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Disturb - A Medical Thriller (The Konrath/Kilborn Collective) by [Konrath, J.A.]
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From the Author

Jack Kilborn is a pen name that author JA Konrath uses on books that are darker and more horrific.

The books in The Konrath/Kilborn Collective can be read in any order, and contain no spoilers for other titles. They also crossover with Konrath's Jack Daniels thriller series. Konrath has sold more than two million books worldwide.

BOOKS IN THE KONRATH/KILBORN COLLECTIVE
THE LIST - A Technothriller (Book 1 in The Collective) by JA Konrath
ORIGIN - A Technothriller (Book 2 in The Collective) by JA Konrath
AFRAID - A Novel of Terror (Book 3 in The Collective) by Jack Kilborn
TRAPPED - A Novel of Terror (Book 4 in The Collective) by Jack Kilborn
ENDURANCE - A Novel of Terror (Book 5 in The Collective) by Jack Kilborn
HAUNTED HOUSE - A Novel of Terror (Book 6 in The Collective) by Jack Kilborn 
WEBCAM - A Novel of Terror (Book 7 in The Collective) by Jack Kilborn
DISTURB - A Medical Thriller (Book 8 in The Collective) by JA Konrath
THE NINE - A Technothriller (Book 9 in The Collective) by JA Konrath (coming soon)
SECOND COMING - A Technothriller (Book 10 in The Collective) by JA Konrath (coming soon)
THE GREYS - A Novel of Terror (Book 11 in The Collective) by Jack Kilborn (coming soon)

BOOKS IN THE KONRATH/KILBORN COLLECTIVE CO-WRITTEN WITH OTHER AUTHORS
DRACULAS with Blake Crouch, Jeff Strand, and F. Paul Wilson
HOLES IN THE GROUND with Iain Rob Wright
SERIAL KILLERS UNCUT with Blake Crouch

About the Author

J. A. Konrath broke into the writing scene with his cocktail-themed mystery series, including Whiskey Sour, Bloody Mary, and Rusty Nail stories that combine uproarious humor with spine-tingling suspense. Since then, Konrath has gone on to become an award-winning and best-selling author known for thriller and horror novels. He is also a pioneer of self-publishing models and posts industry insights on his world-famous blog, A Newbie s Guide to Publishing. He lives in Chicago with his family and three dogs.

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  • File Size: 1751 KB
  • Print Length: 378 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: April 11, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00267SZES
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,070 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I too am hooked on Konrath. I might have put it on my wishlist but the price was so good I purchased it. It was a great move to make it so inexpensive as I am willing to pay full Amazon price for other works by the author. Story line is somewhat different than other medical thrillers and I can see this would be a good movie. The action was written so well that I could visualize the actual movement.
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I came to find JA Konrath after enjoying reading Afraid. Because he uses another name for that novel (Jack Kilborn), I decided to look at his website, where I found that he was allowing (and even encouraging) the FREE downloads of 4 of the best of his unpublished novels (Disturb, Origin, The List, and 55 Proof). I snatched them up and easily converted them to be able to go on my kindle using mobipocket. I am so glad that I did! Now looking at Amazon, I see they are going for a very cheap prize, but how can you beat free?! Plus, they were actually really good! I think the idea of allowing a reader to try an author's previous work for free is an ingenious idea because, at least for me, once I enjoy a work of an author I will then search for more. Now I will be moving on to Konrath's Jack Daniels series because of his style of writing and entertainment value.

For this novel, Disturb, I really enjoyed it because it mixed several genres without losing its humor. The initial premise of the book is really interesting and relevant, as everyone would love to be able to sleep less while feeling better.
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J.A. Kontrah/Jack Kilborn is one of the reasons I love the Kindle -- I would never have discovered this author if it wasn't for this amazing little device. That said, this is not one of Kontrah's best. The Jack Daniels series are all very good (shot of tequila, whiskey sour, etc.) Origin is great. Truck Stop is horrifying. Disturb is, well, kind of, meh. Better than most, but it doesn't compare to the other Konrath works! Interesting premise (a drug to render sleep obsolete) but the characters, and the plot itself, was a little too formulaic. This is some of Konrath's EARLY work (says he!) and you would be much better served checking out the Jack Daniels series.
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Imagine being able to take a pill and not have to spend eight hours sleeping? It's an intriguing concept and the author clearly has taken chops from the likes of Robin Cook to roll out this sleep-depriving, fast-paced read. The pacing isn't fast, it's frenetic, and there is little time spent getting to know the characters.

Not enough time.

It is intentionally plot-driven, not character-driven, I think to a detriment. I'm the kind of reader who likes to get to know characters a bit before (and after through the eyes of others) they are killed. If I don't know enough (pertinent information about) the characters, it's difficult for me to become fully immersed in the story and care what happens to them.

In the afterword which I found enlightening, the author says DISTURB was rejected from all the major publishing houses and his agent "hated it." Bummer. If the agent had worked with the author and gotten him an enthusiastic editor to help work out the characterization flaws this book could have been better. Unfortunately, it reads like what it really is: an 'almost there' trunk novel. I loved the idea, liked the pacing, found the descriptions sparse in spots (I like medical thrillers that spend more time talking about the medicine), and disliked the characterization. Average all that out to 2.5 stars, rounded up. Recommended only for J.A. Konrath completists.
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The premise of this book is really interesting... what if you could take a little pill, a 20 minute nap every day and skip the whole 8 hours per night thing? What if you could do it for 7 weeks? What if you never had to sleep again?

It's a pretty screwed up book. There are tons and tons of twists and turns. I figured out a few of the twists, so at least one you could see coming a mile away. I will say the big twist at the end... totally didn't see that. This is a great thriller book, perfect to read when life is hectic and you just need something to get away. It's not perfectly written, it's a little over the top at times, BUT the writing is really great and the premise, well, the premise rocks.

The author's website says, "DISTURB is a medical thriller in the same vein as Robin Cook and Michael Palmer, but with the horror of Stephen King." Yup, that about sums it up.

I almost stopped at the end of this book. Don't do that. There's a short story at the end of it that started out so bizzare and then totally screwed with my head. A definitely "WTF" moment and then a bigger one. Umm... you'll see :)
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The premise of this book was enough to have me turning pages as soon as I purchased it. Unfortunately, the book didn't deliver on the promise. Early on I felt like I needed a glossary to keep up with the characters as the chapters bounce back and forth. However, where I really started getting distracted was saith the use of the drug Compazine as a massive level anti-psychotic.while it may have been considered an anti-psychotic at one time, it now occupies a place in most medicine cabinets as a treatment for nausea. That said, I think the premise would make a great movie with some changes.
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