I made it! A quarter Cannonball done... halfway to my low-bar goal for the year!
I didn't realize that this was a sequel to several other books by Jack
Kilborn until after I was well into it, but that didn't keep me from
enjoying the story (it just made me want to go find those books now,
A group of people who had survived horrors almost beyond
imagining (in Kilborn's other books, I assume) receive an invitation to
participate in a scientific experiment regarding the nature of fear.
Some are hesitant, some are enthusiastic, but most are unable to resist
the draw of the rewards--both of cash and the potential to rid
themselves of their crippling fear. Unfortunately, the experiment begins
to go awry, and the survivors find themselves fighting for their lives
once again, this time against entities that don't even know the meaning
I really liked the characters in this book, particularly
the tough detective and the foul-mouthed dominatrix. I found myself
really rooting for them all, and the tension when their were in danger
kept me on the edge of my seat. The plot moved along fairly quickly,
though I felt like there was some drag between the invitations being
sent and the survivors arriving at the house. However, there were some
interesting plot twists that I didn't see coming, and I really enjoyed
the whole thing. In fact, I was so invested in what happened that I
broke my own rule and finished the book at home, rather than waiting for
my daily commute!
I'd recommend this one to people who like
well-written horror, and plan to find the books that come before (and
after) this one soon!