Cover image for Awakened : a novel / James S. Murray with Darren Wearmouth.
Awakened : a novel / James S. Murray with Darren Wearmouth.
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New York, NY : Harper Voyager, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
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406 pages : illustration ; 19 cm
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"This book is no joke. Get ready to not sleep tonight. Awakened does exactly what it advertises. Scary amazing fun." --Brad Meltzer, bestselling author of The Escape Artist.

"Awakened hits the high notes of Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child's Relic and Scott Snyder's The Wake [...] but its scope actually extends much further." --Kirkus


The star of truTV's hit show Impractical Jokers--alongside veteran sci-fi and horror writer Darren Wearmouth--delivers a chilling and wickedly fun supernatural novel in the vein of The Strain, in which a beautiful new subway line in New York City unearths an ancient dark horror that threatens the city's utter destruction and the balance of civilization itself.

After years of waiting, New York's newest subway line is finally ready, an express train that connects the city with the burgeoning communities across the Hudson River. The shining jewel of this state-of-the-art line is a breathtaking visitors' pavilion beneath the river. Major dignitaries, including New York City's Mayor and the President of the United States, are in attendance for the inaugural run, as the first train slowly pulls in.

Under the station's bright ceiling lights, the shiny silver cars gleam. But as the train comes closer into view, a far different scene becomes visible.

All the train's cars are empty.

All the cars' interiors are drenched in blood.

As chaos descends, all those in the pavilion scramble to get out. But the horror is only beginning. High levels of deadly methane fill the tunnels. The structure begins to flood. For those who don't drown, choke or spark an explosion, another terrifying danger awaits--the thing that killed all those people on the train. It's out there...and it's coming.

There's something living beneath New York City, and it's not happy we've woken it up.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Aliens meets The Taking of Pelham 123 in this fast-moving science fiction thriller that mostly keeps the reader's disbelief suspended. In the near future, N.Y.C. Mayor Tom Cafferty is about to inaugurate the Z line, a new subway route linking New Jersey and Manhattan. He hopes this multi-year effort will serve as his legacy. The luminaries on hand in the elaborate Visitors' Pavilion, 300 feet under the Hudson River, include President Reynolds. But Cafferty's big moment turns into a disaster when the first train scheduled to enter the pavilion-whose passengers include his wife, Ellen-pulls in empty. The shattered glass and abundant bloodstains lead the Secret Service to believe that terrorists have attacked, prompting them to take extreme measures to protect Reynolds. Before long, it becomes clear that something nonhuman is responsible for the carnage, and Cafferty must scramble to take care of the people in the pavilion while also doing whatever he can to rescue Ellen. Fans of horror that's stronger on action than on character will find this an entertaining, if unmemorable, ride. Agent: Marc Gerald, United Talent Agency. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.