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Endurance (Afraid #3)

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  4,311 Ratings  ·  421 Reviews
The bed and breakfast was hidden in the hills of West Virginia. Wary guests wondered how it could stay in business at such a creepy, remote location, especially with its bizarre, presidential decor and eccentric proprietor.

With the event hotel for the national Iron Woman triathlon accidentally overbooked, competitor Maria was forced to stay at the Rushmore. But after check
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PhotobucketIf the West Virginia “family” that owns the Rushmore Inn bears even the slightest resemblance in ANYway to ANYone in your family then….HOLY GOAT BLOWERS BATMAN you need to stop reading this review and go deal because you have some meganormous genealogy issues to work through. Of course, I will be unable to assist you because I will be standing off at a safe distance with a flame thrower and a light saber ready to go either Medieval or JEDIevil on your ass if you so much as pivot in my direction ...more
Okay, let me be up-front about this bullshitting ... Endurance is some sick and twisted shit. Some of the sickest and twisted-est shit I've read in a very long time. BUT ... and this is an important "but" folks ... Endurance is also solidly written, sublimely creepy in parts, with characters you can root for and other characters you can hate. And that's what saves this novel from the unsavory pit of mere torture porn.

In a recent documentary, Stephen King makes a very interesting point abo
May 26, 2011 Lou rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The usual suspect is a Nasty piece of sheriff, who used to be a bootlegger to boot before he came to the town.
Once you check into The Rusmore Inn Hotel you would notice the proprietor Eleanor Roosevelt has an obsession with American presidents.

“ That Eleanor Roosevelt has some issues. Hell she has a whole subscription.”

This story includes a house of horrors, a Charnel House of ill repute and torture, and a motley bunch of human crudeness and evil freaks.

The Rushmore Inn a homage to dead presid
Feb 07, 2014 Gary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tense and brutal

This book grabbed me from the start and never really let me go. The author did an excellent job of bringing the characters to life and making them likable before placing them in extremely hazardous situations.
Yes, we have read the degenerate hillbilly story before. This author, however, takes a common theme and spins an intensely uncommon story around it.
The story alternates between various groups of characters, each as round and likable as the other. He skillfully weaves a razo
This book is a trainwreck. Even though the rational part of my brain was telling me, "This is terrible, you're wasting your time, read something you're actually interested in," I just could not look away from the awfulness.

Kilborn/Konrath seems to think that "horror" and "gore" are synonymous terms, but coming up with graphic, creative ways to make your characters bleed to death is not enough to make something scary (neither does having a family of people with grotesque genetic defects trying or
May 06, 2011 Marvin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Jack Kilborn is a pen name for J. A. Konrath. He tends to use this name for his more gruesome horror novels. J. A. Konrath is a talented storyteller who will enthrall you with exciting stories for the evening. Jack Kilborn will charm you just enough to be invited in then will stab you in the back and chew on your bones... while you're still alive.

Did I call Kilborn's novels gruesome? Let me rephrase. This is SICK SHIT! Lord knows I have a high tolerance for the grotesque but this tested my bound
Chris Daruns
May 13, 2011 Chris Daruns rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Horror fans who don't scare easily
Shelves: best-horror
I tend to read a good bit of horror. I picked this one up because of the glowing reviews of others saying it scared the beejezus out of them. I must say this is one of most nerve-racking, spine-chilling books I have ever read. I started it at night before bed (great time to read horror) and didn't go to sleep. To rephrase, I finished it four hours later and could not go to sleep. After reading this you will check under your bed EVERY time you stay at a hotel. Books that claim to be "edge of your ...more
David Church
Aug 21, 2013 David Church rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Endurance: a Novel of Terror felt like a horror rollercoaster ride is the best way I can describe this book. So many twists, turns, & cliff hangers keeps you reading one more page to see what happens. Jack Kilborn aka JA Konrath does an amazing job with a large ensemble cast. It amazes me how he can take so many characters and make each one unique and interesting. My ebook had a few typos and errors but who cares? I hate it when those grammar Nazis start deducting points for every typo they ...more
Jul 09, 2013 Beth rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I never knew horror could be so funny.

This book was completely AWESOME the one liners had my laughing out loud all the way through, loved the characters, the plot and the outcome

gruesome and hilarious.

