by James S. Murray, Darren Wearmouth

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“This book is no joke. Get ready to not sleep tonight. Awakened does exactly what it advertises. Scary amazing fun. —Brad Meltzer, bestselling author of The Escape Artist.

Awakened hits the high notes of Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child’s Relic and Scott Snyder’s The Wake [...] but its scope actually extends much further.” Kirkus


The star of truTV’s hit show Impractical Jokers—alongside veteran sci-fi and horror writer Darren Wearmouth—delivers a chilling and wickedly fun supernatural novel in the vein of The Strain, in which a beautiful new subway line in New York City unearths an ancient dark horror that threatens the city’s utter destruction and the balance of civilization itself.

After years of waiting, New York's newest subway line is finally ready, an express train that connects the city with the burgeoning communities across the Hudson River. The shining jewel of this state-of-the-art line is a breathtaking visitors’ pavilion beneath the river.  Major dignitaries, including New York City’s Mayor and the President of the United States, are in attendance for the inaugural run, as the first train slowly pulls in.

Under the station’s bright ceiling lights, the shiny silver cars gleam. But as the train comes closer into view, a far different scene becomes visible.

All the train’s cars are empty.

All the cars’ interiors are drenched in blood.

As chaos descends, all those in the pavilion scramble to get out. But the horror is only beginning. High levels of deadly methane fill the tunnels. The structure begins to flood. For those who don’t drown, choke or spark an explosion, another terrifying danger awaits—the thing that killed all those people on the train. It’s out there…and it’s coming.

There’s something living beneath New York City, and it’s not happy we’ve woken it up.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062687890
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/26/2019
Series: Awakened Series , #1
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 24,532
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

James S. Murray is a writer, executive producer, and actor, best known as “Murr” on the hit television show Impractical Jokers on truTV and for his comedy troupe, the Tenderloins. He also served as the senior vice president of development for NorthSouth Productions for over a decade and is owner of Impractical Productions, Inc. Originally from Staten Island, he now lives in Manhattan. Awakened is his first novel. @jamessmurray

Darren Wearmouth spent six years in the British Army before pursuing a career in corporate technology. After fifteen years working for a large telecommunications firm and a start-up, he decided to follow his passion for writing. He is the author of numerous novels, including First Activation, Fast Forward, and Sixth Cycle. He lives in Manchester, England. @darrenwearmouth

