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Gripping throughout. Powerful, classic stuff. The Times Crisp prose, excellent dialogue and real sense of mounting evil. Time Out Grimly sinister. Written with blood-curdling aplomb. Sunday Telegraph Phil Rickman is one of my all-time favorites. I love everything he's done, from horror to mystery to supernatural thriller - often all in the same book. -- Diana Gabaldon

About the Author

Phil Rickman was born in Lancashire and lives on the Welsh border where he writes and presents the book programme Phil the Shelf on BBC Radio Wales. He is the acclaimed author of Dr Dee, The Bones of Avalon, Midwinter Spirit (now a major ITV series), the Merrily Watkins Mysteries and the John Dee papers. Visit his website at: www.philrickman.co.uk

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1540 KB
  • Print Length: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Corvus; Main edition (29 Oct. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006G0VFUM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 71 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #56,442 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By A Customer on 23 Oct. 2000
Format: Paperback
Most enjoyable, with its cast of doomed, miserable, aging rock stars (why are they all bitter and miserable in real life?) and the ghost of Lennon (what a lovely device - he is neither doomed nor miserable, and he's still prodding and provoking people to be better than they think they can be - how sorely he is missed). The author continues to develop his intriguing, continuing theme, relating the Welsh / English border country to a gateway between the present and the past, the known and the unknown, the natural and the supernatural, the last endangered bastion defending artful Celt from dreaded rational Saxon. Great stuff with some very chilling moments, and strongly developed characters - particularly old rockers Tom and Dave who have both been driven mad by events in December 1980 (on the same night as Lennon's shooting). Their madness is very very real and a credit to the author's skills. A great read.
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By A Customer on 4 Jan. 2004
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The best of its genre, it kept me riveted until the end. It is the book I try to get all my friends to read whatever their usual choice of reading. Once started it is difficult to put down, re-reading can only enhance the pleasure of the depths of the writer's supreme talent at keeping his reader under his spell for every page.
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December 1980. John Lennon is murdered in New York.
At the time Philosopher's Stone, a group chosen for their psychic ability as much as for their musical skills are recording an album in a partly ruined abbey in the Brecon Beacons.
Thinks go badly wrong, tragedy strikes and the band insist that the tapes are destroyed - but are they?
They go their seperate ways but something from that session remains with them and they all struggle to return to 'normal' life.
When the tapes resurface, 14 years later, the four are persuaded to return to the Abbey Studios to complete the album - in December! But the Abbey hasn't finished with them. What is its secret, is there some connection with the infamous 1175 Abergavenny massacre? In December. Could the evil possibly be reaching out to them across the centuries?
This is an absolutely stunning novel, neither a horror tale nor a ghost story - yet it's both! A real one off which deserves to become a classic.
And what happened to the recordings? All malevolent influences have been safely removed, the existing tracks have been finished, a few new ones added, and 'The Abbey Tapes - the exorcism' is now available on mp3, iplayer & CD.
A perfect complement to the book - well worth a listen.
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Or, perhaps they do - it's just publishers who don't know a good read when they see one!
Like the rest of Phil Rickman's books this has again been categorised as 'Horror' - but it is so much more than that. It's not the usual slash and gore that readers have come to know as the definitive for this category. It's eerie, full of suspense and like his other books - once you've started to read it you'll be loathe to put it down.
A note to the publishers - PLEASE re-print it! Because there's no way I'm selling my copy!
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I put off reading this book because of the rock music context, which is not really my "bag". However, I needn't have worried. As always, Phil Rickman's story lines, excellent characters and wonderful, wonderful settings; shine through. I had to read it in the end, to put so many of his characters into context in his later books, more importantly the Merrily Watkins series, which I'm devouring far too quickly. What happens when I run out?? I'm trying to read other authors, but this author's books have really got me hooked.
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Firstly I thought the cover on the book was perfect for the story.
I must admit that I did find the first few chapters hard to grasp but I went back to the beginning and soon got into the swing of things. This isn't a book though where you can just read for a coffee break. The characters in the story are complex and there are a lot of them to remember. I read the book over a couple of nights and that maintained the flow of the story.
So take a very old haunted Abbey, throw in a recording studio then add a Rock Band that have all been brought together not only because of their musical talent but because of their psychic abilities and across the Atlantic the imminent murder of John Lennon, you soon have the making of a cracking novel. Phil Rickman then delivers this.
All of the characters in the book are very distinct, some had tried to move on from events that occurred while others couldn't. I liked the build up to the end of the novel too and that not all the good guys survive. Brilliant atmosphere.
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I read this for the first time a few years ago (in print), and recently re-read it in the Audible version. Even after a second reading this book remains absolutely brilliant: the plot is very well crafted, the characters are well worked out and feel like real-life persons with their specific faults and fears. Unforgettable!
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I absolutely love Phil Rickman, whose layered style appeals to me very much, how he manages to combine crime with aspects that are so supernatural continues to intrigue me and give me hours of good reading, and also makes me think. I think the way he takes a perfectly ordinary happening and finds aspects of the event that are so amazing I will never know. I read this is two sittings, to the dismay of a hungry husband and a load of ironing that never happened. Look forward to his next.
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