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.
"Pines" works well as the starting point for the Wayward Pines series. I would have actually given it a 3.5 were the option available plus, the book is an entertaining read on its own.
In "Pines,"We are introducted to Ethan Burke, the story's protagonist, as he awakes in the hospital, delirious and confused, in the town of Wayward Pines. As his memories slowly return, we learn that Ethan is a special agent in the Secret Service and has come to town in order to investigate the disappearance of two of his fellow agents a month earlier. But something is off in Wayward Pines. Speakers hidden in bushes play the sound of crickets chirping. All food is sold fresh, nothing pre-packaged. And most disturbing, an electrified fence encircles the town trapping everyone within its borders...or perhaps keeping something else out. And for some reason the people of Wayward Pines seem to be conspiring against Ethan, seemingly in an effort to drive him mad. Or, perhaps he is simply a paranoid delusional personality?
"Pines" is certainly worth a credit if no other reason than it is necessary in order the read its fantastic sequel, "Wayward." As I said, the book is an entertaining enough on its own but the follow-up is certainly superior. Read this...so you can read that.
Writing reviews is work. Therefore, I need to be really happy or really unhappy with a book to write one.
Ok, it was only $4.95, but the few good parts are highly derivative; the bad parts (for example all the parts where the main character is confused; having flashbacks; or getting punched out or otherwise physically assaulted) are too long, repetitive, and just basically not very interesting. Kind of like in one of those movies that never really make it to a theater. I really tried, but after three hours I don't care about the cardboard main character or what may or may not be going on. So I'm returning it, but writing this review first because the last time I returned a book before writing a review I wasn't able to write the review because the book was no longer in my library.
Myst/thrillers, some contemporary and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
Wow, I just read a James Lee Burke book and this one blew it out of the water in so far as storyline and narration, I could not stop listening. Fantastic story about a man and his relentless need for freedom and answers, all the while fighting several personal inner daemons. The content and non stop action was at times, a real nail biter. The mystery is not revealed until the very end, and boy what an ending, so very imaginative. I could not come up with any viable guesses as to what in the heck could bring this story all together but Blake Crouch brought it home with a real bang. The characters were real and I found myself rooting for the fiercely, resilient main character. Paul Garcia's narration was outstanding.
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
Amnesia? PSTD? Mental illness? Head injury? Cryogenics? None of the above? This book kept me guessing all the way until the last 30 minutes! An enjoyable read about what some say are not such improbable consequences of our modern way of life. The narration was soothing and perfectly paced. . . great story and great narration.
This book is one of a kind... I found myself thinking what? Wait!!! Go back!!! It all falls together on the end and wow is what your left with... Very creative and worth reading for sure
I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.
It is hard to review without spoilers. The scene was well set and the characters well established. But the story and the conclusion was very unsatisfying.
Down in the lower 50%.
I found the main character, who is supposed to be a CIA guy, pretty unbelievable. He didn't seem to have much savvy about him and did and said things that made me very frustrated with him. The end was a nice twist but, as a bit of a scifi fan, it seemed a bit naive.
I thought Paul did a good job.
Groundhog day meets the Stepford wives
First, the protagonist suffers way too much physical harm and deprivation. No human being could endure the trauma, the physical and psychological stress, and be immediately available to handle the next similar crisis.
The second concern was how the author assumed that technology would protect humans near the end of the book but there was no mention as to how technology would continue to provide functional helicopters and automobiles in the same New World.
"unusual plot and good narration"
finished the book in 2 sessions. easy to follow. good twist at the end. will definitely get the following books.
It didn't unravel the mystery until the end.
Ethan Burke wakes up in a strange place with a huge gap in his memory. He knows that he works for the secret Service, but without his ID and badge, he’s going to have a hard time proving it to the people of Wayward Pines.
This book takes us through a harrowing few days in Ethan’s life, beginning on the day that he wakes up by the river. The reader can feel his frustration and anger, the fear and the futility of his actions. We watch as he rides the rollercoaster of his life where nothing is as it seems. The story unfolds slowly building layers of mystery and Ethan just can’t seem to break through them.
This book is full of suspense and doesn’t reveal much until the very end. Ethan’s is someone you can sympathize with, and the problems he goes through make you sit on the edge of your chair, biting your fingernails. The town itself is creepy enough to terrorize the reader, and it just gets creepier. I thoroughly enjoyed this read, and having just found that it is being made into a TV series, I think I will indulge in that as well.
Enjoyable story. Well performed. Has some holes but makes you think and consider the future uses of technology and our species
"Enjoyable and involving listen"
Paul Michael Garcia reading of this book is perfect and the writing is good enough to keep one listening through Ethan's extraordinary, and seemingly endless, travails, to the strangely compulsive end!
"Great story, told well."
if hour seen the TV show then you'll know the basic story but the book is so much better, original story has some key differences that !make mush more sense, move's along really well. so glad I gave it a go.👍
"The best thriller I've ever heard / read"
This story will stay in my mind for a long time. The suspense never let up - it was agonising. But I had to keep listening to find out what happened next... An imaginative plot and a satisfying ending. Warning: this is no good to fall asleep to. It won't work!
"A wayward trail you'll follow 'til the end"
Blake Crouch can't half tell a story, from the start he paints an intriguing tale full of questions that tease and entice as you follow the instantly likeable Ethan Blake as he finds himself waking in the mysterious town after a car accident. As the answers fall into place, new questions are deftly posed with an effective juxtaposition of Ethan's backstory to make the crazy and completely unexpected slap of a twist really pay off. I thought I'd called it, but was quite impressed when I realised I'd gotten it so wrong.
The performance is also one of the better ones I've heard, giving believable weight to every character.
While the residents can't leave Pines, trust me, once you enter, you really won't want to.
Well worth the listen, keeps you guessing till the end, can't wait to listen to rhe next one
"Book 2 TV Series"
Have been watching the TV series and thought I should at least hear what the book was like. Really enjoyed the book and although it differs from the TV series, did find it a good listen. Am really thinking of buying the book and reading it!!! Am loving the series.
Had been curious for some time, and the TV show prompted me to finally go for it. Liked it a lot; now curious about what the sequel might hold.
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