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On the surface, there is not much to like about this group of grizzled outlaw bikers - especially after learning of their most recent "incident". It's actually hard to pull for either side - the bikers have done evil things and the trucker seems to be a cold-blooded, anonymous murderer. This is a story without heroes. But even though I could never decide whether I wanted the bikers to get away from the trucker or not, the full-throttle action kept me riveted. King and Hill managed to provide a slow reveal of character development and back-story in this otherwise high-octane narrative. Eventually, near the end of the story, I begin to care about *everyone* - even the anonymous trucker - and THAT is what makes the ending so tragic and this short story so brilliant.
I was looking for something to read for an hour after a long day and this fit perfectly.
Throttle was a fun, fast-paced read. Even though I should have known how it would end (there is no "twist," per se), it still caught me off guard. If you like a bit of family drama with your thriller you'll probably enjoy this short story. I give it 4 stars because, while it was good, there were a few moments (phrasings, words) when I thought, "Really? Did adults write this?" It wasn't enough to distract from the whole experience, but it was enough to detract a star none-the-less.
Plot is fairly basic: A close-knit motorcycle gang called the Tribe, led by a constantly feuding father/son duo (think Jax Teller and Clay Morrow if the personalities were reversed), is making its way through the Southwest after a drug deal gone violently bad. They inadvertently offend a psychotic long-haul trucker, who then proceeds to pick the bikers off one by one using his massive eighteen-wheeler. Blood, guts, twisted metal, and foul-mouthed B-action/horror movie hijinks ensue.
"Throttle" is a fast, dirty piece of work that is just the perfect length. Is it the best thing these writers have written? Far from it. Then again, it's not trying to be. This is the literary version of "grindhouse," boys and girls; fun, gory entertainment. The only way it differs from those old, washed out drive-in movie blood-baths of the late 60s and 70s is that "Throttle", for better or worse, actually has somewhat of a heart, which just acts as a total cherry on the top of an already delicious sundae.
This story was originally published in an anthology paying tribute to the late, great Matheson, and is the only story in the collection which even a reader not totally familiar with Matheson's oeuvre can enjoy. It works as an homage, and as a stand-alone story too. Give this bad boy a download, and remember to always check your side-views. In the meantime, enjoy the ride!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My first Joe Hill; I've been a Stephen King fan single I was a teenager. This story was tight, no extraneous side trips, the ending was just; I like that.Published 4 days ago by Judy M.
Horrible characters, gratuitous and extreme profanity, depressing and lacking a plot. There is no pleasure in reading a book like this.Published 5 days ago by Fiat500e fan
This book isn't terrible. But has this author ever actually ridden a motorcycle? I think not.Published 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
Lot of fun. Good time to the end. Do not miss out on this one. You will not regret it.Published 24 days ago by Harold Brandon
Good story, it would make Richard Matheson proud. His Duel is one of my favs.Published 28 days ago by paul_wall
I enjoy both the writing styles of Joe Hill and Stephen King. They did a great job of marrying their styles into a gripping and entertaining story. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Blythe Gromelski
This is a short story that I finished in about half an hour. The first few pages were a bit confusing, but after I got the characters straightened out in my mind it was fine. Read morePublished 1 month ago by RedRedtheycallmeRed
What a rip off. It took me 20 minutes to read these. It's a short story and it cost $8.49. Would have been better in an anthology. Buyer beware.Published 2 months ago by cathcoug
I love Joe Hill and I love Stephen King but somehow the two together just didn't do it for me. I think the price was a bit high as well. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
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