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Vampire$ By John Steakley Vampire This is bestselling author John Steakley s vampire classic Vampires infest the modern world and a group of brave people professional vampire killers devote their lives to hunting them down The cult cl

  • Title: Vampire$
  • Author: John Steakley
  • ISBN: 9780451451538
  • Page: 238
  • Format: Paperback
  • Vampire$ By John Steakley This is bestselling author John Steakley s vampire classic Vampires infest the modern world and a group of brave people professional vampire killers devote their lives to hunting them down.The cult classic is back for fans who like their vampire hunters hard boiled You don t just kill vampires for the money, you do it for the satisfaction You do it because somebody hasThis is bestselling author John Steakley s vampire classic Vampires infest the modern world and a group of brave people professional vampire killers devote their lives to hunting them down.The cult classic is back for fans who like their vampire hunters hard boiled You don t just kill vampires for the money, you do it for the satisfaction You do it because somebody has to You do it no matter what it does to you And you drink a lot Some jobs just suck This one bites.But nobody does it better than Jack Crow, the leader of VAMPIRE Inc His crack team of hunters takes down the blood suckers with a lethal combination of cojones and crossbows.After members of Jack s team are ambushed and slaughtered however, the survivors need to rethink their strategy With a new recruit from the Vatican A priest who s not afraid to wield a stake and a sharpshooter loaded up with silver bullets, it s payback time The only problem is that the vampires have no intention of going down easy They have their own hit list, and Jack Crow s name is scrawled in blood right at the top.
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    1. Dirk Grobbelaar on said:

      The visceral no nonsense writing on display here might not appeal to literary snobs or self appointed connoisseurs of horror haute cuisine, but it certainly gets the job done Encounters with the Vampires of the title are heart stopping affairs They are feisty fiends fast, inhumanly strong and very vicious They re also not in the least interested in being your boyfriend or girlfriend.It s a gritty story, filled with blood, sweat and Texas dust one where listening to Stevie Ray Vaughn may just sav [...]

    2. Stephen on said:

      3.5 stars Don t start this book looking for a detailed version of the John Carpenter film Except for the opening scene which is fairly similar in both the book and the movie, the book is completely different and much better Nothing high brow here, Jack Crow and later his buddy Felix are hard drinking, foul talking, ill mannered western type tough guys who track and kill vampires for a living This is pretty typical action hero type stuff I was reminded of Nick Nolte in 48 hours and James Woods i [...]

    3. Monica Medina on said:

      Seriously This is my all time favorite book I ve had to buy it three times because I read it over and over and eventually the binding wears out and the pages fall out.It s not a great literary find It s not going to change the world It s about vampire hunters But I loved every character, I love the story the author told, I cared what happened It could be that it was my age when I read it Whatever I love Team Crow And I still do.

    4. Mike (the Paladin) on said:

      My first take here is to sayThis is a great idea, maybe someday someone will write a book about it Of course, Monster Hunter International is already out there.I ve said a couple of things I m going to say here before, about other books This one makes me sad As I ve said before, I really wanted to like this book And also as I ve said before, the book is a mixed bag There are some very good parts then again there are some parts that I found so stultifyingly slow I could have screamed When it was [...]

    5. Bryan on said:

      Not a perfect book, and it s not like I m well read when it comes to Vampire novels, but I highly recommend this one Don t bother with that Twilight stuff, here s the real blood and guts and spines and viscera and So what s so great about the book 1 The creatures There are various levels of vampires, and all of them are bloodthirsty fiends They start as goons basically shambling zombies , then graduate up to vampire status, and finally master vampire Superbly chilling monsters they can control a [...]

    6. Mark on said:

      Vampire is the second book by John Steakley If the character names are familiar, it s because they are recycled from his previous novel, Armor Jack Crow, instead of being a famous space pirate, is now the leader of a group that hunts and kills vampires for profit Felix, rather than being an expert ant killer, is now a gunman.The Plot Jack Crow leads a Vatican subsidized band of mercenaries whose sole purpose is to kill vampires Usually, vampires invade a small town and then sort of spread to tak [...]

    7. Terence on said:

      The GoodThe vampires The vampires of John Steakley s Vampires are TOUGH At night they are nearly unstoppable killing machines, and even during the day, as long as they avoid direct sunlight, these SOBs are hard to kill At one point, a master vampire has two arbalest bolts in him and falls 20 stories but still manages to walk away It s not hard to understand why these vampires would be at the top of the undead food chain.The mental trauma Steakley is at his best writing about the mental torture a [...]

