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Hunter's Run

3.55 of 5 stars 3.55  ·  rating details  ·  1,529 ratings  ·  199 reviews

Like so many others, Ramon Espejo ran from the poverty and hopelessness of the Third World to the promise of a new world--joining a host of like-minded workers and dreamers aboard one of the great starships of the mysterious, repulsive Enye. But the life he found on the far-off planet of Sao Paulo was no better than the one he had abandoned.

Tough, volatile, and angry--a

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Hardcover, 303 pages
Published January 8th 2008 by Eos (first published September 2007)
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Jack
Too many see the name George R.R. Martin and think, "Song of Ice and Fire!" While those books are incredible, Martin, Dozois, and Abraham all have an impressive resume with other works. This book should be considered among them. The story of Ramon Espejo, and his journey through the wilderness with Maneck and beyond is certainly a compelling one. The world of Sao Paulo and the backstory of this universe is all expertly crafted, but like other works by these authors, the character is the heart.

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Stephen
4.0 stars. Good, solid SF story. The book includes nice world-building featuring original aliens and a well thought put back-sotry. The main character is very interesting (if not very likeable) and there is good, quality action. All and all, a quick enjoyable read.
Brian
George R.R. Martin is quite possibly one of the greatest fantasy/science fiction writers of our time, and his name is what prompted me to read this book. I found it while investigating a different title by co-author Daniel Abraham.

Summary (vague spoilers) at my blog.

To popular culture, this book doesn't have much going for it. It's science fiction, the premise is hokey, and the characters aren't sympathetic. Did I mention it's science fiction? Give it some credit, though. Where other than scifi...more
Daniel Xiao Wang
Hunter's Run, written by Gardner Dozois, George R. R. Martin, and Daniel Abraham is a science fiction novel about Romon Espejo, a rough and rugged Mexican prospector that lives the colony of Sao Paulo. Sao Paulo is one of many such colonies, scattered across the stars.

Humanity established colonies on various planets with the aid and assistance of a sentiment alien race, the Silver Enye. The Silver Enye were only one of several sentient alien species that humanity had come into contact with.

Ramon...more
Melissa Prange
Ramon wakes up in complete darkness. He can’t move or breath. He believes he’s dead. Maybe even stuck in purgatory. Unable to figure out what is truly going on, he begins piecing together his memory of recent events to figure out how he ended up in his present state. He remembers killing a man in a bar fight and then running to the mountains. Much after that is blurry.

Things begin to become clearer when he’s brought out of his state of darkness by aliens. These aliens take him to their leader. T...more
Ryan
I don't know how much Martin contributed to this book (I haven't read the other two authors), but if he ever finishes his current fantasy series, he might do well as a sci-fi writer. Far from being another space opera, Hunter's Run is written in a gritty, Hemingway-esque style that builds psychological drama on top of simple scenes involving one or two characters. It also includes some aliens who really are rather alien, and the writing's pretty effective for sci-fi.

The story would work a bit be...more
Michael
Aug 10, 2008 Michael rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Sci-fi fans and those who enjoy character-based struggles
I did not like the protagonist of "Hunter's Run" at all. Of course, that was the point. By the end of the book I did find myself respecting and rooting for him, but still not liking him.
The sci-fi elements of this book don't get in the way of the story, as they do with some books in this genre. (I'm not a huge sci-fi fan, really, so when it devolves into nothing but aliens and future technology my brain shuts off for some reason.) This is a twisted tale about a character getting to know himself...more
Alex Sheldon Savva
A character study of first encounter between human and alien - a blend of sci-fi and psychological drama, a great plot and overall great story that left me thinking of it long afterwards.
It now sits among my books as one of the most interesting tales with a sci-fi element.
I noticed most reviewers on here openly disliked the main protagonist, and true enough, he is portrayed as quite the anti-hero, an unpleasant character and someone you'd rather never hang out with. And all the better for it, fo...more
Linda
Jul 23, 2011 Linda rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no-maybe to a guy
Recommended to Linda by: myself
This is really not my kind of book but it was interesting in some aspects. I prefer to have my main character in a book to be a woman. The man character was Ramon Espejo who lives on a colony planet of Sao Paulo. Basically, this man gets into a fight in a bar with another man and kills him. Now that he is a murderer Ramon is on the run and he takes off to the wildnerness where he discovers aliens hiding beneath this mountain. Well, the aliens capture him (well actually they take the shot off fin...more
Joseph Farand
When humanity took to the stars they found the universe already taken by older, more advanced races. But mankind had found a niche, sending colonists to tame inhospitable dangerous planets. Sao Paulo is one such planet that has been colonized for only 40 years. Ramon Espejo is a tough, misanthropic mineral prospector hoping for that one strike that will make him rich. After he kills a foreign diplomat Ramon heads out into the unexplored wilderness to wait for the heat to die down. He accidently...more
Rob
...If you go into this novel leaving Martin's success in the last fifteen years behind, I think Hunter's Run is a very enjoyable novel. Despite being a smooth read in terms of prose, personally I still can't see the cracks in the writing after this second read, there is something of a split in the novel. The early stages and the final section of the novel, set in the major city of the colony, read like a more traditional story, whereas the section set in the unexplored wilderness of the planet a...more
Chris
Apr 21, 2013 Chris rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: sci-fi fans, western fans, tracking/hunting humans fans
This is a really good story! I'm glad I picked it up on a whim while walking along a shelf at my local library.

