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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
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Kindle Edition, 372 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Permuted Press
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Dan Schwent
Jul 28, 2015 Dan Schwent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, birthday-2015
When broke and directionless Nate Tucker finds an extremely affordable apartment, things quickly take an odd turn. Why does the light in Nate's kitchen always act like a black light? What's with the seven legged cockroaches? And why are all the other apartments as quirky as his? That's what Nate and the other tenants of the Kavach building aim to find out. But will they survive what they find?

After reading The Fold, I had the fever and the only cure was more Peter Clines! 14 has all of what I lo
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Will M.
Jul 24, 2015 Will M. rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal, horror, 2015
This highly acclaimed horror novel was very underwhelming for me. It's one of those novels with a perfect premise, but the plot was lacking. I don't think it's the author's fault though, because with the idea in his mind, endless possibilities were on the line. I enjoyed the novel overall, but I'm not completely satisfied.

There were more positives than negatives in this novel. I'm going to start talking about the negatives.

The plot contained a good amount of cliche, and that made it a bit bad. I
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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
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Michael
Oct 01, 2012 Michael rated it did not like it
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
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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's soooooo tired) and a few stereotypical situations/plot devices. (view spoiler) ...more
Melissa
Dec 13, 2015 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Well, what an unexpected gem 14 was! Loved the audiobook! What an amazing performance by Ray Porter! I honestly thought at times that I was listening to ten totally different voices! Extremely impressive! Got LOST in it!

Nate has just moved into a new and dirt cheap apartment, and something isn’t quite right. With all the rooms of the building in fact… And the basement… And who is across the street in the car monitoring the building 24/7? What are the property managers hiding? And what on earth i
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Ash Wednesday
Aug 03, 2013 Ash Wednesday rated it really liked it
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
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Steve
Almost instantly becoming one of my favorites, 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 eccentricities soon becomes a treasury of mind-bogging concepts of time/history, space/location, and insider/outsider. Reality is challenged and rocked to its found ...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
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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
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Midas68
Mar 05, 2013 Midas68 rated it it was ok
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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
G.K. Hayes
Oct 03, 2012 G.K. Hayes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Kaora
Sep 10, 2014 Kaora rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Susan
I really liked 14. I picked it up in a drug store for a beach read. Not at all what I expected which is probably why I liked it. Open your mind, it's out there.
Chris
Feb 13, 2013 Chris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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Remittance Girl
Jul 31, 2012 Remittance Girl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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Stephen Beeman
Aug 25, 2012 Stephen Beeman rated it really liked it
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
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David
Oct 18, 2013 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: dead-end jobbers who have to save the world, Call of Cthulhu Investigators in Los Angeles
So you have a diverse cast of poor to barely-middle-class Los Angelenos living in an old apartment building in which everyone is willing to ignore the occasional creepiness and green cockroaches because the rent is ridiculously cheap. When new guy Nate moves in, just another wage slave working in a dead-end temp database entry job, he actually starts taking an interest in the strange mysteries of the place, like the rental agent who turns out to be an actress, the doors that don't go anywhere, t ...more
F. Paul
Oct 03, 2015 F. Paul rated it really liked it
A couple of weeks ago I asked for book recs on FB and folks piled them on. 14 kept appearing on the list so I picked up a copy. Def influenced by "Lost" but it's what "Lost" coulda-shoulda been. Tons o' fun. Clines is right up there with Patrick Lee in the audacious imagination department. If you're looking for a wild ride of a read, check out 14.
Chris_P
Feb 09, 2016 Chris_P rated it did not like it
I was looking for something light and interesting and 14 seemed to fit the description. Cthulu almighty! The last 100 pages were nothing but a struggle. I only finished it out of spite. It's a shame because the idea certainly has some potential but unfortunately it all goes to waste.

I know the lack of originality is a sign of the times, but this was unlike anything I've ever come across. There were strong influences from works such as Lost, The Mist, The Dark Tower, The Da Vinci Code, anything b
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j
Dec 04, 2012 j rated it liked it
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
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Kat
Jan 17, 2013 Kat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Patrick D'Orazio
Jul 29, 2012 Patrick D'Orazio rated it really liked it
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
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
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Paul O'Neill
Aug 21, 2015 Paul O'Neill rated it it was amazing
Wow, think I've found a new favourite author! I'd recommend reading this before you read 'The Fold' (another book I rated 5 stars). Peter seems to be building something really great here and '14' shares a lot with 'The Fold', and hopefully all future books.
Bill
Jan 17, 2016 Bill rated it really liked it
Well this was sure entertaining.

Lots of comparisons to Lost out there, and okay, if you really need to compare this with something popular, sure. But really, not so much. What we have here is a mysterious apartment building and its tenants band together a la the Scooby-Doo Mystery Machine (and as someone who remembers the Scooby-Doo cartoon from the really early 70s, I really dug this reference) to try and find answers to the weird things going on, and why unit 14 is quadruple padlocked.

Most of
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Adam Light
I picked this book up a year ago, after hearing good things about it - and it was lost in my library, totally forgotten, until now. This tends to happen to a lot of books I pick up when they are free on Amazon. I will generally read books I buy right away, and so this one sat around for a while.

I'm glad I found it hiding in my library on the Nook. "14" is a fun, mysterious ride that drew me in slowly, revealed its secrets at a leisurely pace, and gave me plenty of characters that I could route f
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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).

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