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See Jack.

See Jack run.

Run Jack, run.

Run for your life!

Last week Blake Crouch shared his new novel with me.  RUN is now available only as an eBook (we’d love to produce a hardcover edition for collectors. . .more later).  I downloaded it and started reading it on Sunday evening.  I finished it at 1:06 pm on Monday, and five minutes later I had Blake on the phone.

“Wow, you are really twisted!  What a ride.  I read it in one sitting”

I’d tell you more about our conversation, but it would reveal too much of the story and serve to spoil your reading.  I have to admit that I’m a sucker for a high impact read.  Blood, gore, violence, and unrelenting suspense ring my bell.  This story has it all.

I know that Blake and David Morrell are friends, and the ultimate compliment that I can offer is that the story is somewhat reminiscent of Morrell’s classic, Testament, which I told David is the most depressing book I ever read.

I first discovered Blake with the release of his first book, Desert Places (again read in one sitting), and have become a big fan of his style of suspense.  It’s somewhat unusual for a bookseller (who doesn’t sell eBooks) to recommend a download, but Blake deserves the support.  So, if you are Kindle Enabled or Nook Equipped or just PDF Pacified, go download RUN (http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/43950).  If you are not delighted with the story . . . well you just take things a little too seriously.

For the collectors, VJ Books has signed 1st editions of Blake’s four hardcovers, Desert Places, Locked Doors, Abandon, and Snowbound, readily available.

From Blake Couch:

It’s called RUN, it’s a thriller, and here’s the pitch:

Picture this: A landscape of American genocide…

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A rash of bizarre murders swept the country…

Senseless.  Brutal.  Seemingly unconnected.

A cop walked into a nursing home and unloaded his weapons on elderly and staff alike.

A mass of school shootings.

Prison riots of unprecedented brutality.

Mind-boggling acts of violence in every state.

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The murders increased ten-fold…

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The President addressed the nation and begged for calm and peace…

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The killers began to mobilize…

Y e s t e r d a y

All the power went out…

T o n i g h t

They’re reading the names of those to be killed on the Emergency Broadcast System.  You are listening over the battery-powered radio on your kitchen table, and they’ve just read yours.

Your name is Jack Colclough.  You have a wife, a daughter, and a young son.  You live in Albuquerque , New Mexico . People are coming to your house to kill you and your family.  You don’t know why, but you don’t have time to think about that any more.

You only have time to….


Run eBook by Blake Crouch