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Mile 81 | [Stephen King]

Mile 81

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Amazon Customer INDIANAPOLIS, IN, United States 04-06-12
    Amazon Customer INDIANAPOLIS, IN, United States 04-06-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Suspensful..but once again the story ended oddly"

    The book starts out a little slow, the story is sort of disjointed, but once the story gets going however the suspense builds and you start to get into it. I was dissapointed in how the story ended. It really made no sense to me, it was a quick read (listen) and it left me wanting to know more. In some cases that could be considered a good thing in this case, I don't feel like it is.

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    Flavius Morro Bay, CA, United States 03-17-12
    Flavius Morro Bay, CA, United States 03-17-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Two Serviceable King Tales"

    These two stories are perfect for quick listens. Both move quickly, and the eponymous story is action-filled.
    Having said that, I much preferred the second feature, "Dune," a much quieter story with a growing sense of the sinister and a definite touch of O. Henry.
    Recommended for Stephen King fans, particularly those who like his shorter fiction.

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    Gordon WINDSOR, NY, United States 02-18-12
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    What disappointed you about Mile 81?

    The hole story line


    What was most disappointing about Stephen King’s story?

    I think it was just to short for Stephen King book .Went to fast ,His books are usually very intense.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Edward Herrmann and Thomas Sadoski ?

    They were fine


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    MATTHEW 02-13-12
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    "unnecessary vulgarity"

    It would have been a great story with a little censorship. The short story at the very end made the whole purchase worthwhile.

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