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The Manhattan Hunt Club

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  3,966 ratings  ·  175 reviews
In Manhattan Hunt Club John Saul plumbs the depths of the Manhattan underground--the network of subway tunnels and secret caverns and chambers where the homeless denizens of the city have created their own society. It's a world Jeff Converse, a young college student convicted of a crime he didn't commit, never knew existed until he is plunged into it after an "accident" th ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published March 28th 2006 by Ballantine Books (first published July 31st 2001)
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Dustin Crazy little brown owl
In my opinion this in John Saul's masterpiece! I first got hooked on the horror of John Saul when I stumbled upon The Blackstone Chronicles, but have found some of Saul's novels disappointing (as word of advice: don't bother reading The Devil's Labyrinth published in 2007). Saul has a history of writing bad or simply off the wall endings to his stories. I loved The Manhattan Hunt Club - a story of homeless people living underground (literally) by accessing subway tunnels. Saul clearly put a lot ...more
One of Saul's best books.

Jeff Converse is falsley convicted of attempted murder. While being transferred to prison, the van is involved in an accident. He is declared dead but in reality he has been led into the underground tunnels beneath Manhattan. And he is being hunted by the elite members of the Manhattan Hunt Club.

There is quite a lot of set up in the book but hang around for the last ten chapters. Good stuff.

This was an entertaining read. Although there were a few obvious plot points, there were also a few unexpected twists that kept it interesting. Overall, a suspenseful and gripping tale. I was particularly enthralled with the details revolving around the transient population and the subterranean citizens. Definately worth the reading time.
Well... it was campy, cheesy, slightly predictable, sometimes nauseatingly sentimental, and over the top... but I liked it.

Chalk this one up to a guilty pleasure. The Manhattan Hunt Club tells the story of a young man who is falsely accused of a heinous crime and finds himself in the clutches of an affluent club who have dangerous plans for him. This club gets their thrills by hunting humans in the tunnel systems located under New York City amongst the homeless population. I thought the modern s
Adam Wilson
The Manhattan Hunt Club was yet another unstoppable and incredible novel by John Saul. It reminded me a lot of novels like the Long Walk or In the Dark. I have always greatly enjoyed novels where the characters have to go through some kind of game that they are playing in order to win their lives. In this novel, Jeff, tone of the protagonists, is falsely accused of brutally raping a woman in New York. Later, as he is being transfered to another prison, the van he is in is attacked and he is take ...more
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Falsely convicted of a brutal crime, college student Jeff Converse sees his future vanishing before his eyes. But someone has other plans for Jeff, in a place far deadlier than any penitentiary. Jeff finds himself beneath the teeming streets of Manhattan, in a hidden landscape of twisting tunnels and forgotten subterranian chambers. Here, an invisible population of the homeless, the desperate, and the mad has carved out its own shadow society. But they are not alone. For someone has made this fo ...more
Melissa Namba
I always enjoy John Saul books and have not read one in a while. I was impressed with this one because of how realistic it was. There were no mental illnesses or paranormal activities in this one, unlike his earlier novels and I loved reading about the underground geography of New York. I am familiar with the stations and the areas described (the above ground and "Level 1" parts) and enjoyed reading about the buildings there. I imagine that the diner that Jeff liked to frequent near his apartmen ...more
Brandon White
Allow me to preface this by saying that it was John Saul who brought me into the world of novels and my love of reading blossomed all thanks to him.

That being said, I may be biased about his works in multiple ways:
1.I have a special love for his work.
2.I may be more critical about his work.

All that considered I felt that 'Manhattan Hunt Club' is a very good book. It seemed alot more movie like than any of his other works. He seems to stray away from his normal psychological horror and enter in
Jim C
This novel is about a man who receives a prison sentence for a crime. On his transfer he is captured and thrown into the New York subway tunnel system where is he the prey of hunters. If he escapes he gains his freedom.

