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Abandon [Kindle Edition]

Blake Crouch
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (816 customer reviews)

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Book Description

On Christmas Day in 1893, every man, woman and child in a remote gold mining town disappeared, belongings forsaken, meals left to freeze in vacant cabins; and not a single bone was ever found. One hundred thirteen years later, two backcountry guides are hired by a history professor and his journalist daughter to lead them into the abandoned mining town so that they can learn what happened. With them is a psychic, and a paranormal photographer—as the town is rumored to be haunted. A party that tried to explore the town years ago was never heard from again. What this crew is about to discover is that twenty miles from civilization, with a blizzard bearing down, they are not alone, and the past is very much alive.

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From Publishers Weekly

At the start of this bloated thriller from Crouch (Desert Places), Abigail Foster, a Manhattan freelance journalist, reluctantly agrees to accompany her father, Lawrence Kendall—who abandoned her as a child—and paranormal photographers Emmett and June Tozer, to the remote remains of Abandon, Colo. The inhabitants of Abandon all vanished without a trace on Christmas Day 1893, and Abigail thinks she'll write an article on the Tozers and the ghost town's history. The present-day hikers face a number of obstacles, starting with an unexpected blizzard and including the arrival of ex-Marines intent on finding millions of dollars worth of gold supposedly stashed somewhere in Abandon. Despite the book's intriguing premise, the action soon devolves into a Rambo-style melee, with enough blood and guts to put off weak stomachs. By the time Abandon's fate is revealed in the overly drawn-out climax, few readers will care. (July)
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On Christmas Day 1893, the tiny, remote gold-mining town of Abandon, Colorado, ceased to be. No trace of the population was ever found. More than a century later, a historian, a journalist, and two paranormal investigators trek into the ghost town with varying purposes. Crouch tells his tale in alternating chapters, but the reader ultimately learns that the story of both the residents and the latter-day visitors is one of gold, greed, and murder—and a pinch of madness. Abandon is an ambitious and largely effective suspense novel. The portrayal of life in Abandon is rich with details of brutal hardship, suffering, and a gnawing sense of creepiness. The modern investigators are tried by cold, a blizzard, avalanche dangers, rotted buildings that may collapse at any moment, and the eeriness of the derelict town. But Crouch has two sets of characters, and nearly all have a backstory. Some work; some are strained. Even so, the palpable suspense just keeps building, and many thriller fans—especially those who like a touch of horror—will lose sleep to find out how it all ends. - Booklist

Product Details

  • File Size: 500 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002HRY16S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #241,857 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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128 of 132 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
A lot of the other reviews discuss story details and plot. What I want to talk about is the writing itself.

I'm 43 years old and I started reading Stephen King over 30 years ago. He's been my favorite author my whole life, and no one has come close to being comparable in my eyes. Until now. Blake Crouch has hooked me from the first page of every single one of his books.

Where another reviewer complained about the description of the weather, I will praise it. Sitting by the pool in 105 degree heat, I could feel the cold on my skin. I hoped and prayed that the snow would stop so that our protagonists could find their way to freedom and safety. Rather than just writing about how white the snow was and how cold the wind was, Crouch managed to turn the storm into just as much a villain as the actual villains in the book.

Some say it was too gory. I say hogwash. Again, King has long been my favorite author. I don't mind gore. In this book, there are two or three graphic descriptions of bodily injuries, but the way they are carried out goes to show more about the frame of mind that the characters were in than any other words could do. There are reviews that say it was hard to care about the characters? In the final showdown, one that I never saw coming, I literally held my breath and turned the page as fast as I could because I was so worried that it would not end well for the character on the run. And let me tell you, when that ending came, I just... Well, I'll let you see for yourself.

