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  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455870412
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455870417
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 13.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Asphodelia TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BlackBrigand TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 24 May 2013
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kirkus MacGowan on 12 Jun. 2012
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Sucked in from the first paragraph is the only way to describe Origin. The first twenty percent of the book is as good as any thriller I've read. I couldn't wait to read more.

There wasn't a clear cut-off point, but things slowed down. Not necessarily in a bad way, we just learn more about the plot and possible blooming romances. A few chapters later, it picked back up again and never stopped.

You know those movies when every time something bad happens, something worse happens? If you don't enjoy that type of movie, don't pick up this book. I kept thinking, "Oh, man. This really sucks. Maybe they'll do this or this." Nope. Konrath kicks you in the stomach with the next twist.

No doubt, Origin fits in the horror genre. I'm not a huge fan of horror, but there was enough suspense and storyline to keep me enthralled. I definitely wouldn't suggest this one for the squeamish.

I do have one complaint, and it's my preference, nothing to do with how the book was written. I wish Konrath had delved deeper into the demon's history, maybe more about the religious ramifications. I'm just nosy and wanted to see how Konrath would throw things together.

Fast read, simple, well worth the money.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sam on 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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