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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 mysteri...more
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Published June 5th 2012 by Permuted Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Mike (the Paladin)
This is an excellent book, no doubt about it. It only fails to get a 5 star rating (from me)because there are a couple of stereotypes that screamed at me (and one that annoys me when it's used because by now it soooooo tired) and a few stereotypical situations/plot devices. (view spoiler)...more
Ash Wednesday
Aug 03, 2013 Ash Wednesday rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: JJ Abrams and Drew Goddard fanboys and girls
4 STARS
It was always wrong when the pest got so big you could hear them walking.

Now I can't be the only one having goosebumps over the thought of giant roaches making those skittery noise in the kitchen, can I?

Show of hands, who's a fan of LOST?

Okay, who's a fan of LOST because of the Jack-Kate-Sawyer storyline? Or maybe Boone. Remember Boone, Losties?



Yeah, this might not be for you.

On the other hand, if you're a fan of The Dharma Initiative, the giant foot, Penny's boat and tried 4 8 15 16 23...more
Trudi

I have a book shelf named "what the bleep" for books that unexpectedly shock my delicate sensibilities, blow my mind, and/or turn it into a pretzel. Sometimes the "what the bleep" is shouted in disgust or disappointment (as in -- this book sucks and the weirdness cannot save it). Other times, I shout it with glee for books that break my brain or tickle it so deliciously I can't help rubbing my hands together and cackling like a villain ripped from the pages of a Marvel comic.

I am delighted to r...more
Becky
This book ruined my day today. I started it yesterday and flew through 80% of it, forcing myself to stop around 1am because I had to work today. But, I stopped right when things were getting really intense, and I couldn't stop my brain from trying to continue the book in my head. So I didn't get very much sleep last night, and therefore today dragged by in a haze of exhaustion and crankiness.

This was not improved upon arriving home to find my boyfriend sleeping on the couch. I want to sleep, da...more
Michael
I am genuinely mystified by the positive reviews of 14, which are everywhere. I picked it up entirely because of the positive buzz, and was greatly disappointed. Not immediately, but progressively, until what started as mild curiosity ended as a struggle to finish.

Fourteen is often compared to LOST, and I agree with this assessment to the extent that -- like LOST -- it raises and ultimately fails to answer innumerable questions that only exist to make the mystery seem deeper and more complex tha...more
Veeral
Let me start by saying that this was one of the best mystery/ horror books I have read this year.

This book has being compared to the TV series Lost and I can understand why. Because as I have said earlier, this is one of the tautest mystery/horror thrillers I have read in a long long time.

So, I would try to review this book without revealing even the mundane details which I think might hint towards the mystery of this book.

Basic Plot

Nathan (Nate) Tucker is our down-to-earth protagonist who has...more
Midas68
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Eric
Loved it. I don't want to ruin a thing so this review is going to be short. Peter Clines is KATN, every book is honestly getting better and better. Funny thing is, I thought he was already at the top of his game with his Ex series. I am speechless. The book centers around a group living in an strange apartment. By the time things get going you won't even realize how much information you gleamed or how much time has past. I honestly was surprised at moments and other times glad to see things happ...more
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum http://bibliosanctum.blogspot.com/201...

I'd like to start this review off with some background information. So for the past year, I've been playing a massively multiplayer online role-playing survival horror game called The Secret World. The developers' description of it as a "dark fantasy" MMO is quite apt, due to its paranormal setting and the creepy mysteries-of-the-unexplained nature of the story and quests, heavily inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft. S...more
Remittance Girl
I'm not going to bother with a synopsis of the story or a detailing of the plot, since other reviewers here have done an excellent job of that.

I'm going to praise this book for its great characters. 14 features a set of unconventional heroes. The main protagonist, a 30-something nobody stuck in a dead end job, Nate finds what he was meant to do over the course of the story. The quirky, spiky and delightfully dry Veek, a low-level computer geekette of Indian origin is so brilliantly written you c...more
Kat
I found 14 on a random browse through Audible, but the author's name name was instantly familiar to me as the author of Ex-Heroes. I hadn't heard anything about 14 before I started listening, so I went in completely blind - I didn't even read the synopsis.

Nate is an average guy, with an average job - something that is becoming more and more prevalent in horror novels and it's a damn good thing. There's nothing worse than the main character turning out to be either a) ex-Army/Navy/Black-Ops; or b...more
G.K. Hayes
Wow. Just wow. I haven't enjoyed a book this much in years.

14 is a Science Fiction Mystery Weird Horror SteamPunkish Historical Dooms Day Suspense novel that somehow manages to work on every level. It kept me guessing throughout and tied up things very nicely at the end.

One of the things that always bothers me about some Weird Fiction is that there is no explanation for the Weird Happening. "It's like real life. Sometimes weird shit just happens." No, sorry. I'm not reading non-fiction, I'm not...more
Edel
Did you ever read a book that was just soooo good that as soon as you finished it you felt like jumping up and down and then telling everyone you know how good it was. Well here it is !!!!
This book blew my imagination out of my head and into space.... OK slight exaggeration, my brain is still intact but there is some sizzling going on in there now.
The story begins with our main character Nate looking for a new place to live and having the good luck to be recommended an extremely reasonable pla...more
Chris
I would like to caution future readers on purchasing this book. The first 10 hours or so are fairly interesting but the plot devolves into cheesy madness shortly thereafter. Even before however, there were pretty obvious flaws that I was willing to overlook at the time (not after the story unfolded) namely 1-dimentional characters and worse, those characters behaving in unrealistic ways in order to keep the story going. Truthfully I’m rating it as a two so you the people don’t write it off as so...more
Kaora
3.5 stars

I discovered this book through the Goodreads Choice Awards. I have been slightly disappointed by some of the books that I found on there, but happily this was not the case.

