Origin

Origin

by J. A. Konrath

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Overview

Thriller writer J.A. Konrath, author of the Lt. Jack Daniels series, digs into the vaults and unearths a technohorror tale from the depths of hell...

1906 - Something is discovered by workers digging the Panama Canal. Something dormant. Sinister. Very much alive.

2009 - Project Samhain. A secret underground government installation begun 103 years ago in New Mexico. The best minds in the world have been recruited to study the most amazing discovery in the history of mankind. But the century of peaceful research is about to end.

BECAUSE IT JUST WOKE UP.


Book Description:

When linguist Andrew Dennison is yanked from his bed by the Secret Service and taken to a top secret facility in the desert , he has no idea he's been brought there to translate the words of an ancient demon.

He joins pretty but cold veterinarian Sun Jones, eccentric molecular biologist Dr. Frank Belgium, and a hodge-podge of religious, military, and science personnel to try and figure out if the creature is, indeed, Satan.

But things quickly go bad, and very soon Andy isn't just fighting for his life, but the lives of everyone on earth...

ORIGIN by J.A. Konrath
All hell is about the break loose. For real.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781453887660
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/16/2010
Pages: 302
Sales rank: 790,808
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

J.A. Konrath is the author of the Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels series that includes “Whiskey Sour,” “Bloody Mary,” “Rusty Nail,” “Dirty Martini,” “Fuzzy Navel” and “Cherry Bomb.”

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Origin 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 58 reviews.
Jrage More than 1 year ago
I gave this guy a chance. This book seemed like it had to be his best and the author talks a good game so I thought, why not give him a chance? Well, now I know why. The premise seemed good but I found it hard to read most of the time. I am not sure but I don't believe he has his books edited and it shows. The cover was enticing but it all goes downhill after that. I don't understand why he has so many 5 star ratings. It must be his self promoting. Other than that, I found it hard to even give this book 2 stars. I like a good horror novel but I think some people find the only way to write horror is with a bunch of slashing that makes it unbearable to read. If that's your type of reading? Go for it.
SandyLee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Something was discovered in Panama in 1906. Large, bestial, and hidden in what looked like a sarcophagus. The president had it moved to New Mexico in an underground facility. This discovery ¿Bub¿ has been in a coma for all these years and workers, sworn to secrecy, have come and gone. But now the creature has awakened. There are carvings on the sarcophagus and the creature isn¿t speaking in a language anyone recognizes. Andy Dennison, a linguist, is awakened one day with a message: ¿Your country needs you.¿ He has nothing else going for him, knee deep in debt, so he takes the job. There are others on staff¿two religious figures who argue over the significance of the find (the Rabbi claims ¿we don¿t know the devil¿s side of the story because God wrote all the books¿) and what the beast actually is, science experts, a veterinarian, and Race, who heads up the program. The author dishes out similarities to popular movies with relish. Some think the creature is alien (ala Independence Day). Description of Bub during feeding time is reminiscent of Jurassic Park. If all else fails, there is an order to destroy the facility. And failure it is as Bub gets out and wreaks havoc. Lots of humor is tossed in to balance the gore. However, I¿m not sure if the author was being clever with his ending or leaving an opening for a sequel. Either way, this was an enjoyable thriller.
lauralovesreviewingLT More than 1 year ago
So, back in the early 1900s something is discovered. The powers that be decide we shouldn’t know about it and the secret is passed on from President to President. Finally, after over 100 years of studying their discovery, it recently woke up. New people are drawn into the big secret and things quickly get out of control. I found myself very intrigued by the plot. It would be awful to be trapped underground with something ancient and evil through and through. As the characters fall for it’s trickery, they meet some bloody ends. I’d love to see this as a movie. The action is relentless and the author pulls no punches when throwing horrific things in your path. Watch out for ceiling vents and corners. You never know what’s waiting to jump out at you. Chilling reading served up just the way I like it.
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bmamca36 More than 1 year ago
This story is about a monster and/or devil who is being held in an underground facility in the middle of the desert. The staff consists of individuals who are professional and intelligent and are there in order to achieve redemption or to avoid prison. The first part of the book was pretty good. There were a few sections that in my opinion could have been deleted. The holies (a priest and a rabbi) had many religious discussions and there was too much scientific emphasis. This just kept the story from flowing smoothly. The second half of the book just was extremely slow moving.
DanielAnton More than 1 year ago
Origin will keep you up at night trying to decide whether Bub is just a creature to be understood, the devil, or just "a" devil. Or it might just keep you up at night reading to the end!
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First book that I have read by this author. Will read more!
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DiscoLdy More than 1 year ago
This book is amatuerish at best; it doesn't know what genre it wants to be. Not the professional, well-penned thriller I was expecting!
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