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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; 2 edition (26 Nov 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330376187
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330376181
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 10.8 x 17.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 648,764 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chris Hall TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 May 2009
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Back in 1978 we saw the release of James Herbert's fifth novel to be published, entitled `The Spear'. Following on from the likes of `The Rats', `The Fog, `The Survivor' and `Fluke', Herbert's next publication was highly anticipated by a growing audience.

The tale follows the principal character of Harry Steadman, an ex-agent for Mossad (the national intelligence agency for Israel) who now works as one of two partners within a private enquiry agency (similar to a private investigator's). Steadman is somewhat forced into helping out the British Secret Services to expose the organised and powerful fanatic organisation that is currently being run by some of the most powerful men in Britain.

During Steadman's investigations, a much more horrifying truth emerges surrounding this corrupt organisation of Neo-Nazi Thulists. A truth that is submerged in the occult and the dark power this group is attempting to wield from the spear that pierced Christ's side; the Spear of Longinus.

Littered with actual quotes from the likes of Heinrich Himmler and Adolf Hitler, `The Spear' has a storyline that finds itself predominately focussed on the atrocities and sheer evil behind these two historical individuals from World War II. Herbert carefully ties in their past to a modern day scenario. With a detailed complexity to the storyline, Herbert finds himself regularly detailing the plotline to the reader by way of a clichéd `bad guy to good guy explains the elaborate plotline' in an early James Bond movie way. This does come across as quite comical in places, but doesn't detract too much from the developing storyline.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jane Aland VINE VOICE on 4 Jun 2004
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You have to admire James Herbert's willingness to experiment, even if the results aren't always successful. Following the animal reincarnation fantasy of Fluke, The Spear initially appears to be a return to horror territory, but in fact the majority of this novel reads like a James Bond-style spy thriller.
There's plenty of excitement and plot-twists on display, but on the downside when the villains' plans are revealed things go so over the top that it's difficult to take the novel seriously. The elements of horror also don't always mesh into the thriller style particularly smoothly - the zombie finale is fine, but elsewhere an otherwise exciting attempted murder on the lead character during a weapons testing session by a runaway tank is undermined by a later revelation that said tank was actually driven by the ghost of Heinrich Himmler (yes - really!).
All in all The Spear is fast moving and with some effective action scenes, but as a whole is a very pulpy (and occasionally downright corny) read - equal parts horror story, James Bond spies, and Indiana Jones-style occult Nazi romp.
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typical James Herbert..................on the edge of your seat from start to finish, frightening, gory, compelling reading.Herbert takes you back to the horror and fear of world war 2 and back
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By Mrs.R.Calvert on 10 Jun 2014
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good plot - well written - different to his other books -
still couldn't put it down. Great stuff. Have now read 19 books
and 6 to go. and can't wait.
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By audrey tideswell on 11 May 2014
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really enjoyed this book . I always find his books a great read. you dont know what is going to happen until near the end . always has a great climax.
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By Michael Burton on 19 April 2014
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Great book loved every word written good strong characters well developed and good historical reference enjoyed from start to finish .
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By Joy on 24 Feb 2014
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Quite a lot of suspense in this novel. Totally absurd, of course, but fun too. Worth a read - but maybe only the one time.
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I think his earlier works were the best and this is a fine example of his skill in this genre.
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