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WELCOME TO THE RUSHMORE INN

The bed and breakfast was hidden in the hills of West Virginia. Wary guests wondered how it could stay in business at such a creepy, remote location. Especially with its bizarre, presidential decor and eccentric proprietor.

ONCE YOU CHECK IN...

When the event hotel for the national Iron Woman triathlon accidentally overbooked, competitor Maria was forced to stay at the Rushmore. But after checking into her room, she quickly realized she wasn't alone. First her suitcase wasn't where she put it. Then her cell phone was moved. Finally, she heard an odd creaking under the bed. Confusion quickly turned to fear, and fear to hysteria when she discovered the front door was barred and the windows were bricked over. There was no way out.

...YOU'LL BE DYING TO LEAVE

One year later, four new female athletes have become guests of the Inn. Will they escape the horrors within its walls? Or will they join the many others who have died there, in ways too terrible to imagine?

ENDURANCE by Jack Kilborn
Are you brave enough to finish?

A Word of Warning

Originally scheduled to be released in paperback in 2010, the publisher read the final version of the manuscript and refused to release it.

This is a disturbing, terrifying book. You may think you're brave enough to handle it. But you're probably not...

©2010 Jack Kilborn and J.A. Konrath (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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PEOPLE CHECK IN, BUT THEY DON'T CHECK OUT

THE PERSON WHO TOOK MY LEGS, IS UNDER THE BED
It is black or white on rather you will love or hate this book, and you will do one of the two. If you enjoy slasher movies and/or you are the type to pay extra to see the freaks at the circus, you will love this. If you do not enjoy such things you will hate this. I'M SURROUNDED BY FREAKS.

Q: WHAT DO YOU WANT
A: I WANT TO WATCH YOU BLEED.
If you are still reading then you will love this, so how does this compare to other Konrath scary books? I have read three of Konrath's science fiction books and this is my third scary or dark book. This is a five star book, but I did like Trapped best and then Afraid and then this. I'm sure I should not admit to it, but I have always been fascinated by inbreeding and the results. X-Files has an episode involving an inbreeding family that I liked a lot. Due to Man's silly belief that leadership is in the blood, we have several examples of inbreeding throughout our history with the Kings and Queens and Pharaohs. The premise for this story is a family who has Roosevelt blood and believes they can breed a new president. Through most of the book I was shocked and grossed out, but I will admit toward the end, it did get to the point of enough already. Konrath got to the point where he was just coming up with all the weird oddities he could think up and the story got a bit redundant. I also did not find the Mountain Lion scary, nor did I think it fit into the story that well. I realize that Mountain Lions are nothing to be messed with, but it was just a regular everyday mountain lion.

You can not compare Konrath to Koontz or King, these guys have totally different styles. King and Koontz write scary mess with your head stuff, sometimes with character development and usually a political message. Konrath writes dark, gory, shocking stuff, without character development or any messages. He is just trying to entertain.

The narrator is very good. He does have to do several red necks and many of them do sound the same, but this is not a character driven story, so it did not matter. I did not think when he was doing the regular narration and not doing characters, that he needed to stay in the red neck voice and it would have sounded better if he had not done so. Just my thought and it was certainly not done to the point of distraction.

19 of 20 people found this review helpful

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  • Terri
  • Hooker, OK, United States
  • 04-13-11

WOW.......GREAT BOOK!!!

I have become a HUGE Jack Kilborn fan. I listened to "Afraid" first and couldn't get enough. I was so excited to begin "Endurance" and I was not disappointed. I use to be a big fan of Dean Koontz but I have to admit Mr. Kilborn has him beat. If you love horror stories you will not be disappointed in this book. Just be prepared to listen because you will not be able to press pause!!!

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Nathan
  • Wakarusa, KS, United States
  • 04-25-11

Awesome

This book was amazing. The horror and fast paced action was great. Truly a story of people who go through hell and back. I've bought every Jack Kilborn book he puts out and I will continue to do the same. If you like gruesome horror with and a lot of action then look no further.

