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- Print Length: 247 pages
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B004V5I0WK
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- Average Customer Review: 47 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #82,233 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Quite immensely dire...wooden characters throughout and a scrambled ending.Published 4 months ago by sue scarfe
An interesting slant on what might happen after most of the world was wiped out. Gripping in parts. I liked the tracking and wilderness survival parts, but not the homo-erotic... Read morePublished on 3 April 2014 by hercules
Herley is a great story teller, and all the books of his I've read are hard to put down.
This one I did find a bit predictable and not as riveting as The Penal Colony.
A post apocalyptic story about a man who finds he is not alone after all. Should he stay where he has adapted well or become involved in the lives of the other survivors?Published on 7 Feb. 2014 by Kath Pressey
There is quite a good post apocalypse chase/revenge short story or novella in here. As a result there is padding comprised of religious twaddle, a constant referencing to sodomy... Read morePublished on 11 Jan. 2014 by Sebastian Rolfe