- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons (26 April 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399176055
- ISBN-13: 978-0399176050
- Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3.9 x 23.5 cm
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,03,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Extreme Prey (A Prey Novel) Hardcover – 26 Apr 2016
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Praise for Extreme Prey
“The latest Prey novel is exciting, politically astute, and ultimately terrifying. Sandford and Davenport are in top form.” —Booklist, starred review
“Add a hammock under a shady tree, and you've got a quintessential summer read.” —Minneapolis Star-Tribune
“Sandford, as always, sets a heart-pounding pace. He permeates his work with wit, an engaging hero readers have come to cherish and a cat-and-rat match that in this case draws on the streak of violence that for years has left a bloody stain on the nation. Timely and troubling, it’s a must-read for thriller devotees and political junkies.” —Richmond Times Dispatch
“This guy Sandford is good.” — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Praise for John Sandford
“It appears there is no limit to John Sandford’s ability to keep new breath and blood flowing into his Lucas Davenport series. This is a series you must be reading if you are not already.”
“If you haven’t read Sandford yet, you have been missing one of the great summer-read novelists of all time.” —Stephen King
“Sandford has always been at the top of any list of great mystery writers. His writing and the appeal of his lead character are as fresh as ever.” —The Huffington Post
“Sandford is consistently brilliant.” —Cleveland Plain Dealer
About the Author
John Sandford is the pseudonym for the Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist John Camp. He is the author of twenty-six Prey novels; four Kidd novels; eight Virgil Flowers novels; two YA novels coauthored with his wife, Michele Cook; and three other books, most recently Saturn Run.See all Product description
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The whole time I was reading the book, and Lucas and his cohorts were tracking down the radicals, something was bothering me about their search. I'll have to read the book again, but seems that the towns in Iowa where they were searching were quite small. Having lived for 20 years in a small town of 300 people I can tell you that in a town that size (and the surrounding rural areas) everyone know everyone, and their political affiliations, especially if they have radical leanings. So instead of trying to track down 182 people from a list (of radicals) given to him by another radical, why not take the descriptions he had and ask at the local grocery store, diner, gas station, tavern, post office, etc. Those are the five core components of small towns where everyone shows up eventually. Something else that bothered me...SPOILER ALERT...don't know if Lucas is slipping but it sure seemed to take him a long time to suspect a bomb might be the attackers' weapon of choice. In this day and age, with all the bombings and scares around the world, and knowing that one of the attackers was an Iraq veteran, I just felt that Lucas, or someone on his team, should have thought of it a lot sooner. Overall, liked the book, didn't love it, but I'll read it again.
But Lucas is back in the saddle when governor Elmer Henderson, who is running for president in the Iowa caucuses, asks for his help. Seems like these two weirdos have been hounding him to move to the center so leading democratic candidate Michaela “Mike” Bowden (think Hillary) doesn't win the democratic nomination for president.
Sandford likes to show you who we're dealing with and why they are the way they are. So he introduces us to Marlys and Clay Purdy early on. She's an old sixties radical and he's done time in the Middle East with the National Guard and is suffering from some form of PTS.
Henderson has a hunch these two are planning some kind of dangerous scheme. He doesn't have a name, but he has a description for Lucas; she has white curly hair and he has gray eyes. Lucas still has connections in the BCA, and he compiles a list of possible radical organizations who might have a gripe against Bowden. Then, as usual in a PREY novel, people start dropping like flies.
Sandford also has another motive. Lucas needs a badge. He's having trouble enough getting the head of the Iowa state cops to give him some support. It takes a tongue-lashing by the Iowa governor to get the jealous director to give him four state cops to help him track these people down. Bowden isn't helping either; she insists on doing a “walk through” during the Iowa State Fair, the worst possible place to provide security, with thousands of people milling about.
This is an instructive book for beginning writers. If your character is tied up in a chair waiting for the axe to drop, you can't have him/her reach into a desk drawer and find a knife. That's too convenient. You need to plant that knife earlier in the story. Lucas does track down the Purdys, but they're gone by the time he finds their farm. There's a workshop in the hayloft, and Lucas finds several bolts; he can't quite make the connection, but he does in the nick of time. The dummy should've known what they were for, but he was concentrating on snipers. There's evidence Clay is a crack shot.
Sandford does accomplish his goal because Lucas always gets his man (sometimes woman), at least ninety-nine percent of the time. At the end of the novel, somebody owes him one (I think you can guess who that might be) and that something turns out to be a job.