Mortimer Moorecook, retired Wall Street raider, avid collector, is losing his fight against cancer. With weeks to live, a package arrives at the door of his hillside mansion—an artifact he paid millions for…a hominoid skull with elongated teeth, discovered in a farmer's field in the Romanian countryside. With Shanna, his beautiful research assistant looking on, he sinks the skull's razor sharp fangs into his neck, and immediately goes into convulsions.
A rural hospital. A slow night in the ER. Until Moorecook arrives strapped to a gurney, where he promptly codes and dies.
Four well-known horror authors pool their penchants for scares and thrills, and tackle one of the greatest of all legends, with each writer creating a unique character and following them through a vampire outbreak in a secluded hospital.
The goal was simple: write the most intense novel they possibly could. Which they did. A Word of Warning: Within this story, you will find no black capes, no satin-lined coffins, no brooding heartthrobs who want to talk about your feelings. Forget sunlight and stakes. Throw out your garlic and your crosses. This is the Anti-Twilight.
©2010 Jeff Strand, F. Paul Wilson, Jack Kilborn, Blake Crouch, J.A. Konrath (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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"Exactly what I expected"
This one included every cliche known to horror/apocalytic novels and lots of gore but it was kind of a guilty pleasure for me. The narrator was excellent..some of his 'woman voices' made me want to grit my teeth for just a moment but he captured the over the top cowboy cop and the lumberjack characters really well and showed great talent in keeping the story moving. I just wish he'd done a few less 'squeeeak, squeeeak, squeeeeaks' in some places..kind of painful when you're wearing earbuds!
"Exciting!! Non-Stop Fun!!"
When the nurse was cornered in the closet with the children trying to keep the draculas from getting in and turning anymore of the children...
Nurse Jenny was my favorite.
I would have to say nurse Jenny because even though Dr. Lance was an ass she still maintained a gentle and lovable character.
The book was outstanding! I was not bored at any point! LOVED IT!!
"Could have been so much better."
Let me start by saying that this book was NOT a waste of my time. It entertained me and kept my attention on a long drive, and sometimes that's as much as you can ask from a book. It's action-packed from the start, with some fun new twists on the vampire legend.
However, the book could have been so much better. The writing is uneven at times, and the protagonists are two-dimensional, largely-unlikable characters.
Still, for fans of vampire (not Twilight or Anne Rice vampire) or zombie fiction, this book is a diverting romp.
"Bait & Switch to the max!!"
They truly used the bait & switch tactic to lure readers. I knew it would be a gore fest based on the writers; no one expects a romance movie from Torintono or Rodriguez, however I was honestly stunned by the change of genre with this book
It was a damn comedy!! Albeit dark comedy but at no time was there even a hint of a frightful scene. Sure it would keep you up at nights but it would be from either laughing or rolling your eyes not from fear or chills.
Perhaps it was the narrator who lent a more comedic twist to the story, I could see(metaphorically) how if some passages were read differently the scene would be eerie as opposed to ridiculous. However when one is so distracted by the funny thoughts streaming through one mans mind as he is tearing out the throat of another with pliers well that just reveals no narrator could make this book sound scary.
If you want a good laugh and aren't squeamish then I suggest you go for it
"Excellent composition in the style of Pulp Fiction"
Good narrator! The story jumps back and forth but is an excellent collaborative work by great authors. Edgy and gorey..
"Terrible book - save hour time."
Nothing - it was simply a horrible book.
Have a better book to read from.
Don't buy it. Select another book.
"This is a full on action story outside the box"
Yes,but much later it leaves an impression
Deputy dog and the lumber jack they are good people weird but good hearted
Mr Dawe does a great job and keeps the story alive and moving at a very fast pace
No that is a great name for what else would you call it or them
A full speed ahead no hands barred fight to survive the night
"Perhaps not the best Narrator..."
I enjoyed the book. It would be a great movie. My only issue was the Narrator would be better suited to reading comedies than horror.
I loved the book and I'm enjoying the audio.
Don't know. I've read several Konrath/Kilborn books and have enjoyed them all. Still waiting on the other book that's in the works Werewolves.
Not bad. He did pretty good actually.
N/A, but I would love to see this made into a movie. Benny the clown was my favorite character.
"Bad Choice of Narration"
I was extremely disappointed in the choice of narration. When a book starts off with a warning about nightmares and terrifying details, you have a certain “tone” in mind from an audio perspective. This narrator sounds like he would be a better fit for a “Pride and Prodigious” type of novel.
I like the premises of the “Dracula” creature. It steps out of the typical duel-fang, pretty boy mentality that has hijacked the Vampire culture in recent years and gives back the terrifying creatures that I used to invasion as a kid.
Can’t say but it needs someone with a MUCH darker tone for sure.
The chainsaw lumberjack. The story is great upto the hospital breakout and then we get this mentally challenged “Hulk Smash” mentality. I was hoping for more build up and suspense, not Lennie from “Of Mice and men” .
The book itself seems good but I’m only 8-chapters in. Story line is a bit cheesy and its less of a thriller and more of a slasher so not what I was expecting. More than anything I was extremely disappointed in the choice of narration. When a book starts off with a warning about nightmares and terrifying details, you have a certain “tone” in mind from an audio perspective. This narrator sounds like he would be a better fit for a “Pride and Prodigious” type of novel. I’ll probably pick the book up as an eBook because I am a big F. Paul Wilson fan but I do not recommend the audio version.
An exciting book that gets into the action straight away and keeps your interest throughout.
"Too much Blood and Guts"
Instead of a strong sorry and good deep characters, this book relies on loads and loads of blood and guts. Still, keeps you going till the very end but you are left wanting more information on the characters and story.
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