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Chosen by Audible.com as the best sci-fi novel of 2012!

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 ...

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Overview

Chosen by Audible.com as the best sci-fi novel of 2012!

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...

"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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Editorial Reviews

Bricks of the Dead - Evan Roy
A wholly original story that weaves together mystery and the apocalypse like a finely tuned band.
author of THE INFECTION - Craig DiLouie
A riveting apocalyptic mystery in the style of LOST.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781618684981
  • Publisher: Permuted Platinum
  • Publication date: 7/15/2014
  • Pages: 469
  • Sales rank: 314,390
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Clines

Peter Clines grew up in the Stephen King fallout zone of Maine and—inspired by comic books, Star Wars, and Saturday morning cartoons—started writing at the age of eight with his first epic novel, LIZARD MEN FROM THE CENTER OF THE EARTH.

He made his first writing sale at age seventeen to a local newspaper, and at the age of nineteen he completed his quadruple-PhD studies in English literature, archaeology, quantum physics, and interpretive dance. In 2008, while surfing Hawaii's Keauwaula Beach, he thought up a viable way to maintain cold fusion that would also solve world hunger, but forgot all about it when he ran into actress Yvonne Strahvorski back on the beach and she offered to buy him a drink. He was the inspiration for both the epic poem "Beowulf" and the motion picture -Raiders of the Lost Ark-, and is single-handedly responsible for repelling the Martian Invasion of 1938 that occurred in Grovers Mills, New Jersey. Eleven sonnets he wrote to impress a girl in high school were all later found and attributed to Shakespeare. He is the author of numerous short stories, EX-HEROES, EX-PATRIOTS, —14—, THE EERIE ADVENTURES OF THE LYCANTHROPE ROBINSON CRUSOE, and an as-yet-undiscovered Dead Sea Scroll.

There is compelling evidence that he is, in fact, the Lindbergh baby.

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  • Posted June 12, 2012

    Almost instantly becoming one of my favorite novels in recent me

    Almost instantly becoming one of my favorite novels in recent memory, Peter Clines' "14" is a near-flawless mystery-thriller-horror (in that order) with human characters as richly portrayed as the book's strongest presence: the hauntingly unforgettable Kavach Building. What begins as a self-referenced Scooby Doo hunt for clues into the apartment building's specific eccentricities soon becomes a treasury of mind-bogglery as the concepts of time/history, space/location, and insider/outsider reality are challenged and rocked to their foundations. As with most works in this genre, the less known going in, the better.

    In reference to the front cover's blurb mentioning "Lost," it's worth noting unlike that promising TV series that was eventually crushed beneath the weight of its lack of focus and fore-thought, "14" delivers a fulfilling and contextually sensical conclusion that leaves very few narrative stones unturned. Though like the show, a lot of the fun here is in carrying on an internal dialogue with the characters as they discuss the myriad explanations for the madness surrounding them.

    Essentially a locked room mystery as experienced outside the room, "14" is Peter Clines on top of his, and many other novelists', game. With a pace as fast as lightning, and a plot that quakes like thunder (as well as a nifty book jacket), this should soar to the top of book lists everywhere and stay there long after the initial reading is through. (And in the meantime, check out the rest of his action-packed literary arsenal.)

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2012

    Can be summed up in one word...

    Okay, this book can be easily summed up in one word. Unfortunately, to speak it's name would give the whole book away. That said, this is one of the best books I've read in awhile. Definitely worth the read.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 22, 2012

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    The most fun I've had with a book in a long time.

    Maybe I've just been on a streak of "blah" books, but I haven't been so excited about a story in a very long time. I was literally bouncing up and down in my chair at several points. My biggest piece of advice: Don't read a thing about this book before you start it. Just enjoy every twist and turn and surprise. And read it before Hollywood gets hold of the story and mucks it all up. I don't even know what category this book belongs: Mystery, horror, SciFi, steampunk, religious, suspense... it has a lot of everything, and it does it all well. It is not a literary masterpiece, but it's whole loads of fun. The first hundred pages are basically an introduction to the characters, and setting up the premise of the mystery. My only complaints are that the witty and snappy dialog is a little TOO witty and snappy, but I can excuse that. Also, I don't think most of the initial "clues" the tenants find are really worth the attention and curiosity they are given at the time... but then we wouldn't have a story, right? So while usually this kind of thing bugs me, it wasn't *too* ridiculous to think the tenants would try to look harder into the history of their building. But that's the worst I can say about this. I absolutely loved the story. I didn't want it to end, but I couldn't stop tearing through it as fast as possible. I spent an entire work day with my head in this book, I couldn't help it. I'd recommend it to anyone from age 14 to 100. Now I need to find another book as good as this one. It's going to be difficult.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2012

    Absolutely excellent!

