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An original, full-length horror novel, on sale for a limited time. TERRIFIED...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 toldAn original, full-length horror novel, on sale for a limited time. TERRIFIED...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....TO DEATHThe 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...TRAPPED by Jack KilbornIt starts where other horror ends A Word of Warning:This is the long-awaited follow-up to AFRAID, one of the most horrifying books ever written.Originally scheduled to be released in paperback in 2010, the publisher read the first version of the manuscript and refused to release it. The author made extensive changes, rewriting much of the story. The publisher still refused.This is a disturbing, terrifying book. You may think you're brave enough to handle it. But you're probably not...Contains bonus excerpts from ENDURANCE by Jack Kilborn, and AFRAID by Jack Kilborn, as well as DESERT PLACES by Blake Crouch.But that's not all...Taking advantage of ebook format and technology, the author is also proud to offer as a bonus; the entire original first draft of TRAPPED. This ebook package contains two versions of the same book, dramatically different in parts. See what was cut. See what was changed. Read new characters, new scenes, and a different ending. Decide for yourself which version you prefer. This is the very first time an ebook has been made available in two different versions, for one low price....

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Trapped Reviews

  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    2019-03-04 03:12

    Find all of my reviews at:“You one of the bad guys, ain’t you?”“Bad as they come, brutha.”(A request before I begin, if you will humor me for a moment. If you’re gonna troll me for reading this wrong at least come up with a quotable quote my friends can berate me with for eternity. I’m looking at you, “You Suck Turtles” lady – you done good.) Now on with the show. In case you aren’t already aware, I are quite horrible . . . . I truly don’t intend to be contrary to popular opinion and, believe it or not, often go with the flow and fall right in line with the masses when it comes to reading things rightly or wrongly. This time, however? I am forced to go against even my fave lil’ witch. I was secretly hoping for this kind of reaction to the news that I downstarred one of her recommendations . . . If only so I could throw the nervous pisser dog at her and lock the door pronto, but alas she is not of the butthurt variety and didn’t even get annoyed. (She is obviously turrrrrrible at this interweb thing and should probably read the handbook on how to act a dumbass.) Alright, so about this book I didn’t like. Trapped is the story of a camping trip from hell. A group of six juvies and their court-appointed guardians have gone to be one with nature and experience some group therapy. It doesn’t take long before you find out the kids ain’t alright . . . . And for them to meet the locals . . . . . If you’re looking for gross, this one delivers in spades. It’s gory and there’s also some of this for the iron-stomached . . . . . This is a true blue “B-Movie” grade slasher tale in written format designed to make you cringe while reading . . . . . So what was my problem? Well, the author decided to (1) give these future murder victims backstories which I could have given a shit about (I mean really, does anyone care about the home lives of people in films like I Know What You Did Last Summer or Wrong Turn???? Hell no, we just want to see them get the stabby stabby); and (2) he made them all speak ebonics. Now, I am not one who minds reading slang or accents, but this was obviously the whitest human in America (aside from Richard Spencer, of course) who was trying to be real “down” with how the urban youths speak today. And it was super annoying. Anyway, everyone else loved this so read it. You’ll probably like it just like all my friends did. Don't want to roll the dice, but still want to read about a camping trip you'll never forget (without years of psychotherapy that is)???? Opt for The Troop.

  • Marvin
    2019-03-23 01:08

    Far be it for me to tell an author what to write but I feel an obligation to point out three facts of nature...1) When confronted with attacking cannibals and screaming people, babies tend to cry not sleep or "gurgle happily".2) No matter how stupid he is, a social worker would never take a gun on a camping trip, especially when his teenage wards include one ADHD kid, a sociopath and two rival gang members.3) People taste like pork, not chicken.That last bit of info is not personal experience. But I have read accounts with persons who lived with cannibals and the research is clear. Pork, not chicken.Despite the author's violation of these laws of nature...Actually, number two was rectified but I won't say how ...this is the best cannibal novel I've read since Off Season. It definitely belongs in the category of "Ewww! Gross! (giggle)" horror. Kilborn places two social workers and six not-so-innocent teenagers on a island that makes Dr. Moreau's Island look like Gilligan's Island. This book may be pure pulp entertainment but it is perfect for the type of escape reading that the real horror fan crave.But please remember. Pork, not chicken.

