On the Run

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Pub Date 20 Sep 2016 | Archive Date 30 Nov 2016


New York City, early 1990s: a young, rich, and well-educated Central American man on the run from the police and Colombian drug dealers. He is accused of crimes he didn’t commit. Ready to do what it takes to survive, Pablo ironically embraces the very drug trade that threatened his life in the first place. Who is he? What is he really capable of? The question of identity is at the heart of On the Run. More than a contemporary story of survival, it’s a journey of self-discovery.

Pablo’s voice is funny, sometimes mean and merciless. He moves with nightmarish ease from recounting his adventures to recollecting his early life. Not always politically correct, On the Run gives you an insightful, twisted, humorous, and often disturbing view of conflicting worlds and beliefs: North and Latin America; black, brown, and white; rich and poor; rational and esoteric – and shows how they mix, match, and clash.

New York City, early 1990s: a young, rich, and well-educated Central American man on the run from the police and Colombian drug dealers. He is accused of crimes he didn’t commit. Ready to do what it...

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Very interesting read. Pablo is an intriguing character. He is not as merciless as the description gives him. It is an unbelievable tale; but I enjoyed reading it.

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did love the read it in a day the writing keeps you wanting more the only thing that ;let it down for me was the stop start feel it had sometimes the story would just stop and go off and then come back

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Not my usual kind of book but I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. The characters are interesting and I liked the writing style. Will keep an eye out more books from this author.

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After reading the first few pages of Izai Amorium’s novel On The Run, I was immediately intrigued by the narrator Pablo’s dark sense of humor and paralyzing fear of dying while wearing dirty underwear. I found Amorium’s choice to include the narrator’s each and every thought to be refreshing and unlike anything I had read previously. However, as the novel went on, I became less that captivated by the plot. Despite my love of the unique and authentic voices of each of the characters, I found myself being more irritated than inspired by their actions. I quickly became frustrated with the incessant discussion about fate, Mad Dog’s constant preaching, and Pablo/Birdy’s superiority complex. Furthermore, Pablo’s journey into the drug dealing world was less thrilling than I anticipated. I found myself constantly waiting for a gut-wrenching plot twist but what I got instead was a to do list of what Pablo needed to do in order to maintain his charade as a PSMT.

Despite the faults I found with the plot and character development, I was very impressed with Amorium’s exploration of identity and self-discovery within such an unlikely context. Pablo’s journey expertly demonstrates just how fragile our identities can be and highlights just how far we, as humans, will go in order to survive. Moreover, Amorium effortlessly humanizes the world of drug dealing by focusing on the authentic relationships formed throughout this enterprise. As ridiculous as Peter may have found the idea of Pablo and Mad Dog talking about love while they counted money and made cocaine packages, Amorium centered his novel around this very idea and easily created a story that is truly on another level.

Overall, I am very grateful to have been given the opportunity to review On the Run. Amorium’s writing style is unlike anything I have ever encountered previously. Although I was a bit disappointed by the way the plot played out, I was very moved by Pablo’s search to to reconcile his many “legends” and figure out what it means to be Pablo/Baldy/Birdy.

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The book is well researched, hilarious and thrilling. There is very insightful details on how the crime scene works. It is funny most of the times. There are some great characters there like Mad Dog who is a drug dealer with an attitude and a penchant for spy novels, Joe is a drug addict but a great friend, Catherine is the love of Pablo’s life but she is married and doesn’t want to leave her third husband. But, the best was Pablo’s dysfunctional family. His father, mother, siblings are funny and weird. Highly recommended reading! I would highly recommend the book for thriller seekers and also those wanting a good laugh.

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I enjoyed reading "On the Run" By Izai Amorim. This novel is unusual, deviating from other books of similiar nature. Without giving any "spoilers" away ,the main character is a victim, and an innocent man who is "framed" for crimes he never did commit. In order to survive, he chooses to be part of a criminal world. The characters are quirky and peculiar.The author uses "dark humor", and through his characters pokes fun at the political system. I consider this book to show political satire, philosophical reasoning which is questionable at times. I did enjoy this book, and would recommend it. Keep an open mind when reading. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity for an advanced copy.

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This book is so much fun! Pablo is an interesting study of what a person will do when they are pushed to the limit to find out what they are capable of. His own horror at his initial actions is realistic and he then rather than bottoming out he seems to equalise and find his new moral compass.

Mad Dog, however, is my favourite character. He is a hardened dug dealer who has seen bad things and had bad things happen to him. But he is not a bad guy. He's not just interested, but invested in Pablo's welfare and continually tries to expand Pablo's thinking and encourage his self-development and self awareness. Mad Dog also has concern for his clients - he doesn't see an addiction to cocaine as being any different to an addiction to sex, money or power (although is worse as it could kill you). All of these things indicate someone is trying to fill a hole inside them. Pablo gets really frustrated with Mad Dog's "new age crap" but realises he has no choice but to suck it up because Mad Dog is literally saving his life. On the Run is essentially a journey to self for Pablo, with Mad Dog as his guide.

The book is incredibly well researched and intricately detailed. There were times I had to remind myself that I was reading a work of fiction rather than a memoir. The story is well paced and will completely suck you in!

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I really enjoyed ON THE RUN by Izai Amorim. The story starts with a shooting and the main character, Pablo, being forced on the run to avoid the Feds and Colombians. We follow Pablo on a journey both physical, emotional, and through time to prove his innocence. I will not say anymore for fear of giving the story line away!

Thanks to the author, publisher and Netgalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

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In On The Run, Pablo is – as the title suggests – a man on the run. He’s running from the police, and from Colombian drug dealers, accused of crimes he didn’t commit. But if he wants to stay alive, Pablo will have to embrace the drug trade that threatened his life in the first place. Soon enough, he finds himself in situations he never imagined to take part in, and he’s forced to make choices that make him question who he is, and what he’s capable of.

The book is filled with dark humor, but it doesn’t overdo it. Pablo’s behavior always stays in character, even as he struggles to find his own identity and come to terms with how he’s changed. Pablo’s choices aren’t always the right ones – definitely not – but they do allow the reader to get a more complete perspective on him. At first, he’s horrified by what he’s forced to do, but he slowly adapts to the new life forced upon him.

An intriguing read, and one I very much enjoyed. If you like literary fiction with a dark sense of humor, I recommend this book.

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A young man of South American ancestry is on the run for crimes he did not commit. How he is going to evade not just the Feds and the Police who are on the look out for him, but most importantly Colombian drug dealers who think he has skipped with their consignment is even worse.

In a series of cross country runs, ingenious thinking, good network of friends and supporters and sheer good luck he is able to survive. In the process he has to change his way of thinking, give up on his family, take on a new identity and think of a career change as well. The changes are very far seeking from his present way of life but he realises earlier on that there is no point in living in the past and what should have, or could have been.

The story was interesting as it gives you pointers into the way of life of different ethnicities and how people are able to survive in a melting pot which is very often hostile to either one or many of them. Not always doing the right thing Pablo who also changes his name to suit the occasion lands on his feet, makes his money and finds the girl of his dreams as well.

The story has a happy ending though it did not seem like that it will go that way for a very long time. Easily told of a life of crime and how it sometimes pays!

Goodreads and Amazon reviews up on 1/7/2017. Review on my blog 24/10/2017.

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