    One of the best books I've read in a while. The story flows well the characters draw you in. If I had any complaint, it would only be that the horror part of the story doesn't really start until the last 3rd of the book. The story is so well written though that you can't really see this as a negative. Definitely one of my favorite authors.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 16, 2012

    This is a 4.5-star review. How the heck do you even begin to ex

    This is a 4.5-star review.

    How the heck do you even begin to explain 14?

    I was lucky enough to attend Crypticon 2012 with several of my fellow Permuted Press authors, and to my right was Peter Clines, a man of whom I am a big fan. His zombie novels Ex-Heroes and Ex-Patriots were two of the best Permuted book I'd ever read (and it seems a lot of readers agree with that assessment). So when he gifted me a copy of his novel 14 at Crypticon, I was thrilled. I subsequently devoured the entire thing and enjoyed every moment of it. The book absolutely blew my mind, and the entire last quarter of the book threw me for a total loop.

    Here's the problem, though: there is absolutely no way to explain this book without spoiling the entire novel. No matter how hard I try, I just cannot find a way to do it. (Apparently, neither can Mr. Clines, judging by his pitches to readers at Crypticon. :P) As such, you're just going to have to take my word for it when I say you need to read this book. It is an excellent addition to any horror fan's book collection!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 31, 2012

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    I loved this book. WOW. didn't see all that coming. I am defi

    I loved this book. WOW. didn't see all that coming. I am definately reading more of his books.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 30, 2012

    Very good book. The main characters were well developed and the

    Very good book. The main characters were well developed and the story was unpredictable and exciting. Definitely worth a read - well written with surprising plot turns

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    Amazing

    I would rank this as one of my favorite books of the year. With jus thr right mixture of thrill, suspense, horror, and mystery. It is not too long winded and not too dull. I really got into the characters and felt like the author did a good job making them all seem three dimensional while keeping the book light. I would recommend this to anyone who loves a good horror / sci fi.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 18, 2012

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    This book is about a group of people living in an apartment buid

    This book is about a group of people living in an apartment buidling with very weird (unexplained) mysterious oddities. I really enjoyed reading out the relationships formed between the tenants of the building and how they grow through out the book. I think for the most part, all the mysteries are answered by the time you finish the book. I thought the explanation behind the mysteries was bizarre and really imaginative! This book reminds me of some strange Sci-Fi movie, little far-fetched for my own taste, but overall I did enjoy it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2012

    Entertaining!

    Far more than I expected for just a few dollars, and I caught myself taking extra reading breaks throughout the work day. A fine addition to a favourite mythos of mine!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 6, 2012

    This book sucked you in and kept you enthralled throughout the e

    This book sucked you in and kept you enthralled throughout the entire novel.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2014

    Not a good read

    Too drawn out to hold my interest. Not even close to scary. Would not recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2014

    Nothing happens for most of the book, and then stupid happens.

    I've come to beleive that Lovecraftian means uber detailed rambling without action. It was all right I guess but I can't suspend disbelief far enough to make the action that eventually happened not be ridiculous.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2014

    Fantastic

    This book was fantastic. I never wanted to put it down. It captured you right from the begining and never stopped. This is the kind of story I love. Great concept. Great charecters. Great writting. Would recommend in a heartbeat.

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  • Posted March 20, 2014

    He looked at her.  ¿When he flipped the switch and the ground st

    He looked at her. 
    “When he flipped the switch and the ground started shaking,” he said, “you saw the sun go away?”
    She nodded.
    “It wasn’t clouds,” he said. “It was going out.”
    Veek blinked. She opened her mouth, shut it, then blinked again. “What?”
    “Right in front of my eyes,” said Nate. “It turned red, the whole sky got dark around it, and the sun started to go out.”

