- File Size: 3384 KB
- Print Length: 322 pages
- Publisher: Scribner; Reprint edition (June 12, 2007)
- Publication Date: June 12, 2007
- Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000QRIHSO
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,629 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Clayton Blaisdell, or Blaze as his friends call him is slow.When he was a small boy his father threw him down the stairs in a succession of 3 times. causing not only a huge dent in the center of his forehead but also his simple mindedness. Eventually he was taken from the custody of his father, tried and failed in foster care and dumped in Hutton House. A home for hard to place boys, with social, mental, or anger issues. He met his first friend there Jon.
Sometimes they hired the boys out for the summer, to pick crops or be general farm hands. Some of these places were worse then the hom, some not so bad.
George grew into a very large intimidating looking man, but he was simple minded so easily led to bad situations by others. One such person is George, a small time conman , who like Blaze for his simple mindedness. He would use Blaze, as a dupe, Blaze could do all the dirty work that George didn't want to be bother with, or thought was too risky to do himself.
But. . George gets killed in a robbery gone bad, and poor Blaze is lost without him.
Blaze's mind takes an alternate route. George becomes the other part of Blaze, telling him what to do and belittling him as always. Sometimes Blaze knows George is just made up in his mind, but sometimes he isn't so sure.
Before George dies he plans a kidnapping of a 6 month old child of a local wealthy businessman. When Blaze asks what he should do now, George insist that he go ahead with the plan to take the baby.
The story alternates from current time to Blaze's childhood. You get to know Blaze, and can't help but feel empathy. Then he takes the baby ( Joe ). You worry about the safety of this innocent child, even if he is taken good care of by the gentle giant, there is always George to worry about and he is not so gentle, even if he is imaginary.
I listened to this on audio, it was 8 hours well spent. This story is truly about Blaze, his hard life, the abuse he suffered, and who and what it turned him into. I loved the story it was full of suspense, and at times was very sad.
A story about a man, who is mentally challenged, that kidnapps a baby boy. His story has quite a bit of heart to it and sadness also. Stephen King has a gift of drawing you in the story and feeling for the characters. This one is no different. You really feel for this man and what is happening with him, and what has happened to him.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who really wants an enjoyable read. Will say this, if you are looking for the stereotypical Stephen King horror, you won't find it here. It is just a really good story. Try it out.
Top international reviews
So an easy read, but very rewarding at the same time. The whole book centres around two characters, one a loveable gentle giant with restricted mental capacity, the other a career criminal who manipulates him for his own ends. Although the plot is a little predictable as you move through the book, and the ending is somewhat inevitable it doesn't spoil the overall enjoyment. The characters are brilliantly drawn, making you want to invest in them emotionally and the whole story achieves its aims in a quiet, understated way.
I would absolutely recommend this to any SK fans; well worthwhile.
I felt quite sorry to finish the book and the characters are still bouncing arounf in my mind - which is always the best indication of a good book.
A story that stayed with me; I won't forget it in a hurry.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it highly