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Afraid | [Jack Kilborn]

Afraid

Welcome to Safe Haven, Wisconsin. Miles from everything, with one road in and out, this peaceful town has never needed a full-time police force. Until now.... A helicopter has crashed near Safe Haven and unleashed something horrifying. Now this merciless force is about to do what it does best. Isolate. Terrorize. Annihilate. As residents begin dying in a storm of gory violence, Safe Haven's only chance for survival will rest with an aging county sheriff, a firefighter, and a single mom.
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Publisher's Summary

Welcome to Safe Haven, Wisconsin. Miles from everything, with one road in and out, this peaceful town has never needed a full-time police force. Until now....

A helicopter has crashed near Safe Haven and unleashed something horrifying. Now this merciless force is about to do what it does best. Isolate. Terrorize. Annihilate. As residents begin dying in a storm of gory violence, Safe Haven's only chance for survival will rest with an aging county sheriff, a firefighter, and a single mom. And each will have this harrowing thought: Maybe death hasn't come to their town by accident...

©2009 Jack Kilborn; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    coreybeth Cincinnati, OH, United States 05-20-12
    coreybeth Cincinnati, OH, United States 05-20-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Run, catch, torture, repeat puhleeezz"

    Small town USA is infiltrated by a bunch of crazy sadistic soldiers looking for a particular person. They confront people pretty much one at a time looking for said person. Three main characters are the town's only hope (not really they basically just save themselves). Much like "Trapped" all the characters are confronted, some fall or something stops them from escaping and they're tortured, somehow manage to miraculously get away, run, fall or get stuck, tortured, run somewhere else blah blah blah. I did like this one better than Trapped and could at least finish it (couldn't with his Endurance). He does a really good job of describing the torture without being too "gross". I just wish he would come up with different "scenes" for lack of a better word. They're all the same. Run, trip fall or get stuck, be tortured, escape, run somewhere else and the whole thing starts over again. Uh, how about hide or run out of town or find weapons. Seems like a B rated straight to DVD story. The plot was unique in this one and the narrator did a descent job. Just all the running around haphazardly drives me crazy. If you're bored and don't have anything better to read give it a try.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    David Edmonton, AB, Canada 06-27-12
    David Edmonton, AB, Canada 06-27-12 Member Since 2007

    I am an entertainer...so I spend a lot of time on the road. I take my audio seriously. I appreciate great writing and outstanding narration.

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    "A Lesson Learned"

    Read the reviews. That's the lesson for today.

    The reviews are loaded with references to the gory violence. People wrote how they were revolted by some of the depictions of pain, torture and graphic descriptions of terrible things people do to each other. They were right. I've read literally hundreds of thrillers and mysteries...and while some made my skin crawl and a few made me go "ewwwww" none of them was an out and out gross-out.

    This book is a very well written story that you will have to wade through rivers of gore to complete. There's nothing new here -- the theme has been explored many times. The "Fill In The Blank" monster descends on a sleepy town and starts doing terrible things to the residents. And of course it's up to a handful of people to stop it.

    To be honest, I was intrigued bythe plot and, despite some very goofy character actions, it delivered.

    If you're a fan of splatter movies, this writer is for you. (Wearing a raincoat when you're listening may help.) But the unrelenting violence seemed to start taking the place where I was really looking for some interesting character developments, or new plot twists -- something ANYTHING to take away from the endless nastiness of the narrative.

    I won't be getting any more books by this author -- despite thinking the book had merit. They are literally disturbingly violent.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Hudson, WI, United States 05-27-09
    Jennifer Hudson, WI, United States 05-27-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Started out ok"

    This book started out ok. Quite grusome but scary none-the-less. WOuld have been ok, if the book length were cut in half. Too much of "good guys meet bad guys and just make it out alive" type situations. It also got a bit "sci-fi" for me.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    SHEILA 08-05-12
    SHEILA 08-05-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Be afraid of this book ... very afraid"

    This book started out well. In fact, I enjoyed the book completely for the first 1/3rd of the story, until I realized that this is just a horrific collection of unimaginably gruesome ways for people to die And die they do, one after another, one bloody,paintful and nightmareish way after another. I can tolerate such horror when it is peppered throughout, but in this book, the gore and bloodshed is as thick as peanut butter on a PBJ sandwich. To make matters worse, the actions of the "heros" of this story are so absurd as to be insulting to the reader. As I got into the 2nd half of the book, I began to realize that it was escalating to the point where I was not sure if I wanted to continue. But I kept hoping/expecting something would change. Time after time, just when I thought one character or another would manage to escape some horrific fate, I came to expect disappointment. Before long, I realized that this book was just DARK. The entire story, how it was constructed and how it unfolded, is discouraging, depressing, and frightening, not in what is happening to the characters/victims, but frightening to realize that someone could write such a book, that a publisher would promote it, and that the public might read it. This type of book, these descriptions, in the hands and minds of suseptable people is what scares me. While I do not advocate censorship, I also do not advocate that this book be considered anything but dismal, dark, and DANGEROUS. This author scares me, and I will remember the name, as one to avoid. The mind that could write such a book, and consider it worthy ... this is what scares me. I would not want this person for a neighbor.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 03-01-13
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 03-01-13 Member Since 2010

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "He had to cut his own leg off, again"

    This is one of those books, where saying you like it, might make people wonder about you. This is not literature. This is not all that clever, although there are twists and turns and surprises. This has to be the goriest book I have ever read or listened to. This has torture that makes you cringe, lots of bloood. The evil characters are as evil as you get. Bernie's story is so disturbing I will never forget it.

