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Nathan's Run Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 1997

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Twelve-year-old Nathan Bailey, accused of murdering a cop, becomes the target of a nationwide manhunt even as a vicious hit man is closing in on him. Orphaned and alone, Nathan has no one to count on but himself. To stay alive he must exercise all his agility and cleverness. And ironically, he finds his honesty is the best weapon he has as he wins the trust of a radio talk-show host and pleads his case to a rapt nation. This debut novel by John Gilstrap has created an international sensation. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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YA. If John Grisham and Charles Dickens were to collaborate, this book could be the result, for The Client and Oliver Twist both come to mind when reading Gilstrap's first novel. It's a page-turner with a star-crossed, brave young hero. Nathan, a 12-year-old orphan, is locked up in a juvenile-detention center after stealing a car belonging to his no-good guardian. The boy escapes after killing a guard in self defense, and eludes police with a combination of limited street smarts and dumb luck. While holed up in a vacant house, he tunes into a call-in radio show on which he is the topic of discussion. After hearing a number of adults condemn his behavior, he calls the show and tells his side of the story. YAs will appreciate the courage Nathan shows in confronting his accusers, explaining the circumstances of his actions and convincing many listeners that he is not a killer. The authorities consider Nathan a cop killer and he must keep moving, unaware that a hit man is also on his trail. One officer investigates Nathan's side of the story. It's a race between the good cop and the contract killer to see who finds the boy first. Readers are left to ponder his ultimate fate. A riveting read.?Nancy Karst, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Reprint edition (August 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446604682
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446604680
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.7 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (190 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,514,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A. Wolverton VINE VOICE on November 28, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Nathan's Run is a very good thriller about a 12-year old boy who escapes from a youth detention center after killing a guard in self-defense. (Or was it self-defense???) In an ordinary thriller, the author would follow a formula that the reader would probably be able to easily figure out. That doesn't happen here. Gilstrap gives us just enough information to keep us turning the pages to find out what happens to Nathan next. All is not as it seems in Nathan's life. Anxious to tell someone his story, Nathan telephones a national radio talk show. Improbable? Maybe. Maybe not. But it is suspenseful and riveting.
Nathan's Run may not be for everyone. There's lots of violence and profanity, but there's also quite a lot that Gilstrap has to say about our society and where we're headed. Also Nathan is one of the most unforgettable characters in adult fiction. A good read, but not a great ending, thus earning four stars instead of five.
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By A Customer on January 7, 2002
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Gilstrap happens to be one of my favorite authors, and Nathan's Run was a great story. The plot of a young 12 year old boy who murders a Juvinille Detention Supervisor and becomes a fugitive of the law is gripping and thrilling. Gilstarp does a have a problem getting off a subject though. If you want a great book in the same genre, by the same author try At All Costs (Read my review on it). Overall this was a great book, if you have the time to read it.
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By A Customer on June 17, 2000
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An excellent book from a first time writer. The blurb on the back compared the writer to John Grisham which is a bit unfair as I found Nathan's Run more enjoyable than the other JG's efforts.
The book is fast paced and you can relate to the characters. The story is well thought out and structured. The writing style is undemanding as it should be for a book of this type.
Definately one of the best action books I have read. It would actually translate into an excellent movie.
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I have read every book available by Mr. Gilstrap. I absolutely find his writing,character development and plot outstanding in every one of his books. If you purchase any one of his books you will be hooked permanently to the best author of thriller books extant. M. Pollack
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**** BEWARE, SPOILERS AHEAD ****

What a page-turning, heart-thumping thrill ride this book was! My empathy factor was off the charts as I read about poor Nathan and the trials that seemed to constantly befall him. By the end (and a reminder that this is a big spoiler so stop reading now if you don't want to know... Seriously, stop now... Still reading?? Okay, but you were warned), I was crying right along with Warren and Nathan as they sat on the kerb. This was an exceedingly well-written thriller, and I have come to realise that this is obviously the norm for Mr Gilstrap! Definite 5 star book!!!
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I believe that this was John Gilstrap first novel !! It is a winner !! VERY well written , and keeps the reader constantly going back for more ! You even fall in love with the little boy , Nathan , he is so real ! Tremendous story !!
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By grandmum on January 12, 2015
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I gave just discovered John Gilstap in the last six months. Thanks, Amazon, for making the suggestion. His books are well written, tightly plotted, and populated with believable characters, I have bought all of his books and have rationed them out, keeping myself from reading them all at once! Thanks, Amazon, for making it possible to find old works.
Try thus author. I can hardly put his books down!
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I read at the end of the story that this was the authors first book. He had written it 17 years ago. All I can say is what a great start. I have read more of this authors books and they have All been great.This one kept me reading all of it in one day. I could not put it down. This man is an amazing story teller of thrillers!
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