They Thirst

They Thirst

by Robert McCammon

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First published in 1981, They Thirst was Robert McCammon's fourth novel, and it remains one of the major milestones of an ambitious, constantly evolving career. Like its predecessors--Baal, Bethany's Sin, and The Night Boat--They Thirst made its initial appearance as a paperback original. In the years since, it has acquired an intensely devoted following, and is now widely regarded as one of the significant vampire novels of the 20th century.

The story begins in the tiny Hungarian hamlet of Krajeck, where nine-year-old Andre Palatazin awaits the return of his father from an unspecified--but clearly dangerous--mission. The man who finally returns is no longer Andre's father--is no longer, in fact, a man. Pursued by this undead entity, Andre and his mother barely escape with their lives. Decades later, Andre--now Andy--Palatazin is a homicide detective in the Los Angeles Police Department, and spends his days dealing with the quotidian terrors of a large metropolis. His life takes a darker turn when the demonic forces he first encountered in Krajeck arrive in L.A., led by an ancient vampire known as The Master. The Master's plan: to overrun the city and use it as a stepping-stone toward wider, ultimately global, domination.

They Thirst marks the earliest appearance of McCammon's penchant for epic, wide-angled narratives. With the unobtrusive ease of a natural storyteller, the author propels a wide assortment of vividly created characters through an apocalyptic scenario that combines gritty urban realism with a powerful portrait of supernatural forces at large in the modern world. The result is a genuine classic of the genre, a novel that is as fresh and absorbing today as it was more than thirty years ago.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016362793
Publisher: Subterranean Press
Publication date: 03/25/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 250
Sales rank: 104,971
File size: 1 MB

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They Thirst 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you love vampire stories this is one of the best ones out there. It sucks you in from the start and doesn't let go.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Forget about Ann Rice, and Laurell K. Hamilton, this is THE vampire novel! I read this book about five years ago, and I still think about the images that it left me with! In the span of one night, one millionn inhabitants of Los Angeles are turned into vampires. The images of how will haunt me for the rest of my life!!! The only images that I found more frightening were in the begining of Richard Preston's, 'The Hot Zone.' This is a vampire story on steroids, taken to the nth degree. Forget about one vampire! What would you do, if you had hundreds chasing after you? If you like vampires stories, race, do not walk to your nearest bookstore and read this book!!!
ChelleBearss on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A true vampire book where the vampires are evil creatures bent on taking over the world. They don't sparkle and they don't want to fall in love with you; you are their dinner.Mysterious disappearances, murders and grave robbing are only the beginning. The Master has a plan to take over the world, city by city, starting with Los Angeles. How do you stop a vampire attack when no one believes in them?
NKSCF on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In a world full of godforsaken Twilight books, it's really great to see that someone understood what vampires stood for several years ago. I would love to see McCammon would try this again now and bring the genre back to where it's supposed to be.In Los Angeles, a prince from the Balkans has acquired a castle that overlooks the entire city, while several other characters, including a man who survived a vampire attack years before find their destinies over the course of a few days. The ending features a fantastic finish that will be appropriately morbidly funny to anyone with knowledge of the geographical terrors that fill the state of California.I absolutely loved this book and it is highly recommended, especially for those who enjoy reading about vampires that don't angst for no reason at all and a wonderful horror story.
avhacker on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
wow!!!!!!!!! this book was amazing!!!!!! i don;t know why he has the book not to be published any more ebcause it is extrodinary. this book is about the tough creepy vampires who wake up at night and suck your blood. needless to say i had nightmares! and i loved it!great book all around definatley recommend it.
readerray on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the BEST!! vampire book I've read in a long time. Maybe just a little to realistic.
sistahmoe on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is by far and away the scariest book I have ever read. There is a part in an apartment building that actually gave me goosebumps. For anyone out there looking for a truly scary and well written vampire book then check this one out.
bcquinnsmom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Quite possibly the best vampire story I have ever read, and I have read a lot in my time. ShadowPi, I cannot thank you enough for giving me the opportunity to read this book. Somehow I know that no matter which vampire story I read after this one, it's not going to measure up! Now that I've finished I want to send this book to someone else to enjoy, but I have to find a copy of my own for my permanent collection. Sadly, I got absolutely nothing done today because I spent all of my time reading. But it was certainly worth it.The story begins in Hungary, where a boy's father has gone off on a dangerous mission. He tells the son to take care of his mother in case anything happens to him. But shortly after he leaves, he returns, and he has changed. The mother runs off with the boy and heads for sanctuary. Years later, that boy (Andre Palatazin) is now a police detective in Los Angeles, his mother now dead. One morning he is awakened by what appears to be his mother, sitting in her favorite rocking chair. From that day on, things are not the same for him, or for that matter, anyone in LA. It starts out on a small scale...people are disappearing, animals begin to act strange...and suddenly vampires begin to appear in masses throughout the city. Total domination of the human race is the goal of their Master. Remembering his own experience as a boy, Andre knows he must somehow stop this plan from being carried out.Okay, I know this sounds cheesy and melodramatic, but once you start this book you will not stop. It is one of the most exciting vampire stories I've ever read. I recommend it to anyone who calls him or herself a horror aficionado.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great book by Robert McCammon! Every book (Swan Song, Going South, Boy's World, etc.) is incredibly well written and vivid in details. This book is no exception. Although very long, it is a book that you do not want to end. In my opinion, Robert McCammon is the best there is and I can't wait to read another book. The writing quality is better thank King, Koontz, etc.
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The vampires in this story do not glitter. They're not romantic or pretty, and they don't drink fake blood. These are the original horror-genre monsters whose only goal for humanity is to overpower and eat it. The story is woven together masterfully and will keep you turning pages long after you should have been asleep. My only complaint is that the ending was a bit strange and didn't seem to gel with the rest of the story. However, with well over 1,000 pages of great writing, I can overlook that. Overall this is a fine example of horror literature.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A vampire story told like it is supposed to be. My only issue was the resolution, but that can be overlooked for the eerie story overall. Good to see intelligent and EVIL vampires again.
KatDaddy1414 More than 1 year ago
Another great McCammon novel. He's among the beat at painting a picture with words. If you like Vampire novels you'll LOVE this one.
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This is an excellent book, you won't be disappointed
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book many years ago and I loved it. It was the only book that ever gave me nightmares. I have read this book about 7 times over the years. I love vampire stories and this is the best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book years ago when it first came out and have never forgotten it. To this day, this is the book that I measure every Vampire book/movie against and I find them all wanting. If you have the BeJesus in you, this book will definitely scare it out of you!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book when it first came out back in 1988 and recently had a chance to read it again. Just goes to show that a GREAT book NEVER gets old. It's as scary now as it was back then. I heartily recommend if you can getting ALL of Mr. McCammon's work. If horror and taut suspense is your cup of tea, then Robert R. McCammon is DEFINITELY the author for you.