It was supposed to be a harmless camping trip. Six wayward teenagers who'd run into trouble with the law, and their court-appointed guardians, Sara and Martin Randhurst. Three nights on a small, deserted island off of Michigan's upper peninsula. A time to bond, to learn, to heal. Then Martin told a campfire story about the island's history. Of the old civil war prison hidden in there, and the starving confederate soldiers who resorted to cannibalism to stay alive. Everyone thought it was funny. They even laughed when Martin pretended to be dragged off into the woods. But Martin didn't come back. And neither did Sara when she went in search of him. Then the laughter stopped.The group soon began to realize that this deserted island wasn't so deserted after all. And perhaps Martin's ridiculous story had more truth to it than anyone thought. What's the most horrifying thing you can imagine? This is a hundred times worse....
©2010 Jack Kilborn, J.A. Konrath (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
From the offset, the book offers up vibrant characters, oodles of suspense, bloodshed and a fair serving of gore without the need for being too graphic or offensive. With a mad doctor, feral cannibals, sadistic psychotics and enough torture to make you almost imagine the pain; this story is fast paced and often left me frustrated and wanting more each time when I had to take a break. The last few hours of the book are absolutely amazing and the build up towards the end with so many twists and turns was incredible.
Even though I would categorise the thoughts of the authors as being "very disturbed", I thought this story was amazing and by far my best read of 40+ books in the last two years. If only this could be made into a film, the storyline would easily stand on par with the likes of Hostel2 and Saw etc. Brilliant book, read (listen to) it!!
I purchased this title after reading the reviews and quickly discovered I'd made a huge mistake. The story is ridiculous, almost comical and the writing lazy and fatuous. It just goes to show how much taste can vary from one person to the next (pun unintended). The story sounded promising and I was excited at the prospect of finding a good thriller/horror writer. Oh the disappointment!
The only redeeming feature of this listening experience is the narrator. I would happily buy another audiobook narrated by him.
This should probably be classed as "black comedy" as well as horror to avoid disappointment from people who like their horror serious and sinister. Kilborn's style is to throw at you as much gore and as many disgustingly painful ways of killing people as possible but in a darkly humorous way. I laughed out loud at several points and rather than detract from the horror, it makes it even better.
This is the third Kilborn audiobook I've downloaded and he is definitely a bit obsessed with cannibalism, people who are deformed or physically different (like being super tall) and people who are mentally unstable. I found this novel quite similar to Endurance, and I think Endurance does it a bit better. I don't think the pacing of Trapped is quite as good as it takes a while to really get going and then there isn't really a building of tension.
One thing I have really enjoyed about Kilborn's books is that the characters are very original and not the usual horror stereotypes. He seems to like using strong female protagonists to fight the bad guys and doesn't just use them as fodder - that's a refreshing change. However I found Sarah quite uninspiring as a heroine in Trapped. I much preferred the characterisation of Tyrone and Cindi and my biggest disappointment with this is that we didn't spend more time with Georgia, who was fascinating and entirely unique. In a way I think it's a shame she was a bit part in a novel and didn't get to star in her own.
I can see from the other reviews that I'm not the only one who thought "this would make a good movie" while I was listening. Hopefully some movie makers will see our reviews!
This book is just brilliant. Just what I want from reading... I just want something that will take me away and be truely horrified by (but of course just in the fictitious sense) and keep me enterained and in suspense with good old escapism.
The book starts and BAM... action and suspense throughout which does not slow down until you have read the last word. Yes, I liked all the characters and whilst some scenes were difficult to read it was of course made quite 'silly' in the sense you knew this was not at all a true story or even trying to be.
Definitely read if you like page turning, actiona and horror and true fight for survival. If you are sqeamish at all then I would not recommend!
Like the first person to write a review for this book,i totally agree please can we have a film Mr Kilborn?
This was a fantastic story,and you do in fact pull faces yourself when the torture begins.
Before this i did listen to his other book Endurance,and loved that so much i checked the author out,and found Trapped which was just as good,if you have a strong stomach go for it a great read and great narrator.
A social worker and psychologist husband and wife team, take their troubled charges to a remote island for therapeutic reasons. While telling ghost stories around the fire the husband is dragged off into the bushes , and everyone is systematically picked off by surgically modified mutanty/murdery beasties!
This must be the best horror story I have listened to so far on audiobook.
For me, this had the feel of that great classic by H. G. Wells, The Island of Dr. Moreau, except I thought it was better. It was gripping, with a fast storyline which changed all the time, building up the story all the time, and it had a fantastic end.
If I had to pick a favourite character, I suppose it would be Sara, however, I was amazed at the astounding range of voices Phil Gigante performed.
It was creepy, new events and storylines throughout, plenty of twists and turns which kept the listener guessing.
I just cannot rate this story or its narrator high enough, as a life long lover of horror stories I have listened to, and read, many, but this is definitely the best.
Well, I can't say I wasn't warned by the other reviewers! This book has it all: people stranded on a scary island, sociopaths, sadists, a mad scientist, and a bunch of lobotomized cannibals. The first half of the book is effectively spooky; the second half is just gross, with vivid descriptions of people being roasted, eaten, tortured, degraded, mutilated, and so on. But I'm not complaining. Most of the story is entertaining, and the narration is solid.
There is one thing that's bothering me about the story and prevents me from giving it a higher rating. A big revelation in the second half changed the complexion of the whole novel. It made me go back to listen to key passages again to see if it was possible to predict it. Were there signs buried in the story? Was the author cleverly leading us in one direction only to shock us with the truth? Or were we outright tricked? Like a lot of readers/listeners, I don't like to be fooled by cheap tricks. And this one felt pretty cheap.
