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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

JA Konrath is the author of seven thrillers in the Lt. Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels series. The latest is SHAKEN. He also wrote three horror novels under the name Jack Kilborn.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 306 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145288126X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452881263
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (890 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #597,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I downloaded "The List" to my Kindle for two reasons: 1) I'd just finished "Afraid" and I loved it. 2) "The List" was less than $2 and I was intrigued.
Now I feel like I owe Joe money! I was completely entertained from start to finish. I truly could not put it down. Bert and Roy, two of the main characters, had me laughing out loud. Tom is the hero. He's a cop assigned to a homicide and the body has a mysterious tattoo just like the one oh his foot. Joan is a victim turned heroine and she is my kind of woman....strong AND kicks butt. I can't stand the kind of woman who gets tied to the railroad tracks whimpering "save me, save me".
The suspense is tight and the premise is not past the realm of probability.
I don't want to mention much else because I don't want to give anything away!
JA Konrath writes in the caliber of writers like James Patterson, Dean Koontz, and Greg Iles....with a true bend on twisted.
Check it out....download the sample or just give in, go ahead, get the book. I can't wait to see the movie.
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I thought the basic premise of the book, as outlined in the summary, was interesting and different enough to make me curious so I bought the book and started reading. When I was only 10% through the novel (according to my Kindle), already there had been fingers amputated, a beheading, someone's face had been sliced, a dog impaled, a woman attacked twice, and numerous accounts of torture (ie, a man impaled through the anus and then the stake move an inch an hour until it exited through his mouth hours later)that had occured previous the novel's starting point. I don't like graphic violence, and while I was willing to endure it for the sake of a genuine story, it became obvious when the main character was introduced as the clone of Thomas Jefferson that the gratuitous violence was really a distraction from a very odd plot. Couldn't finish it--couldn't stomach the disgusting images that alternated with the silliness.
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I just finished the list, and have to say, I'm now a Konrath fan. I've been following his blog on writing for years, but never read anything because I wasn't into the genre he wrote. But when I saw he was selling The List for so cheap for the Kindle (Kindle reader on my iPhone) I decided to give him a try. And like one of the other reviewers said, now I feel like I owe him more money. What a blast of a read. It had everything, a great premise, fun dialogue, political intrigue, hint of romance, and Abraham Lincoln. I love Abraham Lincoln. This is one of those books that I put down and instantly thought what a great movie it would make. Thanks Mr. Konrath for selling it so cheap and writing such a great book. I'll definitely be back for more.
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Since this book was only $2 for Kindle and was described as a "genetic murder mystery," I thought I would give it a try. Unfortunately, there were some serious flaws and the book read like a middle-school level novel with adult-level violence.

THE GOOD:
*It was a quick read, so it ended fast. If you are anything like me, you can't just stop a book halfway thorough, so I had to finish it.
*The book leads easily to a sequel, so if by chance you enjoyed this book, you can read another like it shortly.

THE BAD:
*The Violence. It overtook the story and was very unnecessary.
*The wounds inflicted upon the characters that should have put them in the hospital or at the very least stopped them from walking seemed to only "give them stars" and then allow them to return to normal activities.

THE UGLY:
*The Science. Even though this is fiction, the author discussed in the afterward about how this links closely to modern medical technology, when in fact, it would be impossible to have a camera that can copy the genome of a person completely. Maybe it's a lesson for myself; don't read fiction about the same subject as your dissertation, but the blinding fallacies here would be hard for anyone to ignore.
*The Character Development. One minute, a character is losing his/her best friend and the next minute they are falling in love with someone else. The author gives no time for real emotion to be shown and the relationships that do develop are painfully predictable.
*The Predictability. Everything from the story to the characters are too cut and dry. The "hints" that are needed in good books to connect later in the story are so blatant that you know what's going to happen long before it actually does.
*The Story. Read it for yourself.

BOTTOM LINE:
Don't purchase this book. Put some extra money towards it and read Digital Fortress.
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This novel reads as though it were written by a junior high student. It's sophomoric and unbelievable. The police procedures are so poorly done (I grew up in a police family...my father and uncle were cops as were so many of their friends) that the protagonists would be fired immediately for their behavior.
The author can't distinguish between homophones like break and brake, sight and site and so on.
Frankly, I found it boring beyond belief but I'm happy for Mr. Konrath that there seems to be an audience for anything. To me the price was no bargain.
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Looking for a cliche ending? How about stupid sidekicks? Lame dialogue? Annoying and contrived character descriptions? Then by all means buy this book. The best part about it is the fact that it only cost a couple bucks.
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