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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan (September 22, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0333761278
  • ISBN-13: 978-0333761274
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,272,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.
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The premise itself is good.
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I reckon this is one of the best horror books ever written.
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The action, suspense, gore and horror is incredible.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 31, 2004
Format: Paperback
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 By A Customer on October 6, 2003
Format: Paperback
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 By "netchild" on 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 By Elizabeth med445@aol.com on June 1, 1998
Format: Hardcover
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 By Greg Hughes on October 21, 2000
Format: Hardcover
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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