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Publisher's Summary

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.

Critic Reviews

"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)

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Mystery Inc. in a JJ Abrams apartment complex

Would you listen to 14 again? Why?

Potentially. Its rare that I reread a book so there is a chance and that would only be because I haven't found other books quite like this one.

What other book might you compare 14 to and why?

This book really was fantastic and can be best summed by saying this is Scooby Doo characters in an apartment complex that resembles the island in Lost, only this story has an actual ending that won't make you hate the story.

Which character – as performed by Ray Porter – was your favorite?

Veek. I totally want to date her.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Scooby Doo: Mystery at the Kavach Building

Any additional comments?

I have listened to other Peter Clines books and couldn't tell it was the same author. Can't say that I will listen to other books by Peter but

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Entertaining despite going one step to far

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

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  • Terrance
  • Harrisburg, PA, United States
  • 03-22-13

Enjoyed it

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I like this kind of story, so for me it was great and I would recommend to anyone who likes sci-fi this is a great book.

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  • Adnan
  • Chula Vista, CA, United States
  • 09-29-12

Good, but falls short of excellent

This is a very good entertaining book. The story is about a person who starts to notice a lot of strange things about his new apartment building. He forms collation of other tenants to unfolds the mystery of this building. The mystery is very intriguing and complete fiction, but it unfolds in very entertaining though highly unlikely fashion. The cast of characters in the book are very interesting and narrative is snappy delivered expertly by Ray Porter.

I found story to be very lean, and it moved at a brisk pace. The cast of characters are well flushed out, and their interaction is entertaining. Even though last stages of story become a bit out there, I would still rate this a very good book. I would recommend this book, and I will consider picking up other books from the same author in the future.

8 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Leslie
  • Sausalito, CA, United States
  • 09-18-12

Started great, went too far out

This started out very good. Good character development, I was very intrigued by the mystery. I fully expected to be writing a great recommendation at the end.

Unfortunately, half way through the book when the mystery started to become clear it just got too ridiculously sci fi for me. I went days without listening to the book. Not a good sign when you forget to listen to the end of a story. I ended up listening to the end, but I didn't care anymore what happened.

It's too bad. I think he went too far. I think it would have been a better story if he had kept it a little less ridiculous. (Don't know how else to say that without giving spoilers.) The overall idea of the story was interesting.

No complaints on the narration. Top notch.

8 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Great Reviews Well Deserved!

I ordered this book on the strength of other positive reviews, and I'm glad I did. The story is unusual and fun - not deep, but enjoyable. The character development really carries the story along, and the narrator does an excellent job with the different personalities and voices. Definelty recommend it to listeners who enjoy a bit of fantasy/science fiction with some interesting real life characters. A very imaginative tale.

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JINKIES!!!

What made the experience of listening to 14 the most enjoyable?

Amazing romance:slash:mystery:slash:sci-fi novel roller coaster that took me places I never thought I would go.From word one you LOVE the characters... LOVE them. I am sure hoping we see a 15 in our future for I will be standing in line to buy all subsequent number novels by Peter Cline with this story line.

Who was your favorite character and why?

You can not chose a favorite because you could never slight one. BUT, Ray Porter's interpretation of Roger was David Puddy from Seinfield. What a wonderful wonderful visual for me. I heart Roger/Puddy.....BIG TIME.

Which scene was your favorite?

I am not giving a thing away - NOT A THING... Not knowing what you are in for is what makes it so enjoyable. I have never read a science fiction book, by choice, if someone told me this even leaned this way, I would have never chosen it. I would have really missed something wonderful. Read this book - there isn't a bad character or a bad scene - it's fabulous!!!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

...and you thought your apartment building was interesting....

Any additional comments?

Fabulous read that was worth twice the cost.

8 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Brian
  • Avondale, AZ, United States
  • 07-06-12

Unique story that had me from word one!

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I have listened to a lot of audio books and I have never felt compelled to share a review about any of them. That is not to say they were not great or that I didn't enjoy them and it is not an insult to those books but rather a testament as to how much I enjoyed 14. I have never read anything from this author before and I am not sure why I choose this book. I read the description and though it sounded interesting.

