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Ritual: AND Walkers (Graham Masterton omnibus) Paperback – 7 Mar 2002

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  • Paperback: 345 pages
  • Publisher: Time Warner Paperbacks; 1st Omnibus Edition edition (7 Mar. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751533246
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751533248
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 459,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Graham Masterton is a full time writer and lives in Surrey. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mark chapman on 23 Oct. 2012
Format: Paperback
I've read this book a number of times, having found that food and horror go well together. The plotline is frankly ludicrous, but despite this it is a well-told story, fast paced and with characters which, whilst not on a par with Dickens, are fairly well-drawn and not too wooden. The atmosphere is quite rich, and evoked effectively throughout.

Restaurant inspector Charlie McLean is trying to rebuild his relationship with his estranged fifteen-year-old son Martin on one of his inspection itineraries in rural Connecticut. During the trip, however, he becomes aware of a mysterious dining society known as Le Reposoir, and on making numerous enquiries, finds himself frustrated at every turn. Charlie's trip turns nightmarish however, when Martin suddenly disappears. Charlie discovers that Le Reposoir is actually the seat of a strange religious sect called the Celestines, who believe in attaining spiritual enlightenment by self-ingestion. Worse, he finds that Martin has joined this sect as one of its devotees.

The Celestines plan to use Martin as a willing sacrifice in a ritual which they believe will result in the second coming of Christ, but which Charlie discovers is actually intended to raise voodoo demon Baron Samedi. Aided by a plucky woman reporter and a parent whose child was converted by the Celestines, Charlie abandons his job and travels across America, determined to win Martin back from their clutches.

There are passages of rich atmosphere, but the descriptions of self-mutilation are so bizarre as to verge on the comic. Also, the love interest in the book is never fully developed, remaining more or less platonic throughout. This is a lightweight novel, but entertaining enough if you don't expect too much from it. There is a dramatic climax when Baron Samedi is released to wreak havoc on his followers, and occasional passages of conspiracy and intrigue which add to the mix. Not quite a gourmet dish, but tasty all the same.
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By Sherry on 2 Aug. 2010
Format: Paperback
Ritual is truly disgusting but once you've started it you have to finish!! It shows the lengths that some parents will go to in order to get their children back but if you are squeamish you may not cope with the graphic story telling. I read this book about 2 months ago and still think about it from time to time so it obviously did its job on me, maybe I just have too vivid an imagination.
Walkers is a good book in itself and is a relief after reading Ritual, however in the same vein it seems a bit anti-climatical; no gore or finger chopping or anything. A man comes upon a large unused mansion in the forest which turns out to be an abandoned asylum. Its a fascinating story and great for the squeamish. I'm not into spoilers for books so haven't really given anything away; after all there is a synopsis if you wish to read it. If you like Graham Masterton you will love these two, for different reasons.
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It's a wonderful double book. Rituals is a full on stomach churning horror out of the very top draw. It does exactly what it say's on the tin so to speak, this is true horror. My only bit of advice as I found out is not to read it when on your lunch break or eating any sort of food as it is that powerful. As you can tell it is my favourite of the two.
Walkers is still a good read but it suffers from following Rituals, which is a shame. If it came first then I probably would feel differently to it. Take my advice and read Walkers first to warm you up for Rituals.
Overall both story's are great but Rituals is my favourite and I'm sure will be yours to.
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Excellent: imaginative, gruesome and highly atmospheric. In particular Masterton has a great skill for describing decaying and unsettling houses(see also Prey and The House that Jack built). Excellent value.
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You are what you eat! If this book was made into a movie it would be massive hit, scary and gruesome.......I love it
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By peter ahmed on 31 Jan. 2013
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One of my favourite reads; had to replace original as it had eventually given up on me and fallen apart.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "naomi1angel" on 21 Jan. 2006
Format: Paperback
Old style Masterton at his finest ! This book is not only a rollercoaster state hopping adventure but also a book examining the strained bonds between father and son.If you love the gorey aspect of Mastertons work then Ritual will not fail you. The horror is spaced out between a story of love and confusion, which is a good thing as the reader will need said respite in order to regain ones composure following the escalating tale of true horror.
Its true "edge of your seat" stuff that will have you willing the carnage to end. I was unable to put it down and although i certainly managed to turn the bedside lamp off when I stopped reading, I still vowed that I would never eat meat again !
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BlueberryPi on 7 Mar. 2003
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Both of these books are superb, although I did prefer ritual. Walkers is a strange story from the usual Masterton, and not quite as believable as others have been. Ritual is absolutely amazing, it oozes sheer horror. This kind of thing just could'nt be made into a film, it is far too terrifying and sickening for most people. For a Masterton virgin, I'd recommend Rook & Tooth and claw, another double book. This is a more gentle introduction of things to come.
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