Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Another Camp One: "Pines" by Blake Crouch.

Another Camp One: Pines by Blake Crouch, 2012, 9781612183954.

I ended up enjoying the TV version of this quite a bit. That show was cancelled after the second season. I saw this on the shelf and figured "What the hell, maybe there will be more stuff in the novel." Well, kinda more stuff. But the first season of the show had plenty of episodes and covered a lot of ground.

Secret Service Agent Ethan Burke wakes up in a hospital bed. Burke doesn't quite know what the hell is going on and his memory of the accident that sent him to hospital is very fuzzy. Things are weird at the hospital. There is only one nurse and the doctor never shows like the nurse said he would. Ethan is still badly injured but struggles from bed, finds his clothes, and leaves.

Burke is in Wayward Pines, ID. He and another agent were sent from Seattle to find two other missing Agents. Burke starts walking around town and really starts to like the small town atmosphere. The neighborhoods are neat and orderly. People are friendly. The surrounding mountain cliffs provide fantastic scenery. Burke starts to think this is a place worth moving to.

But, Burke has no cash. Burke tries to call home and only gets a message. Burke tries to call work and can only reach a receptionist who is incompetent and will not connect Burke to the Agent in charge. Burke starts getting massive headaches and worries he might have a very serious concussion.

Things happen. Burke is a bit of a pitbull and keeps pushing and probing and questioning the hospital, local people, and the strange local Sheriff. Things, of course, are not what they seem. I already knew what would be happening but the adaptation made quite a few changes to the story line and I enjoyed the novel. I'm not sure if I will read the other two books in the series.

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