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 another fantastic job by both Peter Clines and Ray Porter; I believe I have fully developed a crush on both of them; a literary crush on Clines, and a passionate love of Porter’s voice. Nate moves into a new apartment which is in a historical landmark, the Kavach Building. He soon discovers strange things about the building, including locked apartments and, green cockroaches with an extra leg. When he starts meeting his neighbor, each one has something strange they've noticed about their apartments as well. But once they start to investigate, they may uncover something that should remain uncovered.
While I’m pretty confident that this book is a stand alone, I can’t help but notice subtle hints towards Clines’ other books (cockroaches), like “The Fold” (I know this came out first, but bare with me) but I won’t list other similarities because anything more than that would give too much away.
This wasn’t as fantastical as his other books; it stayed in the “real world” most of the time which made it more relatable, in my option. Nate’s character was fantastic and well developed, (I’d be the Velma to his Shaggy any day) and I felt close to all of the characters, they really pulled me in. I felt like I was a part of their as they unfolded the mystery of the
It took me a long time to write this review because I enjoyed the book so much, and I knew I wouldn’t be able to do justice with my review. I think this is worth the credit, and at some point, I think I’m going to have to listen to it again, it was really great.
Yes because I enjoyed 2/3 of it.
The last 1/3 of the book was ridiculous. I wanted to scream at the characters to stop with their stupid chattering and get to work! Also, I wasn't a fan of the big secret - it felt too .... weird.
Yes, I can see 14 being made into a movie. It's a very visual book.
The story was UTTERLY unpredictable and MOST enjoyable!
The wit and humour woven into the seriousness and reality of certain situations.
Vika was a favourite as she faced and dealt with challenges to her world both personal and interpersonal.
My eyes were wide with wonder in parts and then in other parts you couldnt help but laugh uproariously and from the belly at others.
The narrator was absolutely superb!!!!! I want him to be Chief Reader for all Audio Books!!!
This was fantastic, I enjoyed it throughly. Its one of those I'm so glad I got this books. If you like Dean Koontz you will like this. definitly want more. Worth you time cash/credit
You finally forced me to take the time to review this book by continually shoving it in my face as one of the greats of the year. This book was awful! The narration was, at best, lackluster, and that was the best element. I, too, was sucked in by the plethora of glowing reviews. The first quarter or so of the book was promising. The story moved pretty slowly but was building up some interesting mystery. Beyond that point, though, everything began to read like it was written by a high school student who had seen too many episodes of "Scooby Doo". The fact that the characters eventually begin referring to themselves as Velma, Shaggy et al only makes it worse. As the story progresses we discover that this high school student author has read a few works by H.P. Lovecraft. This leads him to introduce mutant creatures including flying squid-whales and giant insects. Just to be sure we get the erudite literary reference (bonus points!) the writer includes Mr. Lovecraft himself in a tangential way. Not content with this, the author has to add poor Nikola Tesla as a conspirator. I could go on but why bother? The plot is absurd, the characters are two dimensional and literally cartoonish, and the narration is barely adequate - although to be fair you can't do an award winning job on lousy material. I feel like a chump for listening all the way through but it was like the proverbial train wreck you can't look away from .... A really bad train wreck. Please spare yourself and don't waste the credit.
Addicted to Audible!
I really enjoyed this book for the first 2/3 of the story and then it got so stupid that I had to turn it off. I guess no matter how well written I just cant do, Sci-Fi, I can deal with the glow in the dark roaches and the black hole but the "people eating creatures", sorry, you lost me there! If this is your genre, then I think you will enjoy the characters- they were great and the writing was excellent.The narration was also excellent.
I had no idea what to expect from this one and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked it. The plot twists were very unpredictable and the characters easy to like/hate as needed. To put the cherry on top the narrator was excellent.
Like a lot of books, this one starts out great, so good in fact I was already looking at other titles written by this author. The dialog is great, the characters extremely well crafted eccentric and imbued with great chemistry. The story takes off and begins to take you into the world of the apartment, building some great creepyness with what the troop finds. I do not want to give out any plot spoilers so I will just say that for a bit the books takes things into the surreal just a bit to far, it crosses the line into silly, then comes back. I was bummed by that because the book overall is really good, there is tension, a great storyline that is unique, well crafted dialog and evidence that the author has talent actually writing, that segment though dampers the experience a great deal, does not ruin the book but takes it out of the four or five star category. As a mention, the narration is well done and fits the mood and characters of the story very well.
Recommended with a sigh at what could have been a great book, but what is in fact only a pretty good book
I found this book very enjoyable and was captivated throughout the whole book. I enjoyed it more then I thought I would. The narrator did a great job and was easy to listen to. I don't want to give anything away so all I am going to say is you will be glad you picked this one up.
This thing was listed under Sci-fi & Fantasy and was recommended to me after purchasing an epic fantasy Scott Lynch's, 2nd book (Red Seas Under Red Skies) WHICH WAS AWESOME. I put it in my wish list after seeing the HUGE positive ratings.
This book is fiction, sci-fi slightly... fantasy... barely. I would have some mature high school students read/listen to this book due to its easy going pace and somewhat interesting story-line. This book is NOT for epic fantasy fans or even hard core sci-fi fans. The narrator was good which is how I was able to get through this book.
"The reviews don't lie!"
Crackerjack cosmic mystery-adventure for X-Files/Lost/Buffy/Fringe/etc fans, with witty dialogue, fun well-drawn characters, and swift excellently-judged pacing. Great performance in an edge-of-the-seat style from the reader. Couldn't turn it off!
"Easy and surprising"
This was not the book I thought it would be. I thought/hoped I bought a mysterious thriller, but this was quite sci-fi. But I'm glad I read it. It is easy to follow and very much entertaining! A good break between my big heavy books...
"Easy listen "
Loved the first 4/5ths the ending kinda lost me a little bit but overall would definitely recommend it if you're a fan of the genre. Really well narrated too.
didn't really know what to expect with this but I certainly wasn't expecting what I got.
thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish
Great build up and suspence. The story could have been going anywhere: thriller, Sci find, horror etc. Very engaging. once it settled on the direction it became more predictable and routine, which was a shame and why it got 3 stars. narration was excellent and got 5 stars so overall I give 4 stars. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
"adventure and mystery in normality"
convincing interesting characters. slower burner plot. sucks you in. real world sci-fi. well paced. miss this set of characters already.
grippingly interesting book. gets lost a bit towards the end. narrator is good leaves you thinking long after it finishes.
I LOVED this book!Something is wrong in the Kavatch building that Nate has just moved into.He intends to find out what it is.Along with other curious tenants,he forms a 'Scooby Doo' team and they investigate.What they find is out of this world!
Narration by Ray Porter is spot on.
"Great start ..lost its way towards the end"
I had great expectations for this book and really enjoyed the first few hours which were original and unexpected, but it starts to get a little ridiculous and I lost interest towards the end and struggled to finish it. Even the excellent narration failed to keep me hooked.
"Not your "average" sci-fi."
Well thought out, quirky, detailed storytelling, some great characters and narrated superbly. Not your "average" sci-fi.
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