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Book Review – “Afraid” by Jack Kilborn and J.A. Konrath

November 10, 2013

AfraidHello ladies and gentlemen! Welcome to the Casa!

Today marks less than two weeks before I perform in my first stage production in over seven years. I play the lead role in Paul Rudnick’s play entitled “I Hate Hamlet!” The story is about an actor, Andrew Rally, whose once hit television show is canceled. As a way to regroup and bounce back, he moves to New York City and is cast in the role of Hamlet, the Danish prince. Many consider the role as the most challenging one an actor can play, but there is a problem. Andrew doesn’t want to play the Dane. Regardless of the fact that everyone close to him has faith that he can do it, Andrew’s fear of failure hinders him enough to draw the attention of John Barrymore’s ghost. The legendary actor deems it his mission to help Andrew become the actor everyone sees him to be. As with any role, Andrew Rally’s fears are similar to mine, although I’d love the hit television show he had.

Speaking of fear, that leads me directly into the book review for today, “Afraid” by Jack Kilborn and J.A. Konrath. It is a dark night in the lake community of Safe Haven when a helicopter explodes over the lake. What follows is a night of complete terror as a beyond top-secret military unit searches for a single person and leaves mutilated bodies and blood in their wake. I found this story to be a real page turner and a true roller coaster ride. The story, while it did seem a little dragging and clichéd in some spots, kept me guessing almost the entire ride through. I actually didn’t know what characters would survive their run-ins with the military unit members, and that is actually something refreshing for me. I rate this book a 4.5 out of 5 and look forward to any future ones from these authors regardless of whether they take place in this story’s universe or a different one. You can find “Afraid” at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in all forms.

As always, if you want to leave a comment, please do so below.  Let me know your opinion  and feel free to share mine with your friends, family, and yes, even your enemies.  I’m on FacebookTwitterGoogle +, and via e-mail at  And check out my stories in the “Darwin Murders”, “Bump Off Your Enemies”, and “Fresh Blood” anthologies.

And remember… Why so serious?

Donald P.

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