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The Manhattan Hunt Club

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  4,540 Ratings  ·  211 Reviews
The acknowledged master of psychological suspense and heart-stopping terror, New York Times bestselling author John Saul now invites you to descend to chilling new depths of darkness--and discover a secret, savage world that exists beneath our very feet.

The promising future of New York City college student Jeff Converse has suddenly been shattered by a nightmarish turn of
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Published April 29th 2002 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
Feb 08, 2011 Maicie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished-in-2011
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.

Apr 23, 2008 Maurean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 02, 2015 Vicky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really like this. Very different.
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
Aug 12, 2013 Rissy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: john-saul
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Dec 19, 2015 Johnny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, horror
I’m sure I won’t be the first reviewer to compare The Manhattan Hunt Club to the classic short story, “The Most Dangerous Game.” Hunting humans, no matter how stacked the odds may be with resources like night scopes and automatic weapons that the “prey” doesn’t have, should be more problematic than chasing “tamer” game. The ability of the human to plan, ambush, and counter-attack (however handicapped) means that the conclusion is by no means certain.

The Manhattan Hunt Club is a heady cocktail us
Apr 04, 2016 Chris rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Adam Wilson
Dec 09, 2009 Adam Wilson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 29, 2010 Rebekkila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 11, 2011 Melissa Namba rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 18, 2016 Germany rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 17, 2009 Cherie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 20, 2011 Gregory rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book to read, difficult to put down. Enjoyed it very much, some parts are tricky, but than so is life.
Sah Angoluan
Oct 31, 2012 Sah Angoluan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
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
I gave this a three-star because I guess it wasn't what I was expecting with a John Saul novel. That's not to say that one can't stray from a single genre and try new things, but I didn't like the format of his 'suspense thriller'. It was too all-over-the-place. Too many characters to introduce and get to know. Too many chapter breaks and scene changes.

It was still overall an okay story. Creepy settings, in the tunnels under Manhattan, and the end (last 50 pages) when the hunt was FINALLY on,
Laura Riddle
Jan 18, 2017 Laura Riddle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-library
I found this in a box of old audio books, one of the few on CD, and I wasn't quite sure what it was about because the outer jacket was missing. Then I noticed it was read by Lee Meriweather (Catwoman!), so...yeah!
I ended up liking it, and will most likely read more John Saul, especially since I have more of his books (paperbacks) in my own library that my husband had before we got married. never know what you have lying around your own house when you're looking for other stuff!
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

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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
Jason P
Aug 08, 2016 Jason P rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, audio-books
Hmm.. Before I start, I should say that by the title of this book - I don't know why - I thought it would have been better than what it was. That's not to say that the entire novel was terrible, it had it's good parts. But a mostly cheesy, predictable slag heap that any fluff reader could have seen coming a ways away.

The characters were fine, not very well tuned in my opinion - even though Sauly-boy says at the end of the novel that he did tons of research - that's fine, do your research. It's n
Jul 25, 2011 Athena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
"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
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
Jun 14, 2015 Blagica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The promising future of New York City college student Jeff Converse is destroyed when he is accused of a crime he didn't commit.
After the victim swears Jeff is the man who assaulted her, Jeff is convicted and sentenced, but on his way to the prison, he is abducted and lured to the underground tunnels of New York, where he will become game for a vicious group of hunters who call themselves "THE MANHATTAN HUNT CLUB". Determined to escape alive, Jeff will use all his wits to come out the victor, an
Aurora Dimitre
Sep 28, 2015 Aurora Dimitre rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: eesh, october-2015
Sometimes you just want to read something where someone gets eaten alive by rats.

I didn't take this book too seriously. It does have an agenda - every book has an agenda, this one was mostly in the 'homeless people' vein - but for the most part? It was kind of a wacky, disturbing tale about a young guy who's wrongfully convicted of a crime and becomes part of The Most Dangerous Game.

I liked it. It was enjoyable, fast-paced, really squicky at times, but that was all part of the fun. Some of th
It has been 8 years since I have read this book and I honestly didn't recall very much about the book until another copy came to be in possession again. I flipped through the pages and scanned some of the story to reacquaint myself with the book and I found that my impressions of the book were still dead on.
Simply thinking back on the book, I had feelings of disappointment, largely due to the lack of supernatural forces in the book. I wasn't expecting a action-themed novel from an author that I
Jim C
Aug 07, 2014 Jim C rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Brandon White
Jan 16, 2015 Brandon White rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
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 -
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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.
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