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Vampires
     

Vampires

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by John Steakley
 

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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.

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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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“Exciting and surprising...a real genre bender that keeps the best elements of both.”—Locus
Locus
Exciting and surprising...a real genre bender that keeps the best elements of both.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451462268
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/02/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
886,276
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet the Author

John Steakley is also the author of Armor.

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Vampires 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book back in '93 and since have re-read it at least 5 more times. John Steakley is a master storyteller who gives his characters more depth, emotion, and scale than most authors I have read. Jack Crow, Cherry Cat, Felix, and the others are characters that would have made a writer such as Hemingway jealous that he didn't create them first and are much more tangible than anything Anne Rice could ever hope to create. I greatly enjoyed how Steakley stayed close to the old legends and kept the vampire as a creature of evil and cruelty, instead of some pansy, foppish, dolled up piece of Euro-Trash that it has become in the past 20 years. The hint of a suicidal nature in Crow and the rest of the hunters comes through quite clearly and causes you to pity them and brings you much deeper into their world. I have to say that I was sickened and greatly upset by the insulting adaptation that John Carpenter attempted to create of this intense novel. While James Woods may be a good actor, he is no Jack Crow.
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John Steakley uses his creative talents to juxtapose the characters of his novels Armor and Vampires into two entirely distinct and unrelated worlds. These two books are a blast to read and are prime examples of how to get readers to develop distinct affinities for both the heroes and villains. By them both and read them one after the other.
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lorwen More than 1 year ago
I like this book. It's solid. It doesn't humanize the vampires, they always remain monsters. The main character is sympathetic, but hard. He does what needs to be done, but has regrets. Overall I liked it alot.
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Silvermoonstone More than 1 year ago
Well, I know in most of the reviews, nobody liked the movie, but I kinda did. I'm not saying it was the "Dr. Zhivago" of vampire movies or anything, but I like James Woods. Well, I read "Vampire$" and I just didn't find that any character except for Crow and Felix had any depth. Cat, Carl, Davette, Annabelle and Adam all seemed to be cardboard cut-outs to me. They just didn't connect with me. I thought about quitting a couple of times, but I don't give up that easily, so I finished the book and the ending was as expected. The book was an okay read, the story was pretty good but, I just don't give it a high recommendation.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book quite some time ago and its brilliant. To bad John Carpenter did not do it any justice when he turned it into a bad movie. The book is awesome and i wish he would write more novels. It scared the crap out of me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Vampires is superb! Bram Stoker would be jealous! Steakly's vampires are horrifying demons! The characters are extremly well develped. A must read. A great book for any vampire fantic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite Steakly books. It was good enough to read twice!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the second full book I ever read and I enjoyed every single sentence as I read it. The Characters are so developed, they each have a story. My Favorite was Felix the lone gun man. This book is a must read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the book, if your a lover of vampire books you'd really love this one!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I originally bought this book simply becasue I loved the movie, but the book goes so further indepth to the whole story and in the end it only made the movie pale in comparison...the things that Jack Crow and Team go through in this book are not even close to being fully described in the movie, and without several sequals never will.....This is a must read for any fan of John Carpenter's 'Vampires'
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read the original 1990 release of Vampire$ and was as taken with it then as I am now. This is the essential vampire fighter story. I have yet, in probably a dozen readings, found a major flaw in the mythology that Steakly presents. His characters make tactical blunders, but these holy crusaders are trying to learn the buisness of vampire hunting as they go. This is one example of on the job training where one mistake will kill you, or the entire team. This is not a story for the squeemish, and don't expect the good guys to skate through. This is a dark and bloody work, illuminated by genuinely heroic characters of Steakley's creation. This story was optioned by John Carpenter for a major film, then shanked the film terribly. He turned Jack Crow from a heroic giant, on the John Wayne scale, and used weenie James Woods in the role. James Woods is cool, but he is not my idea of a heroic leader. But he does not have to kead, as Carpenter threw away ALL of the original Steakly story, and substituted a lame plot of his own creation. He even dropped the dollar sign from 'Vampire$', as his crew does not hunt vampires for a living, but are entirely financed by Rome. Carpenter's movie turns out to be pathetic and stupid. But, the book remains, and it is great!
Guest More than 1 year ago
WOW!!! i thought this book was totally the best book i have ever read!i loved all the chacters epsically Valek. I though he was by far the best. And the movie really brought this book more to life. i would recommend this book to anyone who was deeply in love with vampire books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow is all I can say to Vampires by John Steakley. Five times better than anything by Stephen King or Clive Barker, not taking anything away from those two of course. It is packed with fully developed characters and edge of your seat action. I loved all the characters, especially Jack Crow, instantly. I hated the villans, which is what any good book should have, villans you hate. One of my favorite books, hands down!
Guest More than 1 year ago
John Steakley's Vampires is one of the most entertaing, inspiring, and well written books in recent history. Why? because he wasn't afraid to break the rules. The writing was more raw than King and the Characters were more enjoyable than Rice. Exelent source of inspiration to aspiring Writers everywhere. Thank You Mr. Steakley