I thought the narrator did a great job. His southern style made a lot of the characters really come to life. I have listened to many books where four or five characters sound exactly the same and its hard to know who is who. I could definately tell when each character was speaking. Excellent.

Five stars!

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Marjory
  • Bloomington, IL, United States
  • 02-19-11

perfect narration made for a creepy novel

If i had read this book on my own I don't think it would of had the same feel. Christopher Lane's narration made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up on end. The book it's self was typical Jack Kilborn. Gruesome and a bit over the top, but I enjoyed every minute of it. I truely recommend to all horror novel fans.

15 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • James
  • Columbus, IN, United States
  • 03-17-11

This is a genre treat

Okay, if you are looking for an uplifting, introspective yadda, yadda... keep looking. This hits the same vein as staying up late and watching "Friday the Nightmare on Elm Chainsaw".

I have listened to a few of Jack's books and like them because they prod at the same nerve that weirded me out when I was 13, camping and someone starts telling a scary story that you were like "no way" but it creeped you out later in the dark.

I thought Christopher Lane should be commended. He got a pretty into it with some unsettling vocalizations that made me wonder what the hell went on in his childhood.

Hey its fun, its like a carnival ride. This book was never meant to compare to "Grapes of Wrath"!

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  • Tracie
  • Hurkett, ON, Canada
  • 11-06-11

creepy as hell

I dont think any book has ever kept me on the dge pf my seat as much as Endurance...probably the creepiest audio book I've ever listened to. Amazing and I highly recommend it

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Absolutely deliciously horrifying

Absolutely love this book. Jack Kilborn definitely a fave author now! If you are a quesy person, I warn you not to read. I'm a true Stephen king fan and this is up there with his most gory. Cannibals, rape, sadistic hill billies... This book literally turned me into a vegetarian. Must read and I warn don't read in dark or alone if your imagination is like mine...

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  • Beau
  • Marietta, GA, United States
  • 09-05-14

Editor Needed. Oh, so very badly.

Jump scares, horrible writing, cliche ending upon ending upon ending - I honestly expected Chewbacca to growl in triumph as the cast turned to the camera for the grand finale.

I stuck with it. So you don't get one star. The idea for the story was great, and I bet the story itself would be great if somebody helped clear out the clutter of cliches and abuse of adverbs, predictable moments, and two-dimensional, (can a character be one-dimensional?) characters. Oh, so very very disappointing.

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A little too dramatic and unreal

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

If you don't mind hyper fiction, it's a decent book to pass time. However, if you prefer stories that are a little more believable, don't waste your money!

Would you be willing to try another book from Jack Kilborn? Why or why not?

Not at this point. Too far out there...l

Which character – as performed by Christopher Lane – was your favorite?

don't remember

Do you think Endurance needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

hell no

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  • Jessica
  • SANTA CLARA, CA, United States
  • 07-02-14

Great Horror and Amazing Performance

Would you listen to Endurance again? Why?

Probably years from now. I don't regularly relisten to books, but I think that eventually I would get around to listening to this again.

What did you like best about this story?

It was good, creepy horror that was very satisfying. It was made even better by Christopher Lane's performance.

Which character – as performed by Christopher Lane – was your favorite?

Eleanor. It takes a great male voice actor to pull off a female voice without sounding like he is using a terrible falsetto. Not only did Lane pull it off, but he gave her the perfect creepy voice.

If you could rename Endurance, what would you call it?

I think that Endurance was an appropriate title.

Any additional comments?

I had just finished listening to Death From a High Floor and did not even realize that the narrator was the same for that book as for this one until I looked. Christopher Lane is quickly becoming one of my favorite narrators as he truly adapted his voice to both books in order to get into character.

There are mixed reviews for this book, and I recommend it specifically for horror fans who like being scared (particularly in the first chapter), listening to stories with gore, and people who do not mind listening to a story told in a Southern drawl. I thought that it was brilliant for the genre, but can understand why it might be too much for some people. Highly recommended.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • jennifer
  • 06-19-11

endurance

Before i purchased this book i had a listen to the narrator,as i think this is most important when listening to audio.At first i thought no way can i listen to that old deep south twang,but the story sounded so good,so i took a risk,thank god i did as it goes the narrator was in fact perfect for this kind of story,its gripping,disturbing and i think it would make a excellent film!!
If you are not in to the sort of inbreed type films then do not listen,you need a hard stomach too,as it is quite Gross in parts.
I enjoyed every minute highly recommended.

