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Author: J. A. Konrath Narrator: Luke Daniels Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2012 ISBN: 9781455812110
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"Konrath is one of the greatest thriller writers alive."
--Blake Crouch, bestselling author of Wayward Pines

In 1906, a crew of workers at the Panama Canal unearthed something that could not be identified or explained. Something sinister. And very much alive . . .

One hundred years later, a team of scientists gather at an underground facility in New Mexico to determine what this being is--the most amazing discovery in the history of mankind--and how it has managed to survive. A biologist will analyze its structure. A veterinarian will study its behavior. A linguist will translate its language. But even the greatest minds in the world cannot answer one inescapable question: Could this ancient creature, this mockery of God and nature, actually be the ancient demon known as . . . the Beast?

ORIGIN

From bestselling author J.A. Konrath comes a tense and thrilling exploration into the mysteries of life and death, good and evil, and the original source of our darkest fears . . .

Praise for J.A. Konrath's bestselling thrillers

"EXCELLENT."--Lee Child

"UNRELENTING."--James Rollins

"CONSTANT THRILLS AND CHILLS."--Heather Graham

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kate | 2/14/2014

    " I'm trying out Lendle and this was one of the few promising-sounding books available. I read the first half and enjoyed it. Mark got into the second half, and based on his descriptions, I decided it would be best for everybody if I just stopped here. I don't do well with true horror, and this book seems to really get into it. I"m giving it two stars, though, because Mark finished it in about 4 days and seemed to like it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Randall | 2/14/2014

    " Don't take Origin too seriously. I think Konrath is at his best when he writes humor or anything with his character, Phineas Trout (and this book is still good even without Phineas). Origin has its moments as both an entertaining book and a book that gets you thinking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steph | 2/1/2014

    " This book was awesome! I've enjoyed everything I've read so far by Konrath, but I think this one may be my favorite. "Origin" freaked me out the most! I highly recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bridget | 1/24/2014

    " Silly fun. Not my favorite Konrath book but entertaining nonetheless. This reads like Jurassic Park meets Alien. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Naomi | 1/21/2014

    " I loved the concept for this, but the execution fell a bit short. The great set-up made for an intriguing mystery - the US governent has "Satan" locked in an underground lab for study. But who or what is Bub in reality? Unfortunately, the premise was let down by a couple of things. Firstly, the characters, none of whom felt particularly well-fleshed out (with the exception of Sun, who I loved), and some felt a lot more like plot devices than people. I didn't really connect with anyone (again, except Sun) and often found myself skimming paragraphs of info-dumping on characters' backgrounds. I think this is a real weakness of Konrath's (I particularly hated it in his Kilborn book, Trapped) - he doesn't develop his characters, he just reels off a list of facts and attributes that are usually only there to serve the plot in some way anyway. Harker is the best example of this, I think. Konrath needs a character deranged and unstable enough to do what she does, so he sticks her in there and it doesn't really matter that it's implausible a woman like her would be placed on a project like this. The second half of the book is also problematic as the tone shifts from mystery to gore-fest (although Origin isn't really as gorey as the Kilborn books, which I appreciated as I felt the gore was included less for shock value and more because it was natural to the situation). The change in tone does jar somewhat and it sort of undoes Bub's mystique. He spends the first half of the book as this unfathomable, clever, fascinating being that could push the story in any number of directions, then abruptly changes to a crass murder-beast. I think this disappointed me because I liked Bub and I liked the dynamic between him and the humans studying him, and the cat-and-mouse games he played with them. To see that swapped out for rather generic hack-and-slash horror was disappointing. And the ending...I thought maybe the book was missing a section, it was so abrupt. Apparently Konrath is planning a sequel - good, we need one. I've no objection to ambiguity in books, but this felt less like ambiguity and more like Konrath just forgot to include the epilogue. Am I saying Origin is a bad book? No, definitely not. It has the B-movie feel to it that I enjoy in the Kilborn books and I raced through it despite the problems I mentioned. I just feel such an awesome set-up deserved a better resolution, and that the book deserved more care. It could definitely use a good editor, and given Konrath's resources I don't understand why he hasn't run Origin by one. There are a couple of formatting problems that could and should be easily fixed, for example. He does say in his afterword he's not interested in rewriting the book anymore, but it wouldn't take much time or effort to polish Origin up in this respect. In short, it's a fun read with a few flaws. I'd be on board for a sequel if it showed up cheap, but wouldn't necessarily rush out to buy it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lori | 1/17/2014

    " Dull, so I skipped to the end which was lame. DNF "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 KeAnne | 1/16/2014

    " Horrible. I should have known better, but the reviews were surprisingly positive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debra | 12/31/2013

    " This was actually my favorite of his work. Over all, it's a great read...it got a bit long in the tooth in a couple of spots but soon got to a point I wouldn't put it down! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Keith | 12/20/2013

    " ok just a bit too much religion for me "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carole | 12/4/2013

    " I did write a review on this book but it seems to have disappeared, so my apologies if the review shows up twice. I enjoyed this book, unusual story and exciting finish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 11/30/2013

    " I truly enjoyed this novel. A mix of science,religion,and history that keeps you turning each page to the final conclusion. The characters were likable,the romance was a bit weak,but I have read worse connections,I did enjoy the idea of what if the devil was found interesting..a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed | 11/8/2013

    " Well! This was a fun read! A dysfunctional group of misfit scientists and clerics experiment on the devil. Decent character development, plot and non stop action. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 8/20/2013

    " Fantastic book. Excellent character development, exciting throughout. I really enjoyed this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 7/26/2013

    " Great read with characters you can get behind. Some twists and turns that keep you reading this fast paced book. Real happy I picked downloaded it though be warned there is some pretty graphic scenes with blood and guts. Not sure how Konrath was able to stomach writing those but I'm sure it was fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wulf | 2/24/2013

    " abstemiously love this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn | 1/22/2013

    " It was ok, not the best I've ever read. Pretty predictable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bailey | 12/7/2012

    " HOLY COW! This book will creepy you out. I had to keep walking away because it was too much to read at once, however I kept getting sucked back to it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiffany | 11/20/2012

    " I was looking for a scary book for my mom. This isn't it. It was ok but I was left wanting something more. It was more sci-fi than scary really (AGAIN). I might check out some other things by the same author though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chanellereynolds | 3/18/2012

    " Great book really gets you thinking about religion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margo | 3/3/2012

    " This was an ebook that had gone unpublished to date, I enjoyed it more than many other thriller sci-fi horror books "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tarsier | 1/24/2012

    " Hard to put down, but ultimately very unsatisfying. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 1/21/2012

    " Great and original story. "

About the Author

J. A. Konrath (a.k.a. Joe Konrath, Jack Kilborn, and Joe Kimball) is the author of eight novels in the Jack Daniels thriller series, including Whiskey Sour, Bloody Mary, Rusty Nail, Dirty Martini, Fuzzy Navel, Cherry Bomb, Shaken, and Stirred. Konrath writes horror under the pseudonym Jack Kilborn (Afraid, Trapped, and Endurance) and science fiction under the name Joe Kimball. He has sold over one million e-books.

About the Narrator

Luke Daniels, winner of sixteen AudioFile Earphones Awards and a finalist for the Audie Award for best narration, is a narrator whose many audiobook credits range from action and suspense to young-adult fiction. His background is in classical theater and film, and he has performed at repertory theaters around the country.