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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mystery, suspense, horror, oh my!
The third installation of Darren Shan's Cirque du Freak series takes us to an unnamed city plagued by an elusive killer. Darren and his mentor, Larten Crepsley, are paid a visit from an old friend of Mr. Crepsley's named Gavner Purl, a Vampire General. After a clandestine conversation with Gavner, Mr. Crepsley announces that he must leave the Cirque for a while and go...
Published on April 3, 2002 by ckw

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3.0 out of 5 stars It was a somewhat forgettable read.
It held my attention enough to read all three of the first trilogy- the three are connected - can't really just read one and expect to have a whole story. Each book feels like a chapter in a larger story. I think the central character's character lacked sufficient character for me to care about him. And frequently there was a bleakness without ambiance... it just felt...
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mystery, suspense, horror, oh my!, April 3, 2002
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ckw (New Jersey, United States) - See all my reviews
The third installation of Darren Shan's Cirque du Freak series takes us to an unnamed city plagued by an elusive killer. Darren and his mentor, Larten Crepsley, are paid a visit from an old friend of Mr. Crepsley's named Gavner Purl, a Vampire General. After a clandestine conversation with Gavner, Mr. Crepsley announces that he must leave the Cirque for a while and go live in the city, and Darren as his assistant has to go with him. Dismayed at the idea of having to be alone all the time in a strange place, Darren convinces his best friend Evra Von to join him.
While Mr. Crepsley is away or sleeping, Darren and Evra spend time enjoying themselves in the city, going to zoos and other interesting places. Darren even meets a girl, Debbie Hemlock, who adores the fact that he's just a little strange and that his best friend is a snake-boy. Coming home from Debbie's one night just before Christmas, Darren finds Evra transfixed by a TV news show that is reporting the finding of six dead humans, all drained of their blood. Evra and Darren argue as to who the culprit is, and Darren immediately suspects Mr. Crepsley, who is never home at night. He tracks Mr. Crepsley to a slaughterhouse, prepared to kill his master, but finds out that he's fighting an enemy he never could have dreamed about. It will take every wit Darren and Mr. Crepsley have to conquer the mad murderer, as well as a lot of luck.
Darren Shan has created yet another spellbinding volume in the story of a young boy's training as a vampire's assistant. This book gets four stars instead of five because the trademark suspense and thrills usually present throughout the books is left until the end. It seems that this books serves as more of a vehicle to show Darren's growth and knowledge of humanity, rather than scare the readers. Don't worry, though, there's plenty of gross stuff for everyone, and Shan sets up what promises to be a fascinating fourth novel, as Darren faces a new enemy and learns more about the vampire world.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Brilliant Bloodcurdler!, April 6, 2002
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Darren Shan is at it again with his recent installment of the DARREN SHAN SAGA. With "Tunnels of Blood," we find Darren adjusting to his peculiar vampire life. Drinking blood, performing spiders...it's all new to the rookie half-vampire. When the ever-mysterious Mr. Crepsley brings Darren and his friend, Evra, to a city, things start getting odd. Bloody murders, the nighttime disappearance of Mr. Crepsley; things begin to get messy. With the addition of a girl, Debbie, into the meddle, Darren's safety and even life may be in peril.
Darren Shan applies a suspenseful plot to his excellent writing: the combination of quality story-telling and edge-of-your-seat action at hand, the reader of this great tale won't want it to end.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vampires....Good or Evil?, February 17, 2004
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Good or Evil? Darren Shan, the author of the Saga of Darren Shan, has never drawn the boundary line clearly. He believes it depends on which position you are and which aspect you are looking from. For example, in a war, or in the society, our enemies are always the one who has different beliefs from ours. In other words, people fight for their faith. This kind of things happens all the time in the Saga of Darren Shan. For instance, Tunnels of Blood ¡Vthe third book of the Saga, an introduction to the history and the world of vampires and their brothers who have different faith from them, the vampanezes.

