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The Survivor Kindle Edition
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A spiritualist/medium called Hobbs turns up saying the voices of the passengers have communicated with him and that they are angry and confused and they need his help for whatever purpose. After Keller shows him the door and getting on with his investigating, strange deaths start occurring in the town and he soon decides to give Hobbs a chance and they discover that among the souls of the passengers there is an evil spirit who is committing the killings and is corrupting the other souls and wants Keller life.
To save all the souls of the dead passengers and to stop the killings Keller & Hobbs must discover what happened to the plane which means unlocking Keller memories which may cost them there lives.
The Survivor has been the best James Herbert book I have read so far it really gripped me I just wanted to know the mystery of the crash. Lots of creepy stuff i.e an evil girl who carries a doll around just great James Herbert as usual :)
Having already read "The Rats" trilogy followed by "Sepulchre" this book, Survivor, has been a difficult book to put down. Drawing me into the story page by page it's been a pleasure to read and I'm looking forward to the next book by JH
They say third time's the charm and that may well be true here because as much as I like The Rats, The Survivor is a far more skilfully crafted story with noticeably more confidence in the telling. More multi-faceted and maintaining mystery to the end, Herbert is definitely in charge of his craft by this book. He doesn't even give over too many pages to unnecessary `bedroom' scenes with this one.
I read The Survivor comfortably in one sitting, never losing interest in the plot or being put off by the pace or tone. Whereas The Fog becomes quite samey and reveals the truth too soon (in my opinion anyway), The Survivor makes variations and holds on to its secrets to the end.The only annoyance about the book so can't really complain!
Unusually for a large publishing house Kindle release, the issue contains numerous typesetting errors, possibly from conversion to Kindle format without subsequent proof reading. It doesn't spoil the reading although sometimes jars your eyes to a halt.
One of the better Herbert novels and well worth it for the entertainment.
As Keller and the airline investigates, a series of bizarre and macabre events occur around the village. A courting couple are menaced by something outside their car. A fisherman is attacked by fetid rotting corpses from the river. A local priest has strange and terrifying visitations in his church. These events and more tell of how there is a shadow and a menace over the town, while Keller and Hobbs, a spiritualist, try to work it all out.
The central premise here is quite intriguing - why Keller survived? - and offers a good hook to get into the story. The writing, as usual, is very descriptive and some scenes and vignettes build up a good atmosphere. It is the ending which marrs the book, and the climactic encounter - though moderately exciting - isn`t a big enough pay-off for the mystery of the build-up. It is annoying also how the main supernatural threat is very barely linked to the conclusion, and instead just seems to disappear, rather than playing a part.
THE SURVIVOR is okay, but is not Herbert`s best work. At its most basic it is a ghost story, a theme that Herbert tackled later on in his career with more style and substance. A slow and slightly baffling film version was made, with Robert Powell in the lead role [famously, Herbert fell asleep when he watched the movie becauase he couldn't understand the story], but you`re better off with the book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A must read for all horror fans. It not like the film, so you can watch the film and still enjoy the book.Published 1 month ago by Mr. V. A. Griffin
Really enjoyed reading this. Have bought a few of James Herbert books .Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Relatable environment, Great story, good twists and enjoyable pace. I would easily recommend this as a James Herbert must read!Published 9 months ago by Thomson Shaun
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