by Peter Clines


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Padlocked doors. Strange light fixtures. Mutant cockroaches. There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment.

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781618684981
Publisher: Permuted Platinum
Publication date: 07/15/2014
Pages: 469
Sales rank: 156,592
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

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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a_silent_song More than 1 year ago
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!
Nick_Venable More than 1 year ago
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.)
Pischina More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
mommaz01 More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish I could read this for the first time over and over!
mystymoon More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. WOW. didn't see all that coming. I am definately reading more of his books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
angiefromwv More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great book by Peter Clines. Weird, funny offbeat.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the ex series and decided to check this one out. Clines came through, and it actually felt like a different writer took hold of it. Many writers lack diversity and will write different books that in the end.... are the same. New names, new cover, same book. 14 was a whole new feel and I was hooked early on
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book and I think that it would make a great movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A suspenseful adventure with some down and out Angelinos living in the weirdest apartment building ever.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like "Lost" in an apartment building. Not a great analogy, but a great book nonetheless. Kept me wondering what the heck was going on right until the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved everything, except the chapter when the idiots unnecessarily left their building.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
cindymt More than 1 year ago
Audible’s best sci-fi of 2012 and they’re right. Can’t believe it was published last year and I only now found it. If you only read one fantasy/action-adventure/alternate universe/sci-fi story this year, this should be it. Creepy at first, it quickly goes to hair-raising and ends up at breathless. A tale of an odd building in LA, as if it could be anywhere else, and the eclectic batch of tenants who start poking at the building’s eccentricities, this is a lot of fun. Nathan, Veek, Clive, Debbie and the other tenants are a great group to spend a little time with. There are enough twists and turns to keep it interesting. All in all, well done. Received free copy for review.
SoCalReader84 More than 1 year ago
This book sucked you in and kept you enthralled throughout the entire novel.
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Punchout on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A wonderful mystery for 60 percent of the book turned into a rambling fill some pages dread. This book layout reminds me of the movie From Dusk Till Dawn, first half was great and the second half is totally unbelievable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent! Sometimes a little obvious, but entertaining and well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cline had an interesting idea. It's too bad his skill at writing dialogue and female characters is severely lacking. This is absolutely a case of an author telling rather than showing! He would do much better trying not to impress his audience with unnecessary details and instead focus on the essentials of writing a good story: fleshed-out characters, flowing dialogue, and a solid protagonist.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I very much enjoy this author’s imagination. His stories are engaging, with well-crafted characters. If you’re looking for an engrossing read that will leave you thinking about the story well after you finish it, start here.