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Running with the Demon: Word and the Void, Book 1 | [Terry Brooks]

Running with the Demon: Word and the Void, Book 1

On a very hot Fourth of July weekend, two strangers appear in Hopewell, Illinois, in the middle of a bitter steel strike. One, a Demon of the Void, will use the angry steel workers to attain his own terrible ends. The other, a Knight of the Word, dreams about a nightmarish future and spends every waking moment desperately trying to change its course. The fate of the town and, ultimately, of humanity depends on one exceptional 14-year-old girl, the only one who can see the otherworldly creatures that have begun to invade her home town.
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Publisher's Summary

Twenty years ago, New York Times best-selling author Terry Brooks published the first fantasy novel ever to hit the mainstream best-seller lists. Once again he breaks new ground in Running with the Demon, convincing listeners that impossible villains and heroes actually coexist with us in our everyday world.

On a very hot Fourth of July weekend, two strangers appear in Hopewell, Illinois, in the middle of a bitter steel strike. One, a Demon of the Void, will use the angry steel workers to attain his own terrible ends. The other, a Knight of the Word, dreams about a nightmarish future and spends every waking moment desperately trying to change its course. The fate of the town and, ultimately, of humanity depends on one exceptional 14-year-old girl, the only one who can see the otherworldly creatures that have begun to invade her home town.

George Wilson's narration powerfully conveys the apocalyptic magnitude of this novel of good versus evil. Mystery and suspense blend to keep the listener involved to the very last word.

©1997 Terry Brooks (P)1998 Recorded Books

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    Crystal Wilson north carolina 01-17-14
    Crystal Wilson north carolina 01-17-14 Member Since 2012
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    "its finally here"
    What made the experience of listening to Running with the Demon the most enjoyable?

    I love Terry Brooks n this was a nice step away from the Shanara series. Its a good story that draws u in.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The battle between good and evil.


    Which character – as performed by George Wilson – was your favorite?

    John Ross


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. I have to work but it was listened to everyday.


    Any additional comments?

    Waiting on installments 2 n 3. A Knight of the Word n Angel Fire East. I hope I don't have to wait long.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    John Sumter, SC, United States 06-14-15
    John Sumter, SC, United States 06-14-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Awsome as only Terry Brooks can do!"
    Would you listen to Running with the Demon again? Why?

    I have read this book and listened to it several times.


    Any additional comments?

    These books shows how the world dies before the shanarra series begins. It demons are well written and evil! Narration is very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    martin barrett 06-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    I was introduced to the world of Terry Brooks in 1982. Since then I have read I believe 9 of his novels and loved them all, except this one. probably just me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Scott A. Minar Chillicothe, Ohio United States 05-23-15
    Scott A. Minar Chillicothe, Ohio United States 05-23-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Brooks meets King"
    What made the experience of listening to Running with the Demon the most enjoyable?

    If Terry Brooks and Stephen King wrote a book together--this would be it. A delightful read with only a little bit of a slow start. Hang on--like all Brooks novels, it's quite a ride and well worth it.


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    Amanda 05-11-15
    Amanda 05-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good story but a bit long winded."

    I enjoyed this but it Seems at times that Brooks tried to stretch out a shorter story into something longer...perhaps he's paid by the page, still I am a long time fan of his stories and will continue reading them!

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    Sarah 05-06-15
    Sarah 05-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Terry Brooks is my Hero"

    I never enjoyed reading until I opened my first Terry Brooks novel. Now I own every one in both book and audio form.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Phillip Boiling Springs, SC, United States 02-06-15
    Phillip Boiling Springs, SC, United States 02-06-15

    I like to read almost anything by Jim Butcher, Terry Goodkind, and George R.R.Martin.

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    If you could sum up Running with the Demon in three words, what would they be?

    Smooth, Intriguing, Adventurous.


    What other book might you compare Running with the Demon to and why?

    I am number 4. The suspicious back story that there is more out there than we know keeps it moving.


    Have you listened to any of George Wilson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No that I know of. He sounds like one of the narrator of Sword of Truth and they were great.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When old Bob confronted Danny Abbot about Nest.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Hope Dube Northfield, NH, United States 11-06-14
    Hope Dube Northfield, NH, United States 11-06-14 Member Since 2011

    I love listening to books while I walk and drive.

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    "This is the best series Terry Brooks has written"
    Would you listen to Running with the Demon again? Why?

    Yes, I love the story, it has exciting parts. I wish audible could come out with the rest of the series though. I think it will take a few times to really hear it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Running with the Demon?

    When John Ross has to decide to fight the demon or the monster. We all make decisions that affect the rest of our lives. Sometimes we have to choose between what is good for us and what is good for all.


    Have you listened to any of George Wilson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, He does pretty good, I have heard better but I know he is better then some.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It was hard to stop. You need to take advantage of the slow times to stop the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I love this series and also the one that follows it (The Genesis of Shannara. The books make me think of what might happen and sound like it is possible if we don't think about the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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