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The Pain Colony (The Colony #1)

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Six dead bodies with one disturbing similarity. An illicit genetic experiment. A secret society of true believers willing to do whatever it takes to become Pure.

And this is only the beginning.

DEA Special Agent Peter Malloy is no stranger to the devastating impact of drugs. So when six bodies turn up with surgical ports implanted in their spines, he's sure a potent new opio
Kindle Edition, 440 pages
Published August 22nd 2019 by Narrow Ledge Publishing
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Shanon Hunt I think my favorite part of the religious aspect is that it's used as a lure for a giant scientific experiment. Many cult leaders have an ulterior mot…moreI think my favorite part of the religious aspect is that it's used as a lure for a giant scientific experiment. Many cult leaders have an ulterior motive (power, manipulation) in which they use spirituality as a ploy to get them something they want, and the more suffering a "recruit" goes through, the more enculturated he/she becomes. In The Pain Colony, I've taken this idea and broadened it to a much grander scale. Human genetic research is such a hot commodity. It seems likely that at some point, someone is going to find a way to use a religious (or other equally passionate) angle to capture the heart and mind of human subjects. All they need to do is convince them that the vision is more important than the individual. Book 2 will take this concept to a new level. :-)(less)
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Kathi Defranc
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Amazing Introduction To ' The Colony', Where A Person's Life Is Changed

Wow, a very interesting story that takes a look at gene editing inside a human body, and shows what a person can become. A very different approach by some rich scientists who use a thesis from college by a young woman interested in the uses of pain. Her thesis comes to life with her unaware, and being used as a name involved in everything when in reality she has no clue!
A fascinating adventure that is intriguing and really
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"You have something here, something that I can take away from you. You don't see it yet but it's here, all right."⁣

"Your name. It's mine now. What's your name?"

This book was so much better than I was expecting based on the synopsis. I would love to see it be made into a movie or TV show. The big twist at the end was so unexpected. 100% recommended.⁣
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
WOW, what a read! The plot was intense, modern, edgy and thrilling and held me captive all the way through! The characters fairly leapt off the page, and the tension was palpable. And, as if all of that didn't make this the perfect read, there's a massive twist at the end that I totally didn't see coming which left me reeling! If you are looking for a book that you just CAN’T put down, then this is DEFINITELY the book for you! I'm REALLY looking forward to the next one in this series!!! ...more
Debbie Rosenberg
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This sci-fi mystery is great. I enjoyed this book so much I could not put it down. The Pain Colony has a great deal going on but Hunt manages to tie it all together into a fabulous story that twists and turns, keeping you guessing. I am really impressed by the way she developed the characters. Extremely well thought out plot! I highly recommend this book. A must read!
Kevin Potter
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Here we have a beautifully written near-future science fiction thriller that is equal parts suspense, mystery, and terrifying science!

This is my first exposure to Erin deWard, but I've been a fan of Noah Michael Levine for a while now. Both narrators have a wonderful array of distinct voices and are phenomenal at both vocal inflections and matching their reading tempo to the tension in the scene.

While Noah is a bit better at opposite-gender voices than Erin is, she is an absolute master of emoti
Catherine MacDonald
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Pain Colony was the 100th and final book I read this year, and I genuinely couldn't have found anything better with which to round off my 2019 year of reading. I don't usually like when there are parts in a book where the reader is pulled from one time and place to another through flashbacks and memories, but each narrative in this story fit together so well and the twist at the end had me sitting at my work desk with my mouth hanging open in shock.

Steven Levy
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don't want to give away any spoilers so I won't say too much about the plot. I can say the story will keep you turning the pages and rushing towards the end. It reminded me of when I first read "Daemon"by Daniel Suarez. The world can be a tough place and this book does not pretend otherwise. ...more
Deborah thompson
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Medical thriller

This book is part medical thriller and part cult Very intriguing and suspenseful This author wrote a great book that keeps you in suspense from first chapter Highly recommend if you like thrillers
Elena Alvarez Dosil
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is an amazing mixture of genres: not only a technothriller but also a dystopian novel. There are three main plots that intertwine forming a complex story: A girl living in a colony where pain is a mean to reach purification and find redemption; a DEA Agent investigating several murders in which the victims have died due to a new and unknown drug; and Alisson, who works for a pharmaceutical company, and whose boss and secret lover skips town leaving her as the main suspect in an embezzl ...more
Stacey Camp
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh goodness, this book was absolutely impossible to put down!

I just happened upon this book while perusing the Amazon Kindle book selection and decided to try my luck with it after reading the intriguing description. I am SO excited to see that Shanon Hunt is writing a follow up to this book - it seriously cannot come soon enough for me!

WARNING - this book will keep you on the edge of your seat to the point you won't want to stop reading....and then when you finish it, you will want more!

Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received the audiobook version of the Pain Colony from the author, in exchange for an honest review.
We are introduced to Layla, an inductee into the “Pain Colony”, a strange cult-like organisation where the members are subjected to pain that they must endure and come to accept on the path via “cleansing” towards “purification” from their previous polluted lives. Layla is keen to be a model inductee and progress but is struggling with memories of her previous life, which we learn about through
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it

The Pain Colony was an unexpected surprise. I wasn't sure if I was going to like it at first, but I ended up really enjoying the story. The story is told through multiple perspectives in seemingly unrelated storylines. But as the story progresses, their link quickly becomes evident. The science in the book was interesting and the ethics of the CRISPR gene editing technology really made me stop and think. Being a scientist who works in clinical trials and will be involved in gene editing in the n
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just wow, I really liked it ALOT!

