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Summary

There was no warning. No chance to escape. They came suddenly. Naked. Bloodthirsty. Sadistic. They descended upon the Pine Village Apartment Complex, relentlessly torturing and killing anyone they could find.

Fearing for their lives, the residents of the complex must band together. A young trans woman, a suicidal middle-aged writer, a lonely Vietnam vet, a newlywed couple, an elderly widow, a single mother and her son, two on-the-run criminals, and the serial killer known as The Exit. Eleven strangers. The only thing they have in common is the unstoppable horde that wants to kill them. If they are to make it through the night, they must fight back.

©2016 Brian Keene (P)2016 David N. Wilson

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Brilliant but short

Great plot twists and characters that you warm to. The atmosphere is kept high throughout and it is a very exciting read....just a shame it's not longer.

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great nostalgic 80s horror and coming of age story

great narrator and a fantastic story written very well i loved it ten out of ten..

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A good listen

I went into this not knowing much about it. All I really knew was that it was loosely inspired by Brian Keene’s former home.
So, I went into this book pretty blind and wasn’t disappointed. Keene gives us a broad range of characters each with their own depth and motivations.
There’s not a complicated storyline, it’s pretty simply about what the characters would do when thrown into the chaos of the events in the story.
Definitely worth checking out.

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What did you like most about The Complex?

A fast paced, exciting and scary story it was filled with emphatic characters. Plenty of action, plenty of horror.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Complex?

I can't tell because it strays into spoiler territory. I liked the horror aspects.

Have you listened to any of Chet Williamson’s other performances? How does this one compare?

This was the first time. He suited the material very well. It was an enjoyable, competent narration.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I listened to it in two days at work. It's short but good.

Any additional comments?

My first Brian Keene experience. He's got game. The book was hardcore, felt like a purge film.

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  • @bellmojo
  • 17-08-16

Keene in fine form & Williamson is sublime

If you're a fan of apocalyptic horror in the vein of 28 Days Later, this book will not disappoint. Keene is great at creating fully fleshed out characters that you easily become invested in, which is all the more devastating when they come to a gory end. Chet Williamson, a fine horror scribe in his own right, is stupendous in his narration. Changing cadence and tone to portray characters as varied as a single mom & her son, an older Italian widow & her cat, a black Vietnam vet, a transgender woman and even a serial killer convinced his crimes are protecting the Earth from inter dimensional horrors. A must for Keene fans and a great introduction to those unfamiliar with his works.

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  • timj26
  • 04-01-20

Loved it

A Hi intensity slaughter fest horror fans will love
Residents in a complex bond together after a group of naked crazy people attack
Well narrated with plenty of blood and guts highly recommended
I received a free review audiobook and voluntarily left this review

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  • Michelle{BookHangovers}
  • 17-12-21

I am NOT okay!!!

I loved this book!!
Not gonna lie… it made me shed some tears!
Right at the start I was assaulted by an action packed and gruesome punch to the face. It didn’t stop there… the rest of the story continue with an upper-cut to the gut. Just when I thought “okay, maybe I can make a come back” Brian Keene said “FINISH HER” and that was it…. He finished me with a TKO conclusion.
I’m left here, battered, bruised and broken hearted. I’m not sure how long my recovery process will take…. But, it’ll be a while until I can mend myself together again.
Thank You Brian Keene. May I have another?

PS. I’d like to thank Crossroads Press for providing me with the audiobook. It was KILLER!!

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  • Lee E.E. Stone
  • 03-01-22

An exhilarating horror filled fight for life

A constant pulse pounding battle for survival against the hordes of crazed uncleansed masses that thrive just outside your comfort zone. Are these naked monsters manifestations of mankind's base instincts infected by dark thoughts and murderous, blind rage? A fantastic tale by Keene, and a perfect narrator in Chet Williamson.

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  • marc
  • 22-09-21

let's get the neighbors together!

such a nice easy listen. It pays to be on good terms with the neighbors, who knows what could happen?

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  • Nathan
  • 20-09-21

Awesome

Love Brian Keene , The Complex is great as a short novella and as a study of human interaction.

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  • Chasity
  • 23-04-20

Brian knocks it out of the park like always

always love Mr. Keene's work. He has not written a book or story I have not liked. Admittedly I have not read all his works yet but I am on my way there. Also Chet Williamson is as awesome as always as a narrator.

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  • riever
  • 11-01-20

hilarious!

a laugh filled riot. i was pleasantly surprised. not used to humor from this author. it was reminiscent of the dark irony of Bentley Hill

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  • Christna Fredrick Kim
  • 17-04-18

Intense and Action Packed

This book moves fast! It does a great job with pacing if you're someone who likes action packed pages. it rarely slows down. The narrator isn't my favorite but does a decent job.

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  • Shannon Cole
  • 28-05-17

First time listener

I picked this at random, and really enjoyed it. I will listen to more Brian Keene down the road.