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Origin [Paperback]

J.A. Konrath
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Book Description

16 Nov 2010
Thriller writer J.A. Konrath, author of the Lt. Jack Daniels series, digs into the vaults and unearths a technohorror tale from the depths of hell... 1906 - Something is discovered by workers digging the Panama Canal. Something dormant. Sinister. Very much alive. 2009 - Project Samhain. A secret underground government installation begun 103 years ago in New Mexico. The best minds in the world have been recruited to study the most amazing discovery in the history of mankind. But the century of peaceful research is about to end. BECAUSE IT JUST WOKE UP. Book Description: When linguist Andrew Dennison is yanked from his bed by the Secret Service and taken to a top secret facility in the desert , he has no idea he's been brought there to translate the words of an ancient demon. He joins pretty but cold veterinarian Sun Jones, eccentric molecular biologist Dr. Frank Belgium, and a hodge-podge of religious, military, and science personnel to try and figure out if the creature is, indeed, Satan. But things quickly go bad, and very soon Andy isn't just fighting for his life, but the lives of everyone on earth... ORIGIN by J.A. Konrath All hell is about the break loose. For real.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (16 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453887660
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453887660
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 450,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

JA Konrath is the author of eight novels in the Jack Daniels thriller series. They do not have to be read in chronologically to be enjoyed, but for those who want to know the order is: Whiskey Sour, Bloody Mary, Rusty Nail, Dirty Martini, Fuzzy Navel, Cherry Bomb, Shaken, and Stirred.

Jack also appears in the novels Shot of Tequila, Flee, Spree, Three, Timecaster Supersymmetry, Banana Hammock, and Serial Killers Uncut, as well as the short story collection Jack Daniels Stories, and the novellas Floaters and Burners.

Last Call, the ninth Jack Daniels novel, will be available in spring of 2013.

Other novels include the thrillers Origin, The List, Shot of Tequila, and Serial Killers Uncut, as well as the science fiction Timecaster series.

Konrath writes horror under the name Jack Kilborn, including the bestsellers Afraid, Trapped, and Endurance.

Haunted House, the new Jack Kilborn novel of terror, will be available in mid 2013.

He has sold over a million ebooks

You can visit him at www.JAKonrath.com

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and fast paced 26 April 2011
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I first heard of J.A. Konrath through the Amazon Vine programme; I had chosen one of his books, Shaken (Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels Mysteries) (Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels Series), to review and ended up really enjoying it, even if it I hadn't read the previous instalments of that series. Therefore, when I heard of `Origin' via the author's own blog, I decided to purchase a copy to read on the Kindle. Konrath had challenged his readers to all download the book for a very competitive promotional price, thus helping to push it towards the top of the Amazon Kindle Charts; in return, the author would donate money to a literacy charity in the US. As it was all in aid of a good cause, I downloaded the book.

The novel was actually written in 1999 under the pseudonym of Jack Kilborn and is described as a `Technothriller'. No spoilers will follow, but in brief, Andrew Dennison, a translator and a polyglot, is recruited by the President of the United States to work at an underground, top secret government research facility in the middle of the desert. A `demon' is kept at close guard in the facility, where he had been lying comatose for nearly a century. But he has now woken up and Andrew Dennison is needed to act as an interpret or translator. I won't go into too much detail but of course, things don't quite go according to plan.

At first I wasn't too sure about this story; it was a bit slow to start with. I was, however, intrigued by the references to linguistics in the plot; different languages are mentioned at several points within the narrative and I thought it was quite unusual to have a male character who was specialist in that field.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bland, anticlimactic, overrated 7 Mar 2013
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While the premise of the book is quite interesting, it doesn't live up to expectation. The facility housing Bub, the strange being, is manned by around ten people, most of whom aren't up for the task at all. This makes no sense, as surely a matter of this caliber would be handled with utmost care. Most of the characters take actions which are not believable in the slightest, they are way too fallible, and no one really takes the situation seriously with any proper scientific mind, as ought to be done. The biblical pondering goes on way too long, and few other ideas for Bub's origin (besides him having religious roots) are even mentioned, which is a shame.

As the description (and the first few chapters of the book) already tell you everything about what's going on, the only thing left in the book is to tell a story. A very predictable and bland story. There are really no surprises for the reader. As the premise for the book is interesting, the reader is quickly hooked, feeling intrigued enough to read on, but all this leads to is a continual feeling of bathos, as the reader is not given any juicy plot unravelings that they might expect.

The end of the book is simply bad and very anticlimactic.
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ORIGIN J A Konrath (Jack Kilborn) Kindle Edition

J.A. Konrath, who also writes as Jack Kilborn is a well established author of novels which span the genres of Horror, Science-Fiction, Mystery and Techo-Thrillers and it was the recent reading of `Draculas' to which he was a contributing author that led me to search out other of his creations that I may have missed. ORIGIN was one such and is a real gem.

When linguist Andrew Dennison is virtually kidnapped by the American Secret Service at the specific command of the President he finds himself taken to a ultra secret underground establishment in the desert staffed by a team of social and scientific experts; all of whom are misfits in the outside world. Their task is to examine a creature which has been secretly held at the bunker like facility since 1906 and to try to figure out if it is a real live demon or perhaps even Satan Himself. At the beginning the creature seems benign and co-operative but soon the situation changes and, and the team are fighting for their lives and the lives of everyone on the planet.

The story is a refreshing change and since it was originally written in the late 1990s has retained a lot of the style and energy of that era. This is no handsome demon racked with guilt but a full on lying, murderous, undying monster bent on world destruction. The story is full of action, tension, demons, monsters and the threat of nuclear destructions, a fast paced thriller which I found hard to put down until I had read it through to the end, which I did. I find that I am now at an age where I do not need much sleep but still quickly get bored when I am awake and so spend most nights reading or watching movies.
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4.0 out of 5 stars THE DEVIL'S IN THE DETAIL 6 Feb 2013
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intresting
Gray book got behind all the people in the story will read more of his work well done keep it up
Published 3 days ago by honeymonster
5.0 out of 5 stars great
oh I liked this different from konrath but real good read
Published 6 days ago by laljam
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I found this book well worth the time it took to read and I look forward to reading the list .
Published 11 days ago by Mr. M. Riding
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Really enjoyed this - recommend it!
Published 26 days ago by Black Panther
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic.
Absolutely brilliant. Like reading a film. Accessible, fun, scary, an engaging page turner. Great characters, great story. I really loved it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by 3dokid
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another Konrath good'un
Absolutely loved it! I won't review the book's content - several reviewers have given detailed reviews which are better than I could manage. Read more
Published 1 month ago by owlstalker
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent horror/thriller. What a great free read off Amazon
Excellent horror/thriller. What a great free read off Amazon. Young linguist finds himself embroiled in a USA cover up of the devil himself. Read more
Published 1 month ago by DenMorris
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Just discovered this author and he is fast becoming one of my favourites. I read Haunted House and my interest was piqued so I've purchased the rest of the collection.. Read more
Published 4 months ago by shell c
5.0 out of 5 stars origin
Do we really know what's buried under the desert? Is it the Devil or a Angel fallen from heaven. Fast paced story with good twists and strong characters.
Published 5 months ago by serisa
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, different, story in the 'technothriller' genre
I've read a couple of Kilborn/Konrath's books (Afraid and Trapped) and know to expect the well-written, descriptive action-packed and past-paced prose... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Suzanne Millar
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