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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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    A. Avins Miami, Florida United States 04-21-14
    A. Avins Miami, Florida United States 04-21-14 Member Since 2012

    Florida_Mom

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    "A Good Unique Story"

    I never read from this Author before, but because of reviews of this book, I made the purchase. I don't know what a "techno-thriller" is, and I'm really not into science fiction at all, but this was not that. It was really a good "thriller", which is what I was hoping for. I thought the narration was really good, and the story was easy to follow and a good amount of characters to be able to keep track of. I would recommend this one, and will look more into this Author for other books.

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    Tulsi17 Cave Creek, AZ 02-23-14
    Tulsi17 Cave Creek, AZ 02-23-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Enjoyable story; Excellent Narrator"
    Would you listen to Origin again? Why?

    Yes, simply because the narrator was phenomenal. If I could search by narrator, I absolutely would.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot was interesting. Of course, there was a decent predictability factor, but I still enjoyed the story very much. I have become very annoyed with stories which throw men and women together, and it is child's play to pick out which beautiful person will end up with whom. Although we can guess from the introduction of Sun to Andy that this will be our hero and heroine, the other characters and the story make the romantic element tolerable. No gag reflex ensued.


    What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

    Wow! The man must be possessed! There was a different voice for each character and never a slip up. The female character's voice didn't make me want to roll my eyes, either. I could listen to Luke Daniels read all day!


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

    Holy Sheep!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Meghan SILVER SPRING, MD, United States 02-20-14
    Meghan SILVER SPRING, MD, United States 02-20-14 Member Since 2011
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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!

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    Eric United States 02-18-14
    Eric United States 02-18-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Would have been good if plot took alternate course"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The premise was really interesting and something I hadn't thought about before. However, after the first half of the book the plot devolved into what seemed to be a bad made for TV type of story.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The concept was the most interesting. The least interesting was the execution of that concept.


    What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

    It was great, especially when differentiating between characters.


    Did Origin inspire you to do anything?

    The novel did make me think about this concept the book feebly attempts to create a story from.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie Cape Coral, FL, United States 02-14-14
    Bonnie Cape Coral, FL, United States 02-14-14 Member Since 2009
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    "author has a warped sense of humor"
    Would you listen to Origin again? Why?

    no


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Race, the General, especially at the end


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    The author threw in some good topical jabs that gave me a chuckle, nothing to do with the storyline.
    Story was good, a bit supernatural, a bit religious and a bit government conspiracy. Got this on sale so was well worth that. A different spin for me and that was good.

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    Willette A. Hill Washington, DC, United States 02-14-14
    Willette A. Hill Washington, DC, United States 02-14-14 Member Since 2009

    science fiction lover, horror lover, but also like fiction

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    "Pretty Good!"
    What made the experience of listening to Origin the most enjoyable?

    Really enjoyed the narrator's interpretation of Bub's voice. And the ending was a complete surprise. Didn't see THAT coming!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sun, because even though she had demons like the other characters, to me, her response to the situation the characters found themselves in carried the story.


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

    No, this is my first one, but I'd like to listen to another to see if he does as good a job as he did in this story.


    Any additional comments?

    Disappointed that there won't be a Book 2.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    viviangrrl Berkeley, CA, United States 01-08-14
    viviangrrl Berkeley, CA, United States 01-08-14 Member Since 2012

    teri@asylum-sf.com

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    "embarrased for the narrator"

    not to be misunderstood the narrator was great... he did all sorts of voices and had to read this really - sorry to say it - but horrible book. i kept thinking he has to be reading this script and like "wtf am i reading?! is this for real?!" i felt bad for him but appreciated him still being professional and trying to do the best he could with what he had. the writing felt childish and i kept saying to myself "come on!!!" all the characters were generic and every action was expected. i bought this on a sale price and even at $5 i felt like i had to get through it b/c i paid for it, but it was painful. - i can't imagine paying full price. i dont' understand the high reviews. AVOID.

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    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 12-26-13
    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 12-26-13 Member Since 2008
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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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rickard Katrineholm, Sweden 12-06-13
    Rickard Katrineholm, Sweden 12-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Technothriller? when? where?"
    What did you love best about Origin?

    Bubs and all his mind games!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Origin?

    When the priest was speaking to the Bub.


    What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

    Oh everything! he made a great job with women voices and made the story come alive!


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

    No i did not, i was not super fond of the ending but is was ok.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, the only thing is i don't know where the Technothriller part comes in.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rhys Perth, Australia 04-07-13
    Rhys Perth, Australia 04-07-13 Member Since 2013

    I guess I'm just a book fan, always have been. Anything with a dry sense of humour, an epic sprawling story but in Particular- anything Cthulhu...What can I say; I love my horror. From Lovecraft and Poe to modern classics and pulpy fun... I also don't read as much as I should

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    "Solid, fun pleasant surprise"
    What made the experience of listening to Origin the most enjoyable?

    a great performance by the narrator


    Would you be willing to try another book from J. A. Konrath? Why or why not?

    yes, I enjoyed Origin - his writing style is laid back and easy to listen to.


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

    Better the Devil you know


    Any additional comments?

    Orign really was a lot of fun to listen to. I bought it after a quick look at the title and synopsis, and I am glad I did. It is a simple enough story with hints at a larger mythology. It is (and I mean this in a good way) a popcorn creature feature technothriller. Its central character is both likable and easy to empathise with, if not a little too 'all around nice guy'.
    The creature in question 'Bub' is a great, menacing creation. Origin has some great horror moments balanced by relatively fast-paced action and storytelling.

    Though the story pans out more or less as you'd expect (and yes, a few moments of predictability and genre cliches), Origin is genuinely a fun listen with interesting characters and good imagery. It even takes a couple of unexpected turns, and delves into some interesting pholisophical subject matter.

    Konrath reads a little like Lincon Child (particuarly the Relic) story wise, and shades of a simpler Chriton... it isn't perfect, but it really is entertaining.

    Short version;If you enjoy occult/creature feature horror with a dash of sci-fi - you will enjoy Origin. And it's begging to be made into a movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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