    You have now been warned as all the reviews mention this is gory. I have to say I loved it because it kept my attention, it made driving hundreds of miles fly by. Entertainment value was high for me and I was in the mood to be entertained.

    I am following two people that gave reviews on this. One gave it five stars and one gave it one star. The one who gave it five stars reads lots of scary stuff. The one who gave it one star is big into outdoors and military books.

    No, one guy does not cut off both his legs, but his dad cut off his leg and then he finds himself caught in a bear trap and he has to cut off his leg. I will admit that after about seven hours I was ready for people to quit cutting.

    The part where a little boy is caught in a burning building with his elderly babysitter and his babysitter decides she is going to shoot him to save him from burning, was extremely well done. The school locker room massacre was good and etc.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Paulette Moreno Valley, CA, United States 06-19-10
    Paulette Moreno Valley, CA, United States 06-19-10 Member Since 2010

    I've recently returned from living and working in Alaska. I, my beautiful two dogs, and wonderful three cats travelled together.

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    "Not for Little Children"

    Too violent. Shallow plot. Not enjoyable. Gratuitous gore.

    It is a relief when the story ends.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Pittsburgh, PA, United States 04-17-10
    Anne Pittsburgh, PA, United States 04-17-10 Member Since 2009

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "huh?"

    I am sooo confused!! I think I must have downloaded an alternate universe addition of this book (UR?). After reading the glowing reviews, the one I listened to was just silly and non-dimensional.....on a scale where King is a 10, Koontz is a 3, this guy is somewhere in the negatives.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis Mazama, WA, United States 01-09-13
    Dennis Mazama, WA, United States 01-09-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Great narration - wasted with this story"

    The narration of this story is fantastic and probably the only reason I was able to finish this trash. two thirds of this book is people screaming as they are being tortured, one third is the same people doing the same thing over and over with the same results, being caught and then getting away from the bad guys after being mutilated to some extent. I have no idea how some books get published, this is one of them, do not waste your time on this unless you love people screaming as they are being skinned alive or having bones broken for fun. I cannot believe I listened to this.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    AbulletAway Hesperia, CA 05-01-09
    AbulletAway Hesperia, CA 05-01-09 Listener Since 2008

    Bullet

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    "Action, suspense and lots of gore..."

    This book was so much fun! I will admit that I am mostly a Dean Koontz and Stephen King kinda reader. I picked up this audio a few weeks ago for drive to Laughlin, NV. It's about a 4 hour drive. I was so taken by this book I actually drove around the Casino's parking lot for a good 15 minutes because I didn't want to stop listening.

    From the first pages to the last this book grabs you and doesn't really let go. Sometimes authors get too caught up in exposition and it can be boring because you already know what's going on and get it, but the author has to take the time explains things in too much detail for all the stupid people that might be reading so they get it. This book didn't seem to ever do that. Every single part of the book was interesting. What was going? Who were these people? How were they capable of such violence? How could they take all the pain?

    It all unfolds in one night, step by step in a suspenseful, action packed gore fest. But, it was all so believable, you're on a roller coaster here and will be holding your breath till the very last sentence. Characters you felt for and bad guys that were just on the verge of over the top and yet, you take it all, hook, line and sinker. This is a great book to listen to on a long drive in the middle of the night. It will keep you awake and keep you going from beginning to end.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Bedford, TX, United States 05-01-09
    Kathy Bedford, TX, United States 05-01-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Scary Stuff"

    I agree with Barry from Vancouver 100%. This is an outrageously scary story and one of these days, I will work up the courage to listen to the whole thing! (I'm still checking that my doors and windows are locked, and peeking through the curtains!)
    Dick Hill would have been a much better narrator. He can do "menacing" very well but I probably would have had a heart attack in the first chapter!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    "Afraid"
    What made the experience of listening to Afraid the most enjoyable?

    The Story, the characterization and the narration. All brilliantly packaged into one suburb piece of audio enjoyment. The story was so captivating, I could really Imagine every piece of detail whilst the story was being told. I found the story to be very gripping, gruesome, yet very enjoyable and I really felt some empathy for the characters, I felt that I could connect with them and feel what they were feeling. That is what I found crucial in any story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Afraid?

    All the gruesome bits defiantly. When all the bad guys were hunting down the characters, the things they did to them, and all those grizzly details. Yeah that stuck in my mind a lot.


    What does Phil Gigante bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    His voice. The tone in which he spoke in to emphasis key points in the story, the change in voice to distinguish from the characters. Brilliant, he really has a way of drawing the listener into the story and the world in which the story takes place.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book has a lot of emotion built into it. The first time I listened to it I was camping in Canada, in this site surrounded by wilderness, and I can say the story did freak me out a little in places. It was brilliant!


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to this book several times, and each time I enjoy it better than the previous time. Possibly my favorite book I have bought so far.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
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    "Zombie army"

    A small town is attacked by 'red ops', and only a few manage to defend themselves. Can't say too much without giving away plot spoilers.

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  • jennifer
    alfreton, United Kingdom
    12/29/11
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    "afraid by jack kilborn"

    Another great book from mr kilborn,i have enjoyed all the ones he has wrote so far,and like the others he should put them in to film.This book is very gory like most of his stuff a great listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trevor
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    "Started well, quickly became very silly."

    The only thing that kept me listening was the narrator, who kept things lively and made the personalities of the antagonists distinctive and entertaining. The title of this review sums up why I was disappointed with this book, explaining in more detail would probably spoil the listen for people determined to give it a go.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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