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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio Books (8 Mar. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0333904443
  • ISBN-13: 978-0333904442
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 10.6 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,347,672 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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A little girl called Alice. A deaf-mute. A vision. A lady in shimmering white who says she is the immaculate conception. And Alice can suddenly hear and speak, and she can perform miracles. Soon the site of the visitation, beneath an ancient oak tree, has become a shrine, a holy place for thousands of pilgrims. But Alice is no longer the guiltless child overwhelmed by her new saintliness. She has become the agent of something corrupt, a vile force that is centuries old. Innocence and evil have become one. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

James Herbert is not just Britain's No 1 bestselling writer of chiller fiction, a position he has held ever since publication of his first novel, but is one of our greatest popular novelists, whose books are widely imitated and hugely influential. worldwide.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Chris Hall TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 July 2009
Format: Paperback
First published in 1983, Shrine was the ninth novel of Herbert's to be released. He was already a very well-established horror writer, with a collection of classics of the genre under his belt. Shrine runs for 544 pages (epic for our Jim), which delivers a tale of horrific suspense. The novel takes a break from Herbert's splatterpunk roots, instead opting for a more atmospheric and haunting approach. The plot gradually unfolds throughout the novel, building up the suspense from the start. The characterisation is carefully constructed, bringing about a convincing hero character, Fenn. Herbert examines and develops on the conflicts between the religious organisations and the commercial world that we live in with an intelligent and thought-provoking manner. The book builds towards a massive finale which is where the book fails for me. The ending, (don't worry, I won't give it away) although thought-provoking and unexpected, left me feeling cheated. The tension towards the end is outstanding as Herbert has built the novel up to a peak, but it really fails to deliver a conclusion worthy of the build up. Our hero character who has led us through the novel seems to be more of a by-stander at the end rather than involved. Once the novel was finished, I was left in a haze of unrewarded emotions about the book, wishing that the ending had offered me something more to chew over.

Although this review has come out very negative, I must emphasise that it is still an enjoyable read. Ok, I felt cheated by the ending, but the tension created by Herbert's build-up is outstanding. The whole novel is extremely well written, creating a haunting atmosphere that is a pleasure to immerse yourself within.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Sam Tyler on 2 May 2007
Format: Paperback
Some books have flaws, but I really still enjoy them. 'Shrine' is one such book. Fenn is your typical local town reporter and he does not think anything exciting is going to happen on his night shift. This can't be further from the truth when he stumbles across a small girl lying in the road. She takes him to a strange tree and turns and speaks one sentence; nothing odd about this? It turns out that Alice is a deaf mute and that her talking is a miracle. Alice becomes increasingly drawn towards the tree and slowly a following of people gather to see her. It seems that she can harness the power of Mary to heal the ill, but is this a divine power for good or evil?

I really enjoyed the concept of 'Shrine' as it was not only a horror thriller, but an interesting discussion how religion and the media would treat a modern miracle. The book does feel a bit dated, but the core still holds up really well. I found the gentle pace matched the story perfectly and that the action set pieces in particular were described well.

I can see why some people find this book average as the pace is slow, it's dated and the middle is better than the end. However, for me the central threads of the story make it a lot better than its parts and it made me think about the story long after I finished reading it. This is the best complement that I can give a book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ElaineG TOP 100 REVIEWER on 25 Oct. 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The first thing you need to know about this book is that it is one of James Herberts' longer and wordier books. I thoroughly enjoyed the first two thirds of the book, but my attention really waned after that and I had to force myself to continue reading. The problem was that as the book went on the author seemed to get more and more verbose and I found myself skimming through large sections of the book - for example, I must have clicked the page forward button on the kindle 7 or 8 times just to bypass a section where Gerry Fenn was parking his car. There were also a few other people in the book (Paula springs to mind) who were mentioned at the start, maybe in one chapter, who we never met again until the end and it seemed to me that they just acted as filler characters and didn't really add anything to the story.

The story itself I enjoyed and really got into it during the first two thirds of the book, it is a classic James Herbert storyline - this time it is a young ambitious journalist investigating what appears at first glance to be the miracle healings that are being carried out by a young deaf-mute girl, Alice. We see the whole media frenzy that ensues and the reader does get caught up in the whole circus. Of course what we have is something far more sinister and evil than people can imagine.

To sum up, a good story which was, for me at any rate, a little too verbose and dragged on a tad in places.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs W Waugh on 9 Sept. 2014
Format: Paperback
A very good book which is about a young girl who believes she has seen the Virgin Mary,and thats when the trouble starts,as the girl can cure people of whatever they suffer from with powers that she has been given by the lady,and people come in their droves to see her,as all she has to do is to touch them and they would be cured,but things go wrong after a while, so If you havent yet read James Herbert as yet you are in for a treat with this one............
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jason Hanrahan on 18 Mar. 2014
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I've always thought that Herbert's novels were a bit twee and parochial, and this might well be one that falls into that category. Nevertheless it is an engaging read about a mute young girl who appears to have experienced a visitation from the Virgin Mary in the field beside the churchyard. Soon word has spread and the spot becomes the site of religious pilgrimages on a par with those at Lourdes. The main character, a jaded cynical journalist races against time and his own lack of religious beliefs to discover the truth and avert a disaster. All is not as it appears.

There are some great set pieces including the tanker fire and the final revelation. I initially read this as a teenager and recently revisited it following the untimely death of it's author and found it as enjoyable as I remembered it.
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