Still, I liked the book overall, and I recommend it to horror and gore fans.
One of my favorite Kilborn books. One of the other reviewers used the word "twisted". This describes the story, characters, and Kilborn. Loved it!!! Thanks Jack!!!
You probably either love or hate this author. I can't get enough. I finished this one in 4 days which in my busy schedule is really good. I couldn't stop listening. Read by the same guy that narrated Afraid, Phil Gigante did an excellent job. I could really visualize all the characters especially Lester. If you are a fan of gore/thriller/action then don't pass this one up. Keep putting them out Jack and I'll keep buying.
"Not real crazy about this one!"
At first this book was rather enjoyable. It was far fetched and got hard to listen to. I enjoy listening to fiction and don't expect books to be true to life, however, this one was over the top! The narrator was overly dramatic through out the book making the more intense parts not as exciting as they could be. I found it was hard to listen to as he used the same expressions throughout the whole book. Although I do not feel as though I "wasted" a credit on this book; I wouldn't recommend it. There are many more books out there that are better and worth the money.
"Another crazy Kilborn book!"
I loved Kilborn's book Endurance and Afraid wasn't too bad either. So figured I had to try this book. It is a creepy book just like the others. At times I wonder if I will be able to finish when the gore kept going, but always seem to manage. It's a crazy book and will definitely make you want to go camping lol!
"The Island of Dr Moreau meets silly B rated flick"
Well, I think my headline says it all. A bunch of wayward teens running around in the woods, being chased by bad guys and making silly predictable mistakes. It was like one of those "B" rated horror movies where you wanted to scream at the drunken naked blond (I'm blond I can say that) to stay put. Oh good grief what a disappointment. Pros? hmmm The narrator did a good job and I almost listened to the whole thing.
"After 30 minutes I felt Trapped"
Someone who enjoys mindless violence endless gore and all too predictable endings. I hadn't engaged something this dumb since reading Myra Brenckinridge in the late 60's, but as another great American character once stated "Stupid is as stupid does". I must confess I was very stupid to even finish this goreathon. Especially since I had figured out the ending within the first hour of listening.
Believabilty come on could this entry have been any more camp? No
Stop trying to sound like one of the brothers from the hood. Finally I found the entire performance bordered on the offensive, and toward the end it no longer bordered in it but floundered in a sea not only bad taste . After the first two lines of dialog you knew it had no where to go but down.
My reaction was one of just how stupid did they (creators) think I was. I guess very because I finished the thing.
Not worth any more comments.
I found the book to be sophamorically predictable. Come on, a salt shaker in the pocket, really??? Puleeze..... Would not recomend anyone to purchase this book, though the person who read (Paul Giante) was very good, his story line was so lame, I only finished it because I paid for it. Really, don't waste your time purchasing, much less listen to this book.
"Gory and fun, but not for everyone."
About 6 out of 10. Books are like food. Most of the time I eat healthy, good-for-you food. And sometimes I just want a nice greasy burger with large fries and a shake. This book was the greasy burger. It was gross, horrific, bloody and very tasty. What I liked best about this book was not really knowing how it was going to end. You get used to having the hero of the story come out victorious, or at least the bad guy is caught and punished. But this book keeps you guessing to the very end. It really doesn't seem like anyone is going to get out of this alive and that the bad guys win...... or do they??? ;)
When one of the characters says "i ate Meadow, and he tasted like chicken". I laughed so hard i nearly lost control of my car. Just an awesome, cheesy, cornball piece of humor in the middle of a really gross and tense story.
The way he voiced the African American characters. They were so incredibly stereotyped that it was almost offensive. But I believe that most of that was the writing -- the dialog for the African American kids felt like it was written by someone who watched Boyz In The Hood one too many times. The dialog was distractingly stuck in the 80's and it didn't allow me to connect with those characters because they were SUCH caricatures.
"I ate my friend, and he tasted like chicken!" aaaaahahahahaha... just classic.
This book is NOT for everyone!! I'll even venture to say that it's not for most. It's incredibly graphic and gross. The story reads like a B movie slasher flick, but I find those enjoyable so it didn't bother me. There are lots of characters doing really stupid things, lots of characters doing things that are just ridiculous and improbable and lots of hilarious bad guys. There's a myriad of things you can pick at about this book, but why bother. It's like watching a slasher flick and wondering why the girl in high heels and a bikini runs into the woods to get away from the killer.... what's the point... just enjoy the ride. This is not a intellectual piece of literature, but it sure was fun and I enjoyed every minute of it.
"Serious Hardcore Gore Fest. Really, Really Wet."
The thing about this book is that there is a pretty good story in there. Not a great mystery but plenty of action and suspense. The problem is it is mixed in with so much blood, gore, torture and just plain nastiness you really want to just look away. I was warned by other reviewers (thank you) so I knew it was going to be bad going in. And it was but I don't regret the listen. It was a good story. But seriously folks, if you are at all squeamish this is not for you.
Now I know precisely what the reviewer who said they were embarrassed about how much they liked this story meant!
Yes I have/will. But I would hope they would rely more on their writing/plotting skills because they can tell a good story. And when it comes to blood and guts I think less can be more. That's why only three stars for the story.
There were many scenes where I was actually calling the characters bad names because of the bad choices they were making. Fortunately, I was cleaning the house instead of sitting on the train!
No. One needs a bit of a breather from all of the carnage. But I did want to finish it.
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