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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781593153571
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 09/28/2006
Edition description: 1ST
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 3.94(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.08(d)

About 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

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Creepers 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 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
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.
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.
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.
nikkiquitepikki on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Probably has one of the best opening chapters I've ever read. Had me geared up for anything! But I was very disappointed in the outcome. Morrell could have gone anywhere he wanted to with this, but he chose to have a "normal" murder mystery. I was expecting supernatural events! All the makings of a good book, plot stunk.
whidbeysue on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very quick read and turned out to be quite a page turner.
Appliquetion on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
From Back Cover:On a chilly October night, five people gather in a run-down motel on the Jersey shore and begin preparations to break into an abandoned hotel nearby. Built during the glory days of Asbury Park by a reclusive millionaire, the magnificent structure, which foreshadowed the beauties of Art Deco architecture, is now a decrepit, boarded up edifice marked for demolition. The five are "creepers", the slang term for urban explorers - city archaeologists of sorts who go into abandoned buildings to uncover their secrets. And, on this evening they are joined by a reporter who wants to profile them - anonymously, as this is highly illegal activity - for a New York Times piece. Balenger, the sandy-haired, broad-shouldered reporter with a decided air of mystery about him, isn't looking for just a story, however. And, soon after the group sets forth into the rat-infested tunnel leading to the building, it is clear that he will get even more than he bargained for. Danger, terror and death are awaiting the creepers in a place ravaged by time and redolent of evil.My Thoughts on the Story:All I have to say is really "WOW" what a story! My first instinct when I got through the first few chapters was that I was reading a ordinary "haunted building kills everyone in a bloody mess" story but boy was I wrong. Instead I got this amazing roller coaster ride that kept me turning page after page long after I should have gone to bed. I can't go into why the story kept me on the edge with out spilling the beans and giving away tons of spoilers needless to say... you must read this if you like on the edge of your seat thrillers. I started reading this book at lunch, continued after dinner and finished long after I should have been in bed. I simply can not imagine anyone being disappointed with the action in this story. Mind you there are a few unanswered question to the story that I feel if were answered would have made the story even better. There is a book two out to this series but I have not read it yet
M.E._Anders on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Searching for a fast-paced read for killing time on your lengthy commute? Creepers by acclaimed author, David Morrell, will cure your boredom in the first chapter. After reading his non-fiction book, Lessons from a Lifetime of Novel Writing, I felt compelled to read his stories.As most of you know, I am a library junkie. I scavenge the shelves for free reads by my favorite authors. When I noticed that Creepers was available in audio book, I was thrilled.How did the premise hook me?Creepers, people who go exploring in abandoned buildings. That is one group of people who has not been over-explored in thriller fiction, as are detectives and assassins. I wanted to know more about these people. Why did they risk their safety to search through the ruins of historical society dilapidations? Morrell did his homework.What did I most like about the book?The non-stop action. In some books, I prefer catching my breath between chapters. You know, the scene and sequel pattern. Morrell kept the story mostly focused upon the scene, the action. The characters¿ backstory and emotions are not as fully developed, but the plot itself is sufficiently engaging. We readers of this tale are expecting an adrenaline-rushed ride through a deserted hotel, not getting into each of the character¿s heads to determine their personal motivations. Keep it simple. Keep it thrilling.Was there a moral to the story?Some novels promote the author¿s agenda. Creepers did not off gas that preachiness. Though there is some underlying discovery about how negative circumstances in childhood can manifest in adult psychopath behavior, I did not feel bogged down by the theme. Morrell is a master at weaving story, theme, and characters towards the ultimate goal of a gripping plot. New writers should take notes on his stories to learn how the master accomplishes this in each of his novels.Would I recommend this book to thriller lovers? Wholeheartedly. For those readers of suspense, Morrell should top the list. For those aspiring writers of thriller fiction (like me), Morrell is a standard for creating classic novel crafting.