Having enjoyed J. A. Konrath's first two forays into straight out horror, Afraid and Trapped, I was looking forward to this third title he released under the name, Jack Kilborn. The afterword reveals that his editors wanted significant cuts, but he refused to give up on it, and his desire to see it released in the form he intended led to him expanding into ebooks.

Well, good for Konrath/Kilborn, but truth be told, I can see why his editors had their issues.

Endurance depicts the tale of several fe
May 26, 2011 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kate by: Stephen Sullivan
Shelves: horror, age-adult, 2011
Deep in the (inbred) forests of West Virginia, the Rushmore Inn has a policy of "You can check in, but you can't check out!" Several female contestants in the Iron Woman competition, referred to the Inn due to overbooking, are about to find this out...

There's Deb, a mountain climber who lost both her legs in a fall and crawled to safety while being attacked by a moutain lion, who arrives at the Inn accompanied by a flirtatious reporter, and there's Florence, Letti, and Kelly, 3 generations of to
Jordan Anderson
Jul 24, 2011 Jordan Anderson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The plot is far from original (how many times have we seen movies and other novels with backwoods inbreds and a group of unlucky victims) but forget everything you know about similar stories, and get ready to be caught on a white knuckle thrill-a-minute literary creep fest, because Jack Kilborn is going to amaze (and shock) you.

Sometimes a novel is written so perfectly, and so precisely that you wonder why all books cannot be so. “Endurance” happens to be one of those novels. Everything is so pe
Jun 21, 2017 Lucille marked it as this-is-your-brain-on-excrement  ·  review of another edition
Endurance, in a word: tiresome.
Joe Stamber
Nov 07, 2011 Joe Stamber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, read-2012
My first thought when reading Endurance was that Kilborn/Konrath is one sick puppy. Great for horror fans that he put this to good use by writing stuff like this! Endurance is a nasty, twisted, exciting and entertaining tale about a family of backwoods freaks who run a remote hotel to suit their own dastardly ends.

Despite being such a nasty piece of work, Endurance isn't constantly explicit. It's clever enough to leave much of the mechanics of the brutality to the reader's imagination which of c
May 27, 2014 Dale rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First of all major props to the author for not conforming and publishing some watered down version of what we in our literary community call "peculiars", or books with odd, disturbing, or horror plots.

What seem to be random circumstances for groups of triathletes are not random at all. Their journeys take them to The Rushmore Inn. The guests can check out any time they like...but they can never leave. Ha Ha heard that before?

This book has some sick and twisted sheet. I mean that in a good way if
Jun 29, 2012 Char rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book as part of a horror group read at Shelfari. I finished it back on July 5, but wanted to think on it a little bit before posting a review.

While I found this book to be a fun, fast paced read, I did find it to be a bit cliche. The hillbilly family 'thing' has been done and though this novel had a few original twists on that theme, I couldn't help still thinking about those cliches.
What I did like were the characters. They saved the day. Most especially Eleanor Roosevelt, the char
The premise of this book sends a chill down my spine, because how terrifying would it be to be trapped inside a B&B out in the redneck woods of West Virginia with a family of incestuous mutants who want to impregnate the women and experiment on the men? Situations like this is why I stay at antiseptic Motel Sixes.

If this were my first time to read a redneck mutant story, I'd give this four stars. But I've read a lot of Ed Lee lately and this story is similar to some of his, and therefore no
Jan 06, 2011 Tara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I pretty much bought this book because it was only $2.99 on my Kindle, and I love a good horror novel. Also, I might have been born and raised in West Virginia, where this novel takes place. Don't judge me. And no, in the 18 years I lived there, I did not see any mutant inbreeds living in the woods.

Endurance is about a group of people who find themselves staying at a very peculiar bed and breakfast out in the middle of nowhere, WV. Most of the guests are attending an Iron Woman tournament in a n
Oct 23, 2014 Christopher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I checked this book out from the digital library because it met my high standards:
1) I wanted to read a horror book (for Halloween.) and
2) It was available for check out.

