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December (PHIL RICKMAN BACKLIST Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Phil Rickman
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Book Description

In the ruins of a haunted medieval abbey, four musicians hope to tap into the site's dark history. The experience almost destroys them. Years later, the original group is forced to return to the abbey, to confront the old evil they discovered...

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    About the Author

    Phil Rickman lives on the Welsh border where he writes and presents the book programme Phil the Shelf on BBC Radio Wales. He is the hugely popular author of The Bones of Avalon and the Merrily Watkins series.

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 897 KB
    • Print Length: 608 pages
    • Publisher: Corvus (29 Oct. 2011)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B006G0VFUM
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
    • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,442 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars One of Rickmans' best 23 Oct. 2000
    By A Customer
    Most enjoyable, with its cast of doomed, miserable, aging rock stars (why are they all bitter and miserable in real life?) and the ghost of Lennon (what a lovely device - he is neither doomed nor miserable, and he's still prodding and provoking people to be better than they think they can be - how sorely he is missed). The author continues to develop his intriguing, continuing theme, relating the Welsh / English border country to a gateway between the present and the past, the known and the unknown, the natural and the supernatural, the last endangered bastion defending artful Celt from dreaded rational Saxon. Great stuff with some very chilling moments, and strongly developed characters - particularly old rockers Tom and Dave who have both been driven mad by events in December 1980 (on the same night as Lennon's shooting). Their madness is very very real and a credit to the author's skills. A great read.
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    15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars December - Phil Rickman 4 Jan. 2004
    By A Customer
    The best of its genre, it kept me riveted until the end. It is the book I try to get all my friends to read whatever their usual choice of reading. Once started it is difficult to put down, re-reading can only enhance the pleasure of the depths of the writer's supreme talent at keeping his reader under his spell for every page.
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars The Darkest Month 1 Feb. 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    December 1980. John Lennon is murdered in New York.
    At the time Philosopher's Stone, a group chosen for their psychic ability as much as for their musical skills are recording an album in a partly ruined abbey in the Brecon Beacons.
    Thinks go badly wrong, tragedy strikes and the band insist that the tapes are destroyed - but are they?
    They go their seperate ways but something from that session remains with them and they all struggle to return to 'normal' life.
    When the tapes resurface, 14 years later, the four are persuaded to return to the Abbey Studios to complete the album - in December! But the Abbey hasn't finished with them. What is its secret, is there some connection with the infamous 1175 Abergavenny massacre? In December. Could the evil possibly be reaching out to them across the centuries?
    This is an absolutely stunning novel, neither a horror tale nor a ghost story - yet it's both! A real one off which deserves to become a classic.
    And what happened to the recordings? All malevolent influences have been safely removed, the existing tracks have been finished, a few new ones added, and 'The Abbey Tapes - the exorcism' is now available on mp3, iplayer & CD.
    A perfect complement to the book - well worth a listen.
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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 13 April 2013
    By Daisy
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I put off reading this book because of the rock music context, which is not really my "bag". However, I needn't have worried. As always, Phil Rickman's story lines, excellent characters and wonderful, wonderful settings; shine through. I had to read it in the end, to put so many of his characters into context in his later books, more importantly the Merrily Watkins series, which I'm devouring far too quickly. What happens when I run out?? I'm trying to read other authors, but this author's books have really got me hooked.
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    26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Why don't they write them like this anymore? 18 Jun. 2004
    Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
    Or, perhaps they do - it's just publishers who don't know a good read when they see one!
    Like the rest of Phil Rickman's books this has again been categorised as 'Horror' - but it is so much more than that. It's not the usual slash and gore that readers have come to know as the definitive for this category. It's eerie, full of suspense and like his other books - once you've started to read it you'll be loathe to put it down.
    A note to the publishers - PLEASE re-print it! Because there's no way I'm selling my copy!
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars December 4 July 2013
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    Four musicians met fourteen years ago to record an album in a studio converted from a former abbey. The session ended in tragedy and some very spooky happenings which have adversely affected all four ever since. Now they have been asked to complete the recording.

    Various people who were connected with the production of the music have met untimely ends and Prof Levin, sound engineer and alcoholic - has been asked to listen to the tapes of the previous session and to produce the new recording. The tapes have a profound effect on him which he cannot explain.

    Readers of other Phil Rickman novels will recognise some of the characters - Simon St John, Moira Cairns, Prof Levin and Tom Storey. As ever the characters are well drawn and the supernatural element is spine chilling. I think this has to be one of his scariest novels and I am still remembering incidents from it some time after I have finished reading it.

    I don't pretend to understand all the music references but it didn't spoil my enjoyment of the story. I liked the Downs syndrome child - Vanessa - and I thought she was very well done. I also liked the way the non-psychic characters were interwoven with those who have strange experiences so that there are people constantly trying to work out what was going on while only understanding half the happenings. I liked the way John Lennon's ghost keeps cropping up and he becomes a character in his own right at times.

    This is a very well written and truly scary novel and I would recommend it to anyone who wants something a bit different in the mystery line. There are crimes involved as well as supernatural happenings.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Well done Phil Rickman
    Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars Rickman is an intelligent and original writer
    Some gruesome detail but the intrigue drives me on. Rickman is an intelligent and original writer. I am utterly compelled to read his books.
    Published 1 month ago by Dione
    5.0 out of 5 stars Get the rest of his books, no matter male or female, really enjoyable
    Always enjoyed Phil Rickman and am really pleased that they have started making the Merrily series. Hope they do the lot. i think it airs in the autumn on ITV Encore
    Published 2 months ago by H. Grocott
    5.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing novel
    Firstly I thought the cover on the book was perfect for the story.
    I must admit that I did find the first few chapters hard to grasp but I went back to the beginning and soon... Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Susan Hampson
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Published 3 months ago by Teresa
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Any Phil Rickman is worth waiting for - and as I didn't have to wait Bonus!! x
    Published 3 months ago by B. Mcneill
    5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy, atmospheric and well written
    For a stand alone Phil Rickman novel this is a great place to start but be warned you will get addicted. creepy, atmospheric and well written. Read more
    Published 4 months ago by biddyfitz
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Wonderful atmospheric read.
    Published 5 months ago by Jane 1923
    5.0 out of 5 stars Safe reading space desirable!
    So scary and fascinating you will need to be snuggled up with your Kindle in a warm safe place to read it!
    Published 5 months ago by Julia Hawkes-Moore
    5.0 out of 5 stars Another masterpiece.
    I'm never disappointed by Phil's work. Full characterisation, strong descriptions of locations that you feel you must visit. Read more
    Published 6 months ago by Ms Jayne Faraday
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