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From the Author

Jack Kilborn is the horror pen name for author J.A. Konrath. The Konrath/Kilborn Collective includes six novels. The sixth, Haunted House, stars characters from each of the five previous novels. These novels, in order, are:

THE LIST
ORIGIN
AFRAID
TRAPPED
ENDURANCE
HAUNTED HOUSE

Also the horror thriller HOLES IN THE GROUND, by J.A. Konrath and Iain Rob Wright, is a direct sequel to ORIGIN.

About the Author

J.A. Konrath is the author of the Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels series that includes “Whiskey Sour,” “Bloody Mary,” “Rusty Nail,” “Dirty Martini,” “Fuzzy Navel” and “Cherry Bomb.”

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  • File Size: 623 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1453887660
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: April 8, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00264FT0Y
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169 of 180 people found the following review helpful By K. Alvarado on May 8, 2009
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I read the description of this book and it sounded kind of interesting. The united States has a demon locked up in a big glass cage and we are trying to figure out what he really is and wants. To honest I just wanted something lightweight and fun. I didn't expect much but I really ended up really loving this book. It had in interesting premise and was written well. There are moments of fun romantic comedy to moments of horror. There are discussions of religion and faith and science versus faith. I just can't say enough. I don't want to ruin everything so I won't go too much into the plot. But I loved Bub the demon and all the people involved with him. All I could think the whole time was it would make a great movie. Really, a fast paced beach read. I was even a little sad when I reached the end. I wasn't ready to let it all go.
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97 of 109 people found the following review helpful By Richard Askenase on April 26, 2009
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I bought this as a cheap download and loved it!! A monster that looks like the devil is found in 1906 and awakens now. The scientists in a bunker try to communicate with it, and quickly find that it out-thinks them as it tries to escape. I'm no fan of horror, but I thought that was only a small part here. Really, a fun techno-thriller. I've ordered some others of his, which I am anxious to try. Good fun.
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J. A. Konrath says, in the "Author's Afterword" to his novel ORIGIN, "I was thinking JURASSIC PARK meets THE EXORCIST, and I could already picture the action figures when the movie came out." That pretty much sums up what's wrong with the novel. Konrath has an interesting concept here - back in 1906 a strange capsule is discovered containing a dormant creature that looks very much like Satan. President Roosevelt sends the creature to a specially designed underground vault where it is studied for decades. Finally, in present day, it wakes up, and a specially selected team of flawed scientists and religious figures has to figure out what it really is and what it really means to humanity.

Unfortunately, Konrath's fixation on the kinds of things he thinks will translate to a big budget movie (complete with action figures!) detract from what could have been a fascinating investigation of religion, myth, and the origin of life. Rather than focus on the religious and spiritual dilemma presented by the presence of this creature, Konrath writes in grotesque detail about animals and people being tortured, torn apart, and devoured. There's a rather ridiculous romance between the two central characters, linguist Andy and veterinarian Sunshine (yes, Sunshine), both of whom are so insecure and love-phobic that I was reminded of high school. It was almost impossible to believe the flirting and fooling around these two were doing while a demon was on the rampage a few floors below them. Add to that a race-against-the-clock to prevent a nuclear detonation, another race-against-the-clock to find the way out of the installation, and an ending that's perfectly set up for sequels, and you can see the movie Konrath was dreaming of. But it's not a very good book.
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42 of 50 people found the following review helpful By raccemup on April 14, 2009
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Loved it! The concept of this book is very interesting and original. I really, really enjoyed the premise, the characters (especially Bub), and the gore. :) It's not as gory as Jack Kilborn's Afraid (JA Konrath's pen name) but it's definitely a bit horrific at times. It's fast paced and thought provoking and I read it in a day. It's also a little bit of a genre crosser with elements of horror, sci-fi, romance, comedy, mystery, and psych thriller all rolled into one. Overall, a great read at a great price!
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Dragi Raos on March 21, 2010
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(Contains some mild spoilers)

Konrath has an interesting premise: America government keeps a captive demon-like creature in a secret research facility. His prose is fluid and unstrained, and imagery quite vivid. However, some plot elements are very naive, and facility's motley crew is far too predictable: everyone has a skeleton or two in their closets, which both serves as a leverage to keep them in the project and motivates them to betray it.

In the notes accompanying the novel author reveals that he removed many humorous elements in the latest revision of the novel, the one this review pertains to. I find it pity: the novel would work much better if made more light-hearted.

If you are looking for a light, relatively fun "semi-horror" read, this is for you. But if you are after a more serious exploration of a group of people facing unknown in a close, claustrophobic environment, classics like His Master's Voice or The Andromeda Strain (unfortunately, not available for Kindle) will serve much better.
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48 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 24, 2009
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It's a fun novella, but not well written. However, I appreciated the story. I think the author would benefit from a bit more research (graduates of West Point, for example, do not go into the field as Sgt. Majors). Also, the plotting was predictable and a bit redundant. Okay for an afternoon read when there is nothing else more pressing.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Jeff on March 19, 2012
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This book was a very quick and easy read and was not boring. That is the good side. The bad side was this book had a terrible plot, cheesy dialog and lame cardboard cutout characters. I not only felt let down and disappointed with the ending I felt relief that it had finally ended. If you really love those terrible sci-fi B movies with bad acting and lots of fake blood then this book might be a good fit for you.
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