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(John Hutchinson #1)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  1,163 ratings  ·  88 reviews
Deep in the isolated Northwest Territories, four friends are on the trip of a lifetime. Dropped by helicopter into the remote Canadian wilderness, Hutch, Terry, Phil, and David are looking to escape the events of a tumultuous year--a bitter divorce, bankruptcy, depression, and job loss--for two weeks of hunting, fishing, and camping.

Armed only with a bow and arrow and the
Hardcover, 460 pages
Published November 6th 2007 by Thomas Nelson Publishers (first published October 1st 2007)
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Dec 30, 2008 rated it it was ok
This book really deserved a bit more - perhaps 2 1/2 stars. It was a thriller / almost horror book because of the evil of a couple of the characters. That said, I couldn't put it down. I wanted to keep reading it, and I guess that would make it a successful book. I was most impressed by the author's refusal to use foul language. That is so prevalent today, and there was nary a swear word in this book. His strong family values shone clearly throughout and I got the impression that the author is a ...more
JD Sutter
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: older teens and adults
Whoa! Man, what a wild ride! I could not put this down. Extremely true-to-life characters that were very likable. You really begin to care for them as you get to know them.

This is a page-turning thriller if I've ever read one. The suspense will have you on the edge of your proverbial seat.

Although I thoroughly enjoyed reading a book that is clear of any foul language or innuendo, I have to drop a star due to the graphic depictions of violent death. Just a bit over the top for my taste.

Jul 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: action
I really liked this story and the way it was written was brilliant. Liparulo has no problem killing off a character that he has taken time to build up. This is one those rare writing skills that can actually add an extra zinger to the story as it unfolds. Another neat trick that he employs is that not everything pops up roses. This also adds another extra zesty pop to the whole kitty. Most writers will have it all pretty and everything falling into a certain order. Liparulo does not play that ...more
Keiki Hendrix
Sep 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Four friends, beautiful scenery,
and a high tech satellite weapon
in the hands of indulgent, maniacal teenagers.

In Comes a Horseman, I was intrigued. In Germ, I was astonished. In Deadfall (A John Hutchinson Novel), I am hooked. Robert Liparulo has become one of my favorite authors.

All three Liparulos novels have the key elements that make for a fine suspense thriller; thorough research, educating the reader as well as entertaining them; descriptive and engaging scenery as well as character
Todd Greene
Feb 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: adults, teens
Four friends looking for some much needed downtime from the stresses and struggles of life are dropping off via helicopter into a remote area of the Canadian wilderness. Unknown to them, a madman and his naive followers are nearby. Not only do these nefarious folk have in their possession the most technologically advanced weapon known to man, but they hold a small town and it's residence in their grip as they film . . . mo-cap for a video game. It's up to one of the four friends to stop Declan ...more
Bruce Judisch
Apr 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Dont start this book unless youve got plenty of time on your hands, cuz you wont be putting it down any time soon.

In Deadfall, Mr. Liparulo delivers an intense, captivating thriller that nails you to your seat from the first chapter all the way until you come to a screeching halt at the back cover. Indeed, after the first couple of chapters, I seriously wondered if I would continue or set it aside. Im glad I continued.

Set in the far northern reaches of the Northwest Territories, Deadfall drops
Aug 29, 2009 rated it it was ok
Really, the best part of this book is the "Charlie's Angels" posing on the cover. The good guys are good, the bad guys are as murderously evil as the first 40 pages are murderously tedious.

And, nit-picking a bit, the back cover specifies the lads are to be dropped "deep in the isolated Northwest Territories" but instead go to northern Saskatchewan. Sad.

I thought this was going to be a great read to recommend to co-workers as we all get "dropped by helicopter into the remote Canadian wilderness"
Andrew Buck  Michael
Aug 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
After taking a hiatus from reading due to a busy lifestyle, a book like this changed my outlook on daily reading. The book started off with a scenic start in the Canadian countryside to lay the groundwork, and about a third through the book you hit a climax and it continued to slowly build even more. By the time you reach the last third of the book, it doesn't matter where you are going, you take the book to read a page here, a page there.... Excellent...

