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Publisher's Summary

This exciting novel, written months before Carrie under King's Richard Bachman pseudonym, has just been discovered and is being published for the first time ever.

Clay Blaisdell is one big mother, but his capers were just small-time until he met George Rackley. George introduced him to a hundred cons and one big idea: kidnapping the child of rich parents.

The Gerards are filthy rich, and the last twig on the family tree could be worth millions. There's only one problem: by the time the deal goes down, the brains of the partnership is dead. Or is he? Now Blaze is running into the teeth of a howling storm, and the cops are closing in. He's got a baby as a hostage, and the Crime of the Century just turned into a race against time in the white hell of the Maine woods.

©2007 Richard Bachman (P)2007 Simon and Schuster Audio

Critic Reviews

" Blaze feels like an essential missing piece in [Stephen] King's oeuvre, bridging the gap between [his] occasionally derivative, but always compelling, Bachman novels and the shocking power of Carrie." ( Independent on Sunday)

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Brilliant King

The tension buildup never let's up. My mental comparisons with Of Mice and Men (Steinbeck ) adding to the horror ride as I know from Cujo that King is not afraid to kill off the most innocent. The narrator' s mellifluous voice excellent, especially for the persistent George. The environment and weather adding their delisiously dastardly elements in true King style. I wanted so much to take Blaze and Joe into my arms and make it all go away, to leap into the story and be the white knight (female equivalent ) who would destroy King's relentless flood of ka. If he can sometimes enter his own creation, why not I? I listened to this audiobook at 90% speed so as to relish the words and conjured images more delectably. Nice,very nice. Satisfaction (the Stones were wrong).

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Blaze .....Richard Buckman /Stephen King

Blaze reminded me of a client in the Mental asylum I worked at for 11 Years ..Big David was a friendly giant ..So much like Blaze loved this story and Ron Mclarty did a stella job of reading it Thank you again Stephen King for the adventure .I loved it ..

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King as Bachman never disappoints

I’ve always found Bachman books to be page turners and this follows suite. King can make you sympathise with his characters despite their flaws which goes to prove his craftsmanship. I found ‘Blaze’ to be a humble novel and was lost in the story right up to its sudden end.

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  • Alex
  • 22-07-2015

Awesome

What did you like most about Blaze?

I loved Blaze himself, despite being a criminal he was at heart a good man and a victim of circumstances

What was one of the most memorable moments of Blaze?

Don't really want to say, it would spoil the book!

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The ones with Joe

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

I loved this book. Stephen King at his best, despite what his introduction said. I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

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  • Rachel
  • 17-08-2008

Didn't finish

I did stick to this as hard and for as long as I could, about two thirds. I know it's not supposed to be one of Steven King's best, but it's really awful. I can't believe he let it be published, it is an embarrassment to him. The Characters are painful, and I just couldn't get in to it.

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  • Melancholy Harold
  • 02-09-2020

Great story

This Bachman/King story was enjoyable from beginning to end. An usual story with a main character that jumped out of the pages (or whatever the audio equivalent is). The narration was first class; perfect for the book. Both Blaze and George were characterized brilliantly. Highly recommended.

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  • Selina
  • 19-01-2020

Great story

I loved this book. After a long break from books, I found it hard to sit down with a book and read, so I thought I would start with audiobooks while doing chores. This book changed that, as I found myself finding things to do just so I could listen to it more. I found my heart going out to Blaze, a guy who had been given a hard start in life, and used by most he crossed paths with. A criminal with a big heart. King apologises at the start of this book by saying he doesn't think it's very good but I disagree, I enjoyed it throughly and I am so glad I gave it a chance.

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