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(Frank Balenger #2)

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  2,060 ratings  ·  215 reviews
David Morrell's Creepers was A publishing event in 2005, a powerful, edgy, dark thriller by a master of the genre. A New York Times best-seller, it won the prestigious Bram Stoker Award and earned numerous critical raves. Scavenger, Morrell's latest novel, takes us in a harrowing new direction: a desperate high-tech scavenger hunt for a 100-year-old time capsule. Frank Bal ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published May 27th 2008 by Vanguard Press (first published 2007)
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I really wanted to like this book. No, I'm not just saying that! I really really really did. But I couldn't. It was boring to me. But it was full of action, you're saying. Yes. Yes it was. But the action parts were BOOOOOORRRRRRIIIIIIINNNNNNNGGGG! Here's the deal, there is a psychopath who wants to enact some revenge against one of his old foes (cliché), so he sets up an elaborate scheme to get his nemesis and his girlfriend to go to a meeting of historical architecture (I'll buy it); once there ...more
Evans Light
I made it to page 100 of 368 of Scavenger before making the executive decision to shut this one down. I think the decision to bill this book as a sequel to Creepers was a poor one. Completely different type of story, and way too pulpy and unbelievable to continue. Skimmed through to the end and it didn't seem to improve in the slightest. David Morrell's characteristic wonderful writing is absent in this book, and seems as though he took a bare-bones plot and tried to patch it up with hundreds of ...more
Several people have been kidnapped and sent on a high tech scavenger hunt for a lost time capsule in the desert of the American West.
I was really intrigued by the scavenger hunt/time capsule premise, but this book just didn't deliver. This was particularly disappointing since I really enjoyed the author's Creepers - which features some of the same characters. This story was bogged down by descriptions of the history of time capsules (which could have been interesting, had the info been presented
Jun 10, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action-adventure
Scavenger – David Morrell

Scavenger is a quick paced action adventure novel dealing with time capsules and what amounts to be a scavenger hunt in the wilderness. Those familiar with Morrell's book Creepers will recognize the two main characters in this book. Although I found this book to move at a quick pace, I also found the story to be a rehash of many novels which have gone before it, I wont waste anyone's time by naming novels, but the similarities are obvious. David Morrell does mention the
Sheila Myers
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
A great combination of action, thrills, and history. If you ever wondered what would happen if someone took video games to the extreme, this is a novel you need to read.
Mike (the Paladin)
Reading this book I couldn't believe this was the same man who wrote The Brotherhood of the Rose and The Fraternity of the Stone. Maybe I was younger then. As I read this book my intended rating swung from 3 to 2 and back to 3 again...barely. Again I wish for a half star or 10 star system. This would get a 2.5 and at times that would have been generous.

Let me hasten to say, it's not that the book is bad. It's just that it constantly left me apathetic. When away from it I wasn't looking forward
William M.
Continuing with characters from the book Creepers, David Morrell delves into the subjects of time capsules and video game technology in a thriller that has some neat ideas but doesn’t always work. As I read the book, it seemed as if author Morrell was a little behind the times, elaborating on video game and computer breakthroughs that are common knowledge to anyone with even the slightest interest in the video game market. Morrell writes as if he were the first to discover these concepts and try ...more
Patrice Hoffman
Aug 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book was nonstop action. I really enjoyed reading this book. A lot of the reviews I read compared this book to the Saw Movies franchise. I don't agree with those comparisons. The Jigsaw killer or whatever his name is in those movies was playing a game involving people who needed to pay for their bad actions. This "Game Master" created a game-like world for people to rely on their survival skills to win.
I really liked the concept of this book because I'm a fan of the gaming world. I'm not a
Dec 29, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fast read with a good amount of suspense. Story starts by drawing you into the history and lore of time capsules, but ultimately draws you into a deeper realm of gaming intrigue. Five people with varying survival skills are "kidnapped" and forced to play a game of cat and mouse to find this ultimate time capsule. Someone called the Game Master has gone to great lengths to invent the ultimate video game. With 40 hours to complete their mission and reach their goal, it is a question of will they ...more
Martin Belcher
It's a while since I've read "Creepers" this is a loose sequel to that book. Scavenger was not what I expected, the book is completely different in tone and subject matter to Creepers, essentially you have two of the central characters from Creepers finding themselves drugged and competing in a strange "game" to find a hidden cache. The "game" is controlled by a madman willing to sacrifice lives in order to evaluate how his game players fair and to find the hidden time capsule. I found this book ...more
Joel Sockwell
Oct 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book. I first read "First Blood" by David Morrell many years ago and was impressed, but for some reason, never read another Morrell book since. I picked up "Scavenger" at a local Dollar Tree store for a buck, read it and immediately wondered why I had ignored Morrell all these years. Now I'm on a search for all books written by Morrell and will create a check list as I go through them. Excellent writer and highly recommended.
Ms. Nikki
Agh. I've figured out another ploy that authors use. It is the art of convenience. David has this down in spades. They are stuck in a building, but guess what, someone knows the history of the building and guides them out. Another is former military and thinks quick on his feet when they are in a bind and so on and so forth. But what really ticks me off is that the story itself has potential, but is inexpertly executed. David Morrell's books are not for me~
Julie Kellner
Nov 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No matter how many times I read this book love it more each time
Jun 05, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a sequel to Morrell's Creepers which I have a copy of but haven't read yet. I'll need to get to it soon. In this one, Frank Balenger and his wife Amanda are drawn to a lecture on time capsules at an old building in New York where supposedly The Manhattan History Club resides. But it turns out that the lecture and History Club are a ruse to kidnap Amanda and others and place them in peril as part of a real life "video" game. The object of the game is to find a 100-year old time capsule ca ...more
John Bruni
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought I'd just settle into this book. Maybe read a couple of chapters and then go out and run a bunch of errands. Important errands.

