Spear: NTW Paperback – 1 Oct 1981
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Remember with fear . . . --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
When Steadman agreed to investigate the disappearance of a young Mossad agent, he had no idea he would be drawn into a malevolent conspiracy of neo-Nazi cultists bent on unleashing an age-old unholy power on an unsuspecting world - power rising out of a demonic relic from man's dark primal past to threaten humanity with horror from beyond any nightmare... Remember with fear... --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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There's plenty of excitement and plot-twists on display, but on the downside when the villains' plans are revealed things go so over the top that it's difficult to take the novel seriously. The elements of horror also don't always mesh into the thriller style particularly smoothly - the zombie finale is fine, but elsewhere an otherwise exciting attempted murder on the lead character during a weapons testing session by a runaway tank is undermined by a later revelation that said tank was actually driven by the ghost of Heinrich Himmler (yes - really!).
All in all The Spear is fast moving and with some effective action scenes, but as a whole is a very pulpy (and occasionally downright corny) read - equal parts horror story, James Bond spies, and Indiana Jones-style occult Nazi romp.
The tale follows the principal character of Harry Steadman, an ex-agent for Mossad (the national intelligence agency for Israel) who now works as one of two partners within a private enquiry agency (similar to a private investigator's). Steadman is somewhat forced into helping out the British Secret Services to expose the organised and powerful fanatic organisation that is currently being run by some of the most powerful men in Britain.
During Steadman's investigations, a much more horrifying truth emerges surrounding this corrupt organisation of Neo-Nazi Thulists. A truth that is submerged in the occult and the dark power this group is attempting to wield from the spear that pierced Christ's side; the Spear of Longinus.
Littered with actual quotes from the likes of Heinrich Himmler and Adolf Hitler, `The Spear' has a storyline that finds itself predominately focussed on the atrocities and sheer evil behind these two historical individuals from World War II. Herbert carefully ties in their past to a modern day scenario. With a detailed complexity to the storyline, Herbert finds himself regularly detailing the plotline to the reader by way of a clichéd `bad guy to good guy explains the elaborate plotline' in an early James Bond movie way. This does come across as quite comical in places, but doesn't detract too much from the developing storyline.Read more ›
Although dated (smoking in hotel rooms??!!) the book is still riveting hence the five star rating I have given it
Now on to the next, again by James Herbert, this book will be a hard act to follow!!!
It's an awesome read, vary gripping, action-packed and quite brutal in places.
Some Nazi fanatics raised Himmler back from the dead to lead their new Reich organisation with the plan of ruling the world. Stead an, private detective, ex-Mossad and ex-MI5 agent must stop them.
Note on Kindle version: no proplems with formatting, typos or anything else. Chapters with back and forth tabbing.
I have read it several times and each time it captures the reader. It eludes to historical fact, wrapped up in suspense and drama, The historical past of the spear comes to light, together with the stories of those who wished to use its powers.
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Violence, Sex, Sinister and Nazi's to boot - what's not to like. I rate this as one of the best in Herbert repertoire, and I have read them all. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Mr. Michael Read
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Was not sure if to read this as did not like the idea of the plot, but I thought what the hell and went for it. Glad I did as really got into it as soon as I started reading it. Read morePublished 17 months ago by stunningredhead