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It's the pharmaceutical breakthrough of the millennium. DruTech Industries proudly presents N-SOM, a pill that completely replaces eight hours of sleep. Feel totally refreshed, both physically and mentally, in just fifteen minutes a night.

The profit potential is boundless. Mankind's productivity will go through the roof. One third of a person's life could be recovered, for
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Kindle Edition, 372 pages
Published April 11th 2009
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Todd Russell
Jul 22, 2012 Todd Russell rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller, medical
Imagine being able to take a pill and not have to spend eight hours sleeping? It's a great idea and the author clearly has taken chops from the likes of Robin Cook to roll out this sleep-depriving, fast-paced read. The pacing isn't fast, it's frenetic, and there is little time spent getting to know the characters. It is intentionally plot-driven, not character-driven, I think to a detriment. I'm the kind of reader who likes to get to know characters a bit before (and after through the eyes of ot ...more
Eric_W
Jul 18, 2010 Eric_W rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I discovered Konrath through his free book give-away on his website. Inspired. Apparently, he dusted off some of his early work that was not published. I liked a couple of his novellas so much I went off and bought the rest of his titles for my Kindle.

Disturb involves a billionaire who has discovered a drug that permits you never to require sleep. Just think of the efficiencies gained by never sleeping. Man, I could really chew through a lot of books. Unfortunately, it has some rather nasty sid
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TJ
Jun 05, 2013 TJ rated it liked it
I became aware of author J. A. Konrath through the many freebies that Amazon offers its Kindle readers. After downloading and reading Konrath's "Afraid", I realized had to have more. This book, "Disturb" was my second foray into the author's world and won't be the last. Konrath (aka Jack Kilborn) is an outstanding plotter and builder of suspense. This book has copious amounts of both.

In "Disturb", Konrath creates a Robin Cook-like medical thriller revolving around a drug, N-Som, that makes sleep
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Juli Pennock
Oct 05, 2013 Juli Pennock rated it it was ok
Shelves: thriller, owned
Not bad. Not the best thing I've ever read, and I didn't like it nearly as much as I did 'Origin' by the same author (which I loved).

But about this one: Eh. It was ok. There were parts that were intriguing, and parts that flowed, but for the most part it wasn't my cuppa. It's pretty obvious at the beginning what's going on and what's going to happen. I think the twists and shocks may have read a lot more, you know, twisty and shocking five years ago, but for me it was pretty predictable. As a li
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Josh Smith
This one was a bit different from normal Kilborn. I couldn't figure out why at first but upon reading the afterword Kilborn noted that this book was void of humor. It became rather apparent after reading that.

From the author:
"A medical investigator tormented by secret guilt. A beautiful doctor with an illicit desire. A millionaire businessman indulging a passion for murder. And a human guinea pig who has been awake for seven straight weeks. DISTURB by JA Konrath You'll never sleep well again...
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Natasa
Jan 20, 2015 Natasa rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, audio-books
Just like all J.A.Konrath's books, I can't not to like it. It was fun and I listened to the audio book version which was a nice change as so far I've been reading all his work.
The Nate Gatsby
Oct 21, 2011 The Nate Gatsby rated it liked it
Entertaining, but there was little when it came to plot and the writing was average.
Bart Hopkins
Dec 25, 2014 Bart Hopkins rated it it was amazing
Disturb

by J.A. Konrath

This is the sixth book I've ready by J.A. Konrath (aka Jack Kilborn), who has written yet another solid novel. This one might even be my favorite by him. True to his other writing, he does two things incredibly well: he tells a great story; and, he peppers it with his brand of humor throughout. He claims that Disturb has less of that Konrathian humor than his other books, and that may be so, but it's still there. And it's good.

I think I once read somewhere that he acknowled
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Eric_W
Jul 18, 2010 Eric_W added it
I discovered Konrath through his free book give-away on his website. Inspired. Apparently, he dusted off some of his early work that was not published. I liked a couple of his novellas so much I went off and bought the rest of his titles for my Kindle.

