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3.89  ·  Rating details ·  137 ratings  ·  67 reviews
WHEN WORN-OUT MUSICIAN DAN FERRY decides to take a shortcut back to the band's hotel, he picks the wrong dark alley to go down. Within days of being attacked by a bat-like creature, he becomes consumed with the need to drink human blood. Terrified of what will happen if he doesn't get his fix--and terrified of what he'll do to get it--he turns to his best friend and bandma ...more
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Published February 17th 2015 by Dark Ride Publishing
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Dec 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Bandmates Dan and Ray are attacked walking home after a show and Dan is bitten. After the attack he is plagued with headaches, that strangely are abated by ingesting blood. But as his need for blood increases, he finds he needs a little help from his band.

Suckers is a quick horror read from Z. Rider. I was thoroughly impressed by this writer I had heard so little about. The characters are all well done, and you can see the different relationships between the bandmates, dysfunctional as they may
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Musician Dan Ferry gets bitten by a bat-like creature and starts to feel different during the days that follow. He got nasty headaches. And, a buzzing feeling every time he touches another person. But the most worrying part his growing need for human blood...

I actually came to enjoy this book towards the end and that is more than I expected, especially since I was thinking of giving up on the book for a long while. I just had a damn hard time getting into the story, what made me keep reading wa
*NetGalley book review*

Wow! This was outstanding. I really enjoyed the storyline and the relationship between best friends/bandmates. This book is fast and very gripping. I found myself holdoing my breath a few times as you just didn't know what was going to happen next. I hope we get more from Rider real soon. Very much enjoyed this.
Frank Errington
Feb 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Jaime & Ray Ford, and Danny Ferry are the musicians who make up "Two Tons of Dirt." You might think, what a cool band name, what's it mean? According to Ray - 'Cause that's how much they throw on your grave.

It's seems like they've been on tour for years, but it's finally winding down. Time to get back home and work on their next album. Just a few more dates. After a show in North Carolina, Dan and Ray decide to walk back to their hotel and take a shortcut through an alley. Uh, oh. Sh
There’s an old adage deriding the judging of books by their covers. I’ve long thought that adage should be amended to more specifically target book blurbs, and I’m more convinced than ever that I’m right about this after reading Z Rider’s debut novel, Suckers.

As you can see from higher up this page, the summarising blurb paints Suckers as some kind of hybrid zombie-vampire apocalyptic read, which frankly, sounded pretty damn good to me. But in reality, Rider here serves up something more akin to
Michael Jensen
Nov 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
There are a lot of things I liked a great deal about this book, but the most outstanding thing was the very real and very touching relationship between Dan, our protagonist, and Ray, his best friend and band mate. It seems like male friendship in pop culture is usually portrayed as backslapping, getting drunk, and bonding over banging hot chicks without there ever being all that much of substance going on because guys don't discuss feelings. What we don't usually get are very deep or insightful ...more
Leigh Stuart
Jan 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I've been putting off writing my review while I decide how I feel about this book. I have decided that I really enjoyed it; it is ultimately a well-written and intriguing look at friendship and survival in the face of an apocalyptic bloodbath.

Part vampire, part zombie, part Alien and fully creepy, this book should satisfy fans of horror and end-of-world scenarios. While sections of the book got bogged down with an excess of details and day to day surviving that did not necessarily move the story
Dec 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, reviewed
Suckers is the first novel by Zoe Rider - a horror tale.

I liked Zoe's writing style, and I thought the story had a lot of potential.

I felt that the first third of the book was far too slow, with far too detailed descriptions of every action made by the protagonists.

The second third was more interesting, with better pace.

Unfortunately the final third took a funny turn which led to an abrupt ending for the the main characters and a resolution for the main story line totally rushed and squashed i
Nov 19, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: r4r, horror
Suckers: A Horror Novel starts by portraying to us the life of a couple of band members. We are introduced to Dan and Ray, best friends with very distinctive voices. Personally, I couldn't really say one was more important than the other in the story, aka the main character, though Dan is the one who suffers the attack from an unknown, bat-like creature, so we end up hearing more about him and what he goes through. But I find Ray equally or more important. He is the very definition of a best fri ...more
Well this was weird but wonderful! The synopsis was sufficiently teasing enough that I knew I had to try it at least, and I'm so glad I did. It was frightening but also heartening with the friendship bonds that are present.

