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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 mysterie
Audible Audio, Digital Download, Unabridged, 13 pages
Published June 19th 2012 by Audible Frontiers (first published June 5th 2012)
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Mitchell Knoop Kind of, I would not recommend it though.
Charles Wheeler There are no ghosts in "14" but there are certainly supernatural events in the story. I'd say that there is very little horror in the book, though the…moreThere are no ghosts in "14" but there are certainly supernatural events in the story. I'd say that there is very little horror in the book, though there is peril and dangerous threats. I'd compare this more to the Twilight Zone in that it is more weird and paranormal than anything horrific. (less)

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Oct 01, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dan Schwent
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

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
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio, 2018
Have you ever read a book (or listen in this case) and it just surprises the hell out of you?!

14 was AWESOME! No, really, it was. I can’t believe I haven’t read this or heard about it more. I was looking for an engaging audiobook last week and came across 14.

This book has a mystery about a building along with hints of horror and sci-fi woven throughout.
How could I not try this? It's every genre I love thrown into a book!

Peter Clines shocked me with how much I liked this
Will M.
Dec 05, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book! It had everything I look for in a story. Very atmospheric, some pretty awesome characters, and a huge dreadful mystery. I was reading this book at a pretty good clip, until the discovery of what was in room 14. Then it threw me completely out of what was going on. So at about 70% through, I had to quit reading and take a week off. I wasn't even sure if I was going to finish this story. But I kept thinking about it , and finally got back to it. I'm very happy that I ...more
Break out your 1d6 investigators, it's time to do some dangerous explorations! Scooby-Gang style.

Seriously though, it's hard to describe what you love in a novel when it ought to come out as a great reveal and a near pitch-perfect blend of mystery, cthuhlu tales, science fiction, fantasy, and of course the mainstay of Horror. Because that's what this is. Pure Horror with all the greatest tidbits you could want from all the other genres. It reminds me an awful lot of his other novel, The Fold, in
Mike (the Paladin)
Sep 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy, horror
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
TS Chan
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
4.5 stars.

A fascinating and engaging genre-bending novel with excellent characterisation, elevated by the narrator's superb voice-acting.

14. Firstly, the number, when spoken in Chinese sounds like "will/must die". Due to this superstition, there are numerous buildings in my part of the world which do not use this number. You will instead get Level 13a or Unit 13a in place of 14, and sometimes even a jump from 13 to 15. I started the book with this notion at the back of my head. And all I knew a
Melissa (Mel’s Bookshelf)
Nov 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
mark monday
page turner, page turner! this was fun.

despite all of the eerie, slowly-paced discovery that suddenly morphs into page-turning, fast-paced excitement, despite the lovecraftian flourishes and the mind-bending dimension-folding strangeness and the frenetic, you-are-there-now action set pieces, despite all of the wham! bam! hurly-burly mayhem of it all, there's one central component to the novel that really warmed my heart: the novel's own heart, which is front and center. this is is a sweetly aff
Ash Wednesday
Jun 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: JJ Abrams and Drew Goddard fanboys and girls
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
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
Usually, I don't like to know too much about a book going into it. In this case, I'm SUPER happy about my policy because 14 is chock full of surprises!

At first, I thought this was a haunted house/apartment story. The mystery factor was strong and sucked me in right away. Slowly, as the tale unfolded, more and more information was discovered and this story morphed into something else entirely. I love when that happens!

I'm not going to say any more about the plot, but I will say that Ray Porter n
Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, sci-fi, horror
14 was easily the strangest and the most wild ride book-experiences I’ve read in 2019!

For those of you about to embark in the ‘14 book’ experience beware:

It’s a crazy messed up roller coaster ride, which will either leave you breathless and laughing or puking your guts out by the end!!

No. really. It’s that type of a book! I knew as little as possible going into the book, and as the pages flew by, I kept asking myself: what the fudge am I reading?? To characterize the book in the ‘horror’ genr
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
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: r2017, favourites

What a fun book!

The narrative introduces Nate, a run-of-the-mill guy stuck in a dead-end job, looking for a place to live in L.A. By luck, he finds an apartment that is not only greatly located but cheap too. The other residents seem ok, but very soon Nate starts noticing strange and weird things...

Clines spends plenty of time fleshing out his characters, especially the main ones, to the point that you just become attached to them. The same is true with the plot and setting, and yet the narra
Melody Sams
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a weird little trip! I’d expect nothing less from the author of The Fold. If you don’t mind a bit of a slow build up, you’ll be rewarded with some really fascinating and inventive sci-fi throughout the second half of the book. It definitely had a similar tone to The Fold, and I can’t help but think those two books might be connected. I’m definitely looking forward to more of Clines work!
Jul 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-read
A very fun genre-bending read. I read The Fold in 2015 and thought at the time that some parts of it didn't really work for me, but after reading this one, The Fold makes more sense. I think the two books work well as companion novels, with this one providing some context for the other. ...more
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
Jan 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A man wandering through life aimlessly finds friends and a compelling mystery when he moves into a new apartment building.

Nate's new building is an interesting place. The kitchen in his apartment has a light fixture that gives off black light no matter what bulb he puts in it. The place seems to have an emerald green cockroach problem. Apartment 14 has four enormous padlocks on its door. And as Nate begins to meet his neighbors, they all have pieces to add to the mystery as well. As Nate slowly
Jul 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one starts out a bit of a slow burn as we are introduced to the Kavach building and its tenants. Then it morphs into a mystery/thriller type of story, as the characters who call the apartment building their home start to experience strange happenings and messages hidden within the walls of the Kavach. As more is revealed, it quickly becomes apparent that something much more sinister is going on here. Much more.

Enter the Squales. No wonder the rent was so affordable.

I enjoyed this one very
Mar 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
3 stars--I liked the book.

This rating is largely based on the story. It was exciting, fast paced, and completely bonkers. This is sci-fi (pretty "hard" sci-fi, too) with some horror elements, and unlike anything I've read before. The story was great fun!

The writing however... oh boy. The writing gets 1 star--I didn't like it. I'm pretty sure this was written at a 4th-grade reading level. Characters are blank and there's no beauty in the prose. Female characters were especially bad, since they al
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

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
Cindy Newton
I've been mulling the ending of this book for a few days now, and I think I can now give it three stars. Right after I initially finished the book, I was leaning more toward two stars. I know many of my friends were enchanted by this story, but I just . . . wasn't. I really liked The Fold, and saw some similarities in the plot concepts. I felt like the presentation of that (view spoiler) was handled much better in The Fold than in 14.

G.K. Hayes
Oct 03, 2012 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
Sep 03, 2014 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
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
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Peter Clines is the author of the genre-blending -14- and the Ex-Heroes series.

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).

He made his first writing sale at age seventeen to a local newspaper,

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