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48 [Hardcover]

James Herbert
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July 1997
In 1945 Hitler unleashes the Blood Death on Britain as his final act of vengeance. Only a handful of people with a rare blood group survive. Now in 1948 a small group of Fascist Blackshirts believe their only hope of survival is a blood transfusion from one of the survivors. From the author of THE MAGIC COTTAGE and PORTENT.
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  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Prism (July 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061052930
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061052934
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (220 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,173,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Herbert was not just Britain's number one bestselling writer of chiller fiction, a position he held ever since publication of his first novel, but was also one of our greatest popular novelists. Widely imitated and hugely influential, his twenty-three novels have sold more than fifty-four million copies worldwide, and have been translated into over thirty languages, including Russian and Chinese. In 2010, he was made the Grand Master of Horror by the World Horror Convention and was also awarded an OBE by the Queen for services to literature. His final novel was Ash. James Herbert died in March 2013.

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‘Break-neck pace… a story for those who like their plots exploding with excitement and fear, set against an apocalyptic backdrop. A perfect adrenalin-packed alternative to Booker Prize pretension.’
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The Blood Death held no patience, no pity. But those who died at once were the lucky ones – their horror was only transient. The really unfortunate victims took months, even years, to die, watching their bodies rot, feeling their minds corrupt… And then there were the survivors; people like me who had the blood group that kept us safe from the disease but made us targets for those who believed our blood could save them. For three years life was simple. I lived alone, spending my days on my self-appointed task, avoiding the fascist Blackshirts who wanted my blood for their dying leader. Then I met the others – and life got complicated all over again…

James Herbert's latest bestseller projects an alternative result to the Second World War and as his hero, Hoke, learns that life isn't just about surviving, the listener is swept into an action-filled adventure that sweeps to a breathtaking climax.

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars James Herbert's Best 23 May 2006
For me, this is my favourite James Herbert book and I can quite happily read it in one sitting.

Relentless and powerful, the story grips from the first page and simply does not stop taking the reader along on a roller coaster of a journey through a horribly decimated London in an alternate 1948 (hence the title).

The characters are well defined and well written, you will warm to some and hate others and be surprised at how events twist and turn throughout.

Simply amazing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Become a film director. 23 May 2007
A few years ago I was in hospital, and I'd started getting into James Herbert. My fiancée started this book but didn't like it - and passed it onto me.

I was gripped.

When I think back to this I sometimes think I saw the film of it - the book is written in such a way that the images are so vivid in your head. I feel like I directed a film with unlimited budget. Read this book and watch your version of the film.

People have made parallels between this and the film 28 days later, I'm a fan of 28 Days Later (and Day of the Triffids which it is very much based on) and I can see the similarities - but these are very much independent pieces of work.

This is my favourite James Herbert novel, I love it when you get a book you feel desperate to return to - this was one of those. The evil borne out of desperation of the twisted Fascists whose perverted logic drives them to seek out the survivors.

A great alternate history, and one which seems more plausible as the years roll by. This is frenetic and has one of the best endings to a book ever.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars James Herbert, top of my reading list. 20 Dec 2002
By Isen
This book to me was another great James Herbert story. I've read a few of his books and this one was just as good as the rest. I like the post apocolypse scene and the story line that lived within it;
Hitlers last ditch attempt to win the 2nd world war through the use of biological weapons that lay waste to the country that was england. This last ditch weapon that effects certain blood types, corrupting the blood cells and killing the human. We see our hero, one of the few not effected running away from a band of near death citizens who are hunting him down for his blood, so that they can transfuse it into the body of one of their own. Our healthy hero meets up with another group of healthy humans and together, although rather reluctantly, they run together, and in some cases fight together.
I loved the story line and generally loved the book, the only reason I didn't give it 5 *'s was becaus I would have liked it to be a little more horrific, inline with some of James Herberts other books. Well worth adding to your library at home.
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4.0 out of 5 stars My first Herbert novel, and I'm impressed 18 Dec 2000
I am not really a big fan of the Horror genre, but came upon this book in a Supermarket at a price low enough to tempt me. I was prepared to be disappointed but found myself spending every possible minute of the next few days following the exploits of this band of survivors. The combination of pace (it literally starts from the first page and doesn't stop) but incredibly good descriptions that allow your imagination to explode, make this book amazingly enjoyable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Than Twice As Good As 28 Days Later 14 May 2007
It is a shame that readers new to this book will think it derivative of the zombie movie resurgence - or should that be resurrection - especially 28 Days Later and its sequel.

As often with Herbert, it is a gripping page turner with a stunning backdrop of a desolate London whose streets are piled with corpses.

I read it while playing Craig Armstrong's (Moulin Rouge/Ray/Love Actually/etc) CD The Space Between US which added to the "movie" playing in my head as I read.

Another sign of its greatness is that I got both my then teenage step-sons to read it on holiday.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars what a fantastic suspense novel! 21 Feb 2007
This was my very first James Herbert novel and after reading it I was hooked, gagging for more! In this book, Herbert explicitly describes the aftermath of WW2 from the viewpoint of the people in and around London. What you won't find in the history books though is this: After the war was lost to Hitler and his nasty gang of Nazis, they - bad losers that they were - sent planes over to drop some lethal bombs over the city of London. These bombs carried a deadly virus that attacked and after weeks or months eventually killed every human except those with a certain blood group which, unfortunately, happened to be the rarest of them all - "AB". So the few lucky ones with that particular blood group were safe from the virus, though not from the hordes of infected others who'd as a side effect of the virus had become insane, and relentlessly tried to hunt the few lucky survivors down to relieve them from their "good, unspoiled blood" in a desperate bid to save themselves with it...

I found this horror novel immensly gripping and suspenseful. The characters are interesting, their adventures and fights for survival will keep anyone on the edge of their seats all throughout the book. To round it off, the ending is not ony amazingly exciting but also satisfactory, something I've meanwhile come to learn can't be expected of every James Herbert book (I've read six so far, of which I loved three, liked two and didn't care much for one other).

"48" is an absolute MUST READ for every dedicated horror/doomsday scenario/suspense thriller fan.
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