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Pines (The Wayward Pines Trilogy, Book 1) by [Crouch, Blake]
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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
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (21 Aug. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007FG9LIE
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 693 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #76 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Pines is a thriller with a lot of similarities to numerous other books, TV shows and films (as the author acknowledges at the end to be fair). For the majority of the book I wasn't really enjoying it; I was more irritated by the short, blunt sentences and too quick writing style, built on single lines which act as paragraphs. It's a page turner but it has no depth - I just wanted to see what the answer to the mystery was. Now I've finished it, I'm interested to read the next one, but put off by the thought of the writing.

You can tell the author had just finished studying creative writing and a couple of years later started getting his novels published. It's formulaic, written to hold attention rather than impart anything. The result is that it's quite soulless.

There are problems with the plot, which at the reveal, seems just ridiculous in places. Things don't add up. Also, the protagonist is injured so many times he could never keep going and accomplish what he does. But in other ways the whole thing is quite a clever idea. Perhaps after a break I'll see what the next book is like.
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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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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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It was okay, but I dont really like 'okay' books, fast paced but not really going anywhere fast, repetitive, maybe if it was a well written short story it would be more appealing. T first thought it had promise and was gripping, then all a bit downhill, but I did read and finish it.
Its like a draught of an idea that needs editing and working on.
Im not a writer, if I wrote this I would be pretty pleased with myself, but Im not a writer.
The author of this is a writer with a good education geared towards exactly this. He needs to improve and hopefully will.
So, fast paced and catchy, bit mysterious, chases and unexplained scary happenings, more chases, mega injuries which somehow dont quite incapacitate the hero, sketchy characters and sort of sic fi or is it hallucinogen type mind warping or is it a thriller. Might read the next one if its free to see if the writer is improving.
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