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Mile 81 is Stand by Me meets Christine—the story of an insatiable car and a heroic kid.

At Mile 81 on the Maine turnpike is a boarded up rest stop, a place where high school kids drink and get into the kind of trouble high school kids have always gotten into. It’s the place where Pete Simmons goes when his older brother, who’s supposed to be looking out for him, heads off to the gravel pit to play “paratroopers over the side.” Pete, armed only with the magnifying glass he got for his tenth birthday, finds a discarded bottle of vodka in the boarded up burger shack and drinks enough to pass out.

Not much later, a mud-covered station wagon (which is strange because there hadn’t been any rain in New England for over a week) veers into the Mile 81 rest area, ignoring the sign that says “closed, no services.” The driver’s door opens but nobody gets out.

Doug Clayton, an insurance man from Bangor, is driving his Prius to a conference in Portland. On the backseat are his briefcase and suitcase and in the passenger bucket is a King James Bible, what Doug calls “the ultimate insurance manual,” but it isn’t going to save Doug when he decides to be the Good Samaritan and help the guy in the broken down wagon. He pulls up behind it, puts on his four-ways, and then notices that the wagon has no plates.

Ten minutes later, Julianne Vernon, pulling a horse trailer, spots the Prius and the wagon, and pulls over. Julianne finds Doug Clayton’s cracked cell phone near the wagon door – and gets too close herself. By the time Pete Simmons wakes up from his vodka nap, there are a half a dozen cars at the Mile 81 rest stop. Two kids – Rachel and Blake Lussier – and one horse named Deedee are the only living left. Unless you maybe count the wagon.

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    Could have been better

    Sometimes I expect too much from King's stories. Mildly intriguing but mostly a story of "this grown up didn't get it, neither did this one, but this little kid saved the day." Almost like if Robert Munsch wrote a violent story.

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    Mile 81

    I'm a gr8 fan of Kings work. When I purchased " Mile 81", I too thought I was buying a full length novel. It's almost as if Mr.King had a few good ideas laying around & decided to throw them into a "crazy car" story..oh wait he has already done that. Remember CHRISTINE??? Still,all in all, I rather enjoyed "Mile 81". I wish it would stated up-front that this was a short story, then, perhaps my $4.00 might have been better spent.

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    Hmmmm...

    As much as I love Stephen King's stories, Mile 81 felt like he suddenly grew tired of writing the story and just stopped. Too bad because the story line was just getting interesting when the short story abruptly ended. Loved the concept but wished there had been more to it.

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    This one left out a lot. It should be a part 2 to it.

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    Mile 81

    I enjoy reading everything Stephen King writes

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