The Ravaged

Norman Reedus

Norman Reedus (Narrator)

05-10-22

8hrs 50min

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05-10-22

8hrs 50min

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Unabridged

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Fiction

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“Powerful.” Joe R. Lansdale, Edgar Award–winning author of Moon Lake

A New York Times bestseller
A Wall Street Journal bestseller
A USA Today bestseller
A Los Angeles Times bestseller
A Garden & Gun magazine pick for Summer Listening
A People Magazine Pick of Best Fathers' Day Books
A Barnes & Noble Pick of 5 Favorite Indie E-Books
An InsideHook Pick of Books You Should Read This Month
See All +

New York Times bestseller

Los Angeles Times bestseller

USA Today bestseller

The highly anticipated debut novel from Norman Reedus, acclaimed star of The Walking Dead

“This country wasn’t built on good—only fought for with good intentions.”

Jack’s dying mother told him, “Run and never look back.” He spent his life amassing wealth, but after losing his family, he has no one to share it with. Alone with his demons and a backpack, he heads to South America, where people with nothing teach him what matters.

After thrashing his dog-abusing boss, Hunter learns of his father’s death in a mysterious fire. Biker buddies Nugget and Itch ride with him from North Carolina to California. Stories from his father’s life help ease the struggles of small-town Americans. Hunter discovers a secret past.

Seventeen-year-old Anne flees Tennessee after her older brother attacks her. She whacks him with a skillet and hops a freight to Alabama with her best friend. Living hand to mouth, they build friendships, uncovering something they never had: family.

The Ravaged is a fast-paced, up-in-your-face novel of gritty realism, exploring three different personal quests with eerily parallel outcomes.

Praise

“Powerful.” Joe R. Lansdale, Edgar Award–winning author of Moon Lake

 “A bruising road poem which sings of a desperate plea for liberation from the shackles that bind, the stranglehold of familial disappointment and trauma. The need for freedom, tribe, relief from the ghosts that haunt, both living and dead. The Ravaged is a beautifully rendered work which gives voice to the hope that something better might be in reach just beyond the next bend in the road. I couldn’t put it down.” Lydia Lunch

“A wild, gritty, propulsive work of fiction…You’ll take the ride of your life with Reedus’s fierce and unforgettable characters.” Adrian McKinty, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Chain

“[A] deeply atmospheric debut…with strong character development and emotionally driven plots…[Reedus] conjures hot, twisting highways, cold steel railroad tracks, and the dry heat of the Atacama Desert, creating settings with such a strong sense of place that they become characters themselves.” Booklist

“Gritty, realistic, violent, fast-moving, and fun.” Bookreporter

“The Ravaged is a wild ride through the underbelly of America following three characters who are running for their lives and running into trouble. This bold foray into the classic road novel genre has plenty of ass-kicking and bloody knuckles, but ultimately Reedus is always aiming for the heart-muscle, and many readers will appreciate the deeply felt introspection and cathartic moments rendered here. Norman Reedus cannonballs the ‘Grit-Lit’ world with this audacious, rollicking debut novel.” Matt Bondurant, internationally bestselling author of Oleander City and Lawless

“The stories of three characters in search of the meaning of life alternate and echo in this gritty tale…Reedus does a fine job narrating…You can almost smell the motor oil and hear the bikes and trains rumble as the three follow their separate ways.” Booklist (audio review)

“Beautiful imagery of the American heartland.” Kirkus Reviews

“Brave, determined, and fast-paced.” LeoEdit.com

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Release Date May 10, 2022
Language English
Genre Action & Adventure, Coming of Age, Fiction, General, Literary, Media Tie-In
Author Bio
Norman Reedus

Playing everyone’s favorite crossbow-wielding zombie killer Daryl Dixon, actor Norman Reedus can currently be seen in the eleventh season of AMC’s hit series The Walking Dead.

Reedus can also be seen on AMC’s unscripted series Ride with Norman Reedus. Each hour-long episode follows Reedus and a friend touring a different city via motorcycle, checking out bike shops, tattoo parlors, bars, and local restaurants frequented by the chopper enthusiasts. Reedus’s companions range from actors to local bikers. Season four aired early 2020.

Reedus is best known for playing the role of Murphy MacManus in the cult movie The Boondock Saints, written and directed by Troy Duffy. Reedus stars opposite Sean Patrick Flanery and Willem Dafoe; he starred opposite Flanery again in the sequel, Boondock Saints 2: All Saints Day.

Reedus also previously starred in John Hillcoat’s ensemble cop drama Triple Nine with Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kate Winslet, Anthony Mackie, and Aaron Paul; he played a corrupt cop that is blackmailed by the Russian mob to execute a virtually impossible heist. Reedus also starred opposite Diane Kruger, Lena Dunham, and Joshua Jackson in the French indie film Sky.

Additional film credits include Robert Kirkman’s sci-fi thriller Air from Sony Pictures; the indie drama Sunlight Jr., which premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival and also starred Naomi Watts and Matt Dillon; the Robert Redford directed feature The Conspirator, which chronicles the trial after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln; the sci-fi feature thriller Pandorum with Dennis Quaid and Ben Foster; the Sony feature Cadillac Records opposite Adrien Brody; Six Ways to Sunday, 8mm, Beat, Deuces Wild, Blade 2, Gossip, The Notorious Bettie Page, and American Gangster.

Reedus is also an accomplished photographer as well as a burgeoning director having directed three short films. In October 2013, he released The Sun’s Coming Up … Like a Big Bald Head: Photographs by Norman Reedus, a book of his photography.

Reedus lives in New York.

Overview

A New York Times bestseller
A Wall Street Journal bestseller
A USA Today bestseller
A Los Angeles Times bestseller
A Garden & Gun magazine pick for Summer Listening
A People Magazine Pick of Best Fathers' Day Books
A Barnes & Noble Pick of 5 Favorite Indie E-Books
An InsideHook Pick of Books You Should Read This Month
See All +

New York Times bestseller

Los Angeles Times bestseller

USA Today bestseller

The highly anticipated debut novel from Norman Reedus, acclaimed star of The Walking Dead

“This country wasn’t built on good—only fought for with good intentions.”

Jack’s dying mother told him, “Run and never look back.” He spent his life amassing wealth, but after losing his family, he has no one to share it with. Alone with his demons and a backpack, he heads to South America, where people with nothing teach him what matters.

After thrashing his dog-abusing boss, Hunter learns of his father’s death in a mysterious fire. Biker buddies Nugget and Itch ride with him from North Carolina to California. Stories from his father’s life help ease the struggles of small-town Americans. Hunter discovers a secret past.

Seventeen-year-old Anne flees Tennessee after her older brother attacks her. She whacks him with a skillet and hops a freight to Alabama with her best friend. Living hand to mouth, they build friendships, uncovering something they never had: family.

The Ravaged is a fast-paced, up-in-your-face novel of gritty realism, exploring three different personal quests with eerily parallel outcomes.