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Rumors of the Undead: Rumours of the Undead Bk. 1 (30 Days of Night) [Mass Market Paperback]

Steve Niles
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4 Mar 2006 30 Days of Night (Book 1)
In a sleepy, secluded Alaska town called Barrow, the sun sets and doesn't rise for more than thirty consecutive days and nights from November to December. During this time a few years ago, from the darkness and across the frozen wasteland, an evil that normally preferred to exist in the shadows descended upon Barrow and brought the residents to their knees. Barrow's only hope was Eben and Stella Olemaun, a husband-and-wife law enforcement team who were torn between their own survival and saving the town they loved. Months later, as Stella Olemaun attempts to warn the world about the looming vampire threat by any means necessary, a rogue government agent may be taking more than an active interest in her story. And meanwhile, further north, a new sheriff and his young son must solve the lingering mystery of Barrow, even as the survivors of the original attack prepare for the sun to set once again - however this time, they're ready. "30 Days of Night: Rumours of the Undead" is Steve Niles's innovative and eagerly anticipated expansion of a nightmarish narrative that explores the nature of ancient evil existing - and thriving - in an unsuspecting modern world.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; Pocket Star Books Pbk. Ed edition (4 Mar 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743496515
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743496513
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 10.7 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 128,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"If you have a taste for the real stuff of horror fiction, you'll find it in "30 Days of Night."" -- Clive Barker, for the award-winning graphic novel

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International Horror Guild nominee, author, screenwriter and comic book scribe Steve Niles is one of the writers responsible for bringing horror comics back to prominence.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another 30 Days of Night 22 Sep 2007
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30 days of night started as a graphic novel series of horror comics, which I have read. The events of this book take place after the events in the graphic novels and the (forthcoming in October 2007) movie.

I liked this book. I'm not a great horror reader, but I do like books about vampires (maybe because I'm writing one). This takes away all romantiscm surrounding vampires in some books. These guys are not tall, dark, hunky heartthrobs. These guys are unattractive, razor-toothed, killing-machines, who basically see humans in one way only - dinner.

So, this is set between the movie and the next book in the series - Immortal Remains. There are characters from the graphic novels in there as well as characters from the next book. I really don't want to say much and spoil the rest of the books, so you will just have to read them and find out. I will say that this book, mostly reads from the point of view of a human character, and as the title says, there are 'rumours of the undead' so not so many actual vampires around. The next book is from the point of view of a vampire, and there is much more vampire activity in that one. Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars great 26 Feb 2011
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i brought this simply to read going back and forth to uni. am dyslexic and find it hard for books to keep my attention.

the 20 pages or so i thought nothing special but then something happens and i was hook from there. the vampires aren't tractional romantic vampires you find these days but vicious monsters. as well as that theres a conspiracy with in the book and i found my self asking what if are government are doing the same thing. this is the human perspective and i hear the next one is from the vampires perspective so can't wait to read it.

even if your not a big fan of the film or even haven't seen it its still a good read anything that ties in the film is explained anyway. and i myself didn't really enjoy the film but enjoyed the book.

well worth the price couldn't recommend it enough.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice start to the 30 Days of Night trilogy 22 Aug 2006
By Matthew Schlotman - Published on Amazon.com
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For those that have read the graphic books, this novel is a 'must read.' The ending alone is worth the price of admission. The novel is very 'human centric' in the sense it mostly follows the pov of Agent Andy Grey, which means more backstory on him and his partner and less on the vampires themselves. For those that have never read the graphic novels, this book gets you up to speed real well and for those of us that have read them, well, this novel does a nice job of enriching that which we know.

The excerpt chapters from Stella's 30 Days were wonderful fun for myself as a reader - something I have always wanted to see in the kind of detail that only a novel can offer.

My only issue in the book: Grey's scheme to capture a vampire using hookers as bait - I felt that part was not well thought out and rushed, but that storyline is 30 pages out of 400.

The ending scenes in Barrow were my favorite - that is a very atmospheric town!

