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Those Who Wish Me Dead by Michael Koryta (2016-05-31) Mass Market Paperback – 1787
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Disturbingly evil characters make this a great read16 March 2017 - Published on Amazon.com
I had a hard time getting into this story as it unfolded. Nothing really grabbed me. A private security agent drives into the mountains to drop off a teenage boy witness with her former wilderness survival instructor because she needs to get him off the grid for his own protection. So what. But then we are introduced to two of the most disturbing bad guys I have ever encountered in my reading adventures, who are trying to find and kill the witness. As they progress in their efforts to do so, they sadistically kill anyone who crosses their path who might be able to identify them and tie them to their ultimate task. The body count mounts as the chase continues. And, as the pace quickens, we can feel the panic and fear of the pursued. Toward the end there are some great twists in the plot and we realize that like the players in this story, we too have been taken in by people we trusted. Hats off to Mr. Koryta for creating a thrilling, scary and fun story. He managed to take a rather simple and not terribly original premise and turn in into a great read.
9 people found this helpful
Boring12 June 2018 - Published on Amazon.com
Stopped reading after only 13% in. Bored to tears (almost) by the pace and dialogue. There’s only one thing that’s worse grade-inflation in colleges, and that ratings-inflation by Amazon readers.
9 people found this helpful
Pretty good10 June 2017 - Published on Amazon.com
I was instantly grabbed by the first chapter, but after that I found it slow moving. I found the pair of villains to be the most intriguing though, which I found to be a bit backwards, because instead of rooting for "the good guys" I didn't really care who won out in the end. There was one "twist" toward the end that caught me off guard, but even that was a little far fetched. The writing was very good and had a good flow, but it just didn't hold my interest completely. I would try another book by this author, just to give him a second chance.
7 people found this helpful
A True Page-Turner26 July 2019 - Published on Amazon.com
When I saw that one of my favorite writers and directors currently in Hollywood, Taylor Sheridian (of Hell or High Water, Wind River, Sicario), was adapting this book into a movie, I figured it had to be pretty great. Boy was I not disappointed. The term "page-turner" is thrown around a bit too loosely for my taste, but this is a true "stay up all night with white knuckles from gripping too hard" kind of story. The story also has some very unexpected twists and turns that elevate it from good to great status. The synopsis is very similar to John Grisham's The Client. A young boy witnesses a murder that necessitates him being hidden. Rather than place him inside witness protection, he is given a new identity and sent to spend the summer in a wilderness survival program for troubled teens. Unfortunately, his would-be killers are hot on his trail (no pun intended). Although biased, I'm hopeful Sheridian can break the mold and make a film as good as the medium in which it was originally told.
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Well written and exciting.17 June 2014 - Published on Amazon.com
I like well-written thrillers and this is one. My wife doesn't think that "literature" and "action-adventure" belong together, but I think this writer proves her wrong. The characters are nuanced and Mr. Koryta assumes that you are smart enough to figure where things are headed. The bad guys are some of the creepiest I've read in a few years, and I'd be surprised if you don't empathize with the regular people they come in contact with. The main characters are enjoyable and the backstories are well done. The description of a forest fire and tossed out tidbits of arcane information on fires and firefighting are worth the cost of the book. The ending pages are particularly moving. I wouldn't be surprised to see this made into a movie in a few years.
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