Extreme Prey: Book Review by Dinh
Here is a video book review that I made. You can either read the written review or watch the video.
Marlys Purdy is a crazy woman who has endured the political system long enough. She blames the political system for the loss of the farm she had with her dead husband and the continued financial system that perpetuates the same cycle.
She is ready to take action and stop Michaela Bowden, a potential Democratic presidential candidate from going any further in the campaign in Iowa.
Marlys has a plan. Together with her derange son who has had some military service in Iraq, they put their plan into action.
Lucas Davenport is no longer a cop and had quit the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) and was working on his cabin when he gets a call from the governor of Minnesota, Elmer Henderson.
The governor was campaigning for the Democratic vice presidential nomination and had some crazy chubby, middle age, white haired lady warn him to be ready in case Bowden doesn’t make it.
This incident was again repeated by a grey eyed younger farm guy who looked similar to the crazy white haired lady.
Henderson wants Davenport to investigate these crazy people to see if they are a potential threat.
Extreme Prey is John Sandford’s 26th Prey series book. I have been looking forward to reading the novel and having read it was glad to see that he was up to his same old tricks.
The hardcover of Extreme Prey is 406 pages long and I read it quickly. The speed to which I read is usually a sign for me that I liked the novel.
Having said that, this is not one of Sandford’s best Prey book but rather one of the mediocrity.
The story was okay. In this book we get into the minds of a political assassin.
Whilst this in itself is not a criticism, I did find that the mind of the crazy woman Marlys not to be realistic. I couldn’t really understand her motive.
That’s not all.
I was disappointed that the old familiar characters in the Prey series were not in it as much.
We get just cameo appearances. Computer hacker/artist Kidd and his wife was briefly mentioned in one chapter at the beginning when Davenport needed to find the source of the threatening emails.
Weather, Davenport’s wife was mentioned a few times. There was no mention of Letty his adopted daughter so we don’t know what she’s up to.
Sandford’s previous Prey books had more of Davenport’s personal life in it so it made it more appealing and enjoyable to connect with him.
What did I like?
John Sandford’s Prey series usually have a good pace and this book was no exception. The novel was entertaining , had a nice pace through out, and ended with a BAM!
We go straight into the story line without any stopping and before you know it Davenport has saved the day, albeit late.
The best part?
The ending was great!
Hey, if you haven’t read it I won’t spoil it for you by describing what happened suffice to say he gets the bad guys as usual.
I enjoyed reading this crime/thriller/mystery book but could have passed on it if it hadn’t been written by Sandford.
This was an entertaining book and was easy to pick up after you put it down. It was a mediocre book for Sandford.
You can also check out Sandford’s 25th Prey book: Gathering Prey.
Are you a fan of John Sandford? What did you think of Extreme Prey?