  • Veronica Morfi
    2019-03-12 06:02

    Rating: 4.5/5This story was such a thrill. So many bad guys in such a tiny island no wonder things got pretty gory and terrifying. Full review to come...

  • Moxie
    2019-03-11 23:11

    Wonderfully DisturbingAfter reading Endurance: A Novel of Terror (which I loved and you should read as well), I just had to pick up other reads from this author. Seriously, this guy can write horror like you wouldn't believe. Shocking, disgusting, horrific. All in a good way. An unforgettable read that will stay with me for a long time. It had me going one way and then pulled a 180. I'll admit something. I squirmed in my seat on more than one occasion. My stomach even did some acrobatics. That never happens.There are two versions of this story. The original/uncut and the rewrite. I've read both and I'm here to tell you, the uncut version is the way to go. It's more raw and in your face. Of course, some prefer the newer version but to each their own. You can't lose either way. What you really need to do is read both.

  • Kaisersoze
    2019-03-07 04:06

    Though commencing as a fairly straight forward riff on the cliched theme of "pack of people in a remote location being picked off one by one by some form of unseen assailant", Kilborn quickly ratchets up the crazy (and inventiveness) in introducing threat after threat that the beleaguered band of protagonists must contend with to survive.Think Wrong Turn mixed with The Island of Dr Moreau and you'll be somewhere near the mark of what Kilborn has dreamed up from the depths of his (interestingly disturbed) subconscious. So be warned, there is torture, cannibalism, and murder aplenty. This is not the kind of book you pick up for a feel good weekend read.But it is the type of book you go to for a tightly structured, well-written horror novel. Kilborn wastes very few words in the 300 plus pages on offer in Trapped and he knows exactly how to coax his readers along. One of his greatest strengths as a writer is how to tease a relevant plot point or important character beat from their history, allude to it a few times, and then reveal it when it will have maximum impact. This works infinitely better than the tendency that lesser writers have to info-dump everything in the opening pages of their books and hope readers remember it all when it comes time for an aspect of that history to pay off.Overall, I didn't like this one quite as much as Afraid though, perhaps because the characters were not as compelling for me. But I have no hesitation in recommending this to fans of the first novel in this (so far) loosely connected series, and I'm looking forward to getting to the other four books that comprise it in due time.3.5 to 4 Neatly Placed Skewers for Trapped.

  • Tressa
    2019-02-25 04:23

    OK. Two things are bugging me about this book. THESE COMMENTS WERE MADE AS I FINISHED PARTS OF THE BOOK, NOT COMPLETED IT.1) Sara and Martin have a newborn. They have been running, fighting, and screaming away from these nutball cannibals. The baby has not been fed or changed in all this time, and as far as I can remember has not cried out once. Does Mr. Kilborn have children? If so, he'd know newborns have to be fed every two hours and changed often. I don't understand why the baby is even in the picture. 2) If this cannibal stuff has been going on since the Civil War, and hundreds of people have gone missing, as is evident with the huge pile of bones, have the authorities never questioned this oddity? Loved ones go missing, last headed to the campgrounds, and no on investigates? If someone investigates and they go missing, is it not a big deal? I just don't see how something like this has gone on for so long. Yes, I know people don't stand a chance once they enter the campgrounds, but at some point something's got to give! Finished Trapped a few days ago. While this isn't my favorite Kilborn--that would be Afraid and his short stories--it's a pretty good story. You not only get a tribe of cannibals on the island, but you get a Dr. Moreau-type doctor who likes to experiment on the trickle of visitors to the island. When there are no visitors, kidnapping a cannibal and going to town on it works just as well.If you've read books like Laymon's The Island, then you know the story about a group of people who get taken one by one until there's a few characters the author just can't kill off. Worth a read if you like blood and guts. After reading Trapped and Endurance, it dawned on me that there are things far worse than the sweet, peaceful fade-to-black of death. Much, much worse.

