Pines (Wayward Pines #1)

Pines (Wayward Pines #1)

by Blake Crouch


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The international runaway bestseller is now a Major Television Event from executive producer M. Night Shyamalan, starring Matt Dillon and premiering May 14th on FOX.

Secret service agent Ethan Burke arrives in Wayward Pines, Idaho, with a clear mission: locate and recover two federal agents who went missing in the bucolic town one month earlier. But within minutes of his arrival, Ethan is involved in a violent accident. He comes to in a hospital, with no ID, no cell phone, and no briefcase. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into the disappearance of his colleagues turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he get any phone calls through to his wife and son in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what is the purpose of the electrified fences surrounding the town? Are they meant to keep the residents in? Or something else out? Each step closer to the truth takes Ethan further from the world he thought he knew, from the man he thought he was, until he must face a horrifying fact—he may never get out of Wayward Pines alive.

2013 International Thriller Award Nominee

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612183954
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 08/21/2012
Series: Wayward Pines Series , #1
Pages: 319
Sales rank: 33,642
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Blake Crouch was born in the North Carolina piedmont in 1978. He earned his undergraduate degrees in English and creative writing from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, publishing his first two novels within five years of graduation. Since then he has published eight additional novels as well as multiple novellas, short stories, and articles. His novels Fully Loaded, Run, and Stirred, which was co-written with J. A. Konrath, have each earned spots in the top ten of the Kindle bestseller list. Three novels, one novella, and one short story have all been optioned for film. He lives today in Durango, Colorado.

