Hunter's Run

Hunter's Run

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by George R. R. Martin, Gardner Dozois, Daniel Abraham
     
 

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Running from poverty and hopelessness, Ramón Espejo boarded one of the great starships of the mysterious, repulsive Enye. But the new life he found on the far-off planet of São Paulo was no better than the one he abandoned. Then one night his rage and too much alcohol get the better of him. Deadly violence ensues, forcing Ramón to flee into the

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Running from poverty and hopelessness, Ramón Espejo boarded one of the great starships of the mysterious, repulsive Enye. But the new life he found on the far-off planet of São Paulo was no better than the one he abandoned. Then one night his rage and too much alcohol get the better of him. Deadly violence ensues, forcing Ramón to flee into the wilderness.

Mercifully, almost happily alone—far from the loud, bustling hive of humanity that he detests with sociopathic fervor—the luckless prospector is finally free to search for the one rich strike that could make him wealthy. But what he stumbles upon instead is an advanced alien race in hiding: desperate fugitives, like him, on a world not their own. Suddenly in possession of a powerful, dangerous secret and caught up in an extraordinary manhunt on a hostile, unpredictable planet, Ramón must first escape . . . and then, somehow, survive.

And his deadliest enemy is himself.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

Ramon Espejo wakes in darkness, without clothes, without memories, until, little by little, his past returns. He is a prospector on the colony planet of Sao Paolo, ruled by the alien Enye. He also remembers a bloody knife, a corpse, and flight from the law-and gradually realizes that he is both hunter and hunted. Martin ("Song of Ice and Fire" series), award-winning sf editor Gardner Dozois, and Daniel Abraham (A Shadow in Summer) combine their talents in this tale of one man's search for his own humanity in a universe of diminishing returns. A good choice for fans of hard sf.


—Jackie Cassada
Romantic Times BOOKclub (4 stars)
“Suspenseful and absorbing.”
Lansing State Journal
“This novel provides solid escapism for those who love adventures on strange planets; the detailed descriptions of assorted aliens are especially fascinating.”
San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
“A remarkably smooth adventure with intriguing psychological underpinnings...suspenseful and unpretentious.”
Express
“This is smashing SF—a great manhunt story.”
Entertainment Weekly
“[A] tense interspecies battle of wits with tangy atmospherics and a bleak lesson on the meaning of freedom. A.”
Romantic Times BOOKclub
“Suspenseful and absorbing.”
The Star Press (Muncie)
"[S]o sharp you have to be careful not to cut your fingers while turning the pages...HUNTER’S RUN is the sort of tense, what’s-gonna-happen-next battle of cultures and wits that keeps you guessing. And, perhaps, rekindles your childhood love of sci-fi."
The Star Press (Muncie))
"[S]o sharp you have to be careful not to cut your fingers while turning the pages...HUNTER’S RUN is the sort of tense, what’s-gonna-happen-next battle of cultures and wits that keeps you guessing. And, perhaps, rekindles your childhood love of sci-fi."
The Star Press (Muncie
“[S]o sharp you have to be careful not to cut your fingers while turning the pages...HUNTER’S RUN is the sort of tense, what’s-gonna-happen-next battle of cultures and wits that keeps you guessing. And, perhaps, rekindles your childhood love of sci-fi.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596061767
Publisher:
Subterranean Press
Publication date:
02/28/2008
Edition description:
Signed
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

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Hunter's Run

Chapter One

Ramón Espejo lifted his chin, daring his opponent to strike. The crowd that filled the alleyway behind the ramshackle bar called the El Rey formed a ring, bodies pressing against each other in the tension between coming close enough to see and retreating to a safe distance. Their voices were a mixture of shouts urging the two men to fight and weak, insincere exhortations to make peace. The big man bobbing and weaving across the narrow circle from him was a pale European, his cheeks flushed red from liquor, his wide, soft hands balled into fists. He was taller than Ramón, with a greater reach. Ramón could see the man's eyes shifting, as wary of the crowd as of Ramón.

