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A-Hunters RunOn a planet named for the Brazilian city São Paulo, a small group of human colonists are scraping by, working as laborers for the alien landlords. It takes all types to make a world; one type is the hardened prospector only in it for the cash, represented here by Ramon Espejo. After killing a foreign dignitary in a bar fight, Espejo decides to go on the run, only to find himself the unwilling predator in an alien game of cat and mouse. Literally tethered to an alien warrior, Espejo is forced to pursue a member of his own species—and in the process finds out what it means to be human.
Eos. 320 pages. $25.95. ISBN: 006137329X

Fantasybookcritic 4 of 5 Stars
"Even though it took thirty years for Hunter’s Run to see publication, the tale is a timeless one and is just as relevant today as it would be in the 70s. … I just had a blast exploring the book’s alien setting, and once again find myself wishing that more authors would do the same." Robert Thompson

SciFi Weekly 4 of 5 Stars
"The first item of business to get out of the way is the tripartite authorship of this book. At first it seems a rather circuslike distraction that, however, has actually resulted in a superb fusion of talents. … [The] book reads like the work of one melded intelligence, seamless and organic." Paul DiFillippo

SFSignal.com 3.5 of 5 Stars
Hunter’s Run is a solid, well-constructed and wholly entertaining story." John DeNardo

Critical Summary

In music, supergroups of established artists are rarely greater than the sum of their parts. The same often goes for science fiction, but critics agreed that these three authors beat the trend by producing a tight, consistent novel. Whether because of Martin’s decades of collaborative work, Dozois’s long career as an editor, or Abraham’s fresh prose style, every reviewer said the book seemed as if it were written by one person. The only complaint came from reviewers who had read an earlier, novella-length version of the story; they felt that expanding the story enriched it somewhat, but not by much. While it would be hard to match Hunter’s Run with any of these authors’ previous works, it can certainly be called a successful experiment—and a compelling SF novel.