A snob may decry the lack of lengthy descriptions or some of the caricatures noted in the tale, but when there's a really good story, the authors don't have to fill pages with "azure skies peppered with wispy, yet bilous, white clouds. The kind that remind us of a pure summer's day when golden retriever puppy dogs bounce in the tall grass fields towards their barefoot cherub-like child-...more
Alex Rogers
Not quite sure who wrote this, and am usually suspicious of collaborations. But regardless, this was a really good read> main character is impossible not to like a sneaky kind of way, and is impossibly tough - you find yourself cheering for him despite yourself. Very un-PC. The world building is great, story blasts along, writing is good. What's not to like? More Dozois than Martin, I'd have thought, it is straight SF.
Fantasy Literature
Hunter's Run is somewhat interesting in that it's a collaboration novel that you can't really tell is a collaboration and a science-fiction novel that relies surprisingly little on science fiction. And these are by no means complaints. The collaboration's seamlessness speaks to the craft and professionalism of the three writers while the lack of reliance on science fiction allows for a fine mix of quick-paced adventure and character introspection.

Don't get me wrong — the science fiction elements...more
Douglas
I really enjoyed this book except for the vulgar language, I generally think of curse words as the sign of a weak writer, but in this case I know for a fact that Dozois and Martin, at least, are not weak writers. I am certain that they would explain as a character trait of Ramon, and I understand that having known people who do speak that way. Still, it was off-putting while reading and is what kept this book from being a five.

What I did enjoy was exploring the question of what it means to be hu...more
Bookmarks Magazine

In music, supergroups of established artists are rarely greater than the sum of their parts. The same often goes for science fiction, but critics agreed that these three authors beat the trend by producing a tight, consistent novel. Whether because of Martin's decades of collaborative work, Dozois's long career as an editor, or Abraham's fresh prose style, every reviewer said the book seemed as if it were written by one person. The only complaint came from reviewers who had read an earlier, nove

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Chelsea
Albert Camus' The Stranger, replacing Algeria with space, and Algerians with aliens, and the French with Mexicans. Contained a juvenile attempt at Buddhism amongst the existentialism. Could have been better, but made for an alright read.

I think it could have been better if it had been longer. Give the reader more time to get warmed up to Ramon, and give a more nuanced sense of the universe versus random info-dumps. You eventually get warmed up to Ramon, but he has to die and experience rebirth...more
Melanie
This was a strange book. It is way more sci-fi than I typically read, and as I am not one to give up on a book once I start it, I was going to finish it. I found it very confusing, from the descriptions of the planets and creatures on the alien planet to the descriptions of the different alien races themselves. Maybe the authors intended for the descriptions to be obscure, but it was a distraction for me. The humans in this world are from Mexican/Portugese backgrounds, and the main character spe...more
Neil Pearson
It took a while for me to get into the story (possibly during one of the author transitions) but in the end there is a nice "The outer limits" style novel with some well designed aliens and an interesting and likeable anti-hero. I particularly enjoyed the dialogue and found myself wanting to use "pinche" as a curseword by the end.
A fun an quick read.
Frank
A story by three authors over a period of 35 years (1972-2007) handled masterfully. I especially enjoyed the Author interviews at the end of the book.

Ramon is such a unique character. I really couldn't wait to see how he handled each new hurdle. When I finished I was sad to leave the universe and wondered what other stories existed on the colony on Sao Paulo. We barely touched the surface of the colony towns and the deep immersion into the flow of one life was done very well.

