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Endurance (The Konrath Dark Thriller Collective Book 5) Kindle Edition
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"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
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If you're just looking for a quick checklist, here are my main series.
JACQUELINE "JACK" DANIELS THRILLERS#1-Whiskey Sour#2-Bloody Mary#3-Rusty Nail#4-Dirty Martini#5-Fuzzy Navel#6-Cherry Bomb#7-Shaken#8-Stirred (with Blake Crouch)#9-Rum Runner#10-Last Call#11-White Russian#12-Shot Girl#13-Chaser#14-Old FashionedBonus #2.5-Lady 52 (with Jude Hardin)
JACK DANIELS AND ASSOCIATES MYSTERIES#1-Dead On My Feet#2-Jack Daniels Stories Vol. 1#3-Shot Of Tequila#4-Jack Daniels Stories Vol. 2#5-Dying Breath#6-Serial Killers Uncut (with Blake Crouch)#7-Jack Daniels Stories Vol. 3#8-Everybody Dies#9-Jack Daniels Stories Vol. 4#10-Banana Hammock
THE KONRATH DARK THRILLER COLLECTIVE#1-The List#2-Origin#3-Afraid#4-Trapped#5-Endurance#6-Haunted House#7-Webcam#8-Disturb#9-What Happened To Lori#10-The Nine#11-Close Your Eyes#12-Second Coming#13-Usher HouseBonus #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)Bonus #9.5-Wulfs? (with Talon Konrath)
CODENAME: CHANDLER (with Ann Voss Peterson)#1-Flee#2-Spree#3-Three#4-Hit#5-Exposed#6-Naughty#7-Fix (with F. Paul Wilson)#8-Rescue
TIMECASTER#1-Timecaster#2-Timecaster Supersymmetry#3-Timecaster Steampunk#4-Byter
STOP A MURDER Solve-It Series
#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
Writing as MELINDA DUCHAMP(erotica with Ann Voss Peterson)
MAKE ME BLUSH Series#1-Mister Kink#2-Fifty Shades of Witch
#1-Fifty Shades Of Alice In Wonderland
#2-Fifty Shades Of Alice Through The Looking Glass
#3-Fifty Shades Of Alice At The Hellfire Club
#1-Fifty Shades Of Jezebel And The Beanstalk
#2-Fifty Shades Of Puss In Boots
#3-Fifty Shades Of Goldilocks
#1-The Sexperts - Fifty Grades Of Shay
#2-The Sexperts - The Girl With The Pearl Necklace
#3-The Sexperts - Loving the Alien
- ASIN : B003STD7BO
- Publication date : June 16, 2010
- Language : English
- File size : 1041 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 310 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #146,224 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The story focuses on the Rushmore Inn, a quaint bed and breakfast in the middle of nowhere. Every year there is a triathlon in same area as the Rushmore Inn. Thanks to certain individuals, referrals are made for special guests to stay instead at the remote bed and breakfast. The proprietress likes it that way since it gives her and her brood private time with their guests. Time to make them disappear.
This is just one spot where ENDURANCE is similar to a Laymon novel. The story starts relatively simple and then just grows odd and off-kilter from that point. In this case, the off-kilter ends up being cannibalistic, inbred, mutant rednecks who need blood transfusions from a rare blood type so that they can survive. Don't worry about the monster being revealed; it is revealed pretty quickly. Besides the thrill comes from the horrors they inflect. Unfortunately I'm kind of tired of cannibalistic, inbred, mutant rednecks. I was never really a fan. Maybe because it's so much the cliche of the stereotype; it's easy to not take it serious. And I don't. The rest of the novel was really good though. The characters were easy to imagine and easy to follow their motivations. I didn't quite feel anything if they were killed or maimed but I could picture them. Oh, and a bit more than halfway through, I realized I missed the reference to the title. Endurance. As in being able to maintain great physical stamina over a period of time. Exactly what the triathletes had trained for and what the victims were doing in the novel. The book was good and I would recommend it but I know I'm going to look forward to his next book and a more "acceptable" monster.
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 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
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The book was actually really, really scary, but then it went WAY too far and was just gross, in bad taste (with the formaldehyde,which has created these 'evil freaks') silly, very silly, and very predictable. I liked the inclusion of a disabled character, Deb and found that part very interesting, as well as the inclusion of an older woman who could fight like Bruce Lee. There's too many characters, some poorly written. There's a dog in it who can survive several attacks and had more lives than a cat. An evil mountain lion? Ridiculous. You can't train a wild cat. It got to the stage where I knew who would (impossibly live) and who would die. If you have a nice disposition, you're pretty much okay. This book is very, very camp. Very B movie horror, which is a shame cos the premise is good and some of the characters were strong.
I probably don't know anyone that could get through this. I literally almost gave up at one grotesque scene because it got really bad. First half was the best in my opinion and it took endurance to finish the never-ending story. Never read anything like it before, I can honestly say that.
If you like gore then you'll love this!
Kilborn is a considerably accomplished writer, his protagonists have considerable depth without weighing the action down, and the world he creates feels like stepping into a warm bath for a hillbilly horror fan. You've been here before, you know what the rules are and why everything is happening, but you probably haven't read a novel about it before.
The written medium adds a fair bit of scope to the redneck survival horror scenario and Kilborn obviously had a blast putting together grisly scenarios for his hapless characters to wander in to.
The book isnt perfect, it is to my mind, rather too long. He complains in the Afterword that his editors wanted him to cut the length down, which he refused to do and is why the work is an ebook; but they may have had a point. The third act hits the story at the right time but it suffers from repetition with the second and the scenarios start to become a bit predictable although they grow increasingly improbable.
Also the book does feel very filmic, you can see it playing out in your head as a good horror film should, but the opportunity to add depth to the tale by adding the bad guys perspective is entirely missed, and feels rather wanting especially considering the word count. True to the genre there is a good portion of wry humour amid the gore, but it does become a bit corny, and the bathos does remove realism and tension.
This isn't a scary book, but it is a gory, fun page-turner that I read in a couple of days. I highly recommend it.
The characters were likeable and feisty and I was rooting for them all throughout the story. All in all an enjoyable read, even if the ending was a tad predicable, but that, I find, is the norm with this genre of books and it can be forgiven providing the rest of the plot is good, which in this case, it is.