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Those Who Wish Me Dead Hardcover – 5 Jun 2014

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; First Edition edition (5 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444742574
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444742572
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 3.4 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 244,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Koryta is a master (Nelson DeMille)

One of the best of the best (Michael Connelly)

One of the most exciting new voices in crime fiction (Mail on Sunday)

[A] rising literary star (Wall Street Journal)

Koryta is a writer to watch (Spectator)

Outstanding in every way, and a guaranteed thriller-of-the-year . . . Stephen King would be proud of the set up, Cormac McCarthy would be proud of the writing, and I would be proud of the action. Don't you dare miss it. (Lee Child)

[Koryta] possesses an unusual gift - the ability to write a sure-fire bestseller (News of the World)

Warning: Michael Koryta's wonderful, riveting, and harrowing THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD may just move you to tears. Enjoy at your own risk. (Harlan Coben)

Michael Koryta is that rare author who is at once a compelling story teller and a fantastic writer. From the first sentence of THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD, you'll be under his spell. His characters are living, breathing people you'll care about; his setting is a place you'll visit and stay - long after you've decided to leave because you're scared. You can't leave; you're trapped. There are too many nerve-jangling, beautifully written, razor sharp moments and you won't want to miss a single one. This is an absolute sizzler. (Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author of IN THE BLOOD)

Absolutely breathtaking, nail-biting, and edge-of-your-seat. Michael Koryta is a master at maintaining suspense and a hell of a good writer. THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD is one of the best chase-and-escape novels you'll read this year - or any other year. The pace never lets up. (Nelson DeMille, author of THE QUEST)

Wow! An absolutely first rate novel. More than just an edge-of-your-seat, adrenaline-fueled story of life and death and survival in the Montana wilderness. THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD is what every reader hopes for each time they start a book. A smart, surprising, and emotionally engaging experience that simply does not let up. Ever. (Christopher Reich, author of RULES OF DECEPTION)

This book captured me. Here are two bad guys so bad, so well drawn, that I wanted to avert my eyes--but I didn't want to miss a beat of this sharp thriller. This is a smart big book with what are called twists and turns, but which are really terrific surprises in every deepening layer. Young Jace's journey to survive is a gripping rush. I know not to run in the woods but I wanted to tell him: run, woods or not, just run! (Ron Carlson, author of THE SIGNAL)

THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD is beautifully written, perfectly paced, expertly structured, and simply unputdownable. Koryta is an absolute master. (Deon Meyer)

Will keep readers up well into the night . . . this, Koryta's tenth novel, could be the one that brings the talented writer into the mainstream. (Library Journal)

[A] taut novel brimming with violence, terror, and (just as scary) the perils of growing up. (Oprah magazine)

The throat-clutching suspense in the novel's opening is maintained throughout. The protagonists are well defined and sympathetic, regular folk who discover their own incredible strength in extraordinary circumstances. and readers may well wish the strikingly creepy villains dead. Much of the novel takes place over rough terrain, but Koryta is a sure-footed guide who takes readers on a harrowing adventure they won't soon forget. (Shelf Awareness)

Like the fiction of the modern-day Dickens, his work is eminently accessible, remarkably natural, cannily characterised, and it tends, as well, towards the speculative end of the spectrum . . . THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD is all about the dread, and its singular success is in creating and sustaining such a desperate sense of momentum that even the most dedicated seekers of deeper meaning will find themselves energised by the electrifying survival narrative it so determinedly documents. THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD is a truly chilling thriller; an impeccably paced chase-and-escape affair that grips from the first and doesn't let go till the whole of its terrific tale is told. It's tidy. It's taut. It's awesome. As rewarding a read as anything Michael Koryta has written. (

Koryta skilfully melds a thrilling adventure story set against the Montana wilderness with a poignant coming-of-age story . . . Koryta weaves in themes of redemption, survival and grief to illustrate how ethical choices can reverberate . . . Koryta's Montana landscape scenes pulsate with the smells and sounds of the great outdoors. His characters realistically explore the choices they are forced to make as the author keeps the plot twisting with believable turns. (Miami Herald)

The author's affinity for sculpting enthralling stories continues. (Arizona Republic)

A heart-thumping backwoods adventure . . . Koryta rigs his tripwire plot with all sorts of unpredictable characters and unforeseen events, including a 'flint-and-steel' electrical storm that will make your hair stand on end. (New York Times Book Review)

You won't find a hotter summer thriller than Michael Koryta's THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD. Not only does its plot sizzle with one shocking turn after another; it also involves a massive forest fire so vividly described you almost expect the edges of the pages to be scorched . . . Koryta builds the book's suspense with impressive skill, shifting among different characters' points of view to keep the reader constantly on edge. (Tampa Bay Times)

Koryta is one of those authors who is almost impossible to pigeonhole with any sort of accuracy. His work can contain elements of the supernatural (or not), mystery (or not), and suspense (always, to varying degrees). One never knows what to expect of a Koryta novel other than quality prose and storytelling; those elements are in great abundance in THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD . . . I was reminded of the best of John Steinbeck and Cormac McCarthy while reading these pages, but most of all, I was reminded of Koryta, who continually matches and exceeds the expectations that he himself creates with the release of each new book. I don't know how he will top THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD, but he is one of the very few authors with the potential to do just that. (Bookreporter)