After a gig, Dan and his friend walk home through an alley only for them to be attacked by these almost bat like creatures. Dan gets bitten on the neck and while nothing happens straight away, he finds himself with incredibly bad headaches, and worse, a thirst for blood. Just
Nov 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
***I received the eBook free from the author in exchange for an honest review***

The story begins almost immediately with the attack by a creature, like a bat, against the protagonist, Dan Ferry, return to the hotel with his friend, Ray Ford, after finishing a concert. The first part is perhaps a bit slow, focused on the protagonists, who are trying to figure out how to cure the wounded friend, under pressure to finding a solution to contain the problem. Then, you see the picture in its entirety,
Greg at 2 Book Lovers Reviews
Everyone says, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” And while this is true, a great cover will always grab my attention. Suckers is one such book, from the first time I saw the bus on the deserted road with the flock of bats (?) blocking out the moonlight while giving chase; I knew this book was for me.

Dan and Ray are the best of friends, they would do anything for each other. When Dan’s infection causes him to have an insatiable thirst for Blood, Ray comes up with a plan. What makes this plan wor
Evan Clark
Nov 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
* I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. *

Suckers was one of the first books I'd read in months that wasn't a textbook and/or required reading. I was sent a copy of it in the middle an extremely busy season and I must admit that I put it aside for a while, reading a page or two at a time but never becoming immersed in the story. It was very sad. Then I caught a break and a few days to rest and decided I needed to read something for fun, remembering that I had an unread
Melissa Bennett
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I actually enjoyed this one. I didn't get my hopes too high. Thought it was just another vampire tale. Even though I love a good tale about vampires, there a so few that I have really liked. This one was a totally different take on it. Not really vampire but then again, it kind of was. The writing was great. There was a great bond with the characters. Really liked Ray and Dan. The ending (more like the epilogue) seem kind of rushed but I was very entertained nonetheless.
Nov 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

When Dan and Ray walk back to their hotel after one of their show they get attacked by a bat-like creature. Ray walks away unharmed, but Dan is bitten. He is plagued by really bad headaches and feels like their are bees in his head and under his skin. This feeling only goes away when he drinks blood… His bloodlust increases by the day and Ray is their to help him out. What they don’t know is that Dan is not th
Feb 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
 A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out. - Walter Winchell

This is one of the best horror stories - and one of the best stories about friendship - that I've read in a long time.

Dan and Ray have been best buddies since freshman year in high school and now are part of the touring band TWO TONS OF DIRT. The band - Dan, Ray and Jamie - travel with their staff of five in close quarters on their tour bus that smells like "farts and old socks" and are just on the last leg
I received a copy of this book through a Good Reads giveaway.

I have been a fan of the vampire genre since I was a teen and Ann Rice and Stephen King first began writing books on this topic. That being said, this books is a quick read and fairly entertaining. Low points as I was distracted by typesetting errors that forced me to read several sentences over again to figure out the missing word and/or mistake. In addition, the beginning is slow to the point that I began to think the characters wher
After reading the summary I expected more of a B-movie like novel with all the right ingredients: creepy creatures, vampires, blood. While the opening scene fed my expectations perfectly, the book turned out to be very different and so much better.

For the first half, 'Suckers' crawls along almost at snail pace, and had I stopped here I would have given only two stars. But then, after being lulled into a deep slumber, I was jolted awake by the sudden turn of events, and a so far unimpressive book
Nov 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is not only a pretty good horror novel but an excellently written story about friendship.

