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Trapped: A Novel of Terror Paperback – November 8, 2010

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Book 2 of 4 in the Afraid Series

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From the Author

J.A. Konrath Interviews Jack Kilborn

JA: Thanks for taking time to answer some questions, Jack.

Jack: I've heard of you. You write those chick novels, right?

JA: I write about a female cop who chases serial killers. Some folks think they're pretty scary. Both men and women enjoy the series, but it's a bit harder-edged than the average suspense novel.

Jack: Aren't you the guy that visited 600 bookstores in one summer? Signed thousands of books?

JA: That's me.

Jack: I haven't seen your name on any bestseller lists.

JA: So, how would you describe AFRAID?

Jack: I tried to write a thriller that included every kind of fear possible. Fear of the dark, or being chased, of drowning, of authority, of burning, of losing a loved one, of pain, of disfigurement...and, of course, fear of being horribly murdered.

JA: What's the plot?

Jack: A helicopter crashes near the small town of Safe Haven, Wisconsin. It's so tiny it has a population of 904. But not for long.

JA: So the helicopter lets something loose in town?

Jack: Something horrible. The town can't defend itself either--no police force. Soon it's quarantined, and everyone is fighting for their lives.

JA: I was lucky enough to read an advanced reader copy of AFRAID. It scared the hell out of me.

Jack: Thanks. I'm predicting that at least 25% of people who start the book won't be able to finish it because it's too frightening. It gave me nightmares when I was writing it.

JA: There certainly are some memorable scares.

Jack: I didn't use any chapters in the book. My goal was to go from one high point to another without any breaks. I hope it worked.

JA: It worked for me. You call it "technohorror." What is that?

Jack: The technothriller genre is about fusing modern day science and technology with big thrills. Michael Crichton perfected the form, which has been used to great success by Dan Brown, James Rollins, Steve Berry, and many others. Technohorror views technology in a more sinister way.

JA: Do you think the scenario in AFRAID could happen?

Jack: I wouldn't be surprised if it already has.

JA: You've sort of come out of nowhere. Care to share your writing background?

Jack: It's probably similar to yours. Bitten by the writing bug at a young age, getting a lot of rejections, finally landing a two-book deal with a big publishing house.

JA: I like the Afraid Game on your website.

Jack: Thanks. It's a fun little Flash thing I did. People seem to enjoy it.

JA: So what's next for Jack Kilborn?

Jack: I wrote two other horror novels, TRAPPED and ENDURANCE, which are just as intense as AFRAID. I also wrote the novel DRACULAS with some good friends. It's a balls-to-the-wall zombie book.

JA: Zombies? Aren't draculas vampires?

Jack: Read it and see for yourself. These monsters make zombies look like your grandma.

JA: My grandma is dead.

Jack: The living dead?

JA: The dead where you don't move around or try to eat people.

Jack: Bummer.

JA: Getting back to AFRAID, I liked it so much I'd be happy to blurb it.

Jack: I'm sort of holding out for blurbs from bestselling authors, if you don't mind. No offense.

JA: No offense taken. Maybe you'd like to blurb one of my books, if you have time.

Jack: One of those chick books? Sure. But I can't promise I'll like it.

JA: CHERRY BOMB has a four page sex scene, several torture-murders, and an extended female fist fight.

Jack: I'll give you my address so you can send me a copy.

About the Author

Jack Kilborn is the pen name of J.A. Konrath, who has written seven Jack Daniels thrillers (Whiskey Sour, Bloody Mary, Rusty Nail, Dirty Martini, Fuzzy Navel, Cherry Bomb, and Shaken.) Under the name Jack Kilborn, he wrote the horror novels Afraid, Trapped, Endurance, and Draculas.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453806024
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453806029
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (816 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #366,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Just finished Trapped and Konrath's other new release Endurance (A Novel of Terror) and both will keep me awake at night, listening for things that go bump in the night!

Living in an RV in the backwoods adds an additional element of fear while reading Trapped. I can easily imagine disappearing in the swamp out back, living out the terror of the characters in this book. There were several surprises in the book (who are the bad guys?) and being originally from Michigan myself, it added something to my late-night page-turning.

The faint-of-heart and those that don't enjoy pure gore and terror should avoid this book and find something tamer. But fans of Konrath's brand of horror will not be disappointed and will stay up late enjoying the chills running down your back.