The whole storyline sucked me in from the first chapter and kept me engaged until the very end. This was a suspense thriller with some futuristic scientific elements, it is labelled as a horror but I wouldn’t label it as that myself.
I really don’t want to give too much away as there is a lot of detail in the blurb, but I have not read or listened to anything like it before it was quite unique. The twists and turns were great although sometimes I did get a little
Christine Saper
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shanon Hunt's The Pain Colony is a compelling tale, and one whose themes of money, privilege, power and greed really resonate with me. Throw that into a mix of illegal medical experimentation and you've got a perfect storm. The Pain Colony is artfully told through a series of alternating events. The structure of Hunt's novel meshes seemingly parallel events and characters with just enough time and text on their respective segments, and allows them to ultimately merge. I have read so many books w ...more
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Pain Colony was an interesting and thrilling read. It was different to the other books that I usually read, but it really caught my interest, and I could not put it down.

The themes of the novel were intriguing. I loved the element of science within the thriller of the book. It was intricate and incredibly thought out.

There were times where I didn't know whose perspective was who, but it got easier after a while, and I loved how Layla's memories were written in first person; felt more person
Antigone Walsh
May 05, 2020 rated it liked it
The rich and powerful join corporate and pharmaceutical interests and use desperate people as human guinea pigs for genetic experimentation. The subjects are desperate and join a cult-like organization which promises to lead them through pain to perfection. But some experiments run awry leaving behind dead bodies with mysterious ports in their spines. The FBI and DEA get involved but powerful entities have long tentacles and greed and self-interest often trump morality and justice.

This was an in
N.V. Cefalo
Jul 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
*This book was given to me by the author at my request, and I provided this voluntary, unbiased review.*


I really like this thriller! It plotted and churned its way through nail biting scenes that had me at the edge of my seat. I had guessed a huge plot point about half way through it and was correct about it by the end; and I want to say that it was a really cool and great concept thought out by the author that worked as a perfect plot device used throughout the book. I was really impressed w
Barbara Williams
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
One bizarre story

If this is a glimpse into the world of tomorrow, may I leave this earth today. A scientifically altered society, where human beings must meet the criteria of profound perfection, devised by the few, under the guise of alleviating pain and suffering. Where minds are erased and alternate memories are created. No thanks. I'll stick with imperfection. One scary look into a future that just may happen.
Kathy Cvetnich
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Pain tolerance, dead bodies turning up all with 1 thing in common. Desperate to flush out the culprits and lies for drugs and secret research.
Allison is scapegoat, has FBI watching her every move, she is trying to find out what’s going on in her company. Involvement of a cult that deals with pain, The Pain Colony. Great story lots of twists, turns and secrets. Money, greed, illegal experimentation on humans. You have got to read this page turner.
michael kelly
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable

From the look of things this is the author's first book. How do I know that? The book was so good it was impossible to put down and when I was finished I was hoping there was a sequel. This book was a great read and I highly recommend it. I really hope the author decides to continue writing more about the "Pain Colony" I would really like more on the characters and subject matter.
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Not really into science fiction books but this was awesome, however I like my "poison" life just fine. I can't imagine and this is not just fiction I mean what you read in here is basically what the government wants to do to us. I received this book from an ad on Facebook and have sence scripted to the Author all of the above is my opinion as I am voluntarily reviewing. ...more
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
Had potential

This book started off with such a bang that I couldn't wait to get to the whodunit. But alas it meandered on at a snails pace until I lost all hope . Literally dragged myself to the conclusion. How could it all go so wrong? It's as if someone else took over the writing midway. Maybe a c!one!
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It was wonderful. I was surprised how fast I read it. The Pain Colony was one I couldn't put down. Can't wait for more.... Surprised at Jim's graphic description. What kind of book is his interests? Why did he bother to read it? Shanon, continue to write! ...more
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thought Provoking

I enjoyed this book. It is for open minded readers who will read without making judgements about science .
I'm not saying you won't cringe a time or two. This would be a great book for a progressive book club.
Lee Graziano
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read this is less than 24 hours. Suspenseful throughout and the ending had my jaw dropped. You think you know what’s going on, but you have no idea. I highly recommend this book. Awesome. One of the best books I’ve read this year.
Michele Zuniga
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Scientific Thriller

I base my 5 stars on the thriller category. The writing is solid, the story kept me interested, and the science was unnervingly plausible. Look forward for more from this author.
Cat Manning
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I admit it took me a little bit to get into the book but I'm glad I did! Well worth the read. ...more
Janice Avery
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Keeps your attention from beginning to end

Very interesting story. The science of curing people through gene regeneration is fascinating. Keeps you o n the edge of your seat.
Brandie Lea Slicer
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great medical/suspense sci-fi thriller!

This author’s writing reminds me of Robin Cook’s works! I enjoyed the plotline and suspense. It kept me guessing. Recommend.
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great book

Hard to put down, great writing style, interesting characters, scary and believable. I'm waiting to read her next book. Thanks Shanon!
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