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.
This book is so similar in its basic idea to Hater by David Moody that I have a hard time believing it was not inspired by it. In both a portion of the population is overtaken by irrational, uncontrollable hatred toward the rest of the population and the need to destroy them. In both those full of hate can instantly tell on sight who the enemy is but the normal people cannot. A big difference though is that in Hater, we do not find out what caused it, and Hater is far more an examination of the crazy, irrational, zombie-like nature of divisive, pointless hatred. This is more of a survival story and we do find out what caused the division. So in terms of plot there is not a huge similarity ( aside from one scene that is nearly identical), but the premise is very similar.
This is not a criticism. It follows some similarities as a zombie survival story, but with the interesting twist that the people who are in the role of a zombie are not dead and retain their intellect. It is action packed and I felt for the characters and thought it was fairly well paced. The narrator does a great job too.
I've always considered Crouch a good storyteller/writer, but a mid-grade writer. On the same level as Konrath/Kilborn and Jeremy Bishop etc. Not bad, but not an author that's an instant buy either. If he keeps writing books like "Run", Crouch will be an instant buy author for me.
It's about a man who has to keep his family safe in a world that's turned impossibly dangerous. It's about a family on the run from everyone.
The explanation for what is going on isn't fleshed out much. But it's not important. It's about the run. And about the family.
The narrator Phil Gigante did a great job. I've heard him a few times before, I think he did Shadowland by Straub. Solid performance as always.
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
One violent scene threaded to the next, the thread being a weak and dumb premise. More a writing class exercise than a novel. Bloody babble... Run from this one.
After reading "Pines" and being very impressed with this author, I thought I would give him another try. Big disappointment in this one.
While the premise is one we have all heard before in one form or another, and the main characters are likable enough, it just seemed to be one big bloody slaughter scene for most of the book. After witnessing strange lights in the sky, half the country goes crazy and just starts killing everyone who didn't see the lights. No real explanation for this--just an excuse to have some good old fashioned chainsaw/torture scenes. The main family that is trying to get away from these killers go through some amazing escape antics and some of their experiences were somewhat realistic. There were some pretty tense moments when they were almost caught, and I was feeling afraid for the family most of the time.
However, one of the most annoying parts of the first half was the wife who never quit blaming her husband (for some reason) for not making everything ok. "What are YOU going to do about getting us out of this? What are YOU planning to make sure they don't catch us?" You get the picture--it went on and on until you just want to pull your hair out or hope he grows a spine and sets her straight. He didn't cause this mess, and he is doing the best he can--why doesn't SHE come up with some answers? Other reviewers have mentioned this also--so if this kind of behavior gets on your nerves--- - - - -
On the up side- the narrator did a very good job.
I know there are some really positive reviews on this book, and I usually don't like to be so negative, but this story left me itching to put out the review I felt it deserved.
Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.
At one point as the Colclough family are driving as fast as they can but unable to shake the headlights behind them, I thought of the immortal words of Butch Cassidy - Who ARE those guys?
This is a breakneck speed thriller that is nearly impossible to put down as this family runs nonstop from the relentless pursuit of who-knows-who. I devoured it almost in one sitting. But it's not for everybody - I had to wonder more than once why I was sticking with it. It is extraordinarily violent, far more than I would usually tolerate. But I just had to find out how the family could possibly escape and what the hell was causing all of the mayhem.
I can't give it 5 stars for reasons others have already pointed out: the wife's annoying complaints at her husband which blessedly subsided once she had to be the one making the decisions for a while. The daughter could also be a bit of a pill instead of just keeping her head down and doing what she was told. The narrator was just ok, with not so ok voicing of women and kids, and strange accents (Irish sounded Australian, north westerners sounded like bad imitations of deep south). I will give the overall score a 4 for keeping me on the edge of my seat, but for some missteps in the story just a 3. The final chapter offers what explanation we will ever get for the chaos. Each will have to decide if it's enough.
The only thing I disliked was the narration of the women and kids voice. Their voices weren't awful, but maybe a little too much effort (like most men trying to sound small or feminie). This story is good and keeps you wondering what will happen next.
Run is one of those stories where you wonder if the horror will ever end. These people really went through hell. The book kept me on the edge of my seat and was absolutely thrilling! The ending was a twist that I didn't expect. I like the way the book wrapped up. Very satisfying.
It was time well spent. The story was different enough, and I liked the performance.
Yes, I would try another one from him.
It all blends together, but it kept up a good pace.
You'll like it. It's entertaining.
I enjoyed the adventure, the terror, the on the edge of my seat, holding my breathe, sensation I got from listening to this book. This book is so well written and the characters are easy to identify with. The journey this family has to embark on and the horror and terror they encounter is one thing but the way they respond and react to their environment and situation makes it easy to get wrapped up in the moment.
The relationship development in the book and of course the raw fear from the story.
The end was a bit sad and disturbing! The family found in the minivan along with the father walking down the road was also a bit disturbing.........hell this whole book is disturbing.
Worth the credit.
Say something about yourself!
Having come off of Pines from Blake Crouch, a novel which I thought was exceptionally well written, intelligent, and astounding... I was looking forward to seeing how this novel ended up, especially considering the mountain of positive reviews this material had been getting. So I hunkered down to enjoy it, and it started off well enough... but then became a drivel mess. However not for the reasons that most would have you believe.
I had no problem with the premises of the novel, even though it did seem a bit in the vein of Cell or Haters, but it was the main cast of characters I didn't like. The biggest problem was the wife and the children. Both were shrill, unsupportive, and idiotic. Every time they began to open their mouths I was ready for their part to be over. Was this a little unfair of me? Perhaps. But it is the first book in a long time I found myself walking away from.
"Been done before."
I have and they have been better.
This was well written but nothing new.
The female voices were a bit annoying.
I never got to finish it so in my case no.
A familiar storyline with nothing to make it stand out.
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