Hunter's Run

Hunter's Run

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061373305
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/27/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 577,105
Product dimensions: 6.84(w) x 4.16(h) x 0.84(d)

About 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.


Santa Fe, NM

Date of Birth:

September 20, 1948

Place of Birth:

Bayonne, NJ


B.S., Northwestern University, 1970; M.S., Northwestern University, 1971

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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%>

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Hunter's Run 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 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
garalgar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
At the beginning the story is not an atractive one. The main character is a drunkard mexican who kills with a knife an unarmed ambassador in a bar brawl. The vocabulary is full of strong words in english and spanish. But the authors manage to focus the reader's interest on the character and the story that thickens page after page. At the end of the book the reader sympathizes with the main character that's been by then much developed. The aliens are present, and play a role in the story. But the story is about Ramón Espejo and his nature, and his struggle to become a better one. I really liked the book.This edition is not a luxury edition but it has a good quality hardcover, paper, printing and two excelent full color illustrations. And it's signed by the three authors.
TadAD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I picked this up to see what Martin might be doing outside of A Game of Thrones and Daniel Abraham outside of The Long Price Quartet (both of which I enjoy). It wasn't worth it.The plot just didn't have any meat to it. There were many good ideas but the author trio never put enough effort into fleshing out a single one of them. I was particularly disappointed in how they just tossed away the whys, wherefores and consequences of the whole conflict between the aliens and humanity's questionable role in that struggle. It ended up being a tepid adventure story when it could have been a lot more.The protagonist is pretty much unlikable until the end of the book. He's not an anti-hero where you have some reluctant interest; he's just a sociopathic jerk. Only at the end do we come to have some kind of regard for him, and then we have to struggle with a rather clumsy "monster within" metaphor. Most of the other characters are two dimensional though, to be fair, they don't figure in the plot line very much so we shouldn't expect to know them well.The science left me unconvinced. "We can take a tissue sample from your finger and recreate your body, including scars and memories"...huh? A little too much of Clarke's dictum is in place here¿i.e., we'd have to believe in magic.It felt like a novella that was drawn out too long. It would have worked better at that length¿either as a standalone or as the preface to a series.
crazybatcow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If only I could cut out the middle.There is a lot of swearing/adult content (i.e. domestic violence is normalized) which makes it unsuitable for younger people, but the lack of sophistication through the middle part of the story makes it too young for most adult readers (i.e. any reasonable adult would not keep trying to solve every problem with violence).If you've read C.S. Lewis' Out of the Silent Planet you'll definitely see in the middle part of the story where at least one of these authors was influenced by that with his "describe the alien and every event in which it is involved with the highest conceivable level of detail." In this segment, the descriptions of urination, laughter, or "being a man" is excessive and makes for very tedious reading.The first 1/3 and the last 1/3 show there is a decent story line in here with some surprises and an interesting premise. Excluding the middle part, it has a tone similar to Richard Morgan's Market Forces or Thirteen.If it had consisted of only the first and last parts, I'd have given this story a 4 or 4.5.
jprutter on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I picked this up because I am a big fan of GRRMartin. I was not disappointed. Though this book is a long way from his fantasy books (especially since it is a Sci-Fi novel) the character centered story is still there. This book is about Ramon Espejo, a flawed man trying to make a living as a prospector on a distant planet. He lives a hard life but he manages to scrape along, until he has a run in with an alien race. After that point he must make a journey that involves getting to know himself, and his flaws, more than getting to know the alien race. His journey teaches him about who he is and what it means to be free. Hunter¿s Run is a quick and enjoyable read about a human in a colony in a briefly sketched, but well imagined, future universe.
MyopicBookworm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Set on a colony planet with a mainly Hispanic population, from an Earth which is a very junior partner in alliance with various alien races, so that humans do the hack work settling new planets. Ramon is a prospector who leaves town hastily after a knife fight and finds something unexpected in the mountains to the north. Then a man wakes up in a tank of fluid and gradually pieces together an identity as Ramon and a purpose that he is reluctant to fulfil.I didn't see the plot developments coming, and I enjoyed its unfolding. It plays with identity, loyalty, the difficulty of cross-cultural communication, and the morality of decision-making, all within a racy adventure story.MB 16-ii-2012
Guide2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very effective, yet fairly simple, story with an interesting takes on aliens and also on how we see ourselves. It leaves me wanting to know more about this universe.
Teramis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Thought-provoking story. Some spoilers follow in comments.This story does an effective job of painting a mostly unsympathetic protagonist, and his subtle transition into a place of having scruples, ethics, and working towards a higher purpose than just his own self-interest. This is put into stark relief when the (cloned) character has to interact with his original, who is still a mean-spirited murderous low-life. The interactions the clone has had, and his reactions which awaken him to a sense of conscience, are so delicately interwoven that it is impossible to pin down the moment when this shift in character happens. This metamorphosis is very delicately handled by the authors, who use interactions with aliens and the colonization of a new world to explore the issues of how one lives one's experience and what one gets out of it. It also does a great job of evoking truly alien cultures and thought processes. There are many layers of meaning tucked away in this story - I find it mildly haunting, in the way a good book is that provokes one to think long after you've put the book down. Highly recommended.
kd9 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book seems like a tag team effort to find a twist on the plot then send it off to the next author. It features a brutal and macho hero cloned by aliens and sent off to find "himself" to be killed to prevent the discovery of the aliens. Richard K. Morgan also has brutal and macho heroes, but somehow they seem much more sympathetic than Ramon, the hero of this novel. I found Ramon so unpleasant that I couldn't even applaud his partial rehabilitation. It's not a bad action novel, but is it something that I probably won't even remember a month from now.
omphalos02 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very readable and well-told story of Ramon Espejo on a planet called Sao Paolo. He is a prospector with a volatile personality who claws his way through life and love, but seems to have gone too far when he wakes up in an alien vat. Like most really good sci-fi, it's more about us (as humans) than it is about aliens.
rdjanssen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hunter's Run is the story of Ramon Espejo, a rough and tumble prospector working on the colonized planet Sao Paulo. A planet where the Brazilian aristocracy (called the Portuguese because of their language) rule over the Hispanic lower caste. Life became a whole lot more heated for Ramon after he foolishly kills a European ambassador in a knife fight at a local bar. He is forced to flee into the rocky, mountainous wilderness until things have calmed down in town. This is where things go from bad to worse as he stumbles upon something that doesn¿t want to be found.Hunter¿s run is a good adventure and still touches on classic science fiction topics. One of the main philosophical themes involves the question of when is it acceptable to kill. And this conundrum gets played from some very convincing counterviews. The second spanning theme is classical Roman (or is it Greek) ¿know thyself.¿ Through Ramon¿s harrowing adventures he is forced to ask himself some very hard questions about who he really is and why he behaves the way he does.It¿s not the most deep science fiction story out there but it does put up some questions and makes the reader think. It¿s also an entertaining read and one that you won¿t be disappointed doing. It¿s also relatively short, so the time investment is small.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Liked that style. Great characters.
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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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