"Come on, pendejo," Ramón said, grinning. His arms were raised and spread, as if he were ready to embrace the fighter. "You wanted power. Come have a taste of it."

The shifting LEDs of the bar's signs turned the night blue and red and amber in turn. Far above them all, the night sky shone with countless stars too bright and close for the lights of Diegotown to drown.

The constellation of the Stone Man stared down at them as they circled, a single star smoldering balefully like a red eye, as if it was watching, as if it was urging them on.

"I ought to do it, you ugly little greaser!" the European spat. "I ought to go ahead and kick your skinny ass!"

Ramón only bared his teeth and motioned the man nearer. The European wanted this to be a talking fight again, but it was too late for that. The voices of the crowd merged into a single waterfall roar. The European made his move,graceless as a falling tree; the great left fist made its slow way through the air, moving as though through molasses. Ramón stepped inside the swing, letting the gravity knife slip from his sleeve into his hand. He flicked the blade open in the same motion that brought his fist against the larger man's belly.

A look of almost comical surprise crossed the European's face. His breath went out of him with a whoof.

Ramón stabbed twice more, fast and hard, twisting the knife just to be sure. He was close enough to smell the nose-tingling reek of the flowery cologne the man wore, to feel his licorice-scented breath panting against his face. The crowd went silent as the European slipped to his knees and then sat, legs spread, in the filthy muck of the alley. The big, soft hands opened and closed aimlessly, slick with blood that turned pale when the LEDs were red, black when the light shifted blue.

The European's mouth gaped open, and blood gushed out over his teeth. Slowly, very slowly, seeming to move in slow motion, he toppled sideways to the ground. Kicked his feet, heels drumming the ground. Was still.

Someone in the crowd uttered an awed obscenity.

Ramón's shrill, self-satisfied pleasure faded. He looked at the faces of the crowd—wide eyes, mouths open in little surprised O's. The alcohol in his blood seemed to thin, sobriety floating to the top of his mind. A sinking sense of betrayal possessed him—these people had been pushing him on, encouraging the fight. And now they were abandoning him for winning it!

"What?" Ramón shouted to the other patrons of the El Rey. "You heard what he was saying! You saw what he did!"

But the alley was emptying. Even the woman who'd been with the European, the one who had started it all, was gone. Mikel Ibrahim, the manager of the El Rey, lumbered toward him, his great bear-like face the image of patient, saintly suffering. He held out his wide hand. Ramón lifted his chin again, thrust out his chest, as if Mikel's gesture was an insult. The manager only sighed and shook his head slowly back and forth, and made a pulling gesture with his fingers. Ramón curled his lip, half turned away, then slapped the handle of the knife into the waiting palm.

"Police are coming," the manager warned. "You should go home, Ramón."

"You saw what happened," Ramón said.

"No, I wasn't here when it happened," Mikel said. "And neither were you, eh? Now go home. And keep your mouth shut."

Ramón spat on the ground and stalked into the night. It wasn't until he began to walk that he understood how drunk he was. At the canal by the plaza, he squatted down, leaned back against a tree, and waited until he was sure he could walk without listing. Around him, Diegotown spent its week's wages on alcohol and kaafa kyit and sex. Music tumbled in from the rough gypsy houseboats on the canal; fast, festive accordion mixing with trumpets and steel drums and the shouts of the dancers.

Somewhere in the darkness, a tenfin was calling mournfully, a "bird" that was really a flying lizard, and sounded uncannily like a woman sobbing in misery and despair, something that had led the superstitious Mexican peasants who made up a large percentage of the colony's population to say that La Llorona, the Crying Woman, had crossed the stars with them from Mexico and now wandered the night of this new planet, crying not only for all the children who'd been lost and left behind on Earth, but for all the ones who would die on this hard new world.

He, of course, didn't believe in such crap. But as the ghostly crying accelerated to a heartbreaking crescendo, he couldn't help but shiver.

