Rumors Of The Undead is Steve Niles's innovative and eagerly anticipated expansion of a nightmarish narrative that explores the nature of ancient evil existing -- and thriving -- in an unsuspecting modern world. Read more Read less. Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser. Product details File Size: Ed edition March 8, Publication Date: February 28, Language: Related Video Shorts 0 Upload your video. Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase.
Big fan of the movie, but didn't know to expect from the book. Couldn't put it down. Can't wait to read the next book in the series. One person found this helpful.
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Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase. Steve Niles is a great story teller. The premise of a secret Vampire society tired of co-existing with humankind was too much to pass on. Buy it and enjoy. Love them, love them, love them. Can't wait to get my next two or three books First I saw the movie - more than once. Recently found that there are books so decided to try one. It was a pretty good book, plenty of action, not great character development but okay. The protagonist, Andy was a moron in so much of the book, but he sure didn't give up.
Reading the reviews of the sequels the next book doesn't seem to continue this story but I am going to try it anyway. These guys write quite well for a day of mindless reading. If you think about it too much you would just quit the story, so don't do that. I would like to know what happened to Andy but doesn't sound like that is going to happen.
Rather than being a direct sequel, however, "Rumors" follows in the footsteps of an FBI agent assigned to keep an eye on Stella Olemaun, one of the few survivors of that massacre, and author of a tell-all vampire expose book. The basic problem with "Rumors" is that it suffers heavily from trying to make the Masquerade work - it wants to have an X-Files world where vampires exist but no one is willing to believe what is right in front of their eyes.
As such, FBI Special Agent Andy Gray is not assigned to watch Stella Olemaun because she might be murdered by vampires for exposing them, but rather because she's been buying up some odd weapons lately and is therefore obviously a terrorist. About 50 seconds into the 'investigation' - indeed, before the book even starts - Andy's partner gets himself turned into a vampire after pages, you still will not know how, when, or why , and goes on a killing rampage to frame Andy for the deaths of everyone he's ever met.
It's not a terrible set-up, but the book does so much wrong with it that it loses its sting. We're told early on that Stella who we never see directly in this novel was furious at having her vampire expose labeled as 'fiction'. A terrified publishing executive confides to Andy that a mysterious 'They' the vampires? For that matter, if vampires are such a powerful force that they can threaten publishing companies, then I have to venture to say that that particular cat is out of the bag.
All this can be swept under the FBI rug, but why? Even without the Fridge Logic, "Rumors" just comes off as very mediocre.
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It's a decent "man on the lam" story of a man out for vengeance, but the revenge motive is slightly dampened when the book hammers home repeatedly what a terrible husband, father, and human being Andy really is - not so much an anti-hero as an apathetic stand-in for one. The ancillary characters in this book are too many to count, and their lives and deaths are all so tangential to the revenge story that the focus of the book starts to become more about the FBI cover-up which is painfully under-motivated and forced.
For those that have read the graphic books, this novel is a 'must read. The novel is very 'human centric' in the sense it mostly follows the pov of Agent Andy Grey, which means more backstory on him and his partner and less on the vampires themselves. For those that have never read the graphic novels, this book gets you up to speed real well and for those of us that have read them, well, this novel does a nice job of enriching that which we know.
The excerpt chapters from Stella's 30 Days were wonderful fun for myself as a reader - something I have always wanted to see in the kind of detail that only a novel can offer.
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My only issue in the book: Grey's scheme to capture a vampire using hookers as bait - I felt that part was not well thought out and rushed, but that storyline is 30 pages out of The ending scenes in Barrow were my favorite - that is a very atmospheric town! Rumors of the Undead is a fun read - worth the price easily! Following in the footsteps of the highly successful graphic novels coming soon to a silver screen near you , this novelization begins in Los Angeles, where we're introduced to FBI agent Andy Gray.
Investigating a series of murders surrounding a visit from former Barrow, Alaska resident Stella Olemaun, Agent Grey is thrust into the world of the living dead when his long-time partner is not only slaughtered, but risen from the dead as a vampire. Seeking to unravel the mysteries surrounding his former partner's new condition, Grey soon discovers that those who have come before him in exposing these secrets have paid with their lives. Following an FBI coverup of the supernatural facts, Andy takes the case into his own hands, delving deeper and deeper into the dark truths of the undead.
Soon more bodies surface, and, consumed by the task at hand, Agent Grey seeks refuge in the bottle, shutting out his family and friends. Before long the death toll hits closer to home, with Andy's wife and two daughters falling prey to the vampires who seek to silence him. As the prime suspect in the case, Andy soon finds himself on the run, alone and obsessed with bringing the secrecy of these vampires to life.
After a somewhat unfocused rambling in which Agent Gray wanders the country in seclusion, he follows a trail of clues to Barrow, the scene of the slaughter depicted in the first installment of the 30 Days graphic novels. There he will find the answers that he seeks Although a highly entertaining read, it feels as if too many plotlines were left open by the books end.
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Granted, this may be due to the fact that this novel is just one tale set in an entire world of comics, but as a standalone it feels as if too many loose ends were left untied, with no current mention of a sequel planned. One person found this helpful 2 people found this helpful. See all 23 reviews. Most recent customer reviews. Published on August 24, I was surprised at how well written Published on August 11, Published on June 4, Published on April 2, Published on April 4, Published on March 7, Customers who bought this item also bought.
