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Endurance: A Novel of Terror de Jack Kilborn
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Endurance: A Novel of Terror (original: 2010; edição: 2010)

de Jack Kilborn, J.A. Konrath

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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 checking into her room, she quickly realized she wasn't alone. First her suitcase wasn't where she put it. Then her cell phone was moved. Finally, she heard an odd creaking under the bed. Confusion quickly turned to fear, and fear to hysteria when she discovered the front door was barred and the windows were bricked over. There was no way out. One year later, four new female athletes have become guests of the Inn. Will they escape the horrors within its walls? Or will they join the many others who have died there, in ways too terrible to imagine?… (mais)
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Título:Endurance: A Novel of Terror
Autores:Jack Kilborn
Outros autores:J.A. Konrath
Informação:CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2010), Paperback, 336 pages
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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 charming proprietress of the inn.
Many other reviews go into the plot, so I will just leave it at that and say that if you're looking for a fun thriller that doesn't tax the brain too much, (AND you like mutant redneck, hillbilly fun), this book could be the one for you. ( )
  Charrlygirl | Mar 22, 2020 |
J.A. Konrath, also known by his not really secret pen name Jack Kilborn, generally writes two types of books. There are his murder mysteries starring Lt. Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels; then there are his horror books. I haven't really read enough of him yet to know and recognize his voice but ENDURANCE felt like a mix. I kept getting flashes of Richard Laymon, of Edward Lee, and maybe a splash of Joe Lansdale.

The story focuses on the Rushmore Inn, a quaint bed and breakfast in the middle of nowhere. Every year there is a triathlon in same area as the Rushmore Inn. Thanks to certain individuals, referrals are made for special guests to stay instead at the remote bed and breakfast. The proprietress likes it that way since it gives her and her brood private time with their guests. Time to make them disappear.

This is just one spot where ENDURANCE is similar to a Laymon novel. The story starts relatively simple and then just grows odd and off-kilter from that point. In this case, the off-kilter ends up being cannibalistic, inbred, mutant rednecks who need blood transfusions from a rare blood type so that they can survive. Don't worry about the monster being revealed; it is revealed pretty quickly. Besides the thrill comes from the horrors they inflect. Unfortunately I'm kind of tired of cannibalistic, inbred, mutant rednecks. I was never really a fan. Maybe because it's so much the cliche of the stereotype; it's easy to not take it serious. And I don't. The rest of the novel was really good though. The characters were easy to imagine and easy to follow their motivations. I didn't quite feel anything if they were killed or maimed but I could picture them. Oh, and a bit more than halfway through, I realized I missed the reference to the title. Endurance. As in being able to maintain great physical stamina over a period of time. Exactly what the triathletes had trained for and what the victims were doing in the novel. The book was good and I would recommend it but I know I'm going to look forward to his next book and a more "acceptable" monster. ( )
  dagon12 | Aug 2, 2019 |
This was a totally enjoyable fun gory creepfest mutant rednecks novel. yes, it's a b movie kind of book but what's wrong with that? The characters are all great, love the ass kicking Grandma. There's one scene with a journal that as I was readng it there was a creaking noise in my closet..made me jump..lol
A fun creepy read ( )
  phollis68 | Apr 9, 2019 |
Unrelenting horror with a solid cast of characters are the staples of "Endurance". Author Jack Kilborn (as terrific as ever) spins a yarn that will reach the soul of even the most jaded horror genre' fans. In this novel, Kilborn creates a story created on some unfortunate participants in an Iron Woman Triathlon competition. A small group of these women find themselves having to secure lodging at the out-of-the-way Rushmore Inn because all the hotel rooms at the site of the competition are booked.

The bad thing about the Rushmore Inn is that once you check in, you check out in a much different way that expected. You see, the Rushmore Inn is populated by the worst collection of psychos, miscreants, and mutants that one will every find in a single book. This group is headed up by the biggest, baddest mama of them all, Eleanor Roosevelt. No, not THAT one, but rather a delusional sociopath who believes that her lineage goes back to royal blood and she's going to do everything in her power to keep her sadistic brood (all named for different US President - hence Rushmore Inn) alive.

Kilborn creates a harsh, imaginative, brutality graphic novel that's sprinkled with a little humor. Not for the faint-of-heart, but definitely memorable, readers who are fans of Bryan Smith, Edward Lee, Jack Ketchum, and Kealan Patrick Burke should absolutely LOVE "Endurance". ( )
  coachtim30 | Feb 8, 2014 |
Jack Kilborn is a good writer, but this book reads like a draft rather than a polished product. Be prepared for missing words, typos, homonym difficulties (reign instead of rein, etc.), some awkward constructions, and so forth. Nevertheless, the story moves right along in a sustained creepy fashion, with some welcome humor sprinkled in. Most of the characters are drawn well enough that the reader cares what happens to them (although a few, like Sue, whip on and off so quickly that readers have little time to work up much sympathy). The theme is far from original but horror fans are unlikely to find that objectionable. The ending is satisfying.

The author does a great job introducing what will be difficult words for many readers by building in good description (example: bifurcation) so that there's no need to look the word up. Still, one paragraph sticks in my mind: he introduces a dozen words most readers will find confusing and nothing in the text gives much of a clue. In some places the author's knowledge makes for compelling reading; in others, I couldn't help wishing he'd done a little more research to make the text more believable.

For die-hard fans, the faults won't matter too much (especially if they read mostly ebooks, which all too often read like drafts instead of well-crafted, polished works). Kilborn is a good enough writer that this is a shame. Working through the book again to fix the most glaring problems would allow readers to enjoy the creepiness and fast pace without tripping. ( )
  Carrie.Kilgore | Nov 29, 2013 |
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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 checking into her room, she quickly realized she wasn't alone. First her suitcase wasn't where she put it. Then her cell phone was moved. Finally, she heard an odd creaking under the bed. Confusion quickly turned to fear, and fear to hysteria when she discovered the front door was barred and the windows were bricked over. There was no way out. One year later, four new female athletes have become guests of the Inn. Will they escape the horrors within its walls? Or will they join the many others who have died there, in ways too terrible to imagine?

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