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Sepulchre - James Herbert

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A conflict of evils . . .

There is a house called Neath that holds a dark and terrible secret.

In that house there is a psychic called Kline who is part of its secret.

The Keeper is guardian of the house, of the psychic, and of the secret.

But now an outsider must protect them from a terrible danger.

Halloran will combat men who thrive on physical corruption; he will find love of a perverse nature; he will confront his soul's own darkness.

And eventually he will discover the horrific and awesome secret of the Sepulchre . . .

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About the Author

James Herbert is not just Britain's No. 1 bestselling writer of chiller fiction, a position he has held since publication of his first novel, but is one of our greatest popular novelists, whose books are sold in 33 other languages, including Russian and Chinese. Widely imitated and hugely influential, his twenty novels have sold more than 50 million copies worldwide.

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4.0

So chilling you need a jumper

By Megan

from Sydney

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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Page Turner

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    Best Uses

    • Gift
    • Travel Reading

    Comments about Sepulchre:

    This is absolutely chilling, the settings are spooky, the plot is thick with mystery and it's gripping to the end. I have already lent it to a friend who was equally impressed. James Herbert is definitely a master of suspense

    Comment on this review

    A violent horror novel about an evil-worshipping psychic that displays none of the fetching whimsy of Herbert's The Magic Cottage (1987) - and, in fact, marks his backslide into the routine ghoulish chills of Moon (1986) and its paperback predecessors, The Rats, The Fog, The Survivor, etc. Herbert scores a few points for his unusual setup, in which macho security-expert Liam Halloran nabs his oddest assignment ever: to guard Felix Kline, mysterious V.I.P. employee of the giant Magma corporation, against unnamed threats. High-strong, cruel, arrogant about his unique ability to divine minds as well as hidden mineral resources - hence Magma's success - Kline intuits that someone's after his blood. Who? That twist revelation comes only at the end of Herbert's patent blood-and-fury tour of Kline's weird world, headquartered in an all-white penthouse atop Magma's London skyscraper and in a brooding rural mansion, and peopled by his international goon squad - a cannibalistic Pole, two homosexual sadist Arabs, and a Yank psycho. Biographical glimpses (with the accent on gore - e.g., the Pole eating concentration-camp victims) of these henchmen and of Kline intercut with bizarre turns: Halloran spots Kline walking on water, sees a multitude of menacing forms in a nearby lake, is threatened by the psychic's pet jackals. Halloran's romance with Kline's pretty assistant (who beds the security man when she's not busy being tied up and whipped by another) adds some base eroticism to the frenetic action, which culminates in Halloran's discovery that Kline's the point man for nasty ancient god Bel-Marduk - who, along with Kline, gets his comeuppance in a noisy climax that involves human sacrifice and dismemberment. An intriguing lead character - Halloran's penchant for violence makes him particularly susceptible to Kline's manipulations - and some effective settings don't compensate for the excessive luridness and cliched, pseudo-Lovecraftian premise. More repulsive than scary, energetic but cheap. (Kirkus Reviews)

    ISBN: 9780330376266
    ISBN-10: 9780330522618
    Series: James Herbert
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 400
    Published: 1st September 2000
    Publisher: Pan Macmillan
    Dimensions (cm): 17.8 x 11.1  x 2.6
    Weight (kg): 0.219
    Edition Number: 2