This novel was an excellent read and can be classified as a thriller. The author did a fantastic job with the atmosphere and I loved his use of the tunnel system. His description of this setting really brought it to life. I also loved his portrayal of the characters as he gave eac
This was a pretty interesting thriller, although not one of my favorites. For the plot, picture The Most Dangerous Game but with subway and utility tunnels underneath Manhattan.

Jeff is wrongly convicted of a violent crime but is given a lenient sentence of only one year. The night he is convicted, he is taken from the jail and set loose underneath the city with the knowledge that he is being hunted. If he finds his way out, he gets to live.

It was an innovative novel in that I've never read anyth
The setting alone for this book is enough to rate 5 stars. All those underground levels under New York create quite a terrifying setting. The story is just icing on the cake. And of course John Saul's excellent writing skills make it an easy fast read. You won't be able to put it down. One of my favorite books of all time by any author.
Great book to read, difficult to put down. Enjoyed it very much, some parts are tricky, but than so is life.
Saul, yet again shows that he can produce a great page-turner. Though time restraints did not allow me to read this book in a timely manner, when the time was found, the pages went flying.

A game of cat and mouse is told through Jeff and what will be found halfway through the book, the Manhattan Hunt Club. The MHC is a group of political elites that use the sewers of Manhattan to dispose of unwanted homeless people and criminals. Jeff Converse gets caught up in this mess when he is falsely charge
Smiley McGrouchpants
"There Were People You Kept Waiting, and People You Didn't":
Class Hierarchies as Revealed Under Duress
in John Saul's The Manhattan Hunt Club

Christopher Snyder
April 5, 2013
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¶ Published the month before the attacks on the Twin Towers,

John Saul's The Manhattan Hunt Club (2001) uses the

potboiler structure to give the reader a guided tour of the

echelons of power — from top to bot
Kim Smiley
Not really liking this book. I think I've been spoiled lately by reading too much Bentley Little, but this book I'm just trying to "get through." I usually like John Saul, he's one of my favorites, but this book just has a hard time holding my interest. The book starts off with a man convicted of a crime he did not commit. His father and girlfriend do not believe he is guilty. He is charged anyway and is sentenced to 1 yr. in prison for assaulting a woman in the subway station who is now in a wh ...more
I think I have to be somewhat of a sick person myself to enjoy this book as much as I did. I can't help it, I love reading about psychos, especially when said psycho gets viewpoints and when there isn't some lame, middle-aged ___ chick that detracts from what I actually want to read. (I'm looking at you Patricia Cornwell.) And, yes, I can't help but enjoy father-son relationships. There's something really sweet about them, maybe because guys aren't prone to showing/proving love for one another; ...more
Marie Wreath
This was a book I might never have selected on my own but was happy to read as a kick off to our little women's book club. The subject matter was interesting and good fodder for a few moral debates. I liked John Saul's writing; the action was fast moving enough to be exciting, and the character development was all really well done. At least for me, I enjoyed it. LOL We had lots to discuss at book club, and it left me thinking of big citites in a very different way!

And I have to compliment his en
"The Manhattan Hunt Club" was a pretty good book. It was reminiscent of the movie "Surviving the Game" with Ice-T but with a few differences, one being that it took place under New York City. This story was well written with an interesting plot and a unique cast of characters. It is about things could occur if you happen to be in the right place at the wrong time. There are places worse than jail.
Jeff Converse, an architectural student, has his future planned with girlfriend Heather Randall. Un
Sarah Angoluan
The Manhattan Hunt Club by John Saul.

Manhattan Hunt Club is a story about Jeff Converse and how he was convicted on attempted murder and rape to Cindy Allen, despite that Jeff Converse is innocent, he was convicted. By the time he was about to be moved to a larger imprisonment, he was saved by a man named Scratch and take him into the tunnels wherein, a hunting game is being held.

