Those Who Wish Me Dead

Those Who Wish Me Dead

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The newest thriller from Michael Koryta, New York Times 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.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2014.
ISBN: 9780316294850
0316294853
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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jimg2000
Aug 09, 2017

Read my first book, Rise the Dark 2016, by this author two weeks ago and liked it very much. While one of the main characters in this mystery thriller was a troubled young thirteen year old boy, the rest were grown ups, either friends or foes and rugged survival experts or contract killers. Some wise advice on roughing-it in high mountains, Montana's Republic Peak, in all sorts of conditions including when caught in lightning and fire storms. (First time learn of "Buys Ballot’s law.") Understand that a film based on this book is in the works by 20th Century Fox. Should be good experience for both young teens and adults.

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sadhvi
Jun 22, 2017

Too many character's developed. Had to skim through parts to keep engaged.

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Woody1949
Feb 15, 2017

This is the first of Michael Koryta's books I've read and couldn't put it down.
Good characters with a few twists in the story to keep you interested. I'll definitely read a few more.

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BWilsoned
Oct 08, 2015

Though I liked Koryta's "The Ridge" this one was too melodramatic for me.

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muffin0321
Aug 21, 2015

I love this author!!! This is the second book of his I have read and so anxious to read all of his books. I can hardly put it down (and I don't say that about many books). It is suspenseful, keeping me 'on the edge of my seat.' Give him a try.

JCLAxelF Aug 03, 2015

This book is fast paced and intense but well worth the read. I recommend it to adult and teens alike.

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Reads_A_Lot
Jul 20, 2015

Good page turner. Parts were a little far-fetched but still an entertaining read.

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Mario33
May 21, 2015

This book is amazing! I sat down to read it on Monday night and if not for work would have had it finished the next day! The first three pages were a little slow but once the action started I was on the edge of my seat until the end. Should be on everyone's gotta read list!

Cynthia_N May 01, 2015

Great book!! Action, suspense, survival, forest fires, hit men, and a shocking twist! Read it!!

avidreader2002 Mar 08, 2015

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

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jimg2000
Aug 09, 2017

SERE: survival, evasion, resistance, and escape.
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The Beartooth Highway, as 212 was also known, was one of the most beautiful—and dangerous—highways in the country, a series of steep switchbacks that wound between Montana and Wyoming and peaked at over ten thousand feet.
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A wise man didn’t rent attack dogs; he raised them himself. Why? Because he’d never be able to fully trust them otherwise.
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Trouble might come for you when you showed fear, but trouble doubled-down when you lied about being afraid.
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When the mountains were gone and the air blew exhaust smoke instead of glacier chill and the pressures that were on you couldn’t be solved with a length of parachute cord and an ability to tie the right knot with your eyes closed. If you could find that and hold it there within yourself, a candle of self-confidence against the darkness, you could accomplish great things.

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jimg2000
Aug 09, 2017

When the regular-hand crews got into a blaze they couldn’t handle, the hotshots would roll, and the only ones higher up on the food chain than them were the smokejumpers. Bunch of guys parachuting in behind walls of flame. Cheaters, Hannah had said to Nick once, watching them descend. We had to walk our asses in here.
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Tied to the back of her pack was a pair of White’s fire-line boots. To those who laid trench lines and swung Pulaskis, they were the stuff of legend.
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No, they didn’t each have just one shadow right now. Jace had his own, and he also had two others. They were out there somewhere in the world, and they intended to catch him.
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“In the Northern Hemisphere, that means that shadows move clockwise,” Ethan said. “So give the sun just a little time. We’re going to wait on that shadow to move.”

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jimg2000
Aug 09, 2017

The fire would be bordered by creeks and road and rock there, and they would believe they had it sequestered. Unless the wind had different plans.
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the two giant shadows turned to two average-size men but now twice as menacing.
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“Positive mental attitude, wilderness first aid, shelter, fire, signal, water, food,” he said. “Obviously, you need to deal with medical problems immediately. But then we need shelter. With shelter, we can stay warm and dry, or cool and dry, while we prepare to deal with the rest of our needs. With shelter, the environment is no longer in control.”
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Anticipate and recover, anticipate and recover. If you could do the first well, you were ahead of most people. If you could do both well? You were a survivor.
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Bears are lazy; they appreciate free meals.
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three categories of information about the smoke: Volume: small, medium, large Type or character: thin, heavy, building, drifting, blanket Color: white, gray, black, blue, yellow, coppery

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jimg2000
Aug 09, 2017

“There are two kinds of men in war,” his father had said. “The killing kind, and the dying kind. If you’re the dying kind, you won’t survive shit. If you’re the killing kind, you will. It’s already in there. You’re teaching woodcraft, and that’s fine. But if they’re the dying kind, all your tricks won’t save ’em.”
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Ethan had grown up pointed toward the military, and enlisting was the same sort of free-will decision that the sun made when it chose to set in the west.
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A certain wind chased Hannah, and it was a killing wind.
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her weakness, as they saw it, was readily apparent: the extra X chromosome.
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Rule number one for a woman on the fire line: you had to outwork everyone. Rule number two: when you did, you’d be considered less of a woman because of it.
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Rookie bravado, sophomore cockiness, and veteran’s wisdom. The three stages she’d come to know.

