Sunday, March 11, 2012


Run by Blake Crouch is a simple, yet brilliant novel of a family's survival. Horrific acts of violence have begun taking place in the United States. Each event more shocking and grotesque than the last. As events escalate and spiral out of control the President appears on national TV asking for calm. As anarchy reigns, the power goes out in grids all across the nation, over the radio names and addresses are read of individuals targeted for extinction. Jack Colclough, a University professor, husband and father of two, hears his name. All he can do is run. Without much information, supplies, or a real plan, Jack and his family, make a desperate attempt at survival. Facing a world totally out of control, seemingly insurmountable odds, as well as countless horrors, Jack braves his worst fears and inadequacies in order to save his family; wife Dee, 14-year old daughter Naomi and 7-year old son Cole.

Wow! That was so good! One of the best books I've read in a long time. It's a spine-tingling, edge of your seat, thrill ride from start to finish. Just when you think your nerves can't get more frayed, Crouch amps it up another notch. The characters and family dynamic are so well written, that you care about them from the get go. I especially loved Jack, a man flawed and afraid, but who's love for his wife and his children is stronger than his greatest fears. Most importantly, when all is said and done, without even realizing it, the book becomes more about the bonds of love and the will of the human spirit than about the thrill of the chase. What else can I say? It was so good, that as soon as I finished it, I had to re-read it. Run, don't walk, to your nearest book store or to your computer to visit Amazon to get this great book.