14 is about Nate, who moves into a new apartment in a historical landmark. He soon discovers strange things about the building, including locked apartments and, green cockroaches with an extra leg. When he starts meeting his neighbor, each one has something strange they've noticed about their apartments as well. But...more
Joel
I realize it is lazy shorthand to review something primarily by comparing it to something else, so I will be brief in agreeing with the oft-made comparison between Peter Clines' novel and the television series Lost.

Both start off very interestingly by presenting a mysterious locale -- an apartment building with suspiciously cheap rent, an island with vague magical properties -- and slowly spin out their mythology through the interaction of a bunch of archetypal characters.

14 edges out Lost by...more
Stephen Beeman
I loved Ex-Heroes, then felt a little let down by Ex-Patriots, but 14 has put me squarely in the "pre-order everything Clines writes" camp. The book's true brilliance is in the way Clines gradually but inexorably ramps up the stakes: Every scene hangs together on its own merits, but every scene is just a little stranger than the one before, with just a little bit more riding on the line. Not a book to start at bedtime.

Standing at the end and looking back, you can legitimately complain that the p...more
Patrick D'Orazio
Peter Clines is fast becoming one of my favorite new writing talents out there. He has written two of the best cross genre zombie tales and his Junkie Quatrain is the zombie story Quentin Tarantino should direct if he ever wants to take a swipe at the undead. 14 takes a different turn, leaving the undead behind and providing the reader with a mystery-thriller that is like a gift wrapped in countless layers of paper that you have to dig through with relentless determination to reveal the truth un...more
Regina
3.5 stars. This is a fun action packed story with great characters that author Clines richly develops. The audio is fantastic and if you like audio books, I recommend reading this one via audio. 14 is the type of story that was written to be a movie and I mean that in a very positive way. There are multiple characters and a few character point of view shifts (but told through the third person). The setting is almost entirely an apartment building, which eventually provides for a community of peo...more
Seak (Bryce L.)
I got really far behind on reviews so these are not only short, but terribly written!

This is actually my first book by Peter Clines even though I first heard of him through his zombie/superhero series starting with Ex-Heroes. In Stephen King-like fashion, Clines puts together a team of apartment-dwellers who have a mystery to solve involving the apartment complex they live in (including the mysterious door 14). There's the protagonist who's relentlessly curious, the expert who is able to answer...more
Chris
4.5 stars, rounding up.

What a trip. It starts out as a light read and gets you really invested in the characters. And then, yeah...Read it.
Nora
I received this book for free courtesy of Permuted Press and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I am a hypocrite. I recently pledged to persevere through any book, no matter how much I want to put it down. This book made me break that promise.

I'm a very patient reader. Even if nothing much seems to be going on in the book, I'll still finish it, just out of curiosity (I'm looking at you, Crossed). I want to see how it ends. That wasn't the case for 14. The plot seemed to drag on and on a...more
Gil
14 is a saccharin-sweet Lovecraftian jaunt. If you think "sweet" and "Lovecraftian" are mutually exclusive, welcome to the 21st century, where you can get a damned Cthulhu plushie. It's no longer horror, it's kitsch.

There's nothing in this book that hasn't been done before. It's well-paced, and the first 3/4 of the book are intensely fun, as we probe into the mystery of a very strange apartment building.

But you can't have a cover-to-cover horror/thriller mystery. It's part of the genre that at...more
Jessica Meigs
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...more
Nick Venable
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 realit...more
Robin (Bridge Four)
I really enjoyed this book when I listened to it when I first got back into reading, hence the very abbreviated review. But if you like the wtf-ery of shows like LOST or Fringe or if you like anything with a J.J. Abrams feel to the story with a good blend of humor and mystery than this is a book for you.


Original Review Feb 2013

This is fun little mystery to read. I will say that when the mystery of the building they live in is revealed I was surprised. Especially as to what was in room 14. I got...more
Emma Sea
+ female characters
+ creativity
+ liked the premise
+ kept me reading till the end

- Research gives them all the answers in one big group Q&A
- "Nikola Tesla" is not an explanation
- could have been trimmed by 1/4, easy.
Peter
It’s ironic that the blurb on the cover draws comparison between 14 and the TV show Lost. I hadn’t noticed the blurb when I first listened to the book, but had already wanted to draw a similar comparison, but probably for a different reason.

Lost begins with a plane crashing onto a mysterious island. The individuals who survive the crash don’t know one another, but they band together as they encounter a series of strange occurrences. There are several clues given to the TV viewer as to the nature...more
David Sven
Take 77 Shadow Street by Dean Koontz – subtract the sociopathic serial killer come assassin and the homicide detective and replace with an unfulfilled data entry operator and a host of other generic characters, then replace killer nanotech goop with mutant cockroaches – then you have something similar to 14. Except the black goop in Koontz’ book takes over people’s bodies and turns them into machines for an interdimensional entity while the mutant cockroaches in this story, despite being mention...more
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
Ok. wow. I so did not expect the ending. It was very twisted and I kept waiting for the main character to wake up and tell me it was all a dream. Even with the very weird ending, I thought the book was excellent. It was so different because I kept thinking I had this book figured out and I was far from correct.

Seriously fun characters in the book as well. The characters are so normal that like the story, I kept waiting for their secret past to come up and bite me (thankfully, with one character...more
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Peter Clines is the author of the genre-blending -14- and the Ex-Heroes series.

He 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(unreleased).

He made his first writing sale at age seventeen to a local newspaper, and at t...more
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