    8. Naten on said:

      When James Woods asked John Carpenter for a copy of the script to the movie based on this novel, the director should have just handed him the book Written with such a visual style and with such suspense, it could have been the best vampire movie ever made As it stands, this is simply the best vampire book ever written.

    9. Colleen on said:

      A little on the fence with this book and not sure I can put my finger on what was wrong with it Parts of it were rousing adventure horror other parts not so much I grew tired fast with all the tears and uber testosterone weep fests that occured after every vampire encounter And I found vast chunks of the book as weirdly sentimental as Beth s death in Little Women Also the style of writing is a little florid Don t get me wrong, the writing is a cut above most books like this, but poorly edited or [...]

    10. Olethros on said:

      Con la Iglesia hemos topado en algo parecido a un western vamp rico G nero Narrativa fant stica.Lo que nos cuenta Jack Crow dirige un equipo de exterminaci n de vampiros Durante un trabajo en Indiana, y tras tener sus m s y sus menos con las autoridades locales, el nido parece destruido, pero lo que sucede durante la posterior fiesta demuestra que no hab a sido as Cuando Crow habla con su jefe en Roma, Su Santidad tiene claro que es necesario que Crow vuelva al trabajo y que forme un nuevo equip [...]

    11. Amity on said:

      I m not sure what people who regularly read this stuff will think, but for someone who isn t into horror thriller Ann Rice I am shocked that I loved it Brilliant Lots of death, gore, swearing, and sex, and yet somehow I was never offended though at times did have to put it down Great characterization and great story Author handled pacing very well not so tense that you re worn out, yet definitely a page turner.

    12. Seth Skorkowsky on said:

      I picked up Vampire on audio and fell in love with it on the opening line I know fucking well there s a God because I kill vampires for a living Are you listening I kill vampires for money A lot of it So don t tell me there ain t no God I know fucking well there s a God I just don t understand Him For starters, this book starts off very similar to the John Carpenter movie, but then quickly goes off into an entirely different story Vampire is a beautiful mixture of pure gory horror and bizarre hu [...]

    13. Gouty on said:

      It is a pity that one can not give negative stars on Good Reads Actually it is possibly an abomination even writing about this book on a site called Good Reads Well, I am just too lazy to surf the web looking for ohgodwhydidIwasteprecioushoursofm thiswhenIcouldhavebeendoingsomethingbetterlikecryingandmasturbating This is one of those rare instances where one can say whole heartedly that the movie was better than the book The movie was crap, but it had its pluses It only took 108 minuets to get t [...]

    14. Paul on said:

      These are not your soppy brooding angsty vampires Nor your sparkling Twihards These are MONSTERS One of my favourite vampire novels in that the vamps are creatures that are feared for a reason They can bench press a car and outrun a horse Jack Crow and his team are charged with the job of killing them No witty quips while dressed in heels as you stake them, this is armoured fighting and pray you don t get too close.It s a great book and it s a refreshing change from all the high school romance v [...]

    15. Tom on said:

      A cheesy, slightly enjoyable vampire book that they made a cheesy, less enjoyable vampire movie in the 90s with James Woods John Carpenter s Vampires The book plot and the movie plot completely diverge from each other after the initial couple of scenes You might be best off avoiding both the movie and the book Disappointing, because Steakley s other novel Armor is one of my favs.

    16. Tony on said:

      The basis of the John Carpenter movie Vampires All in all, while I am a big fan of JC s movies, I found the book far superior to the film The story follows a small group of Vatican funded vampire hunting mercenaries, and what happens when the vampires decide to hunt them instead If you are tired of the Lestat type of vampire, I really suggest giving this a read.

    17. Bill on said:

      This could have been really good Modern day vampire bounty hunters A lot of people have raved about this novel but for the life of me I can t figure the appeal.I really don t like his writing style That must be it.

    18. The Black Hat Writer on said:

      A truly promising idea that just falls flat on its fangs, breaking them off and taking away any bite that might have been That s how I would describe Vampires by John Steakley It didn t take long for Steakley to put the stake right through the heart of this unfocused misadventure into the nightlife of battling the undead Some strong characters are introduced, but soon become redundant, corny clich s of cheesiness and adolescent bravado, taking them to the point where I didn t care about them The [...]

