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3.71 out of 53.71 out of 53.71 out of 53.71 out of 53.71 out of 5 3.71 (31 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dan Simmons Narrator: Mel Foster, Laural Merlington Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2011 ISBN:
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The Past...Caught behind the lines of Hitler's Final Solution, Saul Laski is one of the multitudes destined to die in the notorious Chelmno extermination camp. Until he rises to meet his fate and finds himself face-to-face with an evil far older, and far greater, than the Nazis themselves...

The Present...Compelled by the encounter to survive at all costs, so begins a journey that for Saul will span decades and cross continents, plunging into the darkest corners of 20th-century history to reveal a secret society of beings who throughout the ages may exist behind the world's most horrible and violent events. Killing from a distance, and by darkly manipulative proxy, they are people with the psychic ability to use humans: read their minds, subjugate them to their wills, experience through their senses, feed off their emotions, force them to acts of unspeakable aggression. Each year, three of the most powerful of this hidden order meet to discuss their triumphs of induced bloodshed and deliberate destruction. But at this reunion, something will go terribly wrong. Saul's quest is about to reach its elusive object, drawing hunter and hunted alike into a struggle that will plumb the depths of mankind's attraction to violence, and determine the future of the world itself.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ray Wallace | 2/13/2014

    " One of the great modern horror novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 2/3/2014

    " The second novel by World Fantasy Award-winner Simmons (The Song of Kali) is [an] epic that draws on a variety of genres--horror, science fiction, political thriller, Hollywood roman a clef. It centers around a small number of "mind vampires" who can subjugate other people to their wills, read their minds, experience through their senses. The immensely powerful vampires use others, often bloodily, and often in frivolous "games" (hunting human prey, chess games with human pieces, and so on). Opposing them are Saul Laski, a psychologist and concentration-camp survivor, who is devoted to tracking down the Nazi vampire von Borchert; Natalie Preston, whose father inadvertently and fatally crossed the path of a pawn of the ancient, dotty vampire Melanie Fuller; Sheriff Bobby Joe Gentry, dragged in while investigating the multiple murders that marked the departure of Melanie Fuller from Charleston; and a host of other normals and vampires whose lives impinge on those of the principals. While he could profitably have trimmed the novel by a third, Simmons has produced, overall, a compelling thriller. (Publisher's Weekly review) One of the most unique vampire books I've ever read. Simmons originally wrote this as a novella for the anthology Blood is Not Enough, edited by Ellen Datlow, and later expanded and adapted the story to epic novel length. It can be a little tough going at times, but well worth the time spent reading. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kiley | 2/1/2014

    " I just can not Finish sorry! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric Althoff | 1/28/2014

    " Dan Simmons unleashes an unusual creature, "mind vampires" on to the sci-fi horror world in this epic (800-plus pages) horror fantasy in which a Polish Holocaust survivor and a South Carolina sheriff team up with the daughter of a victim of the "mind games" to destroy these beings who have ruled human affairs from time immemorial. Sweeping in narrative and searing in its imagery, this is a must-read for real horror fans. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David Graybeal | 1/27/2014

    " Good beginning and end but the middle is way too long. The same thing happens over and over! That is what killed it for me, otherwise was decent. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carrie | 1/15/2014

    " Hated it. After slogging through the first 300 pages I realized that I didn't care about any of the characters, nor did I care what happened to them. I don't like to leave books unread, but when I saw that I still had over 500 pages to go and more enticing books on my To-Read pile, I gave it up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 S.A. | 1/12/2014

    " This book was divinely disturbing. I think I've read it at least five times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christan | 1/8/2014

    " Read this when it first came out 20 years ago. It is somewhat overlong, rambles at times and is also completely original and often brilliant. One of my favorite "horror" books of all time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Quercus Books | 12/31/2013

    " Dan Simmons has won the Hugo award, the World Fantasy Award, the Locus award (3 times) and the Bram Stoker award! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenney | 12/24/2013

    " great storyline; albeit long. quite innovative. despite having read it many years ago, story still sticks with me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane Myers | 12/17/2013

    " Strange and different to the usual vampire genre. Definitely will read this one again and again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandyboy | 11/21/2013

    " a bit overlong and over ambitious but an amusing enough read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn Myers | 11/10/2013

    " It wasn't as good as The Terror, but it was still a decent read. I probably won't reread it, but then again I have the sneaking suspicion that if you wait a while and reread it, you'll really like it even more than you did the first time. As of now, it's sort of a 2.5 star book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luke | 11/3/2013

    " Incredibly creeping horror. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Fischer Jemison | 10/24/2013

    " This book started out interesting, but kind of devolved to the point where I said to myself "why am I reading this?" and because I couldn't answer that question, stopped reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 4/11/2013

    " Similar in theme to Stephen King's The Stand, but more complex characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephina | 3/12/2013

    " Very good, creeped me out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 PokeyPuppy | 2/24/2013

    " Re-reading this book. The book was originally a novella - which I liked better than the book, actually. They're both good, just have different feels. Something fun to escape into while traveling to and from work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 isaacq | 12/30/2012

    " on the whole it's kind of trashy... but almost artful in its trashiness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ReoDon | 9/10/2012

    " Good take on the Vampire Theme... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Simon Hedge | 8/27/2012

    " I'm really surprised this hasn't been made into a movie or big-budget tv series. It seems made for the job. Some of the scariest bad guys ever invented. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiffany | 11/7/2011

    " I thought this was too long and drawn out. I got about halfway through and lost interest. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Taueret | 11/3/2011

    " I had the bejesus scared out of me by this book 20 years ago now! I just re-read it and not scary at all :-( so sad. Still love Dan Simmons though! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andy | 10/29/2011

    " A horrific journey into the depths and nature of evil. One of the most chilling books I have ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Captain_Noble | 10/16/2011

    " My admiration for Dan Simmons grows with each book of his I read. This book is definitely creepy and manages to keep you on the edge of your seat for nearly 800 pages. Highly recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dustin | 9/14/2011

    " Fun read, but very long and not very scary. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sean | 8/26/2011

    " Easily my new favorite 'junk food' book. It was everything I wanted Stephen King to be in my dabblings with his novels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexandre | 8/6/2011

    " Un belle variation sur le thème du vampire. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 7/23/2011

    " Very long and could easily have been trimmed, but it sort of adds to the style. Incidentally, has NOTHING to do with vampires and was never intended to so ignore those comments! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cody | 7/17/2011

    " Each chapter was dedicated to individual protagonists and antagonists. It was very similar to a graphic novel and Jack Ketchum. Although it's just under 800 pages, it kept my attention throughout. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 7/2/2011

    " I enjoy Dan Simmons writing style very much. He keeps you interested while providing information necessary to the plot development. "

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About the Author
Author Dan Simmons

Dan Simmons is a New York Times bestselling author whose work spans many genres, including science fiction, horror, historical fiction, and crime fiction. His books have been published in twenty-seven different countries. He has worked as a teacher in Missouri, New York, and Colorado. Many of Simmons’ works have been optioned for film, including Song of Kali, Drood, and The Crook Factory. He lives in Colorado with his wife, Karen.