Also, the rating did not suck on goodreads. So, do you remember that episode of X-Files? You know that creepy one with the inbred hillbillies? Did that episode change your life? Good news! This book is a (sort of) spiritual sequel to that episode. Our heroes are in a small West Virginia town for a Triathlon. And there is no roo
Nov 04, 2011 Dana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Endurance is branded as a “novel of terror,” hyped as being so intense that readers might not be able to finish it. I finally broke down and got the book. By the time I finished, I was laughing.

Make no mistake – for the average reader, Endurance scores high on the gratuitous gore chart and may be too uncomfortable for some.

But in my opinion, Endurance suffers from two fatal flaws: 1) painfully awkward development of unbelievable characters and 2) a plot that is far too busy with said outlandish
Kathy Jenkins
Feb 10, 2011 Kathy Jenkins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes thrillers
Recommended to Kathy by: Amazon
I promise I'm not working for J.A. Konrath or Jack Kilborn, (who, by the way, are the same person) but he is my new best friend.

Endurance is sick and gory and a lot of fun!

It begins with an athlete who was offered a free stay at a remote bed and breakfast while she participated in a triathlon. However, once she got there, she was attacked by a bunch of deformed, insane, self-proclaimed descendants of royal and presidential blood lines; psychopaths who wanted her rare blood type for transfusion
Adam Light
Feb 08, 2013 Adam Light rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have now completed the trilogy of terror from J.A. Konrath's nom de plume Jack Kilborn. Well, since I started reading Afraid there has been a fourth - Haunted House - but most of the people I know that have reviewed have panned it. Not sure if I will skip it for that reason, but we shall see.
As for Endurance, wow! What a thrill ride. This book was nicely paced, expertly written and suspenseful and horrific as hell. I will certainly reconsider staying in B&B's not listed on any maps in the
Apr 18, 2011 Deviant-Muse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book reminded me of "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" mostly. It was a quick and easy read. The story builds the more you read. Some may think it is slow in the beginning, but it picks up sooner than you think.

There were pretty many suspenseful parts leaving me looking at my closet to ensure it was closed. I'm just glad that my bed is flat on the floor so I did not have to keep looking under there too! I love stories like this that make you check your locks and windows 2-4 times before even conside
Aug 16, 2010 SenoraG rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hmmmmm, I am not sure what to say about this book other than it is not for the faint hearted. I love horror of all kinds and I have read other books by Jack Kilborn and loved them so when I came across this one on sale I had to jump on it.

Was it scary? I would say not really. Creepy more than scary. Creepy with that I better check under my bed going through your head even though you know you are being silly.

Was is gorey? HELL YES and then some. A little over the top even for me at times and goo
Dec 09, 2011 Tammy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jack Kilborn's writing is fast-paced, humorous, and scary. I fondly recall Afraid from time to time.

Endurance didn't disappoint. My significant other walked in to the room where I was reading and said "I haven't seen that look on your face since you read that book where everyone was tortured." He was referring to The Summer I Died. While this book isn't as squirm-inducing, the scene with the guest log kinda freaked me out.

Recommend for all gore-lovers.
Mar 11, 2016 Zora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If I say this was "great fun," will you think me terribly odd ? This is a bloody, gory tale of people kidnapped, tortured and raped, but it was also over-the-top that I could never take it seriously. I even laughed a couple of times, which I fear reveals me to be extremely weird. A real page-turner.
Patricia Kaniasty
It was gory and creepy in a corny sort of way. I actually found alot of humor in it also. Don't know if I was suppose to or not. Reminded me alot of the B rated horror films I used to watch as a kid. I loved the variety of the deformed freaks in this story.
Mar 19, 2015 Holly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites, horror
I really enjoyed this book, gorey & creepy and I really liked the multiple character voices. This is my first kilborn/konrath book and it will most definitely not be the last!
Dec 24, 2016 Chelsea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick read . A story about the typical back woods crazy deformed killer freak family who runs a hotel.
Jul 01, 2010 Jesse rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
"Endurance" is J.A. Konrath's second offering in the horror genre, written under his pseudonym Jack Kilborn. After reading "Afraid", "Serial Uncut" and this book, I have come to this conclusion: no more reading books by this author, despite I have never read any of his mystery Detective Jack Daniels books. The reasons why I have chosen not to read any more books by him will be revealed as I go over my views on the book.

"Endurance" mainly takes place at a motel, the Rushmore Inn, in a secluded,
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