- Title: Nathan's Run
- Author: John Gilstrap
- ISBN: 9780446604680
- Page: 420
- Format: Paperback
When twelve year old Nathan Bailey kills a guard at a juvenile detention center and runs away, the evidence is clear The guard s murder is part of a brutal escape plan Declared incorrigible by a judge, and sentenced to 18 months in the Juvenile Detention Center for stealing a car, there s simply no other explanation Bailey s a thief, a jail breaker and a murderer, and hWhen twelve year old Nathan Bailey kills a guard at a juvenile detention center and runs away, the evidence is clear The guard s murder is part of a brutal escape plan Declared incorrigible by a judge, and sentenced to 18 months in the Juvenile Detention Center for stealing a car, there s simply no other explanation Bailey s a thief, a jail breaker and a murderer, and he must be brought to justice Or so it seems In Nathan s Run, first time novelist John Gilstrap displays a unique talent for reaching into today s headlines His compelling story is woven around two timely issues the ease with which the juvenile justice system warehouses kids and removes them from our collective consciousness, and the ability of the news media to alter the public s view of individual criminal acts.Fueled by the fiery rhetoric of J Daniel Petrelli, a local prosecutor with Senatorial ambitions, the public is outraged at Nathan s cold bloodedness However, Nathan declares that he killed in self defense Polite and articulate, he unwittingly moves beyond the labels that have been thrust upon him incorrigible and violent criminal and becomes to the public at large what he is in real life a young boy who s alone in the world, pitted against forces too large for him to comprehend.With it s exceptional realism, suspenseful narrative, and an expertly conveyed sense of desperation, Nathan s Run is destined to capture the attention of readers and provide John Gilstrap with a legion of fans.
Recent Comments "Nathan's Run"
My school district banned it. I read it on principle.
For a book that is about 20 year old- wasn't all that bad. Here we have Nathan , a 12 year old boy who wound up in a youth detention center for stealing his uncle's car. During that time- he winds up killing a detention guard- and then in a sheer panic he escapes the center. According to him, it was self defense- but the authorities are calling him a dangerous murderer. And so Nathan runs.You are taken through a journey - through the eyes of a 12 year old boy. I picked up this book simply becaus [...]
I rarely read mysteries or police stories, but I recently borrowed this book on tape (unabridged) from the library to listen to in the car, and it was completely successful, in my opinion, which is why I give it 5 stars. Not only did I come to care about the two main characters, Nathan and the police lieutenant, but the story the author tells was so gripping that I took a few unnecessary trips in the car just so I could listen. Even though I considered some aspects of the plot a little far-fetch [...]
If I could only jump inside those pagesThis book was fantasticd heart wrenchingd so unbelievably suspenseful! I loved it!Nathan won my heart in this one. I wanted to jump through the pages of the book and help him! I would have if I could have!At only 12 years old, Nathan is on the run. everyone, including the law. As I read and ran right along side Nathan, I shared his journey and his experience. Little Nathan showed me the heart and the courage of a lion! I was so touched by him.Just one warni [...]
12-year old Nathan Bailey kills a guard in the juvenile detention center and flees, leading to a massive manhunt. He confesses his guilt on a radio talk show, hosted by Denise (a/k/a the Bitch), but claims he acted in self-defense. The local cops have no leads, as Nathan makes a run for it in a stolen car, leaving an apology for its owner and washing the sheets where he slept. Things deteriorate as additional cops are killed, and Nathan is blamed. Gilstrap's first novel: a thrill ride.
Having killed a guard in self defence in a detentions centre in which he had been place, and with no one to trust, Nathan tells his story to a talk-back radio host, and his run becomes a media event followed across the country. Exciting and action packed to the very end!
Fantastic story. ending. I cried.
Here's a list of books I've read that have something in common:Watchers by Dean KoontzIt by Stephen KingLost Boys by Orson Scott CardShadowland by Peter StraubBoy's Life by Robert R McCammonHorns by Joe HillStrangewood by Christopher GoldenFar Dark Fields by Gary BraunbeckI read Watchers and Shadowland back in the 80s when I was in high school; Lost Boys and Boy's Life within the past ten years; It, Horns, Strangewood, and Far Dark Fields within the past two years. Every single one of these nove [...]
Twelve-year-old Nathan Bailey accused of the brutal murder of a juvenile detention guard has escaped and is on the run. When he calls a Washington, D.C. talk show host declaring that he stabbed the guard because the guard was trying to kill him, he becomes a national celebrity and a target of police and a self-serving district attorney who wants the death penalty. Only one officer believes him and tries to help him surrender safely.I can't believe I never read this book or knew that it was banne [...]
It was written in a clear flow, and the story of Nathan, although one I've read of "escaping on the run" time and again- original in the voice of the escapee. You seldom get that kind of dialog and answer to the "followers" of the chase. Or that depth of the escapee's thoughts, beyond just their fear and reactions. The jumping characters format and the far-fetched circumstances took me out of it. I never felt the entrenched tension at all that others seem to get with this book.
A great story of an innocent boy on the run. With the help of a cynical radio host and police detective. Nathan is being pushed to trust adults again.
