Audie Award Nominee, Science Fiction, 2013
Padlocked doors. Strange light fixtures. Mutant cockroaches.
There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s. Because every room in this old Los Angeles brownstone has a mystery or two. Mysteries that stretch back over a hundred years. Some of them are in plain sight. Some are behind locked doors. And all together these mysteries could mean the end of Nate and his friends. Or the end of everything....
©2012 Peter Clines and Permuted Press (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
"A riveting apocalyptic mystery in the style of LOST." (Craig DiLouie, author of The Infection and The Killing Floor)
"A wholly original story that weaves together mystery and the apocalypse like a finely tuned band." (Evan Roy, Bricks of the Dead)
I was expecting some good fictional mystery....not some silly fantasy. Thus, I kept waiting and waiting and waiting for the plot to develop into something exciting. That kind of happened eventually, but there was nothing about this book that I would recommend to anyone I know.
My cousin recommended this story to me and I'm glad she did.
I loved the buildup and the character discovery. I was very engrossed in the mystery of the building along with the character's in the book.
I did have a slight problem with where the story ended up going. I don't believe this is a flaw in the book, just a flaw in my expectations I guess. I do believe that the resolution was a little too easy, or maybe it was just rushed, but overall well worth a listen.
This was a great listen, it was slow to start, I wasn't too interested in Nate the protagonist but the other characters were interesting enough to carry it while I was slogging along. The mystery and sci-fi aspect made it fun to listen to. I have to go find out more about H.P. Lovecraft now.
Done with Clines.
This was review-based book selection. It did not work at all... I regret waste of time listening to this book. It was like threading miles of shallow water looking for place to swim. "When is it going to get better" - was my repeated question. This book failed to deliver.I have to give credit to performer though. Ray Porter did well enough to bring this listen to TWO stars.
This book is too contrived and silly. Just plain silly. The author attempts a combination of horror and sci fi but it just didn't work for me. There are a lot of REALLY good books out there and this is not one of them. I was sucked into it by the reviews.
Based on this book, I will not read another Peter Clines book.
The performance was well done but alas the story was not.
Some of the ideas presented in this book are so outthere and unbelievable that it kills the spook. The characters are great though and its a good listen.
The narrator does a great job on this one. Really differentiates the characters well.
The first 3/4ths of the book is excellent. I couldn't stop listening as the suspense and mysteries built atop one another. The last 1/4 was a let down. The story became less suspense and more wild illogical fantasy. Characters who previously had acted in common sense began doing dumb things which had predictable consequences. (ie not killing the bad guy when you have the chance and other such plot devices which are annoying). If the this building is so important to protect the world why are the characters allowed to bumble around for days and nearly destroy humanity? Wouldn't someone who knows keep a very close eye on the place? Of course they would!!! If these types of things don't bother you then you might enjoy the ending. It was all wrapped up in a very predictable fashion. I was hoping for more given the great beginning.
This is my first review here. 14 is one of the best and most surprising books I've ever read. I think it takes a few ideas for some TV shows. From "Lost" is simply takes the idea of building tons of unanswered mysteries at the beginning with the promise of tying them all together later. What it does better than Lost though is that it actually does tie them together and better than that it is done in a very interesting way! It also takes an idea from "Heroes" with the line "Save the building, save the world" which is obviously not all that different than "Save the cheerleader, save the world". It is a prophecy that adds a lot of intrigue.
I couldn't predict where the story was going and loved every twist and turn of the book! 5 stars!
No, they would forever question my judgement.
It started out fairly well, and kept me interested until I was commited but in the end wish I did not waste my time.
performance was not bad , just the book.
I wonder if the 14 I read was different from the other reviewers 14. The way the story comes together at the end was ridiculous. I feel the author gave up, It was just nonsense.I will admit the character building was good, they should have been put into a more intriguing story, and I do like sci-fi/fantasy and mysteries /thrillers. I just believe that they should also be well written.
Some Fantasy books that I like are Game of Thrones, Wheel of Time, Lord of the Rings.
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