Those Who Wish Me Dead

Koryta, Michael

Book - 2014
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Those Who Wish Me Dead
"When 13-year-old Jace Wilson witnesses a brutal murder, he's plunged into a new life, issued a false identity and hidden in a wilderness skills program for troubled teens. The plan is to get Jace off the grid while police find the two killers. The result is the start of a nightmare. The killers, known as the Blackwell Brothers, are slaughtering anyone who gets in their way in a methodical quest to reach him. Now all that remains between them and the boy are Ethan and Allison Serbin, who run the wilderness survival program; Hannah Faber, who occupies a lonely fire lookout tower; and endless miles of desolate Montana mountains. The clock is ticking, the mountains are burning, and those who wish Jace Wilson dead are no longer far behind" -- from publisher's web site

Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown, & Company,, 2014
ISBN: 0316122556
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY KORYT...M
Characteristics: 392 pages ; cm


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Mar 08, 2015
  • avidreader2002 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

excellent book. I will have to try more by this author.

Jan 28, 2015
  • ndexter rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Self disclaimer: not a fan of authors who use children and teens as the; premise, hero, heroine or placing them in an adult protagonist role as a crime solver, unless it's Nancy Drew, Andy Hardy, etc. That being said Koryta's tale does a good job in giving an overview of the basics for; camping, hiking, outdoor environ- ment techniques, etc. It is against this backdrop killers pursue a youth who witnessed their killing. Besides the aforementioned, the story is filled with unnecessarily invented frenzied situation which prolong a boring and predictable ending.

Dec 15, 2014
  • altybiz rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Had to read this book in one day. Good job of keeping me intrigued. Enjoyed the setting, the survival info provided by several different characters that I hadn't known before. A number of unexpected twists and turns right to the end. Very satisfying read on a cold, windy day. Reminds me a lot of Craig Johnson and Nevada Barr.

Nov 18, 2014
  • Debbi_0 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

very good book, some real twists in the story that you don't see coming!

Oct 08, 2014
  • multcolib_alisonk rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

13 year old boy sees something he shouldn't have and is forced to flee into the woods, killers hot on his trail. Kortya takes Cormac McCarthy-esque villains almost to the point of caricature, and there are lots of 'yeah but' moments when you want to argue with the author; but this page-turning story is saved by the details of wilderness survival and the description of the mountain setting.

Aug 27, 2014
  • randalljay rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

There are lots of anomalies in this story. I was inclined to quit 1/3 through but I wanted to see how some were explained. I thought the explanations were even more far fetched.

Aug 12, 2014
  • bjwatkins rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Well plotted and suspenseful with a wilderness survival theme. If you like Nevada Barr books you will like this book.

Jul 20, 2014
  • aliciamarie rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Intense, quick read with good character development. I was pleased that this story had a different setting than any of the other books I've read recently. Lots of wilderness and survival tactics and knowledge that at first I skimmed over but then realized I needed to know in order to understand the plot. Fast, thrilling read that I enjoyed!

Jul 17, 2014

A teen witnesses a murder and must trek through the wilderness of Montana to escape the perpretrators. Luckilly, there are others who help him elude those who are pursuing him, as well as the wild fires that are sweeping through the mountains.

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