The Terror of Living

The Terror of Living

by Urban Waite
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The Terror of Living by Urban Waite

Phil Hunt is deep in trouble. For twenty years he's lived in Washington State, raising horses with his wife on his small farm and trying to stay clear of the law. But when a less-than-legal side job goes horribly wrong, Hunt is suddenly on the run from two men: Drake, the deputy sheriff who intends to incarcerate him, and Grady, the vicious hitman with a knife fetish who means to carve him limb from limb.

An explosive chase ensues, and Hunt is forced to use all his willpower and toughness to rescue his quiet life and save his skin. Headlong and gorgeously written, with memorable characters and a vividly powerful sense of place, The Terror of Living marks the arrival of a new master of narrative suspense.

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ISBN-13: 9780316097888
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 01/12/2012
Pages: 308
Sales rank: 734,212
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Urban Waite, 30 years old, grew up in Seattle and attended the University of Washington. He went on to study writing at Western Washington University and Emerson College and now lives in Seattle with his wife. The Terror of Living is his first novel.

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The Terror of Living: A Novel 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Aelius More than 1 year ago
The law and the outlaw pit themselves against one another. I wanted to add `as always' but it's not true in this case and I suppose sometimes it's not true in life either. Drake is the Seattle law man, Hunt is the appropriately named hunted drug runner. Drake takes his work seriously attempting to make up for his dad's crimes. His dad was also a Sheriff but he combined that with drug smuggling and wound up in prison. One man is running from his father's criminal past. The other is running towards a mystically secure utopia. The outdoor horsey setting and the casual killing reminds me of McCarthy. The writing is nowhere near Cormac's level but it's serviceable. The amount of blood and gore isn't egregious because it jibes with the reality of the criminal world but it's hard to stomach page on page of gore. Just as in McCarthy's work the gems in this book are the relationships. Both Drake and Hunt have wives they're devoted to and who are devoted to them.
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KenCady More than 1 year ago
This is a dark tale of folks who might otherwise be good people and the effects on them of the hunger in America for drugs, and the extreme measures taken to be sure that those drugs are provided. The opportunity to make some real money smuggling across the Canadian border is too hard to pass up for some, including a sheriff, whose son later feels the need to redeem the family name. Intelligently written, it's not a story to cheer up your weekend.
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Heavensent1 More than 1 year ago
The Terror Of Living is a fast-paced crime suspense thriller that has mild to moderate expletives with many graphic bloody scene descriptions. First time author, Urban Waite, delivers an on-your-seat thriller with strong characters and a believable plot. Phil Hunt is a down-on-his luck horse rancher who is looking for one big break to put his life back in order. Bobby Drake is the deputy sheriff who struggles with his past while embracing his future. Grady, "The Chef", is the socio-psychopath bent on destroying them both. Driscoll, the DEA agent, who just wants the answers and will stop at nothing to get them. Sheri, Bobby's wife, who accepts, understands and guides Bobby thru his struggles with his past and Nora, Phil's wife, who loves him no matter what the cost. Using the Canadian/Washington wilderness pass as the main setting...we are brought into the world of drug smuggling and the high stakes that in involved. We're taken into a world where human life means nothing, only the goods being delivered are important. When a drug deal goes bad...the three men struggle against time to stay one step ahead of each other. Will Bobby's ghosts finally be laid to rest?? What drives The Chef to his madness?? And will Phil be able to save his life, his farm and Nora from the hands of a madman??
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Auburn, Washington, horse farm owner Phil Hunt keeps his ranch afloat by occasionally escorting an illegal delivery though the nearby mountains to Canada. Phil still feels remorse over what he did two decades ago when he killed someone while transporting a load though he spent time in prison. Nearby in Silver Lake, Deputy Sheriff Bobby Drake struggles with the reputation of his father who was a highly regarded lawman until he was arrested for smuggling drugs into Canada. He has not seen his disgraced dad in a decade. Drake happens to notice a horse trailer parked in a strange area. He goes to investigate and interrupts an illegal shipment. The operation that seemed benign when it worked smoothly now reveals to Hunt just how deadly his sideline has become. Phil flees from the law while his employers angrily send the Chef to collect their stolen goods and kill the transporter and lawman. The aptly titled The Terror of Living is a great character study that looks deep into the souls of two men. Each makes it clear that life is not a simple choice between two forks in the road, but instead consists of multiple opportunity cost options in which going down an illegal path may be the best avenue, but how far one goes is the key. Phil like Bobby's dad knows he is breaking the law when he transports illegal drugs into Canada, but does so to care for his family while also understanding he could go back to jail if caught. When does he and to a degree Bobby draw a line each refuses to cross become the focus of this excellent personalized thriller. Harriet Klausner
grumpydan More than 1 year ago
Although Phil Hunt and his wife own a horse ranch, he also makes money by helping delivery drugs across the Canadian border. Deputy Sherriff Bobby Drake out on vacation in the hills, interrupts the transfer of illegal drugs and hence the confrontation between Phil and Bobby. To complicate things, the owners of said drugs want their drugs back and the blood of those who screwed up the shipment. Phil is trying to protect himself and his wife, while Bobby is trying to locate Phil before the hunters kill Phil. The emotional pull of this novel is enough to draw anyone in as both Phil and Bobby struggle to make things right in their own lives. An exceedingly touching tale.