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Refuge by [Herley, Richard]
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4.1 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 706 KB
  • Print Length: 247 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004V5I0WK
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #82,233 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I had read "The Penal Colony" also by Richard Herley mainly as I had a new Kindle and it was recommended and free. I enjoyed it a whole lot more than I expected and so sought some more work by Mr Herley.
His breadth and depth of knowledge shows either an encyclopaedic knowledge or a huge amount of research and yet the detail on a whole range of subjects from parasitology to botany to modern firearms technology and a whole lot more very rarely intrude on the flow of the book. I found myself relating to John Suter, his main character, far more than I would have thought and although the descriptions of the dark side of his novel are quite explicit, they never feel gratuitous.
Overall, a really enjoyable thriller-cum-psychological study of the human condition which I can heartily recommend.
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Richard Herley really knows his stuff across so many fields of interest especially writing, and is able to put the reader right in the moment as if you are there experiencing it first hand. His description of weapons, scenery and a massively detailed painting of hell fill in the details without interrupting the flow of the story. His use of English is at times extremely advanced, I have a reasonable understanding of vocabulary but on several occasions had to resort to a dictionary just to follow it

Refuge poses the common enough theme of the aftermath an apocalyptic plague, which has wiped out all but a few survivors. Whole towns are laid waste, feral dogs roam the streets and make travel at night time deadly. Add to this a devoutly Christian community, a devil worshipping group lead by an evil genius and one man who regrets he ever got involved with any of it and you have a tense high impact story in the making. What is amazing is the way Herley has constructed a whole book out of just one small element of this, namely a cat and mouse game between protagonist and the Devil cult.

This is the second book I've read by Richard Herley, the other being the equally good Penal Colony, and find they have that rare quality of rendering everything else in life secondary in the rush to see what happens next. I'm now a fan and off to see what I can lay my hands on next. My advice, start with the Penal Colony, it's currently free on Kindle download.
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I decided to buy this after the fantastic Penal Colony by the same author. I really struggled with this book. Although it is very good in parts, it didn't engage me like the Penal Colony. Don't let the kids or the maiden aunt read it. There are parts that they will find unsuitable. Still worthy of. 4 stars for the good bits.
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really enjoyed this book. Incredible descriptions and my heart was racing at times. The narrative around the gunshots makes it feel as though feel they are zipping around you. There are descriptions of satanism, rape, kill or be killed. You can feel the heat of the fire too. At the end a tender moment, happy moment to draw it all together.

It's worth more than the circa £2. I've read 3 of his books now and this author is up there with the best.

Try 'The Drownin'g after this and consider what a versatile, talented author Herley is.
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Like Richard's other books this one is pretty grisly and not what you would call a 'pleasant' read but I could not put this book down (although I have to admit I skipped the in-depth bits about Satanism). The story is gripping from start to finish albeit with a bit of a rushed ending. Looking forward to my next Richard Herley book!
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I now have all of this author's novels and found all of them to be a cracking read. Highly recommended if you like murder, mystery and suspense. The way the historical aspect is handled in other novels almost makes you feel as though you are actually there, the mark of a superb novel. This one is set in modern times and is equally well constructed and totally believable in an unbelievable situation.I really hop that Mr Herley writes some more
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A post apocalyptic novel which explores some of the potential responses to lack of social restraint. Yes, it contains lots of distasteful sex and violence. It is likely that removal of restraint would lead at least some people to that; we see not dissimilar behaviour in the news every day. Others would take to fundamentalist religion, yet others to survivalism.

I was unable to put this down. Herley is an intelligent and readable writer. I do feel that he is at his least good when he attempts romance. This book does seem to end rather abruptly and I think is crying out for a sequel.

Herley reminds me of Richard Torday in some ways. A very competent writer whose books are all very different from each other yet the theme is always human behaviour, particularly that of males who are a little distanced emotionally.
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I loved Richard Herley's 'Refuge'. This is the first time that I've felt compelled to write a review on Kindle. I felt that I had do so as I had such great pleasure in reading it that I wish others to have the same experience. It could be classified as a survivalist's hand-book, but it is so very much more than that. I'm sure that there is the basic story-line elsewhere so I won't cover that. All I wish to say is that it gripped me from start to finish and, although this is a hackneyed phrase, I couldn't put it down! I'm now about to order anything, and everything else that he's written. Thank you Mr Herley
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