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

Blake Crouch
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Book Description

The international runaway bestseller is now a Major Television Event from executive producer M. Night Shyamalan, starring Matt Dillon and premiering May 14th on FOX.

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: 2573 KB
    • Print Length: 315 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1503946614
    • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (21 Aug. 2012)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B007FG9LIE
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (384 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #395 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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    8 of 8 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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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, but contains frustrating elements. 30 Nov. 2014
    Format:Kindle Edition
    I downloaded this the other day through Kindle Unlimited and listened to the audiobook version. As an author myself, I often subject my eyes to an optical beating by spending my life in front of a screen of some description, so it's nice to switch off occasionally. (I must add that the narrator does a superb job of conveying the nuances/emotions of the book and the various voices of the characters, so if like me you don't want to actually use your eyes to read, I would suggest using your earsicles with this one). So onto the story itself:

    The Good:

    The story is incredibly interesting and the mystery element handled deftly. As soon as I started reading about Ethan's experiences in Wayward Pines, I felt a strong Twin Peaks vibe. Even though I was only six when it first came out, to this day it stands as one of my all-time favourites - and to me Pines felt like an homage to that show. (I found out later in the author notes that this is exactly what Crouch was going for, so yay me). There is a very visceral sense of danger hidden around every corner of the town and I shared Ethan's frustrations with every metaphorical brick wall he hits in trying to escape the eerie town, and the bizarre 'Stepford Wife' style characters he interacts with. Although I wasn't entirely satisfied with the end, (more on that below - no spoiler - promise) it was definitely good enough to get me to pick up the sequel.

    The writing style in general is very good. Breezy, light and easy to follow. Dialogue is punchy and well handled - this is one of Crouch's strongest facets and for that I am sending the author an electronic handshake. Good, natural sounding dialogue is hard to create.

    Ethan is a strong - if not always entirely likeable - character.
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    57 of 62 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
    Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
    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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    5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
    Remarkably eerie, and an astounding and compelling account of a story, written without too much mention of people or place; but just a wave of scenes shifting from one oddity to... Read more
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
    What a story it is one of the best fiction I have read and there is two more to read in this trilogy a thoroughly enjoyable read you can't guess what is going to happen and the... Read more
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    3.0 out of 5 stars good not great
    I read this book because I saw trailers for the televersion adaptation and thought it looked really good. Read more
    Published 10 days ago by rocket8585
    1.0 out of 5 stars a poor read
    A poor read
    Published 11 days ago by m c colgan
    5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this! Can't wait to see the show!
    Certainly a novel for all Twin Peaks fans out there. Very fast paced with a big unexpected twist at the end!
    Published 12 days ago by Jo Addis
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastically gripping
    Thank you so much Netgalley as without I would never discovered this author and the first of a fantastic series. Read more
    Published 13 days ago by susanl
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Couldn't put it down! totally engrossed from start to finish
    Published 18 days ago by Joanne Jones
    5.0 out of 5 stars ... different to most books I have read but I enjoyed it and would...
    This was a bit different to most books I have read but I enjoyed it and would recommend people buy it.
    Published 21 days ago by Miss Linda Meldrum l meldrum
    5.0 out of 5 stars Pines
    Fantastic book. I Couldn't put it down. It had me hooked. I read it in one day. Looking forward to the next book in the series.
    Published 24 days ago by A. McGregor
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