Basically, Tunnel of Blood is talking about a half-vampire¡¦s, Darren Shan (the author gave the main character his own name), his best friend¡¦s, Evera the snake-boy, and his mentor¡¦s, Mr. Crepsley the vampire, visit to a small town. Because it was under threat by a vampaneze ¡Va kind of vampire, but they kill human beings for blood¡Xand the town was Mr. Crepsley¡¦s home, he brought his assistant, Darren Shan, to help him, yet without telling him what he thought. He went out furtively everyday and cases of murder were on the television everyday. Most importantly, all the victims had their blood all sucked out. No one knew who did it, but Darren Shan thought he knows. He believed it was Mr. Crepsley, so he decided to stop him from killing the next person and kill the evil vampire. Nevertheless, things went totally wrong! Someone unknown to Darren Shan, a vampaneze the real killer, suddenly popped out and kidnapped Evera. Darren Shan almost killed his mentor, just because Mr. Crepsley never told him what he thinks. The relationship between them two is very weird because they did not trust each other, even though they are mentors and assistant. Finally, in this book Mr. Crespley realized that he has to trust his assistant before he wants his assistant to trust himself. They finally work together as a real mentor and assistant.
Incredible twists and plans were taking place in this book. Unlike previous vampire stories, Dracula for instance, Darren Shan¡¦s vampires are not evils, they don¡¦t kill human and they don¡¦t view human beings as animals. However, sometimes they love human.
Anyway, I enjoy it a lot. Honestly, I could not put the book down as I start reading it. I believe anyone who enjoys or can read Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings will definitely love this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tunnels of blood, September 18, 2006
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This review is from: Cirque Du Freak #3: Tunnels of Blood: Book 3 in the Saga of Darren Shan (Paperback)
My book was Tunnels of blood by Darren Shan. It was about a boy who becomes half-vampire to save his friends life by becoming an assistant to a vampire to get an antidote for a spider bite. Darren(the half-vampire) and Mr.Crepsley(vampire) jojn the cirque du freak again. Then darren meats Evra, a snake boy, and they become very good friends. One day Mr. Crepsley has to take care of some business in New York so Darren and and evra come to Then Darren meats a girl and they start dating. Then one day while watching the news a report comes on saying that 6 dead bodies were found and all were drained of their blood...want to know more read the book. I would recomend to teenagers and up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta read it, October 12, 2005
This review is from: Cirque Du Freak #3: Tunnels of Blood: Book 3 in the Saga of Darren Shan (Paperback)
Tunnels of blood is an absolutly fabulous book. Darren Shan's series are the most imaginative, captivating books I have ever read. In this book, the main character, Darren, discovers a horrible situation in which humans are being killed and drained of blood in his master's hometown!He gets his first girlfriend and has to deal with keeping secrets from her. His friends become in grave danger at the end, which leads to a page turning turn of events that will knock your socks off. This is a must read, but you absolutely have to READ THE BOOKS IN ORDER.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Author Darren Shan does it again!!!!, April 12, 2002
"Tunnels of Blood," the third volume in Darren Shan's "Cirque Du Freak" series, is buy far the best so far. In this volume, we learn lots more about vampires and one of their greatest enemies, and also a bit of history. Like all the "Cirque Du Freak" books, this one ends with the dreadful last three words (as all the books would I predict) TO BE CONTINUED, and the fourth book is not coming out till September!!!!! The publisher has got to get with it and start publishing more than two books in this series a year!!! People in the U.K. are soon to get the SIXTH book in the series. A great read!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Could read it over and over!, April 1, 2003
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This review is from: Cirque Du Freak #3: Tunnels of Blood: Book 3 in the Saga of Darren Shan (Paperback)
This book was so good! I could read it over and over.
In this book Darren gets a girlfriend named Debbie and he meets this evil vampire. When Evar gets kidnaped Darren sets out to save Evar and risk his life. This book keep me on the edge of my seat.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new element is added to the mix, March 3, 2005
This review is from: Cirque Du Freak #3: Tunnels of Blood: Book 3 in the Saga of Darren Shan (Paperback)
Once again, the author presents a unique and compelling story that surprises us, introduces us to new characters, and gives Darren - gasp! - a girlfriend.

Mr. Crepsley has a mysterious meeting with one of the Vampire Generals, and just as mysteriously he leaves with Darren, allowing Darren's friend the snake boy (his name escapes me and the book isn't around) to accompany him.

They all travel to a city where, once they arrive, Darren and the snake boy see on the news that people are dying, and that their bodies are being sucked dry of blood. Given Mr. Crepsley's odd silence and distant behavior, the boys conclude that Mr. Crepsley may be involved in the deaths. They decide to trail Mr. Crepsley when he leaves at night, to see where he is going and what he is doing. And they find out - and that's where the nightmare really begins.

I won't discuss what actually happens, but I'll say this: you might think you know at least part of what's going on, but when you get the full explanation, you'll realize that you really didn't have a clue.

The only thing that I find slightly annoying about this series is that Mr. Crepsley - a very well respected vampire - seems to make quite a few mistakes. Without these mistakes (withholding information, for one), there would be no story. I'd like to see that change.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Whole New Direction For The Series, January 25, 2005
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This review is from: Cirque Du Freak #3: Tunnels of Blood: Book 3 in the Saga of Darren Shan (Paperback)
Darren Shan continues his addictive series with the tunnels of blood. Shan keeps the reader's interest by adding yet another new wrinkle with mysterious killings occurring. Darren finds a love interest and is able to explore a part of his life he thought died when he became Mr. Crepsley's assistant. Evra the snake boy goes along to show the strength of Darren's friendship with Evra, and their relationship is definitely tested.

What is discovered in the Tunnels of Blood only adds to the suspense that consistently builds in this series. EVERYTHING presented in these first books of the Cirque series will be relevant in later books. Fortunately Shan re-visits characters and pieces of plot at exactly the right time.

Darren Shan is quite a talented author who writes a series that can be enjoyed by any age group, and this series needs to be made into a film ASAP.

The writing is brilliant, yet simple.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting...:), December 7, 2004
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Lyall Ramsey (United States of Canada) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Cirque Du Freak #3: Tunnels of Blood: Book 3 in the Saga of Darren Shan (Paperback)
This next installment to the teen horror series, Cirque du Freak. In this book, Darren is suspicious that Mr. Crepsley might be the cause of several murders in town that are seemingly the cause of a vampire. To make matters worse, Crepsley refuses to talk to Darren about this, and is gone more and more lately. Finally Darren and Evra decide to take matters into their own hands: to follow Mr. Crepsley, and even stop him, if that's what it takes...

Readers will enjoy the addition of a new antagonist, the vampaneze. This is a break from classic vampire literature, and makes the book all the more interesting. Debbie adds an interesting blend of romance to this novel that was missing in the first two books. More unpredictable than the others, also, even though it is one of those books where you can't really predict because not all of the characters are introduced in the first two chapters, etc.
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