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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- An Old Hippie Chick
Thriller With A Slow Burn
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!
- Charlene B