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Gathering Prey by John Sandford (Audiobook)

Gathering PreyReviewed by Caryn St. Clair

With a long running series, it is sometimes difficult for an author to keep coming up with new scenarios for a plot. In Gathering Prey, the twenty-fifth book in Sandford’s “Prey” series, the author chooses to have the protagonist’s adopted daughter step into the lime light. While Letty is often mentioned in the series, she really hasn’t been featured until now. The result is one of the most captivating books of the series.

Davenport’s daughter Letty, a student at Stanford, befriends a couple of “travelers” in San Francisco. She buys them a meal and gives them her phone number to call if they are ever in Minneapolis. She leaves the Bay area to return home to Minneapolis for the summer and really doesn’t give the two drifters another thought until the woman calls her to ask for help. Stranded in North Dakota and her boyfriend missing the young woman is afraid he’s been murdered and that she is next.

Even though she’s Lucas’s adopted daughter, she is definitely her father’s daughter. Before you know it, Letty is on her way to South Dakota to help-and so is Lucas. Lucas and Letty get the girl clothes, food and a place to stay while Lucas tries to find out what has become of the boyfriend. As the couple’s story unfolds, readers are taken into the darker side of the world of music festivals and groupies who travel the country following specific bands. The drugs, sex and violence of such a touring caravan is exposed. There is a lot of violence.

I listened to this book instead of reading it. The narration was well done with the voice volume remaining constant while reflecting in tone the emotions of the characters. This may seem like a petty point, but nothing is more irritating than listening to a book while driving and having the volume of the narration change from shouting to whispers! It was an easy enough book to listen to as the total number of characters that the listener needed to remember was manageable and there were not a lot of background details that as a reader I would have flipped back through the book to check.

Not only do I highly recommend Gathering Prey as a book, I found it to be an excellent choice as an audio to listen to on a long road trip.

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