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Mile 81 [NOOK Book]

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MILE 81
A Stephen King e-book original,
coming from Scribner on September 1, 2011

With the heart of Stand By Me and the genius horror of Christine, Mile 81 is Stephen King unleashing his imagination as he drives past one of those road signs...

At Mile 81 on the Maine Turnpike is a boarded up rest stop on a highway in Maine. It's a place where high school kids drink and get into the kind of trouble high school ...

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Overview

MILE 81
A Stephen King e-book original,
coming from Scribner on September 1, 2011

With the heart of Stand By Me and the genius horror of Christine, Mile 81 is Stephen King unleashing his imagination as he drives past one of those road signs...

At Mile 81 on the Maine Turnpike is a boarded up rest stop on a highway in Maine. It's a place where high school kids drink and get into the kind of trouble high school kids have always gotten into. It's the place where Pete Simmons goes when his older brother, who's supposed to be looking out for him, heads off to the gravel pit to play "paratroopers over the side." Pete, armed only with the magnifying glass he got for his tenth birthday, finds a discarded bottle of vodka in the boarded up burger shack and drinks enough to pass out.

Not much later, a mud-covered station wagon (which is strange because there hadn't been any rain in New England for over a week) veers into the Mile 81 rest area, ignoring the sign that says "closed, no services." The driver's door opens but nobody gets out.

Doug Clayton, an insurance man from Bangor, is driving his Prius to a conference in Portland. On the backseat are his briefcase and suitcase and in the passenger bucket is a King James Bible, what Doug calls "the ultimate insurance manual," but it isn't going to save Doug when he decides to be the Good Samaritan and help the guy in the broken down wagon. He pulls up behind it, puts on his four-ways, and then notices that the wagon has no plates.

Ten minutes later, Julianne Vernon, pulling a horse trailer, spots the Prius and the wagon, and pulls over. Julianne finds Doug Clayton's cracked cell phone near the wagon door — and gets too close herself. By the time Pete Simmons wakes up from his vodka nap, there are a half a dozen cars at the Mile 81 rest stop. Two kids — Rachel and Blake Lussier — and one horse named Deedee are the only living left. Unless you maybe count the wagon

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451665604
  • Publisher: Scribner
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 7,248
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Stephen King
Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes Mr. Mercedes, Doctor Sleep, and Under the Dome, now a major TV miniseries on CBS. His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller as well as the Best Hardcover Book Award from the International Thriller Writers Association. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.
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    1. Also Known As:
      Richard Bachman
      Stephen A. King
      Stephen Edwin King
    2. Hometown:
      Bangor, Maine
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 21, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Portland, Maine
    1. Education:
      B.S., University of Maine at Orono, 1970
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2011

    This is a BOOK????

    I pre-ordered this book and downloaded it today. Wow. Is it short. First 5 pages are intro and table of contents, etc. Story ends on page 43, then you get a preview for his next book. WTH????? 37 whole pages for $2.99? What a waste. Story was okay but weird. Beware! This is NOT an entire book!!! Barely a teaser. Very disappointed...

    135 out of 167 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 2, 2011

    Rules for Book Reviews

    1. Please stop giving books bad reviews because you don't agree with B&N's pricing. 2. Please stop giving books bad reviews because you couldn't get it to download. (B&N techs are not reading your message) 3. Please stop giving books bad reviews because you paid 2.99 and didn't scroll down first to see how many pages were in it. Your one-star ratings for technical issues bring down the value of the CONTENT of the book. .If you read the book and hated it - give it one star. Otherwise call the B&N 800 number to work out your other issues or try to get your money back. Me and at least 2 million other people are sick of scrolling through customer reviews like 'Help! it won't download', or 'I just paid 2.99 for 52 pages!" before we can get to one honest person's opinion of the actual story.

    84 out of 112 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 25, 2011

    IT'S NOT EVEN OUT YET!

    I don't understand how anyone can write a review before the story is even released.

    72 out of 114 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 2, 2011

    I agree....

    Good idea but way too short for $2.99.... should have been .99. Disappointed.

