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Red is the story of Avery Ludlow, an old widower out fishing, his trusty dog at his side, when he is set upon by three teenage boys intent on robbing him When they realize Avery hasn t got anything worth their while, the boy with the shotgun blows the dogs head off for shits and giggles.The titular dog was Avery s best friend, and he wants justice He plans to get it no matter what the consequences might be.This is the first Ketchum book I have read that was not necessarily a horror story, and Red is the story of Avery Ludlow, an old widower out fishing, his trusty dog at his side, when he is set upon by three teenage boys intent on robbing him When they realize Avery hasn t got anything worth their while, the boy with the shotgun blows the dogs head off for shits and giggles.The titular dog was Avery s best friend, and he wants justice He plans to get it no matter what the consequences might be.This is the first Ketchum book I have read that was not necessarily a horror story, and it simply floored me The prose is elegant, beautiful at times, and gory in all the right places.It is short and straightforward, but deceptively so There is so muchgoing on in this book than what is on the surface I really enjoyed this book Read it He kept seeing the cat dart out in front of his truck An event the world had put in motion and of which he was not a part until that very instant when things died or didn t die according to the nature of their meeting According to their collision 129.Having read Ketchum s The Girl Next Door this summer, I knew to expect a style of writing that just sings Dark, gritty, and absolutely stunning writing I admit to being wary of the dog s death not a spoiler it s in the synopsis and on the He kept seeing the cat dart out in front of his truck An event the world had put in motion and of which he was not a part until that very instant when things died or didn t die according to the nature of their meeting According to their collision 129.Having read Ketchum s The Girl Next Door this summer, I knew to expect a style of writing that just sings Dark, gritty, and absolutely stunning writing I admit to being wary of the dog s death not a spoiler it s in the synopsis and on the back of the book it was gruesome and heart shattering I needn t have worried, Ketchum was able to move me right along in the story, tugging me by the hand as I travelled along the inevitable trajectory of events that Avery Ludlow found himself wrapped into.This is so muchthan a dog s death and a revenge plot This is a look at life and what makes it precious, horrible, beautiful, and inevitable Without a wasted word, this book overflows with emotion Grief Love Anger Passion Hatred Acceptance I was brought to tears of sadness and anger a few times.After finishing this novel, I sent out a post on social media that there are authors that have passed on that I d love to just be able to say thank you to Dallas Mayr Jack Ketchum is one of them The sentimental part of me likes to think that he knows The evensentimental part of me realizes that he lives on in the words of so many of the authors I have come to know and love And there are those tears again days ago, i dove into my piles and sought out that Overlook Connection Press edition which has a whiskered red doggie s face on the front, thus i dove it into my piles againcuz i bought a mass market copy of this D the author s way of storytelling and his power of words shivers me once , he s a hero of the genre rereading it makes me wanna see the movie again, and it has robert englund there O Justwow Touched my heart in so many ways Ketchum is a true genius I definitely need to Ketchum all Before I give my opinion of this book I want to point out the horrible work by the printer of this edition I don t usually pay a lot attention to the printing companies, but this one was bad enough, actually the worst I ve ever seen, that I will be paying attention from here on out The publisher of this edition is a company called 47North When I say it is the worst I ve ever seen, I am not exaggerating I didn t keep count, but I bet there were a hundred misprints throughout this book I m Before I give my opinion of this book I want to point out the horrible work by the printer of this edition I don t usually pay a lot attention to the printing companies, but this one was bad enough, actually the worst I ve ever seen, that I will be paying attention from here on out The publisher of this edition is a company called 47North When I say it is the worst I ve ever seen, I am not exaggerating I didn t keep count, but I bet there were a hundred misprints throughout this book I m not sure what kind of program they are using but they need to trash it I got this off ofIf I had got it at a book store I would have returned and demanded my money back Be warned if you see a book published by 47North don t buy it unless your local grocery store has run out of toilet paper.Okay, I didn t count the poor editing by the printing company in my review because that would be unfair to Ketchum and would not properly reflect on the story This is actually 2 novella s in one book I think Red really resonated with me, being an older man though not as old as Avery and having a couple of old dogs that I love like family It is a story of vengeance told in classic Ketchum style The second Novella, The Passenger is kidnapping story, once again following the Ketchum hard core story telling I could see the twist coming at the end, but this was still an entertaining suspense horror story If you can handle Jack s style, you ll enjoy this novella combo Just make sure it s not by 47North Most of us go somewhat insane when someone messes with our child or our dog You can talk smack about my sister, my mama, even my husband, but