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By J. Kent Messum | Comments: ( 642 ) | Date: ( Apr 05, 2020 )

No one is coming to your aid We have ensured this Six strangers wake up on a remote island in the Florida Keys with no memory of their arrival They soon discover their common bond all of them are heroin addicts As the first excruciating pangs of withdrawal make themselves felt, the six notice a yacht anchored across open water On it lurk four shadowy figures, protectNo one is coming to your aid We have ensured this Six strangers wake up on a remote island in the Florida Keys with no memory of their arrival They soon discover their common bond all of them are heroin addicts As the first excruciating pangs of withdrawal make themselves felt, the six notice a yacht anchored across open water On it lurk four shadowy figures, protected by the hungry sharks that patrol the waves So begins a dangerous game The six must undertake the impossible swim to the next island where a cache of heroin awaits, or die trying When alliances form, betrayal is inevitable As the fight to survive intensifies, the stakes reach terrifying heights and their captors motives finally begin to emerge.

  • Title: Bait
  • Author: J. Kent Messum
  • ISBN: 9780142180259
  • Page: 173
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

J. Kent Messum

J Kent Messum is an author speaker who always bets on the underdog His first novel BAIT August 2013, Penguin Books won the 2014 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel His second novel HUSK July 2015, Penguin Books was optioned for an international TV series by Warp Films in the UK Messum lives in Toronto with his wife, dog, and a pair of cats He is currently working on his third and fourth novels He teaches Creative Writing at the University Of Toronto, and is also a book critic for the New York Journal Of Books PRAISE FOR BAIT Reading J Kent Messum s Bait is like taking a high dive into black water What you find in its murky depths is disturbing, pulse pounding and utterly surprising An exhilarating debut Megan Abbott, Edgar Award winning author of Dare Me and The Fever The stakes could be no higher in this crisply written, fast paced novel that examines the shifting line between right and wrong, good and evil Bait will keep readers turning pages late into the night Lori Roy, Edgar Award winning author of Bent Road and Until She Comes Home Jaws meets Lord of the Flies meets Drugstore Cowboy A powerhouse debut The horror dawns on the reader as it dawns on the characters, making for a mesmerizing, one sitting read Steve Ulfelder, Edgar Award finalist author of Purgatory Chasm and The Whole Lie Bait reads faster than a feeding frenzy I was hooked from the very first page A terrific debut from a talented new writer Daniel Palmer, author of Stolen and Desperate A brilliantly written novel Bait makes Jaws look like a frolic in the pool DJ McIntosh, bestselling author of The Witch Of Babylon PRAISE FOR HUSK Raw, visceral, powerful may just make you question what it is to be human Nick Cutter, author of The Troop The Deep Pacy and surprising, Husk is a showcase for a wild and frightening imagination Andrew Pyper, author of The Demonologist The Damned

Comments Bait

  • karen

    will there be more sharks tonight? probably - it's SSSHHHHAAARRRKKK WEEEEEEKKKKKKKthe best book pitting sharks against junkies of 2013!or ever.when i first heard about this book, i was in the middle of making this weekly bn mystery email thing that i do for work, and i immediately knew i had to feature this title and i also knew i would have to read it. because - come on! so i made a whole NOOK channel around this book called "the killing games" (while, naturally, this was running through my hea [...]

  • PirateSteve

    Six stolen junkies an island their new home. One tried to slip away, never more to roam. Five jonesin junkies, a swimin in the sea. Along comes a tiger shark, as hungry as can be. Four fearful junkies. The abductors in this story wager with each other as to which junkie may best survive the sharks. It was fun as a reader to play along.My pick made it well over half way but alas twas still a pick of doom. "if he ever made it out alive, he would turn his damned life around, ask forgiveness He'd go [...]