  • Jordan Anderson
    2019-03-09 05:00

    Proof is in the evidence as they say in a court of law and the proof that Kilborn may be one of the most underrated, yet most talented author today, is in the fact that this was my 3rd book from him in 9 days. Seriously, one book every 3 days from the same author is truly a testament to how great a great a writer Mr. Kilborn is.Trapped may not have been as great as “Origin” (published under J.A. Konrath) but it is easily a far darker, gorier, and gruesome novel. And I loved every single moment I spent frantically turning pages, just to see what terror awaited the unlucky campers on the island.Maybe I’m a bit of a sadist, or a sicko, or whatever words you want to use to describe me, but I immediately ignored the rewrite and skipped straight to the back of this ebook to the first, uncut, and obviously unrefined draft. Kilborn himself says in the afterword that the 2nd draft is better, but how could you top what is one of the most gruesome novels ever published. True, it isn’t as descriptive as some other, even more depraved works of fiction (Ed Lee anyone?), but upon recollection, I think that’s what made this such a creepy, yet fascinating read. Kilborn let’s your mind conjure up the more violent and bloody scenes, and to me, that’s scarier than putting all the descriptions right on the page. Maybe we are just as sick as the Level 6 individuals of Dr. Pincers...Complaints? Well there aren’t many when a book is as great as “Trapped” was. I’ll admit, Tyron and Laneesha’s slang speech was a minor annoyance after a while, and there were some major typos (which I guess is to be expected in an ebook, never having gone across an editors desk), but the speed and excitement of this book far overshadow those minor problems.Now my only problem? Deciding which Kilborn/Konrath novel to read next...

  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    2019-02-28 22:25

    Perfect Halloween reading. This book is going to give me nightmares for years! ..and what do I do?? Give the sucker 4 stars..I'm sick like that!~

  • Caroline
    2019-03-21 21:59

    AHOY!!! AND BAD LANGUAGE AHEADI usually enjoy Mr Kilborn's work, but this one, way to contrived. Like some terrible B-lister low budget film. First off Mr Kilborn, as a Black person who grew up in a middle class multicultural neighborhood and attended a white liberal college, I know nothing about ghettos or gangs (no, i'm not about 'that life' nor do i know anyone who is), but i DO know you sound like some white guy who watched a single (cheap budget) 1990s BET movie (eg: Leprechaun: In the Hood) and tried to base urban youth and slang off of that. Presumptious and slightly offensive (by slightly i mean 'gotdammit, i'm not reading a single word more of this, the nerve of this guy!' offensive). It was fucking awful and a horrible miss. In your defense, you did make Tyrone likable. That Laneesha/Shaneesha/Kaneesha (whatever) was okay too. It's the only reason I didn't request my lil .99$ from Amazon (it's not the money, it's the principle). Second, that twist with Martin? Was kinda lame... Slightly unexpected but I know you were going for shock value. Who the hell wants to hold hands and make out when people are trying to EAT YOU ALIVE? Who wants to talk about signing divorce papers?? Something about this one had a different feel from the others. At the best, I'd say the SyFy Channel, with their fucking awful terrible movies (the makers of greats like Sharknado, Sharktopus, Piranaconda) would LOVE to take their fucking HORRENDOUS CGI skills and make this a movie. And I'd watch it, damn straight I would, and complain about how shitacular the CGI effects are. I'm sorry for using fucking so much.

  • Katie
    2019-03-09 04:16

    Just finished reading Trapped and I cannot get over how excellent it was. Dark horrifying terror. Non-stop adrenaline ride. Intricately weaved plot that provided several surprising twists. I don't know about you but I love plots that realistically curve and twist so that you anticipate something happening then read a bit further and change your mind and then when you least expect it it pops back up in different way. I was squealing in surprise until the very end and I won't share how many "holy f*ck" exclamations I made while reading this. I also loved how the material was SO horrifying, but not explicitly stated (i.e. the story had me actually gagging at one part from the thoughts in my brain of what was happening--not at a detailed description of the action. That is skillful writing). Loved the strong characters and their development. This is a must read book. One of his best yet. Don't put off reading it.