With the mountain fodder to voracious flames, a boy on the run in unfamiliar wilderness, and two stone-cold killers in determined pursuit, Koryta has fashioned a chilling scenario where nature in its pristine beauty remains indifferent to the fates of those who move ever closer to a confrontation . . . The main characters converge in a fateful showdown in the midst of a raging blaze, flames nipping at their heels, the specter of death too near to be denied, life too precious to concede. Koryta pulls out all the stops yet saves a few surprises. The pace never slacks, as relentless as a wild-fueled fire on a rampage. (Curled Up)

A lean, propulsive action-adventure thriller with a raging forest fire as its backdrop. (New York Times)

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The latest thriller from award-winning writer Michael Koryta.

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Format: Paperback
I won't spend time providing a description of this wilderness thriller's plot, as this is provided quite well in the Amazon Book Description above. I will spend a little time telling you why I consider it to be an exciting, well-researched thriller that I think most thriller lover's will enjoy.

Those Who Wish Me Dead is a book that got my serious attention on the first page and maintained my attention because of all it offered me -- which is Koryta's excellent writing style that enabled me to feel that I was "right there" in the middle of all the action, a plot that contains an above average amount of twists and turns that (for the most part) kept me guessing as to what happens next, a cast of well-developed central characters including two VERY, VERY bad guys, and providing a lot of interesting information about the locale in which much of the book takes place, survival training in mountainous areas, and forest fires in such a way that these elements almost seem like they, themselves, are major characters in the book.

Although I was highly entertained by Those Who Wish Me Dead, I didn't find it to be evenly paced throughout the book; resulting in my deducting one star from my overall rating. That is, I was very engrossed in the first third of the book (and, particularly its first few chapters) and in the last third of the book (which was filled with lots of action). However, I found the middle of the book -- which Koryta largely used to include a lot of the interesting research he did on how to survive while living in the wilderness -- to, too often, slow down the pace of the plot. That is, I found myself at times saying "Okay, this is all interesting stuff, but let's get back to the action and excitement."

All in all, Those Who Wish Me Dead is a book that has made me a "Koryta fan" and I'm looking forward to reading more books by this talented author.
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Format: Hardcover
Those Who Wish Me Dead – Simply Brilliant

I am not sure what world I have been living in for the last few years but I had never heard of Michael Koryta until Hodder sent me a copy of Those Who Wish Me Dead, I now know what I have been missing. Koryta is an outstanding crime thriller author who will literally blow your socks off with the story and leave you with a tear at the end. Those Who Wish Me Dead is well researched well written and breathe takingly brilliant.

Jace Wilson is a 14 year old boy who is trying to conquer his fear of heights by diving in to the old quarry pit behind his house. He manages a dive and finds more than he has bargained for, when he comes across a dead body and as he scrambles to get off the pit lake the police appear and he witnesses them killing a man and he hides. He is in fear of his life and that fear will carry with him throughout the book. He might be hiding in plain sight with the name of Connor Reynolds but will what he learns on the mountains be enough for him to be a survivor?

Ethan Serbin is an instructor in survival skills and has taught that in the Montana mountain range since he left the Air Force and lives in his log cabin with his wife Allison. Every summer he takes boys on a summer camp of survival on the mountains and this year is going to be no different, or so he thought.

Ethan has taken Connor on the mountains to teach them survival skills when the Blackwell brothers turn up in his local area and reek havoc and death on everything and everyone that they come in contact with. On hearing what is happening in the local town Connor knows that they are there to kill him and he has to get away from the group.
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By Julia Flyte TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 Sept. 2014
Format: Hardcover
Jace Wilson is thirteen and accidentally witnesses a murder. To protect him, his family arrange for him to be hidden in rural Montana, among a group of troubled teens from all over the US who learn wilderness skills as a form of rehabilitation. The program is run by Ethan and his wife Allison. When the murderers - a particularly unpleasant pair of brothers - learn where Jace is, they descend on the scene and it is apparent that they will stop at nothing to find and silence Jace forever.

The first half of this book is a little slow, but once the brothers have arrived in Montana the pace - and tension - pick up immediately. It's a genuinely nerve-wracking read with some great twists. To me, however, it is let down by an absence of credibility. Would the brothers really be willing to leave a trail of dead bodies behind them in a bid to eliminate one person? Moreover, some of their actions simply don't add up once all the pieces have fallen into place.

A good holiday read, fast and mindless, but nothing that you'll remember down the track.
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Format: Hardcover
I love stories of ordinary people who find themselves in extraordinary, seemingly insurmountably circumstances and this shift in genre from the author really delivers. A very visual (Those Who Wish Me Dead has been optioned for film by 20th Century Fox in) tale set in the wilderness of Montana with 2 psychopathic assassins in pursuit of a vulnerable 13 year old boy who saw something he shouldn't. Elegantly written and pace wise it's pitch perfect, grabs you and doesn't let go.

Huge fan of Koryta, still think So Cold the River, closely followed by the The Cypress House are his best but interesting to see a change of direction from American supernatural gothic to thriller.
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