I was hooked on the first sentence, and the book would not release me. I could not stop reading this until I was done. Halfway through I tried to stop, but I was in Morrell's clutches, and you just can't step away from him, especially not here. White hot action and suspense fused with a touch of horror took precedence over everything else in my life. I got hungr
Frederick Tan
Frank Balenger and Amanda Evert fresh from their misadventure in the previous book Creepers found themselves once again challenged to a game of scavenger for a time capsule "The sepulcher of Worldly Desire". They were somehow tricked into attending a talk by the Manhattan Historical society on the subject of time capsule. Unknown to them the Game Master, who happens to be a derange boy man and his sister have device this ultimate game where a few people (scavengers) were inadvertently forced int ...more
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2017
When I picked this book I didn't realise it was a sequel to "Creepers". Well I wasn't very impressed with that but I was more than ready to give this a go. Sadly it started off well but failed to live up to its potential (mmm...just what I said about "Creepers"!)

The idea of the book was one I liked & I did enjoy the early parts. It started to fall down for me when I couldn't follow what was going on during the escape from the theatre. I felt that quite a few of the "action" sequences were un
Jim Harrison
This story has a couple of interesting ideas and really makes you think about a few philosophical ideas. It has a good amount of action sequences as well as a bit of mystery to it. It was a very quick read but I don't know if that is because I had a good amount of time to read over the last few days or if it was because it was a simple enough plot that I was able to get through it very quickly. I don't think that I have read the first book with the main character Frank Balenger in it but it obvi ...more
Crystal M. Ecker
3.5 stars. I did not read Creepers, the first in this series, which may have impacted my enjoyment of this book. A pretty action-packed story with now-outdated technology. A fun read. Not as "scary" as it was hyped to be.
John Funderburg
Starts off strong, ends on a weak note. CREEPERS is superior by far, but this one has its moments.
Janice Workman
Dec 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very strange. Kept my attention until the end though - lots of twists and turns.
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A thriller about a game player in real life. Okay and mindless.
This book had pretty good characters but it was okay.
Jan Norton
An interesting premise for a book. The story kept moving.
Ellen Koonce
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my all-time favorite books! You need to read Creepers first to know the characters, but I like this book the best. Can't talk about it because of spoilers...
Scott  Breslove
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very enjoyable and informative on a topic you don't really hear much about. I love the obscure info and the odd premise. It brings something that other books of the same ilk don't have. Well done
Amy Webster-Bo
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
the only survivor, goes back to the hotel, to find a lost love, not as good as the first one
Donn Lorber
May 07, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A virtual reality game played in real time w death and destruction as the main characters .. time capsule treasure hunt while trapped in a game .. pretty weird
Scott Potter
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good two -book series. Some thought provoking stuff, Fun reads
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fast moving and exciting but a little disturbing. A lot of violence. You learn about computer games - which are evidently created by psychotic nerds.
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David Morrell is a Canadian novelist from Kitchener, Ontario, who has been living in the United States for a number of years. He is best known for his debut 1972 novel First Blood, which would later become a successful film franchise starring Sylvester Stallone. More recently, he has been writing the Captain America comic books limited-series The Chosen.

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