Newest Review: ... want his blood literally. Hoke finds a few people to hook up with along his survival route and some are nice and some turn out to be na... more
The End of The War.....
48 - James Herbert
Member Name: wendybull
48 - James Herbert
Disadvantages: Too much in the first two/three chapters
It's 1948 and three years ago Hitler unleashed a chemical weapon that freed a killer disease into the atmosphere called Blood Death.
Three years later and the majority of the world are dead, either dying where they stood from the Blood Death or slowly and painfully as they tried to help others around them. Either way, only a handful of people survived this devastating disease, and you had to be AB Negative blood type in order to do this.
Hoke, an American pilot, has spent the last three years living in London, trying to survive on his own and avoid the lingering effects of the Blood Death, in a group of people who are after his blood to transfuse and cure them. Hoke knows it won't work but is caught and nearly killed until a small group of passersby, also AB Negative, save him and attempt to make sense of their lives.
This started really fast paced, with the Blackshirts (the dying men after Hoke's blood) chasing him down and him running and fighting. This was great but it went on for about three chapters, and I did feel like giving up at the beginning. There is only so many times you can explain a specific escape of fight with the same people until it becomes boring with too much action.
After this though, when Hoke was introduced to the other group of survivors it became more readable and I enjoyed the "end of the world" type scenario which was very similar to The Rats trilogy which Herbert wrote about as well. The intense loneliness and the attempts at salvaging and storing everything that could be useful was really interesting to me and again I found myself immersed in these ideas.
There are racial elements through the book as one of the survivors who help rescue Hoke is a German and Hoke despises him with a passion that I found disturbing and the initial descriptions of what happens when he first finds out he is German are harsh.
However, this is a balanced and enjoyable story and I was glad that I stuck with it past those first few chapters and lived the lives of these people with them, as Herbert has a way of drawing you in and experiencing what they do.
Another thumbs up for this Herbert book.
Summary: RECOMMENDED xx