Horror novelist Nicholson (The Farm) offers in his latest a thrilling, romance-free twist on the ever-more-popular subject of vampires, bringing to mind the tagline from Robert Rodriguez's neo-camp bloodsucker flick From Dusk Till Dawn: "Vampires. No Interviews." Far up in the Appalachian Mountains, fanatical antiabortion bomber Ace Goodall and his female accomplice are fleeing the FBI on a path along the Unegama River. Not far away, a group of white water rafters is looking to take on the Unegama, a dangerous run, as part of a publicity stunt for a high-end camping gear company. But it isn't long before class V rapids are the least of their worries, as they're set upon by subhuman, leather-winged, bloodthirsty creatures who seem impervious to the panicked humans' efforts to kill them. Amid the bloodletting, Nicholson dregs up some genuinely dark, creepy moments; his unnamed vampires inspire visceral horror each time they sweep down from the sky. Unfortunately, Nicholson's human characters are less inspiring; though perfectly functional, they never rise above stereotypical monster fodder: the former navy SEAL, the lonely widower with nothing to lose, the single-minded religious maniac, the duplicitous company shill. That said, this vampiric Deliverance moves quickly and assuredly, offering some fine scares along the way. (Apr.)
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Absolutely horrible. It reads like it was written by a horny 16 year old who only made it through half of a Stephen King novel. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tyler
Fairly well written (ever read one of those books where there appears to have been no editing process at all? This is better than that. Read morePublished 18 months ago by JET
This book had me from the word go. Some characters were likable while others were worth disliking. A roller coaster ride to say the least. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Pam
If I could review without any stars I would. The story was very slow and disjointed. The characters were very shallow. The ending was ... No ending. Read morePublished on July 28, 2013 by Mom's Puddin'
The concept of putting the "fangs" back in vampires gets a lot of buzz these days. In large part because of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series, but it can also be traced back to... Read morePublished on February 15, 2012 by Yggs
In the rugged wilderness of the Appalachian Mountains, the treacherous Unegama River holds than its share of mortal dangers. Read morePublished on January 19, 2012 by Amazon Customer
Once again Scott pulls from his seemingly endless bag of tricks.
With They Hunger we get a vampire novel..or is it a thriller? Crime novel? I got it..it's suspense!!! Read more
I happen to be a fan of Scott Nicholson, and enjoy his writing immensely. Unfortunately, I found myself disappointed in this novel. Read morePublished on October 4, 2011 by Dalia Page
It's a perverse irony that I would have ended up reading this book simultaneously to Four Souls : A Novel (P.S. Read morePublished on September 12, 2011 by Tim Lieder