  • Desert Rose
    2019-03-19 01:21

    Trapped by Jack Kilborn (J.A. Konrath)Year Published: 2010My Rating: 5 stars322 pagesI bought this book from Amazon when it was on offer for $.99 for the kindle edition a while back.First of all I would like to say that their are 2 versions of this book and they are both included in this ebook version.One is the edited/published edition and the other is the original/uncut version.The differences between them are very important in my opinion, because what was left out in the original is what I was objecting on in the edited version.The uncut was more original and believable. I loved it to pieces.I just wish that the author will not listen to his editors and go on and publish his books as he writes them, because the original was amazing!!!The story..Six wayward teenagers and their court-appointed guardians Martin and Sara Randhurst went on a camping trip to an isolated island. Then when they were all around the campfire, Martin decided to tell a campfire story.. a SCARY one. A story that ends with Martin being dragged into the woods.. It was okay until Martin was dragged into the woods and didn't come back. Then Sara thought to go look after him with one of the kids.. When they didn't come back it started to get serious. You will find that there are definitely things worse than death. When torture and pain is so horrific that they wish that life would just simply end so that the pain will just stop.A mixture of cannibals, a crazy doctor and some evil subjects make a great mix in this story..Full of surprises and flashbacks into each characters background to give you a feel for all the characters and to make you understand what they are doing and why.This is the most disturbing book I have ever read. It really made me queasy.. It was that believable!!To read the spoilers and what really bothered me check it on my blog

  • Holly
    2019-02-28 01:03

    3 - 3 1/2 starsI have been a huge fan of both Killborn/Konrath's work for several years, and a dedicated fan of horror since childhood (yes, I was a twisted little kid). It truly takes a lot for me to say a story goes a little too far in the gross-out/gory department. But...there were times when this book definitely did.The story is gripping and I was hooked from the first scene. However, there were several times where I had to put the book down because it was all just...too much. I blame Killborn for being so good at getting inside my head, that the pictures he paints with his stories are so vivid that I need to take a break in order for me to keep going.However, I did enjoy the story overall. Once again Killborn has created some memorable (and also some truly disgustingly twisted) characters and it definitely kept me reading...even when I didn't really want to.

  • Rob
    2019-03-23 05:24

    I don't know what to say everyone. Almost a 4.0 on Goodreads? In all honesty, I find this completely unbelievable. Trapped is terrible. The more pages I turned, the more I chuckled to myself. It's got every horror film cliche there is, and it's apparent that I don't dig Kilborn's writing style at all. I guess this book is for you if you want to know what happens when a group of folks go camping on an island with some history.

  • Dawna
    2019-02-26 02:27

    I'm probably going to get ripped to shreds for saying this but it is my opinion that KONRATH (aka KILBORN) is in the same league as KING. His writing is truly superb and he weaves a horror tale that will scare the bejesus out of you. His stories are scary, gory, and have that element that lets you know when you are reading that you are reading something amazing.

  • Krissy
    2019-03-14 22:11

    This is one fucked up book. There were many scenes that actually turned my stomach but I just could not stop listening (audiobook). If you are into really gory horror books then I would definitely recommend this one.

  • Pixelina
    2019-03-21 04:22

    Splatter and gore. Cannibals and mad scientists. Teenagers and campfires. Was this good?Hell no.Was it entertaining?Hell yeah!Finished it in a day and will read the last of the 3 I bought too :-D

  • ☣Lynn☣
    2019-03-02 00:23

    Best cannibal book ever! Think Wrong Turn with The Island of Dr. Moreau.

