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More About the Author
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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Top Customer Reviews
Like King, Crouch writes about real people in extraordinary situations, but more like McCarthy, his prose can be beautiful, poignant and even sublime. Make no mistake, this is a thriller, but there are some scenes in this book so scary you may just check the locks on your doors. This book starts off at a "run" and it just doesn't stop. I stayed up late into the night reading faster and faster to find out what was going to happen to this immediately sympathetic and potentially doomed family of four.
Crouch's characters are very human and very real, and he masterfully weaves often grave and contemplative themes with breathless action. There is deep meaning here, but you don't have time to stop and think about the weight of it until the very last page of the book. Crouch takes you on a ride you just can't get off, and you don't want to - you have to find out what's going to happen!
I was completely swept into the story and found myself at turns terrified, touched and exhilarated along with the Colclough family. Just when you think it can't get any worse...it does. And then it does again. And then... oh then. I can't tell you anymore. What are you waiting for? Buy this book and read it! Now! You have no idea the thrill ride you're missing!
RUN however takes Blake's storytelling to another level completely. Like before he managed me to care for the main characters, and like before he doesn't pull punches. The difference this time is that while the ensuing mayhem is all encompassing, the affects of that mayhem focus primarily on a family of four. While reading I quickly became part of that family, ran with them on their search for safety, cheered when they found shelter, was shocked when things turned from bad to worse, and was deeply moved by the outcome.
DESERT PLACES and LOCKED DOORS were my favorite novels written by Crouch so far, in part because they introduced me to him. But RUN has achieved what I thought impossible. It is now top of my list, and like DESERT PLACES and LOCKED DOORS I expect to read RUN numerous times... Highest recommendation!
Crouch puts his characters through a barrage of tests, offering them just enough rewards and peace to set up their next challenge. They face gunmen, dogs, starvation, freezing to death, and sometimes each other, as they struggle to find a path to survival and hope for a future. He creates fantastic visuals that capture the sheer beauty of nature, and also the horrific impact made as the packs of killers slice their way through these pictures. He offers description that can only come from a person with knowledge of these cities and mountains. He accomplishes this without being too wordy and distracting from the action and emotion of the scenes.
Crouch paints scenery just as easily as he paints agony. He has a fantastic talent for connecting readers with the pain of his characters, good and bad alike. Run accelerates like an avalanche; building slowly at first, then overwhelming readers once it gains momentum. The book offers a good "slow burn" for a while, but continues to amplify in intensity and action. Run begins with Jack's struggle as an estranged husband and a challenged father. His everyday concerns become trivial. Sports scores and celebrity news are long gone.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really great read- had my attention the minute I started. Hard to put down. Definitely a nail biter!Published 3 days ago by trainreader
The premise behind this story is a pretty good idea, which is the only reason I kept reading. The writing was really bad. It was written like an impatient 7th grader.Published 7 days ago by Mary Marin
I have no earthly idea where these 5 star reviews came from! Had to be paid for or they got free books. Read morePublished 19 days ago by squishy
This book kept me from sleeping! I couldn't put it down. What a great story and believable and human characters! Do read this! You will love it!Published 20 days ago by Kathleen K. Parker
But did Dee really die? I didn't understand that part. I loved the book too, just read at maybe 10+..Published 23 days ago by the old woman in the shoe
Crazy story full of excitement. I couldn't put it down. The whole world order collapses and Jack and Dee have to become what they become to stay alive.Published 26 days ago by CS