The Running Man by Stephen KingThe Running Man by Stephen King

The Running Man

byStephen KingOtherRichard Bachman

Mass Market Paperback | August 1, 1999

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In the year 2025, the best men don’t run for President, they run for their lives….

Ben Richards is out of work and out of luck. His eighteen-month-old daughter is sick, and neither Ben nor his wife can afford to take her to a doctor. For a man with no cash and no hope from the poor side of town, there’s only one thing to do: become a contestant on one of the Network’s Games, shows where you can win more money than you’ve ever dreamed of—or die trying. Now, Ben’s going prime-time on the Network’s highest-rated viewer participation show. And he’s about to become prey for the masses….

With an introduction by the author, “The Importance of Being Bachman”
Stephen King lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. He has written more than forty books and two hundred short stories. He has won the World Fantasy Award, several Bram Stoker awards, and the O. Henry Award for his story “The Man in the Black Suit,” and is the 2003 recipient of The National Book Foundation Med...
Title:The Running ManFormat:Mass Market PaperbackProduct dimensions:336 pages, 6.75 × 4.15 × 0.93 inShipping dimensions:6.75 × 4.15 × 0.93 inPublished:August 1, 1999Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0451197968

ISBN - 13:9780451197962


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Avoid the introduction and its a 5/5 rating! As stated in the review title, you should upon purchasing this version of the novel skip the introduction about Stephen King's reflection of writing as Robert Bachman because he outright tells you how the Running Man Ends which is inexcusable and that is why I've given this title 3/5. The story itself is a strong 4/5 or 5/5 easily chalked full of suspense and so very different from the movie adaptation starting the Governator (which itself is awesome) but the book holds its own against the film and its the suspense rather than the violence that drives the plot. Fantastic book, skip the introduction or leave it for when you've finished the book and your fine and shouldn't be disappointed.
Date published: 2010-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Great Book! I'm not used to giving 5 stars, but to this book I will. Like all of Bachman's books, I had a little trouble getting into it, but nearly 20 pages in, I was hooked, lined and sinkered. The ending was THE best ending I've ever read (in a Bachman book) and I had to force myself to stop reading and go to sleep or go outside. Amazing book, 5 on 5! 10 on 10! Oh, but don't read King's Forward at the beginning or the ending will be revealed... I made that mistake 90% through the book and it almost killed me!
Date published: 2008-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great book This is the first book I ever read by Stephen King (the first book I ever read outside of school, for that matter). At the time I was in grade 5 or something, and was just about the biggest Schwarzenegger fan on the planet earth! No joke. If Arnold's picture was in the TV guide I was cutting it out and putting it on my wall. The guy was a god to me. (Then I grew up and realized he's a bit of a dork.) Anyway, some kid in my class named Steven told me that The Running Man was a book written by Stephen King. Well, say no more, it was time for me to read my first novel. That same day after school, Steven and I walked home to his place and he gave me the book to read. I read it in a single night and was instantly hooked on reading Stephen King. I'd found a second hero, as far as I was concerned. And it also inspired me to write stories of my own. So that's what I did. I wrote stories and read them aloud in front of my class. Anyway, books (like Schwarzenegger movies) became a way for me to escape. Soon I was writing at a feverish pace and was the most popular kid in my class (well, during storytime anyway.) With each new story that I wrote, I held my classmates in awe. Something was happening each time I put pen to paper. My self worth would show up and pat me on the back. Everything I wasn't receiving at home, I was receiving from my classmates. Stories were not just words on paper to me. They were life. And I realized that they not only had one of their own, but that they could save mine.
Date published: 2006-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow!! This novel was great to read. It is completely different from the movie but to me both are excellent. I read this because a friend lent it to me and I couldn't put it down. That's good for me because I'm not the fastest reader. If you deffently want to read an exciting book with an unpredictable ending read this one.
Date published: 2003-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from this books running off the shelves I may be a 13 year old but i know when i've read a good book. This is my favourite book ever and my first Stephen King. This book has nothing wrong and has mo drama. Action packed, fugitive on the run. If you want a good book get this one. It's a winner.
Date published: 2001-04-08

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Imagine a world where life and death was nothing but a game. This number one best-seller tells a gritty futuristic tale of survival of not only the fittest, but those who dare to change the rules of the game. 

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