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Disturb (The Konrath Dark Thriller Collective Book 8) Kindle Edition
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THE TERROR BEGINS...
A medical investigator tormented by secret guilt.
A beautiful doctor with an illicit desire.
A millionaire businessman indulging a passion for murder.
And a human guinea pig who has been awake for seven straight weeks.
...WHEN YOU CLOSE YOUR EYES
DISTURB by JA Konrath
You'll never sleep again...
If you are a more sensitive (or adventurous) reader, this handy scale rates specific categories from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest) to give you some idea if this is your kind of book.
Scary - 6
Violent - 6
Funny - 2
Sexy - 3
Crossovers - Includes characters from the Konrath Dark Thriller Collective, the Jack Daniels thrillers, the Codename: Chandler series, and the Timecaster series.
From the Publisher
This Is The Good Stuff You've Been Looking For
WHAT MAKES GREAT HORROR
Checklist For Readers
- Can't Put It Down
- Give You Nightmares
- Great Villains
- Freaks You Out
- Heroes To Root For
- Emotional Impact
- Fantastic Ending
Strap in tight, because this is going to be one helluva ride...
The Dark Thriller Collective
Thrills, Chills, & Suspense Galore
Do you like your thrillers on the Dark Side?
Do you like a few scares along with your suspense?
Do you like books that make you turn on the light and check to see if the doors are locked?
Do you like really morbid humor?
Welcome to the Dark Thriller Collective...
You'll grip the book so hard you'll break your own fingers...
"It's the best piece of fiction I've read in several years. It simply NEVER lets up." - James Rollins, author of The Last Odyssey
"Fast and ferocious, this is a dangerous thriller that will take a bite out of you." - Jonathan Maberry, author of V-Wars
"Bring on the sequel!" - BookPage
"A startling novel, from its thrilling onset to horrific closing pages." - Michael Laimo, author of Dead Souls
"Oozes with stylistic violence." - Shots.uk
"A bloody, terrifying, hurtling assault across a landscape of non-stop mayhem. A guilty, guilty pleasure." - F. Paul Wilson, author of The Keep
"An absolutely relentless nightmare. Horror fans will be wiping blood out of their eyes with glee." - Jeff Strand, author of Pressure
"Fans of gross-out horror will love it." - Publishers Weekly
"You'll probably need a shrink when you're done." - Edward Lee, author of The Backwoods
From the Author
For the completists, or those with a bit of obsessive/compulsiveness, or the folks that just like my stuff and want to know how it all connects, I have a lot of recurring characters and intertwined series. If you need to know the best reading order, or how to make sure you haven't missed anything, check out the bibliography page on my website. You can also visit there to see when a new title will be released.
If you're just looking for a quick checklist, here are my main series.
These do not have to be read in any particular order, but I encourage you to read them all.
JACK DANIELS THRILLERS
#5-Shot Of Tequila
#8-Dead On My Feet
#9-Serial Killers Uncut (with Blake Crouch)
#11-Stirred (with Blake Crouch)
Bonus #2.5-Lady 52 (with Jude Hardin)
Jack Daniels Stories Vol. 1 (Novella Collection)
Jack Daniels Stories Vol. 2 (Novella Collection)
Jack Daniels Stories Vol. 3 (Novella Collection)
Jack Daniels Stories Vol. 4 (Novella Collection)
Banana Hammock (Novella Collection)
THE KONRATH DARK THRILLER COLLECTIVE
#9-What Happened To Lori
#12-Close Your Eyes
Bonus #4.5-Holes in the Ground (with Iain Rob Wright)
Bonus #5.5-Draculas (with Blake Crouch, Jeff Strand, F. Paul Wilson)
Bonus #6.5-Grandma? (with Talon Konrath)
CODENAME: CHANDLER (with Ann Voss Peterson)
#7-Fix (with F. Paul Wilson)
STOP A MURDER PUZZLE BOOKS
#1-How: Puzzles 1-12
#2-Where: Puzzles 13-24
#3-Why: Puzzles 25-36
#4-Who: Puzzles 37-48
#5-When: Puzzles 49-60
Stop A Murder Complete Cases (Book 1-5)
65 Proof - Collected Short Stories
The Globs Of Use-A-Lot 3 (With Dan Maderak)
Writing as Melinda DuChamp
MAKE ME BLUSH series
#1-Kinky Secrets Of Mister Kink
#2-Kinky Secrets Of Witches
#3-Kinky Secrets Of Six & Candy
#1-Kinky Secrets Of Alice In Wonderland
#2-Kinky Secrets Of Alice Through The Looking Glass
#3-Kinky Secrets Of Alice At The Hellfire Club
#4-Kinky Secrets Of Alice Vs. Dracula
#5-Kinky Secrets Of Alice Vs. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde
#6-Kinky Secrets Of Alice Vs. Frankenstein
#7-Kinky Secrets Of Alice's Christmas Special
#8-Kinky Secrets Of Alice's New Year Ball
#1-Kinky Secrets Of Jezebel And The Beanstalk
#2-Kinky Secrets Of Puss In Boots
#3-Kinky Secrets Of Goldilocks
#1-The Sexperts - Kinky Grades Of Shay