I was sucked in right away. I found myself taking the long way to and from the office. I was listening to it while doing yard work, I just didn't want to stop listening. I don't want to give anything away so I will not go into any plot lines. All of the characters are well developed and I found myself interested in all of them. I enjoyed the bond that builds between them as the story goes on. The plot was unique and mysterious. The narrator was fantastic and I think really makes the story come to life. Overall, it was one of the very best audio books I have listened to and I would encourage people to take a chance on this one.

14 of 23 people found this review helpful

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  • colleen
  • ANCHORAGE, AK, United States
  • 06-29-12

Time traveling houes, aliens, steampunk...

...government conspiracy. This author couldn't make up his mind. This one started out strong and then went sideways, really sideways. I really like my stories to have a strong believability factor and this one struggled to convince me. It's not terrible. It was easy to listen to. But even if i could get past the nudist tenet that liked to dye her hair (all of it) blue, it fell apart when the building time traveled and carnivorous octopus-whales started hunting the characters. yeah...it really went sideways.

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  • Taryn
  • Suffern, NY, United States
  • 01-29-13

Ridiculous

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.

15 of 25 people found this review helpful

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  • rob y
  • 12-04-17

Good but not great

New author for me and enjoyed this a lot. Not 5 stars just because it just wasn't quite scary enough. Would class it more as a thriller than a horror story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-03-17

Scooby do for adults ....

...... which then morphs into full B movie fantasy. Narrator had quite a challenge. Entertaining. I stuck with it to the end.

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  • Kamal
  • 11-29-17

Good Story

Hello reader of my review.
This book is like a really good camping ghost story. It’s really good, but not great. It’s missing a few bits and the writing isn’t award winning. But, I enjoyed it.
Characters - well written
Story - enjoyably suspenseful. However, the thing causing the suspense was a little bit anticlimactic. But this is usually the case.
Narration - okay. Average. Don’t think he did a bad job, but didn’t do a particularly great job. It was just okay.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes some light sifi / supernatural. Nothing heavy in here. Would also recommend this to anyone coming out of a series, as it’s an easy listen and will help you back into a new series.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-25-17

14

Not my usual type of book, however really enjoyed listening to this audible book. Narrator excellent.

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  • Bert
  • 11-22-17

interesting to read

got this book in a deal and was not dissapointed. An interesting read, fun story and gripping mysteries.

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  • Andre
  • 11-09-17

A must read

I came across this book by accident, the cryptic synopsis had me uming and arghing. But after reading some reviews I took and chance and thankful I did, the story has a great set of characters and a mystery to boot. One of the best books I have read.

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  • delousional
  • 11-01-17

Bought in an offer, and was delighted I did

I got this through one of the audible offers, and am so delighted I did. Not my usual cup of tea, but It had me so engaged, some nights I’d like awake for hours listening to it.

I loved the plot, and even halfway through, I had no idea how it was going to finish or what was going to happen.

Narrator was great, used different voices for different characters and I didn’t find any of them irritating.

Have been searching for a book like this ever since - had me hooked.

Great book for a person who enjoys thrillers, enjoys not knowing what’s going to happen, and who likes a small bit of romance thrown in for good measure.

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  • Oliver
  • 10-31-17

Top notch

Really enjoyable. Great story line throughout. Great references will read more of his following from this one


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  • J. Watchorn
  • 10-25-17

Brilliant

Didn't get hooked straight away (took a chapter or so) but then ... Just didn't know where it was going ( in a good way) didn't want to stop listening, in case I missed something !
Characters were cleverly written, just like real life they became better known and you learned what they were really like. I really cared about what happened to them.
I couldn't decide what genre it was going to end up being until well into the book, it kept throwing surprises at you.
Do give this a try, regardless of what kind of book you like normally, you are going to love this.
Haven't read Peter Clines before but it won't be the last of his I will read.
Ray Porter does a great job of narration.

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  • alexandra
  • 10-14-17

very entertaining!

It was an unexpected plot, and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it. I couldn't foresee the next steps (other than the budding romance), and at points I was disturbed by the storyline.