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)
Hardcore scifi fan from a galaxy far far away.
A bit of a surprise this one! Don't expect a sweeping mythology with a deep story. Strictly a modern reinterpretation of similar twilight stand alone stories from the past. However it is very well written and narrated. I highly recommend the story for a light bit of fun.
I was concerned this was going to be yet another zombi/vampire story. I tried to find out from the reviews but to no avail. I can now happily say there are none in this book.
The story is great and I was very glad that none of the reviews gave anything away. If I had know before I started it wouldn't have been as good.
Hope you enjoy it too.
This novel hooks your from the first sentence and remains suspenseful .
I would definitely recommend this book
I would love to have the author write a prequel to the main story
Fun, creative, and fairly entertaining. I agree that this is in the vein of "Lost". I'd also add that it is similar to the Twilight Zone franchise. I'm debating between 3 and 4 stars, sticking with three for now. It was fun while I read it, but like a fun summer action film, I don't know that it will be that memorable. Maybe I'll revise my review in a few weeks. I wasn't terribly drawn to the characters. It's odd to say this, but I don't feel like I really know Nate. He seems like an ordinary, average joe in his late 20s / early 30s. And he'd really like to be doing something he's passionate about. That's all you ever learn about him.
Ray Porter does a great read.
I have to say that since reading "14" I have been noticing odd panels around my house. I don't know what any of them are for...
This book is probably good for sci-fi fans but it is not a scary horror novel (as some of the reviews stated).
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I think the print version might be better only because the mysteries are passed quickly in an audiobook. The narrator, Ray Porter, does a fantastic job but as expected, he does not repeat important parts. He narrates the book once over whereas in the print version a reader can reread or re-examine certain important clues. In truth I had to rewind to re-listen because at times I had a little trouble understanding/picturing what the author was trying to convey.
I enjoyed when Nate and his friends (other tenants) were in the process of discovering the strange situations within their Kavach building and their individual apartments. We go along with them as they spy into locked places, hidden spaces and discover things that are in plain sight along with deciphering clues that are embedded into the walls, halls and beyond the bolted and chain-locked doors. I could hardly stop listening to the first half of this audiobook, which began with mutant cockroaches that are green, have one extra leg and never eat. There are numerous small mysteries that lead to the larger, greater mystery and these paired with the peculiar characters kept me interested/listening for hours on end.
Nate is the main character and he is the most aggressive about wanting to snoop around his building. I also liked Xela because she is a punk-artistic, siren who is intelligent, witty, brave and charming in a sexy sort of way, but to be fair the rest of the characters, like Tim, also have interesting personalities, backgrounds, habits and relevant knowledge, derived from their expertise or what they do for a living; and the combination of all these elements are what is needed to solve the mysteries of the Kavach Building.After listening to this audiobook I was reminded of The Twilight Zone more than the hit tv series Lost. I can see how this story and the final, most devistating mystery can fit into a Twilight episode.
Turned a lot of SF tropes on their heads
Yup. I almost did!
Am recommending it to my friends
The storyline was original
The way the book unfolded. It wasn't to slow and kept you wondering what was going on.
Excellent performance. One the best female voices I've heard.the characters were clearly defined male and female.
At times I laughed others it bummed me out. I got attached to the characters.
Its a fun original story. I have read a lot of scify,fantasy,and a few steam punk. The characters aren't frustratingly idiotic and intentionally over looking common things. Its well worth a credit and I dare say regular price..yeah I said regular price
This is for all the Sci-Fi lovers and conspiracy theorists. The narrator starts off a little stiff on the first couple of pages and it had me worried. But soon he relaxed into the character, the character relaxed into the story and the story unfolded. And what a story it is - full of surprises, ideas, and good old fashioned science fiction.
I loved it and might just start it over in case I missed something.....
I've already recommended this book to all my friends. I'm so sure that this will be made into a movie that I searched the net for info on the movie but it's too soon, I suppose.
The characters were great but the true star of the book is the building itself. In the end I was cringing about the damage to the building as much as the harm to the characters. The ending was predictable (at least by me) but it was the right ending so kudos to Peter Clines for not trying to throw a twist in at the end.
I would enjoy a sequel about the new super's challenges as he tries to keep new tenants from doing the same thing he and his friends managed to do.
Ray Porter did a great job as narrator, using enough vocal talents that I could tell who was speaking without being told.
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