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"IMPRESSIVE AND PROVOCATIVE. . .VASTLY ENTERTAINING."

–San Francisco Chronicle

Nathan Bailey is on the run. Not only is he the target of a nationwide manhunt—he's the prey of a savage hit man. Nathan is twelve-years-old, with no one to turn to. He already knows life is unfair, and that to survive he has only himself, his smarts, and his honesty to depend on. But will that
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Published December 27th 2011 by Pinnacle (first published February 1st 1996)
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Carrie
Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Nathan’s Run by John Gilstrap is a thriller that was originally published in 1996 and is now being republished. With the main character of the story only being twelve Nathan’s Run was considered a young adult thriller however the content was very much adult and mature so that has landed the book on many a ban list in the last twenty years. This new publication of the novel has cleaned up the content a bit making it more young adult friendly but the story is still one for a more mature audience.

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Corbin
Nov 15, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 13, banned
My school district banned it. I read it on principle.
Clifford
Aug 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed, audiobooks
I rarely read mysteries or police stories, but I recently borrowed this book on tape (unabridged) from the library to listen to in the car, and it was completely successful, in my opinion, which is why I give it 5 stars. Not only did I come to care about the two main characters, Nathan and the police lieutenant, but the story the author tells was so gripping that I took a few unnecessary trips in the car just so I could listen. Even though I considered some aspects of the plot a little ...more
Skip
Mar 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, e-books
12-year old Nathan Bailey kills a guard in the juvenile detention center and flees, leading to a massive manhunt. He confesses his guilt on a radio talk show, hosted by Denise (a/k/a the Bitch), but claims he acted in self-defense. The local cops have no leads, as Nathan makes a run for it in a stolen car, leaving an apology for its owner and washing the sheets where he slept. Things deteriorate as additional cops are killed, and Nathan is blamed. Gilstrap's first novel: a thrill ride.
Maureen DeLuca
For a book that is about 20 year old- wasn't all that bad. Here we have Nathan , a 12 year old boy who wound up in a youth detention center for stealing his uncle's car. During that time- he winds up killing a detention guard- and then in a sheer panic he escapes the center.

According to him, it was self defense- but the authorities are calling him a dangerous murderer. And so Nathan runs..........

You are taken through a journey - through the eyes of a 12 year old boy.

I picked up this book
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Destiny
Nov 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If I could only jump inside those pages...

This book was fantastic...and heart wrenching...and so unbelievably suspenseful! I loved it!

Nathan won my heart in this one. I wanted to jump through the pages of the book and help him! I would have if I could have!

At only 12 years old, Nathan is on the run...from everyone, including the law. As I read and ran right along side Nathan, I shared his journey and his experience. Little Nathan showed me the heart and the courage of a lion! I was so touched by
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C. Lorion
Nov 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Here's a list of books I've read that have something in common:

Watchers by Dean Koontz
It by Stephen King
Lost Boys by Orson Scott Card
Shadowland by Peter Straub
Boy's Life by Robert R McCammon
Horns by Joe Hill
Strangewood by Christopher Golden
Far Dark Fields by Gary Braunbeck

I read Watchers and Shadowland back in the 80s when I was in high school; Lost Boys and Boy's Life within the past ten years; It, Horns, Strangewood, and Far Dark Fields within the past two years. Every single one of these
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Jacqui
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
John Gilstrap's Nathan's Run (Pinnacle Books 2011) follows a twelve-year-old boy who ends up in juvie for a crime he didn't commit. By a crazy fluke of luck (well, if killing a guard in self-defense is luck), he escapes. Now, all he can think to do is run from the police who think he's a murderer and the system who put him in jail when he didn't deserve it.

It starts when Nathan's mother dies, and then his father, which puts him in the care of a violent, drunken, law-breaking Uncle who sees
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Bev
Mar 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Year 7-10
Shelves: thriller
Having killed a guard in self defence in a detentions centre in which he had been place, and with no one to trust, Nathan tells his story to a talk-back radio host, and his run becomes a media event followed across the country. Exciting and action packed to the very end!
amy
Sep 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic story...great ending. I cried.
Barry
Mar 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nathan's Run was written by John Gilstrap about 20 years but it has not aged badly at all. There were almost no occasions on I thought, "Gee, this is really dated." I actually do say "Gee" to myself.

