Fifty Mice

Fifty Mice

Fifty Mice What if a man is placed in the Federal Witness Protection Program against his will And doesn t even know what he supposedly knows that merits a new name a new identity a new life Jay Johnson is an A

  • Title: Fifty Mice
  • Author: Daniel Pyne
  • ISBN: 9780399171642
  • Page: 497
  • Format: Hardcover
  • What if a man is placed in the Federal Witness Protection Program against his will And doesn t even know what he supposedly knows that merits a new name, a new identity, a new life Jay Johnson is an Average Joe, a thirty something guy with a job in telephone sales, a regular pick up basketball game, and a devoted girlfriend he seems ready to marry But one weekday afternoWhat if a man is placed in the Federal Witness Protection Program against his will And doesn t even know what he supposedly knows that merits a new name, a new identity, a new life Jay Johnson is an Average Joe, a thirty something guy with a job in telephone sales, a regular pick up basketball game, and a devoted girlfriend he seems ready to marry But one weekday afternoon, he s abducted on a Los Angeles Metro train, tranquilized, interrogated, and his paper trail obliterated What did he see, what terrible crime or criminal is he keeping secret It must be something awfully big The trouble is, Jay has no clue Furious and helpless, and convinced that the government has made a colossal mistake, Jay is involuntarily relocated to a community on Catalina Island which turns out to be inhabited mainly by other protected witnesses Isolated in a world of strangers, Jay begins to realize that only way out is through the twisted maze of lies and unreliable memories swirling through his own mind If he can locate or invent a repressed memory that might satisfy the Feds, maybe he can make it back to the mainland and his wonderful, even if monotonous, life Set in a noir contemporary L.A and environs, Fifty Mice is a Hitchcockian thriller as surreal and mysterious as a Kafka nightmare Chilling, paranoiac, and thoroughly original, it will have readers grasping to distinguish what is real and what only seems that way.

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    *NetGalley book review*Nope. I just could not get into this one. Its muddled in the middle and then kind of got off track, I feel.

    "What happens when everything you've known is made a lie? And all the lies play true? Are you the sum of your memories, or a collection of consensual, verifiable facts?" If you like books that keep you on the edge of your seat, make you paranoid and have you thinking you might be losing your mind, Fifty Mice is perfect for you. And if you happen to be into gut-wrenching psychological thrillers that really mess with your brain, then you simply can't afford to miss it.Jay is just an average, unrem [...]

    Original review can be found at kristineandterri/2I received an advanced readers copy from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!After reading the synopsis I was really excited to dive into this book. It sounded like it would be an edge of your seat, high paced and thrilling story.It is hard to describe how I felt when I began reading. Only one word comes to mind that comes close and that wasBORED. I found it incredibly slow and the characters extremely shallow [...]

    I was really looking forward to reading this book. I enjoy watching people, in the grocery store checkout lines, resturants, department stores. You can tell an awful lot about people by the choices they make. People can be fascinating to watch. I would also like to state that I was given this book to read for a free review and I want to be fair but honest. I'm not going to rehash the story because you can get that off the book description. This book is approximately 290 pages long. About 50 page [...]

    Though the story line on this one sounded good I only made it about 1/3 of the way through. Jay, the hero of this tale, made no sense to me. He seemed to be going through life like a sleepwalker, yet his thoughts are much sharper than the man he seems to be. Then there's the parallel of lab mice that had me scratching my head.

    One of the most confusing, go-nowhere, boring books I have ever read. Your don't know what is real, what is fake, what might have happened, what might a dreamd the ending wasn't worth the getting there.

    The publisher's synopsis drew me to this book, using words like "Hitchcockian." A man is abducted and entered into the witness protection program, all the while claiming that he didn't know what they thought he had seen. Sorry. Hitchcock's suspense was real and plausible. This didn't hold up. I kept reading because I figured that there was going to be a twist or explanation that explained some of the implausibility. Nope. Not for me, anyway. The explanation was pretty much what I was expecting a [...]

    It took a while for me to get into this story as it was a little confusing. As it progressed, I became involved with the characters. Who was lying? Who was spying? I loved how a little girl, Helen, could get through to a live-day-to-day type of person, Jay, and give him something to actually live for. There were many twists to this story. You would start to think you had it figured out but then something would come up. As the book was coming to a close, it never really wound down, I had to keep [...]

    I really liked the premise for this novel and felt the author did a plausible job of pulling it off. The beginning of the book was leading me to believe that the book would easily hit four stars. As we got to the conclusion I was getting a bit bunched up. The author kind of lost it with this reader using a lot of twists and the repressed memories that I began to question the reality of. Perhaps the ending may work for you, and I hope it does, and the book will grab four stars from you. For me it [...]

    I think this is the lowest rating I've ever given a book I actually completed. Jay, the hero, was simply not fleshed out very well. I didn't care enough about him to really get on board with his success. There was no development between him and the lady he was thrown in with as a witness protection wife so when the end starting developing I just didn't get where she was coming from. The relationship with Helen, the child, was somewhat more developed and believable. The author also liked to inter [...]

    “What happens when everything you have known is made a lie? And all the lies play true? Are you the sum of your memories, or a collection of consensual verifiable facts?”This book was given to me by the Penguin Books First to Read program.The book starts off strong and continues it's fast paced maze from Los Angeles to Catalina Island and back and forth from the past to the future. Sometimes you have to remember to breathe! The tension is felt throughout and it's very hard to see any light a [...]

