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The Ghosts of Sleath: A David Ash novel [Kindle Edition]

James Herbert
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Book Description

Investigator David Ash is sent to the picturesque village of Sleath in the Chiltern Hills to look into mysterious reports of mass hauntings. What he discovers is a terrified community gripped by horrors and terrorized by ghosts from the ancient village's long history.

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Vintage Herbert - a classic (Daily Mail)

Book Description

The chilling second novel in the David Ash series - published for the first time by Pan Macmillan

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1171 KB
  • Print Length: 413 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (24 Jun. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0046A9MSQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (248 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #91,544 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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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars James Herbert's Best 23 May 2006
For me, this is my favourite James Herbert book and I can quite happily read it in one sitting.

Relentless and powerful, the story grips from the first page and simply does not stop taking the reader along on a roller coaster of a journey through a horribly decimated London in an alternate 1948 (hence the title).

The characters are well defined and well written, you will warm to some and hate others and be surprised at how events twist and turn throughout.

Simply amazing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My first Herbert novel, and I'm impressed 18 Dec. 2000
By S. How
I am not really a big fan of the Horror genre, but came upon this book in a Supermarket at a price low enough to tempt me. I was prepared to be disappointed but found myself spending every possible minute of the next few days following the exploits of this band of survivors. The combination of pace (it literally starts from the first page and doesn't stop) but incredibly good descriptions that allow your imagination to explode, make this book amazingly enjoyable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ghosts of Sleath 17 May 2012
By David
I found this novel patchy. In places, stunningly crafted visual descriptions transform mere words into breathtakingly beautiful, real places. Take the openning scene. So carefully crafted, you imagine and smell the features of that hazy, summers day.

Whilst characters are built up well at the beginning, I feel that the storyline loses direction, and signs begin to appear that the story itself moves from one degree of believability to another; rushed in places and moving from the realm of the realistic; (faint singing might be heard in an old school hall); into, in my opinion, rather thin, predictable and unbelievable scenes, such as mummified remains getting up to walk, and blood oozing out of wood. I felt dissapointed by this somehow and the story lost that creepiness it posessed in places. I felt that the subtle, complex aroma of adventure and mystery created by the first part of the book petered out into happenings that just didn't ring as sinister or in continuity with the other more subtle concepts.

Other reviewers mention also, certain 'scenes' seem rushed. I felt dissapointed by some of the 'best bits' seemingly brushed over. The events at Lockwood hall at the end of the book fail to involve the readers imagination as much as the earlier scenes.

The whole background to these "ghosts" and visitations of Sleath appears cliched, and explained too briskly and maybe too far into the novel without earlier clues and reference. I wanted each ghost visitation to carry its own sub-plot and more evidence of twists at the end. This, I didn't feel was delivered.

I do like the idea of a ghost haunting another ghost. I feel that such a clever idea should have been exploited more, and explored more deeply within the book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Than Twice As Good As 28 Days Later 14 May 2007
It is a shame that readers new to this book will think it derivative of the zombie movie resurgence - or should that be resurrection - especially 28 Days Later and its sequel.

As often with Herbert, it is a gripping page turner with a stunning backdrop of a desolate London whose streets are piled with corpses.

I read it while playing Craig Armstrong's (Moulin Rouge/Ray/Love Actually/etc) CD The Space Between US which added to the "movie" playing in my head as I read.

Another sign of its greatness is that I got both my then teenage step-sons to read it on holiday.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars what a fantastic suspense novel! 21 Feb. 2007
This was my very first James Herbert novel and after reading it I was hooked, gagging for more! In this book, Herbert explicitly describes the aftermath of WW2 from the viewpoint of the people in and around London. What you won't find in the history books though is this: After the war was lost to Hitler and his nasty gang of Nazis, they - bad losers that they were - sent planes over to drop some lethal bombs over the city of London. These bombs carried a deadly virus that attacked and after weeks or months eventually killed every human except those with a certain blood group which, unfortunately, happened to be the rarest of them all - "AB". So the few lucky ones with that particular blood group were safe from the virus, though not from the hordes of infected others who'd as a side effect of the virus had become insane, and relentlessly tried to hunt the few lucky survivors down to relieve them from their "good, unspoiled blood" in a desperate bid to save themselves with it...

I found this horror novel immensly gripping and suspenseful. The characters are interesting, their adventures and fights for survival will keep anyone on the edge of their seats all throughout the book. To round it off, the ending is not ony amazingly exciting but also satisfactory, something I've meanwhile come to learn can't be expected of every James Herbert book (I've read six so far, of which I loved three, liked two and didn't care much for one other).

"48" is an absolute MUST READ for every dedicated horror/doomsday scenario/suspense thriller fan.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars London Is Hell 28 Jan. 2012
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I must admit I haven't read any James Herbert books for a long, long time. The last one I consumed was Others and that was excellent. This novel reminds me of I Am Legend by Richard Matheson but given a very British spin on things. It starts with an extended chase sequence and the pace never seems to let up. The words fly by and a very skilled writer takes you on a journey through a hellish London. James Herbert has put a lot of research and effort into this novel and it shows. This really is one of his best books and I strongly recommend it to any fan of James Herbert.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 10 out of 10 brill story
one of Mr Herbert's best I think, good twist to the story, graphic detail as always, bit of love, lot of death and if you know London you can follow the plot as it unfolds in... Read more
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Published 10 days ago by Colin O'Hare
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fab book! Speedy delivery. Thanks!
Published 25 days ago by Lesley
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ghost Of Sleath
A very good read loved it
Published 1 month ago by brians
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine book
Good story
Published 1 month ago by spn
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love James Herbert books didn't let me down !!!
Published 2 months ago by C.D. Eadie
5.0 out of 5 stars I have read all the books available except this one ...
I have read all the books available except this one. As expected the horror/ suspense master has delivered. Rip Mr Herbert
Published 2 months ago by mark
4.0 out of 5 stars Traditional style ghost story from a master storyteller!
Great traditional style ghost story from James Herbert……Not to be read alone in a dimly lit room with shadows and as it's set in a village in the Chilterns……Well you'll never sleep... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Scorpiosting
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Ok but not as good as his other books.
Published 2 months ago by Christine
2.0 out of 5 stars A good premise that doesn't quite deliver
This is the first book by Herbert I've read, and it makes me sad it hasn't made that great an impression. Read more
Published 3 months ago by J. A. Comesana
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