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Disturb - A Medical Thriller [Kindle Edition]

J.A. Konrath
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Book Description

A medical investigator tormented by secret guilt.
A beautiful doctor with an illicit desire.
A millionaire businessman indulging a passion for murder.
And a human guinea pig who has been awake for seven straight weeks.

DISTURB by JA Konrath
You'll never sleep well again...


Book Description

It's the pharmaceutical breakthrough of the millennium. DruTech Industries proudly presents N-SOM, a pill that completely replaces eight hours of sleep. Feel totally refreshed, both physically and mentally, in just fifteen minutes a night.

The profit potential is boundless. Mankind's productivity will go through the roof. One third of a person's life could be recovered, for only ten dollars a dose.

The FDA sends CDER agent Dr. Bill May to green light N-SOM for American use. The pressure, both political and monetary, is tremendous. But Bill soon harbors fears that N-SOM may not be as safe as early reports indicate...

After meeting brilliant inventors Dr. Nikos Stefanopolous and his beautiful daughter Theena, Bill stumbles into an insidious cover-up that hinges on Emmanuel Tibbets, a human guinea pig who hasn't had a wink of sleep in over fifty days.

Bill's investigation soon unearths a snarled tangle of extortion, conspiracy, taboo sex, hidden secrets, and murderous betrayal.

When N-SOM's deadly side-effects are revealed, along with the shocking truth of how the drug is produced, Bill and Theena find themselves on the run from hired assassins, three letter government agencies, and a breed of psychopath unlike any ever known.

Billions of dollars, and billions of lives, are at stake. Can Bill and Theena survive long enough to expose the truth? Or will the world succumb to an evil that may bring about the extinction of mankind?

This ebook is 60,000 words and formatted expressly for Kindle, including an active table of contents. This version also includes the bonus horror short story, "Dear Diary," about a very special pom pon girl. It also contains excerpts of Truck Stop by Jack Kilborn and J.A. Konrath, and Dead On by Robert W. Walker.

Praise for JA Konrath's thriller Fuzzy Navel

"Fuzzy Navel is Konrath at his best - a hilariously heartstopping thriller." -- Linda Fairstein

"This gripping novel is an adrenalin rush." -- Library Journal

"This book moves so fast it was like having the words fired into my head by a machine gun." -- Crimespree


Praise for Afraid (JA Konrath writing as Jack Kilborn)

"Afraid is a masterpiece of unrelenting horror. And I'm not exaggerating. Masterpiece. It's the best piece of fiction I've read in several years. It simply NEVER lets up." -- James Rollins, author of The Judas Strain

"A bloody, terrifying, hurtling assault across a landscape of non-stop mayhem. A guilty, guilty pleasure." -- F. Paul Wilson, creator of Repairman Jack

"Afraid is a true page turner, a novel that offers a million mile a minute action and suspense. Definitely, a must have with constant thrills and chills." -- Heather Graham, author of Deadly Gift

About the Author

JA Konrath is the author of eight novels in the Jack Daniels thriller series. They do not have to be read in chronological order to be enjoyed, but for those who want to know it is: Whiskey Sour, Bloody Mary, Rusty Nail, Dirty Martini, Fuzzy Navel, Cherry Bomb, Shaken, and Stirred.

Jack also appears in the novels Shot of Tequila, Flee, Spree, Three, Timecaster Supersymmetry, Banana Hammock, and Serial Killers Uncut, as well as the short story collection Jack Daniels Stories, and the novellas Floaters and Burners.

Last Call, the ninth Jack Daniels novel, will be available in spring of 2013.

Other novels include Origin, The List, Shot of Tequila, and Serial Killers Uncut.

Konrath writes horror under the name Jack Kilborn, including the bestsellers Afraid, Trapped, and Endurance.

He has sold over a million ebooks.


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About the Author

J.A. Konrath is the author of seven thrillers in the Jack Daniels series.

Product Details

  • File Size: 692 KB
  • Print Length: 218 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1453887687
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00267SZES
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great plot development, great buy April 9, 2010
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I too am hooked on Konrath. I might have put it on my wishlist but the price was so good I purchased it. It was a great move to make it so inexpensive as I am willing to pay full Amazon price for other works by the author. Story line is somewhat different than other medical thrillers and I can see this would be a good movie. The action was written so well that I could visualize the actual movement.
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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Author Has Me Hooked May 16, 2009
Format:Kindle Edition
I came to find JA Konrath after enjoying reading Afraid. Because he uses another name for that novel (Jack Kilborn), I decided to look at his website, where I found that he was allowing (and even encouraging) the FREE downloads of 4 of the best of his unpublished novels (Disturb, Origin, The List, and 55 Proof). I snatched them up and easily converted them to be able to go on my kindle using mobipocket. I am so glad that I did! Now looking at Amazon, I see they are going for a very cheap prize, but how can you beat free?! Plus, they were actually really good! I think the idea of allowing a reader to try an author's previous work for free is an ingenious idea because, at least for me, once I enjoy a work of an author I will then search for more. Now I will be moving on to Konrath's Jack Daniels series because of his style of writing and entertainment value.