    59 out of 83 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 1, 2011

    Short 43 pages

    Book was short, only 43 pages I think, last 10 pages are a preview of next work. It felt rushed and thrown together, the part where he said "left the safety on on his Glock" annoyed me, Glocks dont have a safety catch. He pointlessly pointed out ATT as a carrier, for no other reason than naming a brand. Cover page was indeed set up in a shoddy fashion. All n all it was a good hour long read, can't help feeling slightly disappointed, however.

    43 out of 53 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 4, 2011

    Dont waste yor money!

    Dont waste you money on this one! Ive been reading King fotlr over 30 years. To day this book was s complete let down is an understatement. What a rip off!

    32 out of 43 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2011

    not even worth 2.99

    I love Stephen King but this is not a book. A short story that is not up to his usual standards at all. Very disappointing.

    30 out of 39 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2011

    DON'T BE FOOLED!!!!

    NOT EVEN WORTHY OF ONE STAR. AUTHOR HAS CASHED IN ON HIS NAME!! 38 PAGES OF A BOOK A 13 YEAR OLD COULD HAVE WTITTEN. I LOVE KING BUT THIS WAS BAD!!!!

    29 out of 44 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2011

    I want my $3 back

    Having been a life long King fan I must say this was a waste and dissapointment. I'm upset. This is a silly pointless plot with a dumb "monster" and a really dumb ending. As in you find yourself saying "was that @#%& really the ending??? WTH???" Bad bad bad.

    29 out of 36 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 1, 2011

    Bad formatting....

    This is a great story, so you should still read it. I am frustrated with the formatting though. The cover page only showed me half of the cover image, then the next page was off too. Finally, the book itself was poorly formatted. No justification of the text, and it was just not pleasing to look at. I know that it was only 2.99, but come on if we are going to push the ebook format, then spend some time and make sure it's good. This was heavily pushed as a pre-order, you would think they would make sure it was good to go. You almost NEVER see a book that is printed without the text being justified, why is it OK on the nook? Also, we need the option to change the justification. It's available on the free nook app, why not the nook? Good book, poor formating....please fix it.

    22 out of 29 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 11, 2011

    short story

    You didn't make clear that this is a short story, or I wouldn't have bought it.

    17 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2011

    WHAT A WASTE

    This book (should actually be called a short story) was such a disappointment. I have been a big Steven King fan but this did it for me. Maybe he doesn't care any more, but there are plenty of good writers out there who can deliver a much worthier story than this poor excuse. My time and money are better spent with another story
    writer. Sorry to see it end.

    16 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 1, 2011

    This one I like

    I like how this book is going. Already finished and wanting the next installment to come out. Like The Green Mile, it has caught my attention!

    11 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 18, 2011

    Very disappointed

    Wasn't worth the 3 bucks I paid for it. Was more of a short story than a book.

    10 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 16, 2011

    Busted

    Yeah, didnt read reviews either and YEAH sucked. No wonder he's wealthy; he can get any piece of crap published just because he once wrote great. We've all been f'd.

    10 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 6, 2011

    Ridiculous

    This is the most ridiculous story ever! Don't waste your time or money.

    10 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 9, 2011

    So Disappointed

    I have been a King fan for over 25 years, and I was so disappointed with this story. King`s version of how a 10 year old thinks and acts is ridiculous. The story ended so abruptly it felt rushed and forced. Even as a short story, it was just poorly done. It reminds me of something that might be published after the author's death to squeeze a few more million out of the estate, not serious work -- a literary doodle. Maybe King has finally sucumbed to his fame and thinks his fans will read anything with his name on the front. The excerpt from his new novel wasn't promising either.

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 16, 2011

    Disappointed

    I would like a REFUND of $2.99 what a waste.

    7 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 10, 2011

    Disappointment

    I'm a longtime fan but this is the worst Stephen King "Book"? I've read. It's more like a teaser than a book. Wasted $2.99!

    7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2011

    Disapointing

    Too Short to be called a book. Not one of stephen King's best.

    7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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