BookWhisperer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Half of this book is believed to be a ghost story, until it becomes more clear that this is more of a suspenseful mystery book. It was interesting, but a little slow in places. Definitely has you on the edge of your seat for most of the book.
emigre on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I totally didn't mean to read this book, I somehow thought this was not something that'd be my cup of tea. I flipped open the book and randomly read the first few pages and was hooked, just like one of the enthusaistic reviews said you would. The idea was intriguing -- urban explorers (people who break into sealed-up and abandoned buildings for thrills) caught in a creepy old hotel with no way out. Morrell blends so many genres in this one; I often thought the plot would go one way, but then a twist in the story leads the reader down another path. I was kept guessing 'til the end, and the finale was like something from a Holywood action movie -- I could almost see the closing shot. Finished it in three days.
hredwards on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Pretty Good. Kinda dark. Not exactly what I expected but I would read more.
Craphead on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A creepy old hotel, a creepier hotel owner and a butt-kicking villain. What more could you ask for? This is an excellent novel and one of David Morrell's very best (if not the best). It's on the same lecel as his earlier FIRST BLOOD and TESTEMENT. This one kept my up well past midnight.
pawswithclaws on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It was okay. Good concept, but the writing was rather shallow. Found myself re-reading pages to try to find sentences I thought I missed, but they just weren't there. Would make an entertaining movie, but there was no depth to any of the characters other than Balenger, and even his wasn't all that well defined.
AlmondJoy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reporter Frank Ballenger joins a team of urban explorers called "creepers" who investigate abandoned buildings to write a feature story about an old hotel, The Paragon. You won't be able to put this one down. Fast-paced, exciting, and has movie blockbuster written all over it. Highly recommend.
Sean191 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Certainly didn't create the suspense that I would have expected from the writer of "Jaws." The storyline seemed like a version of "Psycho" but gave this book's version of a Norman Bates a bigger arsenal. Storyline seemed a little thin overall.
LisaLynne on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I picked this up because there was really nothing else that struck my fancy on the library audiobook shelf. I have a certain fascination with abandoned buildings and the idea of "creepers" who "infiltrate" historic old buildings is a definite interest - I would sign up in a heartbeat. Sadly, this book did not hold the same level of interest. The plot is truly far-fetched and improbable. The dialogue is stilted and unrealistic. (Tough guy New Jersey thugs don't suddenly start yelling "Lord, help us!" when they're attacked. They yell something you can't post on a family website.) Like any good horror movie, it doesn't matter how many flights someone falls or how many bullets they take, you should never assume they're dead. If I wasn't waiting for a special order to come in to the library, I doubt I would have finished it.
irinka87 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
SPOILER ALERT!!! This book is very suspenseful and I finished it in 3 hours, in one sitting. I only gave it 3 stars because I was not happy with the way it ended and how characters start to die off pretty quickly. The twist in the end was pretty good, but only one original character is left standing with a weak ending.
camarie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a good read. A group of adults explore old, abandoned buildings for historical reference. Trouble follows on what might be their last outing. This book was very exciting, I admit I couldn't put it down. However, the characters weren't likeable and the plot wasn't what kept my attention. I recommend this book but don't expect it to be your number one favorite.
Oogod on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a great book about people going into places they have no business going into. A few twist and turns on the main character kept me guessing and the whole urban exploration peaked my curiosity enough to go check out some of the web pages.
wispywillow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've always had a fascination with old, abandoned buildings, so when I picked up this book at random, I was pleasantly surprised to find that it is about "urban explorers: city archaeologists with a passion for investigating abandoned buildings and their dying secrets" (back cover info).The story had a lot of potential but fell short.The characters didn't seem well-developed and were quite cliche: the knowledgeable professor; the handsome young man; the handsome young man's beautiful wife; the wife's ex-boyfriend who isn't quite over losing his girlfriend to the guy she's now married to; and the protagonist--a new-comer to the group.The professor and the protagonist are at least a little bit developed--not much--but the other two men are very flat and Cora, the woman, is pathetic. It seems like the two women in this story are just there to be pretty, scream at rats, and be victims. Cora even falls into a state of catatonic psychosis that Ophelia from Shakespeare's "Hamlet" would be envious of.In some places, the dialogue sounds like it's being recited from an encyclopedia, such as when the characters start discussing the Art Deco period. The villains, like Rick and Vinny, are poorly developed.