Throttle [NOOK Book]

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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 . . .

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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 . . .

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062215956
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/17/2012
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 100
  • Sales rank: 6,432
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Joe Hill

Joe Hill is the New York Times bestselling author of Horns and Heart-Shaped Box, and the prizewinning story collection 20th Century Ghosts. He is also the Eisner Award-winning writer of an ongoing comic book series, Locke & Key.

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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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2012

    .....

    "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.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2012

    Father and son team up for a chilling story

    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!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 29, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    I'm a big fan of both Joe Hill and Stephen King so whenever I se

    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.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2012

    Very good ... but very short ...

    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.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2012

    Shorty but goodie

    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.

    5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2012

    Great story from the greatest author

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2012

    Quickie

    It was a quick and fun read. Worth an hour or so of your time. Maybe a lesson to learn as well.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2012

    Great read

    Great read. Fast paced and great twisted ending. You gotta try it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2013

    TERRIBLE! A huge disappointment from 2 really great authors

    shorter than expected, shallow plot and pointless story. really bummed because king and hill could do so much better, and should try again with a novel

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2013

    Nice Break...

    Nice short story to break up your normal book patterns. Always love Stephen King...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2013

    Great read!!

    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!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2013

    Duel 2

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2012

    Good

    Pretty good but too short

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2012

    It's only a dollar you knuckleheads

    Expecting a full length new novel for a buck is idiotic. Sounds like a lot of you are spoiled on free entertainment. This story is great entertainment and certainly well worth a measly buck. Grow up!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2012

    42 pages of decent

    Liked the story, just not a fan of short stories. Really wish there was a page count in the description. I tried using file size as an indicator but this one fooled me, 42 pages plus illustrations made it look like an average size book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2012

    Save your money. It's not scary and it's not worth $.99. I ski

    Save your money. It's not scary and it's not worth $.99. I skimmed through most of book (several pages of scary action?) and then ending?? Don't waste your time, too many good books out there to read.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2012

    Throttle

    I really enjoyed this short story. It was the first time I'd heard of Joe Hill. I look forward to reading more of his work.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2012

    Great quick read.

    Classic King!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2012

    Very good story

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 25, 2014

    must read

    I really enjoyed reading this book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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