Five days ago a rash of bizarre murders swept the country. Senseless. Brutal. Seemingly unconnected....
A cop walked into a nursing home and unloaded his weapons on elderly and staff alike. A mass of school shootings. Prison riots of unprecedented brutality. Mind-boggling acts of violence in every state.
Four Days Ago the murders increased ten-fold....
Three days ago the President addressed the nation and begged for calm and peace....
Two days ago the killers began to mobilize....
Yesterday all the power went out....
Tonight they’re reading the names of those to be killed on the Emergency Broadcast System. You are listening over the battery-powered radio on your kitchen table, and they’ve just read yours. Your name is Jack Colclough. You have a wife, a daughter, and a young son. You live in Albuquerque, New Mexico. People are coming to your house to kill you and your family. You don’t know why, but you don’t have time to think about that any more. You only have time to run!
©2011 Blake Crouch (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I discovered Blake Crouch after listening to the Wayward Pines series which was EXCELLENT. This book was slightly disappointing because while it was technically as thrilling as the last series, the plot was thin and the ending was a real let down. With all the crazy things going on, you would hope for a good explanation, but the author failed to provide one. He starts off right in the middle of the action but you don't really know any more in the end about what the hell is going on than you did in the beginning. Other than, great book if you're into gory, horror thrillers which he is very good at writing
I usually play a book on nights I can tell it's going to be hard to sleep, but this book was way too exciting I found myself awake hours past my bed time, not able to turn it off and listen the next day. If I didn't have work I would have listened straight though
(Spoiler alert!!) The ending is a little unsatisfying and would have liked more information about why and how.
Built a bigger explanation as to the why. It is hard to accept "That's just how it is" in a book.
The time spent at the cabin.
Faulkner, zombies, pandemics, Hillary Mantel, Linda Barry, Atwood, time travel, and Karr, I'm all over the map.
It's a compelling and scary story with alarming detail and clever onset, but there are so any close calls there's just too many close calls. The narrator doesn't seem to capture any of the characters well, especially the son and wife. And there's no evidence that the main character is a philosophy professor ( some very rich, unmined material) as stated. I loved the Wayward Pines series. This fell short. Was almost a thrill ride. Loads of gore.
Great story. Weak ending.
What I appreciate about Crouch is that he tells a good sophisticated action story. What makes it good is that its not all one long chase. Instead Crouch breaks it into types of suspense. For example: Characters are running for lives > characters need to survive the elements > characters are trying to survive extreme physical challenges > back to running for lives.
What I'm trying to say is that instead of holding one note of intensity across 100s of pages, Crouch breaks it up into different kinds of suspense, & this makes everything just thrum.
At fault is a schlocky ending.
Really, really, really well written but very dark. I love horror when I can get away from it. This was so well written and preformed I cannot stop thinking about it, nor could I stop listening. I liked how I felt lost and discovered the world with the characters. I will most likely listen again to fully figure out the story.
This is no where close to my favorite novel. I loved pines and wayward and was hoping for something along those lines. Those are my favorite books. This one was very disturbing and sad, but incredibly well written and performed.
All in all it was a good book, although it tended to drag a bit at various points. The story would have been a little more satisfying had here been a better explanation of the arora which acted as a catalyst to the events in this book. I'd put this book into the category of good, but not great.
I really wanted to like this book. I did listen to the whole book but there were times that I just shut it down to keep my sanity. The idea behind the book was iffy, because the author never really attempted to explain why people were affected in the manner they were and how it affected everyone with the same delusion and why homicide and hatred were the result of the delusion. Also, the thing that caused this mass delusion, was it world-wide or just country-wide? See, I can't remember and I don't think that was ever explained but I don't care enough to go back and figure it out. The narrator also got on my last nerve trying, and failing to sound like a young boy; a teenage girl; and a grown woman. If you can't do voices, just read the book straightforward. Also, being female, I really hated the way the author made the adult female in the story an adulterer, without any real reason given, and then made her whiny and a scaredy cat and totally not even remotely fierce and the character was a doctor, which is not accomplished by the faint of heart. One last gripe - the teenaged daughter was a stereotypical brat - complete with headphones and iPod and crying and whining. Just ugh. I resent wasting money on this book.
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