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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: 11.1 x 2.4 x 17.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,631,315 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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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. --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 By marky77 VINE VOICE on 29 Mar 2009
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 By T. L. Robson on 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By ElaineG TOP 50 REVIEWER on 24 Jun 2012
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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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By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Nov 2003
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Having read "The Fog", an absolutely terrific book by this author, as well as "The Magic Cottage", an alternately charming and scary book by this same author, I looked forward to reading this one. I am sorry to say that this book does not even begin to compare to "The Fog" nor to "The Magic Cottage", books that are superior in every way to this effort.
The plot is simple. A schoolteacher, Jonathan Childes, has certain psychic abilities over which he has little control. He can apparently meld his mind with that of a sadistic killer. Unfortunately for him, this killer is aware of Childes' mental intrusion and deduces who and where Childes is.
Some tension is created by having Childes become a suspect in a series of murders of which Childes' is aware due to his mind meld with the actual killer. His knowledge is a double edged sword. The killer then decides to bring his handiwork a little too close to home for Childes' tastes, and the plot thickens.
This book is mildly entertaining at best, as the tension does not really hold up. Moreover, the ending is somewhat ridiculous and disappointing, reminiscent of a promise unfulfilled. The author is certainly capable of better. If one is looking for a book of unrelenting horror, then this is not the book for which one is looking. It is more of a murder mystery with supernatural overtones, and a somewhat mediocre one, at that.
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All things are individual and subjective. As a long time Herbert fan I thought I had read all of his works including this. Seems I was wrong.
I have read some if the other reviews for this and other books by the author, some I agree with some not.
In my opinion this is one of the best. Forget intricate storylines, in depth characterisations if you want a plain and simple Herbert style horror, this is it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Jan 2003
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I found the story to be very much a fun horror story. Not so stereotypical that it was Vincent Price camp at all, but more in a traditional -- small community on an island trapped with a secret murderer in their midst -- sort of thing. It also has elements of some more recent horror tales. "[He sees] dead people."
Our hero Jonathan Childs, has visions. In the opening scene, he is underwater diving when he suddenly finds himself swimming in blood. He knows it's not real, but it takes him by surprise, as it's been years since he was last siezed by such an event. The last time it happened, it ended his first marriage to Fran, took him away from his daughter Gabrielle and ended his career in computers. Now he makes a living teaching computers at a girl's school on an island. He had thought himself rid of the visions, had hoped he repressed the "gift." He had been on the road to finding peace at last.....
The new visions, as with the last, uncover the evil doings of a murderer. Childs is torn between keeping his new found peace -- trying to ignore the nightmare -- and helping the police to uncover the mystery and stop the killings. Surprisingly, his new love Aimée, a fellow teacher, turns out to be less fearful and more open to his "gift" than his wife had been, than indeed he is. Will the latest deluge of nightmarish visions undo his life yet again, or can he find his way through it, solve the mystery and accept who he is?
Mr. Herbert's narrative and James Frain's compelling portrayals are all that is needed to create the wonderfully dark and gripping atmosphere of Moon. There is no eerie music to listen to, no shadowy figures to look at, no spectacular special effects other than James Frain's voice, and yet all the elements are there. The literature is brought brilliantly to life as Mr. Frain creates a legion of characters.
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