The book is about a 12 year boy who is an inmate in a young offenders correctional facility where he has been brutally raped and abused in a variety of ways by both the other inmates and the staff. After a staff member tries to kill him and is killed by Nathan instead, the boy takes off on his
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Evelyn
Jul 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, kindle
Twelve-year-old Nathan Bailey accused of the brutal murder of a juvenile detention guard has escaped and is on the run. When he calls a Washington, D.C. talk show host declaring that he stabbed the guard because the guard was trying to kill him, he becomes a national celebrity and a target of police and a self-serving district attorney who wants the death penalty. Only one officer believes him and tries to help him surrender safely.

I can't believe I never read this book or knew that it was
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Jeanette
It was written in a clear flow, and the story of Nathan, although one I've read of "escaping on the run" time and again- original in the voice of the escapee. You seldom get that kind of dialog and answer to the "followers" of the chase. Or that depth of the escapee's thoughts, beyond just their fear and reactions.

The jumping characters format and the far-fetched circumstances took me out of it. I never felt the entrenched tension at all that others seem to get with this book.

Jamie (ReadsinTrees) Dacyczyn
A decent murder-thriller, about a young boy who kills a guard and then escapes from a juvenile detention facility.

This has been on my to-read list for years, and I finally decided it was time to read-or-get-off-the-list.

Overall, good, but I didn't find myself hooked by it. Usually a thriller-type book is one I can read in just a couple of days, but this took me a week. True, I did have busy evenings all week, but I also didn't find myself reading way past my bedtime like I would with a really
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Donna Hines
Nothing is as it seems!
Nathan is on the run after being accused of murder at a juvenile detention facility and is branded with the title,"COP KILLER."
Everyone is on his tail while following up on every lead to bring him in.
If only Lieutenant Warren and others investigated rather than labeled this might never have occurred.
Why?
Because there's a hitman on the loose and it's not Nathan's fault. He's been labeled guilty without his day in court.
Meanwhile, a loud mouth radio host has ratcheted up
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Shoshana
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
John Gilstrap is one of my favorite authors. When I see his name on a book I know I am in for a thrilling ride, and he never lets me down. I gave a glowing review to his most recent Jonathan Grave book, “Total Mayhem” earlier this year. “Nathan’s Run,” not part of the Grave series, was Gilstrap’s first published thriller, and it is great. A reader would not pick it as a debut novel.

Nathan is a twelve-year-old boy in a juvenile prison for stealing his uncle’s car. He kills a guard under
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Brad
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a rerelease of John Gilstrap's first novel, Nathan's Run. I first read this back in the late 90s when it was published. And it's still a great novel.
"After losing his mother and father, Nathan is sent to live with his uncle - who does not like Nathan at all. Things get so bad that 12-year-old Nathan takes his uncle's car and runs. He ends up in Ju-ve. When a guard is killed, Nathan escapes and is now on the run. Nobody believes his story until he calls into a radio show. But the police
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Kraig Mueller
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great story of an innocent boy on the run. With the help of a cynical radio host and police detective. Nathan is being pushed to trust adults again.
Barbara Peters
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really like this book. It was a reread from some time ago,but it still had plenty of suspense and you really find yourself rooting for Nathan
Ronna
May 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Although this book is listed as a Young Adult read, I found it thoroughly engrossing, thrilling, and heart reaching for this very adult reader!! It reminds me of C J Box's BLUE HEAVEN and the best of Charles Dickens' books about young orphan boys. Don't know how I missed this when it first came out, but am so glad I've found it now. I will definitely add John Gilstrap to my list of favorite authors!!

