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Eleven Twenty-Three Paperback – August 16, 2010

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Jason S. Hornsby is the author of the horror novels Every Sigh, The End and Eleven Twenty-Three, as well as several short stories and articles for time travel and zombie anthologies. His work has been highly lauded for its originality, dark humor, themes of paranoia, and extreme horror. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Permuted Press (August 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934861340
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934861349
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,729,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I like to refer to the 26-35 age group as Generation X-files. They see a conspiracy around every corner. Having read and enjoyed Jason Hornsby's two recent books, I would say he is definitely a member of that generation. Although I'm not a believer in many conspiracy theories, I'm not naive as to think they don't exist (think JFK). I just don't see a large-scale conspiracy working because of all the loose lips and loose ends. Hornsby's recent effort, "Eleven Twenty-Three," depicts such a massive conspiracy, involving various foreign governments in cahoots with our own to annihilate individual small towns. Why? I'm not 100 percent clear, but that didn't restrict my enjoyment of the book. Although the premise is somewhat murky, the plot is at least somewhat believable, because by God I found myself creeped out more than once. What I most appreciated about the book is the slow-burn to the meat and potatoes. Hornsby sets up the characters and plot gradually while maintaining my interest. Slow-burn but not slow ride. Once the table is set the pace quickens and the tension becomes non-stop. The characters, although not three-dimensional, are drawn well enough that you don't mind their lack of depth. Several reviewers have complained of Hornsby's characters being unlikeable. So what? In my opinion the characters are flawed certainly, but that doesn't make them unlikeable. And what literary rule stipulates characters must be likeable for the story to succeed? In this genre of literature it makes them more palatable to kill off. "Eleven Twenty-Three" marks an advance in Hornsby's writing. Although I enjoyed his previous work, "Every Sigh, The End," "Eleven Twenty-Three" is much tighter, the writing much crisper, and the characters more memorable.
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The plot is excellent, the writing decent and the characters quite likeable. The dream or ghostlike sequences which frequently pop up in between the suspenseful "real" passages are bothersome and distract from the quality of the novel. I could not understand what the author attempted to portay with those sequences.
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What happened? That's what I said with about 40 pages left and I continued to say that (sometimes out loud) until the last word. The book takes over 100 pages to get going, but the writing is good and the characters are entertaining, so I made it. Then, out of nowhere the action takes off and it becomes one of the better books I've read this year. The writing is terrific, the characters believable and likable, and the plot awesome. Then, AGAIN out of nowhere it just falls apart. After reading the whole thing, I see why the beginning took so long. It was an afterthought just like the ending. The book ends with confusing (and boring) dream sequences and an utterly unbelievable conspiracy. I normally rate books after a few days so I've had time to digest them as a whole, but I jumped right on this one because it turned into a rip off. I'd suggest Mr. Hornsby get help with a credible story-line next time he wants to work an international conspiracy into a violent zombie-esque book. I gave it a three only because the action is written so well.
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An American teaching English in China returns home with his girl friend to attend his fathers funeral. His career in on the downward slide to failure and disappointment, his girlfriend is pushing for marrage his mother is a sad alcoholic still grieving over being abandoned by her now deceased husband for a younger woman. A small town like any other, where it's sleepy days seem set in the comfort of the unchanging habits of small town life. Then at the funeral for his father, the family and friends gathered in well mannered show of grief for a man no one really liked, at 11;23, people he knew as preditacble as sunshine in summer, go mad a begin killing each other. Everyday twice a day at 11;23 am at 11'23 pm the madness strikes and the bodies pile up. The town cut off without phones or internet are surrounded by soldiers who speak foreign languages. The only clue to the madness is a mysterious briefcase hidden in his baggage by a man who chatted with him in the airport before he had left China. The death toll mounts as friends and neighbors twice a day go mad, There is no escape and no conspiracy theory too far out to be believed.
The author has a deft touch with descriptive language that he uses like a paint brush to paint the world in dark foreboding tones. His characters are true to life and fully formed with emotional dpeth you rearly see in a 'horror' genre book. Not all likeable not all heroic, trying to understand and survive a world gone mad. The ending is a bit confusing, you can never be sure if he has survived the horrors with his mind wholly intact or is wondering lost in a fever dream. A book well worth adding to your bookshelf, just read it with your door locked.
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I really enjoyed this book. It was full of action and suspense and I was surprised by the ending which I love. It was certainly a much different type of story than I've been reading lately which is very refreshing since everything seems to be the same lately like zombies or a haunted house. This was certainly not that. I recommend it
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