The only one downside to the book is the
Trina Etters
Sep 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book caught me by surprise on my library shelf. What brought it to my attention was the way the title was printed on the book. I thought at first it was going to be a Zombie Thriller and started to read it. After the first couple of chapters I realized it wasn't but still was intrigued. I then had to check it out still. It took me a week to read but only because I came to parts where my emotions got to me. It's a book that you don't want to put down unless you get really really into the ...more
Aug 21, 2010 rated it did not like it
So far the people who gave this book five stars are idiots. The writing is just plain dumb. It may be an insult to myself but I am a very amateur writer and this sounds like the kind of crap that I would write. Just throwing in pointless details to try to give the story some sort of credibility. Well the book can only get better from here I guess but even if it becomes the best remaining 3/4 of a book I've ever read it's still going to get three stars

... Yeah gave up, horrible book
Jenneth LeeD
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: thriller fans
John Hutchinson (aka Hutch) and his buddies want nothing more than to escape their less-than-successful lives by going camping in the middle of nowhere up North. After all, angry ex-wives, the unemployment statistic, and an overall depressing atmosphere can't reach them out in the woods, where even phones are hard to come by. But when Hutch is nearly vaporized by a group of madmen with a powerful toy, it's clear this wasn't the vacation they bargained for. When Hutch becomes the protector of a ...more
Aimee Nicole
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was written with much detail and depth. From the first page I found myself automatically intrigued. The characters don't lack in any explanation, their own life stories complete the "missing pieces" . This novel is very is raw, but equally relevant because of that. The villains in this story are sheer evil. They're tendencies are horrific which gives the book more of horror themed read, but all in all, it is still very well written. It brings forth a realness of why we must ...more
Cindy Eaton
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved that the author could describe atrocities without using obscene language. It was definitely a non-stop thriller with well developed characters and an underlying theme of the importance of caring for others.
Oct 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wasnt a big fan of the bad guys high tech weapon or the reason they were doing all the killing. After overlooking that stuff I was at least able to enjoy reading this book. Didnt live up to my expectations, but thats okay. ...more
Amanda Willie
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book!

Liparulo keeps us guessing! There are no predictable plot lines here, and don't get attached to anyone. Crazy good writer. It was like a horror movie, I was actually scared and anxious through a big chunk of this book.
Heddie Tagert
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
I tried to like this book. I stuck with it for a while and read as far as I could tolerate. I like the author and I don't think it's particularly badly written, but it wasn't my style. I don't know if the plot or dialogue had anything to do with but I couldn't get into it.
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this one! Action packed from the start. Realistic characters and situations. Surprises along the way. No sexual content or foul language. Bravo, author!!
Deb Haggerty
Feb 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Debs Dozen: The hunter becomes the huntedthe game is ultimately life or death

Hearing a loud explosion, Sheriff Tom tells his wife and son to stay put and heads to town to investigate. His discovery is deadly.

Four friends are dropped into the far north woods to set up camp. They hope the respite from their everyday lives will provide both healing and camaraderie. David, Terry, Phil, and Hutch each bear their own torments and burdens, but as life-long friends hope this trip will bring them closer
May 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Robert Liparulo's Deadfall. It is a really intense adventure with wonderful main characters. The friendship of four men struggling through the challenges of life anchors this story. The character development of these four friends is fantastic. My closest friends are men like these: good men, not perfect, but good nevertheless. I really felt connected to these four men.