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Pines 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please make this available for the NOOK ereader!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please make this trilogy available for nook.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
 Imagine you have just woken up in a cold sweat on the side of a river in the middle of nowhere. You have no memory of who you are and why you are there, even worse you have no belongings or forms of identification on you either. Finally once the state of dissolution fades away once finding your way into town, the memories of being a secret service agent on a mission to find two missing colleagues comes back into view. As you dig to find answers you began to uncover more questions on why this town Wayward Pines is putting up the façade of perfection. Soon your mission diverts from trying to find colleagues to trying to escape from Wayward Pines; however the chilling intuition that there is no way out begins to test your sanity as you embark on your new mission. This thrilling journey is the plotline for the book Pines. Pines by Blake Crouch is a book that once you pick up you will not be able to put down due to its unique plotline and unanticipated twists.              The first thing that appeals to the readers senses in this book is how different the plotline is from other mysteries. Pines does an excellent job at creating a new, alternative world that allows for some magic to be brought into an otherwise hard hitting mystery. It has just a bit of a futuristic touch to make it different than reading just another Nancy Drew book that is just one out of hundreds. Although it does have a flare of imagination, it does not distract you from the real terror of what is happening in this seemingly perfect town and still instills that need to find answers within you.                This book also makes you hungry for more by blind siding you with new, unexpected twists throughout every discovery. I have personally read many books where you could tell from a mile away what the hard hitting mystery was. Those kind of mysteries honestly made me set the book down to collect dust. However in Pines I was truly taken aback by how all of the clues linked together and was shocked at the end when you find out the truth behind the town and the main characters existence within it. Even a good NCIS episode could not top the twists in this book. Although a NCIS show can throw some curve balls, this book goes down a path that no one could have predicted while truly displaying originality that sets it apart from all other mysteries.              Overall,  Pines  by Blake Crouch is the perfect read for any young adult due to its unique plotline and unanticipated twists. The reader of this book will either be, drawn in by its futuristic and slightly magical overtone or engulfed into the story throughout each new twist. Once you have finished this book, do not fret for it is a part of a trilogy and I recommend you continue down its journey on to book two,  Wayward  by Blake Crouch.              
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Exciting book! I finished it in days, unable to put it down at times. It had an ending / explanation that I never saw coming, and it resolved all questions. I'm not sure how this will be a series, but I'm looking forward to finding out!
MasonCanyon More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy visiting quaint, peaceful towns, author Blake Crouch’s latest release PINES may have you rethinking that. As I listened to this spine-tingling thriller, I had verses from the old Eagles’ song HOTEL CALIFORNIA running through my head. You’ll understand when you listen to or read PINES. Secret Service Agent Ethan Burke is not a perfect man. He’s cheated on his wife and doesn’t spend enough time with his young son, but he’s a dedicated agent and a good man at heart. Crouch has created a strong protagonist in Burke making him realistic with flaws and a vulnerable side. Narrator Paul Michael Garcia does a wonderful job bringing this story to life. His vocalization of Ethan’s range of emotions is gripping. His cadence draws the listener in and holds them spellbound as the suspense and terror explodes. Garcia gives distinct vocals to the supporting characters as well. Burke is sent to Wayward Pines, Idaho, to search for two missing federal agents. When he and his partner are involved in a violent hit-and-run upon arriving in town, Burke’s world is turned upside down. He wakes with no ID or other possessions, a hazy memory and a dead partner. Recovering from the wreck, Burke is faced with more questions than answers. He stumbles upon the mutilated body of one of the missing agents only to become the prime suspect in the killing. With no one to turn to, Burke soon realizes there is something terrible wrong in Wayward Pines. He can’t seem to make contact with the outside world and he can’t seem to find the road leading out of town. Crouch takes the story on a roller coaster ride of emotions as Burke tries to find his way home and come to terms with his surroundings. There are twists, turns, highs and lows that keep the listener/reader wondering what is real and what isn’t. The action is adrenaline-driven with mystery and suspense around every corner leading to a surprise ending. PINES is one of those stories that may cause you to re-evaluate a few things as the plot stays with you long after the last sentence. FTC Full Disclosure - This audio book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pines will keep you on the edge of your seat the whole time. Everytime I thought I knew what was going on I would get proved wrong. Pines is a must read!
frankfosterfan112 More than 1 year ago
Wayward is a perfect little town in Idaho. Federal agent Ethan Burke is sent to Wayward to search for two missing agents. But within minutes of arrival he is involved in a car wreck. After waking up in the hospital he can’t explain the disappearance of his phone, I.D., or his brief case. After being released from the hospital he doesn’t know why he can’t contact any of his family or even the outside world. Despite all of this confusion he continues his search for his colleagues. He finds agent Kate. But she acts like she’s never seen him before. Ethan is starting to wonder why everyone is acting so fake. Every step closer Ethan gets to finding out the truth only leads him to more questions. Not being able to know anything will test Ethan’s sanity. Even though this is my favorite book it does have some weaknesses. Some of Blake Crouch’s ideas in the book are a little far-fetched. For instance, it is hard to believe that one man can be responsible for over 475 kidnappings. On the other hand, there are more strengths than weaknesses. For example, the way the author gives almost everyone, even the least important people in the story, names. In one scene Ethan is in the woods being chased by kids and the author named every one of the kids, even though they only were relevant for that one scene. This makes the story more real to the reader. I recommend this book to any advanced reader who enjoys thrillers or dystopian literature. This book does not disappoint.
