Book Review: Origin by J. A. Konrath

Posted December 29, 2016 by @Angelized_1st in 2016 Horror Reading Challenge, Books, Entertainment, Reading Challenges / 0 Comments

Book Review: Origin by J. A. KonrathOrigin by Joe Konrath
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform on November 16th 2010
Genres: Fiction, Thrillers, General, Horror
Pages: 300
Format: eBook
Source: Kindle Unlimited
ASIN: B00264FT0Y
Reading Challenges: 2016 Horror Reading Challenge
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Thriller writer J.A. Konrath, author of the Lt. Jack Daniels series, digs into the vaults and unearths a technohorror tale from the depths of hell... 1906 - Something is discovered by workers digging the Panama Canal.

Something dormant. Sinister. Very much alive. 2009 - Project Samhain. A secret underground government installation begun 103 years ago in New Mexico. The best minds in the world have been recruited to study the most amazing discovery in the history of mankind. But the century of peaceful research is about to end. BECAUSE IT JUST WOKE UP.

When linguist Andrew Dennison is yanked from his bed by the Secret Service and taken to a top secret facility in the desert, he has no idea he's been brought there to translate the words of an ancient demon. He joins pretty but cold veterinarian Sun Jones, eccentric molecular biologist Dr. Frank Belgium, and a hodge-podge of religious, military, and science personnel to try and figure out if the creature is, indeed, Satan. But things quickly go bad, and very soon Andy isn't just fighting for his life, but the lives of everyone on earth... ORIGIN by J.A. Konrath All hell is about the break loose. For real.

“We don’t know the Devil’s side of the story, because God wrote all the books.”

 The second book in the J.A. Konrath/ Jack Kilborn collective is Origin, which is a big departure from the action-thriller, The List. In Origin, workers discover something monstrous while digging the Panama Canal. Whatever it is, President Theodore Roosevelt believe it to be so important that he hides the secret discovery from the world. Now in 2009, the dormant creature has awoken. After 103 years, Roosevelt’s Project Samhain is about to come to an end.

I really enjoyed this techno thriller. Not only was it different from the first book, The List, it also felt familiar to many other government hides deadly discovery and it gets loose stories. This was a good thing as it offered some comfort while reading this book. It wasn’t as scary as some of the author’s other books, but contained a lot of suspense. While gory, the book wasn’t as nauseating as Trapped. Thank the lord! I don’t know if I could have handled anther gory book like that so soon. Beside the story, I really enjoyed Konrath’s writing. He kept a steady pace throughout, and didn’t bog down the story with a lot of scientific info dumping. This kept the story suspenseful, and made it difficult to put down.

One thing about this book that made it different from the others was that I didn’t really like any of the characters. Andrew was very brave, and Sun was a pretty kick-ass chick, but they all were also super annoying. However, I liked them more than the monster so I continued to root for their survival. Out of all of them, Andrew, Sun, and Dr. Frank Belgium were the most developed of the characters. Several of the others came off as caricatures instead of real characters. Namely the holy men, and the crazy doctor in charge of the personnel’s physical health. This lowered the stakes of the story, as I didn’t really care much who survived to the end of the book.

If you are interested in mysteries with a horror element to it, then Origin may be worth checking out. I didn’t find it as good as some of Konrath’s other work, but it’s still worth checking out. Though the eight books in this collective are all standalone novels, Origin features some characters that make appearances in later Konrath / Kilborn novels. Even though you don’t have to read any of his books in order, it may prove helpful if you do so you know the characters’ backstories when they pop up again later on.

About Joe Konrath

JA Konrath writes the occasionally amusing and often frightening Lt. Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels thrillers, available in hardcover and paperback from Hyperion and as a spoken word from Brilliance Audio. The books are a mixture of the humor of Janet Evanovich, Carl Hiaasen, Christopher Moore, but with the scares of James Patterson, Thomas Harris, Patricia Cornwell. Basically, JA rips off everybody.

He writes the blog A NEWBIES GUIDE TO PUBLISHING. Joe edited the hitman anthology THESE GUNS FOR HIRE. He writes horror novels under the name Jack Kilborn. With Ann Voss Peterson he writes the Codename: Chandler series. Also with Ann he writes laugh-out-loud erotica under the name Melinda DuChamp.


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