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Daylight [Large Print] [Paperback]

Max Allan Collins
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April 1999 Thorndike General
When a massive explosion rips through the Manhattan commuter tunnel, trapping dozens of people in the thinning air under the Hudson river, EMS search and rescue tech Kit Latura launches a bold rescue plan. Original. Movie tie-in.
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When a stolen car recklessly encounters three flatbed trucks illegally carrying hazardous waste through Manhattan's Holland Tunnel, the ensuing explosion closes the tunnel at both ends. Eleven ordinary people are left alive in the tunnel and must somehow deal with this most extraordinary situation. The story is told mainly through a series of first-person narratives by some of those in the tunnel?a teenage girl off with her parents for a "family weekend," a young prostitute, a reserved older man, a brave young career woman?and by rescue workers on the outside. Most commanding is a discredited, former EMS chief, Kit Latura, who arranges to get into the tunnel to lead the survivors to safety. Effectively narrated by 13 readers, the voices portray fear, courage, and even ironic humor as the story is bounced from one narrator to the next. Interestingly, we always see Latura's actions from another's point of view. The only problem with this recording is technical in nature: sometimes a loud, clear reading voice is followed by a soft, low voice, and in order to adequately listen, occasional volume adjustment is required. An engrossing novelization of a 1996 Sylvester Stallone film, this may have a place in your popular collection. Recommended.?Juleigh Muirhead Clark, Coll. of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Va.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Unlike any novel I've read before! April 2 1999
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If you've seen the movie, you'll be pleasantly surprised how this novel turns out!
The author takes the reader through the events that unfold, through the eyes of a reporter. All of the surviving victims are interviewed in the aftermath of the tunnel cave in.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys literary and cinematic disaster genres.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unlike any novel I've read before! April 2 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you've seen the movie, you'll be pleasantly surprised how this novel turns out!
The author takes the reader through the events that unfold, through the eyes of a reporter. All of the surviving victims are interviewed in the aftermath of the tunnel cave in.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys literary and cinematic disaster genres.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lacks tension Aug. 6 2012
By Meesha - Published on Amazon.com
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There's always something about novelisations that I find gripping. Whether it is seeing the film in a whole new light, or seeing the film how it was originally written, from the screenplay, they can put a whole new spin on the story, or just repeat the film. Sometimes they can be a bit hit or miss. I've never read one that was absolutely brilliant yet, but I live in hope. There's still quite a few on my wishlist that I need to get.

Daylight falls right in the middle. The cover is simply captivating and immediately draws your attention. But it's told in a completely different way to the movie. As the prologue describes it, it is a "documentary-in-prose". That sounds weird, right? It actually works. Although not brilliantly, it does work, strange as it may sound. The 'narrator' interviews the survivors, and they each tell their own story. It is quite hard to keep track of each individual person, a couple I muddled up more than once. But if you've seen the film already (it's excellent), you'll find it easier to keep track of the characters. And the film sticks pretty closely to what is described in this book, apart from the documentary-in-prose.

The book just doesn't have the same tension as the film did, which is one of my favourites. Yes, if you haven't already seen the film, you might feel the tension a bit more, although you may find it irritating the way the book darts back and forth between the characters. But whereas during the film, my mouth was dry at times and yes, I did cry at one point, the book just doesn't deliver. It's an enjoyable read, and definitely makes me want to see the film again.

Max Allan Collins, much like Alan Dean Foster, is one of the elite when it comes to writing movie novelisations. I have read a couple of his books now, like the novelisations of The Mummy movies and he has also written a couple of books about the Titanic.

I do have a bit of a thing for Sylvester Stallone, I will admit. Funny how I didn't like him until I got introduced to Rocky and Rambo. I would be very interested in reading the Rocky novelisations, as they are based on screenplays that he actually wrote. And his casting is near enough perfect in this film, as you can tell from the book. Kit is described as having "hooded eyes with a mournful cast". Doesn't that describe Sylvester Stallone to a T?

An enjoyable novelisation, if you can excuse the strange way of telling the story and the lack of tension.
5.0 out of 5 stars Found an old friend June 6 2014
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I read this book many years ago when the movie came out. Of course it was better than the movie and I was thrilled. I think I irritated the public library with how often I kept checking it out, but eventually I wanted a copy for myself. It was hard to find back then before Amazon. Thankfully, I decided to try one last time and this seller had a copy. It was in great shape, and provided a fun afternoon of reading.
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