Scott Free Audio Cassette – Audiobook, Sep 2003
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When a plane carrying Scott O'Toole to a rock concert in Salt Lake City crashes in the Utah mountains, the resourceful teenager manages to make it to what looks like safety--a cabin owned by a mysterious, heavily armed man who may be the protected government witness he says he is--or a killer whose presence in the area has more to do with a planned political assassination. Meanwhile, Scott's divorced parents are dealing with his predicament very differently. Sherry O'Toole, a bestselling self-help author, seems more concerned about her public image and refighting her acrimonious divorce than using her celebrity to focus attention on her missing son, while Brandon O'Toole, who won custody of the boy, is desperately trying to convince the authorities that Scott, who is trained in survival, should not be given up for dead. This is a thrilling, chilling mystery from a writer whose abilities to create believable, authentic teenage characters have marked his other novels, notably Nathan's Run. But Sherry is little more than a cartoon figure, whose ambivalence in the face of her son's catastrophe is unbelievable, and Brandon, while a much more sympathetic figure, is hardly more real. Despite these flaws, Scott Free is a compelling read, with excellent pacing and a narrative that drives to a thunderous conclusion. --Jane Adams --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Gilstrap's fourth novel is just as exciting as its predecessors (nathan's Run,1996; At All Costs, 1998; and Even Steven, 2000). Sherry O'Toole is a best-selling pop-psychology writer with a messy personal life: her ex-husband has custody of their 16-year-old son, Scott, and she's running out of schemes to shift her boy's allegiance. A ski trip may be her last hope. But the rebellious Scott's plans don't exactly include spending time with Mom. A newfound friend, a pilot, plans to take Scott to a concert, but a snowstorm gets in the way, and they fly into a tree. Now, with his friend dead, Scott is alone, in below-freezing temperatures, with no idea where he is. And his parents, who can barely stand the sight of each other, must join forces to find him. Gilstrap takes a few chances here--especially interesting is his decision to make Sherry so immensely unlikable--and the reader is rewarded with an alone-against-the-elements story that's fresh, suspenseful, and memorable. Gilstrap is one writer who just keeps getting better. David Pitt
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Scott O'Toole is not Nathan Bailey redux. Nathan, the title character in Gilstrap's incredible debut NATHAN'S RUN, is eluding capture by both the police and some bad men who want him dead. Sixteen-year-old Scott O'Toole is running toward something, namely a cabin in the middle of the Utah wilderness after his plane crashes that is his only shot at survival.
In that cabin is a mysterious man who claims to be in the witness protection program. But as Scott waits out a terrific blizzard, less and less adds up and his savior doesn't appear to be what he claims. The president of the United States is in town and when the bodies start piling up around the cabin like cordwood, Scott puts two and two together and begins a Nathanesque run back to civilization.
Gilstrap is obviously enamored of the movies, and he's tried and failed to make a career as a produced screenwriter. Still, his love of movies prevails and SCOTT FREE would've benefited from less allusions to specific movies, genres and cinema in general that Gilstrap obviously threw in to make producers realize, Look, see how cinematic my book is!
Gilstrap's saving grace is that SCOTT FREE, despite its shameless attempts to cozy up next to and identify with action/adventure films, remains one of the freshest and most captivating concepts since Jan Burke's BONES and Michael Prescott's NEXT VICTIM. Scott O'Toole does nothing that a gutsy, level-headed sixteen-year-old boy couldn't do with the proper training and a few aids.Read more ›
The novel speaks for itself. A teenager visiting with his detached but famous mother, who is taken on an exorbitant ski vacation to woo him away from "team bachelor", decides on the spur of the moment to fly with a new found skiing buddy to a rock concert. A storm ensues. From that point on, weather, survival, horror, and where-with-all co conspire to build great tension and a very satisfying book. Scott is compelled to call on inner resources, those he was trained for, and those which he is unaware that he possesses. I bought it all. The villain is great, wearing more guises than an entire halloween party. Dad is a devoted supporter who never gives up, knowing in his gut that his son is still alive. Even egocentric mom changes over time. Scott Free is a page turner and a great escape. I found Scott Free to be very satisfying and an entertaining distraction from current events.
East Aurora, NY
Most recent customer reviews
I'll be honest with you. I first saw this book listed in the Book of the Month Club brochure and thought it sounded great. Read morePublished on June 6 2003
Unlike other Gilstrap novels, this book drags alone getting pulled by arrogant self centered, self serving characters. Read morePublished on June 3 2003 by Richard I. Summers
I found "no there, there" in John Gilstrap's "Scott Free."
Had I desired a soap opera I would choose Howard Fast or Harold Robbins and enjoy the ride with guilty... Read more
I'm sorry, but I found Scott to be a typically self-centered, unfocused brat, one who could hardly come up with surviving the horrifying plane crash. Blue hair or not! Read morePublished on May 29 2003 by Michael Butts
John Gilstrap has written a classic, truly great thriller. I don't ski, nor have I been to Utah, but if you want to feel the icy wind in your face and taste fear, read this one. Read morePublished on April 15 2003
John Gilstrap should be ashamed. First of all, the Utah mountains are named correctly, however, there is no Arapahoe County in Utah, nor a town named Eagle Feather. Read morePublished on March 29 2003
This fast-moving thriller kept me up late at night as I read the story of a young boy, lost in the freezing wilderness, pursued by the bad guy(s). Read morePublished on March 19 2003 by BeachReader