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The bed and breakfast was hidden in the hills of West Virginia. Wary guests wondered how it could stay in business at such a creepy, remote location. Especially with its bizarre, presidential decor and eccentric proprietor.
ONCE YOU CHECK IN...
When the event hotel for the national Iron Woman triathlon accidentally overbooked, competitor Maria was forced to stay at the Rushmore. But after checking into her room, she quickly realized she wasn't alone. First her suitcase wasn't where she put it. Then her cell phone was moved. Finally, she heard an odd creaking under the bed. Confusion quickly turned to fear, and fear to hysteria when she discovered the front door was barred and the windows were bricked over. There was no way out.
...YOU'LL BE DYING TO LEAVE
One year later, four new female athletes have become guests of the Inn. Will they escape the horrors within its walls? Or will they join the many others who have died there, in ways too terrible to imagine?
ENDURANCE by Jack Kilborn
Are you brave enough to finish?
A Word of Warning:
Originally scheduled to be released in paperback in 2010, the publisher read the final version of the manuscript and refused to release it.
This is a disturbing, terrifying book. You may think you're brave enough to handle it. But you're probably not...
Also includes excerpts from TRAPPED by Jack Kilborn and AFRAID by Jack Kilborn, as well as LOCKED DOORS by Blake Crouch.
This ebook is 85,000 words and formatted expressly for Kindle, including an active table of contents.
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.
Haunted House, the new Jack Kilborn novel of terror, will be available in mid 2013.
Although I was greatly anticipating the next Jack Kilborn release after reading AFRAID, I really didn't expect it to reach the same level of unabashed terror that AFRAID did.
I was wrong.
ENDURANCE absolutely floored me! The story was executed so flawlessly, with an atmosphere so unsettlingly REAL, that I actually felt the horror as if I was physically there! The pace never lets up long enough for you to take a breath. The characters were so vivd that I was able to effortlessly switch between the scenes into their respective points-of-view. The terror simply NEVER lets up!
JA Konrath (the author's real name) is known primarily for his Jack Daniel's thriller novels, but that could soon change. This man writes some serious horror! His next Kilborn novel, TRAPPED, is due to be released this week.
Very, very frightening and edge-of-your-pants horror. It starts right away, too--
"Did she put her suitcase on the bed?... Was that just the wind behind the curtains?"
Paranoia, Paranoia, Paranoia!
I bought this yesterday and started reading it late into the night-- I had to stop because it was so scary and I knew I wouldn't be able to sleep. My heart was actually pounding when I was reading it, and then of course, every little noise after I put the book down was terrifying. Was someone in the house trying to kill me?
Damn you, Jack Kilborn! Damn You! I won't be able to sleep without a night light for the rest of the month.
This is probably Jack Kilborn's most frightening horror novel yet.
"Endurance" is J.A. Konrath's second offering in the horror genre, written under his pseudonym Jack Kilborn. After reading "Afraid", "Serial Uncut" and this book, I have come to this conclusion: no more reading books by this author, despite I have never read any of his mystery Detective Jack Daniels books. The reasons why I have chosen not to read any more books by him will be revealed as I go over my views on the book.
"Endurance" mainly takes place at a motel, the Rushmore Inn, in a secluded, remote location out in the woods in West Virginia that no one knows about, except for certain people who has ties to the motel. Anyone that checks in at that motel are never checked out, never to be seen again. The story opens with Maria, in town for the triathon, checking in at the Rushmore Inn after finding that the event hotel was full. In her room, she quickly discovers she is not alone and vanishes. A year after Maria's disappearance, five guests - Mal, Deb, Florence, Letti, and Kelly - checks in at the Rushmore Inn. All five are in town for the triathon. Mal is a journalist, Deb is an athletic who have lost her legs to a rock-climbing accident, and Florence, Letti and Kelly are women of three generation from the same family. As soon as they checked in, they discover they are now trapped within the walls of the motel and in desperation of escaping, the secrets within the motel unfold before them. Secrets so horrible that they are kept within the walls of the motel by ensuring the guests will never see the daylight again.
I was not impressed with the book. Considering it is of the horror genre, it didn't scare me at all. I felt that the writer failed to install fear into me as a reader and instead focused on writing the most sickest, goriest scenes he could think of. Like a pig in a mud pen, the book rolled itself deeply in gratitious gory and violence. And that did nothing for me. I have nothing against authors creating stories dripping with blood, gory, and violence (and it doesn't bother me), it simply isn't my bag of tea. What would define a scary book for me is a story dealing with the unknown, alongside with gradual build-up of the mystery, and this book isn't that type. Sure, in the beginning, I was as clueless as the characters of the story were on the secrets the motel harbored and who or what was behind them, but that quickly dissolved as the story progressed. It just simply blantly showed you all the horrific things happening in the story. As for the characters, they were difficult to empathize with due to lack of character developments except for Florence, the mother of Letti and grandmother of Kelly. As for the writing, it was written with simple, straightfoward language. While there was definitely creativity with how the story unfolded, it lacked any creativity with the written words. The author, in my opinion, is just telling me what's happening instead of showing me. The only advantage in reading with this type of writing is that it certainly kept the pages turning.
I could simply stop reading any of the Jack Killborn books and instead try out the Jack Daniels mysteries, but because of the author's lack of creativity with the written words, I chose not to.
If you wanted a book that resembles to movies such as the "SAW" series, check this book out. Otherwise, I'd suggest you to give this book a pass.Read more ›
Old tired plot. Can you say "The Hills Have Eyes" meets "Wrong Turn" anyone? This books is supposed to be a horror novel but becomes laughable with the overly used birth defects and inbred West Virginians. What makes classic is the author calls the "monsters" stupid in many sections, but has numerous spelling and grammatical errors throughout the book. I can see the real reason the agent didn't accept this for publication.
... This started off so well. It was a great opening and I had high hopes for this novel. However, it soon became apparent why the publishers had probably refused to print it. The author himself comments at the end of the book that they'd asked him to revise it a couple of times. He did once, but hadn't wanted to amend it further. Without wishing to second-guess what was in his publisher's head, I have to say that this book just didn't deliver on its promise. It's not that it was overly horrific - I've read far worse. It's more the fact that it was littered with typos (this became very annoying after a while - it was as if the book was still in draft form and needed a lot more refinement). Also, this novel just isn't very original. It follows the same sort of trajectory that countless B movies do (and also has a plot line very similar to Vacancy) ... you've got the Hills Have Eyes type of inbred family; the voyeuristic watching of people in their hotel room; spooky B&B; torture (but not very imaginative torture). All the fodder of a so-so movie.
This had the potential to be so good. It's a potential that the publishers could probably see, but just didn't find in this draft. Jack - they were right; you needed to work it up more. If anything, I personally feel it could have been more gory and terrifying. It swapped very quickly (too quickly) to a prolonged escape scene. If anything, most of the book played out like an escape scene. I'd have liked to have been taken to those darker places for longer - to have known more about the tortures that the residents had to endure. That way, I'd have felt an even greater involvement with the escape scenes.
It's just a shame that what could have been a really gripping book was ruined by it arguably being published before it had been fully refined.