After the events in Gathering Prey, Lucas Davenport finds himself in a very unusual situation—no longer employed by the Minnesota BCA. His friend the governor is just cranking up a presidential campaign, though, and he invites Lucas to come along as part of his campaign staff. “Should be fun!” he says, and it kind of is—until they find they have a shadow: an armed man intent on killing the governor . . . and anyone who gets in the way.
What I liked: The Lucas Davenport series, as a whole, is character driven and my oh my, what characters Mr. Sandford develops are unbelievable. I love them all! The best part, his characters make appearances in each other's series so you never really lose touch.
At the end of the last installment, Lucas Davenport quit the Minnesota BCA. He got tired of all the politics and backstabbing of the bureaucrats. Extreme Prey opens with Lucas renovating his cabin....well, he's more like aggravating the construction workers who are doing the work. The current governor of Minnesota and a friend asks for some help after a couple of interactions with a strangely weird woman. It seems the woman has "removing" one of the Presidential candidates on her mind.
Lucas in a tight spot. He no longer has the badge to give his investigation any weight, but he does have law enforcement friends and the blessing of two presidential candidates. This doesn't make things as easy as it sounds. Lucas mainly takes on the quest out of boredom; but when he pulls a couple of leads, interviews a few possible knowledgeable extremists, who promptly end up dead, he figures there might be a real conspiracy.
This is book 26 in this series and I'm never bored or surprised how Mr. Sandford draws me in. In most cases, you, the reader, know who the "bad" guy is but it's how Mr. Sandford sets up the reveal and the chase that will keep you reading each page. I enjoy that part of the story very much but still, the characters and their development are what keep me coming back after 25 books.
Some series seem to end up having a formula especially after so many books into the series. I've never felt that way about any of Mr. Sandford's books. The setting may always seem to be in Minnesota (in this case, the majority of the action takes place in Iowa) but the descriptions don't feel stale.
What I didn't like: Sorry....no complaints from me, not on the writing anyway, but here's the deal....as much as I love this series and am in a position to buy my Kindle editions, $14.99 is a bit steep for an e-book. I've no problem with the hardcover price of $18.83 but depending on your book budget, you might want to see if you can borrow it or get it at your library.
I'm pretty sure I would read whatever Mr. Sandford writes, fiction wise. He has a certain way of imbuing his characters and stories with action, humor, and suspense that I find highly entertaining.
Highly Recommended BUT please start at the beginning to truly appreciate the development of the characters and setting!!!!!