I was so captivated by the plot when i haven't read the book. As i remember i read the plot on wikipedia, after readi
Anthony Fitzgerald
Nov 16, 2008 Anthony Fitzgerald rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: All my friends, especially those that live along the 1 train upper west side!!
Recommended to Anthony by: A customer at Borders
First off, I have to disagree with this book being labeled as "horror". Psychological thriller yes. Horror no. Anyway apart from that it was an awesome read! It definitely makes me think twice about what lies beyond the safety of the subway station lights. The book has a nice fast pace, although my one critique on the speed would be that character development early on in the story was lacking. For example, I envisioned Eve Harris, one of the main characters, to be a late 20's/early 30's, attract ...more
Frustratingly and tantalizingly slow at unfolding the secrets of this book. Fun since we were just in New York and riding the subways.

* Some characters notice and acknowledge the "houseless"
* New York underground was disgustingly brought to life
* Heather McDaniel always believed in Jeff's innocence
* Jeff's father, Keith, is a great man of action
* Jeff's body in morgue was great twist
* Powerful 100 Club was a cool concept

* Jeff's mother's claiming "It is God's will" was annoying -
If this book had a sub-title it would be “vigilante on vigilante justice”.

When Jeff Converse stops to help a woman in the subway, she mistakes him for her attacker and he is convicted of rape and sentenced to time in prison. Without giving too much away, he finds himself in the tunnels under Manhattan being hunted by vigilantes who are unhappy with the current justice system.

While I found the story engaging, and was sufficiently creeped out the prospect of absolute darkness while rats scurry a
Jeff Converse was falsely convicted of attempted murder. Then an accident during transport has him declared dead. But Jeff isn’t dead. He’s been deposited deep in the tunnels under Manhattan, where he is being hunted by the elite Manhattan Hunt Club. Can he escape the tunnels and the people hunting him?

I think it’s safe to admit that my favorite book genre is thriller/suspense. The Manhattan Hunt Club is a fantastic example of the genre. It is surprising and shocking and delightfully dark. It do
Initially I thought this was going to be a book with an agenda, but it turned into an awesome book full of questions. I do think there were moments unnecessary to the story placed in the book, but over all it's a great story.
Interesting book. I remember seeing a 20/20 special on the people who live in the tunnels under NYC and thought it would make a good premise for a book. John Saul took it and though he usually writes horror, this didn't really work for me as a horror book.

The gruesome murders and weird foreboding take place in the first few chapters and then it's mostly 250 pages of people trying to find other people. A nice mislead towards the end makes it a satisfying read, but I wouldn't call it horrific. Joh
Jeff Converse, a young college student convicted of a crime he didn't commit, is plunged into a world he never knew existed after an "accident" that occurs while he is being transported to prison. He soon realizes that it's no accident, but the opening move in a deadly game being played by some of the city's most powerful men and women, a game in which he is the prey and they are the hunters. Jeff's only chance to make it to the surface and survive lies in allying himself with a homicidal maniac ...more
Gary Grant
This was one of my favorite books. Was vintage John Saul. The suspense kept me turning the pages quickly. This book is an excellent Summer Read.
Premessa: una libro che originariamente si intitola The Manhattan Hunt Club storia di un gruppo di ricconi che per svago caccia gli indesiderabili nei tunnel della Grande Mela tu me lo traduci come I cacciatori del sottosuolo e ci metti i fari di una macchina su una strada deserta in copertina? Ma tu non sei un editore, tu sei un ebete.
Detto ciò, questo romanzo di John Saul è un thrillerino con più infamia che lode, vuoi per l'amientazione trattata con i piedi (i momenti di tensione si contano s
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John Saul was born in Pasadena, California on February 25, 1942, and grew up in Whittier where he graduated from Whittier High School in 1959. He attended several colleges—Antioch, in Ohio, Cerritos, in Norwalk, California, Montana State University and San Francisco State College, variously majoring in anthropology, liberal arts, and theater, but never obtaining a degree.
After leaving college, he
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