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Rumors of the Undead'. Aug 08, Jorge Bleisen Retrospecktiva Books rated it really liked it. Felicia Reisner y otros de los cuales sentir sumo pesar por las cosas injustas que les ocurre. Una lectura obligada para todo amante del mito de los vampiros. Sep 02, Jwest82 rated it really liked it. Having been familiar with the "30 Days of Night" graphic novels I picked this book up.
I enjoyed the brutality of the vampires as they are portrayed in the series. Not to say I enjoy brutality, but the concept of an immortal being that truly has little to fear from its prey would lend such a being to enjoy the type of power that these vampires do. Using the fear of the darkness they really make you think that no matter where you hide it will only be a matter of time before you are found.
These a Having been familiar with the "30 Days of Night" graphic novels I picked this book up. These are no sexy Anne Rice vampires, no sparkly angst ridden Stephenie Meyer vampires, these are cold-blooded, ruthless, violent, predators, they are the great whites of vampires, these are vampires that toy with their prey and enjoy the violence of the hunt. I give it four dark nights. Have mercy on us all May 17, Kyle Cheuvront rated it really liked it.
I have never read any 30 Days Of Night comics nor have I seen the movie or anything else before reading this book. I was vaguely familiar with the concept but haven't quite jumped into this series yet for whatever reason. But I'm a huge fan of Steve Niles and can't get enough of his Cal McDonald series and couldn't pass up on buying this book when I randomly found it at a used book store.
So with no prior background with 30 Days of Night, I must say I jumped right in with ease and really enjoyed I have never read any 30 Days Of Night comics nor have I seen the movie or anything else before reading this book. So with no prior background with 30 Days of Night, I must say I jumped right in with ease and really enjoyed this book! The characters are really well written and the writing really puts you right into the book. The book has a feel as though something is going to happen at any moment, nice suspense. So if you like suspense, monsters, crime, and mystery, this book is for you.
Dec 21, William rated it really liked it. En general es una buena novela de vampiros malvados no de los que brillan. No es un libro para quebrarte la cabeza ni mucho menos, pero si es entretenido y cumple bien su objetivo que es brindarte una buena historia. Pero de los de verdad, de los que dan miedo. No esos vampiros adolescentes brillantes enamoradizos, ni siquiera vampiros clasicos de sentimientos encontrados entre el amor y el deseo de sangre.
Monstruos sedientos de sangre que solo ven al ser humano como una bolsa de supermercado llena de comida. Un comic excepcional y una novela mas que aceptable, digna sucesora del comi Vampiros. Un comic excepcional y una novela mas que aceptable, digna sucesora del comic. Jan 27, William rated it it was ok. Fairly typical, low-grade vampire fare.
However, part of it took place in Madison, WI and I got a secret sick? Feb 01, Mike Jozic rated it really liked it Shelves: At times this book seems kind of aimless, with the main character's quest to reveal the existence of vampires to the world taking precedence over any plot or character advancement.
Crawling around the fringes of Steve Niles' world was enjoyable and I liked seeing the gaps between the main story fleshed out. Apr 22, Deviancy rated it it was amazing. The comics began to get semi pathetic, the stories took a dive and the characters became lacking. It seems as if what made 30 Days of Night good had moved on to the novels instead of the comics, this book is a good example of that. The characters are likable, the vampires are vile, and the story is actually chilling. Fans of the vampire genre should check Rumors of the Undead out.
This was entertaining but the writing wasn't the best. There were big descriptions for mundane things like some on making dinner, that isn't important to the story. It just makes reading it tedious. Overall the story was entertaining and I liked that you get to see Barrow again. Hopefully Eben and Stella will come back in the next books. Aug 17, Jason rated it liked it Shelves: Picked this one up because I just saw the movie 30 days of night and really enjoyed it.
Apparently the author wrote the graphic novel the movie is based on and this is sort of a continuation of that story, mostly from the standpoint of an FBI agent who stumbles across the existence of vampires. Jan 14, H3yd00 rated it it was amazing Shelves: I don't usually read vampire stories, but this one was very good.
Almost enough to restore my faith in that particular sub-genre. The vampires in this book were nasty and mean, as they should be. May 06, Alondra rated it liked it Recommends it for: People who like their vamps un-sparkled. Wow; that was pretty good. Nothing like a little blood and gore to get your juices flowing. I mean, who is that dumb. Read the book and you will know what I mean. Oct 04, Carlos Ruiz Santiago rated it liked it.
Los personajes son interesantes, los vampiros estan bien llevados, el terror asusta, el mistirio te intriga, Jan 25, Meghann rated it liked it.
Not necessary to read the series, but will add to the enjoyment of both as they both reference specific events occurring at the same time in both. The ending climax was especially great. Jun 23, Princess Allie rated it really liked it Recommends it for: I thought this novel was better then the graphic novel. I[ve read so many tame vampires I forgot how scary savage vampires can be. Specially, when we look like food to them.
It was an entertaining read. Jul 29, Titus Hjelm rated it really liked it. Certainly not high literature, but the story was entertaining and I especially liked the portrayal of the vampires in book. If you're tired of the guilt-ridden romantic vampire a la Anne Rice I certainly seem to be