    Now, my dear bookworm friends, tell me that little snippet there didn’t get your curiosity levels skyrocketing. Be honest, you want to know what the heck just happened there, right? What in this world can possibly make the sun go out with the flip of a switch? Well, imagine this. You move into an apartment building and not long after moving in, you discover the strangest things. I can’t tell you what strange things, because you have to discover it all on your own. Maybe I’ll give you a tiny little hint: seven-legged luminescent green cockroaches that won’t touch food. Yep, cruel evil woman that I am, I’m only going to give you that one tiny clue that things aren’t at all what they seem in the Kavach apartment building where the rent is practically nothing AND includes utilities. Anyone’s dream apartment, you’d think. Well...no. And I’ll bet you’ll never in a million years be able to guess what’s behind the door of Apartment 14. People, there’s a reason that door is locked with four padlocks and painted shut with half a dozen coats of latex paint. What’s inside that “apartment” is a real shocker. 

    As you all know, I’m a huge fan of horror and no fan of romance. So of course I was delighted to find that there is no romance in this mind-boggling story, but also to my chagrin, very little horror. Admittedly, horror is what I expected, but I must confess, Fourteen hooked me right from the start with its entirely different and refreshingly new level of freakiness which I haven’t come across in any other book or movie. The plot is built on astounding amounts of mystery which keeps you guessing right up until the end. Don’t think ghosts or poltergeists or things that go bump in the night. It’s nothing like that. It’s WAY more fascinating, complicated and intriguing than that. Think more in the lines of...how shall I put it...alien technology, abandoned mines, Victorian-era super computers, and tons of weird discoveries. All that doesn’t even begin to describe what this book is about. It’s an apartment building right out of an old-time sci-fi movie. That’s the best I can do to describe it, folks. It’s fascinating, insanely exciting, freaky, and all the synonyms of strange.

    Once you discover who the key characters are and which ones are the secondary characters, you might find you’re already feeling invested in all of them. The characters virtually jump off the page and effortlessly draw you into their freaky world. There isn’t one character I liked more than the other. Even the religious zealot freaked me out good and well. The dialogue is simply magnificent, and the writing is old-school Dean Koontz with the plot being pure Richard Laymon. It was hard to put this book down every time one of life’s pesky little demands got in the way. Honestly, I hated being away from this book. It’s not a quick read, therefore it took me almost a weekend to finish it, but it was well worth every minute spent reading it. I haven’t been this excited about a book since...I don’t know when. It’s one of those books I’ll be talking about relentlessly to anyone willing to listen to me jabbering away.

    Who would enjoy this book? Any and all fans of classic horror, as well as lovers of books containing any form of mystery and strange discoveries that would make you look at apartment buildings in a whole new light. 

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2013

    A unique concept!

    An intriguing mystery that deepens as you read, i'd recommend this to any who enjoys a good adveture!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2013

    WOW!

    14 is addicting and leaves you guessing until last few chapters. It gets crazy and far fetched, but worth the read!

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  • Posted September 19, 2013

    I am now a partner in crime with everyone else who has read the

    I am now a partner in crime with everyone else who has read the book and now can't tell anyone - Was trying to explain to my Cousin and could hardly say anything without giving it away in some part - even wondering what part of the book store it would be located!

    I really enjoyed getting hit in the head about 2/3rds of the way through. Though I would also say that I enjoyed it because of... well shoot, how can I say this without giving it away? Oh, I give up. Well, because I liked what ensued.

    I would say that the Lost references on the book may have distracted from what I would describe as more straightforward fun and singular question of "What is going on" vs Lost's Venn diagram of What's and how's and why's going every which way. But maybe the references are good because it opens your mind to the spirit of the book.

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  • Posted September 13, 2013

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    Loved it!

    I would recommend this book to any reader out there looking for a pleasurable escape. It is well plotted and the characters are compelling. I love the whole premise of the book: Semi-Loser moves into an apartment building because the rent is cheap. He begins to notice oddities in his new home. He meets the other tenants along the way. All are swept into the mystery surrounding the apartment building. What transpires is both mysterious and adventurous. Semi-Loser finds his life's work and is no longer a loser. Read this book! I promise you will love it.

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  • Posted July 30, 2013

    If you are looking for something different, this is it. SSSuper

    If you are looking for something different, this is it. SSSuper fun read with SURPRISES! (I won't be a spoiler and tell you, but I love a book that can make me gasp and say What the heck?!) & Suspense & even some Scares.

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