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Book Title: Escape from New York|
The author of the book: Mike McQuay
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Edition: Bantam Books
Date of issue: November 1st 1985
ISBN 13: 9780553253757
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 6.60 MB
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Once upon a time, as an adolescent, I wasn't quite of age to go to movie theaters on my own--especially R-rated movies--so I read movie tie-in books, and with those, I got to experience movies vicariously.
I read these movie tie-in books often in my ninth grade English class, so when the time came to describe the book to the teacher to verify that I had actually read the book, I always got the same question: 'Have you seen the movie?' And whether I had or I hadn't, I always answered honestly. But when I said I had not, I'd still get that skeptical gleam from the teacher's eye, wondering if I had cheated by seeing the movie instead of reading the book.
And I was much too honest to cheat when it came to books, anyway. I liked books, especially movie tie-in books. They were a lot of fun to read when I was younger, and I could easily pile up dozens of pages read per hour.
This is one of my favorites from that era of the early 80s. Imagine a future world where the United States and the Soviet Union had already waged a third world war, and chaos led to the repurposing of New York City as a giant Alcatraz, a prison city where no inmate can escape. Then imagine Air Force One, with the president on board, crash-lands somewhere in NYC, and the president could be taken as a hostage, or worse.
Enter Snake Plissken, disaffected war veteran who has just been nabbed after robbing a national bank in Colorado. Volunteered into this by NYC's hardass warden, Plissken's mission will be to enter New York City, find the president, and then escape where no one has ever escaped. And under penalty of a time-release death capsule, introduced into his body to hasten his mission, Plissken has 24 hours to find the president and escape NYC, or else he'll die.
It's a rollicking book, and the movie is just as good. It's from director John Carpenter's heyday, when his movie worlds were richly imagined and fun to watch. Plus, at the time, Kurt Russell was just stepping out of his Disney persona. This became his breakthrough role, with Snake Plissken imagined as a hissing, post-Dirty Harry badass, certainly one of the most potent protagonists of the era. I read the book with already a good idea of the movie character in mind. I think I read this book several times, even after seeing the movie, and I probably still have my copy.
If the TV series '24' has a spiritual lineage, Escape from New York is its godfather.
This rocks hard, like the movie. If you're into movie tie-in books, this is recommended.
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Read information about the authorMichael Dennis McQuay was an American science fiction writer. He wrote for several different series. His work in that field includes Mathew Swain, Ramon and Morgan, The Executioner, and SuperBolan. The Book of Justice series he wrote as Jack Arnett. He also wrote the second of the Isaac Asimov's Robot City novels. His non-series novel Memories was nominated for a Philip K. Dick Award for 1987.
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