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3.56  ·  Rating details ·  181 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Story about a journey into primal wilderness of Northern Michigan where a hunting party of men are swept up in a floodtide of savage lust & shattering violence.
Paperback, 214 pages
Published 1974 by Pan
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Leslie
Nov 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: murder, favorites
I read this book over 20 years ago and always remembered it. It took awhile to find it
again (Amazon.com) and I re-read it in 2 evenings. It was better than the first time.
Basic plot: 3 former college buddies meet every year for an annual hunting trip at their secluded lodge. For the past seven years they have kidnapped a young couple, forced them to commit humiliating acts and then after a short head start they begin hunting them down.
Michael
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Ein düstereres Bild von der amerikanischen Gesellschaft ist kaum zu zeichnen:
Ein Staatsanwalt, der aus pragmatischen Gründen eine Anklageerhebung gegen die jugendlichen Vergewaltiger Greg, Ken und Art aus gutem Hause abwiegelt; eine Mutter, die ihrer missbrauchten Tochter nicht glaubt; dieselben drei erst in Schule und nun im Beruf äußerst erfolgreichen Vergewaltiger, die sich 1 1/2 Jahrzehnte später als dieselben sexsüchtige Psychopathen erweisen, die sie schon in ihrer Jugend waren, auch
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Teresa
Jul 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Pick this book up at a free yard sale when I was "bookless". It's up there with "Deliverance. I guess they even made a movie about it.
Julia
May 31, 2013 rated it did not like it
I finished this book in two weeks. It was breath-taking, tense and cruel.

The beginning was rather weird, you try to sympathize with the main characters but soon find out you can't and won't. It's not a large story and summarizing it would only take a few sentences. Osborn is a master in describing natural surroundings, landscapes and the feeling one gets when alone in the middle of nowhere.

Soon you're in a struggle of sexual desire, aspiration of power, base motives, the
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Martin Hilcher
Sep 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Greg, Ken und Art stellten die Elite der amerikanischen Jugend dar. Jetzt haben die dreiKarriere gemacht. Doch nebenbei hatten sie schon immer ihren "guten, sauberen, jungenhaften,durch und durch amerikanischen Spaß" - und ihre dunklen Geheimnisse. Mit kaumerträglicher Spannung wird der Leser durch die Abgründe des "american way of terror"geleitet, die unter der polierten Oberfläche sichtbar werden.Jedes Jahr verbringen die Freunde ein paar Wochen zusammen in ihrer Jagdhütte und ge -hen ihren Ho ...more
Joe  Noir
This is really a good book. Pretty dark, but cool. Also a really good film with Peter Fonda and William Holden...if you can find it.
Daisy
Aug 18, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Osborn did a very good job of building suspense when necessary. One gripe was that reading two pages of scene description at a time was rather dull and tedious.
carl  theaker
May 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-scary


Three suburban family men go off on their annual hunting trip together
into the wilds of Michigan. The one thing they do every year on their
way to the cabin is to keep things exciting by abducting at random
a young couple to take along with them.

Nothing supernatural about this story. It's a frightening it could happen
tale that puts you to thinking, how would I get out of this? An interesting look
at the motivations and psychologies of each of the characters. The terrified
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David Burke
Nov 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Disturbing to say the least. Hunting season for these guys means kidnapping a couple and then setting them loose in the woods and hunting them. I couldn't even shoot a rabbit much less....This is an older book before the current crop of "serial killer" novels that have become the norm. A fast read.
buchtrunken
Aug 14, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews, 2011
Great at the beginning, poor at the end.
The so called "showdown" which normaly implies tension, thrill, the ultimate zenith of a story is predictable, a bit long and therefore not that much exciting as it could have been.
Nevertheless it's a good story about revange, thrills and the passion of bending someone to one's will by sex, violence and addiction.
Simon Deimel
Jan 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Certainly not bad but in the end too extreme. The book leaves the impression that the world is full of psychopaths who are driven by immorality. Sometimes less is more.
Wendy
Sep 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
A surprisingly gripping read.
Sean Curran
Mar 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
this was one of the first 'adult' books i ever read, so it was pretty shockin and graphic at the time. Well over 30 years ago i would really like to read this again...
LInda L
Nov 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Exciting and creepy -- always think "could this happen to me?" Brutal, but with a very satisfying finale.
AndreaL
Mar 15, 2013 rated it did not like it
quite. shocking. experience.
Lukas Blunschi
I liked the style of writing and I read the book in go from start to end, but the story is really sick. Hunting humans is not my thing...
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David Osborn is the author of nine published novels, including the bestselling Open Season, Heads and Murder on Martha's Vineyard. He has also written 24 screenplays, including Chase a Crooked Shadow, which is listed by the British Academy of Motion Picture Science as one of the 10 best suspense scripts ever written. His original screenplay for The Trap was nominated for an Academy Award for Best ...more
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