14 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Audie Award Nominee, Science Fiction, 2013
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 mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s. Because every room in this old Los Angeles brownstone has a mystery or two. Mysteries that stretch back over a hundred years. Some of them are in plain sight. Some are behind locked doors. And all together these mysteries could mean the end of Nate and his friends. Or the end of everything....
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|Listening Length||12 hours and 34 minutes|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||19 June 2012|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 3,976 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
142 in Supernatural Thrillers (Books)
150 in Adventure Science Fiction
337 in Science Fiction Adventures
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There are interesting characters that end fatally flawed (as in dead) and the heroes swap places more times than you turn the pages. It's a mishmash of ideas that in the end all come together leaving you with a good reading experience. I enjoyed though if I'm put on the spot as to why then I have to just say; READ IT.
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Nate Tucker, a data in-putter, is on the lookout for an apartment he can afford and he finds the perfect one very quickly. But he’s warned by the previous tenant that it “has an odd vibe to it.” Nevertheless Nate moves in and meets his new neighbours, an eclectic lot who socialise over beers on Friday evenings on the roof garden. Each apartment seems to harbour some peculiarity so, driven on by Nates curiosity, the other tenants are soon resolved to uncovering the mysteries of their block. Unfortunately, they need to work discreetly under the nose of Oskar, the decent but vigilant apartment caretaker, who doesn’t treat meddlers within his building too kindly.
What captivated me with this novel was the depth of the enigma that began to unfold as their surreptitious investigations uncovered puzzle after intriguing puzzle.
However, about three quarters of the way through, just as everything is gearing up for the final sequence, the tone of the book changed from gripping mystery to action. This was good too, but not as good as the first part of the book. But all in all 14 is a most enjoyable and interesting novel.
We have ludicrous segment with room 14 which makes no scientific sense at all then a final segment with an limp adversary (who you’ll see coming a mile away).
In essence, although there are a couple of very matter of fact deaths, there’s very little of any consequence in this book.
There’s some amusement to be had with the interplay between residents of the building, with their geek knowledge, but not a lot.