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Origin [Kindle Edition]

J.A. Konrath , Jack Kilborn
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Book Description

**There are six books in the Konrath/Kilborn Collective. ORIGIN, THE LIST, AFRAID, TRAPPED, and ENDURANCE are the first five, and can be read in any order. The sixth, HAUNTED HOUSE, contains characters from each of the previous books.**

Thriller writer J.A. Konrath, author of the Lt. Jack Daniels series, digs into the vaults and unearths a technohorror tale from the depths of hell...

1906 - Something is discovered by workers digging the Panama Canal. Something dormant. Sinister. Very much alive.

2009 - Project Samhain. A secret underground government installation begun 103 years ago in New Mexico. The best minds in the world have been recruited to study the most amazing discovery in the history of mankind. But the century of peaceful research is about to end.

Because it just woke up.

Book Description

When linguist Andrew Dennison is yanked from his bed by the Secret Service and taken to a top secret facility in the desert , he has no idea he's been brought there to translate the words of an ancient demon.

He joins pretty but cold veterinarian Sun Jones, eccentric molecular biologist Dr. Frank Belgium, and a hodge-podge of religious, military, and science personnel to try and figure out if the creature is, indeed, Satan.

But things quickly go bad, and very soon Andy isn't just fighting for his life, but the lives of everyone on earth...

ORIGIN by J.A. Konrath
All hell is about to break loose. For real.

ORIGIN is approximately 76,000 words long, and is specifically formatted for Kindle, with an active table of contents.

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

"Never have I read a novel so gruesome and simultaneously relentless. This book throbs with unmitigated, inexorable. sheer friggin' TERROR. You'll probably need a shrink when you're done." -- Edward Lee, author of Brides of the Impaler

"Fast and ferocious, this is a dangerous thriller that will take a bite out of you. An absolute must read for anyone who loves the adrenaline rush of a shocking story told with style, speed and savage grace." -- Jonathan Maberry, author of Patient Zero

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 Disturb, 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.

Editorial Reviews

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:


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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154 of 165 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read 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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88 of 100 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing idea plus action!! 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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45 of 53 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars okay, but . . . 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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39 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story! Unique and thought provoking concept. 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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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny premise, but... 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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55 of 68 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Critique...FOR REAL May 29, 2011
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I have a bit of a problem with the other 1-star reviews since most of them seem to fixate on ad-hominem attacks on the author. In fact, given the depth and accuracy of some religious/scientific/lingual elements I have quite a bit of respect for him. His transitions between internal monologues of ideologically opposing characters are rather good. Unfortunately, my complaint is with the editing, presentation, and content of the "novel".

Awesome premise: demon-looking creature was discovered, studied, and now has woken up. The secret US military compound where it is stored is peopled by flawed "human" characters seemingly looking for personal redemption is a decent, if somewhat overdone premise. Heck, some of the one-liners are just cheezy enough to evoke a solid laugh (Hertz donut) a'la most action films. The presentation was somewhat flawed. I'm a firm believer in suspension of disbelief but at some point the suspension wears out and driving over the plot-holes begin to rattle your teeth in your skull. Diametrically-opposite doctors falling in love at first sight, one who has given up on love? Ok. One overcoming years of self-flagellation once a new face enters the base...perhaps. Demonic creature convincing a studious scientist to let it out with crafty temptations? Sure. Doing so with the hope of leaving and going fishing which "he hadn't...since he was in grade school, but right now it seemed like the most appealing thing in the world"...mmmm'kay (135). A creature whose purpose is to terraform(heh) a planet in its own image sitting back and shooting bull for however long until the Mayans manage to "nuke" it into a coma...? Sorry, it just gets worse from there. And this is from someone who was hooked by the tagline: HELL IS ABOUT TO OPEN...
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not. Good. 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Crazy wicked!!
I devoured this book. This is a nail biter and scary!! I highly recommend this book. It is well worth the read.
Published 18 hours ago by B. Kostelec
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, fast read
Buried deep beneath a SW American desert lies a secret government research facility that has existed since an amazing, and thoroughly baffling archaeological discovery was made -... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome-read this book
I don't know what people are looking for in a book but if it's an evil being against humans then read this book. Read more
Published 3 days ago by scott kauffman
5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy good read
Amazing the stuff that creeps out of an author's mind. So far fetched it was interesting. Author gave good account of details.
Published 3 days ago by John Silar
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read, loses a little steam at the end
Great book, really unique storyline. Some parts were quite spooky and scary, very interesting.

Towards the end it got a little cheesy / comic book like.... Read more
Published 3 days ago by J. Stancil
5.0 out of 5 stars Horror must read!
If you love a quick and fun horror book, this is the book for you. What I like about this author's books is that they grab you from page one and keep you hanging on until the end. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Vicky
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast and fun
This was a great book, if you can put aside some rational thinking and just enjoy it! I read it in two days. Read more
Published 6 days ago by D. Lynn Logan
2.0 out of 5 stars High interest at first and then...
This novel began in an interesting and engaging way. All characters were introduced with their positive characteristics and flaws. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Melanie Jakway
5.0 out of 5 stars Shocking
As in his other books the author managed to grab your attention and hold it. The ending left me speechless
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Questions from Readers for J. A. Konrath

Hi! Love reading your books, I especially enjoyed "The List" will we ever find out who the rest of them are? We're all waiting.......
spirky asked Sep 4, 2013
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Yes. The Nine will be out in 2014.

J. A. Konrath answered Sep 25, 2013

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