The emotional impact of the violence is spot on. Liparulo developed some wonderful characters that died too
Peter Hans
Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Looking to escape from the turmoils of life, John Hutchinson and his closest friends decide to fly away from civilization, quite literally, to be dropped off in the most excluded part of the Canadian wilderness. A weekend of hunting, fishing, camping and relaxation. After being helicoptered out everything was seemingly going well. Hutchinson took the day early to get some hunting in, but things took a quick turn as he discovers a small group of youth. Hutchinson quickly learns however that this ...more
Jan 14, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I've just finished Robert Liparulo's latest offering Deadfall, and I must say that it was an awesome read! Although it has no strong Christian message in it, it is full of Christian morals, and it tackles a very relevant issue which is sadly going under the rader of most people today... the effects of violent first-person shooters (video games) on our youth culture.

The story is action-packed, has great characters, and has a plausable plot that is not too far fetched. This is the second Liparulo
Jul 13, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense, 2009
Deadfall is a well thought-out developed story. Liparulo obviously researched his ideas and wrote them well.
I had a little difficulty with this book despite its thought-provoking story. In places it seemed to drag a bit and I had to put the book down because I just couldn't seem to stick with it for too long. Sometimes it seems as though too much detail is given and there is just not enough plot movement.
I also had difficulty with the believability of the weapon. Although it is described in
May 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone; Technophiles; Hard-core gamers
A straight thriller featuring John Hutchinson, referred to as Hutch throughout the book.

The book starts off with a fast car chase through the Canadian back woods. The group chasing then capture the townsfolk, and proceed to experiment with advanced weapons.

Hutch and three friends went to the Canadian wilderness to get away from it all - and found themselves being chased by the group. (view spoiler)
Jerel Levy
May 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
This book was a great ride. It was so action packed that you shouldn't start reading it unless you have the time on your hands to finish it. The book reads like an action movie, and once it gets started its a non stop thrill ride. It was my first Robert Liparulo novel and if his previous works are just as intense as this one I look forward to reading through them. I read this book in a little under two days. The only gripe I had was that the beginning of the book was rather slow compared to the ...more
Feb 17, 2008 rated it liked it
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Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A page-turner from the start! Once you pick up Liparulo's books, you can't put them down!

Unsuspecting John Hutchinson is on a camping trip with his buddies in Canada when disaster strikes. How could anyone expect such unbelievable acts to happen, let alone to him? Believable or not, danger is everywhere and Hutch is forced to fight for his life and for the lives of people he's never even met.

Will Hutch be able to save himself and his friends? What about the townspeople he knows nothing about?
Isaac Timm
Dec 11, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people who like Stephen King
Shelves: fiction, 2007
Deadfall was full of non-stop action from start to finish, but with some strong character work. The main characters: Hutch, Terry, Phil, and David were a little one dimensional to me, and very similar to those in the book Deliverance, but they had enough elements of believability, and likeability that it was easily forgiven. The cold and jaded, generation y, gamer/extreme sports villains were chilling, and dispassionate. Their leader was horrifying mix of apathy, new age religion, a tech ...more
Laura (Kyahgirl)
Dec 13, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books, thriller
This book kept me hooked from beginning to end. I've never even heard of this author (sorry Robert!) until I saw the audiobook at the library and thought I'd check it out.

Pacing - excellent
Characters - believable, even the really evil ones.
plot - a little bit far fetched but I could see it happening.

I thought the book did what a thriller should do.

I don't know whether I should give it 4 or 5 stars so I'm going with 4. I don't think I'd read it again but I'll definitely read the sequel and more
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have never read any of Robert Liparulo's before and I was pleasantly surprised. So much, That I intend to read much more from this author. I would not call this science fiction, because this scenario could very well happen today. There is a volume 2 to this series, even though everything seemed to have ended in volume one. One possible thing that could have happened, that didn't happen is that Hutch did not get married at the end. If you like excitement with very few main characters in the ...more
Mark A Powell
Aug 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Unlike most fiction, no character is safe -- there are several surprising injuries and/or deaths. Liparulo has a good sense of story, but relies too heavily on exposition to unveil motivation and backstory instead of using characters words and choices. The villains, while plausible, are not probable. Liparulo gives into genre clichés about three-quarters of the way through and from there the ending is clearly telegraphed to anyone who's read a book or seen a movie. ...more
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