Tag Archives: Virgil Flowers

Holy Ghost

10 Dec

“Holy Ghost” is the latest novel by John Sandford.

In a small town in Minnesota, the Virgin Mary has taken to appearing in a small church. Is it a hoax? That’s really none of Virgil Flowers’ business, but the maniac who has taken to shooting people outside the church is!

The 11th Virgil Flowers novel is every bit as delightful as the previous ones. Virgil has grown a bit, settling in to the idea of being a father.

The book just zooms an bounces along. As usual the supporting characters are all well rounded and interesting. I am hoping for a couple of them to come back in future books.

My cup of happiness overflowed when Jenkins and Shrake appeared. The BCA’s bully boys are possibly my favourites of John Sandford’s supporting characters.

“Holy Ghost” is an excellent addition to the Virgil Flowers series, which has now overtaken the Lucas Davenport books as my preferred John Sandford reads.

Highly recommended.

Escape Clause

18 Dec

“Escape Clause” by John Sandford is the 9th Virgil Flowers novel.

Two Amur tigers are stolen from a zoo.  Virgil is tasked with tracking them down and returning them before the are reduced to component parts for Chinese medicine.  To add to the confusion, Virgil’s girlfriend Frankie’s sister has turned up and getting herself into all sorts of trouble interviewing illegal immigrant workers at a canning factory.  Then when Frankie is beaten up by thugs, all hell breaks loose for Virgil and the BCA.

Baring one or two little niggles, I loved this book.  The plot was just this side of believable to make suspension of belief fun not ridiculous.

There was lots of Jenkins and Shrake.  Two characters I adore.

I found the skinny dipping scene a trifle creepy and the character of Sparkle’s boyfriend, Bill, pretty much unlikeable.  Mostly he tripped my ethics and morality buttons, seeing as he’s supposedly an ordained priest!

But apart from those quibbles, “Escape Clause” was a fantastic read.  Lots of drama, plenty of Sandford’s trade mark humour, and the scene where the main bad guy gets his comeuppance has to be read to be believed.

In a word: Fun.

Highly recommended.


10 May

I have to say this, “Deadline”, the most recent Virgil Flowers novel, by John Sandford, was a bit of a disappointment.

It seemed to hold so much promise: dog napping, murder, and a school board running amok.

Unfortunately the promise fizzled out before the book reached the half way mark.  It went from being full of promise to being full of the ridiculous.

The character of Virgil seemed slightly ‘off’ from the other books.  No spiritual speculations for a start.  The character is given, in earlier books, to interesting thoughts of a spiritual nature, but in this one he appeared to be operating on auto pilot with no thoughts at all in his head.

“Deadline” was saved from being a total write-off by the wonderful Jenkins and Shrake.  The BCA’s bully boys were at their pretending-to-be-ignorant, shit-kicker, best.

So called “bad” language doesn’t worry me, I use a few choice words myself when the situation warrants it.  John Sandford does drop the occasional “fuck” in his novels.  However, this time around it seemed to be the Word of the Week for the characters.  Frankly, I got extremely tired of it.

To be honest, I think “Deadline” is only worth reading if you’re a dyed in the wool Virgil Flowers fan.  Steer clear if you’ve never read any John Sandford books before.  There are much better ones to start off your reading.

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