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(Konrath/Kilborn Collective #8)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  1,729 ratings  ·  111 reviews
It's the pharmaceutical breakthrough of the millennium. DruTech Industries proudly presents N-SOM, a pill that completely replaces eight hours of sleep. Feel totally refreshed, both physically and mentally, in just fifteen minutes a night.

The profit potential is boundless. Mankind's productivity will go through the roof. One third of a person's life could be recovered, for
Kindle Edition, 372 pages
Published April 11th 2009
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I am a major J.A. Konrath/Jack Kilborn fan; I’ve read and enjoyed almost all of the Jack Daniels books and am still dealing with the trauma of the horror collective (Afraid, Trapped, Endurance,Haunted House, Web Cam, etc.).

Given all that, I expected so much more from a J.A. Konrath novel.

Part sci-fi, part thriller, part horror, and part romantic suspense (anyone who knows me knows how much I *love* that genre) J.A. Konrath’s Disturb has good bones but the flesh leaves much to be desired.

We st
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Imagine being able to take a pill and not have to spend eight hours sleeping? It's an intriguing concept and the author clearly has taken chops from the likes of Robin Cook to roll out this sleep-depriving, fast-paced read. The pacing isn't fast, it's frenetic, and there is little time spent getting to know the characters.

Not enough time.

It is intentionally plot-driven, not character-driven, I think to a detriment. I'm the kind of reader who likes to get to know characters a bit before (and afte
Angel Gelique
Dr. William May, an agent from the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), has been assigned to evaluate a drug called N-Som that eliminates the need for sleep. Supposedly, there are several incredible benefits and no adverse effects.

Yet, it doesn't take Dr. May long to realize that he hasn't been given accurate data. Worse, his life is threatened and he quickly learns that no one can be trusted--not even the police or FBI.

This was an intriguing story that captured my attention from th
Todd Russell
Jul 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller, medical
Imagine being able to take a pill and not have to spend eight hours sleeping? It's a great idea and the author clearly has taken chops from the likes of Robin Cook to roll out this sleep-depriving, fast-paced read. The pacing isn't fast, it's frenetic, and there is little time spent getting to know the characters. It is intentionally plot-driven, not character-driven, I think to a detriment. I'm the kind of reader who likes to get to know characters a bit before (and after through the eyes of ot ...more
Cynthia (Bingeing On Books)
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-series
This was an excellent read. I love the concept of a pill that allows a person to go with no sleep. This was a great mystery surrounding the hidden side effects of the drug and the agenda of the people running the company. There was a lot of action and horror and it was a very fast paced read with many twists. Loved it.
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a fun read! I really enjoy the Konrath/Killborn collection.
May 28, 2013 rated it liked it
I became aware of author J. A. Konrath through the many freebies that Amazon offers its Kindle readers. After downloading and reading Konrath's "Afraid", I realized had to have more. This book, "Disturb" was my second foray into the author's world and won't be the last. Konrath (aka Jack Kilborn) is an outstanding plotter and builder of suspense. This book has copious amounts of both.

In "Disturb", Konrath creates a Robin Cook-like medical thriller revolving around a drug, N-Som, that makes sleep
Jul 18, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I discovered Konrath through his free book give-away on his website. Inspired. Apparently, he dusted off some of his early work that was not published. I liked a couple of his novellas so much I went off and bought the rest of his titles for my Kindle.

Disturb involves a billionaire who has discovered a drug that permits you never to require sleep. Just think of the efficiencies gained by never sleeping. Man, I could really chew through a lot of books. Unfortunately, it has some rather nasty sid
Juli Pennock
Oct 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: thriller, owned
Not bad. Not the best thing I've ever read, and I didn't like it nearly as much as I did 'Origin' by the same author (which I loved).

But about this one: Eh. It was ok. There were parts that were intriguing, and parts that flowed, but for the most part it wasn't my cuppa. It's pretty obvious at the beginning what's going on and what's going to happen. I think the twists and shocks may have read a lot more, you know, twisty and shocking five years ago, but for me it was pretty predictable. As a li
The Nate Gatsby
Oct 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Entertaining, but there was little when it came to plot and the writing was average.
May 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-books, horror
Just like all J.A.Konrath's books, I can't not to like it. It was fun and I listened to the audio book version which was a nice change as so far I've been reading all his work.
Apr 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
I was really drawn in by the synopsis of this book. A miracle drug that makes it possible to reduce sleep to a mere fifteen minutes. With money at stake, a conspiracy and hidden side effects of the drug, the agent sent in has his work cut out for him.
The book was interesting with the premise of the wonder drug at the forefront, but it was more about the coverup of the side effects and the good versus bad guys. The good guy, Dr. Mays, a recently widowed agent, who has a buried secret of his own,
Elli (Kindig Blog)
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
A new drug N-Som has been developed that gets eliminates the need for sleep, however the side effects might be more severe than advertised.

