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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!

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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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  • 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.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • James Tarquin
  • 2018-05-30

A hero's journey with a decent setup, but weak end

I'm all in favor of steampunk contraptions that keep the world from dystopia, but flying evil whales and inter-dimensional buildings are just a little too silly.

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  • Stacey D.
  • 2018-05-25

Read the Reviews!

I put this book in my wish list quite a while ago after reading several reviews... apparently I didn’t read enough. This book was nothing like I expected. After the few reviews I read back then, I was thinking it was a haunting type thriller but it’s not even close. When this book went on sale recently I just bought it and didn’t re-review. Without giving out spoilers I will say that it is science fiction. Certainly not scary, just somewhat interesting until mid-book (if you like sci-fi, which I do not). This book was ok but became silly to me. I will for sure read reviews again before getting anything from my wish list.

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  • Nellie Mansour
  • Weare, nh, US
  • 2018-03-14

Disapointed

What disappointed you about 14?

The story itself. It was pure foolish. The beginning wasn't so bad, although slow at times, but the end was just ridiculous.

What could Peter Clines have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Come up with a different ending, something more adult-like.

Have you listened to any of Ray Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No. The performance was fine.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from 14?

The part when the characters end up in the fantasy world. It went downhill from there.

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  • Christopher
  • 2018-02-24

Waste of Time

If you like supernatural ridiculous talking monsters, you will like this. Otherwise, don’t waste your time. On the positive side, narrator was good.

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  • 55dude
  • 2018-02-12

Great Narration....Lousy story!!

This book at first had lots of promise to be great, but the second half of book was downright silly! The narrator was the only bright spot about this book!

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  • Lee
  • 2013-11-30

Boring - spoiler alert

The first 10 hours is just a group of people noticing strange happenings. It's only in the final few hours that anything comes of it. The author's attention to detail is actually a hinderance in that it takes too long for anything exciting to happen. The narrator's voice is very annoying, too. He sounds like Babu, the restaurant owner from Seinfeld's episode of "The Cafe." I forced myself to listen until the end, only because I figured there had to be some payoff for all the details. I was disappointed. I will be requesting a refund on this book.

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  • Steve Gilbert
  • 2018-03-17

I really wanted to like this book

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I wanted to like this book. Great Narration, ticked all of my SciFi and Horror genre boxes, but the main characters consistently did exceptionally stupid things for such supposedly smart people. It drove me nuts. The story plot line itself was fresh and interesting, I loved the concept. I don't know what would be needed to fix it, I just know that it seems like a really good editor could have helped to fix some of the issues with driving the plot forward.

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  • Mark
  • Secaucus, NJ, United States
  • 2018-03-14

Sluggish start to an improbable finish

Slow burn, repetitious and dull detail about apartment life. Mildly interesting characters. Might improve in sequels now that we've been overstuffed with minutiae .

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  • Toni Miller
  • 2018-02-04

Stinky!

Don't bother... only question is why the outstanding Ray Porter attached himself to it! Giant flying octopuses, really? Safe to say no u
imagination was involved in this stinky!

10 of 10 people found this review helpful