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Author: Matthew Costello Narrator: Peter Macon Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Audio Length: Release Date: September 2011 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781481572453

Publisher Description

Jack Murphy and his family need a vacation. This one might just kill them.

After a global crisis causes crops to fail and species to disappear, something even more deadly happens. Masses around the world suddenly become predators, feeding off their own kind. These “Can Heads” grow to such a threat that fences, gated compounds, and SWAT-style police protection become absolutely necessary to live.

After one attack leaves NYPD cop Jack Murphy wounded and his partner dead, Jack takes his wife and kids on a vacation far up north, to the Paterville Family Camp, a fortress-like compound in the mountains where families can still swim and take boats out on a lake.

At first, it’s idyllic. There’s plenty of food, fun stuff for their children, and another nice young couple with kids of their own. And when the camp suffers a Can Head attack, Jack even helps defend it. He’s immediately offered a job in security. His family wants to stay.

But Jack slowly comes to realize that there’s something else going on at Paterville Family Camp, and when he makes a gruesome discovery, he will be forced to get his family out, no matter who—or what—stands in his way.

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  • “I absolutely devoured Vacation by Matthew Costello. It’s dark, subversive, deeply disturbing, and absolutely compelling.”

    - Jonathan Maberry, Stoker Award–winning author
  • “Costello takes a typical family and throws them headfirst into a situation that’s anything but. What would you do to protect those you love at the end of the world? A thrilling, fast-paced story of priorities, secrets, and survival.”

    - David Moody, author of Hater
  • “Costello is a master at lean, swift pacing. I read this book in three big gulps. And had life not intruded I’d have swallowed it whole.”

    - Jack Ketchum, award-winning horror author
  • “Unstoppable…undeniable…un-put-down-able…Matthew Costello’s Vacation is a hybrid horror/action/SF classic! Working at the height of his powers, Costello crafts a lean, terse, terrifying juggernaut of a book, which blends the minimalist punch of James Ellroy with the ravenous blitzkrieg of Danny Boyle’s fleet-footed zombies in 28 Days Later. Set aside several uninterrupted hours, because once you crack this open you’re going to be sprinting breathlessly to the last page. Highest recommendation!”

    - Jay Bonansinga, national bestselling coauthor of The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor
  • “Matt Costello’s work has always been impressive, but Vacation is just flat-out amazing. Truly epic in scope, this astounding science fiction / horror hybrid has ‘soon to be a major motion picture’ written all over it.”

    - Bentley Little, Stoker Award–winning author
  • “Costello sets up a world simultaneously threatened with constant surveillance and complete societal breakdowns, foreshadowing the camp scenes nicely with a suspenseful and frightening ‘rest’ stop on an electric fence–enclosed highway.”

    - Publishers Weekly

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Good fun, short enough to not get annoying. Mostly an unmemorable, predictable zombie book. But what's wrong with an unmemorable, predictable zombie book? "

    - Dan, 1/23/2014
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Suspenseful but the ending was cut short. I was glad to hear afterwards that a sequel has been written, hopefully I can get my hands on it one day! "

    - Nicole, 1/2/2014
  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Good book for vacation on an Adirondack lake. Scary, but somewhat predictable. "

    - Audrey, 12/22/2013
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Not bad, but pretty predictable. I read this one quickly, I could easily picture it as a movie "

    - Ashley, 12/13/2013
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I thought this book was fantastic! One of the few books that got my heart beating with anticipation about what would/could happen next. Full of blood, guts, and gore, if you like that sort of thing!! Very engaging story, reminiscent (in feel) to some other post-apocalyptic zombie survival stories, but extremely well written. "

    - Adam, 10/31/2013
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Disturbingly awesome! I tore through this heart pounding book an was desperate to get my hands on the next one! "

    - Nancy, 9/30/2013
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Read it in one day...kinda scary but I enjoyed it "

    - Kelly, 9/17/2013
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Great book, loved the suspense. I had a hard time putting this book down, I just couldn't wait to see what happened! "

    - Shelley, 9/17/2013
  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " I didn't realize this had a sci fi theme. teach me to judge a book by its cover. "

    - Evelyn, 9/11/2013
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " A random book I picked out from the library and it was surprisingly good. Fast pace, interesting story that held my attention and kept me turning the page to find out what was going to happen next. "

    - Rachel, 4/5/2013
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " a bit disappointing-enjoyed the set up and premise, but thought the follow through left a bit to be desired. too many plot holes that bothered me. "

    - michelle, 12/17/2012
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Very good read!! Pretty intense!! "

    - Chris, 8/21/2012
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Not usually a fan of zombie or apocalyptic type books but for some reason had a hard time putting it down. Super easy quick read. "

    - Bobbi, 3/12/2012
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " An interesting take on the zombie genre. While I found some of Costello's writing awkward and wooden, the suspense build-up was fantastic. "

    - Tina, 11/22/2011
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Wow. Devoured (heh) in 2 days. And that's saying something considering the slowpoke reader I've become. You know an apocalyptic book is good when you start eyeing your doors and windows thinking "these are not nearly secure enough". On to book two (Home). "

    - Sommer, 11/13/2011
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Loved this book. Very hard to put down. In fact I didn't. Started it at 10PM and stayed up till 3am to finish it. Fast pace read. "

    - Patricia, 11/8/2011

About the Author

Matthew Costello is the bestselling author of a number of successful novels, including Vacation, Home, and Beneath Still Waters, which was adapted by Lionsgate as a major motion picture. He has written for the Disney Channel, BBC, SyFy, and has also designed dozens of bestselling games, including the critically acclaimed The 7th Guest, Doom 3, Rage, and Pirates of the Caribbean.

About the Narrator

Peter Macon is an Emmy Award–winning actor. He has spent three seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and has had roles in various films and television shows, including Dexter, Law & Order, Without a Trace, Supernatural, and The Shield.