Storm Front (Virgil Flowers Series #7)

Storm Front (Virgil Flowers Series #7)

by John Sandford
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Storm Front 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 192 reviews.
GM_likes_reading More than 1 year ago
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.
waterdog1108 More than 1 year ago
I love the Virgil Flowers/Lucas Davenport series but found this one hard to get through. Not quite what I expected from this series, but because I am such a fan of John Sandford and these awesome characters, I purchased it. So-so.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I little boring for me. I was expecting more intrigue and substance. I enjoy the Lucas Davenport series and have become a fan of Virgil, this book however not so much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a big-time Sandford fan, but was a little disappointed with this effort. Flowers is an interesting character, but Sandford's appeal with all of his major characters has been (in the past) their edginess and reaction to intense danger. Not much of that in Storm Front. I think the plot line is imaginative, and the topic of ancient artifacts is frest for Sandford fans, but the tale has too many players, and too little real danger to be up to Sandford's standards. He did say in an interview I happened to attend that it was harder and harder to write about criminals since so much technology has changed law enforcement but this was not his best attempt to get around it. All that being said, I think lots of folks like the Flowers character as an anti-Davenport and I happen to like them both.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Up until now I could swear Virgil walked on air. The previous books were fabulous. I waited along time for this book and was completely disappointed. I wish I had read the reviews first, I could have saved 12 dollars. I found it very long winded. It could of stood 100 pages less, which isn't saying much as it was only 260 pages for 12 dollars. Even the last Davenport book wasn't so good. I guess the author has run his course in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I usually love Sandford books and liked Flowers a lot until this book. It felt like a weak attempt at humor with a very boring story line. Hope he doesn't rush another book but goes back to quality writing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is horrendous.  I have read every book in the Virgil Flowers and Lucas Davenport series and in general enjoy John Sandford's writing style.  I cannot believe Sandford wrote any part of this book.  I ke[p waiting for something big to happen, something interesting, and it just never did!  Worst book I have ever forced myself to finish.  No way will I purchase another book that is supposedly by Sandford until I read the reviews. Horrible, really just horrible. 
1-docent06 More than 1 year ago
Sorry to say, I do not think this sounds like John Sandford. Please don't co=author your books Mr. Sandford.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My review title says it all.
DaveGabriel More than 1 year ago
This was unbelievably TERRIBLE. I've read all of his Prey and Virgil Flowers books and this was the worst.  Since I've always liked/loved his work - this is a shock.  It is pretty obviously not HIM writing the book and he acknowledges that much. I found it hard to read, didn't flow, syntax was often wrong and the book seemed disjointed at times. I definitely do NOT recommend anyone waste their time on this one.  Too bad, guess he's made enough money he doesn't care anymore.
Windriven More than 1 year ago
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.
sdAZ More than 1 year ago
I didn't like this as well as some of the other books on Virgil Flowers...I think these are kind of crude and go into too much unnecessary details NOT pertaining to the plot...like he is filling in time and seems superfluous. His other books are much more worth reading...I have not been too thrilled with the Flowers line of writings....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One would have thought I'd won a lottery, when I picked up 'Storm Front' at my local library a few days ago. Long awaited, I could not start reading it soon enough..... Checking the first page it shows that Mr.Sandford has copied James Paterson and got himself a co-author. Bad move. This is not our usual Virgil. I did not finish the book, a first for me and John Sandford... In three words ....... Chinese fire drill.
kittiJD More than 1 year ago
I like Sandford and I have read most of his books but this one was harder to finish than all the rest. It got draggy and confusing with all the suspects etc. I almost didn't finish the book but decided it might get better; it really didn't. It was convoluted and unclear in many spots.
MollyMN More than 1 year ago
3 1/2 stars Was a interesting and I love the Virgil character, but not much for plot twists. And I think that Sandford is overcompensating for Lucas still being with Weather. Hard to really care about Virgil's dalliance when there will be someone else in the next book. Seems like Sandford is focusing too much on what sells / works for other long running series and his books are suffering for that. Still some parts were really grate and I look forward to the next Prey in the spring.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a big disapointment. I love Sandford's books. This book was not his normal great story telling. I felt thought it was boring and had to many people to keep track of. I didn't like it much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I usually love John Sandford's books, but this book is written with anothet author, Sandford's partner, Michelle, according to the intro. Very different, and somewhat awkward writing style. I had to read many sentences several times to understand the meaning. Definitely not like his usual great flowing writing. Reminded me of early Janet Evanovich- great humerous writer- but this style of wtiting for Virgil books did not work. Not much plot, corny and silly throughout.
bkwrm2 More than 1 year ago
very disappointed in this book, was expecting some exciting story, got nothing.  Where oh where has Mr. Sandford gone?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found the protagonist's laissez faire attitude towards criminals very offensive. Even more offensive is this author's propensity to allow so- called likeable criminals to achieve their goals without being punished. It pisses me off, so I really end up hating the book. Elijah should have been stripped of his ill gotren gains, I don't CARE how "noble" his aim was. He was a criminal, his daughter assisted in his criminality, and they should all be punished appropriatelly. And a field cop who doesn't carry a gun is ridiculous and would not have survived as long as Sandford pretends this one has. Guess I'd better stick to the Lucas books, or eschew this author entirely.
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I am on page 36 and am not sure I will be able to finish this book. The characters readers of the Flowers series have come to know, will wonder what happened to them. Did they all suddenly decide its better to be hip and inexperienced instead of knowing their job through their years of experience. Virgil said he thinks its blood but has to wait for the crime scene tech's to come out. But he could put a little spit on paper and find out sooner..........REALLY????? John when and why did you decide to change these characters for the teen age readers? I doubt very much if I will take the chance on another book in this series, though I have enjoyed the other books very much.
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