Scavenger by David Morrell


6 Critic Reviews

In an action-adventure capacity, SCAVENGER works.
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David Morrell’s Creepers was a publishing event in 2005, a powerful, edgy, dark thriller by a master of the genre. A New York Times best-seller, it won the prestigious Bram Stoker Award and earned numerous critical raves. Scavenger, Morrell’s latest novel, takes us in a harrowing new direction: a desperate high-tech scavenger hunt for a 100-year-old time capsule. Frank Balenger, the resolute but damaged hero of Creepers, now finds himself trapped in a nightmarish game of fear and death. To save himself and the woman he loves, he must play by the rules of a god-like Game Master with an obsession for unearthing the past. But sometimes the past is buried for a reason. Scavenger is a brilliant, frightening hunter-hunted tale that layers modern technology over the dusty artifacts of earlier times. The result is a surreal palimpsest, one that contains the secret of survival for Balenger and a handful of unwilling players who race against the game’s clock to solve the puzzle of the time capsule, only to discover that time is the true scavenger. Morrell’s trademark action sequences are embedded with fascinating historical clues that make Scavenger a thrill-a-minute page-turner as well as a mesmerizing literary experience.

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David Morrell is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-eight books, including his award-winning Creepers. Co-president of the International Thrillers Writers Organization, he is considered by many to be the father of the modern action novel. David resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Published March 19, 2013 by Vanguard Press. 360 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Business & Economics, Crime. Fiction
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Above average

Not much of this makes sense, but then, prolific Morrell has never been a stickler for seamless plotting.

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From page one, you'll forsake daily chores as you follow the players' progress through nearly insurmountable obstacles to the final confrontation.

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Spinetingler Magazine


The book is a fast mover. I felt I could have sat down and read to conclusion in one day, as one does get caught up in the action.

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Above average
on Dec 01 2007

It was an interesting idea for a novel and I would recommend reading it, but would also recommend reading Creepers first, as this book will make more sense; I will be looking for it.

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Mystery Scene


Scavenger does everything a thriller should which makes it hard to review for fear of revealing any of the surprises the author has in store.

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In an action-adventure capacity, SCAVENGER works.

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Michael Manley 20 Aug 2013

Rated the book as 3.5 out of 5