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…
©2012 Blake Crouch (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
Story is good enough, but this one is out of my normal interest areas. I could pretty much tell that's where it was going. I listened to the whole thing, but won't be going for the next installment.
I most certianly would! This was a hard book to turn off. The story was extreemly suspenseful and mind boggling. The narrater was very enjoyable to listen to, I would love to find another book with this dueo.
How it keep me guessing and on the edge of my imagination right to the end.
No, this is my first book by both the Auther and Narrater.
Forget what you knew and accept the truth...
I highly recommend giving this book a listen to!
I spent the whole book trying to figure out what was going on, which was fun. The end is pretty unbelievable, but a kind of a cool concept. It's fine as long as you just go along with it. I definitely wasn't able to figure it out, and since I have read or listened to thousands of books (and heard many of the same stories again and again), this one was a nice, fairly novel idea. I will be listening to the second book in the series.
Yes. If they like futuristic possibilities, I would suggest they read this.
Ethan, the protagonist. He was consistent and clever.
It was slow and frustrating at first. I wanted it to move on into the plot. Once it did, I didn't want to stop.
Give it a chance! It was good. The reader was excellent!
A bit of a slow starter, but once it gets going the questions come one after another, as the little town of Wayward Pines is definitely not what it appears to be on the surface.
Probably not. Now, that doesn't mean anything - I am not really a re-reader. The few books I do re-read have deep, sentimental meaning to me. I read too much to re-read more than a few books.
The Sheriff getting left behind. Really disturbing and gave me a sense of what to expect from Pelser in the future.
I loved all of the scenes when people did things to make Ethan think he was crazy.
Did I miss something about the taste of the beer? Does it not taste good/is it flat because they don't want people to get wasted? I felt like the author really wants readers to take note of it but if there was some deeper meeting I missed it.
I didn't read the print version. Why would you ask this question as a default? Well, I'll answer the questions I wish you would have asked like a politician at a debate:
Pines is hands down the best action/adventure story I have ever read. I was hooked from the very first. While the story shared some similarities some TV shows I had liked, most of them either died before they could go too far or just decided to go all in for a totally surreal ending. Pines is both enthralling and logically consistent with the world and characters Blake Crouch created.
Ethan Burke, hands down. The greatest action hero of all time! To be fair to the other characters, Ethan dominates the pages of this book. I guess he is part Jason Bourne and part Ethan Hunt and part Number Six. He is the indestructible man who's mind hungers for the truth and his body is strong enough to seek it out. No other man nor any monster is his match. His intellect and brawn are integrated and support each other.
Well, this book was a real page turner and I don't want to give too much away. The reader should find this novel on his own and devour it. Each scene either builds upon or gives detail to support the entire structure of the novel.
The major emotions I experienced while reading this book were wonder and curiosity. I moved through the book relatively quickly because I wanted to know, just like Ethan.
I see they are making this into a TV show. Well, we have had so many good TV shows lately I hope the TV show makes the grade and whatever changes are made to the source material I hope I can recognize the underlying world an characters that were written about in the novel.
I thought that the story line was unique - it did not feel like it had been done before.
Yes, I thought that the book was suspenseful.
There were a few moments where I found myself having difficulty connecting what had happened earlier to the explanations later.
Yes, leave out some of the details. Certain scenes dragged on and on unnecessarily. This was distracting.
The unusual circumstances in which the protagonist found himself.
Not purchase books that are so long
I'm typically a murder, suspense, & thriller type reader; however, I'm expanding, exploring, & open :-)
This is a thrilling work of fiction. I was literally hooked from page one. The narrative is non-stop engaging action with twists and turns the entire way. It is a 5 out of 5!
Ethan Burke, the main character, is a man on a mission. The story begins with his waking up in a place called Wayward Pines. It is an idyllic setting: beautiful Victorian houses surrounded by gorgeous park and grass fields, majestic cliffs and a crystal, rolling river. But he is badly hurt. And he discovers that he has no wallet, no money clip, no ID, no keys, no phone. He only finds a Swiss Army knife in one of his pockets.
Burke gradually starts to remember: He is a Secret Service agent who came here to search for two other agents. But as he learns what happened to them—and to him—he discovers that Wayward Pines is not as pretty on the inside as the outside. And as he tries to find reasons for things around him that don’t add up, he senses that he’s heading for trouble.
Burke is built for action; he has superhero endurance. Burke was a Black Hawk helicopter pilot in the second Gulf War. Later he joined the Secret Service. He has incredible stamina, an excellent arm, impeccable aim and he can ignore pain and extreme thirst and hunger if it means getting out of danger. He can take on and take down pretty much any enemy, even as fear rushes through him.
The story is mainly about Burke, but it does touch on his wife, Theresa, and their son, Ben. Burke longs for them, remorseful of his mistakes as a husband and father. He also has nightmares about his time as a prisoner of war, being tortured by a man called Aashif; his emotional shortfalls seem to stem from when he was a soldier.
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