TTP Review of EXTREME PREY by John Sandford

I published my first novel in early 2014 and I’m now at work on my third. They are all stand-alones because, although I believe I create interesting and well developed characters, I have yet to conceive of a character or storyline that extends beyond the pages of a single novel. A series, at least at this stage of my young literary career, feels slightly out of reach. Of course, there’s no telling what the future might hold. Plenty of authors try it and to varying degrees of success.   But in my opinion, the true master of the long-running series is New York Times bestselling author John Sandford

extreme-prey_sandford    Extreme Prey is the latest addition to Sandford’s highly acclaimed Lucas Davenport saga. Following the events in Gathering Prey, Lucas is no longer employed by the Minnesota Bureau for Criminal Apprehension and finds himself at something of a professional crossroads. Of course, he still has friends in high places and that includes the governor. There is a supposed plot against a politician with presidential aspirations. Lucas is brought in to investigate whether or not the threat is real. In doing so, he uncovers a network of potentially dangerous political activists and soon finds himself in the crosshairs.

Rules of Prey, the first novel featuring then police detective Lucas Davenport, came out in 1988. There have been twenty-five subsequent novels in the Prey series, all bestsellers, plus another 8 novels featuring Virgil Flowers, one of Davenport’s sidekicks. Those were bestsellers too and deservedly so.

It’s no secret that, once a fiction author achieves a certain level of popularity, landing on the bestseller’s list becomes a whole lot easier.  Name value carries a lot of weight in the literary world. I don’t want to point fingers but, in my opinion, certain authors have taken advantage of that and kind of taken their foot off the gas. In other words, their books just aren’t as good as they used to be. Sandford, however, continues to prove why he’s been so adored for so long. Extreme Prey is every bit as solid as any of the novels in the series. I give it five stars and I’m looking forward to the release of Golden Prey in the spring of 2017.


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