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 simp 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 because I was waiting for some library books to come in Nothing all that surprising the kid has some really good luck along the way and could of use a little bit better of an ending A fast , easy read 20 years old I like this kind of read every once in a while after all those psycho, serial killer, body parts all over the place, types of books that I tend to love so much 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 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 fetched, they were put together and presented with great skill 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. Here s a list of books I ve read that have something in common Watchers by Dean Koontz It by Stephen King Lost Boys by Orson Scott Card Shadowland by Peter Straub Boy s Life by Robert R McCammon Horns by Joe Hill Strangewood by Christopher Golden Far 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 Here s a list of books I ve read that have something in common Watchers by Dean Koontz It by Stephen King Lost Boys by Orson Scott Card Shadowland by Peter Straub Boy s Life by Robert R McCammon Horns by Joe Hill Strangewood by Christopher Golden Far 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 novels on this short yet, probably not exhaustive list have one particular thing in common They all elicited the same reaction from me as I read the final chapters Tears streaming down my face Not just watery eyes, not just a tear or two, I m talkin open the floodgates the dam has burst wide open kind of tears I m sure other novels have done it to me, but these half dozen are the ones that I can name within five seconds.Now, there s another story to add to my list Nathan s Run by John Gilstrap I won t bore you with a plot synopsis you can get that on Goodreads Mr Gilstrap s website, etc , except to say that twelve year old Nathan is on the run for his life And what a run it is There are chase novels all over the place It s a classic set up for a suspense novel The good guy is on the run, chased by the bad guy Sometimes the good guy is completely good, sometimes he s not Sometimes he s chased by bad guys who want him dead, and sometimes he s chased by good guys who also want him dead This is Nathan s predicament And he s only twelve Some would say that a child on the run, in imminent danger, is going for the cheap thrill as Gene Siskel accused the movie Aliens of doing Siskel s point was there was no way that Newt, the little girl in Aliens, was going to die, so there was no suspense I say, watch John Connor run and fight for his life as the Terminator relentlessly hunts him down and tell me there s no suspense there There was plenty of it for me, just like in Aliens So, yeah, I m all for the child in danger plot device as it works fine for me.That device works exceptionally well in Nathan s Run, especially as Gilstrap gives it a few twists of his own And that s what exceptional storytelling does Take a hackneyed plot, twist it, and let the characters live it out Gilstrap does that to perfection here Good storytelling also does something else It makes peripheral characters matter There are plenty of such characters in Nathan s Run, and though most of them had only one or two scenes, none of them felt like merely two dimensional space fillers All of them served a purposed to move the story forward, and it was rewarding to see each of them in the context of their lives, living and breathing and talking like normal people I finished Nathan s Run this morning Saturday, November 28, 2015 at 5 o clock, reading the last few chapters in my writing area by the light of my desk lamp, the outside early morning darkness right next to me trying to seep in through the window and overtake the meager light What an apt metaphor for Nathan s situation I must give you one warning if you decide to read Nathan s Run which you should If you are a parent of a young boy Nathan s age, particularly if you are a father, be forewarned You just may find your emotions ambushing you in numerous places throughout the story I ll tell you as one who s read the story, those ambushes may be uncomfortable at times, but they are also rewarding Whatcan you ask for from a piece of fiction If I could only jump inside those pagesThis book was fantasticand heart wrenchingand 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 runfrom 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 If I could only jump inside those pagesThis book was fantasticand heart wrenchingand 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 runfrom 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 warning, Nathan shares with the reader a rough and dark history that is hard to read and imagine But, it is well worth it This story was just incredible Five stars John Gilstrap s Nathan s Run Pinnacle Books 2011 follows a twelve year old boy who ends up in juvie for a crime he didn t commit By a crazy fluke of luck well, if killing a guard in self defense is luck , he escapes Now, all he can think to do is run from the police who think he s a murderer and the system who put him in jail when he didn t deserve it.It starts when Nathan s mother dies, and then his father, which puts him in the care of a violent, drunken, law breaking Uncle who sees Natha John Gilstrap s Nathan s Run Pinnacle Books 2011 follows a twelve year old boy who ends up in juvie for a crime he didn t commit By a crazy fluke of luck well, if killing a guard in self defense is luck , he escapes Now, all he can think to do is run from the police who think he s a murderer and the system who put him in jail when he didn t deserve it.It starts when Nathan s mother dies, and then his father, which puts him in the care of a violent, drunken, law breaking Uncle who sees Nathan as nothingthan a meal ticket Nathan has been raised to be honest, moral, and believe in the goodness of people, none of which helps him Without the Mean Gene to protect himself against hardened teen criminals, he is beat up, abused, and targeted by everyone When one of the guards decides to kill him, Nathan tries to defend himself and ends up killing the man Now, the entire state sees him as a cop killer Nathan doesn t know what to do but knows he is never going back to the hellhole he escaped from, even if he must die So he runs.This was a riveting story from first page to the last My only objection is the plethora of new characters, even toward the end of the book This isa preference of mine than a negative and you can see I didn t deduct points Just pointing it out.Overall, this is highly recommended to anyone who loves to root for the underdog, see good fight evil, and get high out of a happy ending 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 tomonths 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 actsFueled 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 comprehendWith 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 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 storygreat ending I cried.