2010

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    Storm Prey is the twentieth Prey police procedural, but retains the freshness of the series opening act

    Dr. Weather Karkinnen, wife of Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Chief Lucas Davenport, is one of the surgical team diligently working to separate twins co-joined at the head. As they begin the complex series of operations, four men rush into the hospital's pharmacy, taking millions in drugs. The surgery is postponed for one day.

    Weather saw the face of one of the men in the garage and in the elevator. She also sees their vehicle. The robbers understand that Weather is a witness who can identify them; so she must die. They shot at her when she was in her car, but she gets away unscathed. Lucas provides his spouse with police protection while he and his unit investigate the theft. He learns that one of the thieves was a doctor. Once he finishes his inquiry and she the surgery, he and Weather become predators and no longer the prey.

    Storm Prey is the twentieth Prey police procedural, but retains the freshness of the series opening act (see First Prey) as this case is personal. There is plenty of action in the plot as explosions and violence frequently occur; nut not enough to turn off the audience. The hero has grown over the course of the series, but though experienced he remains true to his values as he still does not play by someone else's rules though he adheres to the law.

    Harriet Klausner

    14 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 31, 2010

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    Maybe Davenport is Human After All

    Storm Prey actually has nothing to do with storms. It is the latest in the continuing saga of Lucas Davenport chasing psycho killers across the frozen north country. What makes this one different is the added touch of humanity we see in both the good guys and the bad guys. They make a lot of mistakes, they lose control, and they let their emotions interfere with their decisions. These flaws actually make the characters more believable and the story much more interesting.

    Lucas and his top cops are hot on the trail of an unlikely bunch of mediocre criminals who have suddenly become deadly. The violence steadily escalates as the group tries to close up ranks and tie up loose ends. Davenport's wife Weather turns out to be a key potential witness and becomes a prime target. Unfortunately, she is busy working with a team of skilled surgeons to perform a delicate operation to save the lives of two young infants.

    The medical team races against their own deadline as Lucas and the guys try to find the killers and shut them down. Both dramas unfold at the same time, keeping you continually caught up in the emotions of everyone involved. The unexpected mistakes of both the cops and the killers provide for continuous surprises along the way, and the ending is vintage Sandford.

    By bringing his characters back down to earth, Sandford has cooked up a gritty and enjoyable thriller. He proves that even fictional people can seem real. I can't wait for the next one!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 22, 2010

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    John Sandford is one of my most favorite authors.

    I truly enjoy the Lucas Davenport series and also Virgil Flowers, and I especially like them together in the same story. This author knows how to expertly weave the storyline together, engaging the reader from the books beginning to the end. I am only saddened when the story ends, but then begins the waiting process for John Sandford's next offering.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 25, 2012

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    Lucas Davenport is the central character in all of the Pray seri

    Lucas Davenport is the central character in all of the Pray series. His
    rise from a Minneapolis Police officer to the Minnesota BCAis part of
    the story as he tracks down the Bad guys and Gals. I have enjoyed
    reading these novels and would highly recommend them to anyone. They
    hold your attention and you even find yourself as being part of the story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 22, 2012

    A Great Thriller

    True to his previous books, John Sandford brings the reader another exciting story in the Lucas Davenport series. The story is fast paced and twisted in an intriguing way that only Sandford can produce. This is a must for Davenport fans and a really good read for people who love mysteries.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2012

    Sandford does it again

    I love his style, and this does not disappoint!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 12, 2014

    Lucas Davenport series is great fun

    Always look forward to reading another John Sandford/Lucas Davenport book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2014

    Always good

    Exciting stories.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2012

    STORM PREY AS WITH ALL THE PREY SERIES BOOKS IS FANTASTIC,BEING

    STORM PREY AS WITH ALL THE PREY SERIES BOOKS IS FANTASTIC,BEING AN EX COP I CAN RELATE TO THE STYLE AND THE MOVEMENT OF THE CAREACTORS, I CAN'T PUT THE BOOKS DOWN UNTIL I,M FINISHED.STORM PREY IS THE BEST SO FAR, DET. JAMES GADD, RETIRED. BUT STILL LOVES THE CHASE!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2012

    Speedclaw

    Hey blizzardstar do you find a mate for me yet

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 4, 2010

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    Lucas Davenport is still the top cop after all these years.

