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.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
Pines is an interesting story but is not excellent science fiction. Thankfully the book was cheap. I plan to listen to the next one, Wayward, to see if it is any better.
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!
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
I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.
This was a book that was so captivating right from the start, but I had no idea where it was going for a long time! The book sucked me in, the narrator sucked me in, and I wanted to find out what the heck was going on! This book was way too interesting and puzzling to put down. When I finally got to the point where things were coming together, and we as the reader finally find out what is going on … things just fell into place like tumblers.
The narration by Paul Michael Garcia was fantastic.
Anyone who enjoys a good suspense, mystery, thriller, science fiction, fantasy story would likely enjoy the book. I know I did.
I don’t want to tell too much about this book because it really would take away from it if you knew ahead of time. I thought the way I read it was best. I just read what was on the Audible website about it when it was on the one of the Daily Deals.
Pines by Blake Crouch is not like any book I have every experienced. It keeps you on the edge. So many twists, i didn't want to put it down. Just when I thought I figured it out, the story goes in a different direction and the end caught me completely off guard.
In the same tradition of a Twilight Zone meets X-Files story, secret service agent Ethan Burke goes to Wayward Pines, Idaho, his mission is to locate and recover two federal agents who went missing.
He wakes up next to a stream, in a black suit and white shirt speckled with blood stains. No wallet. No money. No ID. No keys. No phone. That's all I'll say, don't want to spoil the story.
On every page, I kept trying to guess what would happen next, to no avail, and then the ending completely blew my mind!
Blake's vivid descriptions, constant action, thrills, mystery and intrigue, reminded me of my favorite books by Stephen King and Dean Koontz.
Intense and gripping, Pines is a masterpiece that had me thinking about the story, long after turning the last page.
I read this book on Kindle and enjoyed it so much I wanted to get the Audio version to pass the time while on the road. LOVED the narration of Paul Michael Garcia, it was perfect and made the book even more enjoyable. Brilliant!
Long term book junkie only recently addicted to audio books. Now my iPod and I are inseparable.
I bought this book because it was being hyped (and reduced in price) by audible and Fox have made a series from it called “Wayward Pines” so, why not?
“Pines” is competently written and well narrated. It just didn’t do it for me.
Other than being persistent, dangerous and extraordinarily tough to kill, the main character is not very interesting. I really didn’t care what happened to him.
The town of Wayward Pines is spooky and the “What the hell is going on here?” question kept me moving through the chapters.
The more I read, the more violent and depressing the whole thing became.
I’ve seen “Pines” compared to “Twin Peaks”. I don’t think the comparison stands. In the end, “Twin Peaks” was a series of cool scenes that made no sense. “The owls are not what they seem” – who cares? “Pines” does make sense. There is a compelling, if somewhat far-fetched, premise that explains everything.
The problem I had was that, while the premise explained everything, it justified nothing: not the actions of the main villain, certainly not the actions of the delightful citizens of Wayward Pines, not even the ultimately pointless struggle of the main character. This is not one of those occasions where the truth will set you free. I found the whole thing anticlimactic.
I could have lived with that, except that Blake Crouch put me through scenes of extreme violence and cruelty to get me to this, for me, unsatisfactory outcome. Crouch writes well enough that I will remember those scenes, even though, in retrospect, I understand them as exploitative.
Still, he’s not to blame for me reading the scenes, nor how I reacted to them.
There are two more books in the series. Someone must love them. Probably the same people who enjoyed “Prison Break” and “The Sopranos”.
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
I haven't seen the TV show so only have the book's storyline to review. Overall I liked it but there are specific annoyances that drove me a bit crazy during the reading. In particular, the scenes where the main character is fleeing Wayward Pines and climbing the mountains... it went on for several chapters when it really should have been over in one or two. I don't need to hear the same scene details over and over so the author can up his page count. Which is what these scenes felt like - page filler.
The "twist" was kinda interesting and a bit more original than what I had expected. Given the genre, it was even mostly believable - other than the town killing the dissenters... if you only have a limited resource, you're not going to waste them by killing them. Not sure what the solution for them would have been (I'm not a writer), but killing them was not logical. Well, at least not the females.
Not sure how the next book will carry on this storyline since the huge twist has been uncovered and now it can only become another "life in a small town post [insert event here]"... along the lines of Under the Dome (very similar in many ways, though Dome has more characterization than Pines). Actually, Pines has very little in the way of characterizations... the main character is kinda fleshed out, but that's pretty much it; everyone else is there only to help or hinder him and have no real personalities.
I'm not sure if I'll read more or not. It had a bit too much "adventure story" flavour and not enough noir/detective/sci-fi for my taste.
The narration is very good. There is no sex, graphic content or swearing.
I would not read or listen to this book again. I knew that the book was divided into three parts but I had hoped that each one would stand alone. it sorta did but you were expected to listen to the other two to get the whole story. I became too bored with the story to invest in the other two. The characters were well developed and the mystery was intense at least until you learned what was going on and then it was a letdown. There was not enough there for me to invest in further books.
Yes, and it was intense until the mystery became clear then a little disappointing.
not read any more books by this author.
Other reviewers compare this book (favorably) to Twilight Zone, X Files, and Stephen King. But only in the most off-axis bizarro world of Twilight Zone, X Files, or Stephen King would this book be in the same league as Twilight Zone, X Files, or Stephen King. Without spoiling things, here's a quick plot summary: bad stuff happens to Ethan, Ethan is confused by the bad stuff, more bad stuff happens to Ethan. Rinse and repeat, over, and over, and over. That's not a plot, that's a prologue stuck on Repeat.
Oh, and the narrator sounds like he's reading a PowerPoint. This whole package just plain sucks.
I can't say I enjoyed this book, the protagonist whined about pain and discomfort over and over until I almost quit listening. The plot however took a twist that I didn't see coming and the overall point of the book is interesting.
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