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The Ghosts of Sleath Hardcover – 14 Nov 1994

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; First Edition edition (14 Nov. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0002242869
  • ISBN-13: 978-0002242868
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.4 x 4.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (287 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 945,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Vintage Herbert - a classic (Daily Mail) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The chilling second novel in the David Ash series --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Format: Paperback
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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By Jane Aland VINE VOICE on 28 Mar. 2005
Format: Paperback
The Ghosts of Sleath is a first for James Herbert, as while his Rats trilogy was a loosely linked series featuring the same threat over a span of years, this novel marks the first occasion that Herbert has produced a direct sequel to a previous novel continuing the narrative of the lead character, in this instance picking up the story of 'ghost hunter' David Ash three years after the events of Haunted. Haunted is a tough act to follow, being perhaps Herbert's most effective novel, a concise and unsettling ghost story built around a major plot twist. Following the cynical Ash's confrontation with the supernatural in Haunted, there's no real mileage to be had out of the characters 'are they real, are they fake?' debunking of ghosts, so Herbert instead takes the traditional sequel route, with The Ghosts of Sleath expanding the action, so now instead of a haunted house we have an entire haunted village.
The ultimate backstory explanation for the hauntings, with dark family histories and black rites is all pretty standard genre material, as is the ghost climactic revenge on their enemies, but The Ghosts of Sleath remains a fantastic read due to Herbert's storytelling skills. After the misfire of Portent Herbert is back to his best, with a group of vividly drawn characters, evocative writing, and some inventive and gruesome set pieces, with the ghost of a child-abusing parent haunting the ghost of his own dead son being a particularly inspired idea.
At twice the length The Ghosts of Sleath lacks the cutting brevity of Haunted, and feels a little bloated as a result, and while this sequel doesn't quite live up to the original it comes close enough to be a fantastically macabre ghost story, and ranks among Herbert's better novels. Recommended - but do read Haunted first.
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By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 May 2007
Format: Paperback
A few years ago I was in hospital, and I'd started getting into James Herbert. My fiancée started this book but didn't like it - and passed it onto me.

I was gripped.

When I think back to this I sometimes think I saw the film of it - the book is written in such a way that the images are so vivid in your head. I feel like I directed a film with unlimited budget. Read this book and watch your version of the film.

People have made parallels between this and the film 28 days later, I'm a fan of 28 Days Later (and Day of the Triffids which it is very much based on) and I can see the similarities - but these are very much independent pieces of work.

This is my favourite James Herbert novel, I love it when you get a book you feel desperate to return to - this was one of those. The evil borne out of desperation of the twisted Fascists whose perverted logic drives them to seek out the survivors.

A great alternate history, and one which seems more plausible as the years roll by. This is frenetic and has one of the best endings to a book ever.
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Format: Paperback
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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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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Format: Paperback
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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