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Hunter's Run Mass Market Paperback – January 27, 2009
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Top Customer Reviews
Do not expect either series. Sure, this is sort of a science fiction book, in that it takes place on a colonized planet, has an alien race that shuttles humans around, and vehicles that hover. This is the story of one man's flight from his crime, his discovery of and capture by another alien race, and his struggle to get free -- all the while having to come to terms with who he is, what is right and wrong, and where and how things belong. The evolution of this character in his struggle to survive is fascinating -- and while it sounds like a very introspective story, it's still a solid adventure.
This is a bit of a brainy book - folks who like Fantasy or Science Fiction for fast paced action may not like this. This is for people who like serious character and story development. And, of course, Martin just happens to be a master at that.
My favorite part of this book is what most reviewers seem to dislike the most: the main character. Ramon Espejo is a pretty despicable human being. He's a murderer and a criminal, but I'll be damned if he doesn't provide an entertaining point of view. Maybe I've gotten to the point where I've read too much typical fiction with do-gooder protagonists that an a**hole is just what I needed. And even if he is an a**hole, he is funny and has some great dialogue, especially with his travelling companion/captor (who for the sake of not spoiling, I will not reveal here.) And as the story progresses, even though he is still sort of despicable, he does have an epiphany of sorts that changes him as a person. On the basis of how he thought and how he acted, his decisions were believable and I thought his progression as a character was really well done.
The actual story, which I can't speak much on because I'd give it away, is also well done. It is a nice tight plot that flows well from start to finish. There is some good action and some crazy situations, but given the circumstances, there is nothing unbelievable. By the end of Hunter's Run, I was left a little disappointed that it had ended but in no way dissatisfied with the ending. There are no loose ends and it is its own complete story.
This really teeters on the edge between a 4 star and a 5 star book.Read more ›
This tale takes place in the relatively new colonized planet of Sao Paulo; a planet that is rich in minerals, contains vast areas of uninhabited territory, has various new species of animals (both harmless and dangerous) and a mix of Portuguese and Spanish citizenry that teeters on the edge of civilized behavior and lawlessness.
Our hero is a down-on-his-luck prospector, Ramon Espejo. He is on the run, trying to avoid capture for a crime he has committed. He flees to the to unexplored and desolate northern area where he proceeds to prospect for minerals while things blow over back home. His blasting of an unusual rock formation reveals a hive of aliens. Thus the story begins to unfold.
1.) a terrific story, well told. [but see Cons: 1.) below]. In fact the story became better as it went along, becoming very hard to put down as I approached the end.
2.) many subtle twist and turns that were realistic within the context of the story being related...many things that are gradually revealed. Each development shedding new light and a different slant on situations that weren't readily apparent at first.
3.) a simple but good map. This Kindle map is legible (many aren't) in both normal size and expanded forms.
1.) there was a point where (spoiler) about a third of the way when Ramon met the aliens, that the story became secondary to their attempts to communicate...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Right in the tradition of those venerable sci-fi masters of the mid 20th century, "Hunter's Run" is a classic, kick-butt story that has it all: advances in technology;... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tasawuf
I confess, I borrowed this book from the library,.... I didn't get it from Amazon,.... BUT,... I DID get the 4 or 5-book set of "The Game of Thrones" and had that set... Read morePublished 2 months ago by R.D. Wertz/Shara
I truly love this book. It's so good and so underrated, a really great Sci fi novel, I just wish it had a second or third installment to go with it.Published 3 months ago by JotunLeo
Not as good as the Song of Ice and Fire series but interesting concepts.Published 6 months ago by Ky
Good, conflicted characters, interesting plot. The contact with the aliens is contrived, and the protagonist accepts their history naively and out-of-character; also, how did he... Read morePublished 9 months ago by W. Schreiber
Entertaining read throughout, doesn't slow down, interesting story although not very epic. Mostly a casual quickie kie of a read. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Sean Beddows
Excellent read which I enjoyed immensely. Some very clever twists and plenty of quality food for thought. Definitely an engaging book which is a rarer and rarer find nowadays.Published 12 months ago by Thos StoneChaser