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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.
When 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?
ENDURANCE by Jack Kilborn
Are you brave enough to finish?
A Word of Warning
Originally scheduled to be released in paperback in 2010, the publisher read the final version of the manuscript and refused to release it.
This is a disturbing, terrifying book. You may think you're brave enough to handle it. But you're probably not...
©2010 Jack Kilborn and J.A. Konrath (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Jim "The Impatient" on 11-10-14


It is black or white on rather you will love or hate this book, and you will do one of the two. If you enjoy slasher movies and/or you are the type to pay extra to see the freaks at the circus, you will love this. If you do not enjoy such things you will hate this. I'M SURROUNDED BY FREAKS.

If you are still reading then you will love this, so how does this compare to other Konrath scary books? I have read three of Konrath's science fiction books and this is my third scary or dark book. This is a five star book, but I did like Trapped best and then Afraid and then this. I'm sure I should not admit to it, but I have always been fascinated by inbreeding and the results. X-Files has an episode involving an inbreeding family that I liked a lot. Due to Man's silly belief that leadership is in the blood, we have several examples of inbreeding throughout our history with the Kings and Queens and Pharaohs. The premise for this story is a family who has Roosevelt blood and believes they can breed a new president. Through most of the book I was shocked and grossed out, but I will admit toward the end, it did get to the point of enough already. Konrath got to the point where he was just coming up with all the weird oddities he could think up and the story got a bit redundant. I also did not find the Mountain Lion scary, nor did I think it fit into the story that well. I realize that Mountain Lions are nothing to be messed with, but it was just a regular everyday mountain lion.

You can not compare Konrath to Koontz or King, these guys have totally different styles. King and Koontz write scary mess with your head stuff, sometimes with character development and usually a political message. Konrath writes dark, gory, shocking stuff, without character development or any messages. He is just trying to entertain.

The narrator is very good. He does have to do several red necks and many of them do sound the same, but this is not a character driven story, so it did not matter. I did not think when he was doing the regular narration and not doing characters, that he needed to stay in the red neck voice and it would have sounded better if he had not done so. Just my thought and it was certainly not done to the point of distraction.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Terri on 04-13-11


I have become a HUGE Jack Kilborn fan. I listened to "Afraid" first and couldn't get enough. I was so excited to begin "Endurance" and I was not disappointed. I use to be a big fan of Dean Koontz but I have to admit Mr. Kilborn has him beat. If you love horror stories you will not be disappointed in this book. Just be prepared to listen because you will not be able to press pause!!!

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5 out of 5 stars
By jennifer on 06-19-11


Before i purchased this book i had a listen to the narrator,as i think this is most important when listening to audio.At first i thought no way can i listen to that old deep south twang,but the story sounded so good,so i took a risk,thank god i did as it goes the narrator was in fact perfect for this kind of story,its gripping,disturbing and i think it would make a excellent film!!
If you are not in to the sort of inbreed type films then do not listen,you need a hard stomach too,as it is quite Gross in parts.
I enjoyed every minute highly recommended.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Benny butthead on 06-09-17

Wow great horror. Mr Lane is a legend.

I don't want to say anything else, DON'T MAKE ME!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Stephanie on 08-31-15

A True Horror Story

A true horror/ thriller novel for lovers of the genre. Gory and filled with suspense, this one cannot be put down! Fantastic narrator and a real nail-bitter of a story. For the brave only!

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