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by David Morrell

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On a cold October night, five people gather in a run-down motel on the Jersey shore and prepare to break into the Paragon Hotel. The once-magnificent structure is now boarded up and marked for demolition.They are “creepers”: urban explorers with a passion for investigating abandoned buildings and their dying secrets. Reporter Frank Balenger joins


On a cold October night, five people gather in a run-down motel on the Jersey shore and prepare to break into the Paragon Hotel. The once-magnificent structure is now boarded up and marked for demolition.They are “creepers”: urban explorers with a passion for investigating abandoned buildings and their dying secrets. Reporter Frank Balenger joins them to profile this highly illegal activity for the New York Times. But he isn’t looking for just another story, and soon after they enter the rat-infested tunnel leading to the hotel, he gets more than he bargained for. Danger, fear, and death await the creepers in a place ravaged by time and redolent of evil.

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Paul Di Filippo
Featuring a serial killer, a treasure hunt, a fringe subculture, sociological commentary and sheer physical adventure, Creepers could perhaps be categorized as "dark suspense," however nebulous that modifier might sound. But the potentially disparate elements all cohere in the end, thanks to Morrell's narrative drive, stripped-down prose, thematic vitality and skill at characterization…With its nonstop cascade of ingeniously contrived dangers and assaults, culminating in an apocalyptic finale, Creepers provides the essence of all thrillers: an intense emotional effect that will leave readers drained.
—The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly
Morrell takes a creative kind of breaking-and-entering as the premise for his latest thriller (after Nightscape), a gripping story that demands to be read in a single sitting. Disguising himself as a journalist, Frank Balenger, ex-U.S. Army Ranger and Iraqi war veteran, joins a group of "Creepers," also known as infiltrators, urban explorers or city speleologists-men and women who outfit themselves with caving gear to break into and explore buildings that have long been closed up and abandoned. Though what they're doing is technically illegal, participants pride themselves on never stealing or destroying anything they find at these sites. They take only photographs and aim to leave no footprints. Balenger joins a group of four: the leader, Professor Robert Conklin, high school teacher Vincent Vanelli and graduate students Rick and Cora Magill. This gang infiltrates the Paragon Hotel, an abandoned, seven-story, pyramidal Asbury Park, N.J., structure built in 1901 by eccentric, hemophiliac Morgan Carlisle. Balenger and the professor have a special agenda, but the others are there simply for the thrills. Things quickly begin to unravel in life-threatening ways once the intrepid infiltrators penetrate the building-they aren't the only ones creeping around the spooky hotel. Morrell delivers first-rate, suspenseful storytelling once again. Agent, Jane Dystel. (Sept.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Why would a college history professor, three of his former students, and a reporter with questionable credentials willingly embark on a journey that requires them to lower themselves into a manhole on a late October night? Because they are, according to Morrell's (First Blood; Extreme Denial) latest offering, urban explorers known as "creepers." These modern-day adventurers spend countless hours crawling through storm drains, transit tunnels, and the like in search of abandoned vestiges of civilization: factories, brickworks, railway stations-even military bases. In the case here, it is a hotel built in 1901 by a wealthy eccentric. During this adventure, the group encounters not only the dangers of decaying structure, but also other less-than-scrupulous urban speleologists and, finally, a demented kidnapper. Despite Morrell's reputation for fast-paced action and the distinctive setting he has created here, the book's momentum slows from the implausibility of the situations invented solely for the sake of plot enhancement. Recommended to die-hard fans and curiosity seekers in larger public libraries.-Nancy McNicol, Ora Mason Branch Lib., West Haven, CT Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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David Morrell is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-eight books, including his award-winning Creepers. Co-founder of the International Thrillers Writers Organization, he is considered by many to be the father of the modern action novel. To learn more, go to www.davidmorrell.net.

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Creepers 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 79 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I originally picked this book because another college student wrote a review on here about it, saying that he wasnt much of a reader but he couldn't put the book down. My case was exactly the same. The first part of the book starts out kind of slow and i didnt think i was going to like it but about mid-way through the story it starts to get alot more interesting. I actually didnt know how the writer could keep up the suspense in the story, but he does and does so very well. Reading this book made me, a usually non-reader, want to find more books like this one because i enjoyed it so much. GREAT BOOK!
