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Hunter's Run | [George R. R. Martin, Gardner Dozois, Daniel Abraham]

Hunter's Run

Like so many others, Ramón Espejo ran from the poverty and hopelessness of the Third World to the promise of a new world, joining a host of like-minded workers and dreamers aboard one of the great starships of the mysterious, repulsive Enye. But the life he found on the far-off planet of São Paulo was no better than the one he had abandoned.
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Publisher's Summary

Like so many others, Ramón Espejo ran from the poverty and hopelessness of the Third World to the promise of a new world, joining a host of like-minded workers and dreamers aboard one of the great starships of the mysterious, repulsive Enye. But the life he found on the far-off planet of São Paulo was no better than the one he had abandoned.

A luckless prospector hoping for that one rich strike that will make him wealthy, Ramón is content only when on his own out in the bush, far from the dirty, loud, bustling hive of humanity that he detests with sociopathic fervor. Then one night his rage and too much alcohol get the better of him, resulting in sudden bloodshed and a high-profile murder. Ramón is forced to flee into the wilderness for however long it will take for the furor to die down.

Here, mercifully, Ramón is once again free. But while searching for his long-elusive lode, he stumbles upon something completely unexpected: a highly advanced alien race in hiding; fugitives like himself on a world not their own.

Suddenly, in possession of a powerful, dangerous secret, Ramón must battle for his freedom from alien captors and also against the hostile and unpredictable planet. And so the chase begins.

Police, fugitive aliens, and a human murderer weave a web of shifting alliances as Ramón enters the greatest manhunt the alien world of São Paulo has ever known. If he is to survive, Ramón must overcome inscrutable aliens and deadly predators, but his greatest enemy is himself. With every move in the desperate game, he struggles to outwit his enemies and solve the mystery of a murder he himself committed.

A rip-roaring adventure tale and character study of a fascinating and twisted mind, Hunter's Run showcases three master writers at their best.

©2008 George R. R. Martin, Gardner Dozois, Daniel Abraham; (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

Reading List award, American Library Association, 2009

"This tightly written novel, with its memorable protagonist and intriguing extrapolation, delivers on all levels." (Publishers Weekly)
"In music, supergroups of established artists are rarely greater than the sum of their parts. The same often goes for science fiction, but critics agreed that these three authors beat the trend by producing a tight, consistent novel." (Bookmarks magazine)

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    Richard Pembroke Pines, FL, United States 07-19-08
    Richard Pembroke Pines, FL, United States 07-19-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Different but good"

    This book is thought provoking in that there is no real hero. There is an anti hero that you can have some respect for and that will have to do. The book held my attention and I am in awe of the authors who had the imagination to write it. Some very interesting twists and turns. I would recommend it to sci fi fans and maybe others that just like a good tale.

    21 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Martin springville, UT, USA 02-06-09
    Martin springville, UT, USA 02-06-09
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    "surprisingly fun"

    i wasn't too excited about this one because three authors had to write it to finish it... how could such a short novel take three authors? but, because g.r.r.m. hasn't finished the next ice and fire book i decided what the heck, i'll try hunter's. i was drawn into the story almost from the beginning. it was a great book. the ending was a little slow for me, but up until the beginning of part 4 i thought it was exciting and well paced. ramon is a great character, and in g.r.r.m. fashion, you end up loving him even though he is a son of a b.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Fuller 02-02-09
    Mary Fuller 02-02-09 Member Since 2008
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    "After the warm up -- it's a very fun book"

    It took me almost an hour to warm up to the characters and the story -- but once I was into it, I was hooked. The story line is surprising and original. The main character is attractive, smart, repulsive, irritating, well-meaning and complex. The book straddles sci-fi and fantasy, with a strong lean toward sci-fi.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Peter New York, NY, USA 10-07-08
    Peter New York, NY, USA 10-07-08
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    "Good sci-fi"

    Combining the best elements of a human story with the cool effects of sci fi, this is a good example of a story that goes beyond being just another space romp. Great characters and a cool plot twist are worth mentioning.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Eva Gannon Chicago, Illinois, US 10-29-08
    Eva Gannon Chicago, Illinois, US 10-29-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Liked It"

    At first, I didn't think I'd like this book. The characters were mundane, stereotyped, even if they were set in a future time and place. That vision of the future wasn't particularly engaging either.

    However, early in the book a surprise about the main character is revealed, and the book becomes lots more interesting. Once that happens, there are many more surprises, lots of good plot twists, which kept my ear glued to my iPod.

    I highly recommend this book.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    J. Locke Tampa FL 01-28-11
    J. Locke Tampa FL 01-28-11 Member Since 2003
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    "Five and a half STARS!! I loved every minute"

    It's got everything, well almost.

    It's got time travel. It's got aliens. It's got violence. It's got genocide. It's got sex. It's got corruption, It's got a protagonist but it DOESN'T have a hero.

    I'll be listening to this again, for sure.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan Somerville, MA, United States 10-29-11
    Ryan Somerville, MA, United States 10-29-11 Member Since 2005

    Gen-Xer, software engineer, and lifelong avid reader. Soft spots for sci-fi, fantasy, and history, but I'll read anything good.

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    "Great 2nd half, Martin can do SF"

    I don't know how much Martin contributed to this book (I haven't read the other two authors), but if he ever finishes his current fantasy series, he might do well as a sci-fi writer. Far from being another space opera, Hunter's Run is written in a gritty, Hemingway-esque style that builds psychological drama on top of simple scenes involving one or two characters. It also includes some aliens who really are rather alien, and the writing's pretty effective for sci-fi.

    The story would work a bit better if the protagonist wasn't so unlikable at the outset, or at least had a few more facets to his personality, but, if the reader manages to get past that and a somewhat plodding man-versus-alien sequence, the book rewards with a taut, gripping second half. And the hero does become more empathetic. Not a flawless work of science fiction, but a very good one, and worth checking out if you're a fan of the genre or of George RR Martin.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    william Hampton, VA, United States 05-13-11
    william Hampton, VA, United States 05-13-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Run and get it."

    Great story. Never slows down, never leaves you hanging. Although the ending is not a hanger, I wish they would write a part 2.

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    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 03-11-09
    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 03-11-09 Member Since 2007

    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)

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    "If only I could cut out the middle"

    There is a lot of swearing/adult content (i.e. domestic violence is normalized) which makes it unsuitable for younger people, but the lack of sophistication through the middle part of the story makes it too young for most adult readers (i.e. any reasonable adult would not keep trying to solve every problem with violence).

    If you've read C.S. Lewis' Out of the Silent Planet you'll definitely see in the middle part of the story where at least one of these authors was influenced by that with his "describe the alien and every event in which it is involved with the highest conceivable level of detail" In this 4 hour segment, the descriptions of urination, laughter, or "being a man" is excessive and makes for very tedious listening.

    The first couple and the last few hours show there is a decent story line in here with some surprises and an interesting premise. Excluding the middle part, it has a tone similar to Richard Morgan's Market Forces or Thirteen.

    If it had consisted of only the first 3 hours and the last 3 hours, I'd have given this story a 4 or 4.5.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Ripley I Attleboro, MA United States 11-08-08
    Ripley I Attleboro, MA United States 11-08-08 Member Since 2007
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    "true sci-fi"

    This was a great sci-fi story: alien/human - not quite Ursula Le Guin, but interesting from start to finish!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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