Jack Kilborn, a pseudonym for Chicago-area writer J.A. Konrath (best known for the Jack Daniels cop novels), makes his "debut" with Afraid, one of the most violent, bloody and outrageously entertaining horror thrillers to come along in quite some time.
When a secret military helicopter crashes near sleepy Safe Haven, Wis., a terrifying team of technology-enhanced killers is unleashed on the unsuspecting populace. It's up to the locals, including the aging sheriff, a timid firefighter and a single mom, to stop this gang of killers before they annihilate everyone in town.
Definitely not for the faint of heart (or stomach), Afraid is a non-stop orgy of action and gore. Whether or not it's actually frightening will depend on how seriously readers take the over-the-top story (probably not very). Regardless, for those willing to take the ride, Afraid is a deliciously guilty pleasure.
From the Chicago Sun-Times, May 3, 2009