- Paperback: 312 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 16, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1453885684
- ISBN-13: 978-1453885680
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (723 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #679,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Author
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: 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.
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From the Author Afterword:
The reason I wrote this book was because of an idea I had while on vacation.
We were renting a cabin in the woods in northern Wisconsin, and I was sitting on the bed when a disturbing thought hit me. What if the cabin's owners were watching us, right now?
In fact, if you were a psychotic voyeur, it would be pretty easy to rig your house with hidden passages and peep holes, and then rent it out to unsuspecting guests.
I immediately became paranoid, and looked at the closet, the bathroom, the stairs, wondering if I was being spied on.
Then I heard something creak under the bed.
Could someone actually be under there?
No one actually was. But I kept thinking about awful it would be to stay in someone else's house and suddenly realize someone was under your bed.
Of course, what could be even worse than that?
Someone under your bed, and you don't have legs so you can't run away...
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Top customer reviews
Every book I read from the J.A. Konrath/Jack Kilborn "series" of 6 books is better than the last; and "Endurance" was no different! It was full of craziness and chaos literally from page one, and it didn't slow down until the last word was read. I think the scariest part of this book was the fact that this really could happen! And that is terrifying!!! There are small towns in the middle of no where all over this country (and maybe even all over the world!).
Great read! I can't wait to see where the next story leads me.
No doubt, this book was extremely gory and grisly and the bad guys were so, so disgusting, but Kilborn did a great job offsetting the darker moments with humor and I honestly shed a tear or two during the more emotional scenes. The characters' unceasing will to survive completely entranced me.
I listened to the audiobook version of this novel and Christopher Lane is absolutely awesome!! There were tons of characters in this book and he nailed every. Single. One. I cannot say enough about his talent.
When their hotel reservations seem to have been lost, a series of men and women are directed to the remote Rushmore Inn and "disappear". Current participants in a women's triathlon, a sports journalist, and the fiancé of one of the missing women are the latest missing persons. Sightings of strange creatures, blown tires, and uneasy sensations of being watched once they check in are common. The menacing Rushmore Inn's proprietress, is an evil and sadistic a villainous; her offspring, every bit as depraved as their mother, are willing participants and pawns in her horrible schemes.
Throughout "Endurance", Kilborn creates plausible situations that go horribly awry. His "normal" characters are relatable; their emotions realistic; and their reactions, under the circumstances, understandable. Further, their courage and fortitude is often the one uplifting factor within the terrible, violent scenarios. The women protagonists are, for the most part, courageous survivors. They act selflessly when others are in danger; they will fight against seemingly insurmountable odds. His villains are gruesome deviants and misfits, products of unnatural experiments or of hereditary anomalies. Kilborn's writing and this series, in particular, are not for every reader.
Jack Kilborn has a vividly wicked, very unusual imagination that results in horrible scenes throughout very bloody novels. However, readers with strong stomachs and the ability to look beyond the surface horrors may find "Endurance" a worthwhile read.