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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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    felicia jones 05-31-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Riveting story"

    This is the most fascinating story I've read in a long time. It starts out one way and than heads off in a completely different direction. So many twists and turns. In the end,it makes you wonder "what would you do? Fascinating read. I enjoyed it immensely.

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    Amazon Customer 05-30-15
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    "excellent read. I didn't want it to end. "

    wonderful story line. wish that story could have gone on for a long while. thought provoking and scary at the same time.

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    Greg 05-29-15
    Greg 05-29-15 Member Since 2014
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    "This book was fun."

    Kept me thinking to the end. It was very entertaining and suspenseful with great ending.

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    Thomas 05-29-15
    Thomas 05-29-15
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    "Enjoyable Story"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    No


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

    Not on the edge of my seat kind of novel... but a good listen


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

    Never listened before


    Was Pines worth the listening time?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    Slow at times but enjoyed listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mollie United States of America 05-28-15
    Mollie United States of America 05-28-15 Member Since 2011

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    "Unexpected ending"

    The narrator, Paul Michael Garcia, is excellent.

    The story and character development is good. I was with Ethan throughout his entire ordeal. I wanted harm to visit nurse Pam, what a "B", and Sheriff Arnold Pope got what he deserved in the end. I can't write what I really want to without spoilers.

    There is a very important message that is forthcoming from this author and I agree with him 100%.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda 05-28-15
    Brenda 05-28-15

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    "Stephen King like and Not a Sci-Fi buff, but....."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Pines to be better than the print version?

    About the same.


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

    TV series is airing now. Follows the book fairly well.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to reading/listening to this author's other books. Very "Stephen Kingish".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David 05-26-15
    David 05-26-15
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    "Pines"

    Loved it. I really wish it was sold as a trilogy on Audible. I'm hooked... And now on to Book 2.

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    Margaret Caldwell Eureka, CA 05-26-15
    Margaret Caldwell Eureka, CA 05-26-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Pretty Good"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, because it's thought provoking and interesting.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I'm not going to suggest anything, because I think it would be more appealing to younger (under 40) readers.


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

    The protagonist. He's kind of a s**t, but I'm rooting for him.


    Was Pines worth the listening time?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I wanted to read the books before I watch the television show "on demand". I'm now definitely going to watch the show, plus download the second book, even though I wasn't bananas about the first one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David I. Williams Keithville, LA, United States 05-25-15
    David I. Williams Keithville, LA, United States 05-25-15 Member Since 2007
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    "Detective Story meets Horror meets Sci Fi"

    Secret Service Ethan Burke has a problem. He and another agent were sent to locate two missing agents in Wayward Pines, Idaho. Right after pulling into town they are struck by a large 18 wheeler. After waking up in the hospital Ethan discovers that things are odd in this town. He can’t seem to get out of the town of Wayward Pines. He remembers his car getting hit by the truck, but the rest of his memories are vague. The whole town seems odd. The doctor doesn’t check on his patients. The sheriff is not at all helpful. All Ethan really wants is to phone home, to talk to his supervisor, and to find his wallet so he can get a hotel room and something to eat. Before long he makes a staggering discovery and things go from bad to worse.

    Now Ethan has to use all of his skills to stay alive and to escape the town. But how do you escape a town surrounded by steep cliffs and an electric fence? Why is everyone acting so odd. Who is the mysterious woman who seems to be helping him, but whose existence is denied by everyone else. The answers to these questions will leave Ethan stunned and changed.

    Pines is a fascinating book. I have to admit that I had several near misses with this book. It seemed really interesting at first, then it got a little weird and I thought it might be going a way I didn’t care for. I pushed on, still intrigued and started to like it again. Then it looked like it might be something in the same vein as the TV series LOST and I really wanted to stop. I didn’t like that particular series at all. But I pushed on and realized that I was wrong in my fears. By the end it had really gripped me. I can’t say much more about the plot than that. I don’t want to give anything away and this is a book that is hard to talk about without giving too much away.

    The characters are interesting. There is a full picture of Ethan that develops throughout the book. The writing is very good and the pacing is perfect. I really enjoyed the first novel and plan to read the next. The novels have now been turned into a series on FOX. Check out this book if you like mysteries with a touch of science fiction. Don’t stop reading the book until you have reached the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James H. Rowe Paso Robles, CA USA 05-24-15
    James H. Rowe Paso Robles, CA USA 05-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "excellent story!"

    A definite page turner. very good narration. the twist at the end was really good.

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  • MICHELLE LOUISE
    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Derek
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    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 .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Steena
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    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!'


    1 of 1 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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • C. Murphy
    London, UK
    6/5/14
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    "Love this book. Well read, good story."

    Brilliant book. Had me wondering what on earth was going on right until the end. Quite suspenseful and I found myself sneaking in some reading at lunch and whenever I could. I've got the next one but I'm rationing it out! :o)

    Very well read as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alastair Manderson
    5/20/15
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    "Incredible"

    Well read and this story kept me up at night letting me earn the "marathon" award. I would not in a million years have guessed what was actually going on!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reginald pelle
    Winchester, UK
    4/26/15
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    "Remarkable and Outstanding!"

    Remarkably eerie, and an astounding and compelling account on a story, that is written without too much mention of people or of any place; just teleporting from weird scene to another. Another added bonus for future writers, to tap in. Worth listening!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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