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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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
I was hoping for a more serious and thoughtful religious debate. Linguist Andy is brought in to help communicate with the newly-awakened demon, who is speaking in an undecipherable language. But within hours, the demon is speaking fluent English, so Andy doesn't need to translate much of anything (aside from some hieroglyphs that any university professor could have deciphered). The actual religious debate is relegated to a Priest and a Rabbi, who spend a lot of time arguing over the divinity of Christ and the reality of the Devil. However their debate seems childish, without depth, and ultimately naïve.
Konrath calls this novel a "technothriller," but I'm not sure that's the right word for it. The actual technology in the novel is nowhere near as complex or believable as it is in Crichton's novels, and the actual "thriller" aspects have little to do with technology (and everything to do with monsters, gore, and kissing someone who's just been attacked by demonic bat creatures). There's nothing very "techno" about that!
ORIGIN reads as if it were the first draft of what could have been an intriguing and exciting adventure story. Unfortunately, all Konrath could see were the dollar signs and the movie contract, neither of which materialized. The novel is just too hokey, too silly, and too overblown to do justice to its subject matter. I can't recommend it.Read more ›
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.
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!
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.
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.