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Pines (The Wayward Pines Trilogy, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Blake Crouch
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Book Description

2013 International Thriller Award Nominee

Now a Major Television Event from FOX, debuting winter 2015.

Secret service agent Ethan Burke arrives in Wayward Pines, Idaho, with a clear mission: locate and recover two federal agents who went missing in the bucolic town one month earlier. But within minutes of his arrival, Ethan is involved in a violent accident. He comes to in a hospital, with no ID, no cell phone, and no briefcase. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into the disappearance of his colleagues turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he get any phone calls through to his wife and son in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what is the purpose of the electrified fences surrounding the town? Are they meant to keep the residents in? Or something else out? Each step closer to the truth takes Ethan further from the world he thought he knew, from the man he thought he was, until he must face a horrifying fact—he may never get out of Wayward Pines alive. Intense and gripping, Pines is another masterful thriller from the mind of bestselling novelist Blake Crouch.

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  • Editorial Reviews Review

    Blake Crouch on How the Television Series Twin Peaks Inspired Pines

    On April 8, 1990, the pilot episode of Mark Frost and David Lynch's iconic television series, Twin Peaks, aired on ABC, and for a moment, the mystery of Who Killed Laura Palmer? held America transfixed. I was twelve at the time, and I will never forget the feeling that took hold of me as I watched this quirky show about a creepy town with damn fine coffee and brilliant cherry pie, where nothing was as it seemed.

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    Starred Review Ethan Burke is on his way to the small town of Wayward Pines to find two fellow federal agents who have gone missing. He has a bad car accident on the edge of town, waking up in the hospital and not at all sure of what is going on. The psychiatrist on staff tells him that he has suffered a brain injury and warns him not to leave, but he takes off anyway. The town sheriff is less than helpful, and, with no ID or money, Burke can’t reach his superior or his wife, and he starts fearing for his sanity (reminiscent of Dennis Lehane’s Shutter Island). Matters turn ominous when Burke finds the ravaged body of one of the missing agents and realizes he needs to run for his life. Clearly, despite the idyllic beauty of Wayward Pines, something is seriously out of kilter: a helpful bartender disappears, picnicking mothers turn homicidal, and seemingly innocent children display maniacal tendencies. The suspense builds to an almost unbearable point, culminating with a twist that ratchets it up even further. Fans of Stephen King, Peter Straub and F. Paul Wilson will appreciate this genre-bending, completely riveting thrill ride, which mixes suspense, horror, science fiction and dystopian nightmare all rolled up into one unputdownable book. —Stacy Alesi

    Product Details

    • File Size: 2614 KB
    • Print Length: 315 pages
    • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (August 21, 2012)
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B007FG9LIE
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Lending: Not Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #489 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    277 of 297 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Right out of "The Twilight Zone!!" July 2, 2012
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    Wow! Was NOT expecting that ending! Talk about blowing your socks off! The Pines is not what you expect in any way, shape or form. A bit of horror, a bit of sci-fi, some action, lots of suspense, some mystery, a bit of intrigue all thrown together that works oh so well together.

    Don't let the title of the book fool you as this is one heck of a good book and once you get past the first three pages, you are definitely hooked and you can't let go until it is finished and you will not be disappointed. An intricate storyline that doesn't confuse you or lead you astay. Just a hell of a good story with well defined characters.

    I am a first time reader of Mr. Crouch's and I am really impressed by his writing. If this is any kind of indication of his type of writing then I will be buying some of his books. Don't pass this one up as it is that good!
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    178 of 198 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Pining Away for Home July 9, 2012
    Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
    A secret service agent wakes up injured in Wayward Pines, Idaho. His partner is missing, and he's on a mission to find two other agents who had previously gone missing. He's been in an auto accident, but the hospital doesn't have his wallet or phone, and neither does the sheriff. Everyone acts just a bit ... off. He can't seem to leave town, and even begins to doubt his own sanity.

    I can't even tell you the proper genre of this book without it being a spoiler. Suffice to say it isn't quite a straightforward mystery or thriller. It's very well written and suspenseful, and pretty believable right up until the last chapter. Once you find out what's been going on though, it really strains credibility. Four secret service agents go missing in one small Idaho town, and nothing ever came of it? Why was such a confrontational method chosen to introduce newcomers to the town? What is the long term plan?

