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Heat Lightning (Virgil Flowers, No. 2) Paperback – October 6, 2009
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Flowers is an engaging hero: smart, tough, witty, and ready at the drop of a skirt.
Sanford displays his usual deft skill in engaging us in the story as well as the characters, with a novel plot line, fully realized secondary characters, and dialogue that shows a true "ear" for the way people talk in real life.
This book moves like a runaway train, and will keep you entertained from first page to last.
A solid five stars.
It turns out its pretty good. Not great, but a solid Sandford novel.
Sandford forges into new territory (for the author) by incorporating a little international intrigue into the novel. While hardly a spy novel, Heat Lightning does include a CIA component, foreign assassins, and Homeland Security. The plot is sufficiently complex (although the twists were fairly predictable) and the author capably builds the suspense.
Flowers is more engaging in this novel than his first solo outing. `Heat Lightning' is a reasonable page-turner, but even if it weren't for the suspense, I might be inclined to keep reading just to find out what Virgil's next T-Shirt is going to be. I suspect Sandford searches the internet for indie bands with strange names, and probably isn't all that familiar with the artists on Virgil's shirts, but it's still nice to see `Death Cab for Cutie' get some shirt exposure; and while I'm not a huge fan, it's great to see Canadian artists like `Bif Naked' get recognition as well.
(In the unlikely event that the author happens to read this - I'd like to see Virgil don a `Sleater-Kinney' T-shirt next time around.)
I think most Sandford fans will enjoy this novel.Read more ›
John Sandford writes with a wry sense of humor about the resourceful, gritty, womanizing Flowers. Flowers uncovers a conspiracy involving the CIA, high officials in the current Vietnamese government, Homeland Security, and the smuggling of stolen heavy equipment into Canada. Things are not always as they seem. The line between good and evil gets blurry.
The focus of Flowers' romantic ardor (which seems to know few bounds) is the twenty-something daughter of a leftist professor. Said professor, during the sixties, had criticized the U.S. role in Vietnam. Flowers thinks the professor knows something about the "lemon murders." While he is investigating the professor, Flowers is also "investigating" the daughter.
The book drags a bit early on, but the last three hundred pages build to a slam-bang conclusion that is full of surprises.
Sandford skillfully captures the atmosphere of St. Paul and the surrounding region in Minnesota, as well as the state's border with Canada. Flowers is an outdoorsman, and Sandford vividly weaves this into the plot via episodes set in the backcountry.
I do have one reality check on the book: If you are thirsty and a friend throws an ice-cold bottle of beer to you from twenty yards away, would you try to catch it?
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Always enjoy reading this series, when I see one listed, I know i'm in for a fun and interesting read.Published 11 hours ago by barbara a hathaway
Kept my attention from beginning to end, could not put it down.Published 22 hours ago by Herb Holler
Virgil is his usual self and get his share of both the good and the bad in this one. A slow start but keeps the RPM's rising to the very end.Published 1 day ago by Oliver Caldwell
Not Sanford's best work.....I almost gave up on it a couple of times, but ended up 'soldiering' through the book. Read morePublished 12 days ago by AntennaMan
I have read over 25 of John Sandford's books, and each of them has been enjoyable.Published 13 days ago by Louis A Creola Jr