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Midnight Sun

3.42  ·  Rating details ·  53 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Jack, the gritty narrator of this dark, gripping novel by Elwood Reid, is a journeyman carpenter in his late twenties whose travels have led him to Alaska. When his pink slip arrives at the end of summer, he allows himself to be talked into an unusual job. Along with his best friend, Burke, Jack accepts ten thousand dollars from a dying Fairbanks man to travel into the nor ...more
Paperback, 370 pages
Published May 1st 2002 by Albin Michel (first published September 5th 2000)
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J.K. Grice
I would give anything if Elwood Reid was still writing books! Instead, I believe he now writes for television in Hollywood. What a shame. He's a writer that has probably flown under most people's radar. MIDNIGHT SUN is as exciting of an outdoor adventure as you will ever read. Sort of like an Alaska version of DELIVERANCE, minus all the paddling. Still one of my favorite books.
May 01, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: survival
OK folks I have been out of circulation for a bit and trying to get back into it. I will not go into all of the personal details but I have had some difficulties in even getting to enjoy my reading time. This book was really going places and I felt it was an interesting story of two young men on some sort of rescue mission into the back woods of Alaska. At the end of this book I really felt the author crapped out. The story really moves along well until that end point where this reader was just ...more
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Jan 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: released
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Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Narrator Jack and his buddy Burke fish on weekends, and work as carpenters during the day putting up cheap housing developments in Fairbanks. When Burke meets an older man, Duke, whose daughter Penny has joined a cult deep in the wilderness and never came back, our protagonists are dispatched to go save her. They are woefully unprepared, both for the voyage and for what they encounter at journey’s end.

The author skillfully builds up the mystery surrounding the leader of the commune, Nunn, and th
Aug 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
The first half of this book was five stars, well written and tight. This was the world the author knew. Things began going downhill when they got to the cult camp and the author started losing his way. I understand the need for ambiguity as Jack tried to figure out what, if anything, was going on. But it just didn't hold together for me. As the book stumbled wildly to its conclusion, I had this vision of the author frantically wondering what to do next: I'll send them down a path here, maybe hid ...more
Mar 10, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
I actually couldn't get through the end of this book. I am not one to quit a book, because I always believe there is potential for it to end really well. However, I was trying to get through this book since August and on page 180, when still nothing much had happened and it felt like it was still being set up, I gave it up. I just couldn't do it. I really did not enjoy the writing and I found the plot boring. Maybe one day I will try it again.
Susan Levin
Feb 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
I wish I could remember who recommended this book to me as this is a terrific discussion book. I have now given it to a friend so perhaps I will "home grow" my own discussion partner!

The writing is good, but I wanted more. The end felt a bit rushed.
Mar 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, library-books
Another book with Alaska as the setting. I seem to have a theme going. "Midnight Sun" kept me fully engaged, especially towards the end. There are a few surprising turns that kept the book interesting.

Certainly, I will try to read more of Elwood Reid.
May 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Good mystery and adventure story set in Alaska. The characters were a bit strange to me at first but the pacing was very quick.
Aug 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was my favorite book
Dec 23, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
nice easy holiday read (even if cult's & bears aren't exactly Xmas reading)
Jun 10, 2007 rated it liked it
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made me want to go to Alaska
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Jan 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating journey into the strange.
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