Caution! If your plans for the summer include camping on a deserted island, you might want to rethink! :)
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OK, got a new Kindle for Christmas. Am broke, since it's Christmas, so a cheapie thriller on the new device seemed like the way to go. The initial premise of the book, as presented on the website, sounded interesting. But I didn't set my expectations tremendously high. I expected to be entertained cheaply. I figured the book would be predictable, but hoped to find some characters I could get into and care about, and maybe a semi-believable plot line I could follow. Boy, was I disappointed.

The writing in this book is just silly. Thug-with-a-heart and meth-addicted chick are running through the woods, her shirt off because, of course, they needed it for a torch and they couldn't very well take HIS shirt off, could they? And, while being chased by cannibals bent on making them into hors d'ouvres, the guy, in the middle of fleeing for their lives, says, "Girl, I know this ain't the time, but, damn, if you don't look good in nothin' but that bra." Really? What's he expect? That she'll say, "No time like the present, and we probably won't make it through the night, so let's go, Stud!" I mean, REALLY???

That's only one of many examples of completely unbelievable, and I mean laughably unbelievable, story line in this book. "Honey, I know you've been injured to the point of near-disability, and will never be the same physically again, and that we're surrounded by cannibals bent on sucking the marrow from our bones and the bones of our little baby, but I couldn't help but notice you haven't yet signed the divorce papers." As the teenaged girls in my area love to say, Oh Em Gee!

I'll be deleting this one. Don't know how many books this Kindle thing will hold, but I won't waste space on this!
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I may be alone in this assessment, but ENDURANCE was a far scarier and much more engrossing.

I just couldn't get into TRAPPED as much as I did with ENDURANCE. The Characters were not as engaging, the plot was not quite as intense, and I just didn't think it was as much of a page-turner.

Not that it didn't have its scary moments. There was plenty of that. But, it wasn't as much of a trill ride as his other book was, for me.

That's just my opinion, though.

I'd still read other stuff by this author.

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I read both stories and would rate them both very good. However, I liked many parts of the 2nd (original version) better. I think the minimal sexual content removed to make the rewrite took away from the realism of the story (who was the rewrite for? were they trying to make the story a book for grade school kids to make book reports). The cause for Sara's fears was better told in the original then in the rewrite plus Lester and Georgia's first meeting was better. I also liked the very final ending in the original. If I had not read the rewrite first, I would have rated the original better - since I read one right after the other, I would have just preferred to have the few minor sections that were changed rather the the entire story to wade through. The rewrite did hold together better.

I took one star away because when the author was telling us the thoughts of one or two characters, I thought he crossed the line and he misrepresented their thoughts. It is OK to have characters lie while saying things to other characters or have other characters mis-explain another characters thoughts, but you do not have a character mis-thinking. Overall, very good. I am very happy that Konrath is going directly to ebooks and is making more money plus getting us readers better priced material. I had never read a book by Mr. Konrath until I read "Origin" for free, then I read almost all and await his next. I also enjoyed "Endurance" which I thought was a bit more of a horror book then "Trapped"
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I just finished this after reading it in one sitting. No, it's not a short book. No, it's not a lazy weekend day for me. In fact it's Monday and I had a ton of stuff I was supposed to do but I made the mistake of beginning "Trapped" this morning and couldn't tear myself away to attend to the things I should have done. It was definitely a day well-spent!

Jack Kilborn has done it again and in a big way. The breakneck pace of this book makes it one you won't want to put down. This is the sort of read where you heave a shuddering sigh once you've reached the end. The plot was tight and the pacing just incredible. I really enjoyed the mix of characters in this book, from the ex meth-addict to the overweight sociopathic teenage girl. The author effortlessly keeps you glued to the action of three or four scenes all at the same time - mini-cliffhangers abound but before you can get mad at him for it, you find yourself completely engrossed with what's happening to the character currently in the spotlight.

This eBook edition includes the original uncut version as well as the version he toned down in an effort to please his publisher. I've only read the toned-down version at this point. I'm going to wait a few days before trying the uncut version, though I fear it will lead to another "lost" day for me. ;) This eBook also includes previews of the author's books, "Endurance" and "Afraid." I HIGHLY recommend reading both of these, however "Endurance" may prevent you from ever booking a room at a bed & breakfast place in the woods. Then again, after "Trapped," it's going to be a long time before I contemplate going camping. I'm afraid Mr. Kilborn has thoroughly killed woodsy vacations for me for the foreseeable future.
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