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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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    John S MA 11-22-13
    John S MA 11-22-13 Member Since 2014

    Avid audible listener for over 10 years.

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    "Didn't see that coming."

    You have to get a fair way into this book to figure out what is actually going on. I won't give anything away, but it is not something you would have expected. I enjoyed the story and would have rated it higher but the ending was rather abrupt. It leaves you hanging so you have to read the sequel. I am not sure that I will do that since at the end the story the book starts to sound like The Passage and It's sequel.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Angie 10-05-12
    Angie 10-05-12
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    "What an amazing story"

    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.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Jill buena Park, CA, United States 09-04-12
    Jill buena Park, CA, United States 09-04-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Twilight Zone meets X-Files-Page Turner!"

    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!

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Melody Ocoee, FL 06-21-15
    Melody Ocoee, FL 06-21-15 Member Since 2015

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    heather Pleasantville 05-02-14
    heather Pleasantville 05-02-14 Member Since 2013

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Not too shabby"
    Would you try another book from Blake Crouch and/or Paul Michael Garcia?

    Yes, while I rated this book just okay I did listen to the whole thing, it was not to bad.


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

    I have never listed to any of his books but since I found this book decent I would listen to another one in the future.


    What about Paul Michael Garcia’s performance did you like?

    The narrator did not aggrevate me which is huge these days, so I enjoyed his reading style.


    Did Pines inspire you to do anything?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    If you like books that have somewhat of the mystery factor and you can stand some small torture scenes you would like this book. The writer is not as intense as say Stephen King or Peter Straub so I liked that about this book. If you liked the book Shutter Island than this book while not as good is similiar.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jody R. Nathan Tulsa, OK USA 05-02-14
    Jody R. Nathan Tulsa, OK USA 05-02-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Escape book, hero gets chased"

    In this book, hero wakes up in unknown place and tries to get back home. He is chased by all sorts of bad guys. Then he finds out "the truth". Just wasn't for me. I thought it might be like Shutter Island, which I enjoyed.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Morgan B. Gainor matthews, nc USA 09-15-12
    Morgan B. Gainor matthews, nc USA 09-15-12 Member Since 2014

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    "A terrifying, frustrating situation"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Pines to be better than the print version?

    Wouldn't know


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Kept getting kicked back


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

    Burke


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

    What lengths to hide a town?


    Any additional comments?

    Wow! This novel really had me going. I was so angry at one point I put the novel down (overnight). I was completely taken in and I usually work everything out.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Gail 09-18-12
    Gail 09-18-12 Member Since 2013
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    "What An Ending!!"

    Would definitely recommend this story! Any book that can keep me guessing - wondering how in the world it could possibly all come together - is one that I like! I've never listened to anything by the author and am now on my way to buying a few more. His style of writing is excellent - not a bunch of fluff and filler. And the ending - you'll be so surprised!

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer Charlotte, North Carolina 08-24-15
    Kindle Customer Charlotte, North Carolina 08-24-15 Member Since 2015

    cartec

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    "A lot of running, not much story"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


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

    n/a


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, and it was intense until the mystery became clear then a little disappointing.


    Did Pines inspire you to do anything?

    not read any more books by this author.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cody Hall Parkersburg, Wv 08-24-15
    Cody Hall Parkersburg, Wv 08-24-15 Member Since 2015

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    I loved this book it was just a little short it was a lot better than the tv show that's for sure

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