I love the way King can make you care about anyone, even the bad guys, and even while your stomach hurts waiting for the bad thing....Great narrator too!
I love Stephen King and typically like Richard Bachman. Even though this book is a "trunk novel" as described by King, it doesn't feel out of date. It was narrated perfectly with great character differences. Bachman makes you care about the main character and how he finds himself in the current predicament. Well worth the credit.
It is a good thing that I overlooked the fact that Stephen King was involved in this; if not, I would have missed reading a very good story. The story of "Blaze" is one filled with "what ifs" and sad turns, but the reader can't help but wishing for the best outcome. In many aspects, it made me reassess some long standing opinions and judgements. The narration was top-notch. I have great respect for Ron McLarty and his ability to create an unique voice for each character, withouth falling in caricature.
This will make you think. You will like the main character one minute and hate him the next! Not your typical King book but it just goes to show his diversity. Don’t miss this one!
rage against the machine
This novel has Clayton Blaisdell, Jr. playing the part of Lenny. However, there is a George; sort of. It is the story of “One big score” and how it goes wrong. Thankfully, unlike some of his other novels, SK properly concludes this one…..enjoy
The story draws you in from page one. Blaze is a character I felt sorry for from the start. He never had a chance yet proved to be wiser than most of those around him! The story kept me entertained all the way through.
We've been big-time fans of SK since Carrie was published. Bought every hardback as they came out.
We sent two to him for his personalized autograph! Loved that! Now that I can "listen while I work" with Audible books I've happily "read" all of them available. This latest... Blaze brings to mind his story writing from his earliest days, and of course this is a Richard Bachman original. We loved it and will highly recommend it to all SK fans and I'm sure it will bring in a whole generation of fans!
As always King/Bachman is able to develop characters in a way that makes me think about them long after the story is over. I really came to like Blaze but don't want to say more here without giving away the ending.
I I don't know what those other reviewers are talking about. people saying that some stories don't need to be shared or every story doesn't need to have a listener... Just cuz this story isn't a horror story or not paranormal doesn't mean that it can't be a good story. I liked it. Sure.. like Stephen King himself said, it took a big idea from Of Mice and Men, but it still is a great story. It made you feel for a guy that didn't actually exist so it did its job.
There's no mistaking Stephen King's hand as the author of this Richard Bachman book. it's Stark, unforgiving and in a way timeless crime writing from King's Dark Half, but the tragic and poignant characters are all King. I wouldn't recommend this read for someone looking for the classic Good vs Evil with Good winning storyline that King is sometimes known for, that part here is definitely all Bachman, but it is a breezy and enjoyable 8 hours with Ron McClarty as your host. if you're aching for a good story is only the master can tell it this is an interesting and quick tale.