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- Listening Length: 6 hours and 15 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Brilliance Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: April 15, 2013
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00CD593FI
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by J.A. Konrath
This is the sixth book I've ready by J.A. Konrath (aka Jack Kilborn), who has written yet another solid novel. This one might even be my favorite by him. True to his other writing, he does two things incredibly well: he tells a great story; and, he peppers it with his brand of humor throughout. He claims that Disturb has less of that Konrathian humor than his other books, and that may be so, but it's still there. And it's good.
I think I once read somewhere that he acknowledges he is more of an entertainer, focused on the story, versus the prose. That's probably true, and that's fine, because it is indeed a great story. That's plenty for most readers.
What really got to me with this book was the main idea--the creation of a pill that replaces the need to sleep. Wow! I thought that was totally cool and we get a solid story placed on that foundation.
If you're already a fan of Konrath's, this is a no-brainer. For those looking for an entertaining thriller...no-brainer. It's a fun and entertaining read.
***** 5 STARS *****
In "Disturb", Konrath creates a Robin Cook-like medical thriller revolving around a drug, N-Som, that makes sleep unnecessary. Think of the possibilities... As the inventors and researchers responsible for the creation of the drug start the process with the FDA to get N-Som approved, strange things begin to happen to the people responsible for the drug. Konrath does a great job introducing a number of plot-relevant characters that are fairly fleshed out.
The book has plenty (and I mean PLENTY) of twists and turns as Konrath peels away the layers of suspense involved with the side effects that accompany the benefits of the drug. Most readers should find themselves flipping page after page as they attempt to figure which direction the next plot twist will take them. The book is almost cinematic in that respect and would make a nice film.
Though not as riveting as "Afraid", "Disturb" is able to stand on its own feet and delivers thrills page after page. Fans of Konrath/Kilborn will want to add this book to their "read" list.
A gripping medical thriller that will keep you awake—pun intended—and cause you to forever take the TV ads from big pharma with a large shaker of salt. This one is one of the author’s best to date.
I give it four and a half stars.
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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. I took a lot longer to read it than I normally take to read a book but maybe this was just longer