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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.

What the critics say

"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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Fun, engaging and speckles of hilarity!

Wasn't sure what I was getting myself into but the reviews seemed good so I went ahead with it. Absolutely no regrets, this book is well performed, engaging and the characters although a bit cliche, are well developed. Highly recommended!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Lovcraftian Goodness

This book was very good, I am impressed with Peter Cline’s writing. This will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat. Ray Porter did a great job bringing the story to life as the narrator.

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My second reading...even better!

Clines introduces us to a familiar setting tohen gradually ramps up the intrigue...culminating in a heart pounding finish...so we'll done.

I want more please!

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  • Magpie
  • 2012-06-24

Super solid listen!!

I'm sure I can't say here anything that hasn't already been said, however I was so impressed, I felt like I had to. I also don't want to reveal anything, because the minimal knowledge I had before listening made the unfolding of the story so much more fun! This was such a solid listen on all fronts. The characters were engaging, the story interesting, the source of the mystery was terrific. By the time it had ended I wanted to hear more!
The absolute best thing, though, was the narrator. If there were some way I could give Ray Porter more than 5 stars, I'd give him an enthusiastic 10! His accents were credible, pronunciation:impeccable, and timing and flow: spot on! The thing I loved the most is that his interpretation never got in the way of the story he was telling. I've never found a narrator, aside from Jim Dale, I felt I would gush about - Ray Porter is gush-worthy!

507 of 561 people found this review helpful

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  • K. N.
  • Springdale, AR
  • 2018-06-07

Too fantastical

I like scifi and fantasy but this book was a little too much fantasy for me.

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  • lindsey truesdel
  • NORFOLK, VA, United States
  • 2018-05-29

Starts great but then crashes and burns

The first half of this book was amazing. Just kept pulling me in, but then it was like a roller coaster that reached it peak... there was nowhere to go but down. It just..... I mean I guess it wasn't the worst thing I have ever read, but really?!?!? Maybe if it took the awful ended and compacted it to 2 hours instead of 6, it would have been okay but the ending just got so unbelievable... it was hard to stick with!

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  • JayDub 1000
  • 2018-05-29

Jumps The Shark ... Too Late

What do you do when the narrator is great, the story is interesting and then it "jumps the shark" when you're 10 hours into a 12.5 hour book? Ugh.

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • M3
  • 2018-05-24

Slow and unrealistic characters

well started off ok then the characters became a huge issue in the narrative. for a secret project Nate sure wasn't cautious about telling it to every one that would listen. I don't buy that a whole building full of people would be so interested in this new tenants wild theories, so much so that they were willing to chip away the paint from their walls and cause all sorts of damage.

By chap 55 I had regretted listening further. took a heavy turn into sci fi and I decided I was done with it.

I did like the narrator.

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Jeremy Bailey
  • 2018-05-18

Great Narrator, Bad Book

Although I finished it, by no means did I have to. It just wasn’t that engaging. The characters are written and performed well. The story goes so far off the rails, by the end I really didn’t even care. Starts off semi intriguing, but by the time it was done I felt like I was reading an entirely separate story.

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  • krista leigh stellmacher
  • 2018-05-18

Neither entertaining nor smart

Supposedly a mystery but not suspenseful. All content is focused on a building with no depth or other development. Female characters are painful.

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Jersey
  • 2018-05-16

Made it to chapter 55

I tried but couldn’t finish. Story is stupid. Narrator is pretty good. Story is too weird and just not good. Returned book.

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • aditya
  • 2018-05-15

Who, what & why was this book published?

Who, what & why was this book published? don't have words to express my feelings.

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Ethna M. O'Shea
  • 2018-05-14

?????

What did I just listen to? Sorry but I hated it!! Will definitely think twice before buying another book from this author.

15 of 16 people found this review helpful