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Thorndike Press, 2006 - Fiction - 475 pages
18 Reviews
On a cold October night, five people gather in a run-down motel on the Jersey shore and begin preparations to break into the Paragon Hotel. Built in the glory days of Asbury Park by a reclusive millionaire, the magnificent structure -- which foreshadowed the beauties of art deco architecture -- is now boarded up and marked for demolition. The five people are "creepers," the slang term for urban explorers: city archeologists with a passion for investigating abandoned buildings and their dying secrets. 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 article. Frank Balenger, a sandy-haired, broad-shouldered reporter with a decided air of mystery about him, isn't looking for just a story, however. And after the group enters the rat-infested tunnel leading to the hotel, it becomes clear that he will get much more than he bargained for. Danger, terror, and death await the creepers in a place ravaged by time and redolent of evil.

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I found the premise of this novel quite interesting. - Goodreads
It turned out to be a great page turner. - Goodreads
Morrell never disappoints, and this premise is solid. - Goodreads
Once you get past the suspense, the plot is too simple. - Goodreads
The "compleat writer" doesn't leave hanging threads. - Goodreads
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Review: Creepers (Frank Balenger #1)

User Review  - Lanie - Goodreads

This book was recommended to me. I'd never heard of David Morrell, and if it wasn't recommended, I wouldn't have picked it up. The magic of goodreads. First, it's about an abandoned hotel and about 5 ... Read full review

Review: Creepers (Frank Balenger #1)

User Review  - Evans Light - Goodreads

Actual rating is 3.5 stars. Over the top, full of unlikely events, coincidences and character motivations, this book nevertheless was perfectly paced and full of enough dramatic twists and turns to ... Read full review


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David Morrell, an award-winning Canadian writer of horror fiction, was born in 1943 in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. He was educated at the University of Waterloo and earned his Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University. Morrell is best known as the creator of John Rambo, the hero of his first novel, First Blood. The novel was adapted for screen and starred Sylvester Stallone. Although Morrell was not happy with the depiction of the Rambo character in the movie, he did write several sequels to First Blood and two further scripts for the sequels to the original movie. He also wrote a number of other books including The Brotherhood of the Rose which became a best seller in 1984. David Morrell has written one scholarly work, John Barth: An Introduction, published by Pennsylvania State University in 1977 and has taught at the University of Iowa. He now lives in the United States with his wife and daughter (another child, a son, is deceased).

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