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3.00029702970297 out of 53.00029702970297 out of 53.00029702970297 out of 53.00029702970297 out of 53.00029702970297 out of 5 3.00 (1,111 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Steakley Narrator: Tom Weiner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2009 ISBN: 9781455196791
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Suppose there really were vampires. Dark. Stalking. Destroying. They’d have to be killed, wouldn’t they? Of course they would. But what kind of fools would try to make a living at it?

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.

Bestselling author John Steakley’s vampire classic is an exciting blend of horror and western genres, a twenty-first-century Ghostbusters with an edge.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[The team’s] death-defying bravado and warm male friendships are as intense as those in any soldier-hero epic…Vampire$ is one gaudy, action-packed novel. The men are men, the women are vulnerable, and the vampires are mean, ugly monsters…you’ll love it.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • Vampire$ is an emotionally impactive audiobook that surprises.”

    SFFaudio

  • “This is exciting and surprising stuff…a real genre-bender that keeps the best elements of both.”

    Locus

  • “Gives a closer, longer look at violent vampire-hunting than anything else to date, often at a breathtaking pace.”

    Vampire’s Closet

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert Bickers | 2/5/2014

    " The Vatican vs. Vampires. 'Nuff said. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanne G. Rihm | 1/26/2014

    " It makes me sad. This reclusive author has hated everything that he has ever written. Disregard the film based on this book. They butchered it. The book is straightforward. Good story. Jack Crowe rocks! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Penny | 12/29/2013

    " Love this new take on vampire slayers. Horrific and funny in turns. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dale | 12/10/2013

    " Okay, so this is the book that the Carpenter movie was based on (the one with James Woods and that Baldwin) - but "based" is probably too generous. The plots are drastically different and the book (as usual) is much, much better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John | 11/11/2013

    " Unfortunately this book does not know what to do with it's own characters and concepts. The John Carpenter film adaptation is far stronger. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee | 11/7/2013

    " Read like a movie script....was made into a movie. Still it was bloody fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam | 10/19/2013

    " The best vampire novel I've ever read. With a focus on the hunters and not the vamps. One bazillion times better than Carpenter's movie adaptation. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa Waite | 8/25/2013

    " it was a nice read, fast read. author is not afraid to kill characters you like, lots of tragic endings for people in his pages, ah well the gritty life of a vampire hunter. only problem was that the hunters really seemed to have a lot of blind spots about what they were hunting, could do, not smart "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 M.R. Gott | 8/19/2013

    " Nice little story where vampires are bad and hunted because of it. Inventive vampire killing methods. Little like the John Carpenter movie of the same name. Recomended for those looking for a gritty bad ass vampire killer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bebe Burnside | 2/16/2013

    " Another tale about vampire hunters and the creatures they hunt. This takes place in modern day and the team is para military, but the vampires always seem one step ahead. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 8/27/2012

    " I thought this was going to be a cheesy quick read, but the writing was above average. Worthwhile! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dean Baker | 8/18/2012

    " an excellent Vampire novel that ought to be read more often - complimented unnecessarily by an excellent movie "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Spencer Franklin | 4/26/2012

    " Not a perfect book, but it does a great job of making vampires THREATENING again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anita | 4/19/2012

    " I read this book a few years back and I have to say it rates toward the top of my scariest fiction list. That said ... I'm not sure if that's good or bad. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan | 2/17/2012

    " Much better than the John Carpenter movie. But I still kept seeing James Woods as Jack Crow :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 1/16/2012

    " It was OK & a better read than a movie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan Sewell | 12/29/2011

    " This is a classic, kind of cheesy, but fun to read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sundeep | 5/3/2011

    " haredest read... very hard language.. I am not sure whether this is happening only with me or not.. But the thing is have read the first three chapters and i am done.. I cant even understand one chapter.. It doesn't seem like the a story to me... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 DeCarabas | 4/30/2011

    " Ridiculous. Over the top. With one chapter that's just 50 pages of mindrape. And yet, oddly endearing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith | 11/8/2010

    " Another action thriller from Steakley and probably one of my favourite vampire stories ever. The middle is a a little slow and it's the only thing keeping me from giving five stars to this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany | 9/6/2010

    " There was a few parts that could have been left on the cutting room floor but all in all this was a pretty good book. A lot of people have ripped this author off in the years since he wrote this... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jodie | 7/4/2010

    " This is a re-publishing with a new cover, but the story is still great. It reminds me of what John Winchester (the character from the CW's Supernatural)'s life would have been like if he did not have 2 sons. The book reminds me of a very wordy graphic novel without the pictures. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jed | 5/18/2010

    " I read it because of Armor but still liked it. You need to be in the mood for a bloody vampire book but Steakley comes through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 5/7/2010

    " Fast and fun and a thousand times better than the crap-fest movie they made. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tessa | 3/2/2010

    " I love this book, it's nothing spectacular, just another look at the paranormal world of vampires and those who hunt them. Even if you have seen the movie, the book is different enough to be good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 2/12/2010

    " This is a classic, kind of cheesy, but fun to read. "

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About the Author
Author John Steakley

John Steakley has written four short stories, three films, and two novels, including Vampires, which was the basis for a John Carpenter film. Besides being a writer, he has been a stock-car racer, a semi-pro football player, a private detective, an actor, and a car salesman. He lives in McKinney, Texas.

About the Narrator

Tom Weiner, a dialogue director and voice artist best known for his roles in video games and television shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Transformers, is the winner of eight Earphones Awards and Audie Award finalist. He is a former member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.