FLATLINE

Adult
Rated 4.08/5 based on 13 reviews
An Austin-based investigative journalist tries to clear his name and escape the afterlife after witnessing a murder More

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About Dana Barney

Dana Barney is a Bostonian turned New Yorker turned Los Angeleno turned Austinite with a strong proclivity for the absurd and conspiratorial. He has a BA in writing from Bennington College in Vermont. He enjoys exploring the underlying, and sometimes inevitable, dark side of every- day life. He lives in Austin with his wife, and two daughters.

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Reviews

Review by: LeoG009 on April 1, 2018 :
whoa…… what an awesome book! Holy smokes!! Okay, I don’t even know where to begin because so much happens and I don’t want to give anything away… “Flatline” by author Dana Barney is one of the most original, weirdest, and just flat-out interesting thriller/ suspense novels I’ve read in so long. I liked it for so many different reasons, first the writing was stellar. The strong word choice and fluid, fast-paced narrative and authentic dialogue makes it a very easy book to get into. There are enough descriptions where you can picture everything perfectly, but not so much that it bogs down the pacing. The chapters are short and brisk, so you keep wanting to read ‘just one more’… and another and another. The characters were great, from Peter and his family, to Cleft and Skelly (also in Barney’s other book “Half Life” as well), and all the others who come one the scene… It definitely shocked me several times and isn’t predictable –Barney wasn’t afraid to think outside the box here and it has a dark edginess that I really liked, yet was really intelligent and complex too. Recommend for mature readers thriller/suspense as there are scenes of violence and a lot of language.
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)
Review by: Stacy Decker on March 28, 2018 :
4.5 stars
warning, once you start reading you won’t want to stop until the last page! From the opening pages to the final showdown, this book is basically a nonstop rollercoaster ride of thrills, danger, action, and drama and surprising twists. I liked that it wasn’t predictable and you can tell that the author really enjoys what he is writing about and his characters as the language and actions are very convincing and thoroughly detailed. We really get inside Peter’s head when utilizing the first-person perspective, but are allowed a wider scope when using the 3rd which I appreciated as well, so that we can ‘feel’ the other characters also. Peter is the ‘star’, but really it’s the supporting cast that gives this story its juice. As far as the plot is concerned I give it five stars easy. I liked that is seemed unique and complex, and that it wasn’t easy to figure out the mystery. Presentation-wise it could benefit from another round with the proofreader. But Barney’s passion and talent shines through each sordid, action-packed page, and he can obviously spin a compelling tale that engages our imagination. Definitely has its darker moments, but I have no problem recommending those for fans who enjoy a thrilling, mind-bending experience.
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)
Review by: CodyB77 on March 15, 2018 :
3.5 stars
Honestly took me awhile to get into this book, and at first I wasn’t really sure where it was going after that crazy opening… it seemed to jump around from person to person telling the story from their POV, and I was confused for awhile because I didn’t really understand them that much… and then another POV.. then another…. But the more I read the more I got into it, the more wrapped up I got in this world and characters Dana Barney created. I have a feeling that this book and the characters and their fates will stay with me for some time…………I thought the overall plot and narration was good, but it could have used a tad more polish. But the ending was crazy and definitely a book worth reading. Was fun being part of this dangerous world, and I’d be happy to read more from Mr. Barney. Recommend for adults only due to violent content.
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)
Review by: StephanBeacher on March 1, 2018 :
I read a lot of books in this arena, so this is a genre I’m fairly familiar with. Although “Flatline” lacks the depth and finesse of others I’ve read, nonetheless, it was an engaging novel that held my interest and kept me guessing throughout (I thought I’d figured out the killer and motives but was wrong). I didn’t think it was predictable at all (nice bonus) and was actually really surprised at a few things and liked how the storylines came together in a tension-filled, climactic ending. I appreciated that the author took some risks and wasn’t afraid to put his characters through a lot… I mean, who else would have the nerve to ‘kill off’ main characters? Lol.. I have to mention the editing needs fixing, so I can’t award 5 stars because I judge on the whole book overall. So technically needs some work, but content-wise Dana Barney crafted an authentic, engrossing novel that is sure to please fans of the genre, and I’m looking forward to reading more from him soon.
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)
Review by: Jenna Brewster on Feb. 14, 2018 :
4.5 stars
