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
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gen-Xer, software engineer, and lifelong avid reader. Soft spots for sci-fi, fantasy, and history, but I'll read anything good.
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.
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.
My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.
People mostly don't come together because of love, but because they fit together, like a puzzle. Life is a risk that is how you know you are living. Guilt is for weaklings and fools. (just some of the wisdom you will get by reading this story) .
I love George RR Martin, but I got the book mostly because of Gardner Dozois. GD edits the best anthology of short Science Fiction, every year. His introduction covers, Science Fiction through books, short stories, movies, television, magazines, internet, etc. He has not written many books, and most of what he has are collections of his short fiction. His writing is excellent.
I am thinking he wrote parts One and Four of this four part book. The book starts out interesting enough with a Latin soap opera. Our hero kills a man in a bar fight, then he runs from the law, he fights with his Latino girlfriend (which is normal.) The fighting is always followed by fierce love making, you know stereo typing.
Whoever wrote part 2 is in love with the Pi##, Sh#t and f##k words. Our hero gives lessons in Sh##ing and Pi##ing. Part 3 is better written and is a good adventure story. Part four and the finish were my favorite parts. There are a lot of twists and turns and you don't see them coming.
As I have said before, unless you are Preston and Child, then more then one author spoils the books. I believe that any one of these authors would have written a better story, by themselves, especially Dozois.
Marc Vietor the narrator was excellent and probably made listening to the book a better experience then reading.
I'm a fan of Sci-fi, fantasy and suspense. I like books that keep me guessing till the end.
A classic capture/escape done well. I like the style of writing, the characters are interesting and the narrator kept me engaged. It does make you think about what defines us as human.
Who am I?
You'll spend the most time with Ramone in this story, though with a twist. Still - he really grew on me as the story unfolded.
The interesting thing about Ramone is that he is a feisty personality... a jerk, full of hubris and venom. A second rate reader would have made that all sound insincere... hallow and plasticy.
However, Mark Vietor simply becomes Ramone Espejo; a seamless and nuanced performance that entertains through the entire book.
At just oner 10 hours, this is a little too long to hit in one sitting. Still - I burned through this in a week - and was looking for excuses to get in my car just to listen (as it's the primary place I listen to audiobooks).
I came into this with zero expectations, having no experience with the author or reader. I really love sci-fi, and was pleasantly surprised at how well the story was crafted, and the excellent performance that Mark Vietor gave. Quite pleased with all aspects.
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