Disturb is a medical thriller with a very interesting premise but unfortunately it doesn't deliver. I think the best summary of the book actually comes from the Author himself in his afterward. He explains that Disturb came after a list of rejected novels, and as a result, he decided to write a 'by-the-numbers, straightforward, homogenous thriller' which his
Tere Fredericks
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Disturbing is Better

Although this has J.A. Konrath's name to it, it is more a Jack Kilborn book.. Disturbing is more like it.

Much in the way of Robin Cook, this takes real technology and makes it dark. It literally took me only two hours to read. Barely breathing (the irony is intended).

I simply cannot give a more in-depth review than that. As I have mentioned in other reviews, I normally take notes while I'm reading. Makes writing the review much easier. I was not able to do that this time. I
Jan 19, 2018 rated it liked it
This was an okay thriller, which is sort of an oxymoron. If it's not real exciting is it really a thriller? Well, whatever it was, it was okay. The plot was less than believable. Unlike most medical thrillers that sound like they could happen, this was beyond what i consider credible. A pharmaceutical company comes up with a pill that eliminates the need for sleep. As the FDA prepares to approve the drug, the scientists who developed the pill start getting killed off. That much all sounds reason ...more
Charles Ray
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The FDA sends Dr. Bill May to fast track approval of a new drug that supposedly eliminates the need to sleep. The problem is, though, N-SOM has some hidden, and extremely dangerous side effects. One of those effects, a psychotic killer, gets May and the daughter of the drug’s inventor in his sights. Can May survive long enough to make the dangers of N-SOM public? You’ll have to read Disturb by JA Konrath to find out.

A gripping medical thriller that will keep you awake—pun intended—and cause you
Alfred J. Coscia
Jun 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Readable But Not Outstanding

The book had a plot that was good, but seemed to have too much in it for the story to flow. I am a fan of Konrath but this just did not seem to measure up to other books. I enjoyed some aspects, but neither characters or the storyline stand out. Maybe it needed an editor to pull together the brilliant aspects and oust the borderline ridiculous ideas. It is okay, but not his best work.
Christine Bishop
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it

Disturb by Konrath is a thriller about a pharmaceutical drug company trying to get N-SOM approved. N-SOM will completely replace sleeping but their are some very disturbing things in how the drug is made and it's test subjects. This is not as creepy as some of Konrath other books but it will definitely make you jump in some places. 4 stars
Dec 23, 2017 rated it did not like it

I began by wanting to read the whole series. Now I'm wondering if I will read any more. There's something psychopathic about killing off the characters one by one. Just as soon as I became fond of a character, proof! That character is gone. I'm taking a vacation from the series. Perhaps a very long one.
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant book

I was completely absorbed into the plot. The characters, their thoughts and their emotions. The plot developed well and I learned several new terms whilst reading this novel.

However, I made it to the end, and just before it was all over, my dreams came crashing down. Brilliant story, average ending.
Ann Marie Gustavson
Apr 23, 2020 rated it liked it
This one was just good for me. The book was fairly predictable and non of the characters made me invest in their lives. I am glad that I read this book but I will not feel compelled in the future to pick it up and give it another read. Additionally, I would tell others that the author has better books out than this one.
barbara wilson
Dec 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The best medical thriller in a long time!!!!

This is so good that I stopped reading at chapter 31 to write this review it had so many twists. I would tell anyone that enjoys a good med thriller this is it!
Jan 02, 2018 rated it liked it

The book was good with lots of twists and turns right up until the end when it leaves it open ended. Yes, some of the mysteries/questions were solved but the main one was not completed.
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Disturb was a Disturbing read...LOL!!

J.A. Konrath at his best!! Disturb is a wicked read, full of all kinds of havoc, from start to finish!! Not for the weak of All kinds of death, appear in this book. Read with the lights
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was very good. It is about a new pill that keeps you awake. They are doing human clinical trials and the results are not good. There is a lot of violence and killing, but for some that leads to their ultimate high.
Lisa Stethem
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoy Konrath’s writing style. This book did not disappoint. The standalone books are usually a crap shoot since the characters aren’t established like the Jack Daniels series but this book did a good job of building characters and a nice twist at the end. Worth the read.
May 22, 2019 rated it did not like it
Far too unrealistic for me, too strange.

I could not get any joy reading this one. All the characters were incompetent, unthinking, too la Dee dah. Just unbelievable considering the setting. Wallstreet meets Carrie type of story.
Apr 23, 2020 rated it liked it
This is the first book I've read from J.A. Konrath. It was suspenseful with many twists and turns. I did not expect the way it ended. The book was very fast paced; an easy read. I thought the characters should have been more interesting.
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
spooky and kinda way out there.. Good story
Jerry Palmer
Dec 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Interesting plot with some twists along the way. Imagine if you could take one pill everyday and never have to sleep again? Nothing could possibly go wrong, right?
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