  • Dan Schwent

    Six heroin addicts wake up on an island in the Florida keys with no idea who they wound up there. The only thing standing between them and a top quality heroin fix on the next island is an expanse of shark-infested waterWhen J. Kent Messum hit me up to review an ARC of this, I hesitated at first. Until I read about the sharks and the heroin, that is! Who doesn't like grim death sports? Welcome to the Heroin Games! May the odds be ever in your favorJokes aside, this was pretty bad ass. While the [...]

  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*

    Kids, if you ever thought about trying drugs grab up this book. You'll run so far away from them that you will leave your butt-hole behind.Six heroin addicts find themselves unconscious on a deserted island. They start waking up and realize that something ain't right here. They have a box left with a few food items and a note that says that must swim to the next island in order to get that ever elusive next high.Stone cold addicts that they areyou know they are gonna get to jonesing and head off [...]

  • Delee

    I don't normally go out of my way to acquire very many paper copies of a book- but this time I felt it was very important. First I pestered selfish Dan 2.0 to give me his copyd when he wouldn't budge I went all the way to the tippity top- and semi-stalked the author himself. And low and behold- he decided it was in his best interest to provide me a copy rather then have me hound him for the rest of his daysI will leave you be nowbut I have to say this is an author to watch- I wouldn't have gone [...]

  • Nancy

    Posted at Shelf Inflicted It’s been a lot of years since I missed my bus stop because I was so absorbed in a book. Now that I take the bus to work every day, I mostly use that time to read, except when I’m playing Words With Friends or observing my fellow passengers.This book was on my radar for a while and I kept putting it off because I was afraid it would be derivative and predictable. Thanks to my friends’ reviews, I thought I’d take a chance and dive in. I’m so glad I did!It’s [...]

  • Zoeytron

    Six down and dirty junkies awaken on an island and find they are neck deep in a deadly game of survivor they never intended to play. All are plagued with relentless itching, all of them scratching incessantly. They are fighting severe cramping and extreme nausea. All that stands between them and their next fix is a short swim to an island across the way. All too soon, they find out those particular waters are swimming with sharks. Sharks! Ready yourself for gore galore. The war on drugs is fough [...]

  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    Find all of my reviews at: 52bookminimum/Needles are squicky, so I’m gonna ignore that part of the story and SHARK THE SHIT out of this review instead!!!!A couple of years long time ago I was just your average wife and mother who opted to read a lot of fluffy nonsense in my downtime. Then a bad influence came into my life . . .Instead of reading stuff like Twilight, he encouraged me to read the darker side of fiction. When Mitchell saw there was a book all about smack/tar/chiba/horse (a/k/a he [...]

  • Trudi

    I'm floating this review from last summer to offer my congratulations to the author. BAIT is the 2014 recipient of the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel. You know, the thing about a sharkhe's got lifeless eyes. Black eyes. Like a doll's eyes. When he comes at ya, doesn't seem to be living until he bites ya ~JAWS (1975) The perfect beach read (for my twisted tastes anyway) found as summer's door closes on the Sunday of Labor Day Weekend. The book's blurb describes BAIT as: "Survivor meets L [...]

  • Kemper

    I received a free copy of this book for review from the author.Can you imagine waking up on an island with a bunch of good-for-nothing junkies who almost immediately start going into withdrawal and puking all over the place? And your only way out is by swimming through waters infested with hungry sharks?Still, it sounds more appealing than being on a season of Survivor.So these smack-hounds wake up on a beach in the Florida Keys with no idea how they got there. There’s a small amount of food a [...]

  • Mandy

    Bait receives a 4.5 rating from me.Bait encompasses the lives of 6 heroin junkies that are the worst of the worse. Their heroin habit is bad and I mean horrible. Trading money, sex, and other degrading things for the drugs. This all changes when they wake up on a deserted island with no heroin and a box with water and a note.The note tells them if they want more drugs they have to swim a mile to get it, to the next island. No problem right?! Spoiler alert They have to swim with hungry sharks, bl [...]

