Mile 81

Mile 81

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by Stephen King

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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

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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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Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes the short story collection The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, Finders Keepers, Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel), Doctor Sleep, and Under the Dome. His novel 11/22/63—now a Hulu original television series event—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. He is the recipient of the 2014 National Medal of Arts and 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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Stephen A. KingStephen Edwin KingRichard BachmanDJ KniggeD'NashMark Odom HatfieldThe Purple ParrotsPamela Rodriguez

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Mile 81 3.3 out of 5 based on 4 ratings. 2124 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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...
CyndiANC More than 1 year ago
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.
Clint Bensinger More than 1 year ago
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.
Chrysie Gross More than 1 year ago
Good idea but way too short for $2.99.... should have been .99. Disappointed.
Ronald Mascenik More than 1 year ago
I don't understand how anyone can write a review before the story is even released.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
julie hamann More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
jac8304 More than 1 year ago
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.
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jaki82 More than 1 year ago
You didn't make clear that this is a short story, or I wouldn't have bought it.
Amy Gallagher More than 1 year ago
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.
Donna Godoy More than 1 year ago
This is the most ridiculous story ever! Don't waste your time or money.
Sass88S More than 1 year ago
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!
danteIA More than 1 year ago
Wasn't worth the 3 bucks I paid for it. Was more of a short story than a book.
wookietim More than 1 year ago
This is a 3 page short story stretched to 30-odd pages. Basically, that is the problem. Too much padding and repetition. It has a core of a good idea to it but after awhile that core of a good idea is simply not enough to actually sustain the story. But this has other problems on top of that as well. Characterization, which is usually the strong point of any work by King, is almost non-existent here. In a shorter work, that's acceptable but when we have a work that is long enough to have it, it's completely unacceptable. We meet characters but they never feel like anything more than characters - unlike most of Kings other works. Bottomline, if you want to read a bit of writing by King about an evil car, read "Christine" or "From a Buick 8" - skip this unless you feel the need to read every utterance by him. It's just not worth it.
REFAL More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too Short to be called a book. Not one of stephen King's best.
tirednurse More than 1 year ago
What a waste of time and money.shame on you!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great read for .99 cents. Way over priced for $2.99. Do they really think we are going to pay $3 for every installment? I knew $3 was too good to be true for a King novel. Buyer beware!!!
ZenFist More than 1 year ago
For us old school King fans, this hits the spot. Supernatural car and people you feel like you might run into just walking down the street. A combo that leaves you wanting to kill the car...but come on, this is King, it's not the car that dies!
Aquannie More than 1 year ago
This tale is new and fresh. In a short time you get to know all of the characters well and care about them. I could imagine a version of this really taking place where ever you may live. A great little read that is hard to put down.
LylakoiMoon More than 1 year ago
I wanted to enjoy this book but for me it felt rushed (well it IS a short story you might say). For one such as Mr. King, packing a great story into 40-odd pages should be gravy. While it reminded me of From A Buick 8 and Under the Dome, both of which I enjoyed to different extents, there was something missing. I was turning pages quickly but it wasn't because the story was great, it was because I kept saying to myself "This is King!!!! It has to get better!!!!" It didnt. I was so irritated that I didn't read the sample for the next book. I was too "Kinged Out" at that point.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yes this book is short i was able to read it within an afternoon but OMG this book was so intense and heart pounding.I felt so many emotions while reading this funny,sad,scary,intense,and it leaves me feeling really CREEPED OUT !This book may be short but its definitely worth the read.And plus this is the first book I've read on my new NOOK.And it may be short be for only 2.99 on the NOOK its so worth it.I would have paid $20 for this thats just how good it is.This is also the first Stephen King book ive completed.This books great. I think EVERYONE should read this!DEFINITELY 10/10!