Thursday, May 6, 2021

✱✱Book Review✱✱ Ocean Prey by John Sandford


Fan-favorite heroes Lucas Davenport and Virgil Flowers join forces on a deadly maritime case in the remarkable new novel from #1 New York Times-bestselling author John Sandford.

An off-duty Coast Guardsman is fishing with his family when he calls in some suspicious behavior from a nearby boat. It's a snazzy craft, slick and outfitted with extra horsepower, and is zipping along until it slows to pick up a surfaced diver . . . a diver who was apparently alone, without his own boat, in the middle of the ocean. None of it makes sense unless there's something hinky going on, and his hunch is proved right when all three Guardsmen who come out to investigate are shot and killed.

They're federal officers killed on the job, which means the case is the FBI's turf. When the FBI's investigation stalls out, they call in Lucas Davenport. And when his case turns lethal, Davenport will need to bring in every asset he can claim, including a detective with a fundamentally criminal mind: Virgil Flowers.

Momma Says: 5 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

31 books ago I picked up a copy of Rules of Prey, and I was hooked. I've not missed a single Lucas Davenport book since, and having met Virgil Flowers in that series, it was natural to follow him into his own. So, when I saw the first line of the blurb promising Lucas and Virgil joining forces, I was all in. So, I jumped in and like always, I was quickly caught up in an intriguing case. Virgil doesn't really come fully into the story until about halfway through, but I really liked his role in the case. 
The story takes some twists, and the case gets personal for Lucas - and me as well (if you're familiar with the series and characters, you'll likely feel the same). I'm not gonna go into more details, so I don't spoil it, but I think this one will appeal to anyone who enjoys a good crime thriller, including those who may not be as familiar with the characters.
One of my favorite things about this series is the way Sandford can take things right to the edge, sometimes even going right on over the top, but the characters make it feel real. The attention to the details of family and life in general, even when it's a witty observation about how often babies cry, brings the characters down to earth, so to speak.
So, what it all comes down to is I thoroughly enjoyed getting Lucas and Virgil joining forces for Ocean Prey, and I'd certainly recommend it. It's well written, as always, and the case is exciting and twisty.

As a sucker for audiobooks, I both read this one and listened. Considering he's narrated this series from the beginning, Richard Ferrone is pretty much how I hear Lucas even when I'm reading the books. Lucas has a sarcastic wit and sometimes he can be a jerk (I'm thinking of another word, but gotta keep it clean so it doesn't get rejected when I crosspost). Anyway, what I'm getting at is Richard Ferrone does that sarcasm perfectly, and he injects just the right amount of arrogant jerk into Lucas when needed.
In my opinion, this one is hard to beat whether you're reading or listening. 

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