Lately I’ve been in a rut of putting down books and not picking them up again because I lost interest at one point and just never continued. This was definitely not the case with this book, “Flatline” by Dana Barney. From the very beginning we are thrust into this intriguing murder-mystery, and the action flowed seamlessly from one page to the next. Loved the fast paced, witty dialogue and banter. It was unpredictable enough to make me just have to see what would happen next. Not formulaic or cookie-cutter at all, even though there are plenty of “familiar elements” necessary for a crime/suspense thriller, I thought Mr. Barney did a great job of giving it his own voice. I’m ready to read more! Recommend.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
Review by: Samantha Ryan on Feb. 14, 2018 :
to be honest, it took me some time to get into this book, and at first I wasn’t really sure where it was going…after the explosive and intriguing beginning it seemed to sink into a really slow period of dense telling narrative that really slowed the pacing for me and was a little confusing with the change of perspective for several characters. But then the more I read the more I got into it, and then by half way I was totally hooked. Mr. Barney did a great job at creating some really interesting characters, and also in keeping us on our toes… some craaaaazy events at the end, and I was so curious to see how it would all work out, but it did. I loved the ending, but it did feel a little anticlimactic…. Overall very well done and I’d recommend this without hesitation. Some language and violence, but nothing a mature teen on up can’t handle.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
Review by: Cale Owens on Feb. 13, 2018 :
"Flatline” by Dana Barney is the second novel I’ve read from this author (the first being “Half Life”) and I liked that one a lot. So I was happy to read this one and was intrigued that the events here take place before the other one I read, so it was cool to see what led to Peter being the ‘special’ way he is, as that is a part of this book (his heart transplant and meds). Like the other one, this one grabbed me from the first pages and didn’t let go until the very end. It is rare to find a book that keeps my attention all the way through, but this one did. I was totally caught up in the whirlwind of weird events surrounding Janice’s murder, and then having Peter get framed for it, and then having the various characters with their own secrets and hidden motivations come in and get everything totally crazy (in a good way). Nothing lights my fire more than deception and unpredictable twists…and “Flatline” did not disappoint! If I had only one minor problem was that it was a tad hard to follow at some parts because it almost seemed too fast paced at certain times and I thought some key events or revelations were almost glossed over and lost some emotional impact. There was a fair amount of “telling” narrative that I think would have been better pared down some, and felt unnecessary at times (like a running ‘stream of consciousness’ of Peter’s every thought, relevant or not). Things do get really twisted up and I had no idea what surprise was in store for me from one page to the next. Some cringeworthy scenes and some language but nothing horrible. Was impressed the way it all tied together in the end. Recommend to fans of the suspense thriller genre…heck, for anyone who just enjoys a unique, intelligently-written, and exciting read!
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
Review by: Brenda Maxwell on Feb. 7, 2018 :
I’ll admit that “Flatline” wouldn’t be my normal type of read (I’m more of a fantasy and romance gal) but I’ve been wanting to read more out of my comfort zone lately and expand my tastes… the premise and opening sample looked intriguing so I thought I’d give it a chance. I’d so glad I did! It was far more exciting than I would’ve guessed, and I found myself flipping the pages as fast as I could to see what would happen. I was totally wrapped up in the complex drama really felt like I was part of the whole experience, from seeing Janice get murdered, to seeing Peter *die* (more than once), to the secrets revealed and the connections to Khang…there were some really shocking twists that you *really* don’t expect with the characters, and I liked how everything came full circle at the end, it was weirdly bittersweet and totally worked. This was a quick read with lots of exciting twists and turns, and I think that Dana Barney a suspense/ thriller-novel fan out of me! I’d happily read more from him in the future
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
Review by: Anabella Johnson on Jan. 29, 2018 :
4.5 stars
"Flatline” by Dana Barney was awesome! I haven’t read anything like that in a long time, if ever. For once it seemed like the characters were anything but the stock, ordinary typical hero/protag guys, but instead all had demons, motivations, secrets, an as I was reading I was trying to figure out the ‘truth’ and then I was totally wrong and I liked that! There are some really unexpected things that happen that you REALLY don’t expect to happen to a main character, and I wasn’t sure how it would play out after that… I have some mixed feelings but I think it works. Was wondering how the author would wrap it all up, but in the end it all came together to create a fresh-feeling novel that was out of the ordinary and kept me totally hooked throughout. This is a great addition to what looks to be a promising series and I will definitely check out “Half Life” soon! Has some language and graphic scenes/descriptions so adults only.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
