Red Dragon (Hannibal Lecter Book 1) by Thomas Harris (Epub)

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Ebook Info

  • Published: 2008
  • Number of pages: 436 pages
  • Format: Epub
  • File Size: 0.46 MB
  • Authors: Thomas Harris


FBI agent Will Graham once risked his sanity to capture Hannibal Lecter, an ingenious killer like no other. Now, he’s following the bloodstained pattern of the Tooth Fairy, a madman who’s already wiped out two families.

To find him, Graham has to understand him. To understand him, Graham has only one place left to go: the mind of Dr. Lecter.

User’s Reviews

Review “The best popular novel to be published in America since The Godfather.”—Stephen King“Red Dragon is an engine designed for one purpose—to make the pulse pound, the heart palpitate, the fear glands secrete.”—The New York Times Book Review“A gruesome, graphic, gripping thriller…Extraordinarily harrowing.”—The Cleveland Plain Dealer“Want to faint with fright? Want to have your hair stand on end? Want to read an unforgettable thriller with equal parts of horror and suspense? Harris was obviously only warming up with his best seller Black Sunday.”—New York Daily News“Irresistible…A shattering thriller…Readers should buckle themselves in for a long night’s read because from the first pages…Harris grabs hold.”—Publishers Weekly“The scariest book of the season.”—The Washington Post Book World“Easily the crime novel of the year.”—Newsday

Reviews from Amazon users, collected at the time the book is getting published on UniedVRG. It can be related to shiping or paper quality instead of the book content:

⭐ I took my time reading this book, not because I had to but because I enjoyed stringing out the suspense – I rationed myself to a chapter a day. The story is gripping and the writing evocative – it stimulated my imagination like a vindaloo for the brain. Some of the American cultural references were too obscure for me but they were few and in context. Hannibal Lecter is peripheral to the story, lurking in the shadows with intensely cold and enigmatic eyes (in my mind anyway). All in all, a fabulous read, thoroughly enjoyable. If you like the kind of horror/thrillers that don’t splash blood and guts all over the place at every turn “for effect”, this will suit you down to the ground. The thrill is more in the suspense than the shock.

⭐ I read this book years ago when it first came out in 1981 and was amazed by The Dragon’s story. It was frightening, yes, but compelling also.The in-depth characters of FBI profiler Will Graham and the monstrous Red Dragon have stuck in my memory for all these years. And the brief cameo of Dr. Hannibal Lector – I was so glad a few years later when he got his first real book THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS.Scary all the way through – and then when it’s revealed how victims were chosen, I can remember thinking “no one is safe.”Author Thomas Harris has always been a pretty private person, doing hardly any interviews, and that helped with the mystique of his books.When I started reading this book again, I was thrilled to see that Harris has a new book coming out soon in May 2019. I have preordered it. It’s a standalone book like BLACK SUNDAY was and it’s titled CARI MORA.This book was great again this time around and now I’m off to read Harris’s masterpiece THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS. Fava beans, anyone?

⭐ Despite enormous personal costs, Will Graham uses his unique talents of visual memory, pure empathy, and projection to get into the head of serial killers. In order to capture Francis Dolarhyde, The Red Dragon, who has slaughtered two families, Graham elicits the help of Hannibal Lecter, a serial killer he helped put away. Lecter, however, has his own agenda.Harris does an excellent job of showing Dolarhyde’s evolution from unwanted baby into adult serial killer.Fascinated with serial killer books, I devoured RED DRAGON and SILENCE OF THE LAMBS a couple of decades ago, along with every Patricia Cornwell book I could get my hands on. Recently, on the recommendation of a good friend, I binged watched all three seasons of the television show Hannibal, which is based on Harris’s works. When I reread RED DRAGON, all of the characters morphed into the brilliant portrayals of the television cast of Hannibal. The ghosts of character incarnations from the previous films are forever banished from my brain. Thomas Harris created memorable characters, which Bryan Fuller made magic.I’ve got all my fingers and toes crossed that Fuller continues to reimagine Thomas Harris’s books and has the opportunity to bring his vision to life on the big or small screen with his phenomenal cast. In the meantime, I plan to continue forward with Harris’s books. My rating of four stars is for the novel, RED DRAGON. Five shining stars for Bryan Fuller’s adaptation, which delves deep into all the character’s psyches’.

⭐ I have read the Silence of the Lambs several times during my teens and I have fond memories of it. I have also seen most of the Hannibal films and recently started the TV show on Netflix. I really like Dr. Lecter as a character so I decided to give the book a chance. It was a really great decision and the writing hooked me on from the very beginning. It was fortunate that I started the book close to the weekend and I managed to dedicate a Saturday to read it in almost one sitting. It was a great experience. This is truly a classic piece of the genre and I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone.

