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They Thirst
     

They Thirst

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by Robert McCammon
 

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First published in 1981, They Thirst was Robert McCammon's fourth novel, and it remains one of the major milestones of an ambitious, constantly evolving career. Like its predecessors--Baal, Bethany's Sin, and The Night Boat--They Thirst made its initial appearance as a paperback original. In the years since, it has acquired an intensely devoted following, and is now

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First published in 1981, They Thirst was Robert McCammon's fourth novel, and it remains one of the major milestones of an ambitious, constantly evolving career. Like its predecessors--Baal, Bethany's Sin, and The Night Boat--They Thirst made its initial appearance as a paperback original. In the years since, it has acquired an intensely devoted following, and is now widely regarded as one of the significant vampire novels of the 20th century.

The story begins in the tiny Hungarian hamlet of Krajeck, where nine-year-old Andre Palatazin awaits the return of his father from an unspecified--but clearly dangerous--mission. The man who finally returns is no longer Andre's father--is no longer, in fact, a man. Pursued by this undead entity, Andre and his mother barely escape with their lives. Decades later, Andre--now Andy--Palatazin is a homicide detective in the Los Angeles Police Department, and spends his days dealing with the quotidian terrors of a large metropolis. His life takes a darker turn when the demonic forces he first encountered in Krajeck arrive in L.A., led by an ancient vampire known as The Master. The Master's plan: to overrun the city and use it as a stepping-stone toward wider, ultimately global, domination.

They Thirst marks the earliest appearance of McCammon's penchant for epic, wide-angled narratives. With the unobtrusive ease of a natural storyteller, the author propels a wide assortment of vividly created characters through an apocalyptic scenario that combines gritty urban realism with a powerful portrait of supernatural forces at large in the modern world. The result is a genuine classic of the genre, a novel that is as fresh and absorbing today as it was more than thirty years ago.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940016362793
Publisher:
Subterranean Press
Publication date:
03/25/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
250
Sales rank:
118,951
File size:
1 MB

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They Thirst 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Forget about Ann Rice, and Laurell K. Hamilton, this is THE vampire novel! I read this book about five years ago, and I still think about the images that it left me with! In the span of one night, one millionn inhabitants of Los Angeles are turned into vampires. The images of how will haunt me for the rest of my life!!! The only images that I found more frightening were in the begining of Richard Preston's, 'The Hot Zone.' This is a vampire story on steroids, taken to the nth degree. Forget about one vampire! What would you do, if you had hundreds chasing after you? If you like vampires stories, race, do not walk to your nearest bookstore and read this book!!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great book by Robert McCammon! Every book (Swan Song, Going South, Boy's World, etc.) is incredibly well written and vivid in details. This book is no exception. Although very long, it is a book that you do not want to end. In my opinion, Robert McCammon is the best there is and I can't wait to read another book. The writing quality is better thank King, Koontz, etc.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The vampires in this story do not glitter. They're not romantic or pretty, and they don't drink fake blood. These are the original horror-genre monsters whose only goal for humanity is to overpower and eat it. The story is woven together masterfully and will keep you turning pages long after you should have been asleep. My only complaint is that the ending was a bit strange and didn't seem to gel with the rest of the story. However, with well over 1,000 pages of great writing, I can overlook that. Overall this is a fine example of horror literature.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A vampire story told like it is supposed to be. My only issue was the resolution, but that can be overlooked for the eerie story overall. Good to see intelligent and EVIL vampires again.
KatDaddy1414 More than 1 year ago
Another great McCammon novel. He's among the beat at painting a picture with words. If you like Vampire novels you'll LOVE this one.
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This is an excellent book, you won't be disappointed
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book many years ago and I loved it. It was the only book that ever gave me nightmares. I have read this book about 7 times over the years. I love vampire stories and this is the best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book years ago when it first came out and have never forgotten it. To this day, this is the book that I measure every Vampire book/movie against and I find them all wanting. If you have the BeJesus in you, this book will definitely scare it out of you!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book when it first came out back in 1988 and recently had a chance to read it again. Just goes to show that a GREAT book NEVER gets old. It's as scary now as it was back then. I heartily recommend if you can getting ALL of Mr. McCammon's work. If horror and taut suspense is your cup of tea, then Robert R. McCammon is DEFINITELY the author for you.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this is an Awsome book, I first read it when I was in highschool back in the 70s. I still reread it at least once every couple of years. This is what Vampire stroies should be like! I wish this book would be put into Epub format so I could read it on my nook.
Vampire48 More than 1 year ago
AWSOME, just AWSOME. the vampire book of all vampire books!!!