Disturb involves a billionaire who has discovered a drug that permits you never to require sleep. Just think of the efficiencies gained by never sleeping. Man, I could really chew through a lot of books. Unfortunately, it has some rather nasty sid
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Black Butterfly
Dec 01, 2013 Black Butterfly rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: ADULTS
Recommended to Black Butterfly by: BOOKBUB
YIKES!! THIS WAS SOME SCARY SHIT! I LOVED IT! I GUESS IT FRIGHTENED ME BECAUSE I KNOW THIS COULD REALLY HAPPEN, IF IT HASN'T ALREADY STARTED. WE ALL KNOW THAT THE POWERS THAT BE CONTROLL ALL ASPECTS OF OUR LIVES; WHAT WE DO, WHAT WE EAT, WHAT MEDICINES WE TAKE, WHAT WE THINK, WHAT WE WEAR, HOW MANY CHILDREN WE SHOULD HAVE & WHEN TO HAVE THEM, WHAT'S IN/OUT ETC. (can you say super control). LIKE GOING THROUGH THAT LOOKIN' GLASS WITH ALICE(drink me & become big or small). THAT POWER CAN MA ...more
Jennifer
Aug 12, 2009 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who likes a scary book that could happen to them!
Recommended to Jennifer by: author
Ok this book was soooo creepy. It is about a human study for a drug that allows humans to never have to sleep. Each day they take a pill and go into a hynosis for 10-15 minutes and experience happy but mostly terrifying dreams. The pill is supposed to be safer than tylenol. The current human study Manny has been awake for 178 days! With no side affects and has become STRONGER, fights infections, is never sick, and never experiences being tired. When the FDA sends a agent to review the studies pe ...more
Cherese A. Vines
Dec 11, 2013 Cherese A. Vines rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: horror
Recommended to Cherese by: j.a. konrath
Disturb by J.A. Konrath is a "what-if" thriller about a drug that could eliminate sleep, giving people back years of their lives that is currently wasted sleeping. As the main character Dr. Bill May, an FDA agent, begins research to determine approval for the drug N-SOM it quickly becomes evident that something is wrong. The man who created N-SOM, Dr. Nikos Stefanopolous, is viciously murdered but his daughter is adamant about continuing to get the drug approved. People working on the drug are d ...more
pat clonick
Mar 21, 2016 pat clonick rated it it was amazing
A Terrific Medical Thriller!!!!

It kept you on edge all the time. So interesting and scary. I wish I knew how to write a review but I don't! This is for the author, I have enjoyed every book I have read of yours! I love the JAck Daniels series I loved the thriller books and the funny thriller books r funny I think you can do no wrong when you write so keep on writing and I will keep on enjoying your efforts Thank You
Cookie
Apr 02, 2015 Cookie rated it it was ok
I just recently discovered this author and this is the 3rd book I've read of his. I just didn't enjoy it as much as the other two (Haunted House and Origin) I read. It lacked the humor that made the other two so much fun to read. I didn't like the characters as much and towards the end I didn't care if they lived or died.

I hated the character Theena. I was reading this while at the gym on a bike and startled the man next to me by saying "Are you kidding me?!" and "This is crazy!" while reading a
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Kathy Jenkins
Mar 05, 2011 Kathy Jenkins rated it liked it
This book probably deserved more than three stars, but I recently read Serial and Truck Stop and Trapped and was blown away by these. Disturb was good, but not as good as the others IMHO, thus the 3 stars. Definitely worth reading, though. I only recently discovered Konrath's books with the purchase of my Kindle and now, I can't get enough. There are so many books of his out there, either by himself, his pseudonym or in collaboration with other authors, that I'm afraid I won't get to any other b ...more
Tiffany
Jul 05, 2014 Tiffany rated it really liked it
I wish I could give a 3 1/2 star rating. Konrath delivers a solid story with a great premise and well developed characters. However, several plot points were predictable, the fictional science was scarcely believable, and something about the writing felt a little flat. Not quite what I've come to expect from a Konrath thriller, but still worth the time and energy to read it.
Terry
Jan 14, 2015 Terry rated it did not like it
Gratuitous violence

This is a medical thriller like the special smell is the hospital. Pffffttt! I LIKE this author. I believe he can write much better. I've read much better books and stories by him. More medical, deeper character development, greater histories. Nah, no recommendation.
Angela Risner
Jun 04, 2012 Angela Risner rated it it was ok
Not one of my favorite Kilborn/Konrath novels (they are the same person). I think it's because the characters weren't as fleshed out as they normally would be.

