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Domain [Kindle Edition]

James Herbert
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The long-dreaded nuclear conflict. The city torn apart, shattered, its people destroyed or mutilated beyond hope. For just a few, survival is possible only beneath the wrecked streets - if there is time to avoid the slow-descending poisonous ashes. But below, the rats, demonic offspring of their irradiated forebears, are waiting. They know that Man is weakened, become frail. Has become their prey.... Remember with fear

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About the Author

James Herbert is a bestselling horror writer whose titles include The Dark, Haunted, The JonahLair, Moon, The Rats, The Secret of Crickley Hall, and Sepulchre.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1183 KB
  • Print Length: 508 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; New Edit/Cover edition (May 11, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0050AM5TE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #475,622 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
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Don't pay attention to the clown who wrote the nasty one-star review. This book was so much fun I didn't want it to end. Survival horror that's truly scary, sure it has some flaws (but what King/Koontz horror novel doesn't!)It's a little dated at times and vague at filling in the blanks as to why it happened,(I'm glad it didn't it places the reader firmly in the characters shoes) this is not a book solely about nuclear war it's a book about fear of the unknown: Trying to survive nature out of control, terrifying gory rat attacks, dissention among each other, along with radioactive fallout, and the contaminated survivors, diseases, injury without a doctor ect. Intense unrelenting action, graphic violence, split decisions with catastrophic consequences, sense of doom and dismay that permeates every page makes for a thrilling read...(The Rats are the real stars of this story) this is not a boring book and it would make a great movie.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful! October 6, 2003
By A Customer
Even though this book is from the 80's, and some of the cultural references are dated, it is an excellent, suspenseful book, with moments of dread scattered throughout the book. I really enjoyed it so much, that I am going to try to pick up copies of his other books.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It'll Blow You Away December 12, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A day like any other in Cold War London, until the unspeakable happens. Sirens, Panic, Fire. The worst appears to be over. But whereas other authors would consider this the climax of a novel James Herbert would consider this only a backdrop for a novel which is arguably his best work in a resume of already great writing. Of course, this book is a Cold War relic, but by no means anachronistic. The threat of nuclear attack is still omniprsent in todays post Cold War society. But to say that this book is about nuclear war is the same as saying that Stephen Kings The Stand is about a plague. It's true but the real suspense occurs with this as a backdrop. This is of course, the concluding portion of the Rats Trilogy (Rats=1, Lair=2, Domain=3) and by far the best of the three. The action centers around three people, Steve Culver (the prototypical Herbert hero), Alex Dealy (the prototypical Herbert bureacratic idiot), and Kate Garner (the prototypical Herbert female lead). Yes his characters are formulaic but you don't go to a Steven Segal movie for the acting, you go to see bad guys getting beat up and stuff getting blown up. Here's how the plot line goes. The heroes first get knocked into hell with the nuclear blasts. They manage to escape the first rat onslaught because Culver gets lucky enough to find the bureacrat Dealy (actually Dealy gets lucky enough that Culver saved his arse from the nuclear blast, which made Dealy temporarily blind, instead of leaving him to die which Dealy surely would have done to Culver had positions been reversed), along with Kate, but it is Dealy who knows where the "secret entrance" to the government fallout shelter is. There is a calm where the heroes are in the government installation and being treated for the disease the rats carry. Read more ›
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Note-this is a sequel to The Rats-but it's not necessary to have read the first book-- London is hit with 5 nuclear bombs. Two men struggle to reach a secret government facility hidden within the tunnels of the subway system. Once there, relief is quickly supplanted by horror as they discover that they are sharing the tunnels with giant mutant rats--awakened and emboldened by the nuclear attack. Driven out of the tunnels into the horrible wreckage of the city, their battles continue with their hopes that help will arrive fading quickly. This book was written in a time when the Cold War was still being waged and the realistic portrayal of the decimation of the city and the horrors that follow the bombings was chilling, even now in 1998 with our amicable relationships with Russia and China. At the time I am writing this, India and Pakistan are headline news-each testing their own nuclear weapons...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars London's Burning October 21, 2000
London is a sprawling, busy metropolis until the unthinkable happens: a sudden, unexpected nuclear attack that takes everyone by surprise. The city is panic-stricken as people try to run from the bombs. For most of them it is too late. Steve Culver is one of the fortunate ones. With the help of a V.I.P. he reaches the safety of a secret government shelter, hidden near the Underground.
The fact that London is now a flattened jumble of twisted wreckage with a poisonous atmosphere would be bad enough in itself. But James Herbert has brought back some familiar characters from two earlier books: a mutant breed of killer rats who now have the upper hand.
The premise itself is good. Being trapped underground, beneath a city of rat-gnawed corpses, wandering what hope there is. Eventually the survivors are forced out of their shelter, and attempt to get out of London, while being chased by millions of sqeaking, bloodthirsty vermin.
"Domain" is a disturbing book to begin with. Herbert's description of things like radiation sickness and the way the rats attack helpless survivors are very graphic. But after a while the gore starts to get a little repetitive. There is a good sense of fear as the characters walk through the sewer tunnels. Very dark and claustrophobic.
If you like survival novels, "Domain" is certainly worth a read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Kaboom!
The 3rd in the series (a fourth 'graphic' or picture novel was created in the series and is very rare and impossible to find). The World comes to an apocalyptical almost end. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jeronimo Jizzalloverya
3.0 out of 5 stars Jula 1959
Well written but not what I expected. This is the third book by James Herbert that I have read. "The secret of Crickley Hall" and "The Magic Cottage" being the first and second. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Jula
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling Finale!
Awesome finale to the Rats trilogy! As entertaining now as it was 27 years ago when first published!! Great read!!
Published 18 months ago by BlindShrimp
5.0 out of 5 stars Best post apocalypse read ever
After my fourth time reading, this masterpiece still scares the hell out of me. Screw the idiot who gave one star.
Published 23 months ago by Alicia M. Zumwalt
5.0 out of 5 stars The Night of the Rats!
Monster rat movies were some of my favs as a kid. A few that stand out, Deadly Eyes (duh), Ben, Willard, Graveyard Shift. Read more
Published on January 18, 2013 by Andres F. Prieto
5.0 out of 5 stars Try it
Herbert has written a series about rats, great writing really creepy, this guy is good and tells a great story
Published on December 17, 2012 by stroller
4.0 out of 5 stars Mutants Rats on your Tail
"Domain" by James Herbert is a non-stop action packed, post-nuclear bomb, end-of-the-world story that brings back the over sized, overly vicious mutant rats from Herbert's "The... Read more
Published on December 2, 2009 by D. Sippel
5.0 out of 5 stars The black rats return
This is the third book in Herberts Rats trilogy (The Rats being first and Lair second) and this time a new twist is added to the story: a nuclear holocaust. Read more
Published on March 31, 2009 by marky77
5.0 out of 5 stars Lotsa Rats In Post WW3 London!!!They're Pretty Scary Too!!!
Once again James Herbert delivers the goods in this novel about Post World War 3 London. The author introduces the reader to Alex Dealy, the Civil Servant and loner Steve Culver... Read more
Published on April 23, 2005 by John Baranyai
5.0 out of 5 stars Herbert's best book never - a masterpiece!
This is James Herbert's best book ever and one of the best horror novels ever written. WWIII erupts over London and the survivors hide below the destroyed capital and away from the... Read more
Published on January 24, 2005 by sleeper30
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