  • Reading is my Escape
    2019-03-08 03:21

    Creepy... and really gross  I listened to this book on audio, and while I didn't find it scary, it was definitely bloody and gory in a slasher film kind of way.  Sara and Martin are guardians to six difficult, troubled, teenagers. They take them camping on an island that is supposedly deserted. But, surprise, the island is home to a doctor and his vicious creations. And they have no way to get off the island. These are city kids, and they are easily spooked, but we find out they have a good reason. The island is crawling with cannibals and worse... The cannibals are scary, but also a bit silly - some of them carry forks and knives, and even salt shakers. So... There are a few twists I didn't expect, and they were quite clever. But, the gross-out parts were a bit much for me. This book was ok for me, but if you are a gore/slasher fan, then you will enjoy this one.

  • Sena
    2019-03-10 01:27

    There's no doubt about it...I LOVE this author! The ebook that I have actually has the uncut version at the end of the book. I had every intention of reading the final draft and then diving right into the first draft....however, by the end of the book I was so in awe that I decided to just be content with the version that I had just read. I want to fully digest this story and give it the credit deserved before reading a different version., on to the good stuff....this man is an absolute genius! I found myself so wrapped up in the characters in this book that I actually cried in a spot. I don't think I've ever been so emotionally attached to a character in a book before. Possibly it could be because I'm a psychology major and some of these characters hit home for me. ...or it could be simply because it was an extremely well written horror masterpiece that never let up. The only problem I had with the book was the baby that was brought on the camping trip. I don't know exactly why I hated this minor detail...I just did. Perhaps at times I felt that the main characters couldn't have done what they were doing with a baby strapped to them. I don't was just a minor detail, so it was easy to overlook and by the end of the story I was ok with the baby being drug through a horror infested island. Whatever the case my be...I enjoyed reading this book. Of course I may never get the nerve to go camping again. But isn't that the job of a good horror scare the BE-JEEZUS out of us :-)

  • Jennifer
    2019-02-24 01:00

    One day....that is what it took me to read this book. I just finished it about 10 minutes ago and my mind is still reeling from what I read. First book I've ever read by Jack Kilborn and if his other books are just as good as Trapped he will have a new fan. Gory, scary, frightening, spine-tingling, suspense-filled, excellent flow from one character to another (and there are a lot of them), plenty of background descriptions, no grammatical errors...just a few ways to describe Trapped! This book should be made into a movie! Now, I will tell you I read the Re-write version (his publishers didn't like the original version, didn't like the re-write either so the author published in e-book format on his own) and read it on the Kindle app on my phone and computer. The original, errors and all, was included with this e-book so sometime when I get done reading the hundreds of other books I really want to read right now I am going back to read it. Without giving anything away, I will tell you I was completely shocked with the direction certain characters took and sad when others died... As I was reading this yesterday afternoon, daylight turned into darkness and I had to pull myself away and close the curtains and turn on some lights. You will NOT be disappointed with this book at all!

  • William
    2019-03-14 04:01

    Another Konrath slasher. I guess the formula is getting a little old. I am tired of having to say this: A Glock does not have a hammer nor a safety. If you do not know about guns, don't try to discuss them or include them in your books. It just makes you sound like someone who doesn't do research. If you don't know about something either don't include it or look it up.Babies cry for no reason, much less when you are running through the woods fighting off cannibals. (This has been brought up).Do none of these cannibals or people this guy is operating on never get infected? This book was OK and readable but I can see where the editors would have some problems with it. There was something else that really bugged me about the story but I forgot to bookmark it and thus forgot it.

  • Michael Hicks
    2019-02-24 05:13

    3.5 stars.While not as engrossing as its predecessor "Afraid," "Trapped" was a solid horror story that kept my attention throughout. It starts off as a fairly run of the mill cannibals-in-the-woods story, but about half-way through it evolves thanks to a great twist that upends things nicely and puts the plot into overdrive for the last half. Although it follows on the heels of "Afraid," the prior novel is not required reading; however, those that have read it should appreciate the returning characters. Kilborn (aka JA Konrath) delivers some shocking, gruesome moments and dispatches characters in interestingly bloody ways. As with the previous book, he expertly ratchets up the suspense and tension pretty damn nicely and keeps the pages turning. Recommended for horror fans and gore-hounds.