The storyline focuses on a research institute that has developed a drug that replaces sleep. Obviously the drug needs to be approved and they need a doctor to help push it through the FDA.

When the doctor uncovers the side effects and how the drug is formulated, the level of danger for everyone increases.

I think that Bill, the doctor, is ba
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Teri Christman
Mar 20, 2014 Teri Christman rated it liked it
I love the concept! A drug that replaces sleep. So much potential! Unfortunately this devolves into a slash em up bloodfest that fails to explore the fascinating possibilities. Not bad, if you like that kind of thing, but it could have been sooooo much better!
Cathy
Oct 07, 2015 Cathy rated it liked it
This book was a solid Meh on my rating scale. I didn't love it, nor did I hate it. I can honestly say that I saw then ending coming from a mile away. Nothing was shocking or too riveting about this book. I decided to try a new author; and decided I won't read another of his books as this was just OK.
Lyn Simmons
Jun 24, 2016 Lyn Simmons rated it really liked it
Good one!

Interesting. I liked this one, enjoyed the characters, plot, premise but can't say I loved the ending. But they all can't turn out perfect. It's a nice quick read.
Patti
Aug 14, 2015 Patti rated it liked it
Decent story, with a good twist, but the ending came out of nowhere. Had there been a little more foreshadowing I might have enjoyed it a bit more.

I did miss the usual Konrath wit, tho.
Jacqueline King
Disturb was a great escape from the boring books I've been reading lately, and a happy reprieve from my Konrath withdrawals. The next Jack Daniels book can't come out soon enough!

Disturb was another fast-paced medical thriller the Konrath writes so well, with sharp twists and turns and a 'killer' ending. I knew ***** couldn't be trusted! The ending was good but very abrupt.
The short stories were fun and quirky. I especially loved the 'solve it yourself' scenarios. Kudos to Perfect Plan, Piece
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Joe Stamber
Aug 22, 2016 Joe Stamber rated it liked it
The creation of a pill that removes the need for sleep is a great concept for a book. Naturally, such a powerful drug has side effects, and that is partly what Disturb is about. Several themes are explored in the book, including moral ambiguity and greed. Occasionally, Konrath strays into Robin Cook territory and starts throwing the medical text book around, but fortunately he keeps it reigned in most of the time. The main characters are varied and potentially interesting, but Konrath doesn't do ...more
Donald D
Aug 30, 2016 Donald D rated it did not like it
Can you make the old, Nazi, documented "conspiracy" any more obvious?

Recommended to the genre readers who like to know what they're getting beforehand.
Jennifer
Jan 03, 2016 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Madness!

I love the author. I didn't get the comedic aspect in this book as much as the others. I missed it but it suited the medical thriller.
Jenny
Dec 08, 2010 Jenny rated it it was amazing
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Debra Daniels-zeller
Dec 01, 2013 Debra Daniels-zeller rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, thriller
This is a psycho-thriller about a just developed drug that allows people to stay awake and useful 24/7, but there are problems with this drug because the people in the clinical study are going psychotic and having hallucinations. The front cover depicts an axe and an open bottle of pills and if you're looking for "The Shining" type of creepy and scary, this is it. Who will survive in the end which ends with a crazy gruesome twist. The characters and story line are different than anything I've ev ...more
Patty
Sep 26, 2014 Patty rated it it was amazing
It was better

the end took me by surprise....
I didn't even see it coming.. I should have though..
I like this author....
Jennifer
Jan 19, 2014 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Disturb was a quick, fast-paced thriller about a pharmaceutical company that has developed a drug that you can take daily so you don't have to sleep, you have endless energy and amazing healing abilities. This book is different than a lot of the books by this author, but shows the diversification of his writing abilities. Since the majority of people have taken meds for some reason or another in their life, and know there can be side effects - Disturb take them to the extreme. Scary! Especially ...more
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JA Konrath writes the occasionally amusing and often frightening Lt. Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels thrillers, available in hardcover and paperback from Hyperion and as a spoken word from Brilliance Audio.

The books are a mixture of the humor of Janet Evanovich, Carl Hiaasen, Christopher Moore, but with the scares of James Patterson, Thomas Harris, Patricia Cornwell.

Basically, JA rips off everybody.

In o
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