Bottom line: Rumors of the Undead is a fun read - worth the price easily!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well done!! 18 Mar 2006
By Deborah Wiley - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a surprisingly good vampire story! Apparently, it is based on the graphic novels in a series entitled 30 DAYS OF NIGHT. I haven't read any of the graphic novels but this book worked extremely well as a stand alone novel. Andy Gray and Paul Norris are FBI agents searching for Stella Olemaun, a suspected terrorist due to her stockpiling of weapons. Paul is killed by a vampire- only Paul doesn't truly die but instead becomes a vampire himself. Andy begins investigating on his own and soon discovers that Stella is no terrorist. Instead, Stella and her husband, Eben, were involved in a vampire attack on the town of Barrow, Alaska, and Stella is only trying to remain safe while warning the world about the vampires. Andy doesn't believe in vampires initially but soon learns that the FBI is aware of vampires and trying to keep their existence a secret. The FBI attempts to stop Andy's investigations only Andy gets angry and hits his boss, resulting in his suspension. Andy continues researching while drinking heavily and wakes up one morning to find his wife and children dead from a vampire attack. Andy is obviously the prime suspect and so he begins moving from place to place, trying to gather evidence that vampires are real and hoping to locate and kill Paul. He befriends a biochemist and sets a trap for the vampires only to be outsmarted by them. The story includes flashbacks to Stella's account of what happened in Barrow and the authors do an excellent job of weaving the past with the present. Highly recommended!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but Grim 22 Mar 2006
By Bill Pen Name - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are in the mood for a fairly well written book and can handle a very gritty/grim tone then give this one a try. Let's just say the main character goes through some serious stuff as he comes to grips with what is happening. For me a little too grim. Again, interesting in spite of this . . .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Return of the Undead 7 Sep 2007
By Anthony Devianza - Published on Amazon.com
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Rumors of the Undead is the perfect book to read if you loved vampires prior to Anne Rice turning vampire literature into homoerotica with fangs. Much like the comic, the book has lots of blood and violence with a very dark and gritty style of story telling. The lead character, Andy Gray, is a normal Joe living a normal life until it's turned upside down by betrayal and supernatural forces. The characters that need to be fleshed out our fleshed out quite well. Niles also tossed elements of the original 30 Days of Night story in order for those who haven't read the original series to get an idea of what's going on in the world of 30 Days of Night. However, one should really read the first three segments of 30 Days of Night, not only will it make the book a lot better but it's a great story.

In short, the vampires of 30 Days of Night are cold and animalistic and they're not really into chit chat. So if you're more into vampires in victorian clothes and who go on like an emo kids on speed, Rumors of the Undead may not be your cup of tea. But if you like vampires of legend, you'll love it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too Many Rumors 29 Nov 2009
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30 Days of Night: Rumors of the Undead / 978-0-7434-9651-3

"Rumors of the Undead" takes place after the '30 days of night' in Barrow, Alaska, where nearly the entire population of an isolated arctic town is massacred by vampires under an extended cover of darkness. Rather than being a direct sequel, however, "Rumors" follows in the footsteps of an FBI agent assigned to keep an eye on Stella Olemaun, one of the few survivors of that massacre, and author of a tell-all vampire expose book.

The basic problem with "Rumors" is that it suffers heavily from trying to make the Masquerade work - it wants to have an X-Files world where vampires exist but no one is willing to believe what is right in front of their eyes. As such, FBI Special Agent Andy Gray is not assigned to watch Stella Olemaun because she might be murdered by vampires for exposing them, but rather because she's been buying up some odd weapons lately and is therefore obviously a terrorist.

About 50 seconds into the 'investigation' - indeed, before the book even starts - Andy's partner gets himself turned into a vampire (after 400 pages, you still will not know how, when, or why), and goes on a killing rampage to frame Andy for the deaths of everyone he's ever met. Being that this is the fictional, X-Files version of the FBI, it comes out that the FBI *knows* about vampires, but is vested in covering them up at all costs, so they cheerfully put Andy on the Most Wanted list and he prudently decides to go on the lam with the end-goal of finding undeniable proof of vampires and warning the world.

It's not a terrible set-up, but the book does so much wrong with it that it loses its sting. We're told early on that Stella (who we never see directly in this novel) was furious at having her vampire expose labeled as 'fiction'. A terrified publishing executive confides to Andy that a mysterious 'They' (the vampires? the FBI?) 'made' them publish the book under the watered-down 'fiction' label, but that doesn't make *any* sense because neither the FBI nor the vampires want the book to exist at all, so why didn't 'They' force the publisher to not touch the book at all? For that matter, if vampires are such a powerful force that they can threaten publishing companies, then I have to venture to say that that particular cat is out of the bag.

Other issues with the Masquerade problem is that all the 20+ S.W.A.T. members who saw a vampire take multiple bullets to the chest have to be convinced that they didn't *really* see him get up afterward, the doctors who confirmed that a lack of a pulse wasn't preventing the suspect from walking and talking have to be silenced, the blood samples have to be gotten rid of, and several incriminating videos have to be deleted. All this can be swept under the FBI rug, but why? Even more ridiculous is when we find out that not only does Stella Olemaun have in her possession a an unreleased *video recording* from the 30 days of night, but when she and her husband become vampiric guardian angels of Barrow (don't ask - this isn't explained at all), despite the fact that *they are vampires*, they still can't figure out how to provide proof to the outside world that vampires exist - it never occurs to anyone to go on CNN and offer to let the anchor chop off a few bits so that they can miraculously grow back for the viewing public to see.

Even without the Fridge Logic, "Rumors" just comes off as very mediocre. It's a decent "man on the lam" story of a man out for vengeance, but the revenge motive is slightly dampened when the book hammers home repeatedly what a terrible husband, father, and human being Andy really is - not so much an anti-hero as an apathetic stand-in for one. The ancillary characters in this book are too many to count, and their lives and deaths are all so tangential to the revenge story that the focus of the book starts to become more about the FBI cover-up which is painfully under-motivated and forced. Maybe vampires just work better in Barrow, Alaska than in Los Angeles, California.

~ Ana Mardoll
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