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  • Pines

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Wayward Pines, Idaho, is quintessential small-town America — or so it seems. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in search of two missing federal agents, yet soon is facing much more than he bargained for. After a violent accident lands him in the hospital, Ethan comes to with no ID and no cell phone. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into his colleagues’ disappearance turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he make contact with his family in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what’s the purpose of the electrified fences encircling the town? Are they keeping the residents in? Or something else out? Each step toward the truth takes Ethan further from the world he knows, until he must face the horrifying possibility that he may never leave Wayward Pines alive…

    Linda B says: "Well done story"
    "Engrossing. Finished in one sitting."

    I want to say "ditto" to all the other positive reviews of this book: definitely creepy, atmospheric and adrenaline-pumping. I am still kind of bouncing around after just finishing this book ( which I could not stop listening to until I finished it early this morning.)

    This author has done a magnificent job of making the reader wonder what the heck is going on. At one point he describes a figure that is pursuing the protagonist, and with an economy of descriptors which makes the object even more unsettling, Crouch made my heart stop. You are really THERE with the protagonist, caught up in his struggle, and then you see what he sees...hmmm, something is not quite right with that figure....and then....wait for it... WTF?! ( Haha! Loved it! So awesome...)

    Just to be helpful, here are a couple notes others have touched on, as well, that some readers may want to know about before deciding to purchase.
    1) There is a recurring torture scene in this story. It adds tension, and I believe it may be included to act as a red herring and also to help explain some of the other characters' actions toward the protagonist. But torture makes me squeamish and I want to warn others. I will say that Crouch manages to get the creepiness across without being overly graphic.
    2) I am left wondering, a bit, about some of the uber-violent behavior of the townspeople, en masse, when they seem otherwise normally benign and confused, themselves. Although, this is somewhat elaborated on at the end, and maybe there is a better reason for it than I can currently see.

    Many stories start with a mystery for the protagonist to slowly unravel, but few can explain themselves well in the end. This author manages to do it. I did NOT find myself let down after all the titillating clues got my hopes up; I could "buy in" to the ending.

    This book has elements of The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, and several other recognizable movie and book classics - but if I name them, it might be too spoiler-ish! (But I would love to list them so you could get an idea of the flavor and scope of the book.)

    This was my first exposure to Crouch, and I will definitely buy another book from this author.

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