⭐ My original copy cover did not not have the Blake illustration on it. I remember going to a nearby city library and having the reference librarian help me find a book with a copy of the illustration. He asked why I was looking for it, and I merely said that it was referenced in a book that I was reading, and that I was curious about it.He said he had asked because I was the second person that had come to the library, looking for the same information.This was, of course, before home computers and the internet. It made that much of an impression.Hannibal Lecter was a horrible, but secondary character.I actually prefer this book to “Silence of the Lambs”.Read both of them, and make up your own mind.

⭐ I had the kindle edition.So just finished this. First off, Harris is bloody amazing. This book is not about our favorite cannibal at all, he’s a plot point used sparingly, like 3-5 direct involvement points, mentioned in passing in the barest hint. There’s actually more reference to Lounds then Lecter, and Lounds plays a much more direct part in the story line than Lecter does.I felt more sympathy for the killer than the reporter, and that can be summed up by several things. I hate people that pry into others lives, snooping through as if it’s their god given right, and Freddie is a buttstain of a paparazzi on a good day. The killer, the Red Dragon is a merciless ‘other’ that walks around in his ‘human suit’ but is easily more likable than the tabloid journalist through the scenes Harris paints. I won’t give them away, but I very much approve of the way he humanized -redacted- by giving it almost a romcom spot in the book. Yes, you read that right, romantic comedy scene.While it has gruesome scenes I would say they aren’t nearly as bad as the self flogging in DaVinci code, except maybe a scene at the end that literally could be hit or miss depending on your imagination. Based in the 70’s it’s got that pre tech charm that anyone born before the 2000’s almost regrets leaving.I almost gave it 4 stars because I was expecting more of the charismatic Lecter. It felt vaguely like false advertising, that being said I was giggling like a maniac, and would recommend this in a heartbeat besides that detail. The character are engaging, Freddie is a damn cockroach, and the Dragon…. that poor bastard. You will feel some sympathy for the villain in the Red Dragon, but it will not make you question your morale. He’s killing people, he deserves to be caught, and the methods he employs are brutal. That being said special agent Crawford and not FBI Graham are equally compelling to read through.This book is told through third person and has multiple points of view. It’s brilliantly weaved and as abrasive and crass as the Will Graham that’s portrayed in the tv series with Hugh Dancy.5 stars over all, but this book is not about Hannibal Lecter, it’s about the men who caught him going after someone else.Having watched the first season and a half of the show I would say they took some parts from it line by line. Make no mistake, they are both brilliant. Picturing Crawford here as Fishborne was amazing. I’ll say it now, if you like the show always read the book/source material.

⭐ I purchased this with intent to read the trilogy and could not wait to get started. It was ok but it was really dated and I got sidetracked with the crime lab terminology. I think I was expecting to have a story dedicated to Will Graham and Hannibal. What I got was Will Graham and another psychopath. I will continue to read the other books because “Silence of the Lambs” is my all time favorite movie.

⭐ After watching the movie Silence of The Lambs i found myself under the spell of this series, fascinated more by clarice then by hannibal however. I wanted to read the novel but thought it best to prep by reading this. Thinking it would be a great introduction to Hannibal.It was, but what i found was not as good as i hoped. Lecter was creepy, but more like the high school nerd who knows creepy things about you. I found hannibal to not be the sinister and wicked villain he will be, but the pathetic killer caught and confined.The rest of the novel follows the same parts of the genre that perhaps this novel contributed to the formation of. An eccentric investigator that cant seem to piece together the significant clues that is obvious to the audiences god like vision. This knowledge is given to us through the narration by slowing down the pace and telling the story from the killers point of view, giving back story and humanizing him to make the final conclusion tense.Ultimately, the disparate strands come together in a conclusion that leavea our protag physically damaged. The prose was easy to read, but the substance made it a slog. Besides frustration, i only experienced excitement or ‘thrills’ in maybe the last 20 pages where something genuinely unexpected happens. A last minute stab at plot twist that was, i concede, effective.To say i was dissapointed is an understatement. Im not sure what i was expecting, but it actually swayed me away from reading Silence and just being content with the film.

⭐ Just trying to determine how much I liked this book. I started to rate it 3 stars and then changed my mind. I didn’t enjoy it the way that I thought I would. I can’t put my finger on why. It has hi’s and lo’s. I was a little disappointed that Hannibal Lecter didn’t play a bigger role in the story. Or maybe I should say, I’m surprised. I think the book started very good and ended very good. But, I found many parts of the middle slow and boring. But, regardless, I think it is a good book, and I recommend it. Just don’t expect too much.

⭐ This first look into the story of Will Graham and Hannibal Lector was an interesting journey. The novel is dated, some of the phrasing and descriptions should are no longer considered appropriate in today’s age. But that doesn’t take away from the fascination the reader gets when Graham and Lector meet. It doesn’t pull away from how devastating Dollarhyde’s past was. The crimes were horrifying and I could genuinely believe the FBI needed Graham’s help in finding the Dragon.Not a bad read all in all.


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