grumpydan More than 1 year ago
I wanted to read this book because I always wanted to creep, although I knew it as urban exploring. I was too chicken and after reading this book, I am even more scared. This novel is a suspenseful thriller that follows fiver urban explorers as they penetrate an old hotel in Asbury Park, New Jersey a week before it is scheduled to be torn down. What they find is a trip back in time as some of the rooms seem to have not been touched in decades yet they also seem that the guests were still there. Each room was a time capsule in itself. With the dangers of a old building and rotting wood, the explorers are as careful as they could be, but then a set of stairs collapse, one of them is injured and then they here the noise that someone else is there. I could go on but that will just ruin it. This fast paced story will keep you in glued to you seat as you try to figure what the heck is going on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book literally keeps you guessing what is going on. Everytime you think you might have it figured out a new villian and challenge present itself. The ending is somewhat lame but everything else about this book was a thrill ride.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Former Army Ranger Frank Balenger pretends to be a reporter as he joins the 'Creepers,' a group of urban explorers who enter abandoned edifices as if they are newly discovered caves. Though breaking and entering even forsaken property is against the law, the participants go out of their way to avoid any damage and to especially not steal anything. All they take are pictures.---------------- Balenger joins a quartet, Professor Robert Conklin, high school teacher Vincent Vanelli and graduate students Rick and Cora Magill. The five members enter the forsaken creepy Paragon Hotel in Asbury Park, New Jersey. They anticipated plenty of decay as the turn of the century structure has not been maintained in years, but did not expect to run into dangerous avarice looters and someone even more deadly. ------------------------- CREEPERS is a fascinating urban thriller that readers will enjoy searching along side the explorers inside this abandoned ¿tomb¿ something that many New York City teens have done over the years for instance with abandoned subway stations. The story line is action-packed and a bit over the top with some of the incidents caused by the nasties looting the Paragon Hotel. Balenger is a terrific lead character and his teammates easy to distinguish their personalities as their trek inside the paragon Hotel turns dangerous.----------------- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book draws you in, and the hope for a sucessful ending keeps you there. The book packs great moments that could easily make this book a summer action film. The characters are easily typecast but very likable.
bwretlind More than 1 year ago
In 1984 (I think), I read David Morrell's First Blood. I was captivated, amazed, in awe. I hadn't watched the movie, so I didn't know what to expect, nor had I read any reviews of the book. It was just something I picked up on the shelf at my local Waldenbooks-and completely out of my reading genre. I should say my "reading age," as well. I was 12. Since then, I hadn't read anything else by Morrell. I bounced between horror and fantasy, science fiction and science fact. So when I was last at the library, perusing the aisles, I picked up Creepers. Morrell fascinated me as a kid. Could he do the same 27 years later. Um . . . apparently not. Between static characters I'd met somewhere before, a setting I'd visited a few hundred times, themes of greed and time I know I'd read before, Creepers was, in a word, disappointing. I've marked it 2 stars simply because it was-in a Scooby Doo sort of way-entertaining. (In fact, I swear at least two characters would have fit perfectly into a Scooby Doo episode, and don't think I didn't imagine the big dumb dog stumbling to the rescue in at least one not-so-tense scene.) I will likely try other Morrell novels to see if this was just an anomaly. I'd like to think so.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well worth reading.
Janus More than 1 year ago
David Morrell is probably most famous for writing 'First Blood', the novel which the Rambo franchise was born from. Based off of that knowledge, one would be inclined to assume he is just another war-fiction author. Such is not the case. Creepers follows a group of, well, creepers. People who engage in urban exploration. Their target is an abandoned hotel that was once the pinnacle of architectural achievement and luxury. Boarded up, left rotting for decades and scheduled for demolition, the novels explorers decide to sneak in. To say too much will give away the book, but there are chills a plenty but nothing that induces gagging. The fear is all very primal and that's what makes it work. The back story to the hotel's reclusive owner adds layers of interest making this quite the twisted little book. Highly recommended.
FrancesEvlin More than 1 year ago
This story about urban explorers is unique. The writing is tight, the characters are well-developed, the setting (an abandoned hotel) is most unusual. Suspenseful right to the end. i personally do not like graphic violence, but it was necessary to the premise of this particular book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mo characters to like, no detail that makes sense, no villain worth considering, and no setting of interest, makes this book a sad effort for a fine author I have trusted in the past to entertain if not enlighten.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read, couldn't put it down!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked this up on my way down the shore, an appropriate place to read this book. I sat on the beach and read this book all day. I couldn't put it down. I even made my friend drive home so I could read it on the way back. I finally finished it up about midnight and did not want the book to end. Creepers is a slang term for people who explore abandoned buildings. In this novel, the abandoned building and the creepers themselves are not what they appear to be. This is a fast paced, roller coaster of a novel. David Morrell is the best!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I chose this book knowing that i like horror. However, I thought 'creepers' were monsters. I found out quick that they are urban explorers. This book helped me realize that exploring urban areas can bring the past to present if you not careful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I originally picked this book out to read because I¿m the type of person who needs a very special book to get my attention. I do not read much and need a good source of constant thrill, which is exactly what this book gave me. For someone who somewhat dislikes to read, I surprised myself by not being able to put this book down. I stayed up all hours of the night simply because I had to know what happened next. There seemed to never be a breaking point to take a breather and comprehend what had just happened. Instead, it just kept going and going, giving me more clues to observe and mysteries to figure out, which is the major contribution as to why I liked this book so much. On top of the entertainment of the story, I also received new and actual information about a certain secret society, which indicates the title of the book. But by explaining that would only give away the best part of the book. All in all, I liked this book very much and recommend it to anyone wanting a mix of horror, suspense, and mystery.