one snarky remark about my child and you will meet my alter, not very nice, ego Kick my dog and I turn into a pro death penalty, gun toting, gray haired bundle of irrational action.When Avery Ludlow decides to go after the three teenagers who shoot and kill his dog, I was pumping my fist in the air I was still pumping it when the book ended Lord, I hat Most of us go somewhat insane when someone messes with our child or our dog You can talk smack about my sister, my mama, even my husband, but one snarky remark about my child and you will meet my alter, not very nice, ego Kick my dog and I turn into a pro death penalty, gun toting, gray haired bundle of irrational action.When Avery Ludlow decides to go after the three teenagers who shoot and kill his dog, I was pumping my fist in the air I was still pumping it when the book ended Lord, I hate bullies especially the ones that are rich, powerful and old enough to know better When they get what s coming to them life is so sweet.Ketchum writes darn good horror He writes ever better thrillers I was relieved that this wasn t about a dog that comes back from the dead A story about a man who is pushed too far makes a much better book Highly recommend.Bonus My edition contains the novella The Passenger another revenge is sweet story I little under a hundred pages of twists, turns and turmoil Fun .DOWNLOAD ♸ Red ☪ The old man hears them before he sees them, the three boys coming over the hill, disturbing the peace by the river where he s fishing He smells gun oil too, too much oil on a brand new shotgun These aren t hunters, they re rich kids who don t care about the river and the fish and the old manOr his dog Red is the name of the old man s dog, his best friend in the world And when the boys shoot the dog for nothing, for simple spite he sees red, like a mist before his eyes And before the whole thing is done there ll be red Red for blood When most people think of Jack Ketchum, they think of horror You think of horror again when you read a book blurb that sounds like arealistic, friendlier version of Pumpkinhead So hey, it s a horror story right Well, not really Life has decided to stop being predictable after all Red is muchthan the typical revenge story it touts itself as being Av doesn t believe a crime can t be forgiven, but he doesn t believe in scapegoats, liars, or not manning up to your mistakes and acce When most people think of Jack Ketchum, they think of horror You think of horror again when you read a book blurb that sounds like arealistic, friendlier version of Pumpkinhead So hey, it s a horror story right Well, not really Life has decided to stop being predictable after all Red is muchthan the typical revenge story it touts itself as being Av doesn t believe a crime can t be forgiven, but he doesn t believe in scapegoats, liars, or not manning up to your mistakes and accepting responsibility This story stands on the shoulders of a larger one which is slowly revealed to the reader.The protagonist is an older widow with only his small self owned store, empty house, and old dog left They keep each other company as they ve aged together and seen their loved ones pass on The sympathy stake is buried firmer since his wife died tragically, and the dog was a birthday present from her to him It s not just anger at the act, but at the senselessness of it that gets to both Av and the reader who follows him on the ride.Ketchum writes with a slow, sweeping grace His writing is literary, but I do hold qualms with some of his sentence lengths and comma aversions the first few chapters Thankfully this settles down.I applaud the slow, believable progression of anger The blurb reads like it s a classic revenge tale, but it s really not The story isintricate that you d believe as he goes through every channel he can to try and see the boys admit to what they did and apologize It s not just about punishment and getting revenge, but something for the senseless act, even if it s only an admission of guilt The psychology behind this comes out as the story unfolds and why this is so important to the man.The ending is heartbreaking as it reaches its inevitable conclusion, all that could be avoided, as the consequences swing to full closure on the karma wheel Very difficult book to read I ve always had a tender spot in my heart for animals , but great satisfaction seeing a man get fed up and take the law into his owns hands.Red really highlights the inability for citizens to take responsibility for their actions and the actions of their snot nosed slacker brats. Avery Allen Ludlow didn t do anything to the three punk ass kids that came up on him while he was fishing down by the river with his dog Red They did plenty to him however Now, it s time to fess up for the deeds done and harms perpetrated When it becomes apparent that is not going to happen, Avery takes matters into his own hands Jack Ketchum can tell a hell of a story While this one may not be as brutal as some of the previous works I have read by him, there are some definite similarities Avery Allen Ludlow didn t do anything to the three punk ass kids that came up on him while he was fishing down by the river with his dog Red They did plenty to him however Now, it s time to fess up for the deeds done and harms perpetrated When it becomes apparent that is not going to happen, Avery takes matters into his own hands Jack Ketchum can tell a hell of a story While this one may not be as brutal as some of the previous works I have read by him, there are some definite similarities in theme Avery was a truly classic character and JK did an excellent job at giving him depth and heart It was impossible not to root for him and to hope that the privileged prima donna pricks get exactly what s coming to them A solid 4 star read and another winner from Mr Ketchum