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Endurance - A Novel of Terror by Jack Kilborn
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Oct 19, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: 2011, age-adult, horror
Recommended to Kate by: Stephen Sullivan
Read from October 12 to 19, 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 tough women. And there's Maria - who went missing a year ago, now being hunted for by her fiance and her possibly crazy little brother.

This entire crew is going to come head-to-head with the largest, most inbred group of freaks you can imagine...

I've read many positive reviews of books by this author here on Goodreads, so when I saw that my library had added several of his books to their ebook collection, I decided to check one out. To my delight, this was a huge violent gore-fest that read like a movie. I loved the army of spunky heroines, and found myself pulling for Mal and Felix (two of the men) to survive as well. There were several unexpected developments along the way, and I was happy when the turn from the women being victims to the women getting their revenge happened early on. The evil inbred Roosevelt clan was interesting, both in their genetic mutations and their motivations, although I kind of wanted to see a little humanity left in them. But hey, what can you expect from a brood of murdering freaks?

I'm glad Jack Kilborn (aka J.A. Konrath) decided to go the self-publishing route after editors turned him down - I will be looking for more of his books!
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Stephen I am very glad you liked this one, Kate. If you like a little more humor with your horror, his collaboration with Jeff Strand, Blake Crouch and F. Paul Wilson called Draculas was a ton of fun. If you like short fiction, I thought his collection Horror Stories was terrific.

Kate I think I have Horror Stories on my to-read list, I'll have to add Draculas. Thanks!

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Holly Great review. And let me add my 2 cents by saying that Draculas is a helluva great gory ride. :)

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