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Pines

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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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    Claudia H Philadelphia, PA 08-06-15
    Claudia H Philadelphia, PA 08-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Welcome to Wayward Pines"

    Ethan Burke, secret service agent, is sent to Wayward Pines, Idaho to find and retrieve two missing federal agents. He soon discovers that things aren't quite what they seem to be in Wayward Pines.

    I won't give anything away, but I loved the ending, it was surprising; it left me wanting more, so I immediately moved onto "Wayward". Thank goodness I read this after the series was finished so I didn't want to wait for the next book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Melody Ocoee, FL 06-21-15
    Melody Ocoee, FL 06-21-15 Member Since 2016

    Have a renewed interest in books after falling in love with audio books. I am listening to all different genres and exploring different authors.

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    "Hold on - it gets better"

    I started to read this series before the tv show. The series is SOOO much better than the tv show.

    The first in the series is actually my least favorite. The 2nd and 3rd book are much better. I understand the reviews from others where the book reminds of The Twilight Zone show.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    CJ 06-19-15
    CJ 06-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Favorite book so far"

    Omg I loved this book! Didn't not anticipate that ending.
    Very good narrating and story line.

    Can't wait to listen to the next one!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    clifford United States 05-14-15
    clifford United States 05-14-15 Member Since 2016

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    "Think Twilight Zone and Lost"

    Nice story.
    The resolution was a little too pat. I feel that even though it was a 'hammer blow' as many people have said, it was more of a cop out than it could have been.

    I didn't sleep an entire evening listening to this. I HAD to find out what was happening. The first 3/4's of this story is pure strange bliss. Anything was possible. I loved it. Pure bliss.

    Very much worth listening to. I will look forward to listening to more Crouch books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tams (TTC Books and more) JUSTIN, TX, United States 04-11-15
    Tams (TTC Books and more) JUSTIN, TX, United States 04-11-15 Member Since 2012

    Avid reader, reviewer, blogger and budding author.

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    "Creepy, dark and intriguing."
    Where does Pines rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Definitely a must listen to audio. Pretty well written and narrated.


    What other book might you compare Pines to and why?

    The Shuddering by Ania Ahlborn


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

    Ethan, of course.


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

    They are making it into a TV show! I'm so excited!!!


    Any additional comments?

    What a wild ride this story was! Ethan Burke wakes up in the picturesque town of Wayward Pines with no memory of who he is, or how he got there. As the minutes tick by he regains bits and pieces of his memory, certain that he is a Secret Service agent that was sent to the town to search for clues about the disappearance of two other agents. Straight away Ethan notices there is something amiss in the not so quant town. And the town sheriff is a mean old bugger.

    I was intrigued pretty early on, especially when the different realities inside Ethan's mind began to merge. Every time I thought I had it all figured out, the author threw me another curve ball. There were a few holes in the story, but this is the first book in a trilogy so I am confident they will be filled somewhere along the way.

    If you are a fan of the Twilight Zone and Twin Peaks then you have to read this mind bending story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lore SAN JOSE, CA, United States 03-17-15
    Lore SAN JOSE, CA, United States 03-17-15 Member Since 2008

    Fantasy/Sci-Fi Fan

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    "Keeps you guessing"

    Something is not right in Wayward Pines, Idaho - that much is obvious from the start. After that Blake Crouch slowly reveals just how wrong things are as you experience the story from the perspective of Secret Service Agent Ethan Burke. Ethan is not the type to let things go and the more he peels back the onion the more bizarre things get.

    If your listening experience is like mine then you will formulate and discard many theories as you listen until the big reveal finally comes. The reveal itself was a surprise but it wasn't completely fulfilling as some of the explanation given didn't resonate well with me. In order to avoid spoilers I really can't say more about it other than the author does explain it all and doesn't leave you hanging.