  • Martin Belcher
    2019-03-02 23:22

    Extreme horror, scary...actually terrifying. Intense, gory, torture, canabalism. Not a bedtime read for the nervous. Having said all of that, I did enjoy it although I felt the plot was a little odd and events towards the end were strange and left a lot of unanswered questions. A good, scary, intense read for hardened horror fans that are not shocked easily.

  • Beckimoody Moody
    2019-02-28 22:21

    Warning: This was extremely violent and graphic. I am usually not bothered by this (I love serial killer and psychological thriller novels) but this seemed over-the-top, gratuitous, endless gore. You don't usually read these types of novels for the plot, and this one was as flimsy as usual. Think Friday the 13th on steroids and with an unlimited special effects budget.

  • Jacqueline King
    2019-03-18 02:19

    Kilborn is a genius. Can't understand how his works haven't already been made into movies. I look forward to Endurance.

  • Rebecca McNutt
    2019-03-11 00:07

    Trapped combines classic campsite horror with civil war history and it's a very original and well-written novel.

  • Jenni DaVinCat
    2019-03-13 01:21

    Although I am reading Jack Kilborn's horror series in order, it is not necessary to read them in order. There is a little bit of crossover between the two, but not enough that it would take away from the reading experience. I had high hopes for this book since I had loved Afraid. Trapped has the same general appeal to it. It's gory, disturbing, filled with twists and is just appealing to avid readers of dark fiction. Trapped has the same type of premise as Afraid did, as well. A group of people who are isolated in an area, dealing with a life or death situation that is much bigger than they initially realize. While Afraid largely focuses on one major threat, Trapped has multiple threats waiting around each corner. Trapped had the feeling of a season of American Horror Story, where there are so many things going on, so many things to be afraid of, but is all tied together by the end.I really enjoyed Trapped, but instead of the 5 stars that I gave to Afraid, this one gets 4 for a few reasons. It might have been lower, had I not loved the story progression and thrills throughout.1) I have to wonder if anybody bothered proofing this book before it was released. In the afterword, Kilborn mentions that the editors and publishers didn't like either draft of Trapped or Endurance and he released them on his own. Maybe that has something to do with it, but there are WAY more word errors in this book than should be allowable in a final, printed draft. Sin instead of Skin. Think instead of Thing. Errors that a spell-check wouldn't have picked up. It takes you out of the story and becomes annoying by the 5th or 6th one found.2) Afraid was like a breath of fresh air when it came to how Kilborn utilized animals in horror. Usually, they're cannon fodder or a means to evoke an emotional response in the reader. Afraid was different. Trapped, wasn't. Apparently, violence is fine when it comes to fictional human characters but I tend to get a little sensitive when it comes to animals. Even rats.3) The use of Ebonics (I guess?). I'm not sure what other word to use, but there were several people who were characterized by their use of language. The reader is supposed to make assumptions based on that. It's not really very effective and was in poor taste.Still, those things aside this book is worth a read if you're a horror fan. I'm looking forward to moving on to Endurance.

  • Tyler
    2019-03-04 23:25

    A relentless thriller that doesn't let you down. This is the third of the series that I've read and I love them all so far. At any point one of the characters could die, horribly. You never know what is going to happen but the twists are believable so you don't feel cheated. These are the only horror books I've read that are any good other than King but these are about a third the length of most of his books.

  • Cynthia
    2019-03-20 00:25

    So this is the 4th of the Konrath/Kilborn collection of books I have read. This is a book about Martin and Sara who are taking their son along with six teenagers on a camping trip as a group outing to bond. I didn't really know what to expect of this book. I did know that I was intrigued to find out who survived because of course someone had to make it through the book. I did like that Sara while in the beginning seems to be not one of the strongest she does build some strength that is very much needed. This was book was a twist and turn, cook and eat, or maybe just eat kind of read.

  • Rose Delloye
    2019-03-03 01:20

    Good readIt was very descriptive, maybe a bit too much so. But it was a good read very thought provoking. I liked it.