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Moon [Paperback]

James Herbert
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1 May 1986
A horror novel originally published in 1985, in which a man flees from the terrors of his past, finding refuge on a quiet island until the 'monster' comes to the island to seek him out.

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  • Paperback: 313 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks; New Ed edition (1 May 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0450389995
  • ISBN-13: 978-0450389993
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 11 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,346,659 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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"Guaranteed to give you nightmares." --"Daily Mail " --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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The nightmare begins before you sleep.... He had fled from the terrors of his past, finding refuge in the quietness of the island. And for a time he lived in peace. Until the 'sightings' began, visions of horror seeping into his mind like poisonous tendrils, violent acts that were hideously macabre, the thoughts becoming intense. He witnessed the grotesque acts of another thing, a thing that glorified in murder and mutilation, a monster that soon became aware of the observer within its own mind. And relished contact. A creature that would eventually come to the island to seek him out.... 'Guaranteed to give you nightmares' Daily Mail Remember with fear... --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A different kind of Herbert book 29 Mar 2009
By marky77 VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Having previously read books such as "The Fog", "The Rats" and "The Dark" by Herbert, I found this book to be very different from the type of storie he has written in the past. The other books focuses on gore, violence and mass-destruction, whereas Moon tended to be more syspence-and-mystery type horror.

Jonathan Childes is a physic who helps the police investigate matters such as child murder. When he is called to an island to investigate strange goings on he witnesses a series of brutal murders, and shares a frightening psychic connection to the killer.

Good story when kept me gripped and had a good ending.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing 16 Jan 2013
Format:Paperback
I have read several of James Herbert's books in the past and have always been entertained, but I'm sorry to say that Moon really falls short on everything. The dialogue is cringeworthingly unnatural, the characters really quite flat and uninteresting, and the plot predictable, simplistic, and frankly a little bit boring. There are one or two sections that DID grip me (though I'll keep them to myself to avoid spoiling anyone) but as a whole I was very unimpressed. I wanted to give Moon 3 stars, but couldn't bring myself to give a slightly below average book a slightly above average score.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read - classic James Herbert 24 Jun 2012
By ElaineG TOP 50 REVIEWER
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I was quite surprised to find I had not read this book, I had avoided reading it for a number of years assuming I had already done so, so had a nice surprise. The book itself is classic James Herbert - in this case, the hero Jon Childe is living and working on an un-named, assumed Channel Island to escape from the rat race after events a few years previously, when he was involved, due to his psychic powers, in helping police catch a particularly gruesome serial killer. Life since then has trundled along nicely until the visions start again ...

Not a particularly unique storyline but James Herbert is a skilled storyteller and doesn't fail the reader here, the plot is engaging and the story moves along at a nice, suspense filled pace to the climax - you keep reading because you just have to know what happens next. The characters were realistic and well rounded, with the exception of Amy's father who did tend to come across as the stereotypical over protective father. The love angle between Jon and Amy was pleasant reading and provided a nice contrast to the more sinister happenings, given them more impact when they did appear (I don't like a shock a page, I like a bit of normal real life in between gruesome gory goings on)

Only a couple of things didn't sit right with me, there were two major parts of the story - including the surprise twist at the end which, although well written, lost their impact slightly purely because James Herbert, in later novels, used the same basic ideas again which just doesn't quite sit right when you are reading it in this day and age, especially for the twist at the end which I believe should be unimagineable and unique every time. In 1985, of course, it would have had more impact as being more original and that is how I have tried to view it here.

On the whole, however, it does seem to have stood the test of time, and is well worth reading, it will draw you in and keep you interested to the very end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fab book 18 April 2014
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I have not yet read a book by James Herbert that I haven't enjoyed, he's the best.

Would recommend this book to anyone that loves a well written story, supernatural or horror. James Herbert always does his homework well and the locations and facts are like always spot on. If you have a good imagination you can picture the locations and the events as you read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A 10 Mar 2014
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As ever, never disappointed, Another good read from one of my fav authors of the moment. Always a nice twist
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 10 Dec 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Another excellent book by James Herbert. Really gripping and mysterious book had some trouble putting it down could have easily have read it all in 1 go. Would highly recommend to any James Herbert fan
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I was not a great fan of james herbert, but thought i would just read this one.WHY DID I BOTHER?Total far -fetched nonsense.I dont mind reading horror stories that leave you thinking'well not bad at all'--but this is really stretching it a bit.A BIT?!!!!!--well an awful lot.Yes,i KNOW ITS AN OLD BOOK AND YES,IKNOW HES SUPPOSED TO BE FANTASIC-B U T ----well not with this book,not to me any.waySilly story-very predictable in some parts and very laughably ridiculous in others.Give me Adam Nevill over this any day.
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4.0 out of 5 stars like it but not as much as some of his books 10 Aug 2013
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Although the book was good it didn't keep me wanting to pick my kindle up at every opportunity to read it
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'Moon' for Kindle
this book was for my Kindle so cant really comment on packaging but no problem with delivery to my Kindle. good book.
Published 5 months ago by ange
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This is the best book i have ever read.It is so captivating i couldn't put it down. recommended to all book lovers.
Published 8 months ago by Mrs. El Friday
5.0 out of 5 stars an all time favourite
I have read this book over and over and it never disappoints! gripping all the way to the last page
Published 8 months ago by Emz
5.0 out of 5 stars what a book
I loved this book I could not put it down what a storey line and what a climax at the end fantastic
Published 10 months ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars Moon
I recommend this book for keeping you intrigued and not wanting to put the book down. On to the next book I just love all James Herbert's books I've never read a bad one yet. Read more
Published 10 months ago by shena Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Spooky... true James Herbert
Great book, fourth time I've read it over the years. Would recommend it. Currently working my way through all of his books. Next Creed!
Published 12 months ago by A. Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars A Review of Moon
This book kept me on the edge of my seat. A well written tale, (well it is James Herbert after all!) Good versus evil and well worth reading.
Published 12 months ago by By Emlyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Very well written and satisfying end. Keeps your attention thoroughly the entire story including the parts where nothing happens because of the in depth description.
Published 12 months ago by Badly Shaved Monkey
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