The main players in this book are extremely well developed and their different characters explored well. The story builds from the start and ends up being a thoroughly engrossing read. The characters are believable and act accordingly - they do things in situations that I would see myself doing which makes the book even more enjoyable. The Suckers are great creatures and the way their “birth” was descri
Barb McKinley
Dec 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: adults who like thrillers/horror
Recommended to Barb by: Z. Rider

This book was very detailed with a solid storyline. I was hooked quickly and couldn't quit because I had to know what was going to happen next. This book would make a great movie. It would be a nail biter. I enjoyed the read.

The problem I had was the lack of character development until toward the end when a friendship transcends itself to become unconditional love. I could not relate emotionally.
Nov 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Holy Crap! This is a science fiction/horror/zombiesque story. At times my skin crawled with the descriptions and others tears ran down my face with the sheer sadness of loss. Don't be thrown off by the beginning - it is a bit slow but quickly picks up speed. The author has left plenty of story untold so there can be future additions to this line but you don't feel like you have been left hanging. This book will appeal to many readers. Enjoy and keep your collars up!
Chris Torretta
Nov 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outstanding narration! Intensity slowly builds and is worth the wait. Hoping for a book two.

Full review coming soon.

Received in exchange for an honest review from Audiobook Reviewer
Dec 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a very realistic slightly disturbing book.
I did enjoy the plot, the characters were realistic and easy to relate to.
The book did slow down in the middle but made up for it in the end.
Apr 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great new take on a classic old tale. Really looking forward to her next book later this year.
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Being on tour for almost two years has Ton of Dirt musicians wearied. Dan and Ray are going back to their hotel taking a shortcut through a dark alley. They are attacked by a flying "something." When they get back to their room, it is discovered that Dan does have a "mosquito" type bite on the back of his neck. As time goes by, Dan desires blood. He has a headache that won't stop and hears a buzzing sound making him feel crazy. Is he? He tells Ray his desire for blood. Dan tries a rare steak for ...more
Carrie Slager
Jan 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
[Full disclosure: I requested and received a free ebook copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.]

When I picked up this book I wasn’t really sure what to expect from the blurb. Would it be a bunch of musicians caught in the middle of a vampire outbreak while on tour? That’s what it seemed like until things got going. I was really glad about that because it was a sign of the unpredictable plot that would be the hallmark of this book for me.

I’ve read a lot of vampire books and a lot
Nov 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Life on the road can be tough for touring bands. It gets a whole lot tougher for Two Tons of Dirt, when, nearing the end of their grueling tour, a shortcut down an alley leads to two of the band members being attacked by a small flying something. One of them gets bitten. Following the bite, Dan is never the same. He has painful headaches and a buzzing in his head. He discovers that the only thing that makes the pain go away is blood.

I really liked getting to know the characters, their day to day
Amie's Book Reviews
* I received a free electronic version of SUCKERS in exchange for an honest review. I am under no obligation to give a favorable review, just an honest one.*

I have to start this review by saying that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is not often that I read a horror novel that I consider to be unique. SUCKERS is not only unique, but it is also a compelling story.

Dan, Ray and Jamie together make up the band "Two Tons of Dirt". Dan and Ray have been best friends since high school. At the beginni
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Book description:

“What we have here is a very high-quality junkie novel that happens to be about a unique case of vampirism.” —Evan Clark, author of Movers

WHEN WORN-OUT MUSICIAN DAN FERRY decides to take a shortcut back to the band's hotel, he picks the wrong dark alley to go down. Within days of being attacked by a bat-like creature, he becomes consumed with the need to drink human blood. Terrified of what will happen if he doesn't get his fix--and terrified of what he'll do to get it--he turns
Tony Parsons
Jan 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Danny Dan Ferry (30, acoustic/bass) & Ray Ford (guitar) played in a rock band Two Tons of Dirt & had been on a tour for quite a few months. Moss (drum tech), Stick, Josh, & Jamie were the other band members. Greg was their sound guy & Carey was their tour manager
Danny & Ray were headed to a party after the North Carolina gig & something was dive-bombing them in the alley.
Dan wasn’t real sure what was wrong with him, but something had bitten him.

Ray offered to take him to the hospital.
They wen
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