Throttle

Throttle

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by Joe Hill, Stephen King
     
 

Inspired by Richard Matheson's classic "Duel," "Throttle," by Joe Hill and Stephen King, is a duel of a different kind, pitting a faceless trucker against a tribe of motorcycle outlaws in the simmering Nevada desert. Their battle is fought out on twenty miles of the most lonely road in the country, a place where the only thing worse than not knowing what you're up

Overview

Inspired by Richard Matheson's classic "Duel," "Throttle," by Joe Hill and Stephen King, is a duel of a different kind, pitting a faceless trucker against a tribe of motorcycle outlaws in the simmering Nevada desert. Their battle is fought out on twenty miles of the most lonely road in the country, a place where the only thing worse than not knowing what you're up against, is slowing down . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062215956
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/17/2012
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
100
Sales rank:
31,719
File size:
6 MB

Meet the Author

Joe Hill is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Horns, Heart-Shaped Box, and NOS4A2. He is also the Eisner Award-winning writer of a six-volume comic book series, Locke & Key. He lives in New Hampshire.


Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. Among his most recent are 11/22/63, Under the Dome, and the Dark Tower novels Cell, From a Buick 8, Everything's Eventual, Hearts in Atlantis, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, and Bag of Bones. His acclaimed nonfiction book, On Writing, was also a bestseller. 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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Throttle 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 111 reviews.
thebookwormNJ More than 1 year ago
I'm a big fan of both Joe Hill and Stephen King so whenever I see these two get together to write a story, I grab a copy straight away. Throttle is a short story about a group of ten outlaw bikers, "The Tribe", who are making their way to Vegas to deal with some unfinished business involving drug money. All but one of the Tribe are ex Vietnam Veterans. Among these men are father/son bikers Vince and Race. The two have a strained love/hate kind of relationship. While on a stretch of lonely Nevada road, the group notices an eighteen-wheeler that seems to be following them at a close distance. What ensues is an all out fight for survival on a deserted road with this truck mowing down the bikers one by one. I found this story to be a quick and easy read. The relationship between Vince and Race is surprisingly well developed for a short story. I love King for his short stories and again, these two authors pack a punch here in a small amount of time. Throttle is peppered with illustrations that just add to the grittiness of the read. The chase between the bikers and the truck was fast paced and thrilling. As I read I wondered about the truck driver's motives, which are revealed at the end of the story. The authors do a great job at making the truck itself into a hell-bent monster. I also like that the story is about a father and son, written by a father and son team. Throttle is supposed to be a remake of Richard Matheson's "Duel", which I've never read myself. On a final note, if you are looking to read another great short by this father/son team, I recommend In the Tall Grass. Disclaimer: This review is my honest opinion. I did not receive any type of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers and authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review. I purchased my copy of Throttle.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Throttle" is a nice homage to Richard Matheson's short story, " Duel." King and Hill knew exactly what they were doing by making this a short story instead of a full-length novel. A short story is more than enough to effectively tell this story without overtelling. Use your imagination if you want more. The antagonist is still faceless. We, as readers, see nothing more than the semi and the truck driver's arm. Perhaps that is what makes these stories so unsettling. How many times do we drive by a semi on a lonesome road? However, this is ultimately a conflict between father and son.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even though this was only a short story, I was sufficiently creeped out. I will definitely think twice the next I look back and see a Mack truck in my rearview mirror! I love how even though these characters are only here for about forty pages, you feel like you've known them, like they are real. Great story from this father and son duo!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the story, excellent, splendid. No filler, nothing cut out. Written perfectly to keep you interested and wanting to turn the page to read on, and the finish is not disappointing, it leaves you satisfied.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Grabs you, holds you, won't let go!!! Fast read, 42 pages, only about 20 of story .... there are illustrations .... but a good solid tale.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a quick and fun read. Worth an hour or so of your time. Maybe a lesson to learn as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read. Fast paced and great twisted ending. You gotta try it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the things lacking in most reviews is the reviewer not informing potential buyers of how long (or short) the book is, thus the name of my review - - I hope it helps readers to be more informed *before* they buy the book. Throttle is surprisingly a well put together collaboration between father and son authors. As I read the book, I wondered if there was any resemblance between Race and Vince (The two main characters) and Joe and Stephen King. I discounted the idea as I got more into the book and realized how much pure hatred Race actually had for his father. I especially liked how Vince took responsibility for Race's "spoiled" attitude, yet comes to terms with the fact that sooner or later Race had to own up to his own part in the ruin of his life. (Spoiler Alert) I found it difficult to believe a man as honorable as Vince could have raised such a spoiled, self entitiled, self involved, chicken s**t as his son turned out to be. I found myself cheering when Vince told his son to "Head on down the road". He thought that Race had been trying to get away from him for many years and as it turned out, like everything else in this spoiled young man's life, he was still trying to hang on to daddy, someone else who could (and would) clean up after him. *****End SpoilerAlert***** The money that I spent on this little book was completely worth it. For *me* there was so much more to this story than a fun afternoon read. The lessons learned and a chance to look at my own life with open eyes was worth more than $1.99! For some (possibly the younger readers) this may not make a whole lot of sense, but if anyone gets from where I am coming from, you're welcome :) Buy the book. It's worth the money and the time. It may just change your mind about how you view the "road puke" out there. A discriotion I found disturbing and not true, although old Doc may disagree with me. K.R.C. June 2014 Phoenix, Az.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice short story to break up your normal book patterns. Always love Stephen King...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stephen King never disappoints! Great short story, not his usual sy-fy stuff or horror that is his bread and butter either, which was nice. This story was a great read!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Joe hill king and his father the legendary stephen king do a great job at reviving the fear of the big black semi and the mysterious driver that so long ago attempted to run down a family man in the novella duel. The bloody and disturbing story grabd hold of you and won't let go.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good short story. I did not know that it was written by father and son. I will definitely read more stories by this combination of authors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a good mini book. To bad it was a short one. I look forward to the day (hopefully) father/son will reteam for a longer book.
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Fantastic
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Very good story by hill and king
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nothing else more needs to be said!