    If the ending had tied things up more cleanly and logically, and the core premise been less odd, I would have given this 5-stars. Instead I finished what had been a pretty enjoyable reading experience just shaking my head. Call this one a near miss.
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    106 of 122 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars An author to add to my auto-buy list July 3, 2012
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    I always have a mix of sorrow (for my strained budget) and joy (for a new discovery) when I try a book by an author I've never encountered and find that the writing, or subject, or plot devices, suit me to a T and now I'm forced to get other books by that author. That's what happened with "Pines". Blake Crouch has written a bunch of books and short stories, some in tandem with other authors, but I never encountered any of them before. I selected this from the Amazon Vine newsletter based on the blurb, about a Secret Service agent sent to locate two missing agents, and how he winds up in Wayward Pines, Idaho, which is apparently out of touch with the rest of the world. It's almost impossible to describe anything about the plot without giving it away, but I can state that it's an unusual take on a couple of popular sci-fi/fantasy themes. Unfortunately, there are a few serious flaws in the world creation of Mr. Crouch, but again, I can't describe them without revealing surprises best left to the reader to encounter. All I can really say is that I enjoyed this story tremendously and definitely want to read more of his books. The hero, Ethan Burke, is a level-headed guy with a loving wife and young son and a decent job in the Secret Service, after a military career that almost ended his life. Wayward Pines is a charming town filled with friendly people, but something isn't making sense. The more Ethan tries to figure things out, the more confused he gets, until the stunning climax. In this case, for Ethan, only seeing is believing. But once seen and believed, what will the future hold?
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    28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars The Book Does Exactly What The Back Cover Promises September 12, 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I guess I'm just jumping on the bandwagon and loving this book like everyone else has done, but it really is that simple. Blake Crouche's 'Pines' is one of the best-crafted thrillers to appear in a long time. He handles his suspense well and knows just what he has to do to keep the readers turning (or 'clicking' if they're reading on a Kindle, like me). -- Plot-wise, all the novice needs to know is that a federal agent, Ethan Burke, has entered a small, bucolic Idaho town in search of two missing agents. The town seems to conspire against him in the most innocent of ways. Then, it's not so innocent. Then, it just becomes thrilling and bizarre and the book itself becomes 'unputdownable.' I tore through this book in two days and even had a dream (nightmare) about it last night ... and I finished the book weeks ago. -- The very best thing Blake Crouch does in 'Pines' is not let the reader down. Too often, readers are delighted at plot twists and turns in books, wondering how the author will wrap it all up, and then are let down by the ending. Not so with Crouch. The twists keep coming until all the solutions you thought you had fall by the wayside to hitchhike their way back to town. What ends the book is a reveal that is both surprising and rewarding. It seems a cliche to say a book is like 'a ride', but that's exactly what 'Pines' is, a ride. A very satisfying one at that. Now, I'm going to wait in line for the next ride Blake Crouch has to offer.
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    48 of 58 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I read in 2012 January 1, 2013
    By BradC
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I read a lot of books in 2012, mostly science fiction, and this was one of the best. The story was fascinating, but I had this nagging feeling that there was no way the author was going to be able to come up with a plausible explanation for all the elements of the story. I was very pleased and a little surprised when I got to the end and found that the author DID pull it all together with an explanation for all the strange things the main character had experienced. I look forward to reading more by Blake Crouch.
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    the digital book was messed up, out of order, unreadable....I gave up in the first chapter...=/
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    Overall a good read. The storyline drug on a bit toward the end.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars actually) - it was that good. The book starts with Secret Service...
    I finished this book in two days (nights, actually) - it was that good. The book starts with Secret Service Agent Ethan waking up confused, injured in a meadow. Read more
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    I feel like the expression, "I couldn't put this book down" is widely overused, and yet I found myself saying it as I finished this. Read more
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    For me, the mark of a great page turner is how much I think about the concept and plot after finishing it. With this series, I thought A LOT about the plot afterward. Read more
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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,, follow him on Twitter - @blakecrouch1 - or on Facebook at

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