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Awakened 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best new debut novel in a very long time. No big words, no excessive cussing and sex to fill the blank spaces. Just the story folks. Fast paced without overwhelming the senses. Look forward to more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a ride! Can't wait for the next book!
Ta2edgirl0621 More than 1 year ago
love it!! I couldnt put it down!!! It's such a good read!! I recommend to anyone that loves a good thriller book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read two chapters at the beginning of this week and finally yesterday I had some time to start reading it again. I couldn’t put it down, I became engrossed in the plot and wanted to see how the characters would fare. Then I realised it was 11.30pm and I couldn’t keep my eyes open even though I was so close to finishing the book. This morning I awoke for work and got ready as quickly as possible so that I could have time to possibly finish the book and I did it! I am now eagerly awaiting the second book
S_White_1218 More than 1 year ago
Thanks to the publisher for reaching out to me to offer a physical ARC in exchange for an honest review. I am shocked at how much I enjoyed this book! It was fast-paced. It was intense. It was chock full of action. It had at least moderately developed characters with some depth to them. The villains were both human... and mysterious other. (Can't say more, spoilers!) The writers have created a really interesting world just like ours with a little twist. Okay, the twist is huge. It's like, EARTH huge. And while I'm glad I don't actually live in this created world, I was entertained by visiting it. There seemed to be set up for a sequel. Damn, I hope so. If you liked Ezekiel Boone's trilogy, you'll like this one.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Overall, I enjoyed this book. The idea was creepy and well presented. From the first chapter, I was hooked. The idea and the gore gripped my attention straight away. I will say, as the story went on it did start to become a little predictable and the word "creature" is used a little too often. But otherwise, a good story and can't wait to read the sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The way the novel is told from different perspectives leave you having to read more and more... and luckily we will get that in June. So excited that this was not the end. It keeps your attention and is scary enough that you too race to see what’s coming next to get away from the creatures on the last page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it! Sequel?
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn’t put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
290 page novel. It reminds me of SyFi related movies. Nothing new, Kind of boring in parts.Would probably be better in movie form.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such an amazing read !!!! Loved every minute of it ! Can’t wait for the next one !!
kmorsemorsa More than 1 year ago
I was lucky enough to snag an advanced reader copy of this book for my e-reader several months before the book’s publication date. I have been a long time fan of James Murray and the guys from Impractical Jokers. Knowing that it was a passion project of his spiked my curiosity, but as I continued to read, I was hooked simply because of the content. By the end of the first chapter of Awakened, I was hooked in to this story and world that he created. What he and co-author Darren Wearmouth have created together is all around good, scary fun. The first few chapters will reel you in with suspense and keep you on the edge of your seat. With each page-turn, you find yourself caring about the characters, their survival in a crisis situation, and yet you are also intrigued by these mysterious creatures that are tormenting them. The story is intense, action-packed, and plot twists are revealed at a satisfying pace. I found myself wanting to avoid sleep in an attempt to keep reading! I am so excited that Harper Collins bought the story as a trilogy! I will happily support the collaboration of James Murray and Darren Wearmouth for the next two summers!
walliegirl More than 1 year ago
If you like thrillers with lots of twists and turns in the plot, then this book is for you! You will experience the roller coaster of emotions and adventures along with the characters as they discover an evil presence living in the dark underground of New York City. It will keep you guessing and wanting to see what happens next all the way to the very end. Fortunately, this story doesn't end with this book as it will be part of a trilogy. It's also perfectly suited for a TV series or a movie. Check out the audio version as well to hear James S. Murray read this gripping tale to you with breathtaking suspense. This book is a winner!
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More_Than_Words More than 1 year ago
You won't look at subways the same way again after reading Awakened by James S. Murray and Darren Wearmouth. A horror, thriller book that will take you deep into the darkness of the New York City subways. It's been a long time in the making. A new expansion of the Z train, connecting not only the boroughs of NYC but also Jersey for an easy commute. The shining jewel of this state-of-the-art line is a breathtaking visitors’ pavilion beneath the river. This is a monumental event for the city bringing in the city's Mayor and the President of the United States Major dignitaries for the opening of the subway extension. What no one knows is that deep below the streets of NYC a creature has been awakened by the construction of the subway. That is, until the train comes into the station and all the passengers are missing and in their place, blood. Will anyone come out of this alive? In Awakened, Murray's first novel, he teamed up with Wearmouth to write this fast-paced, can't put down, horror thriller. As someone who's lived in New York City all my life, I enjoyed reading about the places I know and visit quite frequently. The imagery is real if you know what it's really like to be taking a New York City subway. There's blood. There's gore. And most importantly, and what I enjoyed the most, the parts of the book that took you to an unexpected turn. Just when I thought one thing was about to be solved, I was left with my jaw dropped to find out there was a twist in the story. Murray and Wearmouth's writing really brings not only the setting to life, but the characters as well. As I read along, I felt that I knew them as real people and not characters in a novel. Times when you would be upset of a death of a character were balanced off when certain characters you weren't sad to see them get what they deserved. Since reading this book, I will admit, when I'm on the New York City subway and I hear a mysterious noise from outside in the tunnel, I almost expect to see a creature come breaking in through the windows. Though, that definitely would add to the excitement of always getting stuck on the train while there's a "delay." This is the first book of a trilogy that Murray and Wearmouth are working on and I can't wait for the next two books to be written and hopefully it'll continue after that some more. It's rare I'm upset when I finish a book because I don't want to see it end and that's what happened with this book. I was sad when I came to the last page and anxiously wait for the next book. I would recommend this book for anyone who loves Horror and Science Fiction. And for anyone who lives in New York City and knows the MTA system and how it's usually run, this is a book you would definitely enjoy. I received an galley edition of this book from the publisher through a contest they ran on Facebook. The actual book will be released on June 26, 2018. This is one you don't want to miss out on! ~Chrissy
Quixotic_Brittany More than 1 year ago
Ok, I’m a be real real I initially bought this book just to support Murr and his long time dream, but once I read Awakened I told myself even if I didn’t know who James was this book would still be a catch and worth the buy. I received my copy of Awakened at Murr’s Awakened Experience in NYC. James and Darren read a chapter from the book during that weekend and man was it amazing. From what they read already had me hooked and I just wanted to begin reading it immediately. The book is fun, thrilling, suspenseful and fast paced something I personally enjoy reading and Awakened is definitely that and more. James and Darren really put their heart and soul into this book and it shows. The characters are so well developed and I felt connected to them not to mention the plot and background of it all. I honestly felt like I was apart of the book. While reading Awakened I caught some IJ reference which was pretty cool. Being a fellow New Yorker and fellow subway rider was a huge plus for me so that I could really relate to, but thanks to James I will never look at Subways the same again, haha. I could not put awakened down I read it every chance I could get I even read it at work so often my manager wanted to read what has me so hooked. She read the first two chapters and she fell in love and she had no clue who James Murray was and right then and there she ordered her own copy. If you’re looking for a book that’ll take your breath away, have you craving to see whats next, shocked, scared your pants off and having OMG and holy crap moments then yeah this book is DEFINITELY for you. After trying for so long to get his book published Murr has finally did it. It was a long time coming but so worth it in the end. I cannot wait for the other books to come out. You will not be disappointed folks please folks get yourself a copy and/or purchase the audio version. I bought the audio version because I enjoy and love hearing James read the book. ;) NOW ARE YOU AWAKENED?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago