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The List (Konrath/Kilborn Horror Collective)

3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  4,282 Ratings  ·  425 Reviews
A billionaire Senator with money to burn...
A thirty year old science experiment, about to be revealed...
Seven people, marked for death, not for what they know, but for what they are...

THE LIST by JA Konrath
History is about to repeat itself

Book Description:

THE LIST is a bit of a departure for Konrath. It's a technothriller about a group of ten people who each have tat
Kindle Edition, 311 pages
Published April 12th 2009 by Joe Konrath
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Dec 10, 2011 Barbara rated it did not like it
Be aware that I read the first 1/4 of this book and stopped. This review does contain giveaways from that first portion.

I was drawn in by the summary of this book. It sounded very intriguing - tattoos, murders - what would the connection be??? When I started reading this, the dialogue and writing style was so crude and basic that I almost stopped 5 pages in. I decided to give it a chance, though, and continued reading. The story jumped around constantly, the dialogue/banter was VERY cliche, and
Mar 15, 2011 Robin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been following Joe's blog for quite sometime as I think he has some great thing to say to new and aspiring writers. When he lowered his price to $0.99 I took the dip and really enjoyed it. This is not a book to "change your life" its just a nice entertaining way to spend a few hours and there is absoltuely nothing wrong with that. I enjoyed it and when have even if I paid $4.95 instead of $0.99...Guess I'll go buy a few more Konrath's to put some more money in his pocket to make up for the ...more
Jun 10, 2013 Books rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed-2013
This is exactly the type of thriller I am addicted to reading; and Konrath nailed it dead centre. I’ve never read any of his books before, so I was pleasantly surprised to find this author has expertly crafted a novel riddled with scientific experiments gone haywire, intertwined with political conspiracies; antagonists so terrifying you won’t want to sleep with the lights off for at least a week. “The List” is incredibly entertaining and had me guessing right until the end – and all my guesses w ...more
Matt Schiariti
Nov 15, 2012 Matt Schiariti rated it it was amazing
This is my first time reading J.A. Konrath/Jack Killborn. Now that I see he's written many many books I realize I'll be spending many many dollars to download them to my kindle and read them. After this book I'm an instant fan.

The premise of the book is a little out there. A billionaire senator started a shady cloning experiment 30 years ago. Now, 30 years later a series of murders drags several very unlikely people together in order to save their lives and ultimately, much more when they finall
Apr 09, 2014 Natasa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: techno-thriller
My first Konrath book and I loved it. The idea was so good, the characters lovable. I just loved Bert and Abe was funny as hell...Tom was just an OK guy and Roy had a personality of his as well...Stang is such an ass or should I say a multiple ass :)
I have laughed so many times in this book and this is my first book ever in thriller or better said technothriller genre with humor in it. Never thought I'd like but I'm sold.
But I'm still sceptical towards horror humor books...but I guess I should r
Mary Catherine
Apr 05, 2011 Mary Catherine rated it it was ok
From the first few pages of J.A. Konrath’s THE LIST, blood and gore is prevalent. Two detectives, Tom and Roy, are investigating a murder when Tom realizes the victim has a tattoo that matches one on his own foot.

Konrath writes an intriguing plot but sometimes, that’s not enough, nor does the intrigue last after a few chapters. The suspension of disbelief is jarring and the characters become a bit too comical for my tastes. I don’t mean, in this case, that they’re humorous but rather, the charac
Lori Palle
Jul 09, 2013 Lori Palle rated it it was amazing
While Mr. Konrath's blurb makes The List sound interesting, he holds back the really fun part as a fun surprise. So, this review will be a bit different in that I'll first talk about what I liked and disliked about the book and then break have a spoiler section below. I had read the big reveal in a review before reading this book, and actually knowing what the reveal was what made me want to read it!

First off, this book is like watching a big-blockbuster summer movie like…say National Treasure.
Sep 29, 2011 Gor93ous rated it really liked it
The first sentence on Chapter 1 is “I found the head”. How can I not love it immediately?

Unique plot? Check.

Tons of actions? Check. Almost as much as the sweet mind-boggling actions in ‘Draculas’, but unfortunately not as gorrific as it.

Level of gore? Moderate by Konrath’s usual standard. The impaling and the decapitation were scary, sure, but then again, they weren’t vividly presented to us readers as in Endurance. It felt more like a fleeting moment of a glance at an ugly carcass rather than b
Matt Allen
Jan 21, 2013 Matt Allen rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013-reads
Another great concept from Konrath. Another book that makes you laugh out loud from Konrath.

The problem with The List is similar to that of another Konrath novel, Origin. A stunningly brilliant premise with less than brilliant execution on characters and latter plot developments. The List starts with true sizzle. The erosion begins when the reason behind the titular list is revealed. The explanation and motivation is muddled at best. And those laugh-out-loud zingers come fewer and further betwe
Aug 31, 2013 Mylene rated it really liked it
Shelves: kilborn-konrath
Although, as previously reported on many other reviews, I love JA Konrath/Jack Kilborn, but I was disappointed with The List. It was not at the same level as the Daniels series nor the first 3 Kilborn books. It kinda had the same problems as Haunted House in the sense that it seemed thrown together and the ending came off as rushed and forced. I think my opinion may have been different had I read this novel before the others. However, although it does not compare to other Konrath novels, it stil ...more
Karen B.
May 19, 2016 Karen B. rated it it was amazing
This is the second Konrath book that I have read and I think he has found a new fan in me. I don't know how it is but somehow although the book contained some graphic violence it didn't bother me the way it often does with other graphic books. I loved the characters and the concept of the clones.
There was humor interspersed with the action. The "bad" clones were so obviously bad it was wonderful! I think the characters I liked best were Bert and Abe because they were so absolutely human in their
Brenda Seaberg
Feb 06, 2013 Brenda Seaberg rated it it was amazing
And another of his I've loved!

I'd read several books from the other side of him - the Jack Kilborn side - so this was my first true Konrath book. I enjoyed it a lot! I thought the premise was unique, and well thought out. A series of cloned, copied people. Of course, if you have good, then you need to have evil as well.

The mix worked well for me, and I will absolutely read more books by both J.A. Konrath/Jack Kilborn.
Karen Fowler
Mar 29, 2011 Karen Fowler rated it really liked it
This is a fast paced book with an interesting, unique premise and likable, fully fleshed out main characters (well, except the bad guys- but you're not supposed to like them!) and I'm glad I took some time to read it. Indie published, it' just as good, if not better than some of the more traditionally published suspense novels!
When I give a book a 5 it means I was captivated by the story, I couldn't put it down, little inconsistencies didn't bother me and I would be willing to read it again. This met those criteria.

This is a gory, funny romp through the world of cloning that doesn't kill you with technical details! Konrath is a master of this kind of tale.
Jordan Anderson
Oct 19, 2011 Jordan Anderson rated it it was amazing
I sat here and considered a witty, overly descriptive review for Konrath’s, “The List” but when it comes down to it, after the clever words and humorous anecdotes are stripped aways, the simple fact remains that Konrath is truly one of the best in the business.

Sure his name(s) is virtually unknown outside the e-book market, and his typical fare definatly isn’t for everyone (read Killers, or Serial, you’ll see what I mean) but that shouldn’t make a difference. It’s a shame when lackluster and dis
Mar 01, 2013 Ashley rated it liked it
Shelves: zz-113-in-2013
(Excerpted from the full review at Marginalia.)

In The List, 30-year-old Chicago police officer Tom Mankowski arrives at a gruesome murder scene and finds that the victim has a strange blue numerical tattoo on the bottom of his foot. Tom has also had one of these tattoos since birth but has never learned why. As Tom digs deeper into the victim's life and research, he uncovers more people with these strange markings...and an apparent plot to kill them all. A high-suspense adventure begins to unrav
Thom Swennes
Dec 06, 2016 Thom Swennes rated it really liked it

WELL! Put all of my eggs in a Tupperware basket and dance a jig for freedom! When I started this book, I was expecting an interesting but predictable technothriller but was instantly sent on a trip around the United States and Canada.
It all starts with the arrival of Chicago Police Detectives Tom Mankowski and his partner, Ray Lewis. A body had been discovered and reported. This is nothing new for these two policemen; homicide was their stock in trade. The gruesome scene that met them was far
This is the second of J.A Konrath's books I have read, it's another single book, not part of his more well known series, (I will get to them eventually though!) I actually stumbled across Konrath's books by accident and I have to say he's one of my favourite authors now; I started with Origin and followed up with The List! Awesome work J.A. Konrath! Awesome work!

The List was brilliantly psychotic and thrilling. The twists were unexpected, yet well thought up and written, they truly grasped the
John Podlaski
Jul 08, 2013 John Podlaski rated it it was amazing
I read one of Mr. Konrath's other books, "Afraid", loved his writing style and ability keep readers guessing and in suspense throughout his story. When I saw "The List" posted on one of my daily "Free Kindle Offerings", I didn't hesitate to snatch it up. I was not disappointed!

I was so hooked that I couldn't put it down. Tom and Roy, the Chicago Police Detectives, somewhat remind me of Patterson's Alex Cross and his partner. Now add a fishing lure collector, a kick-ass female film producer and a
Feb 17, 2013 Tara rated it it was ok
2 stars: Meh. Struggled to get through it/wasn't for me.

J.A. Konrath has written some of my favorite thrillers (Endurance, Trapped, Serial with Blake Crouch), but I've come to the conclusion that I only like his novels that he's written under his pseudonym Jack Kilborn (the above three mentioned books were all written under the pseudonym).

The List starts out with a promising plot: There are ten people who have mysterious numbers tattooed on the bottom of their feet. They've always had them, but
Jul 17, 2013 Miki101.michaela rated it really liked it
A real Gen-Techno-Thriller written by the author of the Jack-Daniels-Series J.A. Konrath.

>>Book Description:
This is a first for Konrath because it is a real technothriller about a group of ten people who each have tattoos of numbers on the bottoms their feet, and don't know why.
One of them, a Chicago Homicide cop named Tom Mankowski, has had one of these strange tattoos since birth. When he investigates a violent murder and discovers the victim also has a tattooed number, it sets the ball
Sarah Weathersby
Apr 24, 2011 Sarah Weathersby rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller, kindle, cheap
This novel by J.A.Konrath was another 99 cent treasure I found by way of It's available on Amazon via Amazon's CreateSpace publishing arm, as a Kindle eBook, and as a download from the Author's website

He tried for a few years to get it published traditionally, but it has become quite a hit as an eBook. "It's a technothriller about a group of ten people who each have tattoos of numbers on the bottoms their feet, and don't know why. One of them, a Chicago Homici
Sariah S.
Mar 21, 2011 Sariah S. rated it liked it
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Mar 17, 2011 Cheryl rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Hold onto your hat because J.A. Konrath is taking you for a ride! This non-stop thriller is full of thrills and chills with a big dose of humor. I truly enjoyed this book - it's like a combination of Stephen King's thrills and horror mixed in with Dean Koontz's thrills and empathy. There is a bit of blood and gore, but I didn't feel like any of it was unnecessary to the plot. The first character you meet is a Tom, a detective; the new murder case he is working on reveals that the victim has a ta ...more
Natalie Wright
Sep 19, 2011 Natalie Wright rated it really liked it
This is the first full-length Konrath book I've read and I'll read more. It's face-paced and funny. The dialogue had me laughing out a loud at times (embarrassing while sitting in the doctor's office!). Like other reviewers, it was a fast and fun read and Konrath does a good job of interweaving science with crime drama and action. There's no dumping of facts or backstory here so that is a huge plus. The plot was far out but this is a book not intended to trick you into thinking that this is real ...more
Jun 13, 2011 Jeanne rated it it was amazing
I never like to give five stars but in this case I am, this was an amazing book fun exciting and well written. But that is not what gave this book the extra star it was when I read the Author's after thoughts and found out this book was never published and was turned down after making several revisions that I decided this book deserves five stars. This book would take me from sitting on the edge of my seat in suspension to laughing in just a few lines, I think that takes truly great writing make ...more
Winona Smart
Oct 18, 2011 Winona Smart rated it really liked it
This is a good, albeit gory, thriller. This is a fast-paced, suspenseful read that will keep you involved from beginning to end. If you can stand the very graphic gore, you will enjoy it. Konrath is skilled at moving the story along without bogging down in needless back story or unnecessary details of setting, descriptions, and the like. He is particularly good at action scenes, and there are many, and seems to know police procedures well enough to be credible in writing about them. My only rese ...more
Jul 14, 2012 JoJo rated it it was amazing
Shelves: j-a-konrath
I love to read, just about any genre. This book was something that caught my attention with the first chapter and didn't let loose until the last word was read.

The author gets you interested in this group of 10 people, all attached to each other supposedly by one thing, a tattoo on their left heel. Throughout the book you find out it is so much more. Including saving the President and Vice Presidents lives.

Usually the only author I can't put down is James Patterson (my all-time fav); but, here t
Mar 13, 2011 April rated it really liked it
Shelves: on-my-kindle
The List was the first book I bought when I got a Kindle. I thought it looked interesting enough and for less then a dollar I wouldn't be out much if my suspicions were correct and these free/cheap ebooks were trash. Well, I couldn't have been more wrong! I thoroughly enjoyed it and found that it kept me wanting to press my new little page turn button until the very end (I have even visited the author's website to see if there is a sequel...not yet but he hasn't ruled it out). I am off to find o ...more
Scott Brook
Aug 20, 2016 Scott Brook rated it liked it
While I'm a big fan of Konrath and love his backwoods/wilderness books, I did have a little trouble with the characters here. Nothing about the writing style (because that was great as usual). I just could not get into the individual characters depicted here. Mainly, a few of the clones.

Otherwise, the story is strong. The writing is very strong. It was well worth the read.

P.S. I am continuing through the Konrath/Kilborn Collective working my way up to Haunted House. I really do like Konrath and
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