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

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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.

Read on to find out what it was about Twin Peaks that inspired Pines at www.kindlepost.com.


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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

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  • File Size: 3170 KB
  • Print Length: 315 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1503946606
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (August 21, 2012)
  • Publication Date: August 21, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007FG9LIE
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Blake Crouch is the author of over a dozen bestselling suspense novels, including the international runaway bestselling series Wayward Pines, now a Major Television Event From Executive Producer M. Night Shyamalan, Starring Matt Dillon, airing on FOX May 14th.

His short fiction has appeared in numerous short story anthologies, and his longer fiction has been shortlisted for the International Thriller Award.

Blake lives in Colorado. To learn more about what he is doing, check out his website, www.blakecrouch.com, follow him on Twitter - @blakecrouch1 - or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/blake.crouch.9

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358 of 383 people found the following review helpful By J. Stroh VINE VOICE on 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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228 of 255 people found the following review helpful By Timothy J. Mccarthy VINE VOICE on July 9, 2012
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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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126 of 151 people found the following review helpful By Paper or Kindle TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 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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63 of 75 people found the following review helpful By BradC on January 1, 2013
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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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112 of 137 people found the following review helpful By Rachel_USN on August 18, 2014
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I cannot believe this book got so many good reviews. I’m so glad I didn’t pay for it.

I’d rather read the book of “Sharknado,” if there is one.

The first two chapters were decent enough that I kept reading, but by about the halfway point I just got annoyed and reverted to skimming in order to hurry up and get to the point. Like other reviewers, I didn't know this was going to be a cheap sci-fi novel until I was about 70% into the story.

So many problems, where do I begin?

1) The main character is unlikeable. The author poorly applied the “federal agent with a history of military combat and prisoner of war” veneer in an attempt to force the reader to like him, but really, he’s just an ass. I kept waiting for some redeeming qualities, but they never came.

2) The writing is very basic with multiple fragments, unnecessary and repetitive descriptions, and incomplete sentences. It’s definitely not a challenging read, but at one point I felt like I was back in high school reading short stories in my 9th grade English class. In this case, shorter would have been better as the pain would have ended sooner.

3) The “thriller” portion of the story comes from the unnecessary and inexplicable violence and agonizingly long chase sequence. There is an attempt to explain it at the end, but it is incredibly weak and reminds me of listening to self-aggrandizing college freshmen arguing during a philosophy 101 class.

4) The science is bad.
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