From Library Journal
Two Boston couples' weekend getaway to New Hampshire quickly turns into a nightmare in this thriller by the author of Stay Hungry and Pumping Iron. Bill Joyce and Dray Hurley are old college friends who built a company based on a backwoods capture-the-flag odyssey called "The Survival Game." Their hunting and tracking skills are suddenly put to a real-life test when their wives are kidnapped by Red Sizemore, a laborer with whom Bill's wife, Clair, once had an affair. Red takes the women to his northwoods hunting camp, where he hopes to live out a survivalist fantasy. Bill and Dray follow in a relentless manhunt toward the Canadian border. A fiercely elemental drama in the manner of Deliverance, this is recommended for public libraries.-?Lawrence Rungren, Merrimack Valley Lib. Consortium, Andover, Mass.
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Bill and Claire Joyce and Dray and Portia Hurley have been friends for more than 20 years, through business ventures, family crises, and personal tragedy. Bill and Dray have recently grown rich by franchising the "survival game," a variation of capture-the-flag played with paint guns. During an idyllic fall getaway to New Hampshire, a local named Red Sizemore kidnaps Claire and Portia, forcing Dray and Bill to focus their survival-game knowledge on a life-or-death matter. Gaines' first novel in 15 years offers unsettling, nonstop suspense, relentless pace, well-drawn characters, vivid landscape, and crackling dialogue. Even though the character of Red Sizemore is not completely developed, the other characters are morally complex; none of them, not even Red, are cardboard cutouts representing good or evil. More than a violent, action-packed woodland thriller, Survival Games
effectively warns readers of the dire consequences of neglecting family and loved ones. John Rowen