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Top Customer Reviews
I've never read a horror/supernatural/thriller book before, at least, not for years and years - it's not a genre that interests me at all, but I am hugely interested in all things Viking, and I thought the title and cover were terrific! Also, I had already read a short story by Hughes, so I knew he could write.
The beginning of the book is excellent, but it was the last 30% that I liked the best, and the ending is stunning, something I hadn't predicted at all - isn't it great when that happens? A weak ending can, for me, take a book down from 4/5 stars to 3/4, but this ending took it up a notch! I loved the Dark Ages historical element to the whole of the last section.
Other things I really liked - the sudden introduction of minor characters, giving cameo appearances in order to illustrate something. That's a literary device I use myself as I find it very effective, and I certainly did here. Also: the descriptions of the sociological state of England, the sometimes very funny dialogue ("Strange chap. Should have been a philosopher, you know. Or a serial killer"). My favourite part of all was a long scene with archaelogical assistant Martin, and pilot Peterson, at about 70%, but I can't say what it is here, because it would spoil the plot. Can I just say that I adore anything to do with time travel? Brilliantly done, I read it several times.
I imagine other reviews have or will say that this should be made into a film. I don't think it should be made into a film so much as a BBC serial - about 10 episodes, I think!Read more ›
A string of freak occurrences lead to a German bomb lying untriggered in the barrow of a Thorkil, a Norse raider killed by Celtic magic, until the Twentieth Century. When it finally explodes it tears apart not only the barrow but lives, and eventually time itself. Kate, an archaeologist doubting her vocation, and Michael, a film director who finds her naked and crazed near the remains of the barrow, find themselves drawn together again and again as bad luck strikes wherever artefacts from the barrow are stored.
Although Hughes maintains a coherent voice throughout, the different time periods also have their own authentic style: Thorkil's death is recounted in a rhythmic, simile-filled prose reminiscent of saga; the bombing of Derby is delivered in clipped sentences familiar from military tales. A similar nuance exists in the characters' voices and actions.
The tension rises quickly without sacrificing the essential mystery. Skillful use of divine irony allows the reader to know there is a supernatural explanation while the characters are still blissful ignorant, but the evidence revealed still leaves the reader facing the question, is the threat a resurrected Thorkil, the remnants of the Celtic spell, or something else?
In parallel with the ongoing horror of a tightly-formed ghost story, the novel raises questions about the place of violence in society; is Thorkil evil if he is a hero by the mores of his people? Is killing honourably murder?Read more ›
The characters are convincing, although I admit that I did skim a little when the conversation got a little too developed and held up the flow of the story.
The plot was, at all times, a driving force. I always looked forward to switching on my kindle and finding out what would happen next as the author intertwined the totally unpredictable fates of his characters. As many people have mentioned, the latter part of the book moves to a different level. The story builds to a sustained and intricate denouement that comes in waves of exciting action and beautifully observed description.
Northman is outside my preferred genre, but I read it because I was impressed by the amazing reviews. If you like this genre, the book will definitely blow you away.
I found this to be a hugely entertaining book, with lots of unexpected twists and turns. The historic details are intricately woven into the plot as well as providing colour and depth to the story. It really is one of those books you don't want to put down. It's not a short book by any means (400+ pages), but I flew through it in a few sittings which really kept the dramatic momentum up. J.D. Hughes is a superb writer with a great balance of literary flare and an ability to entertain/surprise. I'm looking forward to reading more of his books as and when they appear. 5 out of 5 - just read it! (Note: I also put this review on Amazon.com)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book blew me away. I bought it after reading the reviews on Amazon. They seemed so wildly different I thought it must be a good story! Read morePublished 17 months ago by Nicole robinson
I was drawn to this book by both the title and the fantastic cover, I am glad to say that the story lived up to my expectations. Read morePublished on 8 Jun. 2014 by Wendy Unsworth
I absolutely loved this supernatural thriller with its original historical background. The amazing pace is kept all throughout and its unexpected twists and turns kept me turning... Read morePublished on 11 May 2014 by IC Camilleri
What a great book. I found it difficult to put down well done Mr Hughes for taking me on your journey.Published on 15 Jan. 2014 by dave 74
Deeply written book with teasing twists to guess at the plot but no doubt you'll be wrong as stated by author in the book's dialogue. Read morePublished on 30 Dec. 2013 by Bill Barber
An interesting story the. main problem is the first few chapters are a trifle confusing and could cause some readers to give up, this would be a pity as after the story grips the... Read morePublished on 14 Oct. 2013 by Amazon Customer
This book takes you on a dark thrilling ride, moving at breakneck pace through a multitude of twists and turns; each chapter leaves you hungry to keep reading, never knowing what... Read morePublished on 10 Aug. 2013 by Miss J. Corcoran
This book was quite a thrill ride, taking the reader from England to Chicago to Dover, Madrid and finally to 9th century England where to final battle against the Northman is... Read morePublished on 7 Aug. 2013 by Alexandria
An excellent read from start to finish. The author's writing style flows really well throughout the entire story and there were no parts that I came across where it seemed as if... Read morePublished on 7 Aug. 2013 by Manchester
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