Hunter's Run

  • by George R. R. Martin, Gardner Dozois, Daniel Abraham
  • Narrated by Marc Vietor
  • 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Like so many others, Ramón Espejo ran from the poverty and hopelessness of the Third World to the promise of a new world, joining a host of like-minded workers and dreamers aboard one of the great starships of the mysterious, repulsive Enye. But the life he found on the far-off planet of São Paulo was no better than the one he had abandoned.A luckless prospector hoping for that one rich strike that will make him wealthy, Ramón is content only when on his own out in the bush, far from the dirty, loud, bustling hive of humanity that he detests with sociopathic fervor. Then one night his rage and too much alcohol get the better of him, resulting in sudden bloodshed and a high-profile murder. Ramón is forced to flee into the wilderness for however long it will take for the furor to die down.Here, mercifully, Ramón is once again free. But while searching for his long-elusive lode, he stumbles upon something completely unexpected: a highly advanced alien race in hiding; fugitives like himself on a world not their own.Suddenly, in possession of a powerful, dangerous secret, Ramón must battle for his freedom from alien captors and also against the hostile and unpredictable planet. And so the chase begins.Police, fugitive aliens, and a human murderer weave a web of shifting alliances as Ramón enters the greatest manhunt the alien world of São Paulo has ever known. If he is to survive, Ramón must overcome inscrutable aliens and deadly predators, but his greatest enemy is himself. With every move in the desperate game, he struggles to outwit his enemies and solve the mystery of a murder he himself committed.A rip-roaring adventure tale and character study of a fascinating and twisted mind, Hunter's Run showcases three master writers at their best.


What the Critics Say

Reading List award, American Library Association, 2009"This tightly written novel, with its memorable protagonist and intriguing extrapolation, delivers on all levels." (Publishers Weekly)
"In music, supergroups of established artists are rarely greater than the sum of their parts. The same often goes for science fiction, but critics agreed that these three authors beat the trend by producing a tight, consistent novel." (Bookmarks magazine)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Different but good

This book is thought provoking in that there is no real hero. There is an anti hero that you can have some respect for and that will have to do. The book held my attention and I am in awe of the authors who had the imagination to write it. Some very interesting twists and turns. I would recommend it to sci fi fans and maybe others that just like a good tale.
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- Richard

If only I could cut out the middle

There is a lot of swearing/adult content (i.e. domestic violence is normalized) which makes it unsuitable for younger people, but the lack of sophistication through the middle part of the story makes it too young for most adult readers (i.e. any reasonable adult would not keep trying to solve every problem with violence).

If you've read C.S. Lewis' Out of the Silent Planet you'll definitely see in the middle part of the story where at least one of these authors was influenced by that with his "describe the alien and every event in which it is involved with the highest conceivable level of detail" In this 4 hour segment, the descriptions of urination, laughter, or "being a man" is excessive and makes for very tedious listening.

The first couple and the last few hours show there is a decent story line in here with some surprises and an interesting premise. Excluding the middle part, it has a tone similar to Richard Morgan's Market Forces or Thirteen.

If it had consisted of only the first 3 hours and the last 3 hours, I'd have given this story a 4 or 4.5.
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- crazybatcow "I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-11-2008
  • Publisher: HarperAudio