Dark Angel by John Sandford

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In Dark Angel, Letty Davenport, a skilled firearms expert, is recruited by the US government to infiltrate a dangerous hacker group called Ordinary People. Together with a partner from the NSA, they embark on a cross-country mission to California. As they get closer to the group, they realize that someone within their circle may be putting their lives at risk.

Book review of Dark Angel

Dark Angel by John Sandford is a thrilling crime novel that kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. As someone who was initially skeptical about a story that centered around computers and hacking, I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of action, humor, and character development that this book had to offer. Letty Davenport, the protagonist of this novel, is a formidable character who is quickly becoming one of my favorites in the genre.

Sandford is a master at cop humor, and he uses it to great effect in this book, elevating the story into a satisfying and enjoyable romp. The plot is interesting and fast-paced, with plenty of shoot-outs, sex, and intrigue to keep readers engaged. The characters are all well-crafted, with Letty standing out as a strong, independent woman who commands attention whenever she appears on the page.

One of the things I appreciated most about Dark Angel was the expansion of the characters and Letty’s development. Sandford did a great job of moving the story forward while also deepening our understanding of the characters we had already come to know and love. I also appreciated that he didn’t go too deep into the technical details of hacking, as he had already covered most of these in the first book. This allowed the story to move at a fast pace without getting bogged down in unnecessary exposition.

While some readers have criticized the lack of humor and character development in this book, I found that Sandford did a great job of balancing the action with the emotional arc of the characters. While Letty may be more angry and bitter in this book than she was in the previous installment, I felt that this was a natural progression of her character and added depth to her story.

Final verdict

Overall, I highly recommend Dark Angel to anyone who enjoys fast-paced crime novels with well-crafted characters and a healthy dose of humor. John Sandford is a master of the genre, and this book is a great example of his skill at crafting compelling stories that keep readers coming back for more.

Our Score


  • Fast-paced plot with plenty of action, humor, and interesting characters.
  • Letty Davenport is a strong and dynamic female protagonist.
  • The book doesn’t get bogged down in technical details or flashbacks, making it easy to follow.


  • Some readers may find the character development lacking, especially for female characters.
  • The humor may not land for all readers.
  • The focus on guns and violence may not be appealing to everyone.
Dark AngelPublisher ‏ : ‎ G.P. Putnam’s Sons (April 11, 2023)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 384 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0593422414
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0593422410
Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.4 pounds
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.34 x 1.36 x 9.32 inches

About Article Author

Marcus Wright

Marcus Wright is an avowed serializer and bibliophile. His perfect weekend plan is a series marathon followed by reading a good book. Optimistic by nature, he is always able to see the bright side of things.
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