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Origin: A Technothriller | [J. A. Konrath]

Origin: A Technothriller

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2012 J.A. Konrath (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Meghan Greenbelt, MD, United States 02-20-14
    Meghan Greenbelt, MD, United States 02-20-14 Member Since 2015
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    "AWESOME Performance! Very Scary!"

    Wow! That was one of the best performances I've listened to period. The demon voice is so scary that I couldn't listen to it at night. Voices were so varied and skillfully done that I was certain there was more than one narrator at one point. The production value was really good too, using effect on the voices to convey distance, etc.

    The story itself is very much like Michael Crichton with lots of science explained but not dumbed down. Led to a few theological discussions on the nature and exisitance of evil.

    Highly Recommend. Totally Credit Worthy!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 12-26-13
    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 12-26-13 Member Since 2014

    Currently a local truck driver who has hours to listen to my audio books. I am hooked, some of my fellow drivers enjoy them also

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    "A new slant on an age old question"
    If you could sum up Origin in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, History, Possibilities


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Origin?

    I found several parts that peaked my interest to see how the author would answer the
    questions


    What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

    I must admit it was a first for me with Mr Daniels and I did enjoy his performance
    Look forward to his future readings


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

    Yes, I did laugh at several of the situations they were in


    Any additional comments?

    Liked the book hope he writes a follow up

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rachelle 12-13-13
    Rachelle 12-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Huge disappointment"
    Has Origin turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. The problem isn't the genre, and really, the book had great potential, except for two things; one, this is NOT, by any stretch of the imagination, a technothriller - if that's what you're after, try Daniel Suarez' Daemon. The second issue, I'll explain later.


    What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

    Luke Daniels did a fantastic job with all of the voices, particularly with Bub.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Frustration. The second part of the reason I think this book is a failure is that the pacing is really messed up, and the characters are a bunch of selfish morons.

    The protagonist is a linguist who speaks 30 languages, but the day he shows up, before he does a single thing, suddenly the reason he's been called there evaporates. There is literally no reason for the protagonist to be a skilled linguist. He could have been a cook or an architect and the story would have been pretty much the same.

    The way the characters are developed is pretty good, and the prose is also pretty good, but the whole book has the feeling of being hugely abridged; we spend the first half of the book learning who these people are and why they do what they do, and then they start dying gruesome, quick deaths. This only works if you are George RR Martin, and even then, it feels like a waste of my time.

    Pretty much every single character there does something incredibly, irretrievably idiotic, tantamount to hearing a scream from the basement and going downstairs armed with a hairbrush.


    Any additional comments?

    Luke Daniels is a really great narrator; I look forward to picking up other books read by him!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Crystal TEMPE, AZ, United States 12-11-13
    Crystal TEMPE, AZ, United States 12-11-13 Member Since 2008

    Listener of Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Intrigue (not romance), Historical Fiction and very eclectic in her literary wanderings.

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    "Nothing Techno, All Dean R. Koontz Style"

    I thought that the idea of "Is it a Devil?" would be exciting. Nope. Just a theme to write up a lot of violence and not a lot of plot.

    It was mostly about the characters and the horrors that brought them to this point. The temptations that make people choose evil.

    In short, it was a morality play with lots of guts and blood.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Stacey Belfield, ND, United States 01-11-13
    Stacey Belfield, ND, United States 01-11-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Interesting Story... excellent narrator"
    Any additional comments?

    The beginning of this book was like watching a horror movie that you find yourself peeking out between your fingers, you are terrified but can't stand not seeing. There were several times that I found myself shutting off the book but then having to turn it on to continue. The story is an interesting concept... falls off a tiny bit here and there, but overall a very good listen. The narrator, Luke Daniels, is one of the best if not THE BEST narrator I have ever listened to. His ability to characterize his voice is beyond amazing. Bub... just gave me the creeps!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    R. Sippel San Jose, CA United States 06-29-12
    R. Sippel San Jose, CA United States 06-29-12 Member Since 2007

    Chef

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    "You either love Konrath or you don't"

    I have never been a Sci-Fi fan but I love J. A. Konrath's Jack Danial series so I thought I would give some of Konrath's other works a try. I was hooked on the first chapter! I was surprised the book has a lot of depth to it and I enjoyed getting to know the characters. Luke Daniels does a fantastic job narrating, especially on Bub!
    If you don't know of Konrath, his books are not for the squeamish lots of gore for some people! I'm funny, I can read about gore but can't see it.
    This book has to continue because I'm looking forward to # 2!!!!!

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    John Sherman Maine 04-16-12
    John Sherman Maine 04-16-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Novella"
    What did you love best about Origin?

    This was a great study into the hidden motives behind each characters choices


    Would you recommend Origin to your friends? Why or why not?

    yes, this was a great story with some good character development and an interesting take on mankind's history


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I'll be vague so not to spoil any of the story but the part where the priest has many questions answered.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not really but it did have some gripping parts


    Any additional comments?

    It is nice to have a story told in a short concise manner every once in a while.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Rainiac 01-10-12
    Rainiac 01-10-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Origin"

    This is an extremely gory book. What I mean by gory about 90% of the book seems to be a discription of oozing gore, poop odor, dismemberment, reanimated dead flesh and criminals in charge of the devil. The narrator was good though. However the characters are very stereotypical and you'll be offended if you're a Catholic or Jew, women too, vets, just about everybody could be offended by the actions of the characters in this story. It's too gross for me. Don't buy this..

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    08-18-12
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    "Absolutely Horrifying"
    If you could sum up Origin in three words, what would they be?

    Bone chilling horror story that could give nightmares to the squeamish. I dare you to put yourself in the shoes of those that are trapped in this situation.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Andy, Sun and Frank are the heroes. But I think Bud was the most interesting.Bud was able to make my goose bumps run and hide .


    Have you listened to any of Luke Daniels???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first time hearing a performance by Luke but he did an exceptional job.


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

    Although I did not cry for any of the characters, I could sure feel their fear.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is what a " true horror" story should be. Edge of your seat mind numbing terror.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Mcdowell 12-04-13 Member Since 2000
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    "Good Potential, Poor Execution"

    I realize this book was not meant to be great literature. The premise is unique and has the seed of a good story in it. Most of the main characters have major personality flaws that perfectly fit the plot so that anything that could go wrong does go wrong. Even the physical facility where the story takes place is designed in such a way that the problems are fairly predictable.
    It's sad because the story could have been told with characters who were not so mentally ill and would really have strengthened the "technothriller"

    Luke Daniels does a very good job of narration. Will definitely look for more of his performances.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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