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The Pain Colony

Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
Categories: Fiction, Horror
4.5 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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Six dead bodies with surgical ports implanted in their spines.

But not a trace of any known narcotic.

Why did they die such gruesome deaths?

DEA Special Agent Peter Malloy is no stranger to the devastating impact of drugs. These bodies are different, though, and this is nothing like his typical opioid case. One thing is certain in his world: Power and greed are at the heart of most horrific crimes, and someone’s trying to shut him down. Will he be able to break the case before more people die? Before he himself becomes a target?

Allison Stevens loves her job as at biotech giant, Quandary Therapeutics. But after her boss turns fugitive to flee federal charges, she begins to suspect he was up to more than stock manipulation.

Was he doing illegal genetic experimentation?

When she becomes the target of the FBI’s investigation, Allison has only one move. She must find out what he was working on. There’s just one problem. Some secrets will be protected at any cost.

As Malloy and Allison get closer to the truth, they begin to realize they’re about to uncover the most chilling medical discovery in human history.

But will they live to see it?

You’ll love this gripping suspense thriller because it’ll make you keep listening until you’re afraid to turn off the light and go to sleep.

Get it now.

©2019 Shanon Hunt (P)2019 Shanon Hunt

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The Pain Colony

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

The story was quite interesting with a couple of real surprises which I didn't see coming. Keeps you going ,always wanting to hear a little more before you stop. I usually prefer a single narrator but these two worked very well on alternating chapters so you never get pulled out of the book by a sudden switch. Definitely looking forward to see where the story goes next. Highly recommended.

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  • Big E
  • Middle of Virginia
  • 11-17-19

Hard to put down!

An absolutely amazingly well written book! In a not-too-distant future, experiments are being conducted to alter the DNA of people. Pain Colonies are set up to train and condition them. I don't want to give away the plot, but suffice to say that you will have trouble putting this book down once you pick it up! The ending leaves you begging for a sequel, or at the very least, a few more chapters. Well written and highly recommended!

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Fascinating. Terrifying. Shocking. Read this book!

Here we have a beautifully written near-future science fiction thriller that is equal parts suspense, mystery, and terrifying science!

This is my first exposure to Erin deWard, but I've been a fan of Noah Michael Levine for a while now. Both narrators have a wonderful array of distinct voices and are phenomenal at both vocal inflections and matching their reading tempo to the tension in the scene.

While Noah is a bit better at opposite-gender voices than Erin is, she is an absolute master of emotional vocal inflections.

Listening to a book narrated by these two masters of their craft is an absolute pleasure.

This probably goes without saying, but I'm not normally a thriller reader. I enjoy Dan Brown, AG Riddle, and Thomas Harris, but not much else.

So I definitely went into this book unsure if it was something I would enjoy.

I am immensely pleased to be able to say that I was utterly blown away and currently in emotional recovery!

It took me a while to warm to Allison as a character, as she isn't the type of character I readily identify with. But Leyla and the detective both got my attention right away. They are both fascinating characters with really interesting perspectives on the world.

After a very short bonding period, the story jump starts into high gear and things get wild pretty quickly.

There are so many twists and reversals throughout that even when you finally figure it out, you still second guess yourself on whether that's really the end or if there's going to be one more huge twist to completely redefine the whole story yet again.

I'm not telling!

Suffice it to say that there's plenty to keep you guessing and there are more than enough shocking turns to keep the story moving.

And interspersed with all these exciting twists and turns, you'll also find plenty of topics for the philosophers to debate over for ages to come.

The technology that is the basis for this story is definitely terrifying and it really makes you wonder where the world is really heading.

Now, the closest thing I have to a criticism is there are some shifts into first person that don't quite mesh with the rest of the story, although they are used for a distinct purpose that works well. It's just a little jarring at times.

Now, the ending is nothing short of brilliant. We get plenty of final closure to the events of this story while still seeing wide open territory for a sequel.

This is definitely an author I'll be keeping my eyes on in the future!

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  • worf19
  • 11-15-19

Brilliant Thriller

I really enjoyed this exciting and enthralling thriller which was a little different to the usual ones I listen to, it grabbed me straight from the beginning and I just had to keep listening until the fantastic conclusion.
I thought the narration was excellent, I really like it when female and male narrators are used in audio books and they both did an excellent job.
I recommend this to anyone who enjoys an exciting and intelligent thriller.
I received this audio-book in exchange for an objective review.

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  • Andy
  • 11-12-19

A gripping thriller with many twists and turns

I received the audiobook version of the Pain Colony from the author, in exchange for an honest review.
We are introduced to Layla, an inductee into the “Pain Colony”, a strange cult-like organisation where the members are subjected to pain that they must endure and come to accept on the path via “cleansing” towards “purification” from their previous polluted lives. Layla is keen to be a model inductee and progress but is struggling with memories of her previous life, which we learn about through first-person flashbacks.

Outside the colony, Alison works for Quandary Pharmaceuticals, running development of some ground-breaking new gene editing therapies intended to cure many of humanity’s illnesses. However, people are dying and it soon becomes clear that her boss (and some-time lover) Austin is hiding something, and Alison is implicated.

What follows is a fast-moving thriller as Austin is arrested and Alison races to uncover the truth about what he is up to, with DEA agents (Malloy and his team) on her tail (unofficially since the FBI took the case back). Meanwhile Layla moves inexorably towards the mysterious purification ceremony.

This is a very enjoyable thriller with well drawn characters and a fast moving plot. A certain amount of suspension of disbelief is required, but I have no problem with that. The truth about what was happening at the colony was suprising and shocking, and I really didn’t expect the final twist.

The two narrators, Erin deWard and Noah Michael Devine did a good job, taking turns on the male and female viewpoints (Layla and Alison for deWard; and Austin and Malloy for Devine).

There are some fairly big questions about the colony that remain unresolved, that leaves me hoping there is a follow up book in the works. The end of the book advertises a companion short story that might answer some questions.

All in all, a very twisty, unputdownable read. Oh, and bonus points for the Princess Bride references :)