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Mile 81 (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Stephen King
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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With the heart of Stand By Me and the genius horror of Christine, Mile 81 is Stephen King unleashing his imagination as he drives past one of those road signs...

At Mile 81 on the Maine Turnpike is a boarded up rest stop on a highway in Maine. It's a place where high school kids drink and get into the kind of trouble high school kids have always gotten into. It's the place where Pete Simmons goes when his older brother, who's supposed to be looking out for him, heads off to the gravel pit to play "paratroopers over the side." Pete, armed only with the magnifying glass he got for his tenth birthday, finds a discarded bottle of vodka in the boarded up burger shack and drinks enough to pass out.

Not much later, a mud-covered station wagon (which is strange because there hadn't been any rain in New England for over a week) veers into the Mile 81 rest area, ignoring the sign that says "closed, no services." The driver's door opens but nobody gets out.

Doug Clayton, an insurance man from Bangor, is driving his Prius to a conference in Portland. On the backseat are his briefcase and suitcase and in the passenger bucket is a King James Bible, what Doug calls "the ultimate insurance manual," but it isn't going to save Doug when he decides to be the Good Samaritan and help the guy in the broken down wagon. He pulls up behind it, puts on his four-ways, and then notices that the wagon has no plates.

Ten minutes later, Julianne Vernon, pulling a horse trailer, spots the Prius and the wagon, and pulls over. Julianne finds Doug Clayton's cracked cell phone near the wagon door — and gets too close herself. By the time Pete Simmons wakes up from his vodka nap, there are a half a dozen cars at the Mile 81 rest stop. Two kids — Rachel and Blake Lussier — and one horse named Deedee are the only living left. Unless you maybe count the wagon.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 702 KB
  • Print Length: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner (Sept. 1 2011)
  • Sold by: Simon & Schuster Canada, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005COO1X6
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,635 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this short story April 21 2013
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I did love this short story as you see into King's imagination...how does he come up with these stories. Makes you wonder how he comes up with all of these different scenarios.....very good!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Way to write Jan. 29 2013
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Another good read from my favourite author. I'm never disappointed with Mr. King.....he always manages to surprise, scare and entertain....this was a great wee story W. Robson
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing! May 8 2014
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I really liked this short story. I couldn't put it down and finished it in 5 hours. Hope he write more of these kind of short stories
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's King.... March 13 2014
By Faedrah
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And it's his classic style come back. Slowly intense and makes you question the most simple things we ignore on a daily basis.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not the King I Remember Feb. 10 2014
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This book didn’t draw me in until the final chapters. I found it slow starting. The children didn’t act in an age-appropriate manner. Multiple back stories impeded the pace. However, I did laugh at the paragraph that began with: “Jimmy Golding hadn’t believed in monster cars since he saw that movie Christine as a kid, . . .”

An author can’t be expected to hit a home run with every book. For me, this one was almost a foul ball.
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4.0 out of 5 stars For the price of a morning coffee... July 3 2013
By Jeff
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Funny, scary and self referential, King is an old hand at making us want to laugh and scream at the same time. Big bang for the price of my morning Timmys.
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