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Endurance: A Novel of Terror Paperback – October 16, 2010
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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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But quickly things take several turns in different directions to lead you into one heart stopping, can't believe what is happening tale after another.
People somehow get sent to stay at a bread and Breakfast inn with some very strange staff members; all sons of a woman who had taken a very bad medicine Thalidomide will she was pregnant.
This particular medicine had a habit of harming the unborn fetus into monsters; misshapen, mentally retarded creatures that had no idea what was right or wrong. a
Elinor Roosevelt (the mother of countless of these poor creatures) kills some outright; and uses others for cruel attempts to keep her brood alive.
The family destroyed more than 500 people in various sadistic methods to stay alive. .Enter the ones who fight back and refuse to give in to the many attempts to kill them.
As more of the monsters are introduced into the plot it gets more horrifying and demented. How. Will the heroes survive? Can any of this be real, will the horrific and deadly monsters win in the end?
Jack Kilborn will.not let you rest till the; and then you may not be able to. Read this tale to the end if you are brave enough
Endurance is about a little, creepy bed and breakfast in the middle of nowhere. Every year a bunch of female athletes come to compete in a triathlon, but not everyone makes it to the event. Seems the hotel they booked rooms for is magically booked up and the only place to stay is at the Rushmore Inn.
The books starts off with one lady and a bit of what happens to her when she is forced to spend the night there. Then we cut to a year later when a new batch of athletes comes to town. You have a great group of people who have to deal with a whole host of terrifying situations. I mean really, I don't know how some of them made it, or made it as long as they did. One thing is for certain, you will check in but you might not check out.
The proprietor of the Rushmore Inn is...she is something. Her and her family have royal blood and she is obsessed with the Presidents. The images the author creates? They are fantastically horrifying. I love this stuff. It is all about the pain and suffering and just worse than the worst case scenario you could come up with. I tell you what, this story is fantastic. I loved every minute of it. I loved how we got all the different point of views, the runners, the reporter guy, the family, glimpses of what happened to the girl from the beginning, all of it. This book is so great, but you really have to want this kind of read. If you are squeamish it might not be for you. Or it might give you nightmares. For real. It was so much fun!!!
This review was originally posted to Jen in Bookland
But, I digress.
The plot twists in Endurance are brutal. The characters are entirely too real, some too likeable for Konrath to do them this way, but he does! Then, if you survive the tension and terror, you get to the unexpected ending. The ending makes you want to hate the author a little. And it makes you want to get clean. And find mind bleach.
Not for the squeamish.
My biggest dissappointment in the book was the lack of proof reading. While it wasn't terrible, there were many points in the book where a letter was forgot, he/she was mixed up, or the wrong word used entirely. While it didn't happen often enough to warrant me giving up on the book, it did warrant a loss in a star rating. NOTE TO SELF PUBLISHERS: if you need someone to proofread your book, send it my way. I'd be more than happy to to do it, free of charge. I read 3-4 books a week.
Besides that, the book was quite intriguing. It didn't stick to a lot of normal cliche's and left you wondering what was going to happen next. The transition between stories as the intense moments were coming to a close was done in a perfect way. Kudos to the author.
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It's just that simple. At times I thought I should put it down, but just couldn't.Read more