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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453887660
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453887660
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 8.9 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (753 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,278 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.” --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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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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156 of 167 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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90 of 102 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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20 of 22 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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40 of 48 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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47 of 57 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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58 of 75 people found the following review helpful By J. Owens on 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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16 of 19 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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