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Pines | [Blake Crouch]

Pines

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…
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 11-19-14
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 11-19-14 Member Since 2013

    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.

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    "Sci Fi Not Mystery and Suspence"

    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.

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    Lisa 11-13-14
    Lisa 11-13-14
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    "Mind Boggling Suspense!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How it keep me guessing and on the edge of my imagination right to the end.


    Have you listened to any of Paul Michael Garcia’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, this is my first book by both the Auther and Narrater.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Forget what you knew and accept the truth...


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend giving this book a listen to!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lorin Waynesboro, VA, USA 11-11-14
    Lorin Waynesboro, VA, USA 11-11-14 Member Since 2010
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    "worth a listen"
    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?


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    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.

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    Jenny 11-03-14
    Jenny 11-03-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Frustrating Start"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. If they like futuristic possibilities, I would suggest they read this.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ethan, the protagonist. He was consistent and clever.


    Have you listened to any of Paul Michael Garcia’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Give it a chance! It was good. The reader was excellent!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    majkia Niceville, FL USA 10-29-14
    majkia Niceville, FL USA 10-29-14 Member Since 2009

    majkia

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    "Twin Peaks Meets The Prisoner"

    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.

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    Nancy K. 10-19-14
    Nancy K. 10-19-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Despite The Weird Turn I loved it."
    Would you listen to Pines again? Why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Pines?

    The Sheriff getting left behind. Really disturbing and gave me a sense of what to expect from Pelser in the future.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved all of the scenes when people did things to make Ethan think he was crazy.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas Madison WI, WI, United States 10-18-14
    Douglas Madison WI, WI, United States 10-18-14 Member Since 2007
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    "One of the best action/adventure novels"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Pines to be better than the print version?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Lori Parent 10-09-14
    Lori Parent 10-09-14 Member Since 2014
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    "New Science Fiction"
    What did you love best about Pines?

    I thought that the story line was unique - it did not feel like it had been done before.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Blake Crouch? Why or why not?

    Yes, I thought that the book was suspenseful.


    Have you listened to any of Paul Michael Garcia’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    N/A


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    N/A


    Any additional comments?

    There were a few moments where I found myself having difficulty connecting what had happened earlier to the explanations later.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    WorkinToPlay 10-08-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Too many details made the book drag"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes, leave out some of the details. Certain scenes dragged on and on unnecessarily. This was distracting.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The unusual circumstances in which the protagonist found himself.


    Which character – as performed by Paul Michael Garcia – was your favorite?

    The protagonist.


    Did Pines inspire you to do anything?

    Not purchase books that are so long


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    sdriggs California, USA 10-03-14
    sdriggs California, USA 10-03-14 Member Since 2014

    I'm typically a murder, suspense, & thriller type reader; however, I'm expanding, exploring, & open :-)

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    "Hooked from Page One"
    Where does Pines rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Pines?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

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