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)
This was a terrific novel! It would definately make an awesome movie! Great character building and superior suspense. Very skilled narrator. I could visualize every character. The accents were amazing but the "squale's" voice was OUTSTANDING! This is WORTH THE CREDIT!
This is in the top 10 books that I have listen to, without doubt. I will listen to it again.
The characters and the story line. Peter just draws you in to the story.
I just can't pick one.
Not any one moment, it was the whole book.
Yes - to some friends - need to be open to steam punk and science fiction - which isn't clear at the beginning.
For much of the book, planned on giving it all 5 stars - but had to suspend disbelief so much towards end, and it got weaker as it wrapped up the mystery.
Very hard to put down.
Fascinating as they were figuring out the mystery, lost steam with resolution. Very good narration.
Ray Porter did a good job with the narration.
This book started great then got a bit to "Out there" for me. Too bad because I truly enjoyed the premise in the beginning.
I was pretty excited to read this book after so many glowing reviews, and at first I felt like it was heading in a direction that could be pretty interesting. Sadly the trip took a lot of patience because the narrator isn’t that great. He had a very “hardboiled detective” edge to his reading. This happened, this happened, etc. Not much feeling, emotion, etc. Just stats and facts thank you very much. I know others like him for this book. Sadly, I did not.
The story of the building and the friends investigating was interesting to a point, but then it took a turn in the last third that was extremely fantastical and nothing like the first two-thirds of the book that it really became bothersome. I didn’t hate it so much as just deal with it until it was over, thinking most of the time about what I was going to read next.
MAJOR PLOT SPOILERS!!!!!!!
The story starts off pretty well; the mood builds and something seems to be working--but then it just gets stupid. I mean, the hero is sucked into the vacuum of outer space and survives? He's freaked out about the tentacles but can't bring himself to mention them to his pals--like that's any weirder than anything else that he's seen? And spilling the whole story to the goofy religious nut who brings in his zombie friends to trigger the end of the world? I think Clines got lazy and decided to whip out an ending. I couldn't finish it.
The flying telepathic half squid half whales.....absolutely stupid
This was one of the most ridiculous books ever, I think it was written by 2 five year olds in different rooms then pasted together in no particular order.
Overall, a good book and very good storyline. The narrators did a good job of bringing the characters to life. The story was just a little predictable in places, especially toward the end.
I still enjoyed the book and will look for other works by Peter Clines.
His performance was appealing.
The entire portion which involved the 'squales'.
This book began in such a promising manner and we were totally engrossed in the story UNTIL it took a turn that made no sense to us whatsoever! We felt like the author got to a point where he wasn't sure of his next step so he just went off on a tangent that had little relevance to the first 3/4's of the story. Very disappointed and a boring finish to a cool beginning.
Started out great - kept my interest, had interesting character development. But then about the middle it turned to crap - could not wait for it to end.
If you're a Sci-Fi fan you may love it. I'm not and I didn't.
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