    This story is like one long Twilight Zone episode so if you like that type of fiction then give it a go otherwise this is not for you.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Andy Bradenton, Florida, United States 03-08-15
    Andy Bradenton, Florida, United States 03-08-15 Member Since 2012
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    "very creative"

    I wasn't sure where this was headed. But it was a surprise. If there are more I will check them out. Easy to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Erik Cottrell 02-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fun"

    Took a while to get looped in but I enjoyed the ride. Interesting and exciting. Apparently I need five more words.

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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

    5 of 7 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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  • Derek
    HULL, United Kingdom
    6/26/14
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    "Simmering suspense"

    Good story, well written and keeps you speculating until the truth is revealed. I really enjoyed this novel and will get book 2.Touches of 'The Wicker Man' and 'The X Files' plausible characters and fast paced. Well worth a punt .

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Steena
    North Yorkshire
    6/25/14
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    "Don't miss this one!"
    If you could sum up Pines in three words, what would they be?

    Vivid. Imaginative. Terrifying.


    What other book might you compare Pines to, and why?

    Brave New World and 1984. An imaginative and frightening vision of a possible future;
    I sincerely hope Blake Crouch has got it completely wrong!


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    'You can check out any time you like... but you can never leave!'


    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Peter
    Bristol, United Kingdom
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    "Gripping story. Keeps you on your toes."
    Any additional comments?

    This is a terrific book, gripping from the very start and very clever. It keeps you guessing. As the story progresses it is hard to pin it down to a specific genre - at some point it seems to be a psychological thriller but then maybe it is a crime mystery or maybe a horror or even a scifi? I looked for these audiobooks after enjoying the TV series based on the books so, before I started I already knew the big secret 'reveal' of the plot but this didn't spoil it for me. It is similar enough to the TV series to have the same haunting atmosphere but different enough to still be fresh. The narrator does a pretty good job reflecting the tension and mystery. A little gory for the squeamish but I really enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone looking for something exciting, compelling and a bit out of the ordinary.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    NUNEATON, WARWICKSHIRE United Kingdom
    7/23/14
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    "All are welcome at Wayward Pines!"
    What did you like best about Pines? What did you like least?

    I did like the idea of the story, but quite a few times it was a little slow going.


    What aspect of Paul Michael Garcia’s performance might you have changed?

    I thought his performance was ok. However he could have been a little more creative with some of the character's voices.


    Do you think Pines needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    There are already 2 follow-up books to the Pines.


    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Eastendelle
    London
    9/1/15
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    "Original thriller"

    Gripping storyline and moody athmosphere, you get attached to the characters, i was so captivated i listened to it in a day without noticing!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Jenny
    7/22/15
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    "A different kind of dystopia"

    I love dystopic fiction and this trilogy was entertaining. The premise was refreshing and I'd say they were very easy and quite compelling to listen to.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Jason
    DARLINGTON, United Kingdom
    8/28/15
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    "Great suspence"

    A brilliant twist and well read, this is a great novel, and will definitely look for other audiobooks by same Auther

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Susan Reed Jones
    UK
    6/9/14
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    "A real must listen"
    Where does Pines rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The best by far and I have listened to a lot. Loved it.


    What other book might you compare Pines to, and why?

    Watched films like this but not listened to a book like this.


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

    Love listening to his voice, compare him to Sean Barrett


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

    Yes WOW got this is good


    Any additional comments?

    Can`t wait to listen to the next book in the trilogy

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Alan
    7/28/15
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    "Brilliant"

    Was hooked on the tv show and got into the books straight away. Love it

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle Customer
    Manchester
    7/25/15
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    "Good if over-hyped"
    Would you try another book written by Blake Crouch or narrated by Paul Michael Garcia?

    Yes


    If you’ve listened to books by Blake Crouch before, how does this one compare?

    N/A


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Paul Michael Garcia?

    Yes


    Could you see Pines being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    The guy on the cover.


    Any additional comments?

    Great premise but it felt like it was being dragged out by the end.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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