Afraid by Jack Kilborn (Book Review)
Plot: A helicopter has crashed near Safe Haven and unleashed something horrifying. Now this merciless force is about to do what it does best. Isolate. Terrorize. Annihilate. As residents begin dying in a storm of gory violence, Safe Haven’s only chance for survival will rest with an aging county sheriff, a firefighter, and a single mom. And each will have this harrowing thought: Maybe death hasn’t come to their town by accident . . .
My Review: Another book review written a few months after completing it. My life has been busy with a lot of things and so I just haven’t had the time to do the things I NEED to. I will review this to the best of my ability.
I’ve read several Jack Kilborn books by the time I got around to Afraid. There is Serial Uncut, Endurance, Trapped, and…well I guess that is it, but its felt like a lot. Anyhow, I have not been disappointed with any of his books until I picked up Afraid and struggled with the first few chapters. I was confused as hell. It wasn’t until I was 17% into the kindle edition that it all started to make sense, and get really good.
Afraid is the story of a group of scientifically altered soldiers, who are unleashed against a small town, first thought to be an accident. They are programmed with one main goal. To locate a specific person, in this case the sheriff’s brother who is a hermit practically, and recover a very important item. Something I won’t mention here because it isn’t revealed until close to the end of the book. These soldiers are modified to handle anything and everything that comes their way. They are like super humans with chips in their heads not allowing them to stray from their mission. Which is a good thing because two of the five are convicted serial killers with rape, torture and dismemberment on their minds.
In Afraid, we meet up with several of the towns people, and we learn about them and I came to care about them. Only to have them then get killed off, which shocked me, but also made for a great book, everyone was expendable, nobody was safe, and everybody was…Afraid!
I would definitely say I didn’t have as much fun with this book as Kilborn’s other novels. But it still wasn’t a BAD book. It was just harder to get into then the rest.
There were still really terrifying scenes. For example all the townsfolk are told they’ve won the lottery and to come claim their prize at the local school. I guess nobody thought it was odd that it was basically the middle of the night. But 95% of the town go there and end up being killed there after being integrated by the soldiers to find the location of the man they are looking for. At one point one of the people try to escape to discover a pile of dead bodies, all people they’d known, and they must hide beneath their bodies to try to survive. Creepy shit.
There is also a cool, cute, brilliant monkey, which I thought added a little fun to the book.
Overall: Kilborn knows how to add some really creepy elements to his novels, that’s why I keep going back, and will continue to follow his work. While this wasn’t the best, I didn’t hate it. It amazes me that his kindle books can often be found on Amazon.com for FREE.