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The Harder They Come - A Novel

T.C. Boyle

Acclaimed New York Times bestselling author T.C. Boyle makes his Ecco debut with a powerful, gripping novel that explores the roots of violence and anti-authoritarianism inherent in the American character. Set in contemporary Northern California, The Harder They Come explores the volatile connections between three damaged people—an aging ex-Marine and Vietnam veteran, his psychologically unstable son, and the son's paranoid, much older lover—as they careen towards an explosive confrontation. On a vacation cruise to Central America with his wife, seventy-year-old Sten Stensen unflinchingly kills a gun-wielding robber menacing a busload of senior tourists. The reluctant hero is relieved to return home to Fort Bragg, California, after the ordeal—only to find that his delusional son, Adam, has spiraled out of control. Adam has become involved with Sara Hovarty Jennings, a hardened member of the Sovereign Citizens’ Movement, right-wing anarchists who refuse to acknowledge the laws and regulations of the state, considering them to be false and non-applicable. Adam’s senior by some fifteen years, Sara becomes his protector and inamorata. As Adam's mental state fractures, he becomes increasingly schizophrenic—a breakdown that leads him to shoot two people in separate instances. On the run, he takes to the woods, spurring the biggest manhunt in California history. As he explores a father’s legacy of violence and his powerlessness in relating to his equally violent son, T. C. Boyle offers unparalleled psychological insights into the American psyche. Inspired by a true story, The Harder They Come is a devastating and indelible novel from a modern master.

Acclaimed New York Times bestselling author T.C. Boyle makes his Ecco debut with a powerful, gripping novel that explores the roots of violence and anti-authoritarianism inherent in the American character. Set in contemporary Northern California, The Harder They Come explores the volatile connections between three damaged people—an aging ex-Marine and Vietnam veteran, his psychologically unstable son, and the son's paranoid, much older lover—as they careen towards an explosive confrontation. On a vacation cruise to Central America with his wife, seventy-year-old Sten Stensen unflinchingly kills a gun-wielding robber menacing a busload of senior tourists. The reluctant hero is relieved to return home to Fort Bragg, California, after the ordeal—only to find that his delusional son, Adam, has spiraled out of control. Adam has become involved with Sara Hovarty Jennings, a hardened member of the Sovereign Citizens’ Movement, right-wing anarchists who refuse to acknowledge the laws and regulations of the state, considering them to be false and non-applicable. Adam’s senior by some fifteen years, Sara becomes his protector and inamorata. As Adam's mental state fractures, he becomes increasingly schizophrenic—a breakdown that leads him to shoot two people in separate instances. On the run, he takes to the woods, spurring the biggest manhunt in California history. As he explores a father’s legacy of violence and his powerlessness in relating to his equally violent son, T. C. Boyle offers unparalleled psychological insights into the American psyche. Inspired by a true story, The Harder They Come is a devastating and indelible novel from a modern master.
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Acclaimed New York Times bestselling author T.C. Boyle makes his Ecco debut with a powerful, gripping novel that explores the roots of violence and anti-authoritarianism inherent in the American character. Set in contemporary Northern California, The Harder They Come explores the volatile connections between three damaged people—an aging ex-Marine and Vietnam veteran, his psychologically unstable son, and the son's paranoid, much older lover—as they careen towards an explosive confrontation. On a vacation cruise to Central America with his wife, seventy-year-old Sten Stensen unflinchingly kills a gun-wielding robber menacing a busload of senior tourists. The reluctant hero is relieved to return home to Fort Bragg, California, after the ordeal—only to find that his delusional son, Adam, has spiraled out of control. Adam has become involved with Sara Hovarty Jennings, a hardened member of the Sovereign Citizens’ Movement, right-wing anarchists who refuse to acknowledge the laws and regulations of the state, considering them to be false and non-applicable. Adam’s senior by some fifteen years, Sara becomes his protector and inamorata. As Adam's mental state fractures, he becomes increasingly schizophrenic—a breakdown that leads him to shoot two people in separate instances. On the run, he takes to the woods, spurring the biggest manhunt in California history. As he explores a father’s legacy of violence and his powerlessness in relating to his equally violent son, T. C. Boyle offers unparalleled psychological insights into the American psyche. Inspired by a true story, The Harder They Come is a devastating and indelible novel from a modern master.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Graham Hamilton

Length:

12h 23m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:48


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

43:29


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

35:04


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

21:30


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

21:20


Part 2, Chapter 5
Part 2, Chapter 5

20:10


Part 2, Chapter 6
Part 2, Chapter 6

15:21


Part 2, Chapter 7
Part 2, Chapter 7

17:12


Part 2, Chapter 8
Part 2, Chapter 8

15:18


Part 3, Chapter 9
Part 3, Chapter 9

17:47


Part 3, Chapter 10
Part 3, Chapter 10

22:25


Part 3, Chapter 11
Part 3, Chapter 11

12:16


Part 4, Chapter 12
Part 4, Chapter 12

23:31


Part 4, Chapter 13
Part 4, Chapter 13

20:52


Part 4, Chapter 14
Part 4, Chapter 14

22:33


Part 5, Chapter 15
Part 5, Chapter 15

34:51


Part 5, Chapter 16
Part 5, Chapter 16

18:13


Part 5, Chapter 17
Part 5, Chapter 17

13:43


Part 5, Chapter 18
Part 5, Chapter 18

17:18


Part 6, Chapter 19
Part 6, Chapter 19

29:17


Part 6, Chapter 20
Part 6, Chapter 20

18:16


Part 7, Chapter 21
Part 7, Chapter 21

21:08


Part 7, Chapter 22
Part 7, Chapter 22

12:09


Part 7, Chapter 23
Part 7, Chapter 23

07:22


Part 8, Chapter 24
Part 8, Chapter 24

10:44


Part 8, Chapter 25
Part 8, Chapter 25

09:10


Part 8, Chapter 26
Part 8, Chapter 26

23:35


Part 9, Chapter 27
Part 9, Chapter 27

11:03


Part 9, Chapter 28
Part 9, Chapter 28

22:59


Part 9, Chapter 29
Part 9, Chapter 29

11:59


Part 10, Chapter 30
Part 10, Chapter 30

12:54


Part 10, Chapter 31
Part 10, Chapter 31

18:04


Part 10, Chapter 32
Part 10, Chapter 32

20:11


Part 11, Chapter 33
Part 11, Chapter 33

20:02


Part 11, Chapter 34
Part 11, Chapter 34

15:18


Part 11, Chapter 35
Part 11, Chapter 35

13:08


Part 12, Chapter 36
Part 12, Chapter 36

08:43


Part 12, Chapter 37
Part 12, Chapter 37

23:26


Part 12, Chapter 38
Part 12, Chapter 38

12:26


Part 13, Chapter 39
Part 13, Chapter 39

27:11


Part 13, Chapter 40
Part 13, Chapter 40

00:48