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Escape From New York Movie Tie-In Novel
19.8 Mb (Jul/1981/Bantam Books) (Special thanks to Joe Thornton who provided me with this copy)

Written By: Mike McQuay
Pages: 181

Description: 1997: In an America ravaged by war and gutted by riots and social collapse, "Snake" Plissken was the deadliest man alive. Ex-soldier, Ex-hero, Outlaw, Snake was so slippery no trap could catch him, no jail could hold him. Then he was set up, betrayed captured. They sent him into the ultimate prison: New York City. A penal colony 12 miles long and two miles wide. An urban jungle where men had become things and only the the most brutal survived. But they gave him one shot at freedom. Somewhere in that cesspool of humanity was the President of the United States. Snake had twenty-four hours to find him. The rest was easy. He just had to get out alive.

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An interview with Mike McQuay, the Escape From New York novelist (pdf) (Pharr Out!/Issue 1/1994) By Kim August

About the Book (Spoilers!)

The novel is very similar to the movie except for this: Mike McQuay's book has a more humanized approach to Snake Plissken. We get to know that his parents were killed by the United States Police Force from a hostage situation. We also get to know more about his thoughts and past like how he lost his eye due to gas in Leningrad and what happened in Kansas with Fresno Bob for instance etc. It also includes a back story of New York being the first North American target to be attacked by this deadly nerve gas (and fire bombs) as a result of World War III that turns the survivors into Crazies and then spreading and turning other poor Americans from a collapsed economy into criminals and Crazies. The United States Police Force is also exclusively filled with mad war veterans. He also added a chapter called the Steri-Chamber where criminals gets castrated by a machine placed over your hips before being sent into the prison. In this chapter a guy called Sergeant Duggan is watching over Snake in this room and is being a real pain in the ass. Bob Hauk is also fleshed out with a similar back-story to Snake that deepens the relationship between them. We also get to know how he became the warden of New York and that he has a crazy son living in the prison. It also fleshes out the world that these characters exist in a little bit more, at times presenting a future even bleaker than the one depicted in the movie. It also includes scenes that were cut out of the movie or never shot: Deleted Scenes/Deleted or Never Filmed Stuff

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