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jimg2000
Aug 09, 2017

There is no such thing as quitting time. Remember that, boys. You rest, you sleep, you pout, you cry. You’re allowed to get mad, allowed to get sad. But you’re not allowed to quit. When you feel like it, remember that you are allowed to stop, but not to quit.
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Inside the flames, spectacular, horrifying things were happening—eddying colors, deep red to pale yellow, as the fire fought itself, adjusting for position, seeking fuel and oxygen, which was all that it needed for life once someone provided the spark. It had been given the spark, and then the wind gave it the oxygen and the dried-out forest gave it the fuel, and the only thing capable of stopping the monster’s growth was Hannah’s crew.
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the glowing screen that told him his wife was calling for help. From their home. “No,” he told the device reasonably. “No.” The device didn’t change its mind.
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The law has changed with our arrival, do you see? You are now in the jurisdiction of a new judge.”

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jimg2000
Aug 09, 2017

The blow-dryer, Nick had called this sort of wind. You added a blow-dryer to a red-flag day, and you had serious trouble.
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She was going to lie to someone, that much was required now, and it was either these men or the boy hiding under her cot.
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“You won’t feel it, because it’s not happening.”
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They speak strangely…not accents, just the way they say things. Like they’re alone in the world. Like it was built for the two of them and they’re lords over it.
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Picking one over the other was never the noble choice, not that he could see. So you tried to care for them all, but in the end you couldn’t do that. You made choices.
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Hannah was still developing her theory of ghosts and she didn’t understand much about them, but one thing she was sure of: they weren’t afraid of heights.
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Maybe she should have been clearer. She had said that two friends were coming, but that was so far from the truth. Evil was coming.

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jimg2000
Aug 09, 2017

She was standing here crying over the dead, but right in front of her, the living needed help.
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the woman could probably sleep on the tarmac of an active airport without trouble.
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Hannah stared at him as if he’d just told her that he wanted to ride out of the mountains on a unicorn.
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It was something adults would never ask; they’d search for a different word, wonder if it had been rewarding or a rush or something of that nature, but they’d want to know the same thing this kid did: Was it fun?
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“When the flames turn to clouds. When the fire runs up on you like something prehistoric, and you can see it and feel it and hear it. The sounds it can make…it’s a hungry sound. That’s the best word I can give you. Hungry.”
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And I hate hospitals. “You’re in one for a reason.”
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There was nothing I wanted more in the world than to keep it professional. But it is absolutely impossible to do that with your own son.”

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jimg2000
Aug 09, 2017

It was called Buys Ballot’s law. In the Northern Hemisphere, if you stand with your back to the prevailing wind, the area of low pressure will be on your left and the area of high pressure on your right, because wind travels counterclockwise inward toward a center of low pressure.
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“She’s gone, brother. And she destroyed her radio before she left. Apparently she didn’t want us to be able to report her poor job performance.”
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You adapted to the elements with respect; you did not control them.
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The dead always seemed to prefer to watch, though. He’d noticed that with corpses over the years. They were looking for something in the end, almost always.
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She was always laughing, seemed as if she’d never stop. This would stop her.
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At first, he believed it was because they were empty of fear. Later, he decided it was because they were just empty, period.

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jimg2000
Aug 09, 2017

There was suddenly a blue luminescence to the rocks all around them. The white of the glacier looked like glass over a Tahitian sea. Saint Elmo’s fire. The eerie light that had haunted sailors for centuries, scaling the masts of tall ships in empty oceans. Now, far inland, it crackled on the high rocks to their left, sparked upward in a cobalt cloud that climbed and then was snuffed out in blackness, overeager in its attempt to claim the sky.
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Survivor-mentality requirement: an open mind. Rigidity was the door to death.
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…they aren’t the kind you run from. They’re the kind you have to kill.”
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Lost-Person Behavior 101: Those in need of rescue in the mountains tend to walk down even though they should walk up. Why walk up? Because you were far more visible to searchers.
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He didn’t have to kill them, just outlast them.
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We only need to consider that she lied.

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jimg2000
Aug 09, 2017

... watched the electric storm pass and felt true hatred. She’d trusted in it and it had turned on her and become an enemy. She’d met enough enemies along the way. They chased behind and loomed ahead, and she did not need them to fall out of the sky above as well.
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If he’d started at Pilot Creek, then he’d be well into the mountains now, up at the elevation where the lightning was hunting for fools.
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Ethan moved to the pile of stones, the pyramid that marked 10,487 feet in the air. He was facing Yellowstone now, his back to the Beartooths and his home.
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His weapons were waiting above, and he was below, and he felt as if it had always been that way.
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the skies could throw something deadly at you that was an inch wide and five miles long.
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above them the world boomed and bloomed, boomed and bloomed. No rain fell. It wasn’t a salvation storm. It was a flint-and-steel storm.

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