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The Dead Run: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Adam Mansbach
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Book Description

With thrilling chills and crackling suspense, The Dead Run is an edgy novel set in the netherworld of the Mexican-American border from Adam Mansbach, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Go the F**ck to Sleep and Rage Is Back.
 
On both sides of the border, girls are going missing and bodies are beginning to surface. It’s a deadly epidemic of crime that plunges a small-town police chief into a monster of an investigation he's not equipped to handle. An ancient evil has returned, and now everyone—the innocent and the guilty—must face their deepest terrors.

With The Dead Run Adam Mansbach delivers an eerie high-concept thriller, mixing horror, the supernatural, and suspense in a chilling, high-octane read.



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From Publishers Weekly

In this taut and gritty adventure thriller with a supernatural element from Mansbach (best known for the satirical children&'s book Go the F**k to Sleep), Jess Galvan, a contraband runner along the Texas-Mexico border with a heart of gold and a daughter he wants to free from his nutcase ex-wife, allows his protective instincts to get the better of him in attempting to save a prostitute from abuse. Galvan winds up in a Mexican prison, where he meets a shamanic figure who straps a box to his back with baling wire. Inside the box is the magically still-beating heart of a virgin. Galvan&'s task: deliver this package across the border to a cult leader in Texas. The problem: doing so will end the world—Aztec style—and usher in an era of evil. The initially staccato narrative voice morphs in fits and starts into rollicking goofiness as the action builds to a finale that threatens to overwhelm all willing suspension of disbelief. Agent: Richard Abate, 3 Arts Entertainment. (Oct.)

From Booklist

Yes, Mansbach is the author of the hilarious children’s-book spoof, Go the F**k to Sleep (2011). But don’t expect many laughs here. His new book is more in keeping with his earlier novels (including Rage is Back, 2013)—an exploration of good and evil, light and dark. A genre-bender, the novel is strong on horror elements, especially its main plotline, in which an American man, stuck in a Mexican prison, is coerced into taking the beating heart—yes, the living, beating heart—of a young girl across the border, where he is to deliver it to a seriously dangerous man. A second, seemingly unrelated story involves a Texas police officer’s search for a missing girl, who may be trying to escape her overbearing, fanatically religious mother. The book has a startlingly compelling villain, the cult leader Aaron Seth, and a nominal hero, sheriff Bob Nichols, and then it has Jess Galvan, the guy with the heart strapped to his back in a sealed box, who fits in somewhere between hero and villain. Both surreal and grounded in harsh reality, the novel is ambitiously plotted and powerfully written. --David Pitt

Product Details

  • File Size: 518 KB
  • Print Length: 309 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 006219965X
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (September 24, 2013)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009NF6CO6
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #239,031 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You've gotta have heart -- and how! October 6, 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
You won't go the f--- to sleep while reading Adam Mansbach's latest novel. In fact, "The Dead Run" may keep you up late as you navigate a twisting path decorated with chills, grossouts, head-bashing encounters and supernatural shenanigans. The plot centers on a sometimes likable prisoner named Jess Galvan, who is charged with carrying a live and beating heart (you read that right) across the Tex-Mex desert in a desperate try to save himself and a few others. That's no easy job when you're up against characters that include a centuries-old Aztec, his slimy son, a flesh-eating virgin army (you read that right, too) and a killer motorcycle gang, while only a few people are on your side, most notably an honest Texas lawman, a 16-year-old girl, and a therapist whose instincts are as good as her looks. In the hands of a lesser writer, the horror-happenings in "The Dead Run" might seem overly far out, but from the novel's tense prologue to its unexpected climax, Mansbach will make a believer of you.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thrill Ride of a Novel September 27, 2013
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Combine the movie Taken with the movie Dusk to Dawn and you get a bit of an idea of the breakneck pace and action of this book. It's a modern action thriller with a bit of paranormal thrown in for an extra kick.
A young girl is kidnapped off the street by a murderous religious cult. A man wrongly imprisoned in a Mexican jail is chosen to be the "righteous messenger" for an ancient evil entity and sent on a mission across the desert. A small town Texas sheriff and a high class psychologist join forces to take on the cult. Add an outlaw biker gang, a few corrupt federales, a disfigured psychotic henchman, and an undead virgin army. Are you getting the picture?
The first couple of chapters set up the plot and introduce us to the characters. The good guys are likable and funny. The bad guys are beyond evil. The action begins with the kidnapping and the clock is set for 24 hours. What takes place within one day for all these characters will have you on the edge of your seat for every chapter. When time runs out, the fate of the world is at stake. Can a handful of ordinary people defeat a supernatural evil entity? Hmm, I wonder.
If you enjoy fast paced, high energy movies and books, this one should be on your reading list. It's a lot of fun and definitely holds your interest throughout. The author doesn't pull punches with his prose so there is a good deal of profanity and violence. Be forewarned if that kind of thing offends you. The only aspect that I was just a little disappointed with was the ending. It kind of leaves you hanging without there being mention of a sequel. If so, I definitely want to read it.
I haven't read any other works by Adam Mansbach but this book certainly makes we want to check out what else he's done. I can see this book being made into a killer action movie. Are you out there Quentin Tarantino?
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lack of character development. An okay story October 3, 2013
Format:Hardcover
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THE DEAD RUN was an exhilarating thriller with a blend of horror and supernatural qualities, though I was left wondering whether I was reading a straight up horror novel as much of the super intricate and magical plot line doesn't seem to start until a few chapters in. Aside from expecting more paranormal qualities earlier in the story THE DEAD RUN was a pretty enjoyable read and the plot was set to eleven in terms of speed which is how thrillers should be. I am typically not a fan of gore which tends to be synonymous with horror so I was pleased that while THE DEAD RUN does have a fair amount of gore it wasn't excessive enough for me to stop reading it.

