Road Trips Get Deadly in John Sandford’s ‘Gathering Prey’ [REVIEW]


Always on the road, the Travelers have no idea they’ve become a moving target in John Sandford’s Gathering Prey.
(Photo by Minh-Kiet Callies, Flickr)

Remember the old days when the family happily loaded up the RV and hit the open road, determined to see everything the country had to offer, from gorgeous national parks to kitschy Americana? Travel used to be fun… at least until John Sandford sank his teeth into it. With the arrival of Gathering Prey, readers may never want to leave their homes ever again!

John Sandford's GATHERING PREY

G.P. Putnam’s Sons

This time out, Sandford focuses on “Travelers,” people with an insatiable wanderlust who drift from city to city panhandling, but who commit no crimes. However, there is someone who isn’t up to any good: a dangerous and maniacal psychopath called Pilate who lures Travelers into following him and killing for sport.

Lucas Davenport picks up the killer’s scent when his adoptive daughter, Letty, hears from a Traveler she met in California named Skye who informs her that her companion, Henry, is missing. Skye feels Pilate murdered him and now Letty and Lucas take up the quest to apprehend the person responsible before the death toll climbs any higher.

Gathering Prey is the 25th book in the Prey series and is sure to delight Sandford’s faithful fans as well as earn him some new ones. The author punches on the gas from page one and doesn’t let up as the plot quickly builds momentum until it threatens to shatter our nerves with its relentless velocity.

This is the kind of story that takes no prisoners, and definitely isn’t for the faint of heart. It is packed with its grim, shocking murder scenes, endless car chases, mayhem and coarse language. If that doesn’t bother you, then you’re going to love Gathering Prey. Otherwise, you might want to reach for something a tad tamer, like something by Greg Iles, John Grisham or David Baldacci instead.


John Sandford

John Sandford
(Photo by Beowulf Sheehan)

John Sandford is the pen name for Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist John Camp. A New York Times bestselling author of  more than forty novels, his work includes the popular Prey series and the Virgil Flowers books. He has also co-authored the science-fiction thriller Saturn Run with Ctein and three young-adult books in the Singular Menace series with Michele Cook.

He is also the author of two non-fiction books, including The Eye and the Heart: The Watercolors of John Stuart Ingle and Plastic Surgery: The Kindest CutBoth have been translated into most European and Middle Eastern languages as well as Japanese and Korean.

Born in 1944, Camp attended the University of Iowa and earned a bachelor’s degree in American Studies and a master’s degree in journalism. A father of two and grandfather of three children, Camp is currently married to his second wife Michele Cook. They live in Santa Fe, New Mexico and the countryside near Hayward, Wisconsin. Visit his home on the Web, like him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter.

By John Sandford
416 pgs. G.P. Putnam’s Sons. $28.95

About Heather Fink
Heather Fink is a writer, bibliophile and award-winning librarian who loves to introduce the next generation of readers to the wonderful world of books. She currently resides in Texas.

One Response to Road Trips Get Deadly in John Sandford’s ‘Gathering Prey’ [REVIEW]

  1. Jathan Fink says:

    Reblogged this on Jadeworks Entertainment and commented:

    If you thought traveling around the country by RV was all about soaking up kitschy Americana, think again. In John Sandford’s GATHERING PREY, Travelers are literally running for their lives! This is nerve-shattering suspense like you’ve never seen it before.

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