Nathan Bailey's Mom died when he was a baby, but he had a great life with his Dad, until his Dad
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Liora
Jul 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
Nathan is a twelve year old orphaned boy who escapes from a Juvenile Detention Center in Virginia after killing a guard in self-defense. Of course, the police believe it is outright murder and the chase is on. While holed up in the home of a vacationing family, Nathan manages to call in to a popular nationwide Newstalk radio show, and he tells his side of the story and gains some popular support. It seems as though everyone is against him, the bad guys, of course, but also all the law ...more
Marie
Jun 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of my co-workers was like "READ THIS BOOK, YOU HAVE TO READ IT"
and I'm really, really glad I did.
It was a good read and emotional, and I think it would have been a great book to give junior high or high school kids to read. It's not boring,and its not just a love story. I really enjoy this one!
Cheryl
Fast paced and suspensful, this book will keep you on the edge of your seat during the conclusion. A great read! The main character is very likeable, and you find yourself rooting for him the entire time!
Virginia Tican
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
RDCB Volume 3 1996 ~ A fast~paced thrilling and poignant read. 12-year-old Nathan accidentally killed a guard aka supervisor in self~defense at a Juvenile Detention Center where he ended up in after he stole a car when he was 11 to get away from his lazy unemployed ne'er~do~well sot (in other words ~ loser) of an uncle and supposedly guardian who continuously maltreated him for about a year since his father died. Frightened and alone as well as clueless as to why sadistic Ricky wanted to kill ...more
Brad
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a rerelease of John Gilstrap's first novel, Nathan's Run. I first read this back in the late 90s when it was published. And it's still a great novel.
"After losing his mother and father, Nathan is sent to live with his uncle - who does not like Nathan at all. Things get so bad that 12-year-old Nathan takes his uncle's car and runs. He ends up in Ju-ve. When a guard is killed, Nathan escapes and is now on the run. Nobody believes his story until he calls into a radio show. But the police
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Jeanie
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I could not put this one down. It was a cross between the Fugitive and Sleepless in Seattle.



How can a 12 year old kill a man in cold blood? Is he the ruthless killer that prosecuter Petrelli has made him out to be. Nathan Bailey was sent to juvenile detention center for stealing his uncle's car and now he is on the run for killing a guard. Nathan not only has Petrelli after him, the whole country is now watching after he calls into Radio Personality "The Bitch" aka Denise stating what really
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Diane
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nathan Bailey has had a difficult life. His mother died when he was a baby and then, at the age of ten, his father dies in a car accident. He is forced to stay with his Uncle Mark - an alcoholic gambler who has always been envious of his older brother (Nathan's father.) Uncle Mark, not wanting Nathan around, beats him and locks him up in a crawl space. When Nathan tries to run away, he is arrested and thrown in Juvenile Detention Center (JDC). One night, a guard comes after Nathan and tries to ...more
Rob Smith, Jr.
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2020
I've read much of Gilstrap's series, but none of his stand alones. much less his first book. What a debut! As he acknowledges he had help, that is obvious. Excellent help. This book is very well crafted and plotted as so many angles get covered. This is particularly well done, maintaining the drive and the integrity of the story. The revelations are also well placed throughout, keeping the reader tied to the book.

The characters are all very well written. Particularly the main character, the boy,
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Vera Wilson
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nathan was raised by his father, by a lovng and caring father until he was 11 years, But his father dies then, and he is placed with his uncle and that where he began being abused on his first day there, but sure not to keep him safe. Desperate took car and running for his life. Judge sent his to JDC. From the outside nice,, but inside living hell. Gang raped the fist day. Bad enough he was under medicare
for awhile, when he reported to guard, even more abus (guards and other inmates). Nathan
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Ralphie
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I travel frequently for work and in my personal life and am always on the lookout for something that will be a fairly quick read on my flights, usually Mary Higgins Clark, John Grisham, and the like. I saw this book in an airport bookstore and grabbed it on a whim. I'm glad I did, because I couldn't put it down once I started. Is it realistic? Nah. But it's an entertaining book, suspenseful, and never boring. I also thought the author did an excellent job developing the characters. I found ...more
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Run as if your life depended on it.”
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