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Lair [Kindle Edition]

James Herbert
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'Not for the nervous' - Daily Mirror

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REMEMBER WITH FEAR . . . The mutant white rat had grown and mated, creating offspring in its own image. They dominated the others, the dark-furred ones, who foraged for food and brought it back to The Lair. Now the dark rats were restless, tormented by a craving they could not satisfy. But the white slug-like thing that ruled them knew. Its two heads weaved to and fro and a stickiness drooled from its mouth as it remembered the taste of human flesh . . 'Not for the nervous' Daily Mirror

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 690 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Reprint edition (11 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0050B1D4G
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,120 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling 17 Sep 2000
By A Customer
'Lair' is the sequel to 'Rats' and a prequel to the last of the trilogy - 'Domain' and really should be read in order to get the full benefit of this outstanding trilogy. The first James Herbert novel I read was 'Creed' and I have been hooked ever since. He is a masterful writer and I have not read any of his novels that I have not enjoyed. Lair is a gripping, chilling tale and I found that once I started it I just could not put it down until I had finished it. It certainly did give me a few nightmares but definitely well worth a read, the best out of the 'Rats' trilogy by far.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 17 Jun 2003
Lair is an outstanding follow up to The Rats. James Herbert has done it again, this book is a griping, easy to read classic that you will not be able to put down. Herbert's writing style is so discriptive that you will hate the sight of rats for ever more. This is a must read book that will make you a lifelong fan of the best horror writer in the world today, and will encourage you to get every one of his amazingly readable novels.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not classic Herbert; but good, anyway. 16 Jan 2005
If you liked The Rats, then you will like this one, as it is more of the same, except this time the rats are on the rampage in a forest just outside London. (This is the second part of a trilogy, although the books can be read separately.) No-one does this quite like Herbert: The action is taut, the description is vivid, and the story is gripping. If the characterisation is a little one dimensional and the story a bit predictable, it doesn't ruin the enjoyment of the book. Come to it with average expectations and enjoy. Not his best but a good one nevertheless.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better 2nd time around 6 Jun 2013
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Wow read when a teenager,so much better this time gripping couldn't put it down, great for those that like blood and gore
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5.0 out of 5 stars More from those rats 24 Jan 2013
Second of the Rats trilogy, this takes place a few years after the first attacks in London. The survivors have made their way east to the green Epping Forest and having regained their strengh and numbers are ready to taste human flesh again.
A superb sequel, this carrys on in much the same vein, with some excellent rat attack scenes. An easy very absorbing read in the horror genre. Not for the faint hearted.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Herbert's Rats Trilogy 23 Jan 2013
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Brilliant absurbing book. Herbert at his best. Best to read the trilogy one after the other and then it makes sense.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant !!! 22 Jan 2013
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A fantastic sequal to the Rats.
As always, Herbert keeps you on the edge of your seat in anticipation of what is to happen next.....
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Rats Part 2 19 Jun 2004
By Jane Aland VINE VOICE
Following some eclectic journeying through the realms of the supernatural (The Survivor), fantasy (Fluke) and pulp thriller (The Spear), James Herbert returns to the 'unnatural disaster' format of his first two novels with this direct sequel to The Rats.
The action shifts out of London, and focuses on a new lair of mutant rats situated in Epping Forest. In true 'Jaws' fashion, the local authorities initially refuse to believe in any rat infestation until the spiralling number of deaths means they have no choice but to call in Ratkill and the army in an effort to kill off the rats for good.
While the events of the first novel are referred to, we get a new 'hero' this time - Ratkill employee Lucas Pender, though unimaginatively his back story is identical to the lead of Herbert's last novel The Spear (bereaved lead character who lost their loved one to the threat they now face, leading to an additional personal grudge whilest freeing them up for some love interest). In fact the characterisation here is the weakest I've yet seen in a Herbert novel, with most of the supporting cast existing as little more than names. The obligatory love interest is also very unconvincing.
Lair is reasonably enjoyable, with some gruesome deaths and frantic action scenes, but aside from a little development of the rats hierarchy there's nothing here that's better - or crucially, different - from anything in the first novel. The third time around Herbert's 'unnatural disaster' style is looking a little formulaic - lead characters gradual uncovering of events punctuated by episodes of violence perpetrated on characters created solely to die - and the open ending makes this novel seem like little more than a delaying tactic for the third novel in the trilogy.
Some exciting set-pieces make this worth reading for fans of The Rats, but ultimately Lair adds nothing new to the experience - just more of the same.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 9 days ago by R. Ardis
5.0 out of 5 stars Lair
James Herbert at his best and a must read if you have already read the Rats. Not to be missed if you enjoy horror.
Published 10 days ago by Jasann
5.0 out of 5 stars James Herbert
Although I have read this trilogy of the Rats when they first came out, I had to read it again and they are still good reading.
Published 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED every page!
I absolutely this book! A fantastic sequel to a brilliantly frightening series. I just can't wait to read the next!
Published 1 month ago by Butterfly
4.0 out of 5 stars a good book
A good story, just wanted to keep picking up the story to see how it ended. I always enjoy James Herbert. A scary story about rats!
Published 1 month ago by Mrs M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
As with Rats this kept you on the edge till the end and then you want to read the next book. Thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who likes James Herbert... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sandra Keenan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
A very good follow on book from the Rats its very atmospheric. The scenes are described brilliantly and do lend themselves to the creepier end of horror. Loved every second of it.
Published 1 month ago by Lilitha-Star
3.0 out of 5 stars not quite as good as rats
Enjoyed it but not quite as good as rats. Read domain still feel it is the best of the three
Published 1 month ago by cupcake
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
Loved this book it really gripped me. I felt that I had to read to the end and didnt want to put the book down.
Published 1 month ago by abi carr
5.0 out of 5 stars feedback
very good once you start don't want to put down. also makes an ideal read for my friend who is james herbert fan.
Published 2 months ago by christine allen
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