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The Manhattan Hunt Club

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  5,398 ratings  ·  270 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
Feb 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.

2.75 stars

This wasn't as suspenseful as one would expect from a story about the wealthy and powerful elite in New York having a secret club that hunts human prey. It was also probably unnecessary to give background on every single character who has significant dialogue.
Apr 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
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 rated it it was amazing
I really like this. Very different.
Dec 09, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Dec 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Jeff has been falsely convicted of a crime. But when he is “transferred” out of the prison, he is taken… somewhere and locked in a room with another man. It’s not long after that they are released into the tunnels underneath New York and are told that they’ll “win” if they make it to the surface. Meanwhile, his family and girlfriend think he died in a crash.

I really liked this. It didn’t take long to get sucked in, though it takes a little bit to figure out what’s going on in the book. It’s tol
Edward Taylor
Jul 01, 2018 rated it liked it
I had not read much John Saul and was surprised at the level of depth (no pun intended) he would go to create the atmosphere in this book. Wrongly convicted Jeff is forced to fight his way out of the underground labyrinth of Manhattan's old sewer, transit, and shelter tunnels. If this sounds like a bad Nicolas Cage movie, then you are right. The book is well written, fast-paced, and delivers on what you want to happen to the main character and his life but it is just shy of 4 stars.

It's not tha
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"There Were People You Kept Waiting, and People You Didn't":
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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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Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book was repulsive! My book club chose it. I did not read it all. I skipped whole chapters throughout because it was nauseating. The idea of humans hunting other humans purely for sport is not something I care to read about. I read to be entertained or to learn; I do not read to become nauseated.

The only reason I rated it a 2 was because some members of our club liked it. I don't want my humble opinion to take it off someone's to be read list.
Feb 24, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
A B grade thriller from Saul. Our lead is off to jail after he was convicted of a crime he did not do, but on the way there, he is kidnapped and taken underground in Manhattan to be hunted in the tunnels. His intrepid girlfriend and father set out to find him among the homeless living underground. I knew what was going to happen almost from the start, so no real surprises here. Decent pacing albeit flat characters.
RM(Alwaysdaddygirl) Griffin (alwaysdaddyprincess)
4 stars:

-I read this before I join Goodreads. It was good! As the title goes, not one for those always play by the rules. Not being rude, I think the horror part was how likely this could be done and not be noticed. Homeless are people too. I do like the ending. Some might think some parts are violent. A fan of horror would probably not.


Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Saul is usually hit or miss with me, but this is probably his best work.
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
The plot borders on absurdity but if you don't think about that too much, it is a fun mystery-esque horror with some entertaining two-faced characters. ...more
Aug 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: john-saul
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Eve Kay
Feb 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: suspense
A little bit predictable towards the end once you get the hang of Saul's style. The idea is unique and quite intriguing, the story itself was not at all what I thought it would be. It was way more sentimental with every single family member instinctively and just by their nature being on top of things and knowing where to go and what to do. It moves so fast it loses it's connection with reality. But it was kind of thrilling and exciting at times so it was a solid three. ...more
Dec 19, 2015 rated it liked it
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 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Ryan Hixson
May 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ballentine-books
This is an updated retelling of The Most Dangerous Game, where that story took place in the woods this story takes place beneath the Manhattan subway tunnels. The hunters are the elite, and the hunted are convicted killers. The killers are paying the homeless to be the protectors of the game. The game has always only hunted one person at a time, but now they decided to put two killers together in the game. The killers are Jagger a serial killer that mutilates bodies and Jeff a college student co ...more
Jim C
Aug 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
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 rated it really liked it
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 rated it did not like it
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Jan 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
John Saul surprised me with this story.When I read his books I'm always waiting forthe boogy man to jump out at me but this one was more like a crime mystery instead of a horror thriller. I still enjoyed the story very much. It was about a guy that is wrongly accused of a crime. He is found guilty but his father and girlfriend know that he is innocent. He is being taken to a different prison when there is supposedly a tragic accident. He is forced down into the tunnels to try to survive. Then he ...more
Sep 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Mar 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
It was ok, pretty imaginative and always made you wondering what would happen next. But still a typical creepy john saul book
May 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Great book to read, difficult to put down. Enjoyed it very much, some parts are tricky, but than so is life.
Lauren Milam
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 31, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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John Saul grew up in Whittier California 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 decided the best thing for a college dropout to

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