For this novel, Disturb, I really enjoyed it because it mixed several genres without losing its humor. The initial premise of the book is really interesting and relevant, as everyone would love to be able to sleep less while feeling better.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK for Konrath fans (like me), but not his best April 26, 2010
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J.A. Kontrah/Jack Kilborn is one of the reasons I love the Kindle -- I would never have discovered this author if it wasn't for this amazing little device. That said, this is not one of Kontrah's best. The Jack Daniels series are all very good (shot of tequila, whiskey sour, etc.) Origin is great. Truck Stop is horrifying. Disturb is, well, kind of, meh. Better than most, but it doesn't compare to the other Konrath works! Interesting premise (a drug to render sleep obsolete) but the characters, and the plot itself, was a little too formulaic. This is some of Konrath's EARLY work (says he!) and you would be much better served checking out the Jack Daniels series.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Characters are not engaging February 13, 2011
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Not one of my favorite Kilborn/Konrath novels (they are the same person). I think it's because the characters weren't as fleshed out as they normally would be.

The storyline focuses on a research institute that has developed a drug that replaces sleep. Obviously the drug needs to be approved and they need a doctor to help push it through the FDA.

When the doctor uncovers the side effects and how the drug is formulated, the level of danger for everyone increases.

I think that Bill, the doctor, is badly written character. We're supposed to empathize with his loss of his wife from a year before and yet understand why he would be attracted to Theena, who is clearly lying to him.

In any case, screwing around with Mother Nature can lead to bad ends for everyone.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Preposterous Premise, Mediocre Writing November 26, 2009
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This is fine for a quick beach read and it will definitely help if you can suspend all logic while progressing through the story. The writing wasn't that great and the typos really started piling up toward the end, distracting me, who can't help but to notice such things. In fairness, the author states that the book was never properly edited, but still ...
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not credible January 4, 2010
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I loved "Origin" and other books by Konrath, but this story...well, not up to other medical thrillers. Konrath did not do his homework and the research necessary to make this a credible story. MD FDA medical reviewers do not visit companies, read submissions and tell sponsors whether products will be approved face-to-face. The premise of the treatment, no sleep due due special neurotransmitter cocktail, interesting. Additional medical details are off and I would doubt, despite what TV says, that an internist could do successful abdominal surgery. So, for the medical professionals looking for a credible, suspenseful read, look somewhere else. Furthermore, one also has to ask what kind of message is this sending about the drug development process in America. Could this happen? Not likely given the checks and balances, but if they were not there, one can only guess. From the fiction thriller standpoint, there was a lot of action, tension, and a surprise ending. If Konrath decides to go down the medical thriller path again, would suggest he get the facts straight, so all of his fans can enjoy the next ride.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My first Konrath, won't be my last... August 21, 2009
Format:Kindle Edition
The premise of this book is really interesting... what if you could take a little pill, a 20 minute nap every day and skip the whole 8 hours per night thing? What if you could do it for 7 weeks? What if you never had to sleep again?

It's a pretty screwed up book. There are tons and tons of twists and turns. I figured out a few of the twists, so at least one you could see coming a mile away. I will say the big twist at the end... totally didn't see that. This is a great thriller book, perfect to read when life is hectic and you just need something to get away. It's not perfectly written, it's a little over the top at times, BUT the writing is really great and the premise, well, the premise rocks.

The author's website says, "DISTURB is a medical thriller in the same vein as Robin Cook and Michael Palmer, but with the horror of Stephen King." Yup, that about sums it up.

I almost stopped at the end of this book. Don't do that. There's a short story at the end of it that started out so bizzare and then totally screwed with my head. A definitely "WTF" moment and then a bigger one. Umm... you'll see :)
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JA Konrath is the author of eight novels in the Jack Daniels thriller series. They do not have to be read in chronologically to be enjoyed, but for those who want to know the order is: Whiskey Sour, Bloody Mary, Rusty Nail, Dirty Martini, Fuzzy Navel, Cherry Bomb, Shaken, and Stirred.

Jack also appears in the novels Shot of Tequila, Flee, Spree, Three, Timecaster Supersymmetry, Banana Hammock, and Serial Killers Uncut, as well as the short story collection Jack Daniels Stories, and the novellas Floaters and Burners.

Last Call, the ninth Jack Daniels novel, will be available in spring of 2013.

Other novels include the thrillers Origin, The List, Shot of Tequila, and Serial Killers Uncut, as well as the science fiction Timecaster series.

Konrath writes horror under the name Jack Kilborn, including the bestsellers Afraid, Trapped, and Endurance.

Haunted House, the new Jack Kilborn novel of terror, will be available in mid 2013.

He has sold over a million ebooks

You can visit him at www.JAKonrath.com

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