Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press is gearing up for the October 3rd release of the hardcover edition of Matt Costello’s Vacation.

Costello is an award-winning novelist, screenwriter and video game writer. His innovative work includes the mega-hit video games, The 7th Guest and Doom 3, as well as the highly anticipated Rage, on sale this fall. The author of several suspense novels, Costello has now written Vacation, the gripping story of a man trying to protect his family in a nightmarish world of the near future.

Description: After a global drought causes crops to fail, species to disappear, and food riots to break out on every continent, something even more deadly happens. Masses around the world become predators feeding off their own kind. These “Can Heads” grow to be such a threat that fences, gated compounds, and swat-style police protection become absolutely necessary to live. Were the Can Heads the deadly result of a synthetic super food that was created to end the food shortages? Did that food carry a new virus that undid millions of years of evolution?

NYPD cop Jack Murphy doesn’t have time to ponder how the Can Heads came to be. He’s too busy protecting the people in his precinct from them — and his job is getting harder and harder every day. After a Can Head attack leaves Jack wounded and his partner dead, he decides to take his wife and kids on a vacation to a protected camp in the Adirondacks where families can still swim, take boats out on a lake, and eat fresh food from the camp’s own farm.

At first, Paterville Family Camp is as idyllic as its brochure had depicted. But then, Jack begins to see odd things, from indifferent workers to guests who don’t seem like guests at all. When Paterville suffers a Can Head attack and Jack helps defend the camp, the camp director tries to recruit him to stay and work security. But his overbearing attitude further fuels Jack’s suspicions that the camp is not what it seems. When a neighboring family disappears, Jack begins his own investigation, and as he learns the secrets of Paterville Camp, his journey into terror really begins. He then has only one goal—to escape the camp with his family…to escape this vacation before it’s too late.

Vacation is the story of a man, caught in a desperate world, who will stop at nothing to protect his wife and children from its dangers. An exciting, fast-paced, and frightening story, it is certain to thrill readers with its heart-pounding suspense and vividly imagined future world, where people are hungry for the good old days and where an old-fashioned family vacation is not what it used to be.

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