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Fear in a Handful of Dust

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  72 ratings  ·  11 reviews
A mental patient escapes his institution in search of bloody vengeance
When rain falls on the mental hospital, Calvin Duggai knows it's time to leave. Institutionalized after he abandoned five men to die in the Mojave Desert, he has spent years planning escape and revenge. For months he has tunneled through the asylum's bathroom wall, waiting for a night when rain will cove
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Published April 13th 1985 by Mysterious Pr (first published 1978)
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Víctor Llig
Le doy dos estrellas y no una porque después de todo es una novela que, aunque no me ha gustado, considero "correcta" y estructurada.

Una narración sobre supervivencia en el desierto aliñada con cierta reminiscencia de la cultura india navaja. Pero en más de una ocasión, las páginas no aportan más que eso, una exposición de estos métodos y una cansina descripción del paisaje, ofreciendo poco más que una soporífera sensación de inmovilidad.
Esto, juntado con unos personajes intrascendentes: psiquia
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Omaira
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Una historia con muchos altibajos que podría haber dado más de sí. No conocía de nada el libro y lo empecé a ciegas porque mi ejemplar no tenía ni sinopsis, así que no sabía qué esperar de la lectura y no tenía claro si era un thriller o qué.

Las primeras páginas fueron algo sosas, pero reconozco que lograron despertar ligeramente mi interés. En ellas se narra la fuga de un hombre llamado Calvin Duggai de un hospital psiquiátrico y no es fácil adivinar qué pretende. Es una persona llena de renco
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B. Barceló
Mar 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Una historia algo difícil de calificar pues va dando varios tumbos. Durante los primeros capítulos consigue despertar tu interés, pensando que será Duggai el protagonista y que recorreremos con él una historia de recuerdos y venganza. Pero nos encontramos todo lo contrario y nos centramos en la vida y supervivencia del resto de personajes.
Al final no profundizamos en los personajes, parecen unos meros instrumentos para acercarte al desierto y a la supervivencia en él. Cuando nos acercamos la fi
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Dewayne Watts
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I first read this in the 10th grade & really enjoyed it. I did an A+ book reporr on it, again in 11th & 12th. i read it each time & attached my other reports so my teacher knew I did not copy myself. I have read it 2 more times since graduation. I really enjoyed how they fought to live & the ending is done well.
Goodreada has the Author inncorect, John Ives wrote this. The author listed wrote "Fear AND a firsful of dust" This book is "Fear IN a fistful of dust."
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La Condesa
Apr 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aventureros
Una aventura de supervivencia que ya empieza con una inmensa dosis de venganza y de premeditación.

Los personajes y la trama son interesantes, pero las relaciones entre ellos se me han hecho un poco difíciles de digerir, me ha gustado ese desarrollo que pone a los personajes al límite, y la forma de expresar cómo el protagonista principal les hace enfrentarse a lo peor de ellos mismos.
Brendan
Oct 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A taut, well-written thriller concerning the escape of a Native American war veteran from a psychiatric hospital, and the revenge he takes on the four psychiatrists who served as expert witnesses in his trial. Left naked and possessionless in the middle of the Southwestern desert, the four must survive the harrowing heat of the days and the chill of the nights, knowing there's a rifle scope on them the entire time. Descends occasionally into backstory melodrama, but the payoff is worth it. From ...more
Marty Davis
Nov 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first saw this in my boat's (submarine) library in 1980 and picked it out for a read. I found it very entertaining and suspenseful. 36 years later I purchased a copy so I could re-read it. Any book that can stay with me for decades must be worth something. Oh, it's not perfect, but it does keep the pages turning.
Jose Manuel Real
Hace demasiado que la leí, y era mucho más joven y con menos capacidad de análisis que lo soy ahora, pero el recuerdo a vuelapluma era que me gustaba, que era una historia de supervivencia y gente acechada por psicópatas. Puede que en un futuro le pegue un vistazo extra para rememorar y ver como de equivocado estaba, pero ese recuerdo primigenio no es malo.
Gravetapping
Jul 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
This book knocked me out. It is one of the most suspense novels I have ever read. It is a modern suspense story with a dash of Western thrown in. Brian Garfield is a terrific writer, and one who I wish would write a few more thrillers.
Celo
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One (long) sentence review: It is a fascinating story of a madman that bring his previous-case judges to a desert and want them to slowly die, read it and you will actually learn how to survive in the desert.
Nelia Higueras
Tiene todo lo que yo podría pedir a una lectura de verano: psiquiatras y el desierto salvaje. Y si además se lee bien, estupendo.
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Brian Garfield (writing as John Ives).