Guest More than 1 year ago
and i quote 'Grim, Gruesome and Sick Stan H, an avid reader...of literature, 10/12/2006 I stopped reading this when Robbie came on the scene. It had been gruesome for about the first half of the book, but it then showed promise of becoming ugly. I skipped to the 'finale', if such a word can be used to describe the end of a truly sick book. When a book consists of horror heaped on horror for horror's sake, I say that it is no longer literature. It is an exercize in extreme excess.' plain ignorance. David Morrell a great novelist does not need people trashing his books when a person does not even finish it. The book was everything it should have been. Some of the characters, such as Ronnie not 'Robbie' are meant to be hated, sick, and twisted, thats the way the character was suppose to be and thats why you felt that way about him. Love the book, and would recommend it to anyone interested in a page turner.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Be careful about how the story is described on the jacket. An intriguing idea for a potentially scary story. It turned out to be an adult slasher movie in book form. Just as newly introduced characters are getting into the mix, new ones get thrown in. Then an old murder mystery gets tossed in. Then a man running from his personal demons. Then a typical mad man chases the good guy ending. The story was fine until the band of creepers gets up a few floors, then it turns into a mishmash. The editors should have sent the author back to his typewriter and told him to fix it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a non-stop page-turner with lots of action, nasty villains, and even a damsel in distress or two. Five 'urban explorers' enter an abandoned hotel late one night just for the thrill of it. Ignoring all kinds of warning signs to get out while the getting's good, they end up getting way more than they bargained for. It didn't surprise me to learn that the author of this heart-pounding adventure also created the 'Rambo' series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This novel brought back soooooooooooo many memories/that of a child,teen&adult First time I visited as a child/Most of all the decay of Asbury Park/this book will haunt me for sometime to come-ENJOY
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was hard to put the book down, I kept wanting more. I thought I had the plot twist and he throws something totally unexpected into the story and it doesn't stop there. Great ending and can't wait for his next book to come out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are five authors who write what I call 'Morning Books.' If you start reading one of their books in the evening you will probably be up all night and be unable to put it down or sleep until it is finished. Creepers is another winner. Five people get together in order to 'creep' through the abandoned Paragon Hotel, each with their own reasons for doing so. However, there are a number of dangers and dangerous people waiting there for them. Reporter Frank Balenger is one of the five, but he is not really here as a reporter. He and others have their own agenda. Surprise, terror and thrills follow each other in rapid order until the grand finale. It is vintage Morrell at his very best, but, again, only start reading it before noon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
David Morrell can¿t stop exploring different subjects for his books. Starting with First Blood, which later grew into the movie by that name he has continued to expand his subject matter. Some of us have followed him wherever he goes, and I count myself among that group. This book reinforces that I am still on the track of a master of the thriller story and one who I will continue to stay with in his future books. My biggest thrill with his books is that he can introduce any topic and make it a fun read, all the while educating the reader without seeming to pontificate. He has put a Gnostic sect in the position of the good guys long before the subject became mainstream, he has written about government groups who turn boys into killers, he has turned trespassers into heroes. The common person who has failings can be a hero in a David Morrell book. I like that. This latest book is no departure from that element of writing. The subject matter is new to me, but in true David Morrell fashion I not only buy the book but also I read it with abandon. I recommend this book for thrillers who want good writing along with a really fun read. Paul Swanson
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was sad to finish this book. It kept my attention. This is the first book by this author and I will read more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
creepers is a thriller with a hint of horror. a real rollercoaster ride filled with twists and turns. the only thing keeping it from five stars is a lack of character developement, otherwise sit back and enjoy the ride.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was awesome. It had a great story built for suspense and I never knew what was going to happen. I couldn't put this book down. I could easily see this as a movie. Just when I thought that this story plot couldn't thicken, it gets better throwing your mind for loops.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was terrific. Great suspense, expertly written, you can immerse yourself in the characters and the spooky setting of the old hotel. Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down--almost read it in one day. This was my first experience with David Morrell's novels (didn't know he wrote Rambo stories until now) but I liked this book so much, I plan to read his past works as soon as I can.