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4.0 out of 5 stars My 100-word book review
Nailed by the Heart, Simon Clark's debut novel, is a gripping, visceral story of ancient evil and supernatural powers, which I found occasionally reminiscent of John Carpenter's movie The Fog. I liked the story's location, a half-derelict fort at the very edge of the sea, and encountered plenty of uncomfortable and scary moments as the forces of evil started to close in...
Published on 21 Mar. 2007 by A. J. Cull

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3.0 out of 5 stars Starts well then gets average
This is Simon Clarks first novel and also the first work of his I have read. It starts off well with a definite sense of foreboding for the first 100 pages or so then gets distinctly average and cliched towards the climax, becoming nothing more than a run of the mill 'people trapped in house by supernatural beings' story. This is a shame, as there is definite promise in...
Published on 17 Dec. 2003


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4.0 out of 5 stars My 100-word book review, 21 Mar. 2007
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Nailed by the Heart, Simon Clark's debut novel, is a gripping, visceral story of ancient evil and supernatural powers, which I found occasionally reminiscent of John Carpenter's movie The Fog. I liked the story's location, a half-derelict fort at the very edge of the sea, and encountered plenty of uncomfortable and scary moments as the forces of evil started to close in on the good folks. This is not for the squeamish, as it contains some stomach-churningly gruesome scenes, and the writing does have a few rough edges, as befits a first novel. However, it is definitely worth a look!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Starts well then gets average, 17 Dec. 2003
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This is Simon Clarks first novel and also the first work of his I have read. It starts off well with a definite sense of foreboding for the first 100 pages or so then gets distinctly average and cliched towards the climax, becoming nothing more than a run of the mill 'people trapped in house by supernatural beings' story. This is a shame, as there is definite promise in the first few chapters.
I agree with the comments given earlier about 'little Londoner' - this phrase is overused and does grate after a while.
Also in the copy I have, the very first page after opening the cover contains an excerpt from the book which gives away part of the ending - not a good move on the publisher's part.
Having said that, I'll probably pick up other work by Simon Clark in the hope that this being his first book he has improved a little.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking horror adventure, 26 Feb. 2000
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Nailed By The Heart is a real rollercoaster of a horror story with the coollest baddest zombies you've ever seen. Most of the action takes place in a seafort where a family are under seige in one of the most thrilling stories I've read for some time. Stormin'!
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5 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Silly, 23 Feb. 2000
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Started out nicely enough, about a family planning to convert an old sea-fort into a hotel. Strange things happen, and the villagers seem to clamp down when they hear what Chris and his little family are doing up there at the fort. Thirty years ago, a freighter sank near the fort, and strange creatures seem to lurk in the waves. So far, so good. After the first 50 or so pages tho the author seemed to think that his book was going nowhere unless he spruced it up a bit, and the novel gets progressively sillier from there. By the end, we've covered Jesus-like powers, resurrected mega-soldiers and invocation of ancient gods - all pretty pointless and about as plausible as an Enid Blyton story. The characters are about as cardboard as they come (I reached a point where I thought that I'd spontaneously combust if I had to read the words "the little Londoner" *one more frickin' time*, and man, you want to kill that oh-so-special little boy yourself, starting page 5). It's obvious the author cares about them, but he doesn't manage to make them interesting or even believable to the rest of the world. I was particularly annoyed by the descriptions of undead villagers that didn't seem to serve any narrational purpose except to gross the reader out. Also, the "highly-charged" erotic scenes read like they were written by a 13-year-old with an overactive imagination, but severely limited experience. By page 200 I decided to speed-read and skip the most irrelevant passages....
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