• Bad Blood: a Virgil Flowers novel
  • Bad Blood: a Virgil Flowers novel
ISBN: 0399156909
EAN13: 9780399156908
Language: English
Pages: 400
Dimensions: 1.3" H x 9" L x 6" W
Weight: 1.35 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup unicorn promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood testing significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fundraising round that valued the company at more than $9 billion, putting Holmes's worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn't work.

A riveting story of the biggest corporate fraud since Enron, a tale of ambition and hubris set amid the bold promises of Silicon Valley.

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   Virgil is the best
I am a huge fan of John Sandford. I just bought and read the complete Prey series and the complete Flowers series in order, but I will have to wait for the next book in both series. Sandford is a novelist with the rare ability to carry over characters and plot elements with complete believabiity while allowing both to develop in interesting, unexpected, but natural ways - the only other serial novelist who does this nearly as well is Anthony Trollope. I re- read these books with pleasure because of the fast- paced narrative and unexpected plot developments that make them so enjoyable to read again. The atmosphere, character growth, and situation development can be paid attention to the second or third. Sandford writes like a real novelist, not someone trying to impress academia with his literary exclusivity.
 
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   That effin' Flowers
Don't believe all the things you read. John Sandford is what this is. His writing is good and his character development is spot on. I challenge anyone to provide any evidence that is not false. If you are a fan of Sandford, you will be reading this one. I will take a moment to blast the publishers, and to an extent Sandford himself, for charging more for a ebook than a paperback. This has become popular with popular authors. Lescroart's writing will feel the effects. Our entertainment dollar only stretches so far and reading is for pleasure. When the price of a book goes up, my tolerance for shoddy writing drops. I know I spend more time reading reviews now that I am a reader. I am not as generous. I dropped Lescroart, but I'm still with Sandford. A poor book with a higher price does it for me.
 
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   Murder mystery w NSFW language & situations. See NC-17 warnings below.
I have enjoyed every book of the Virgil Flowers series, but this one has a high ick factor, which wasn't avoidable due to the storyline structure. The original congregants of the fundamentalist church that sponsored the murders came to the US in the 1870s. Churchmen in a small community were able to rape women and children for over a hundred years. Abuse of women is Trigger warnings. Heterosexual and homosexual. There was physical and sexual abuse. Sexual enslavement.
 
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   I wanted a shower and to take my kindle with me
The plot of this is about debased people and horrible things they do. There were pages of sickness. Unless you have a strong stomach, I can't recommend this book. It is written well and that makes it sick. In Alaska, I worked for an adult officer. The book had worse people in it than I met in his office.
 
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   Not quite up the standard of the earlier Flowers books
This one of the books I' ve read so far has a lot of the enjoyable characteristics of the earlier books. It is disappointing at the end by moving into a rapid- fire rush to and past the climax. The ending of this book was more annoying and over- the- top than the others. I enjoy reading murder mysteries. I don't know how often I can get into the above average cop role. Maybe I had filled my quota by the time I read this book?
 
5
   Sandford is addicting
We both burned through Davenport. Sandford isn't going to win the Pulitzer for these, but they are the most entertaining and well written novels ever. More consistent than any of the other series. It's always good. Always moving fast. It was always satisfying.
 
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   Disturbing
I' ve read the complete Prey series and enjoyed it. I was having difficulty with this one. The idea of parents having sex with their children was not right. The scene where a twelve year old girl winks at a man went too far. I wonder what goes on in his mind that he can come up with a story line.
 
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   Poor Choice of Subject Matter
There is too much detail about child sexual abuse. It was not believable that something that perverted and widespread would stay secret that long.
 
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