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No ghosties? Surely not Herbert!
48 - James Herbert
Member Name: Emma1973
48 - James Herbert
Date: 28/10/01, updated on 28/10/01 (38 review reads)
Advantages: Great storyline, good characters
Disadvantages: Some may be disappointed
This is a fantastic departure from Herberts usual writings. Not a ghostie, ghoulie, psychic or spooky happening in sight!
It is set in Britain after the Second World War, the Allies won but Hitler got his revenge by unleashing a type of biological warfare called the Blood Death, it calls everybody except those with a particular uncommon blood type. This is the main issue of the story.
The main character is Hoke, an American who is being pursued by the Blackshirts and their leader Sir Max Hubble who has the idea that his life can be changed by a blood transfusion from a immune person. Hoke isnt the only survivor and he meets up with another groups, the upper class Muriel, down-to-earth Cissie and the German Wilhelm which causes a few clashes at first.
Most of the book is set around trying to escape the Blackshirts, but Herberts fantastic descriptions of the character and their surroundings make this a lot less tedious then it could have been.
It all leads to a showdown with Hubble where they all get captured, but in what has to be one of the funniest escapes ever the building they are in is bombed by a German pilot who seems unaware the war finished 3 years earlier.
There is, in typical style a twist at this point but I'm not going to give the game away!
There is then the big showdown at Tower Bridge with Hubble and his Blackshirts, but I'm still not going to give the plot away!!
Or the end either!! There are certain conclusions and we do find out why Hoke didnt leave London and flee to the countryside but there I stop!
A great read, a great departure, but a great new direction for Britains best horrow writer.
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