Alone, Ramón could regret stabbing the European; surely it would have been enough just to punch him around, humiliate him, slap him like a bitch? But when Ramón was drunk and angry, he always went too far. Ramón knew that he shouldn't have drunk so much, and that whenever he got around people, it always seemed to end like this. He'd begun his evening with . . .

Hunter's Run. Copyright © by George Martin. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold. <%END%>

Meet the Author

George R. R. Martin is the perennial New York Times bestselling author of the epic, critically acclaimed, and wildly popular series Song of Ice and Fire.

Gardner Dozois is a highly esteemed author and Hugo Award-winning editor of several SF anthologies and, for twenty years, Asimov's Science Fiction magazine.

Daniel Abraham's first SF novel, Shadow in Summer, was included on Locus magazine's Recommended Reading List for 2006. He is a winner of the International Horror Guild Award and has been nominated for the Nebula Award.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Santa Fe, NM
Date of Birth:
September 20, 1948
Place of Birth:
Bayonne, NJ
Education:
B.S., Northwestern University, 1970; M.S., Northwestern University, 1971
Website:
http://www.georgerrmartin.com

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Hunter's Run 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
As humanity has entered space beyond our solar system with arrogance and pride, they are quickly put back in their place when they realize there is a horde of space traveling species out there. In fact the newcomer on the block finds the quality planets, etc all occupied. Wastelands, the dangerous and out of the way orbs are left for the late humans to explore and exploit.------------------ Prospector Ramon Espejo is on the Enye colony planet of Sao Paulo. When he gets into a drunken brawl, he kills someone with connections to the Enye authorities. He flees to the planet¿s jungle like outback only to find himself struggling to survive the cat-lizard chupacabras and some things even deadlier.----------- HUNTER¿S RUN is an exciting thought provoking science fiction tale that plays out on two levels. In the big scheme, humanity is somewhat humiliated as we learn we are far from the top dog in the galaxy. On the smaller scale, Ramon knows he has leaped from the frying pan into the fire as he finds himself in danger in the wasteland with no place to go for safety. Readers will appreciate this deep tale starring a fabulous antihero trying to survive in a world in which he is low on the food chain.----------- Harriet Klausner
faedsun More than 1 year ago
Without going into any plot details, I did enjoy the novel. It has some aha, moments, those moments when something in the plot is revealed and it just feels right. At the edge of your awareness, you just knew. I enjoyed the characters, the world and their motivations and would recommend this to others who enjoy a good science-fiction tale.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is based on a colony planet. Ramon Espejo left Earth years ago looking for bigger and better things. Instead he is on San Paulo prospecting and barely scraping by. One night he is at a bar and has a fight with A European, in which the other man is killed. Then he learns that the European was a higher up in politics and Ramon has now become a wanted man. So, he decides to go out prospecting for a while to lay low. While out, he see's something in the mountains that catches his eye. After setting a charge, he finds a buried ship that sends out a ship to remove the threat. Shortly there after, Ramon awakens in a black vat in the aliens hive. He is paired with an alien to hunt down a man that was recently by the ship and could give away it's location. Thinking that he was hunting a cop that was looking for him, and not a lot of choice, Ramon goes on the hunt. But learns that not all is as it seems. I didn't expect how this book went. Great story with lots of twists and turns. Action and not knowing what else is going to happen. I really like this book and would recommend it to anyone that likes the Sci-Fi stories.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is an expanded version of the novella shadow twin by the same authors. A man wakes up a prisoner of an unknown alien species and is sent out to hunt another man down. Somewhat predictable twist with the identity of the man and the hunted, but it happens early in the book. Pretty interesting dilemmas arise about the hunt. Good book overall, but doesn't really have the feel of a martin. Book focuses on what is going on in the head of the hunter but doesn't explain much about the different alien species or the humans and their space exploration like we would expect from the author. Good but don't expect storm of ice and fire or even dying of the light
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book keeps you on your feet. The plot if the story is interesting with a balance of danger and creativity.
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seemejc More than 1 year ago
much betterthan wild cards