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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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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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    Lia Sutton, Australia 01-15-15
    Lia Sutton, Australia 01-15-15 Member Since 2009

    I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!

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    "Great Thriller"

    In "Pines," Blake Crouch has created an intriguing tale of mystery that will keep readers guessing till the end. Crouch created believable characters to people the mystifying town he creates in "Pines." Though, the main character, Ethan Burke, at times seemed a little off his game as a secret service agent

    Waking on his back in a field on the edge of a town called Wayward Pines somewhere in Idaho, Ethan Burke, a secret service agent, has no memory as to who he is or where he is; only that he is surrounded by mountains and a beautiful blue sky. Try to sit up he finds he is injured and dazed. With no identification, money, or cell phone on his person Ethan treks into the town looking for answers. As bits and pieces of Ethan's memory return, the peaceful idyllic appearing town of Wayward Pines is not what it appears to be on the surface. For one thing he just cannot seem to get in touch with anyone on the outside of town beyond those scenic mountains. Although the people living in the Victorian style houses about town seem friendly enough at first, Ethan begins to wonder about the strange looks he receives and why no one wants him to leave.

    Crouch has written a novel in which the words flow with a tempo that makes the reading easy and enjoyable. Also, Crouch easily conveys a sense of suspense within the mystery of the goings on in Wayward Pines. This mystery, science fiction, thriller will keep you wanting answers and therefore keep the pages turning.
    However, during the first 100 or so pages (the book I have is 329 pages) I thought I was reading the script from an old Twilight Zone episode I had seen on television as a youngster. This is not to say the novel was disappointing. Quite the opposite, Blake Crouch's plot had similarities up to that part in the plot. As I continued to read the plot soon revealed itself to be quite different from that point on and Crouch proved inventive by conjuring up an interesting ending.

    Crouch is not on a plane with King, or Koontz, yet. He does show potential for someday being on par with them. In summation this novel may not appeal to everyone, but if one takes time to read all the reviews I am sure many will decide to read "Pines." I give it 4 Stars; the final twist near the end (50 pages or so) boosted it from a 3 Star. It had a pleasing ending that was satisfying

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Blenda Crestwood, KY, United States 12-24-14
    Blenda Crestwood, KY, United States 12-24-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Compelling"

    This was not my typical book. Could not stop listening. Finished the entire series in 3 days.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 10-17-14
    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 10-17-14 Member Since 2012

    Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant

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    "Wow, didn't see that comming"

    Twisting and turning “Pines” takes you on a wild ride. Listening to this you know something’s not right but when the reveal came at the end I didn’t see that coming! A well written good mix of action and storytelling and an ending you’ll never see coming makes for a fun listen.

    Mr Garcia does an excellent job bringing the characters and the stories to life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alexi Rain Morro Bay, CA, United States 09-23-14
    Alexi Rain Morro Bay, CA, United States 09-23-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Overall awesome tale."
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    I won't say this story isn't without its problems. There is too much repetition in areas, and the main character swings between heroic and detestable. Certain events and feats of strength are highly improbable. And yet.... Wow, I loved this book! It kept my attention and turned me into a zombie, as I walked around listening. My family became annoyed. It buggered my dreams as I fell asleep listening each night. The narrator was FANTASTIC! I loved this book enough to immediately buy the next within minutes of finishing. A recommended read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 09-19-14
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 09-19-14 Member Since 2015

    How can the characters in this year's True Detective be worse? Ferrill is asexual, drunk, corrupt, a child abuser and worse!

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    "It's me, not the book!"

    I mean no disrespect to the genre and I understand why so many readers love this. It's exceptionally well written and read. I loved the characters a well. I just cannot buy into the fantasy premise, nor am I interested in discovering the mystery. If I explained why it would spoil the story.

    So the low rating by no means reflects on the book itself, rather it's just not my cup of tea.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    William Winston Salem, NC, United States 09-19-14
    William Winston Salem, NC, United States 09-19-14
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    "Almost good"

    This was a fascinating head-scratcher right up to the last chapter, and then it was a disappointment for me. I can't say more without being a plot spiller, but when it came down to the end, the pieces didn't fit. Having said that, I got the second volume, so maybe I will love that and eat my words.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Bangkok, Thailand 08-09-14
    Paul Bangkok, Thailand 08-09-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Incredulous and Padded"

    This was a strange work that rapidly disintegrated into a disorganized, implausible story,. It is padded with lengthy "chase" scenes that, like the story itself, go on and on with no apparent destination or purpose in mind. The characters were shallow caricatures of persons, while the plot was simplistic and sloppy. The work cried out for wholesale editing.

    I tried my best to go with this book, but could not wait to cross the finish line, as it just became more annoying as time passed.

    I wonder if "Crouch" is a pseudonym? If so, the actual author is fortunate not to have "Pines" tethered to his literary neck as an albatross, going forward.

    Mr. Garcia did a good job reading this work. He handled different characters of different sexes and ages with aplomb. In fact, his reading carried me over several cringe-inducing passages of this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Barb 06-10-14
    Barb 06-10-14

    Greater Seattle area real estate broker that loves to read...or listen.

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    "Wow! What a Surprise! You won't believe it!"
    Where does Pines rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Pines was my intro to Blake Crouch - and I'm hooked! Pines is a bit different, an ideal that you won't see coming nor likely ever thought about.


    What other book might you compare Pines to and why?

    There is nothing to compare it to!


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

    Wayward, the next novel in the series. Garcia is fantastic for this series.


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

    I will never forget the line " Are fences there to keep people or things in, or to keep them out??"


    Any additional comments?

    A Scientific Thriller everyone can relate to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Zen Flower 05-17-14
    Zen Flower 05-17-14 Member Since 2013

    I love my audiobooks! Great for traveling.

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    "Great suspense novel!"
    If you could sum up Pines in three words, what would they be?

    Great. Mysterious.Well-narrated.


    What other book might you compare Pines to and why?

    I guess it would be a Stephen because of the sci-fi element.


    What does Paul Michael Garcia bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Each character narrated, you can feel the emotion.


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

    I did not laugh or cry. It did make me think about the future of man; what does evolution have in store for us.


    Any additional comments?

    I usually listen to my audio books while I take my commute. There are very few that I actually listen to outside of my commute, i.e. at home relaxing. But this novel I found myself listening to before going to bed at night. I rated it 4/5 because there was one question that was unanswered or perhaps I missed. How everyone that came to Wayward was hit by a truck.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shelley Reif San Diego, CA 05-14-14
    Shelley Reif San Diego, CA 05-14-14 Member Since 2010

    Shelley Reif

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    "Not what you expect"
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    I got this book on the Deal of the Day and wasn't sure what to expect. The story is good and it definitely takes a plot twist you won't expect with a really great tie to civilization as a whole. Worth the read!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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