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Summary

This exciting novel, written months before Carrie under King's Richard Bachman pseudonym, has just been discovered and is being published for the first time ever.

Clay Blaisdell is one big mother, but his capers were just small-time until he met George Rackley. George introduced him to a hundred cons and one big idea: kidnapping the child of rich parents.

The Gerards are filthy rich, and the last twig on the family tree could be worth millions. There's only one problem: by the time the deal goes down, the brains of the partnership is dead. Or is he? Now Blaze is running into the teeth of a howling storm, and the cops are closing in. He's got a baby as a hostage, and the Crime of the Century just turned into a race against time in the white hell of the Maine woods.

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©2007 Richard Bachman (P)2007 Simon and Schuster Audio

Critic reviews

" Blaze feels like an essential missing piece in [Stephen] King's oeuvre, bridging the gap between [his] occasionally derivative, but always compelling, Bachman novels and the shocking power of Carrie." ( Independent on Sunday)

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What did you like most about Blaze?

I loved Blaze himself, despite being a criminal he was at heart a good man and a victim of circumstances

What was one of the most memorable moments of Blaze?

Don't really want to say, it would spoil the book!

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The ones with Joe

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

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I loved this book. Stephen King at his best, despite what his introduction said. I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

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Great story

This Bachman/King story was enjoyable from beginning to end. An usual story with a main character that jumped out of the pages (or whatever the audio equivalent is). The narration was first class; perfect for the book. Both Blaze and George were characterized brilliantly. Highly recommended.

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Didn't finish

I did stick to this as hard and for as long as I could, about two thirds. I know it's not supposed to be one of Steven King's best, but it's really awful. I can't believe he let it be published, it is an embarrassment to him. The Characters are painful, and I just couldn't get in to it.

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Great listen. Great story really enjoyed it.

Great listen, Great story really enjoyed it. looking forward to the next book to listen too.

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Great story

I loved this book. After a long break from books, I found it hard to sit down with a book and read, so I thought I would start with audiobooks while doing chores. This book changed that, as I found myself finding things to do just so I could listen to it more.

I found my heart going out to Blaze, a guy who had been given a hard start in life, and used by most he crossed paths with. A criminal with a big heart.

King apologises at the start of this book by saying he doesn't think it's very good but I disagree, I enjoyed it throughly and I am so glad I gave it a chance.