• by Martin Cruz Smith
  • Narrated by Richard Ferrone
  • 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A community in the southwestern United States falls prey to a plague of vampire bats with a virus which compels them to feed on everything in their path. Martin Cruz Smith, author of the best-selling novels, Gorky Park and Polar Star, mixes Indian mythology with virology in this masterful thriller.


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Excellent book.

I bought this because I'd read in a review that Martin Cruz Smith had written some excellent books prior to his Detective Arkady Renko books and that he was quite talented at getting the nuances of other cultures correct. This was the first book I read of his other than the Renko books, and the characters were a Hopi Indian and a white expert on vampire bats. I don't know enough about Hopi culture to know for sure if he had that culture down accurately, but it certainly seemed so. Again, good narration as well.
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- An Old Hippie Chick

Thriller With A Slow Burn

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After listening to Gorky Park, I decided to give this author another listen with a different type of novel circumstances. I was very moved by his ability to weave the story into the culture instead of the usual method of weaving the culture into the story. After experiencing Cold War Russia in Gorky Park with all the nuance of the culture and politics of the time, I was amazed at how Native American culture and politics could ring so true. Many authors take stories they write and put them into context of cultures they are familiar with; it takes a special talent to do this in such a diverse manner. If you loved Gorky Park for the immersing you into a different world and making you feel you belonged there and could understand the characters, then you will find yourself alongside and understanding an entirely different place and time...not to mention a GREAT, thrilling story of vampire bats, plague, epidemiology of disease, conflicting agendas and politics, and a reluctant protagonist. I read other reviews that indicated that the narrator mis-pronounced Indian names, if so, that is unfortunate. I thought the deep rumble of his voice somehow fit the story. He did not attempt to sound like a Native American to my ear, but was rather like a third party. Overall, nicely done!

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- Charlene B

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-21-2011
  • Publisher: Recorded Books