Another aspect of THE DEAD RUN I enjoyed was the very bloody fight sequences that showed no one is safe from death or horrible injury. So much goes on in these battles with supernatural creatures that I had to re-read parts to figure out what happened to who and where exactly. Also, Most of the supernatural creatures and human characters exist in a grey zone of morality to the point that I could almost understand why a character would randomly decide to do something absolutely crazy in a dire situation.

While I enjoyed the horror story and creepy mythology involving the main bad guy, one of the big issues I had with this THE DEAD RUN is the lack of character development. I could tell that these characters were generally not all good or all bad but they came off more as generalizations of characters. I didn't know or like anyone enough to really care about them, even Galvan. He's very flawed which I only figured out from the vague mentions of his troubled past in the first chapter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars exciting Aztec urban fantasy October 5, 2013
Format:Hardcover
The Dead Run
Adam Mansbach
Harper Voyager, Sep 24 2013, $25.99
ISBN 9780062199652

Jess Galvan works the lucrative cash crops trade that flows back and forth across the Tex-Mex border. He, like many locals, understands the risks of being caught on either side of transporting illegal goods, but Jess takes his chances as he needs money to pay for the best lawyer in the state in order to gain custody of his daughter Sherry from her religious nut mom Melinda Richards.

In Mexico, he sits in a bar waiting for his latest shipment to deliver to El Paso. He observes two patrons with a stoned teen who makes him think of Sherry. Though Jess knows to sit quietly until Pescador arrives with bearer's bonds, he intercedes. One of the thugs is the Chief of Police so Jess is sentenced to ten years in prison for attempted murder. Unbeknownst to Galvan, Sherry vanishes and hysterical Melinda calls Del Verde County Sheriff Nichols as she fears her former cult grabbed her daughter. At the same time Tenochtitlan High Priest El Cucuy mentally takes control of Galvan and orders him to deliver a special package to Seth. If he fails to complete his mission he will dwell in hell; if he succeeds humanity will reside in hell on earth.

This exciting Aztec urban fantasy uses the Tex-Mex border as a bridge between the supernatural and the trafficking that goes both ways. Although the key cast is stereotyped, El Cucuy brings freshness with his Aztec beliefs and his ability from a distance to destroy enemies. . With a nod to the FX TV show The Bridge, this taut tale contains a believable (for the most part) paranormal plot, as Adam Mansbach uses Tex-Mex nation to spin an entertaining supernatural thriller.

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I would almost dare you to put this book down after you start reading it, if it was any more action packed and exciting, it would require seat-belts and airbags. Read more
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I admire writers to no end. It's got to be hard as heck to write thousands of words into a coherent and interesting story. This book isn't that for me. Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
Though it was just a murder mystery with a twist,but found out that it was a little weirder than that. All in all very readable and enjoyable entertainment.
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Adam Mansbach's new novel, Rage is Back (Viking) has been named an Amazon.com Best Book of the Month for January 2013, and a Barnes & Noble Best Book. The Washington Post says "Mansbach has clearly had a play date with Michael Chabon and Junot Diaz, and his fresh, witty novel is one that hip readers will relish," and adds that "There's no resisting [narrator] Dondi, 'a nerd with swagger,' as he riffs on everything from Madison Avenue to yuppies' racial anxiety ," and the San Francisco Chronicle writes that "Rage Is Back does for graffiti what Michael Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay did for comic books. Dondi mashes up disparate linguistic registers with an effortlessness that brings to mind Junot Díaz's perennial narrator, Junior. The ideal interpreter for this journey, he is equally comfortable holding forth on the history of graffiti style, explaining the "tripartite drug economy" of Fort Greene or (like many a smart high school student), bringing it all back to Homer, Plato and The Great Gatsby. ...but beneath all the weed and spray paint, it's a warmhearted story about a son searching for his father and for himself, a trip through the past and present of an American art form that fits surprisingly well within the confines of the novel."

Mansbach's previous book, Go the F*ck to Sleep is a #1 New York Times bestseller, and one of the most talked-about books of the decade. A viral sensation that shot to #1 on Amazon.com months before the book was even available, it has been published in forty languages, and is forthcoming as a feature film from Fox 2000. Mansbach also wrote"Wake the F*ck Up," a pro-Obama video starring Samuel L. Jackson that has been described by many as the greatest political ad of all time. Released online on September 27, 2012, it received 5 million views in its first week.

Mansbach's 2008 novel, The End of the Jews, won the California Book Award and was long-listed for the IMPAC-Dublin Prize. His previous novel, Angry Black White Boy, or The Miscegenation of Macon Detornay, was a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2005; it is taught at more than eighty universities and has been adapted into a prize-winning stage play. He is also the author of the novel Shackling Water, the poetry collection genius b-boy cynics getting weeded in the garden of delights, the graphic novel Nature of the Beast (co-written with Douglas Mcgowan).

An inaugural recipient of the Ford Foundation's Future Aesthetics Artist Grant, Mansbach was also a 2012 Sundance Institute Screenwriting Lab fellow and the recipient of the Indian Paintbrush/Sundance Institute Feature Filmwriting Grant. The 2009-2011 New Voices Professor of Fiction at Rutgers University, he founded, edited and published the pioneering 1990s hip hop journal Elementary and spent several years traveling as a drum technician with the Elvin Jones Jazz Machine. His fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, Esquire, The Believer, and on National Public Radio's All Things Considered.

Mansbach's His debut thriller, The Dead Run will be published in September 2013, by HarperCollins. A frequent lecturer on college campuses across the country, Mansbach lives in Berkeley, California, where he co-hosts the KPFA/Pacifica radio show "Father Figures."

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