    Lucas has his hands full when a group of bumbling thieves knock off the pharmacy of University hospital and in the process kill one of the pharmacy techs. University Hospital is where Weather, Lucas's wife is a surgeon and she has no time to be scared, she's got conjoined twins to save, so when she sees one of the possible villains she's in harm's way. Now she and Lucas are in a constant battle as she tries to go about her normal hair-raising day and he tries to keep her safe.
    You'd think that after this long in a series that there would be staleness, you'd be wrong. In this the 20th in the series John gives us as usual in his exceptional style of storytelling a whopper of a tale. A plot that could be and probably is taken off the front pages of a newspaper and yet with his particular flare gives it it's uniqueness. His dialogue is precise and clear-cut, the man does not believe in over wordy novels, there's an enormous dose of cop-speak so be prepared for large amounts of cursing and other crass behavior, it's also descriptive in detail as he takes us through various parts of Minneapolis during the winter season. You will also get a taste of his incomparable humor don't be surprised that one minute someone is dying and the next moment you're laughing out loud. You will have a reunion with all the characters associated with the Prey series that you've come to like, and the co-star in this one is Virgil Flowers who now has a series of his own. The villains are an example of why you shouldn't have children with your first cousin and yet in their stupidity they get unbelievable breaks.
    Those of you addicted to Lucas will get your all deserved fix. Those of you who have never read him, what is wrong with you and better yet what are you waiting for. Be prepared for a chilling thriller to keep you cool in this summer heat.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2010

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    John Sanford delivers Again

    John Sanford has done it again. He has created another masterpiece of solid fiction which rings true. I thought about beginning this book with some trepidation because I felt his protagonist, Lucas Davenport, might be getting too long in the tooth for active police work. As part of the leadership of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA), the state police, Lucas becomes embroiled in a robbery-homicide of a hospital pharmacy and not just any hospital pharmacy, but the one located in the hospital where Lucas' wife, surgeon Weather Karkinnen, works. And the bad guy's misfortune is that while driving to work, Weather sees one of the perpetrators as her headlights shines on him full face. Then, unknowingly, she rides an elevator with the inside man.

    The criminals make the decision to eliminate her as a witness. They bring in a young sociopath hit man. This brings the full force of Lucas' involvement in the investigation. The BCA crew is present to help out as they guard Weather, who is involved in a delicate operation with a surgical team to separate twins, joined together at the skull since birth. Weather is singled minded about her participation in this operation since she and the other members of the team have been training over a period of time.

    As Lucas and his BCA crew assist local authorities in investigating the crime and guarding Weather, the reader gets to observe the interaction of Lucas' team, Virgil Flowers (who is featured in three other Sanford novels) and Shrake and Jenkins as they go about their tasks. The reader is treated to the intricacies of police procedure as Lucas presses forward in what is essentially a local investigation an you are able to observe the interactions as the investigative team moves from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. The reader gets a view into the humor of cops as they pursue their investigation. In some places,the reader may feel like laughing when the team and local police trade sarcastic and funny remarks. It is not unlike the humor one sees in the military while serving in tense situations.

    John Sanford also does a wonderful job of portraying the other characters in the novel and his writing adds a sense of realism. One feature is that the reader sees the thinking of Lucas and his team, which is not always correct.
    I would highly recommend this novel. Lucas Davenport still has what it takes and so does John Sanford.

    Ed Benjamin, author of "Cash In on the Obama $3 Trillion Spending Plan!: How to make large amounts of money by conducting business with or receiving grants from federal, state, and local governments" also available on Barnes and Noble.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2010

    I love this series!!

    ive been reading these books for a while nd cant seem to put them down. can't wait!!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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