- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 10 hours and 30 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Hachette Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: June 3, 2014
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00JEI5T4G
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This book is COMPLETELY different: fresh, new, exciting, exhilarating. The setting is raw and unusual. I immediately care a lot about the characters and especially the tertiary premise (troubled teens go to a last-chance rescue camp taught by an expert survivalist). The antagonists are super-creepy and Koryta has introduced some new ways of thinking about creepiness that I have not seen used before. Love, love, love the firefighting angle. Koryta gets into the action right away and stays there. There are unexpected tangential aspects you had not considered.
What's clear with this book is that Koryta took his time to hone the thing down to the crispest, meatiest possible reading. For example, even if you don't care about topo maps (or don't know what thy are), Koryta makes you care. The fire description scenes are horrifying. I actually Googled the firefighter boots to see if they exist (they do and he's right, they're dreadfully expensive). My idea of camping is going to a Motel 8, showering and snuggling up in a warm bed with a good Kindle book. But now I want to go backpacking in the Montana wilderness. That's the power of this writer's expertise. You're drawn in: you're right there backpacking with these kids.
When the book's description says that there's some underlying horror elements, it's not talking about paranormal stuff: it's talking about people who've gone so far off the reservation that you wonder how they got where they are today. You find yourself wanting more backstory on these creepy dudes. Their mom and dad had to have been prize-winning parents.
And Koryta has the cojones to actually say that all super-elitist survivalist training, regardless of whether they're Army Rangers, Navy SEALS, whatever - come from the Air Force! Wow, I like that take-off because the Air Force never gets any strokes. Not sure I believe it just because he says it, but the premise works in the book. You have no doubt this protagonist can pull it off. Or not. You are actually taught survivalist techniques and you're like "Cool! Good to know!"
Truly you will find yourself mad that you dropped $13 for a book you'll knock out in 1.5 hours. It's that good. I will DEFINITELY buy more Koryta books. Michael: Don't sell yourself out to the big house publishers. Keep cranking out fine material like this. We need you!
THE best mystery/thriller book I've read since Koontz's "Intensity."
This thriller is about fear.. how to deal with it and how to overcome it. The fear gets to you because this is not some prefabricated, cardboard, high octane, drama. As you turn the pages you will soon find yourself squirming like a bug on a board scared to death for this boy. The circumstances are too real to ignore.
The two Blackwell brothers are a different lot. They are emotionless killers of a different kind. They are well trained in combat and they work well together. They don't make mistakes; they make others make mistakes. They speak with an unusual objective tone . They seem emotionally removed from the world. When they arrive to kill a victim the two of them speak to victim with a carefree , soft tone like a postman delivering the mail.. Even in the heat of thing going very wrong for them they do not ever lose this objective dialogue. The two Blackwell brothers are very well developed by Koryta. You have to be different to be a murder and these two Blackwell brothers appear very real and very different. What they do and how they speak will scare any reader. You keep reading to find an escape from this fear.
This is a novel where you learn of lot of interesting facts like what to do if you get lost in the woods, how forest fires work, what escapes routes to take when up near the top of the mountain, how to build a fire, how to tack a trail of a hiker etc. There is nothing predictable about this novel and there is nothing contrived about the plot.