  • Ɗắɳ2.☊

    Dear Mr. Trump,I know you’re always on the lookout for creative new ways to tackle age old issues, and you’ve shown you clearly aren’t afraid of ruffling some feathers or resorting to extreme measures. Therefore, in my view, it’s high time we adopt a radical new approach in our fight against the drug crisis currently plaguing America. Might I suggest, for your consideration . . . Bait.Six heroin addicts are in for the ultimate rude awakening, when they come to dazed and confused and some [...]

  • Arah-Lynda

    Gerald Francis McCabe, he thought.That’s who I was-He was struck from every angle and with every measure of force.Blood bloomed thick around him. Tick did not resurface.Nearby, beer bottles clicked, cigars burned, and significant money exchanged hands. Six heroin addicts, strangers to each other, all from the seedy underbelly of Miami, find themselves stranded on a deserted island in the Florida Keys. They are jonesing for a fix and the only foreseeable way to get that is to swim to the next i [...]

  • Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*

    4.5 starsA small group of unlucky souls are gathered up and deposited on an island, told with directions to go to the next adjourning land by crossing the dangerous inlets so they can receive their new doses of heroine, food and other essential goodies. They have to figure out how to work together - or work apart - to survive and get that next fix and avoid being shark bait.Several of my friends have been reading this one, reviewing it highly, so I was happy to dive in - plus, Sharks? We are so [...]


    A really great book. Bait gets 5 out of 5 stars from me for a few reasons Firstly, there was never a dull page in this novel. 'Action-packed' is such a cliche term, but it describes this book perfectly. This novel really motors right from the prologue all the way to the epilogue. The novel was short, but it's also the kind of book you can't help but read very quickly. To be honest, I couldn't put the damn thing down once I started. Finished it in only a couple of sittings. Secondly, I happen to [...]

  • Edward Lorn

    In my original review of this book, I called the characters "cardboard". I gotta say, that's not quite accurate. It's not wrong, but it's not completely accurate. First off, one thing that annoyed the piss out of me but is purely subjective is how Messum described being high on heroin. I don't know if Messum has ever done heroin. If he has and it felt like he had a worm in his brain, more power to him. That was never my experience with H. My experience was a warm, snuggly, extended-orgasm sensat [...]

  • J. Kent Messum

    Hey Everyone,Just wanted to let you all know about a Christmas book giveaway happening here on for BAIT! Enter for a chance to win 1 of 5 first edition signed copies of my award-winning debut novel. /giveaway/shBest of luck to all that enter!J. Kent Messum

  • Paul Nelson

    Bait is the debut novel by Jamie Kent Messum and is a quite gripping look at heroin addiction, isolation, desperation and how far you’d swim for a fix, how far you’d really go when death comes calling.Six strangers wake up on the beach of an island in the Florida Keys, stolen away from their shitty lives and for reasons unknown. All they have is a box with instructions to swim the one mile over to the next island and the only way to get their next high.Someone watches them from a boat offsho [...]

  • Ellen Gail

    Well who knew sharks and heroin went together like peanut butter and jelly? This was fun!He and the others, they were mere flecks of flesh on a blue body of unfathomable dimension. The deep would take them all, sucking skin tones and white bones into the liquid void to be crushed into nothingness.Take six heroin addicts and throw them on an unknown island somewhere in the Keys. Add in a mysterious boat with people who are watching (and decidedly NOT helping), impending withdrawal, and a whole lo [...]

  • ``Laurie Henderson

    Having strained my wrist after reading the large tome "Matterhorn" I was looking for something light and easy to hold for my next book. "Bait" was feather light and the synopsis sounded exciting so I eagerly began reading this tale of horror.6 junkies are kidnapped and placed on a deserted island while their tormentors watch their struggles from a near by yacht. Reminiscent of the TV reality show "Survivor" but much darker since this will truly be a life or death struggle and there can only be 1 [...]

  • Bob Milne

    It's not often that I can look at a book blurb and wholeheartedly agree, but Bait: A Novel is, in fact, a case of "Jaws meets Lord of the Flies meets Drugstore Cowboy!" About the only thing I might add to that is, "in the style of early Richard Bachman."What J. Kent Messum has crafted here is a dark, disturbing tale of disposable people. On the one side you have a group of drug-addicted strangers, damaged outcasts who survive by feeding on the underside of society. On the other side you have a g [...]

