Mile 81 is Stand by Me meets Christine - the story of an insatiable car and a heroic kid.
At Mile 81 on the Maine turnpike is a boarded-up rest stop, a place where high-school kids drink and get into the kind of trouble high-school kids have always gotten into. It’s the place where Pete Simmons goes when his older brother, who’s supposed to be looking out for him, heads off to the gravel pit to play “paratroopers over the side.” Pete, armed only with the magnifying glass he got for his 10th birthday, finds a discarded bottle of vodka in the boarded up burger shack and drinks enough to pass out.
Not much later, a mud-covered station wagon (which is strange because there hadn’t been any rain in New England for over a week) veers into the Mile 81 rest area, ignoring the sign that says “closed, no services”. The driver’s door opens, but nobody gets out.
Doug Clayton, an insurance man from Bangor, is driving his Prius to a conference in Portland. On the backseat are his briefcase and suitcase and in the passenger bucket is a King James Bible, what Doug calls “the ultimate insurance manual”, but it isn’t going to save Doug when he decides to be the Good Samaritan and help the guy in the broken down wagon. He pulls up behind it, puts on his four-ways, and then notices that the wagon has no plates.
Ten minutes later, Julianne Vernon, pulling a horse trailer, spots the Prius and the wagon, and pulls over. Julianne finds Doug Clayton’s cracked cell phone near the wagon door - and gets too close herself. By the time Pete Simmons wakes up from his vodka nap, there are a half a dozen cars at the Mile 81 rest stop. Two kids - Rachel and Blake Lussier - and one horse named Deedee are the only living left. Unless you maybe count the wagon.
©2012 The Storyville Company, LLC. (P)2012 Simon & Schuster
Have a renewed interest in books after falling in love with audio books. I am listening to all different genres and exploring different authors.
Really enjoyed how Stephen King created the scene and details he puts into his stories. This audio recording also included The Dune.
Were these two of King's best novellas? Certainly not. Were they true to his addictively unique voice and full of fantastic character portraits as always? Of course. Certainly worthwhile for any King fan. The two tales within, Mile 81 and The Dune, are both engrossing and well-told - if a tad derivative - and I doubt you'll be left with regrets.
In a small, peaceful town on the Equator, the sun always sets at 6, and a good audiobook is always the perfect evening companion.
With all the eerie scene-setting of a Stephen King work, and more than a few horrifying events, this little story never really goes anywhere.
No, I would not recommend this book. A car-thing that eats people??? Really?
I enjoyed listening to the Gunslinger, so maybe. Or possibly it was just that the narrator was just that good.
Turn it off.
This may appeal to a younger audience that is less mature. Half way through the story I still cannot find anything redeeming about it and I turned it off. I will not wonder what happened.
It's a short story but I would have liked it to have an ending
No, because it did not have an ending
Yes, the differienation was obvious
One of my favorites. I'd not read this, so it was a double treat.
Creepy - sucked me right in.
Edward Herrmann nailed the Southern judge accent - the ending of "The Dune" gave me chills.
Definitely in the top of the heap
Characters were well-written and it kept your interest
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