Review by: Darla Ortiz on Jan. 24, 2018 :
3.5 stars
The whole time I was reading “Flatline” by Dana Barney, I felt like I could have been watching it as a movie on the big screen. This novel was just as good as some of the big-budget movies we’ve seen in this genre, and was reminiscent of James Patterson meets Alfred Hitchcock. The writing was clear and descriptive, with an ever-present tension of high stakes as the lead character Peter is implicated in a strange murder he didn’t commit. I liked that the characters seemed “real” (not the stereotypical cardboard cutouts we see so much of in these types of books),and the dialogue felt authentic enough – although sometimes it wasn’t clear who was speaking, and the punctuation is all off. At times the whirlwind pacing almost made me dizzy, but it was good. I definitely enjoyed reading this and think almost anyone will find something about it they like. I’d recommend this to my friends and family with no reservations, but it is probably more suitable for adult readers. It works well as a standalone, but there is a book that involves the same lead character that takes place after this book called “Half Life” and it is really good too
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
Review by: Jhonni Parker on Jan. 17, 2018 :
I found myself wavering around a bit while reading “Flatline” by Dana Barney. At first I was immediately interested in the story, and became immersed in the intense world building and complex plot development (man accused of murder he witnesses done by a state trooper) But there were times I felt the story wasn’t as focused as I’d like, with some conversations and scenes maybe weren’t necessary and perhaps could have been eliminated to tighten the tension and narrative some (especially in the beginning). But at the same time, the pacing was steady, and there was pretty much nonstop action and some crazy developments toward the end. It felt fresh and unpredictable, always a nice experience, especially in a genre that is fraught with derivative copycats. I enjoyed Barney’s voice, and was surprised with the ending (but satisfied). I enjoyed the characters as well (esp. Peter but also Skelly, Cleft and Paula as well and the others) but some of the dialogue at times unnecessary. But overall was an interesting and entertaining book that is really different from a lot out there in the genre and I would certainly like to read more from Dana Barney in the future. I plan on reading “Half Life” next.
(reviewed 86 days after purchase)
Review by: Claire Middleton on Jan. 17, 2018 :
3.5 stars
wow, what did I just read? Almost non-stop drama and a fast-moving plot kept me on the edge of my seat almost the entire time. Dana Barney’s writing was excellent, content-wise, but definitely needs better editing (almost all the dialogue is punctuated incorrectly). But I adjusted and overlooked it, and really enjoyed the mix of mystery and how Peter Richards gets caught up in a neighbor’s murder that makes it seem like he is the one responsible, and what happens when the killer knows he was spotted. His whole family is in danger, and there are several elements that come from some unexpected sources (like the e-zero ElectroFlux) , and authentic characters – some of whom have secrets, and many who aren’t who we first think they are. Despite the editing issues, I was really impressed with Barney’s writing style, the quick pacing and descriptive insight works well here, even when it was narrative pushing the story forward. The ending was a little abrupt in my opinion, but it does wrap up well. I like that I see there is another book after this (but I don’t know if it’s a series…) but I’m going to check it out anyways. Despite a few things, this is a unique and interesting story that keeps you guessing and I think Dana Barney is an author to watch for in the future. Some violence/language do recommend for mature fans of suspense and thrillers.
(reviewed 90 days after purchase)
Review by: MarcellaGonzo on Jan. 11, 2018 :
I’m a huge fan of thrillers/suspense and murder mystery and read them all the time. Unfortunately, after a while many of them start to feel the same, like many authors (especially new ones) are using the same recycled plot over and over again. But I’d read another book by this author several months ago (“Half Life”) and really enjoyed it. I like that this one “FLATLINE” involved the same main character (Peter Richards and a few others) and we see what happened to him with his heart condition and how he becomes the way he is later on. So even though it takes place before the one I’d read it makes sense on its own (even if read out of order) and much to my amazement I finished almost all of it in one sitting. It was really good! Dana Barney is a natural writer, and I was hooked right off the bat by the way he weaved so many interesting characters and twisted storylines together to create an original, addicting story that I couldn’t put down until the final conclusion. It was fast-paced and with snappy dialogue and free from many clichés that riddle this genre. I was curious about who the guilty person was who murdered Janice and why (no spoilers) and let’s just say I didn’t guess correctly – which is good! I’d love to read more from Dana Barney in the future.
(reviewed 86 days after purchase)
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