  • Faye, la Patata

    Shark-infested waters.A group of hopeless drug addicts.A bunch of ex-soldiers with questionable motives.The purest dope you'll ever find.I'm not really interested in reading about a couple junkies fight for heroin, but I was intrigued with the possible conflicts that could come with this. Oh, the drama! Oh, the transformation of oneself as they fight for survival and for their health and sanity! And I love thrillers, too, so that's akin to killing two birds with one stone. However, upon turning [...]

  • Kostas Papadatos

    Φίλε είναι πραγματικά πολύ κακό.Είναι όντως ένα βιβλίο για δόλωμανα το ρίξεις σε ποτάμι τροφή για τον Ολοθούριο γνωστό και ως ψωλιάγκο.Λοιπόν,ξεκινάωΗ γραφή του JNT MESSUM είναι επιείκως αδιάφορη και προκλητική! Η πλοκή ακολουθεί πολλά κινηματογραφικά κλισέ ταινιών τρίτης κατ [...]

  • Charlie - A Reading Machine

    Sharks eat some some junkies who have to decide whether to choose sobriety or the gnashing and some quality smack. Needless to say they choosepoorly. The author does a good job in the bits where people are getting eaten by sharks. There was one bit where a guy got eaten by a shark that was awesome.

  • Heather

    Four men and two women wake up on a deserted island in the Florida Keys. It doesn't take long for them to find the common thread that they all have: an addiction to heroin that rules their lives. Off the coast on board a boat, their sadistic kidnappers observe them, waiting for the game to start and placing their bets. Facing gut-wrenching withdrawal symptoms, all these strangers can piece together is what they find in a letter inside a chest with some food and water--orders to swim to the next [...]

  • Nick

    By no means is BAIT an 'easy' or comfortable read; the readers emotions are taken through a roller coaster of anger, bereavement, desperation, and relief, with a final unsettling knot left in the pit of the stomach. Don't get me wrong, I was engrossed by this page turner and would recommend it to anyone in need of a good shake, however it would come with fair warning this is not for the faint of heart. As the story unfolds the reader is given glimpses of how each person fell victim to their curr [...]

  • Vaios Pap

    Ένα σπαρακτικό, εξαίσιο θρίλερ, με μπόλικες "δόσεις" ωμού ρεαλισμού! Αν θέλουμε να περπατήσουμε στα σκοτεινά σοκάκια της ανθρώπινης ψυχής, τότε σίγουρα έχουμε ανάγκη από περισσότερα βιβλία του J. Kent Messum.

  • Reanna

    This is it folks.e perfect book to drag along with you on your next trip to the beach!! Okay perhaps it may give you nightmares of being eaten alive by sharks but that's really not so bad.Seriously though, what a book! I freaking loved this! I had no idea what this book was about, who the author was, I didn't even bother reading the synopsis when I bought it. The cover drew me in and so it came home with me that day. If I didn't have to sleep and do life things, I'd say this can be finished in a [...]

  • Denise MacDonald

    I started this book today and I couldn't put it down until i finished it. Several heroin addicts are kidnapped and left on a stranded island. They are left instructions regarding what they need to do next. The story reminded me a lot of The Manhattan Hunt Club.I believe the under the story are questions about social classes, beliefs and values. Who has the right to label someone else's worth? Who has power to instill their values and beliefs on others and should they do it if they believe they a [...]

  • Maria

    Excellent read! I work for a publishing house and review a lot of modern writers, but I can’t remember when I was this much impressed. If you don’t faint at a mention of an f-word and want to read something breathtaking, BAIT is the book for you. It will give you an insight into the mind of an addict and of a person who hates addicts, and will help you understand both. This book will keep you in suspense till the very end, and even after you’ve finished reading!

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