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Starred Review. Martin (Song of Ice and Fire series), Dozois (Strange Days) and Abraham (A Shadow in Summer) revisit classic themes of exploration, exploitation and what it means to be human in this gritty SF adventure. Humanity has finally reached the stars, only to find that all the best spots have been claimed by other races—the Silver Enye, Turu, Cian and others. Human colonists serve as world-building crash-test dummies, dropped onto empty planets deemed too dangerous or inconvenient for other races, to pave over whatever marvels and threats evolution had put there. On the misbegotten colony planet of São Paulo, ore prospector Ramon Espejo has no illusions, especially about how the Enye view humanity. Then Ramon murders the wrong man in a drunken fight and takes off into the wastelands to avoid the Enye authorities. Once in the outback, he discovers he's not the only one trying to hide from the Enye—and that the deadly cat-lizards called chupacabras are far from the worst dangers on São Paulo. This tightly written novel, with its memorable protagonist and intriguing extrapolation, delivers on all levels. (Jan.)
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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. Whether because of Martin’s decades of collaborative work, Dozois’s long career as an editor, or Abraham’s fresh prose style, every reviewer said the book seemed as if it were written by one person. The only complaint came from reviewers who had read an earlier, novella-length version of the story; they felt that expanding the story enriched it somewhat, but not by much. While it would be hard to match Hunter’s Run with any of these authors’ previous works, it can certainly be called a successful experimentâ€"and a compelling SF novel.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager; First Edition edition (January 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006137329X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061373299
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #500,108 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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58 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Rick H on February 23, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book because I love George R. R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series (who doesn't? -- see A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1)) and his student Daniel Abraham's excellent Long Price Quartet (see A Shadow in Summer (The Long Price Quartet)). I was not familiar with Gardner Dozois.

Do not expect either series. Sure, this is sort of a science fiction book, in that it takes place on a colonized planet, has an alien race that shuttles humans around, and vehicles that hover. This is the story of one man's flight from his crime, his discovery of and capture by another alien race, and his struggle to get free -- all the while having to come to terms with who he is, what is right and wrong, and where and how things belong. The evolution of this character in his struggle to survive is fascinating -- and while it sounds like a very introspective story, it's still a solid adventure.

This is a bit of a brainy book - folks who like Fantasy or Science Fiction for fast paced action may not like this. This is for people who like serious character and story development. And, of course, Martin just happens to be a master at that.

Highly recommended.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. C. Amos on August 28, 2008
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This is another book that I bought based solely on who wrote it. I love Martin and Abraham is also a great writer, though I had never heard of Dozois prior to this. I didn't know what I would think, but I enjoyed it thoroughly. Hunter's Run has action, drama, humor and bizarre aliens; just about all you could ask for in a great sci-fi book. Is it a masterpiece? I still can't quite decide...

My favorite part of this book is what most reviewers seem to dislike the most: the main character. Ramon Espejo is a pretty despicable human being. He's a murderer and a criminal, but I'll be damned if he doesn't provide an entertaining point of view. Maybe I've gotten to the point where I've read too much typical fiction with do-gooder protagonists that an a**hole is just what I needed. And even if he is an a**hole, he is funny and has some great dialogue, especially with his travelling companion/captor (who for the sake of not spoiling, I will not reveal here.) And as the story progresses, even though he is still sort of despicable, he does have an epiphany of sorts that changes him as a person. On the basis of how he thought and how he acted, his decisions were believable and I thought his progression as a character was really well done.

The actual story, which I can't speak much on because I'd give it away, is also well done. It is a nice tight plot that flows well from start to finish. There is some good action and some crazy situations, but given the circumstances, there is nothing unbelievable. By the end of Hunter's Run, I was left a little disappointed that it had ended but in no way dissatisfied with the ending. There are no loose ends and it is its own complete story.

This really teeters on the edge between a 4 star and a 5 star book.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By S. M Stirling on February 9, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Usually a collaboration, and still more a three-way collaboration, is less than the sum of its parts. These three have produced a book as seamless and fresh as one by an individual writer -- and a very good one. It's an intriguing modern-space-opera setting, combined with a frontier tale and a 'first contact' story with some very intriguing aliens. But the hero (or given his character, the protagonist) steals the show even from the strange world aand stranger aliens. Bravo!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 11, 2009
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Hunter's Run is a unique gem of a book. It has a wonderfully well-rounded tale: politics, enviroments, aliens, people, adventure. Much as a good cold-weather coat is part shell, part liner, part stuffing, but is only of value due to the effective stitching together of all the bits, Hunter's Run is an excellent cohesive whole. Martin, Dozois, and Abraham manage to keep the balance just right throughout the story: very short (287 pages) but fully explored, a fast read but not too light, and easy to grasp while never lacking in complexity. I consider this one of the best SF books ever written. I'd easily put this book up there with Pohl's, Niven's, and Asimov's works. Hunter's Run is an engaging joy to read; truly a work of great worth written by 3 masters. I would love to see the authors write another book, but I fear this could not be matched.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rick Douglas Janssen on March 26, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Hunter's Run is the story of Ramon Espejo, a rough and tumble prospector working on the colonized planet Sao Paulo. A planet where the Brazilian aristocracy (called the Portuguese because of their language) rule over the Hispanic lower caste. Life became a whole lot more heated for Ramon after he foolishly kills a European ambassador in a knife fight at a local bar. He is forced to flee into the rocky, mountainous wilderness until things have calmed down in town. This is where things go from bad to worse as he stumbles upon something that doesn't want to be found.

Hunter's run is a good adventure and still touches on classic science fiction topics. One of the main philosophical themes involves the question of when is it acceptable to kill. And this conundrum gets played from some very convincing counterviews.

The second spanning theme is classical Roman (or is it Greek) "know thyself." Through Ramon's harrowing adventures he is forced to ask himself some very hard questions about who he really is and why he behaves the way he does.

It's not the most deep science fiction story out there but it does put up some questions and makes the reader think. It's also an entertaining read and one that you won't be disappointed doing. It's also relatively short, so the time investment is small.
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