Why not five stars...more
William
I have discovered that some of the best books are the ones that you read with no expectations or previous knowledge concerning the story or characters. This book surprised me for its character depth, plot intensity and originality, and underlying message. Of course, it probably helps to have George R. R. Martin's name attached to it too. Whether or not Martin had a lot or a little to do with this book doesn't change how enjoyable it was. Ramon Espejo is a small time criminal on the run from the...more
Bob
This is a collaboration between three well known SF authors about a man living on a frontier planet who has quite an adventure. Ramon Espejo is a freelance prospector, drinker, fighter and quick to anger. While drinking in a bar, he ends up killing a man who turns out to be a visiting official. The hunt is on and Ramon decides it is time to head out to unexplored territory till things calm down. While investigating an interesting formation, he uncovers an artifact and soon there is a vehicle of...more
Kristin
As the description to the books states, a man’s worst enemy can be himself. In Hunter’s Run, this is doubly so when Ramon discovers he was made from the finger of his Twin, who is frantically trying to return to civilization after a prospecting run gone bad.

What I found fascinating about this book was the story is told from copy-Ramon’s point of view, not the original. The reader gets to watch as copy-Ramon struggles with identity and survival. Who should live and who should die or should both o...more
Matija
To me, the most interesting thing about Huner's Run is how this sci-fi novel came to be. Three writers collaborated across several decades to bring it about.

Gardner Dozois had the idea for a story about a man who wakes up in complete darkness, but thankfully without the overdone amnesia angle. He wanted to explore that theme, but then he got stuck and passed the story along to George R.R. Martin.

Martin added the river-themed escape and pursuit adventure, then returned the ball to Dozois. Not kno...more
David
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Fiona Hurley
Now, this was a nice surprise! I picked this one off my husband's bookshelf because I had a long bus journey ahead, so no expectations. But the story sucked me into its world and kept me gripped until the end.
As other reviewers have mentioned, Ramon is not an immediately sympathetic protaganist. He's violent, foul-mouthed, self-centered, and misanthropic. Then again, his world seems to be composed of people running away from something and consoling themselves with alcohol and fighting, like a ga...more
Patrick
I enjoyed this book, and if I could would probably rate this 3 1/2, rather than just 3 stars. It is a collaborative work between three authors, and was done without any messiness I was expecting from the cooks. I enjoyed the characterization of the main character, who is an off-earther inhabiting a colony made up of mostly Mexican immigrants. This guy, Ramon, is a macho, scruffy tough minor, who after a "run-in" decides to fly his van off the grid in search of mineral deposits and a respite from...more
Nicolas
Ce roman s'attache aux pas de Ramon Espejo, prospecteur sur une planète récement colonisée par l'humanité.
Récement, et à l'aide d'alliés extra-terrestres aux motivations incompréhensibles, les Enye d'argent. Enfin, incompréhensibles, pas tant que ça : ils considèrent l'humanité comme sale, grouillante et parfaitement inepte envers son environement. Mais, comme ils préfèrent certaines conditions de vie, et que la dégradation de la biosphère d'une planète par l'humanité la rapproche de ces conditi...more
Guy
Uninspiring shovelware. For starters the protagonist is an anti-hero, which never works particularly well for me: I'd rather be inspired by a character who is better (smarter, braver, more ethical...) than I am than examine the twisted psyche of an uneducated criminal.

Then the larger picture seems like it might be intriguing... but it is never fully revealed or explained clearly because the POV is limited to the brutish main character.

Lastly the authors make the classic mistake of thinking tha...more
Jesse
Jul 20, 2009 Jesse rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Sci-Fi
I picked this book up for two reasons: 1)I had been saying for months now that I needed a good hardcore Sci-Fi read (after a very long stretch of Fantasy and its various sub-genre's) and 2) because it was co-authored by George R. R. Martin (one of the few authors I can say are "My all-time favorite writers", check my shelf of that name to see who they are).

This book wasn't exactly what I was searching for when I thought of reading a hardcore Sci-Fi novel, but it ended up finding a warm comfy pla...more
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George R. R. Martin was born September 20, 1948, in Bayonne, New Jersey. His father was Raymond Collins Martin, a longshoreman, and his mother was Margaret Brady Martin. He has two sisters, Darleen Martin Lapinski and Janet Martin Patten.

Martin attended Mary Jane Donohoe School and Marist High School. He began writing very young, selling monster stories to other neighborhood children for pennies,...more
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