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The Uninvited [Kindle Edition]

Jonathan Daniel
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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Book Description

While on vacation in Thailand in 2004, Owen Decker lost his wife to a tsunami and barely escaped with his own life. From that moment on, he has been deathly afraid of the water. Then he receives an invitation to attend a company retreat on the CEO's private island in the Bahamas. Owen sees it as an opportunity to move on, to confront his fears and conquer them once and for all.

But something is waiting on the island; an evil beyond comprehension.

Once again, Owen is running for his life.

And on this island, there aren’t many places to hide.


Product Details

  • File Size: 333 KB
  • Print Length: 201 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006Q56PR0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #297,326 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fairly gruesome, but good April 21, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is not a book to read if you don't like gore. If you're a horror aficionado, though, it's your kind of read.

The main character is Owen Thompson, a store manager who's rewarded for his work with a trip to a tropical island belonging to the owner of his company. He and other high-performing store employees show up expecting a week of killer parties and good times. For Owen, it's also a chance to face some inner demons from his wife's tragic death in the tsunami that devastated Thailand.

Unfortunately for Owen, personal growth has to take a back seat when he wakes up hung over the first morning and walks into a monster chewing on the body of one of the workers. From there on, Owen and two other survivors are forced to run and fight for their lives from the creatures while trying to figure out how to get off the (extremely isolated) island.

There is a similarity to zombies in the way the creatures are presented: They eat humans, they used to be human, and they lose all vestiges of their former personalities once created. They aren't slow or decaying, however. They're fast, strong and viciously intelligent. It shows in the way they handle their "food."

I could wish that the course of Owen's and Jessica's relationship hadn't been so easily predicted; with the early scenes that set up another of his acquaintances as a love interest, it was clear the author couldn't allow Owen and Jessica to walk off into the sunset together. But I have to admit that the way Owen ended their relationship was unexpected.

The book's ending was sufficiently difficult, and although the author glossed over a few details I would have liked explained more -- in particular, the exact cause of the transformation to monsters -- this was a good, entertaining horror read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Warning: Don't Read This Book February 15, 2013
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If your standards for horror books are moderate to high, don't read this book.

I just finished the book and have no idea to what the title refers. I don't think it's some deep meaning--I think its title is meant to sound "cool". If it does have a significant meaning, it's never explained in the book.

The book needed a better editor. Can I write any better? No, but in addition to spelling mistakes, much of the narrative is clunky and repetitive.

Warning--MINOR spoilers: The monsters in this book are former humans. You never find out exactly why the humans turn into monsters. I think the author came up with a silly idea, and because he couldn't explain it, he decided to ignore a definitive explanation entirely.

Here's a plot summary. Guy travels to island. People turn into monsters. He runs to the woods. He runs to the house. He runs to the woods. He runs to the house. He runs to the beach...And so on.

I didn't care too much for the characters. Their actions were oftentimes dopey. The monsters were nonsensical. And the book leaves too much hanging. Not in a clever, make-you-think-way. It's more like the author has as much clue as to what's going on as the reader does. So, I guess I should give this book one star--but I'll give it 2 since I've read worse.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful but lacking in some areas July 24, 2012
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I'm a fan of horror novels but not of zombie stories in particular. That being said this novel is definitely suspenseful but for me it was also lacking in a few areas. Much of the plot revolves around the main characters running back and forth across the island fighting off the monsters. It's very repetitive. And even given the horror they're experiencing the main players are not really empathetic at all. But my biggest complaint is that there is no real explanation for WHY the horror is occurring. If you like graphic gore than you'll probably enjoy this story. More background and character development, though, would add to the story, as would a less predictable ending.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Could not put it down! December 30, 2011
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This is a phenomenal debut novel, and a thrilling read. I read it in one sitting because it was so engrossing, and I cannot wait to read more from this talented author. I may never vacation to a tropical island again though!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Could have been a short story April 7, 2013
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And perhaps should have. The descriptions were so lengthy I found myself skimming paragraphs until something of significance occurred. The characters spent more time running in endless attempts to find a way off the island with the lead character constantly remembering his dead wife it made Gilligan look like a genius. Fiction aside there needs to be some measure of probability to events and there were so many times in this book I found myself disgusted that I was still reading it. As a short story taking out all the fluff it would be worth reading. I cannot recommend this book to anyone, I'm sorry, it was just that long winded. I finished reading the book because I felt compelled to finish it, but it wasn't easy. This was found under zombie apocalypse novels, this is NOT a zombie read. I would classify it as horror. Read at your own risk.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Goofy March 1, 2013
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Entertaining enough, but a melange of horror cliches and half-baked character development. Goofy storyline tied with wildly illogical events. If this were filmed, it would be a straight to DVD schlockfest.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It had promise, but fell short August 15, 2012
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A book with an unoriginal premise needs to be unique and well written, and this one just wasn't. The author rambled, the plot rambled, the resolution rambled. It almost seemed the writer padded it to build up the word count. This book would have benefited from a really good critique partner. I found myself skimming paragraphs just to get to the ending. Lots of tell, very little show. One thing really tiresome on the eyes: I read this on a Kindle Fire with fairly small text and still paragraphs were huge, massive blocks of text with no break for the eyes. If I was to pinpoint a positive about this book, it would be the hero's journey to overcome his inner demons, but I was disappointed in the resolution that included the female who didn't even appear until the last couple pages, and not the one who traveled the story with him.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good book. an enjoyable read.
Published 2 months ago by richard traylor
5.0 out of 5 stars so I'll leave at this -- great book.
Okay, I don't want to give away any spoilers, so I'll leave at this -- great book.
Published 2 months ago by WesBHM
5.0 out of 5 stars The Uninvited.
Suspenseful from the beginning. I really enjoyed it and think you will too, check Amazon, it may be a free read for you.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
Good book keeps you going all the way to the end. It's a mystery action and love story all in one
Published 6 months ago by Paul
2.0 out of 5 stars No explanation
The only reason I gave it two stars is because the suspense level remained fairly high. I hated that the author never explained the souce of the virus...or whatever it was. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Steven E. Eggers
4.0 out of 5 stars Page turner
I truly enjoyed this book. The suspense of wondering what was to happen next really bad my mind reeling. I had a hard time putting the book down. I would read it all over again.
Published 11 months ago by Stephanie
3.0 out of 5 stars good enough for a rainy day
Good enough read. Lots of gore, lots more back and forth between the two main settings. I didn't find it very scary. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Jaime G.
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible
OMG! what a waste of money. Okay, I paid less than $3.00 but still.
The book opens with gruesome scenes of people eaten for no reason. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Azul
3.0 out of 5 stars The uninvited
It is a horror at every turn and seemingly just no escape. A paradise island that turns into a place of torment.
Published 14 months ago by Betty Newton
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
This is a good story. I enjoyed the book all the way to the ending then the story just ended. What happened to the island,what happened to the things on the boat, there are a lot... Read more
Published 15 months ago by wanda barr
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More About the Author

I started writing at a really early age. The first story I remember writing (complete with illustrations, even) was about me and a friend battling killer, vampiric leprechauns. Granted, I was in 3rd grade, but still! I've been writing ever since. I've had short pieces published in both online and print magazines. "The Uninvited" is my first novel.

I currently live in Birmingham, Alabama with my girlfriend and two Boston Terriers, all of whom are good critics and fantastic sounding boards for my writing ideas.

You can follow me on Twitter: @jdaniel_author or on my blog, http://infectiouscondition.blogspot.com/


Feel free to shoot me a message about my work, writing in general or even the current state of monkeys as they affect goat herding in southeast Lichtenstein.

jdaniel_author@yahoo.com

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