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Pines (The Wayward Pines Trilogy, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Blake Crouch
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The international runaway bestseller is now a Major Television Event from executive producer M. Night Shyamalan, starring Matt Dillon Thursdays on FOX or catch up on Amazon Instant Video.

Secret service agent Ethan Burke arrives in Wayward Pines, Idaho, with a clear mission: locate and recover two federal agents who went missing in the bucolic town one month earlier. But within minutes of his arrival, Ethan is involved in a violent accident. He comes to in a hospital, with no ID, no cell phone, and no briefcase. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into the disappearance of his colleagues turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he get any phone calls through to his wife and son in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what is the purpose of the electrified fences surrounding the town? Are they meant to keep the residents in? Or something else out? Each step closer to the truth takes Ethan further from the world he thought he knew, from the man he thought he was, until he must face a horrifying fact—he may never get out of Wayward Pines alive.

2013 International Thriller Award Nominee


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    About the Author

    Blake Crouch was born in the North Carolina piedmont in 1978. He earned his undergraduate degrees in English and creative writing from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, publishing his first two novels within five years of graduation. Since then he has published eight additional novels as well as multiple novellas, short stories, and articles. His novels Fully Loaded, Run, and Stirred, which was co-written with J. A. Konrath, have each earned spots in the top ten of the Kindle bestseller list. Three novels, one novella, and one short story have all been optioned for film. He lives today in Durango, Colorado.


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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 3170 KB
    • Print Length: 315 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1503946606
    • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (21 Aug. 2012)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B007FG9LIE
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    • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
    • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (555 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #352 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    Blake Crouch was born near the piedmont town of Statesville, North Carolina in 1978. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 2000 with degrees in English and Creative Writing.

    2004 and 2005 saw the publications of his first two novels, DESERT PLACES and LOCKED DOORS.

    Beginning in late 2005, and inspired by his relocation to Durango, Colorado, he researched and wrote a book set in the past and present in a remote mining town high in the San Juan Mountains. The resulting novel, ABANDON, was published by St. Martin's Press in 2009.

    His next novel, SNOWBOUND, is forthcoming in June 2010.

    Blake lives with his family in southwest Colorado, where he is at work on a new book.

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    34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Sleight-of-hand trick? 30 Sept. 2014
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    Regarding TV influences like Twin Peaks, Twilight Zone, etc., etc., has no one noted the similarity between Pines and 1960s TV classic The Prisoner..?: Secret agent; knockout gas; twisted mind-games; a picture-perfect village where everyone must pretend nothing is amiss;escape attempts constantly foiled; 'mad scientist' Pilcher being No 2 to Ethan Burke's No 6, etc, etc. In fact, if I was being cynical, I'd suspect author Crouch of performing a sleight-of-hand trick here by mentioning Twin Peaks et. al. to distract readers from the much more obvious and far more numerous Prisoner vibes/influences! As to the book itself: I found it a rapid read, but had difficulty believing in the stamina/staying power of our hero, who is pummelled from pillar to post, losing gallons of blood, suffering endless concussions; starved, drugged, beaten to a pulp in the process. Even taking into account the suspended animation motif and time lapses, it's hard to see how Burke could have survived without sustaining severe brain damage and irreparable emotional trauma - and his background as a Second Gulf War torture survivor still doesn't swing it for me. For those potential readers who might, like me, find chase scenes rather tedious when over done, please note almost the entire length of the book is taken up with Burke's relentless gambits to escape 'The Village', er - sorry 'The Town' - so fair warning if you're expecting something more cerebral...Having said all this, I still enjoyed reading the novel, which is overall a little bit above average, and have purchased Books Two & Three in the series, which I'll read at some point in the next few months. But there was nothing in the book, either new or derived from other sources, that made me want to drop everything else to find out a.s.a.p what's going to happen next in the sequels.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars What could happen in small town America! 13 Sept. 2012
    By Susman VINE VOICE
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    Our narrative begins with a man regaining consciousness near the river. He has no idea who he is, or where he is. His conscious being tells him he is hurting, his eye is virtually closed and he has acute pain on his side and back. With every step he tries to take he finds excruciating pain. Next when he finds himself back in the infirmary, he finally recalls more detail of whom he is and why he is where he is. He is Ethan Burke, and he works for the secret service and he is searching for some missing co-workers. He finds the town he is in `a little off', where the inhabitants are less than normal and as events begins to transpire and disentangle he comes to the realisation that he must escape from town of Wayward Pines and do so quickly.

    From the first time we meet Ethan, on the page, the pace is fast with no real let up. The narrative gives little `breathing space' for Ethan as he is constantly on move. The mantra here is move or die. The plot gives nothing away and there seems to be little the reader can piece together, in advance to give any hint of a possible outcome, until of course author wants you to know what's happening. The end was, not predictable but rather surprising and all in all it tied all the plot themes together nicely.

    A very good read, which is well written with a heavy `dollop' of thriller/suspense, non-stop action and a not too healthy serving of blood spilled with chaos and carnage served on the side. Anyone for apple pie?
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    65 of 72 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A blast from beginning to end! 19 Aug. 2012
    By Mark Philpott VINE VOICE
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    Having just read Blake's collaborations with J.A. Konrath (Serial Killers, Stirred et al) I was expecting another dose of "turn off your brain and enjoy", over-the-top dose of blood-letting, gore and mayhem. What I actually got was even better, a true page turner of a mystery/thriller that keeps you guessing right up to its enjoyably delirious dénouement. With, I might add, its fair share of blood-letting and mayhem to boot, but slightly toned down here and possibly the better for it.

    To give away too many details would truly be a disservice to the story and author so I'll just give a brief outline of the set-up and leave it there.

    Secret Service agent Ethan Burke wakes up in hospital following a car accident in the picture perfect, white-picket-fence town of Wayward Pines, Idaho, with little memory of who he is or how he got there. As he slowly pieces together the events that led him there it becomes clear that the town holds a dark secret and leaving may not be a welcomed option by its inhabitants...

    It's this mystery that keeps the pages turning, along with the increasingly erratic behaviour of the townsfolk. I quite literally could not leave this book alone until I knew all its secrets. It's very well written too with believable dialogue and characters and flows freely from the opening to its end.

    The author includes an afterword nod towards the classic TV show Twin Peaks as "Pines" inspiration but, as has been noted in other reviews, the spirit of The Twilight Zone inhabits its pages more predominantly, which is, of course, no bad thing at all.

    This is a fantastic, roller-coaster of a read for those who enjoy a good thriller and suspending their disbelief.

    I have already lined up a few of Crouch's other works to devour and have every confidence they will be just as much fun to read.

    Frankly, at £2.49, it's an absolute steal for anyone with an e-reader.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC! 6 Oct. 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I was glued from start to finish although I've got to say that I wished for a different ending. That doesn't mean to say the ending isn't good, it's just that I guess I don't like endings. I don't like people giving me the answer. I like to think I know the answer myself. An example is the TV series LOST which was fantastic until the end and we got the answer and it wasn't the answer I wanted and was a huge let down.

    Back to the book....quite surreal, slightly creepy, tense, fast paced, puzzling. Everything I like in a book!

    Here's the thing, I know this story. I'm sure I've seen it on TV either as a movie or a TV series. Thing is my research tells me that it is only just being made into a TV show, due out next year, and there's no mention of it being made into a film, so where I know this story from is a mystery.

    No I'm not confusing it with Twin Peaks.

    All that aside, I loved it and well I could quite happily live in Wayward Pines myself.

    So good I have the sequel waiting for me on my Kindle PaperWhite.
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