    19. Alger on said:

      Whoa nellie, is this book a product of its time, but that is not a good thing This book is the distilled worst of the 1980s.This book is icky This book is bound with neon colored spandex and mall hair The story is inspired by cocaine fueled nightmares The soundtrack is a Nitro album Tipper Gore hated this book.For anyone reading this book now there is a strange feeling of familiarity about the premise, since Joss Weedon used virtually the same set up for Buffy the Vampire Slayer A group of morta [...]

    20. Mark Schlatter on said:

      This has been a comfort food read for me in the past and one of those books I return to again and again Not that there s anything particularly comfortable about the story this is high octane adventure horror but I have regularly enjoyed the experience of reading it.I m guessing this is for het males the equivalent of romance novels for het females It s a dude s novel, where men bond together fighting impossible odds while cracking jokes and struggling with the immense burdens of responsibility t [...]

    21. Jesse on said:

      In this time of weiner emo goth vamps, I need this book I need a vampire story full of horror, gore, and vampires that don t want to love me and live viacarously sp through me, but want tooh I don t knowDRINK MY FUCKING BLOOD AND KILL ME And by page 8 so far its great The main character is a big tough bastard of a man who hunts vampires for money, and the vampires die in horroifying ways And thats just on page 8 I can t wait to really get dug into this, it will sooth my soul I don t want to have [...]

    22. J. on said:

      3.5 stars bumped to 4 because I like the writing style.I love Armor Love it and have no idea why It makes me sick every time I get to the end and know there will never be a sequel Imagine my joy when I remembered Steakley had another book under his belt This book was very much in the same style as Armor But alas, this wasn t Armor Seems like it could ve been a lot , it s slow in places and rushed in others I enjoyed it, but don t see myself ever listening again I dunno, maybe I ll give it one s [...]

    23. Siew Ee on said:

      When I read this book, I couldn t help thinking of Vampires , a western horror film directed by John Carpenter in 1998 There are many parallels between book and movie, and for that reason, I enjoyed reading Vampire , a totally un Twilight story where you will find blood sucking monsters which are disgustingly strong, nasty and totally incapable of human feelings of love and compassion There s plenty of blood and gore, and the actions scenes are thrilling Is this book worth 5 stars Unfortunately [...]

    24. Julie Davis on said:

      61 2010.I read this based on Jesse s enthusiastic review It has an interesting straight forward style that I imagine does lend itself very well to an audiobook style I find it compelling though I can t say why sort of like picking up a Western that you can t put down for some reason Not that I really know what that is like I must say that I appreciate the author s sympathetic look at the pontiff in this Yes, you read that right I have much, much to say which is covered in this review.Highly rec [...]

    25. Craig on said:

      This is a very strange and challenging book, somewhat similar to his other novel, ARMOR, yet in ways vastly different One confusing point that I didn t understand at all is that the two main characters in both novels have the same names, yet one is a far future military space opera and the other a contemporary well, twenty years old now vampire novel This one reads by turns like a horror novel, a mens adventure book, and a study of interpersonal relationships It s not much at all similar to the [...]

    26. Torsten Nelson on said:

      Lots of people seem to hate this book on I read it a long time ago, but now I m reading Monster Hunter International , which is fun, but Vampire is way better The opening act is amazing read it to learn how intelligent people would hunt vampires it s not by sneaking around in the dark with big guns This is not an intellectual book It s about big men who hunt monsters, and it s fun escapism at its best.They made a movie out of it, but the movie is an abomination, please avoid it.

    27. Kurt Vosper on said:

      Excellent modern day Vampire Horror novel They made a movie out of it with James Woods and one of the Baldwin brothers.but the book and movie are drastically different Basically the hero works in service of the church tracking down vampires and putting an end to them This book deals with a master vampire appearing and the hero having to take him and his followers out Bad things happen, team members die s a good and quick read.

    28. Lisa Nelson on said:

      A surprisingly good tale, well told.This is not about nice vampires Not at all.This is a story about monsters and the men and women who hunt them.Steakley tells the tale with great charm, dry wit, and deep characterization He sets the stage almost casually and then explodes the scene to the senses No wonder it was made into a movie.

    29. Patrick on said:

      This is a enjoyable vampire novel It has a different take on how they function and how they are dealt with It is an in depth development of characters and a fast moving story A good story here.

    30. Keith Blackmore on said:

      Another action thriller from Steakley and probably one of my favourite vampire stories ever The middle is a a little slow and it s the only thing keeping me from giving five stars to this.

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