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Entering the tunnels is easy, but Ripley and Gabriela soon discover that reaching the surface again will be the greatest challenge they have ever faced... Who are the mysterious tunnel dwellers and why have they founded an underground community of their own? Who is the tunnel runner and why is he so determined to kill anyone who ventures too close to the Chambers? As they unlock the secrets of this subterranean society, Ripley and Gabriela will also discover the answer to a mystery of their own – one that has haunted Gabriela since childhood.
The Tunnel Runner is a gripping tale of suspense and urban adventure built on a foundation of social tension and family secrets. It takes you by the hand and leads you deep beneath the city of Brisbane.
“There’s no point running, surface walker! You can’t get away from me. Nobody knows these passages better than I do. I’m the tunnel runner.”
The tunnel runner, those words echoed.
Ripley thought to himself. He didn’t know what it meant, but he had seen him run, climb, and jump before. He knew that he was physically superior. Ripley’s workout sessions with his mates may have helped keep him in shape and taught him a few nifty moves, but they were a walk in the park compared to this man’s daily routine.
Ripley was running in the dark. He had to rely on his assailant’s torchlight to guide him along the tunnel, but his own body was blocking most of the beam. He could tell the light was aimed at the back of his head – focused on the exact spot where the tunnel runner wanted to plant his blunt hatchet. It was only a matter of time before he received the deathblow.
Reviews of The Tunnel Runner
Trost combines elements of suspense, mystery and horror into this fast-paced adventure that also asks interesting questions about the way we choose to live and survive in the city, and what happens to those, who through no fault of their own, are discarded by mainstream society." - Maree Kimberley, author of Dirt Circus League
"What Cameron has created feels like modern urban folklore." - Mark McAuliffe, horror writer
"In The Tunnel Runner, Trost effortlessly plunges us into a claustrophobic, underground world hidden mere metres beneath our feet. We experience some genuine moments of terror through the eyes of the sympathetic protagonists. But to me, the greatest pleasure was meeting some delightfully obnoxious surface walkers whose morally bankrupt actions threaten to unleash tragedy." - Amazon reader"I read The Tunnel Runner a few months ago, and while I don't usually write reviews, I wanted to share my excitement for this gripping thriller. I love stories with trains, shady figures, barbed-wire fences, and manholes that lead to mysterious places." - Claire Fitzpatrick, horror author and editor of The Body Horror Book
"This interesting take on Australian socio-demographics features a cinematic climax and a bittersweet denouement. Throughout every plot twist, the city of Brisbane holds the spotlight." - Deborah Sheldon, author of Contrition
About the Author
- ASIN : B01KRWDKMA
- Publisher : Black Beacon Books; 1st edition (September 22, 2016)
- Publication date : September 22, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 920 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 242 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0992321115
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,436,569 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The setting and premise of this book is an exciting one, with an alternative world of outsiders electing to live a fringe existence underneath Brisbane, eluding detection in the seldom visited subterranean tunnels that run for miles below the city streets. Secretive and protective, the commune of disenfranchised are bonded by damaged histories and a distrust and rejection of the values of surface dwellers. Seeing all those above ground as representative of a way of life they’ve chosen to leave behind, any encroachment into their domain is viewed as a threat. When their domain is intruded upon there is a split between the tunnel dwellers, with most taking a sober view, but one man deciding that the intruders should be silenced by any means necessary. The tunnel runner of the novel’s title has earned the moniker by being supremely adept at navigating their underground world, his lean and sharp physique perfect for fleetingly travelling the labyrinthine passageways, his task to visit the surface world in order to procure valuable provisions essential for the survival of his below surface comrades. When his territory is trespassed he reacts by seeking the silencing of those he sees as threatening his clandestine existence. So begins a battle of cat and mouse, riddled with misreadings and false conjectures.
I enjoyed the ideas and backdrop to this book. The narrative and dialogue did strike me as overly simplistic at certain points, hence I feel I can’t go above a 3.5 for it overall. But it’s a world that is intriguing to explore and the first act is very successful at installing a compelling and intriguing setup.
The Tunnel Runner is not a horror novel, but there are a few horrific episodes, such as the dire straits that Ripley finds himself in chapter 12, or some of the claustrophobic scenes. And Dart is a pretty nasty character, who it’s best not to get on the bad side of.
Add to this a fair amount of social commentary about the differences between rich and poor, the prosperous and the socially unfortunate, and you have a fast-paced novel with enough twists and turns that will hold you until the end.
Trost's novel is a subterrannean exploration of Brisbane's inner suburbs, and also paints a vivid picture of the Brisbane suburban landscape. The creation of an alternative community living in the tunnels is a fascinating idea, a utopia of sorts where the small and close-knit community have created a way of life for themselves that rejects the stresses, burdens and cruelties of the "surface-dwellers".
The lives of the tunnel community and "normal" society are explored throughout the novel, through the eyes of two main characters, Ripley and Gabriel, who have developed a fascination with the community. Trost combines elements of suspense, mystery and horror into this fast-paced adventure that also asks interesting questions about the way we choose to live and survive in the city, and what happens to those, who through no fault of their own, are discarded by mainstream society.
Highly recommended for those who enjoy mystery, suspense and exploring ideas about alternative societies.
5 stars: rocked my world and I was sorry it had an ending.
4 stars: brilliant story, brilliant storycraft.
3 stars: a lot of fun, enjoyable.
2 stars: either reasonable ideas but poor prose, or reasonable prose but poor ideas.
1 star: avoid at all costs, probably angry I paid $$ for it.
This book was a fun read, reminiscent of some of David Morrell's work. I wish Amazon allowed a 3.5 rating. What I liked:
The themes of family and wealth. Worthy themes the author tackled here.
The ending. No spoilers but pleased it avoided a Hollywood climax.
The alternative culture and interesting location.
Dart as a character including his motivations.