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Scavenger
     

Scavenger

3.9 15
by David Morrell, Patrick Lawlor (Read by)
 

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Frank Balenger, the resolute but damaged hero of David Morrell's acclaimed Creepers, now finds himself trapped in a nightmarish game of fear and death. To save himself and the woman he loves, he must play by the rules of a god-like Game Master with an obsession for unearthing the past. But sometimes the past is buried for a reason.

Scavenger is a brilliant,

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Frank Balenger, the resolute but damaged hero of David Morrell's acclaimed Creepers, now finds himself trapped in a nightmarish game of fear and death. To save himself and the woman he loves, he must play by the rules of a god-like Game Master with an obsession for unearthing the past. But sometimes the past is buried for a reason.

Scavenger is a brilliant, frightening hunter-hunted tale that layers modern technology over the dusty artifacts of earlier times. The result is a surreal palimpsest, one that contains the secret of survival for Balenger and a handful of unwilling players who race against the game’s clock to solve the puzzle of the time capsule, only to discover that time is the true scavenger.

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Publishers Weekly

This unwieldy thriller from bestseller Morrell (First Blood) becomes so caught up in its headlong action that it never stops to explore the possibilities of its intriguing premise. Frank Balenger, the emotionally banged-up hero of the Stoker Award–winning Creepers(2005), finds he must play an elaborate time-travel game to save himself and his lover, blonde, blue-eyed Amanda Evert, who reminds him so much of his late wife. The nefarious Adrian Murdock, a history professor at Atlanta's Oglethorpe University and a member of the Time Capsule Society, sends the pair on a hunt through time that keeps them in constant danger as they attempt to discover the secret of a series of time capsules. While Morrell delivers race-against-the-clock thrills with his usual aplomb and does a good job educating the reader about actual time capsules, the minimal characterization makes it hard to care about Balenger and Amanda. Video gamers will be most satisfied. 15-city author tour.(Mar.)

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Library Journal
Morrell introduced readers to the somewhat esoteric concept of urban exploration with his Bram Stoker Award-winning Creepers. With this sequel, he tantalizes with a page-a-minute thriller on another fairly obscure pastime, geocaching, which involves hiding an object and then leaving a series of clues or coordinates to follow so that object can be found. Frank and Amanda, the only survivors of an incident at the Paragon Hotel, are swept into a deadly situation by a devious video game designer. Amanda is kidnapped, and while Frank searches for her, she is forced to search for a geocached time capsule in a Roanoke-like town in Wyoming. Told in near real time, the novel is fraught with tension and ever-ratcheting suspense; the tight, fast-paced plot races along at breakneck speed. As is typical of Morrell, not much internal character thought or motivation is given; the characters are developed mostly through their actions and interactions with one another. Good for public libraries, especially where suspense/thrillers are popular.
—Charli Osborne

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781469234281
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
02/05/2013
Edition description:
Abridged
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.40(d)

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Meet the Author

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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Scavenger 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
examples More than 1 year ago
This book is a quick read and keeps you looking forward to the next chapter
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, the beginning sucks you in. The storyline makes for a fast and very interesting read. Great!! --K--
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miss_dobie More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing, captivating and thrilling story from beginning to end. A true page-turner that is difficult to put down. Just one more chapter. Just one more chapter. Excitement and tension builds to a surprising and satisfying end. The story is profound on many levels. And the author's note at the end makes this book a grand slam of a deal and a "must have" for everyone's library. David Morrell is not merely the creator of Rambo. He is also a magnificent teacher who generously shares his knowledge and talent with his readers.
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Josie123 More than 1 year ago
I found this on the discount rack and was thrilled. This is the 2nd book involving Frank Balenger. Balenger is one of the most engaging characters I have every ran across. Without giving away too much, this centers on a scavenger hunt which can turn deadly at any moment. Like a video game with real, flesh and blood, characters. The lead character, Balenger, brings this above other stories with similar plots.
Bosox08MS More than 1 year ago
Have to say I've liked Morrell's other works far more than this one - never felt pulled into the characters, seemed a bit too contrived to so easily find the location the hunt was happening at - thought the desert setting had promise that was ultimately was unrealized - all in all a bit of a disappointment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the 2nd book I've read by this author - 'Creepers' was the 1st - and I will definitely look for more. Keeps you on the edge of your seat and eyes glued to the pages.
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Formula writing. Not too original