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    Anyone else read John Sandford/Camp?

    I tell you, dude is the best writer of our generation. Despite not really caring for the genre of police fiction/murder mystery, John Sandford (real name John Camp) can really suck you into a tale with skill and elan.

    One of the niftier parts of his writing is that it's all set in the upper midwest; usually Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and the Dakotas, yet it is very sophisticated and chic.

    While other authors, such as J.D. Robb and others tend to over-dramatize and beat you to death with details, often incorrect, Sandford just has "it".

    Just finished reading "Broken Death", which has a running gag where Lucas Davenport, the series anti-hero is trying to formulate a list of the best 100 songs of the rock era. And he follows through with that theme until the end, where he lists the 100 songs as an appendix, and includes Davenport's wife's suggestion of Shostakovich as number 100. My guess is he loves his wife.

    And Davenport is completely bad-*****. He is what "Bat Man" was originally supposed to be. The anti-hero who always gets the bad guy, whether it happens to be legal or not, but he always makes it happen.

    Anyone else read this fiction-writing genius?


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    Re: Anyone else read John Sandford/Camp?

    I'm a big fan of the Lucas Davenport line. Just like the guy (John) and how dark and problem filled most of the people are.

    Had a pretty new one out with Davenport's understudy, Vergil (something Moon?) Good book




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    Re: Anyone else read John Sandford/Camp?

    Really like his books, I think I have read them all.

    Couple other authors that have the same style.
    Robert Crais - Elvis Cole series
    Michael Connelly - Harry Bosch series



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    Re: Anyone else read John Sandford/Camp?

    It is very interesting how Sandford/Camp is handling Davenport as he grows older. In earlier books, Lucas is cutting edge. In his later books, he portrays him as being old school.

    Again, I usually cannot stand the police/murder mystery genre, but the writing is so good, I just know I cannot put it down.


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    Re: Anyone else read John Sandford/Camp?

    Is it Broken Death or Broken Prey? I just googled it to add to my reading list, and Broken Prey came up.



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    Re: Anyone else read John Sandford/Camp?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclonepride View Post
    Is it Broken Death or Broken Prey? I just googled it to add to my reading list, and Broken Prey came up.
    Oops! Mixed up my JD Robb and John Sandford.

    Broken PREY


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    Re: Anyone else read John Sandford/Camp?

    Cool! It's added. Barnes and Noble is about to receive an economic stimulus. My books to read list is up to about ten, and I'm getting antsy.



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    Re: Anyone else read John Sandford/Camp?

    Wicked Prey comes out May 12th. I have read all of the prey series. Anyone read Stuart Woods?



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    Re: Anyone else read John Sandford/Camp?

    Could you recommend best to get me started in series for
    1. Sanford
    2. Crais
    3. Connolly
    Favorites for me
    -Vince Flynn -Mitch Rapp series (my all time favorite)
    -Baldacci
    -Cussler - original series with Dirk Pitt
    -Grisham -earlier books the best
    Appreciate the help!!



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    Re: Anyone else read John Sandford/Camp?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclonepride View Post
    Cool! It's added. Barnes and Noble is about to receive an economic stimulus. My books to read list is up to about ten, and I'm getting antsy.
    I would highly recommend reading the series front to back. Each book builds on the other, but you can get away with reading them out of order if you'd like.

    BTW, if upon reading the Prey series the my writing seems pretty similar, yeah, I subconsciously find myself following his writing style.


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    Re: Anyone else read John Sandford/Camp?

    My favorite author. Problem is i can't remember which Prey novels I've read so I sometimes get a few chapters in and realize I've already read it. L. Davenport is a stud.



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    Re: Anyone else read John Sandford/Camp?

    recurring characters that I read
    1 Vince Flynn - Mitch Rapp
    2 Brad Thor - Scott Harvath
    3 John Sandford - Lucas Davenport
    4 Stuart Woods - 3 series - Stone Barrington, Will Lee, Holly Barker
    5 David Baldacci - Camel Club, Sean King and Michelle Maxwell
    6 James Patterson - Alex Cross


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    Re: Anyone else read John Sandford/Camp?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cydkar View Post
    My favorite author. Problem is i can't remember which Prey novels I've read so I sometimes get a few chapters in and realize I've already read it. L. Davenport is a stud.
    I do the same thing, and just reread the dumb thing.

    I bought a .45 the other day, inspired by Davenport.


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    Re: Anyone else read John Sandford/Camp?

    I have read several of Sandford's Prey series and I do really like his style and the midwest setting. Always a good choice for a long plane ride.

    My favorite author, however, is Vince Flynn. Gotta love Rapp.



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    Re: Anyone else read John Sandford/Camp?

    Quote Originally Posted by ISU3000 View Post
    I have read several of Sandford's Prey series and I do really like his style and the midwest setting. Always a good choice for a long plane ride.

    My favorite author, however, is Vince Flynn. Gotta love Rapp.
    What would happen if Mitch Rapp and Jack Bauer got in a fight?



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