#2-The Sexperts - Kinky Secrets Of The Pearl Necklace
#3-The Sexperts - Kinky Secrets Of The Alien
- ASIN : B00267SZES
- Publication date : April 11, 2009
- Language : English
- File size : 630 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 242 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1709483091
- Best Sellers Rank: #574,550 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #717 in Medical Thrillers (Kindle Store)
- #983 in Medical Thrillers (Books)
- #4,668 in Serial Killer Thrillers
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The increased productivity, the increased ability to work and to create are the prospects that are driving the development of this new drug. However, to quickly bring the drug to market, the company begins to take short cuts including faking and ignoring research results. The human subjects begin to suffer but this and other negative and bad research results are ignored, hidden and falsified. Greed has become the driving force for the development of this drug.
All in all, Disturb is an entertaining read. It is not the typical Konrath novel; the quirky humor is gone and while there is a fair amount of violence it doesn't seem excessive, however, the premise of this novel seems all too real.
Okay, so right off the bat my attention was definitely got!
I mean, it was got real hard!
You have to understand, I suffer from bad sleep apnea. I have got one of those breathing machines - and aside from making me look and sound a little like Darth Vader, I sleep just fine - but there were many years when I did NOT sleep well at all. I would wake up to dreams of me being underneath a frozen creek bed or a great stone that was weighing me down. My heart would go thumpedy-bump like a herd full of rabid jackrabbits and I would wake up gasping for breath.
So anything to do with not sleeping equals sleeping catches my attention.
The pages were fast-turners. I ran through the chapters like...well, like a herd full of rabid jackrabbits.
I am talking about Thumper City.
Did it scare me? Well, no, but it made my heart speed up in a good way. Konrath keeps the tension garotte-tight and I enjoyed the whole read.
So let me give this book a big thumbs up. It isn't Konrath's best work - but heck, even on a bad day he just plain delivers the goods.
Grab a copy today while it is free - before he wakes up and starts charging for this puppy.
Yours in storytelling,
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.
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 *****
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Disturb is a medical thriller with a very interesting premise but unfortunately it doesn't deliver. I think the best summary of the book actually comes from the Author himself in his afterward. He explains that Disturb came after a list of rejected novels, and as a result, he decided to write a 'by-the-numbers, straightforward, homogenous thriller' which his agent didn't think was good enough to send out to publishers. After having more success with other titles Konrath decided to self publish on his website and Amazon.
I think this best sums up what I thought of the book, the characters are under-developed which I guess makes it easier seeing as how many of them end up dying! There is a twist revealed 60% of the way though the book but it was easily guessable after a few pages. Every chapter seems to end with a cliff-hanger with either someone dying or you thinking someone has died which leads to there being no stakes in the plot.
Overall I got it for free and therefore there was nothing lost but Konrath mentions that 'there isn't much of me in the book', and I really do think that he should have a go at rewriting it in a style he is happier with - it's an interesting premise which should be explored further!
I did sort of see the twist coming but this did not take away from the story at all and I was only partly right so there were still plenty of surprises!
At the end of the book there was a note from the author giving a little history about his writing career and a bonus short story that was every bit as weird as the main novel.
If you like crime, fast paced thrillers, stories set in the medical world and general weirdness, this book is for you.
Pleased to see he has written many more books I shall give some a try in the future.
The execution however I found to be just ok, often with confusing scenes that had to go back to unravel. There were a lot of deaths shown in detail. This felt rather gratuitous to me, it did not add to the plot or the suspense. In its defence I will say there were a couple of good twists and I was interested enough to keep reading but it is not something I would hurry to search out a sequel for.