The Running Man

The Running Man

Paperback - 2016
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A desperate man attempts to win a reality TV game where the only objective is to stay alive in this #1 national bestseller from Stephen King, writing as Richard Bachman.

"Tomorrow at noon, the hunt begins. Remember his face!"

Ben Richards is a desperate man. With no job, no money, no way out, and a young daughter in need of proper medical attention, he must turn to the only possibility of striking it rich in this near-future dystopian America: participating in the ultra-violent TV programming of the government-sanctioned Games Network. Ben soon finds himself selected as a contestant on the biggest and the best that the Games Network has to offer: "The Running Man," a no-holds-barred thirty-day struggle to stay alive as public enemy number one, relentlessly hunted by an elite strike force bent on killing him as quickly as possible in front of an audience all-too eager to see that happen. It means a billion dollars in prize money if he can live for the next month. No one has ever survived longer than eight days. But desperation can push a person do things they never thought possible--and Ben Richards is willing to go the distance in this ultimate game of life and death....
Publisher: New York : Pocket Books, 2016
ISBN: 9781501143854
1501143859
Additional Contributors: King, Stephen 1947-

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neocarleen
Dec 18, 2013

“Then they could discuss the possibilities of social inequity, the way your socks always fall down when you're wearing rubber boots, and the importance of being earnest.”

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neocarleen
Dec 18, 2013

“He had never been a social man. He had shunned causes with contempt and disgust. They were for pig-simple suckers and people with too much time and money on their hands”

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neocarleen
Dec 18, 2013

“The apartment was haunted by the ghost of her long departed cabbage.”

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neocarleen
Dec 18, 2013

“Say your name over two hundred times and discover you are no one.”

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neocarleen
Dec 18, 2013

“Outside, daylight was bleeding slowly toward dusk.”

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neocarleen
Dec 18, 2013

“He understood well enough how a man with a choice between pride and responsibility will almost always choose pride--if responsibility robs him of his manhood.”

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neocarleen
Dec 18, 2013

“In the year 2025, the best men don't run for president, they run for their lives...”

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susan_findlay
Apr 03, 2017

Definitely the best book in this set.* This time, the author actually takes the time to develop a character that you can care about. His motivations make sense. The world is also developed enough that you can imagine it and understand how it came about (as horrible as it is). Add a compelling narrative and you have a very good story.
*I read this as part of a four-story book of Bachman/King novels.

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jbee33
Nov 06, 2015

Great read about a dystopian future...really enjoyed it!

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