    First off, I was given an advanced reading copy for this story and several things i had a problem with could have been because of this. That being said.I think this book had a great plot just fell a little short for me. The ending does get exciting and clear things up. But just a bit confusing through the middle for me. Granted, that's part of the suspense I guess. I had a hard time following conversations (who was actually saying what), which kind of confused me at times. Plus you never really [...]

    I really enjoyed this Hitchcockian-vibe novel, mostly for the way it explores craziness, distrust, paranoia, corruption and science caught me from the start. The bad thing is that once we achieved the climax of the story, everything was kinda predictable But still, I loved Pyne's writing and world - building, creating this noir L.A. and many characters that made the book something you need to read carefully, or else you'd be lost me happy with this book!

    Review hidden until publication dateVIEW FIFTY MICE by Daniel PyneThis novel runs very rapidly, in fact it would make a quite suspenseful film. It's packed to the max with action, adventure, danger and thrills. I just couldn't elicit any empathy in my soul for Protagonist Jay. I wouldn't wish on him the troubles he experienced. I just couldn't sympathize, either.

    by Daniel PyneSPOILER FREEFull disclosure: At my request I was granted access to a digital ARC of this book through Penguin Books First To Read Program. Many thanks to Penguin books, Blue Rider Press and of course the Author Daniel Pyne for the awesome opportunity to read this early. It was a ride that I'm spinning from as I type this. One of fun, crazy, puzzling and awesome. In many of my updates I left a few words to describe this story and it never let up on any of those words whether togethe [...]

    Sometimes it takes the strangest situations for us to figure out what it is we want in life--even if that something is what we thought we'd never want. To read this, and other book reviews, visit my website: jenpaul13.wix/makinggoodst.In Fifty Mice by Daniel Pyne, Jay, Johnson is nabbed from a train platform on his normal commute home from work at a telemarketing firm. He is then forcefully thrust into Witness Protection, where he begins to incessantly thinking about lab mice from his previous j [...]

    I made a valiant effort to read this book because it was for book club. I managed to get half way through and realized I wasn't going to finish in time for book club so I stopped reading and watched a Midsommer Murders instead. This book was so un-compelling that I'd rather watch comfort TV. The only character I cared even a bit for was the girl Helen -- otherwise I would have been okay with them all dying. The prose style was choppy and had a lot of run on sentences so it was hard to follow. I [...]

    This "novel" at 285 pages, could have been so much more. Maybe if the author had taken the time to write a full- length story, he could have developed characters that were more likable and believable. Catalina island provides Jay with the perfect getaway into his witness protection program, except he doesn't know why the Feds want him to be protected in the first place. It has a promising premise, but like so many other people commented, it becomes muddled with the flashbacks and sparsely-writte [...]

    I was disappointed in this book, I expected it to be more of a thriller. It was boring at times, confusing, and very hard to follow. I really had to push myself to read the entire book, and I did that just to find out what happens to main character in the end.

    Either this book got better between the ARCs and the final version, or I just liked it better than many readers, because I thought the beginning was taut and exciting, a quick dive into a kafka-esque world of "protective custody" where it isn't really clear who is being protected from whom. Even the name "Jay Johnson" is clever, a homophone for the former Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson. For a while, the book keeps it up and everything works. I could seriously quibble with the timing [...]

    At times the book drew me in left me wondering what was to come next. At others I felt lost in the twists and turns. The thought of being taken against your will, by the government, your life erased and new one created for you, is slightly terrifying and the main reason I wanted to read this book. Several characters were more than just likable, but others were too superficial, not fleshed out enough. Overall, I just didn't get much out of this read. Too many twists and turns left me not quite be [...]

    not bad. seemed like it tried a little too hard. writing itself was good but the storytelling wasnt my favorite.

    This is a really intriguing concept and the book is well written. There's A LOT of really unnecessary foul language, so I can't give it 5 stars nor can I recommend it. Sad!

    If it isn’t already clear, I love books. I really love what I call bookish books. Works like Pale Fire and Little, Big, that can exist only as a book. In this era when novels are sometimes optioned for films before they are even published, it’s a rarity to find bookish books, and even more rare to find good bookish books. Fifty Mice is one such book, and while it’s no Pale Fire it’s very, very good.Jay Johnson has a very average life, a boring job, a steady girlfriend he may marry, but o [...]

    What would you do if you were placed into witness protection but didn't know why you needed to give up your old life? What more, not only would you be taken away against your will, you're cut out of the lives of everyone in your life and they're told lies about why you've disappeared. You're told you witnessed something yet have no idea what it is you saw. Jay is living a pretty unremarkable life when this exact thing happens. At first it's a sense of foreboding, being stalked and watched. He th [...]

    Jay is travelling on the subway when he’s accosted by unknowns, cuffed and taken down in some swift ninja movements, and wakes up blonde, without fingerprints, and in a strange room by himself. When he meets his captors, he’s told that for his own safety, he’s been placed in a witness protection program. But what he’s seen, or what he supposedly knows, is up to him to figure out. Through intensive therapy on Catalina Island, Jay struggles with his new life, with an insta-witness protecti [...]

    Fifty Mice was called "a gripping, paranoiac thriller about an unwilling participant in the Witness Protection Program". I suppose this is mostly true. I'm not sure about the "gripping" part - initially, I had a hard time getting into it, and felt like the writing was kind of disjointed, I guess. I didn't feel a good flow. However, seeing as how disoriented Jay was, trying to find out what he's supposed to know that landed him in the middle of Witness Protection, I think the writing helped to fe [...]

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