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  • Benny butthead
  • 06-09-17

Wow great horror. Mr Lane is a legend.

I don't want to say anything else, DON'T MAKE ME!
GGG YGG GGGG GCV HGV

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  • sarahmoose2000
  • 10-24-12

Trapped with Triathletes

As the title suggests, this was very similar to his other book 'Trapped'. Triathletes trapped in a Psycho-esque house with Deliverence-type hillbillies. Pretty graphic in the nasty parts, be warned.

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  • Herdis
  • 08-05-12

Endurance by Jack Kilborn

I do hope that this is meant to be a parody of a splatter/gore/blood&entrails thriller. If so the author really succeeded. It is so gross I laughed my head off - !!
I do admit I chose the book for the reader, Christopher Lane. He is EXCELLENT and is the only reason for me to listen to this book. He gets ***** for his performance.

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  • Gemma
  • 02-02-12

Not a dull moment!

Wow, I loved this! It's odd because, for a horror novel, it's not actually very scary. It's pretty obvious from the start what is going to happen because it's the same as every other horror story, but strangely that doesn't detract from it. It is extremely gorey, very blackly comic in places and touching in others. There is good character development for a novel of this type, although many of the bad guys are completely unbelievable - that was quite a relief as I'm not a fan of exploring the psychology of the baddies too deeply. Quite a lot else is unbelievable, especially how many injuries people can take and still live, but I suppose it's hard to write a horror story without that.

The narration is brilliant, one of the best I've heard. Christopher Lane has just the right accent and tone for a story like this and he puts on good voices for the different characters.

I really recommend this for fans of gore, but not for people who prefer subtle psychological terror from horror.

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  • Charlotte
  • 11-09-11

Brilliant read...'' Wrong turn'' as a book!

Again my second novel by this author (will work my way through his books now, as so far I have loved all of them!) This book, for me was made by not only the brilliant (and like someone said, not original but hey, some stories just work so why not do them over again!) storyline but also the characters. Very likeable and you do root for them... And they certainly need rooting for as by now I have realised that these books are not mild but full on terror need to get out of there situations. Very thrilling which of course is only made moreso by the authors ability to create a scene and bring you into the horror!
If you enjoyed at all the theme to the film Wrong Turn.. Then you will absolutely love this. Brilliant fast paced book.

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  • Bookworm
  • 10-28-11

Top gore

Jack Kilborn is a sick puppy. I like to listen to my audio books on the daily commute but a couple of times I had to sit in silence as the gore/suspense got too much.

Great stuff.

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  • Pamela Kiewitt
  • 08-29-11

A fun listening

Although not at all original, this book was very enjoyable, especially because of the narrator. One can tell the author took his pain writing it so, although a very abused genre, it still has some original moments and also some funny ones. If you enjoy splatter and the inbred-horror plots this book is for you. If you don't like blood, avoid it. Lots of strong female characters as well, which is very refreshing. So, hard to put down but nothing groundbreaking.

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  • Iain Last
  • 08-02-11

So glad I wasn't on the character list..

After listening to Trapped, I could not wait to download another Kilborn title and 'Endurance' certainly did not disappoint. The storyline is amazing and kept me gripped throughout the entire book. Christopher Lane has done an excellent job in narrating this book and certainly brings all of the characters to life, and at times perhaps even more so. The story is so fast and unpredictable, just when you think your getting somewhere, you're never quite there yet and find yourself somewhere else instead - Quentin Tarrantino eat your heart out. A brilliant book!! Thank you.

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  • Stephanie
  • 08-31-15

A True Horror Story

A true horror/ thriller novel for lovers of the genre. Gory and filled with suspense, this one cannot be put down! Fantastic narrator and a real nail-bitter of a story. For the brave only!