DTChantel More than 1 year ago
Once you start reading this book, it will be absolutely impossible to put it down until you've read it all! This is what a book should be. As a horror fan, I must say that this book addressed every fear possible and some scenes were so chilling, they literally did send shivers down my spine. The writing was so good you felt like you were there, experiencing everything. Even though I knew the ending was going to be something pretty unique, I still didn't expect the ending when it came. Some books you read and then forget about three months later. This one, and all the characters and events in it, is one I will never forget!
RuthieJonesTX More than 1 year ago
Pines is non-stop action and a constant adrenaline surge. It's a jacked up Twilight Zone that sucker punches you from the first page and every page after. I can say no more because spoilers would be evil, unless you've watched the show (Wayward Pines), which I haven't because I don't really watch TV. I read this book at lightning speed, and now I must get my hands on the second in the series (Wayward). I don't scare easily when it comes to books, but Pines terrified the living daylights out of me. The story is confusing, odd, creepy, and exhausting. Love it! It's a thrill ride that shakes you up and spits you out, right into the lap of book 2. Is the human species really worth preserving? The earth doesn't need us, but we need us. Desperately. The desire to survive and perpetuate can make us do strange and outlandish things to ourselves, to each other, to the environment, to our very existence. Who has the courage and foresight to say when we've gone too far?
T-Bones More than 1 year ago
Extremely hard to put down!! So many things could be said to describe how awesome this book is but being careful not to give anything away, I'll just say it is awesome, and tell people to read it.
jlgc More than 1 year ago
The Pines is the first in the Wayward Pines series written by Blake Crouch. Ethan Burke, a Secret Service agent arrives in Wayward Pines after a car accident. Burke, with a partner were headed there to investigate the disappearance of two Secret Service agents. Wayward Pines is a quaint little town where everything is not as it seems. The town is surrounded by an electric fence. People do not talk about their past, and every word and action is being monitored. Burke is determined to find a way out of town and when he does, he gets the surprise of his life. This is a very good story about a megalomaniac who has built his own society and kidnapped those he wanted to populate it. There is a portion of the story where I felt I as being lectured about humans ruining the earth. I guess I identified very well with Burke. Suspense is built very well around the experiences of Burke. The true nature of what is going on is cleverly hidden until Crouch is ready to let us in on what is happening. I would recommend this book for both adults and young adults who enjoy spy type stories. If you have been watching the TV series that is based on the book, you should still read the book. There are differences. I found I preferred the story line of the book more than the TV series. And, I watched the series first. I’ve only been able to read two of Crouch’s books and neither have disappointed.
BlackAsh13 More than 1 year ago
So very good! Secret Service Agent Ethan Burke is sent to the town of Wayward Pines to investigate the disappearance of two fellow agents.  He finds that there is something slightly off about this town, and becomes consumed with finding out what is the deal with Wayward Pines. Pines kept me riveted literally from the very first page.  This is not a nonstop action thriller.  The mystery of what has happened to Ethan Burke, and his attempts to find out the truth about this town is written in such a way that it keeps you mesmerized.  You really feel for Ethan and his struggles against being held against his will in this town.  The lure of finding out what drives this town keeps you turning the pages.  And the ending was not anything I had expected at all.  I was expecting a straightforward mystery/thriller type novel, and the conclusion went in a very different direction.  I highly recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Scary & smart
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Drewano More than 1 year ago
Twisting and turning “Pines” takes you on a wild ride.  Reading this you know something’s not right but when the reveal came at the end I didn’t see that coming!  A well written good mix of action and storytelling and an ending you’ll never see coming makes for a fun read.
AnnieB3 More than 1 year ago
Blake Crouch is a really good writer, as in really, really good. He knows his literature. And with "Pines" he proves himself to be in that rarified air of authors who not only are terrific writers at the peak of their craft, but also commercially successful, which is another quiver in the writer's bow - it means he has written a fast-paced, riveting and beautifully rendered page-turner. Home run.
beaglezrock More than 1 year ago
With the exception of Eerie, I have really enjoyed the works of Blake Crouch, and Pines is wonderful. It is defintely very Twilight Zone-esque. Once I began Pines I really had a hard time putting it down. Thankfully I started it on a weekend and was able to finish it in one day as it is fairly short. The story kept me tuned into wanting to not what would happen and what was the real story with Wayward Pines. I thought the ultimate outcome of what is really going on was a very unique idea and I loved it.
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marilyn64 More than 1 year ago
What the  ------!!!!!!  On NOOK in Hungarian, Spanish, Russian!!     What is wrong with this company?!
Subtlety More than 1 year ago
I might buy a reputable condition Gutenberg Bible for NINETY-EIGHT DOLLARS, but damned if I'll pony up more than a light tenth of that for an MP3. Seriously, $98.14? Good luck with that.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please make this trilogy available for the Nook!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story itself was well written and captivated me enough to where I couldn't put down the book.  At first read you think the book is a mystery from the way the author has it set up. Three quarters of the way threw it is more of SyFy than anything. Was it a good story yes. Would I recommend reading the series is another thing. I do not particularly like readin SyFy, however, the author keeps things interesting enough to continue on. My advice is if you're not into SyFy this isn't the book for you. If you're willing to branch out I would whole heartedly give this a recommendation.