Although this book is listed as a Young Adult read, I found it thoroughly engrossing, thrilling, and heart reaching for this very adult reader!! It reminds me of C J Box's BLUE HEAVEN and the best of Charles Dickens' books about young orphan boys. Don't know how I missed this when it first came out, but am so glad I've found it now. I will definitely add John Gilstrap to my list of favorite authors!!Nathan Bailey's Mom died when he was a baby, but he had a great life with his Dad, until his Dad [...]
Nathan's Run was written by John Gilstrap about 20 years but it has not aged badly at all. There were almost no occasions on I thought, "Gee, this is really dated." I actually do say "Gee" to myself. The book is about a 12 year boy who is an inmate in a young offenders correctional facility where he has been brutally raped and abused in a variety of ways by both the other inmates and the staff. After a staff member tries to kill him and is killed by Nathan instead, the boy takes off on his "run. [...]
Nathan is a twelve year old orphaned boy who escapes from a Juvenile Detention Center in Virginia after killing a guard in self-defense. Of course, the police believe it is outright murder and the chase is on. While holed up in the home of a vacationing family, Nathan manages to call in to a popular nationwide Newstalk radio show, and he tells his side of the story and gains some popular support. It seems as though everyone is against him, the bad guys, of course, but also all the law enforcemen [...]
One of my co-workers was like "READ THIS BOOK, YOU HAVE TO READ IT"and I'm really, really glad I did.It was a good read and emotional, and I think it would have been a great book to give junior high or high school kids to read. It's not boring,and its not just a love story. I really enjoy this one!
Fast paced and suspensful, this book will keep you on the edge of your seat during the conclusion. A great read! The main character is very likeable, and you find yourself rooting for him the entire time!
Nathan Bailey has had a difficult life. His mother died when he was a baby and then, at the age of ten, his father dies in a car accident. He is forced to stay with his Uncle Mark - an alcoholic gambler who has always been envious of his older brother (Nathan's father.) Uncle Mark, not wanting Nathan around, beats him and locks him up in a crawl space. When Nathan tries to run away, he is arrested and thrown in Juvenile Detention Center (JDC). One night, a guard comes after Nathan and tries to k [...]
It's been a long time since I've read a book that's actually made my heart pound in my chest. While I did predict the conspiracy behind Nathan it didn't make this book any less enjoyable. I was pacing around my room while reading the ending, and I choked up with the final pages. Really great book, like most characters do in the book - you bond with Nathan as you learn more about him, and you're rooting for him in the final chapters.Mr. Gilstrap does also imply a few things about the justice syst [...]
Thoroughly enjoyable! I've found another great criminal/detective novelist. And this was his FIRST novel! I started by reading Friendly Fire (Jonathan Grave #8). Now I'll have to read ALL of them in between.
The book was good, but it didn't really grab me as a reader. I thought the story was good and thought out it the characters were also very full of personality. The book just wasn't for me, I didn't enjoy the scenario of the story.
It has been many years since I read this book but I still remember this gripping story and how much I enjoyed the read.
I found it a little predicable and I wanted more closure for Nathan.
Not my cuppa.
Very engaging, this book had me hooked until the very end, which by the way I went to the author's website and read the original end which I liked better than the published ending. I wish more of John Gilstrap's books were available as audiobooks.
My introduction to John Gilstrap as an author. Good book. Good writing. From here I went to the Jonathan Grave series and read all written up to this point in time.
It was a very good book that hooked me from the start to the end, and kept a constant speed of details the only problem was the switching character from character after each chapter was confusing
Giving a book a rating is a never ending torment for me. Perhaps being naturally inclined to like statistics, I find the idea of ratings more relevant than others might.So. 3 or 4?Well. I liked this book. It was exciting and many of the main characters were well done, and the pacing of the book was generally superb. Warren Michaels stands out for me as the most likeable character. His backstory I thought was excellent and provides a compelling reason for Warren to do what he did later on. I find [...]
I picked this book for my "banned book" category in my FB reading challenge. For the life of me I couldn't figure out why it was on the 100 most banned books list - until I read the author's afterward. It's his first book and because the protagonist is a 12 year old boy, he didn't want the book tagged as a young adult (this was before the Harry Potter phenom). So he filled the book with lots of objectionable language to make it more "adult". However, it was so praised that libraries & school [...]
I read this book because the synopsis intrigued me. I've read quite a few 'man on the run' novels but never one about a child. I felt that this novel was ok for what it was. Some things were a bit unrealistic. For instance, child or not, when you are in that much danger, I don't think cartoons are high on the list of importance. I can look past this type of thing however.The most difficult thing for me was jumping characters constantly. Sometimes I had difficulty keeping everyone straight. Espec [...]
Here's the thing I came across a 1st Ed from '96 - I thought the story quick and plausibly crafted. If you can't root for Nathan, make certain you haven't checked your soul at the door. From the early stages I thought, "It's an entertaining read for adults, but this would be a great story for junior high age - misunderstandings galore, improbable young hero, overcoming adversity - but the language wouldn't make it beyond a librarian's checklist. Low and behold, I find Mr. Gilstrap and/or his pub [...]
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