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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: D C Comics (a division of Warner Brothers - A Time Warner Entertainment Co.) (Feb. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563898136
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563898136
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 0.6 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 945,349 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"If you don't mind getting the willies, then check it out for yourself." -- www.needcoffee.com January 2005 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Barbara Cartland was the world’s most prolific novelist who wrote an amazing 723 books in her lifetime, of which no less than 644 were romantic novels with worldwide sales of over 1 billion copies and her books were translated into 36 different languages. As well as romantic novels, she wrote historical biographies, 6 autobiographies, theatrical plays and books of advice on life, love, vitamins and cookery. She wrote her first book at the age of 21 and it was called Jigsaw. It became an immediate bestseller and sold 100,000 copies in hardback in England and all over Europe in translation. Between the ages of 77 and 97 she increased her output and wrote an incredible 400 romances as the demand for her romances was so strong all over the world. She wrote her last book at the age of 97 and it was entitled perhaps prophetically The Way to Heaven. Her books have always been immensely popular in the United States where in 1976 her current books were at numbers 1 & 2 in the B. Dalton bestsellers list, a feat never achieved before or since by any author. Barbara Cartland became a legend in her own lifetime and will be best remembered for her wonderful romantic novels so loved by her millions of readers throughout the world, who have always collected her books to read again and again, especially when they feel miserable or depressed. Her books will always be treasured for their moral message, her pure and innocent heroines, her handsome and dashing heroes, her blissful happy endings and above all for her belief that the power of love is more important than anything else in everyone’s life. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ricardo Tavares on 16 May 2007
Format: Paperback
It's tough to chose which Hellblazer titles to get and which ones to drop, but this one you should definetly bring home, especially if it's your first. This is a quality stand-alone story with most all of the elements you need to know about Constantine: magic, London, violence and dead friends.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. A. Murtagh VINE VOICE on 31 May 2005
Format: Paperback
This is DEFINITELY my recommended starting point for new readers of Constantine.
It's a kind of vigilante murder investigation, with a cold splash of black magic for good measure!
John's on a mission to discover who brutally murdered his ex-lover, a young girl who turned junkie towards the end. To reach his goal, he combines Columbo-style investigating with his dark knowledge of the occult. Someone has to pay for this attrocity, but the cops don't seem bothered, so John delivers his own brand of justice.
Full marks to the writers... this is JC at his cruelist, most black-humoured best! You won't be disappointed.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Richard Kelly TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 26 Mar. 2003
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I was running a bit low on new comic material so I decided to order this book - as I am a bit of a Hellblazer fan.
On first impression it is a particularly nasty piece of comic fiction, but then again that's what Hellblazer is all about. Constantine is his usual self, totally centred on what he belives to be right and only caring about those people he belives to be his friends.
People are mutilated, people are slaughtered - the ending is horrific.
Fantastic - just what a Hellblazer book should be like.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Bloody Great! 23 July 2003
By Johnny Rapture - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The most interesting aspect of this book, and several of the others, is the fact that John Constantine rarely uses magic. It's his trademark, aside from arrogance and a trench coat, but I've found the best stories deal almost exclusively with the man.
In this volume, our chain-smoking hero tries to hunt down the killer of one of his ex's, whose spirit is now trapped on earth. Some familiar faces pop up, and John takes the reader on an interesting trip through London's history. The writing here is great, and the art crisp, and the story is self-contained enough that even if you've never read a Hellblazer comic before, you could follow along. A great buy.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Good Constantine, good Ellis. 7 Jun. 2006
By Robert Beveridge - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Warren Ellis, John Constantine, Hellblazer: Haunted (Vertigo, 2003)

I have to admit-- and this is a painful thing to admit, really-- Warren Ellis has never really done much for me. While I haven't yet read the series everyone seems to consider his magnum opus, his work on other series has always seemed to be phoned in-- especially his work on Hellblazer. Then the library finally, after seven months of searching, turned up their copy of Haunted, and I started seeing what all the fuss is about.

John stumbles upon a murder scene, and the victim is, coincidentally, an old girlfriend. Needless to say, John worms his way onto the case, and the game is afoot. Not terribly much of a plot, but there you go. It's Hellblazer, what do you want?

The focus of the book is a lot more on character than action, which seems to have disquieted a number of longtime Hellblazer fans. I'm not one of them. People sitting around nattering for pages and pages works for me, as long as there's some goal toward which the author is reaching-- even if that goal is just giving the reader more of an understanding of the character who's doing the nattering. We spend time hearing learning about John Constantine as much as we do learning about the case (and its, of course, unsavoury end). Ellis does his thing with a minimum of flash and a maximum of depth here, and it works, as long as you're not looking for nonstop action.

Not as good as Azzarello's run on the series, but certainly Ellis' best work on it, up to par with much of Ennis' Hellblazer work. Surprisingly good, especially given the reviews. *** ½
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
After reading this book, you might need a shower 20 Oct. 2003
By Spencer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'm a fan of the 'Hellblazer' series and John Constantine. I'm a fan of Warren Ellis' work on 'Transmetropolitan' and 'The Authority'. I can't say I'm a fan of John Higgins, but I enjoyed his work on Garth Ennis' 'War Stories: D-Day Dodgers'. But in 'Haunted', there's a problem. Something's missing.
The story is interesting, but not fantastically so. It's a murder, but not much of a mystery. Constantine knows who the killer is pretty soon into the narrative, and we just have to wait to see how he deals with him. 'Haunted' is not a tale for the uninitiated reader. All of the John Constantine stories rely heavily on the rich continuity of the character, and this one is no exception. There are only a couple of characters in this story that aren't loathsome in one way or another. London is pictured as the hell of urban hells, or written that way, rather, since Higgins' art is a bit too clean to comunicate the vision that Ellis seems to have in mind. This book really just gives you an icky feeling.
Overall, there's just not enough impact in this tale. There are a few good moments, but the web that holds them together is weak and ratty, and not really worth following unless you're a dedicated Ellis and/or Hellblazer fan.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A GRIMY TALE OF REVENGE 21 Feb. 2005
By Tim Janson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
John Constantine is one of the more unique comic book characters. An anti-hero in every sense of the word. No super powers to speak of Constantine is a foul, and foul-mouthed, chain-smoking part wizard, part detective, part demonologist. His is a world lower than the most seedy underbelly. He's a man who has seen the kind of death, sorrow, and evil that would drive the average man insane, and perhaps has already done so to Constantine.

This Warren Ellis tale tells of an old lover named Isabelle who is horribly murdered. John investigates to find that his old friend had died as a cheap prostitute barely living on the fringes of society. John eventually finds out she came under the domination of a rival mage who did unspeakable things to her before killing her. REluctantly John needs help and calls upon a couple of old friends. The ending...well, to say the ending was one of the more disturbing things I've ever read or seen in a comic would be understating it. It's not pretty, but then that is Constantine's world. The graphic novel was illustrated by John Higgins and while I'm not crazy about some of these more abstract comic artists, his gritty style certainly fit the story.
Graphic SF Reader 27 Nov. 2007
By Blue Tyson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I've seen people fraked to death and shat into hell for eight quid and change.

That's about the tone of this one, which, I guess is not too big a surprise for an Ellis Hellblazer. Constantine finds out an old girlfriend has been killed - actually, they should probably just tell us when these lovers of his actually stay alive for any extended period of time, it would save a lot of words.

The bad thing is that she was involved with another magician, and a nasty one at that, so Constantine needs to call in some favours.
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