In short, Blake Crouch may not be as polished and experienced as those he's help up against in comparison, but I have no doubt that it won't be long before his name WILL be mentioned alongside Stephen King and other great writers.
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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it! August 13, 2009
Blake Crouch has written one captivating mystery with "Abandon". In 1893 the entire town of Abandon disappears under mysterious circumstances and then 116 years later, a team of explorers go to the town to do some research and take photos. When two of the guides are attacked in front of the rest of the group, the mystery becomes even more mysterious. Alternating between the two time periods, Crouch has the reader watch as events unfold in the past, and how the tension builds up as we discover what the real reason these people are here. I, at first, was skeptical, thinking this was a supernatural type of story but was completely and happily surprised that this was as suspenseful thriller based on greed. Great book.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars There is potential! It's just not realized here... October 4, 2012
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This is the second Blake Crouch book I've read and while the first one didn't blow me away it was interesting enough and a quick enough read that I didn't hesitate to pick up Abandon when I came across it. The premise of the story promises at least in the beginning a spooky journey into an deserted old mining town isolated in the mountains of Colorado. The group is a historian, survivalist, a journalist and two paranormal photographers...I'm thinking ghost story! Unfortunately what you get is a rather bland hostage wilderness survival story populated with nothing but throw away characters...and it seemed to go on forever. I did like the historical flashbacks, they were a nice break for the present day story. I'm not giving up on Blake Crouch, he can certainly create and environment and feel of a story he just needs to work of the character parts!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad Ending September 5, 2013
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I have read many of his books. The ending seemed rushed and not satisfying at all. Just kill people and end it quick and have it make no logical or legal sense. Seems like he got tired of completing the story.
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35 of 44 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars what the hell happened here? July 29, 2012
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I normally love everything I have read from Crouch (a fellow North Carolinian). This release however left me feeling a bit dumbfounded... It was ridiculously slow and at times very difficult to try and figure out what the story was about.. As it ended, it got no better. The characters were all over the place, and at times apparently bullet proof and invincible, oblivious to what it is actually like to have exposure to elements for extended periods of time... and we are supposed to believe that through all this there is a hidden stash of gold in a gold mining town that is not a secret, but nobody has ever bothered to find it despite it being behind a metal padlocked door on the side of a hill in town... more holes in this story that a sieve... I hope this is not a sign of things to come; enjoy most of his work too much to go down this road.
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90 of 119 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Predictable, unnecessarily violent August 16, 2011
I picked up this book from the library and was eager to read it after reading the inside cover. But honestly, after getting through chapter 1 it occurred to me...this is not going to be a good read.

The author's pace is very slow. There are painstakingly detailed descriptions of things that aren't important at all to the plot (like the brand of freeze dried food they take with them on the trail). None of the characters are developed thoroughly. The dialogue is trite and/or unbelievable. The author never builds a sense of compassion in his characters, so we really never come to care about them. The author's style alternates between 4 days in 2009 and 4 days in 1893. As you get to know characters in one time period, you realize that the author has (quite annoyingly) made their exact situation and even personal pasts parallel each other. This is an unsophisticated way to structure a novel, and felt forced and contrived.

Other reviewers mentioned the violence and gore. Really, this was unnecessary in the book, and didn't add anything to the plot. (ex. entrails are draped over a chair in one scene.) For all the gore this book conjures up, there is never an appropriate emotional response from the characters. The author can't seem to get into the head of his characters in any kind of meaningful way, can't open up their mental journals. His commentary on how they're thinking and feeling about very traumatic situations is at best trite.

The plot of this book was compelling at the onset...but come on, it took me about 5 minutes of thinking after I read chapter one to figure out where the town of Abandon ended up. It's really not a trick question where the population in a mining town could be. Anyway, save yourself the trouble and find yourself another book that tells a good story.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD BOOK!!
The author did an excellent job of weaving the past and present in a spellbinding story. A true page turning adventure.
Published 10 hours ago by I read a lot.
4.0 out of 5 stars A page turner
This book is very gripping and hard to put down at times. The reason I did not give it 5 stars is because some of the 1800s language was a bit hard to follow. Read more
Published 12 hours ago by wanttobefit
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary as Hell
I'm a horror book fanatic, this book is very dark and scary it's the kind of book once you have read it you won't ever forget about Abandon.
Blake is my new S. king.
Published 1 day ago by badazz1
2.0 out of 5 stars Confusing
I found this book to be confusing as it jumped from the past to the present. It was well labelled but there were too many characters to remember. Read more
Published 3 days ago by KAT192837465
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I did not want to put it down. Exciting story. I thought author handled the timeline jumps with finesse. Would definitely recommend to others.
Published 4 days ago by Barbara Reecamper
4.0 out of 5 stars "Pleasant surprise".
Good read of the old/New west full of family intrigue, naivete, greed, resourcefulness and a cast of good girls, troubled guys and diabolical villains. Read more
Published 5 days ago by PapaG
3.0 out of 5 stars too long, needed twist at the end
I was ready to love this book, my second by Blake Crouch. I read Pines, book 1 in the Wayward Pines series, and loved it, and was ready to love this. Read more
Published 5 days ago by C. Medina
5.0 out of 5 stars Crouch!
Blake Crouch does it again. Loved this book as I have all his novels and the twists and turns keep you reading long after bed time. Read more
Published 6 days ago by S. Sealander
3.0 out of 5 stars Good plot
Story had a good plot but the drama went into too much unbelievable detail which bogged down the story. Read more
Published 6 days ago by JENNIFER MATHIESON
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great Blake Crouch books.
You never knew where this book was going to turn. Si-Fi Thriller for sure. I have read several of his books and enjoyed them all.
Published 7 days ago by Linda offenbacher
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More About the Author

Blake Crouch is the author of over a dozen bestselling suspense novels. His Wayward Pines series is being produced as a TV show by M. Night Shyamalan and will be airing on Fox in 2014.

His short fiction has appeared in numerous short story anthologies, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine and many other publications.

Blake lives in Colorado, to learn more about what he is doing check out his website, following him on Twitter @blakecrouch1, or on Facebook at

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