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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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    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 3 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.

    2 of 2 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 2010
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    "Interesting Story... excellent narrator"
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    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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    08-18-12
    08-18-12 Member Since 2009
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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 5 people found this review helpful
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    Rachelle Dundurn, SK, Canada 12-13-13
    Rachelle Dundurn, SK, Canada 12-13-13 Member Since 2008
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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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    CJinMD Maryland, USA 10-19-13
    CJinMD Maryland, USA 10-19-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Fantastic idea for a book! Technically lacking."
    What did you like best about Origin? What did you like least?

    The concept was great and the tie in with historic events entertaining.


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

    Sure. Just don't go into it thinking it's a blockbuster.


    Do you think Origin needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I don't think a follow up would be quite as interesting as the novel first idea.


    Any additional comments?

    People this intelligent would have done things somewhat differently in my opinion. If they're the best in their fields, more experimentation would have been conducted to ascertain the demon's weaknesses. It's not like they had decades to figure it out. Wait, they did.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dana Petersburg, KY, United States 04-21-13
    Dana Petersburg, KY, United States 04-21-13 Member Since 2001
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    "A great monster story."
    Would you listen to Origin again? Why?

    Regardless of your take on Judeo-Christian beliefs, this is a great roller coaster ride. I would have classified it as horror, but technothriller is also pretty accurate. Gets a little bit intense in some places - not for the squeamish. Thanks, Jack. Well done.
    Dana Kisor


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's a man vs. monster story, rather than a man vs. crazy person(s) story.


    What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

    I liked the way he portrayed Bub.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    If the devil exists, does that prove the existence of God?


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jacqueline Denver, CO, USA 10-22-12
    Jacqueline Denver, CO, USA 10-22-12 Member Since 2004

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Smart and Fun - a little scary"

    Great idea for a novel--haven't seen this story line before. It is a good one for when you don't really want anything too serious--I thought it kept just the right amount of suspense, and still made me laugh at times. Quite a combination of characters and enough tension to keep me listening --

    Bub had to be my favorite character- sly, manipulative, scary and even a little funny. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Worth a credit.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Pattie United States 04-16-12
    Pattie United States 04-16-12
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    "Overall, A Good Listen"
    What made the experience of listening to Origin the most enjoyable?

    Without a doubt, the performance of Luke Daniels. I really don't care for "Techno-Thrillers", but I have a great ability to imagine and while this author's style (pretty detailed) may annoy some...I felt like I was the fly on the wall, observing and feeling each detail of the story.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I wouldn't have changed a thing. Writers write, so readers can read (well listen.) For myself, I felt there were some all too predictable scenes, but the "I didn't see that coming" moments made up for that nicely. I do have to wonder if the story was edited down too far, I just felt the author had more to give.


    Any additional comments?

    I am enamored by any performance of Luke Daniels. I really only bought this book because Daniels is the narrator. If there are any shortcomings, in the story itself, Daniels moves it along to make up for it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 12-18-13
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 12-18-13 Member Since 2010

    Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.

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    "A Bomb… As in "A" Bomb"

    This thing does end, reeeeeeely. I know you won't believe me when you are twenty, thirty, one hundred hours in. And it feels like at least a hundred hours after the first fifty minutes. Konrath would like to be Chricton. And Chricton did write some things this mediocre. Maybe if I read something else, I'd like it. But I didn't start Chricton with a novel filled with characters shallow as a parking lot puddle. Or a plot contrived to string those characters together. So since I didn't start with a Chricton stinker, I kept reading him. Since I started with this Knorath stinker… well I won't read any more.

    Fool me once….

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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