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Product Details

  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan; Reprint edition (October 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330522671
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330522670
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #762,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Herbert's lastet horror novel is a turgid affair. It concerns Jonathan Childes, a schoolteacher with a psychic talent, who can occasionally see through the eyes of a certain lunatic during the commission of quite grisly crimes. The lunatic senses Childes's psychic presence, however, and with malignant ingenuity tracks him down and menacesand in some cases murdershis family, friends and students. Childes is often the natural suspect, but this possible source of dramatic tension is undercut by the faith of a friendly police inspector. And the final confrontation scene is a good deal more silly than scary. For the rest, the lurching, mechanical style makes this book a less than riveting experience. 30,000 first printing; $50,000 ad/promo.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

Psychic Jon Childes, a teacher of computer science at a private girls' school in the Channel Islands, has unwillingly linked minds telepathically with a particularly vicious murderer, whose crimes have a strange connection with the phases of the moon. While police are suspicious of Childes, they seek his assistance as his nightmare visions grow stronger and the killer chooses his daughter as intended victim. Herbert, previously published in this country in paperback, makes his hardcover debut with a tense, chilling, and satisfying blend of human and supernatural horror. An expert stylist, he is equally adept with personal relationships and gruesome goings-on. Definitely not for the squeamish, but recommended for all horror fans and popular fiction collections. Eric W. Johnson, Univ. of Bridgeport Lib., Ct.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Good story when kept me gripped and had a good ending.
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I always loved James Herbert and he's becoming more and more of an idol to me.
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This story has it all, psychological, romance and thriller.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 2, 2004
Format: Paperback
Having read "The Fog", an absolutely terrific book by this author, I looked forward to reading this one. I am sorry to say that this book does not even begin to compare to "The Fog", a book that is superior in every way to this effort.
The plot is simple. A schoolteacher, Jonathan Childes, has certain psychic abilities over which he has little control. He can apparently meld his mind with that of a sadistic killer. Unfortunately for him, this killer is aware of Childes' mental intrusion and deduces who and where Childes is.
Some tension is created by having Childes become a suspect in a series of murders of which Childes' is aware due to his mind meld with the actual killer. His knowledge is a double edged sword. The killer then decides to bring his handiwork a little too close to home for Childes' tastes, and the plot thickens.
This book is mildly entertaining at best, as the tension does not really hold up. Moreover, the ending is somewhat ridiculous and disappointing, reminiscent of a promise unfulfilled. The author is certainly capable of better. If one is looking for a book of unrelenting horror, then this is not the book for which one is looking. It is more of a murder mystery with supernatural overtones, and a somewhat mediocre one, at that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Lane on September 2, 2010
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A schoolteacher, Jonathan Childes, has certain psychic abilities over which he has little control. A Sadistic Killer keeps on putting visions in his head of gruesome murders. Sometimes even before the murder happens.

Jon Childes has created a new life for himself on an Island off the coast of England. His dark secrets from the past are shared only with his new girlfriend as he tries to create a safe haven for himself and forget the events from the previous year. But the visions surface once again and it brings evil, which threatens everyone Jon has become close to. The Killer finds out where Jon is hiding and comes to inflict more pain. Definitely not for the faint hearted.

The story starts off a little slow then picks up and you are dragged along with the horror of it. The ending is totally different.

I have read HAUNTED which is a 4 star but my favourite of his is NOBODY TRUE 5 star. My accurate rating on MOON would be a 3.5 not as good as his others but still worth a look.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By marky77 on March 29, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Having previously read books such as "The Fog", "The Rats" and "The Dark" by Herbert, I found this book to be very different from the type of storie he has written in the past. The other books focuses on gore, violence and mass-destruction, whereas Moon tended to be more syspence-and-mystery type horror.

Jonathan Childes is a physic who helps the police investigate matters such as child murder. When he is called to an island to investigate strange goings on he witnesses a series of brutal murders, and shares a frightening psychic connection to the killer.

Good story when kept me gripped and had a good ending.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bibliophile on January 7, 2013
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James Herbert, up to his usual standards, creates an atmosphere that is chilling and desperately dangerous. It's so difficult to put this book down...one stumbles on a word or sentence that compels a person to continue on to the next page...the next chapter. The protagonist tries to escape his own psychic abilities, but finds a connection to a devious killer who is gory and sadistic, and who can sense our hero's intrusion. Sooner or later, the two must meet when the killer hones in on the unwelcome intruder, and hunts him down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Grace Wujcik on November 22, 2009
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This is the book that has created a monster (play on words there) in my house. Within a year we have purchased the entire James Herbert catalog. James Frain does an outstanding job of reading this story. Because of his work we now have his entire audiobook catalog. This story has it all, psychological, romance and thriller.
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Having read "The Fog", an absolutely terrific book by this author, I looked forward to reading this one. I am sorry to say that this book does not even begin to compare to "The Fog", a book that is superior in every way to this effort.
The plot is simple. A schoolteacher, Jonathan Childes, has certain psychic abilities over which he has little control. He can apparently meld his mind with that of a sadistic killer. Unfortunately for him, this killer is aware of Childes' mental intrusion and deduces who and where Childes is.
Some tension is created by having Childes become a suspect in a series of murders of which Childes is aware due to his mind meld with the actual killer. His knowledge is a double edged sword. The killer then decides to bring his handiwork a little too close to home for Childes' tastes, and the plot thickens.
This book is mildly entertaining at best, as the tension does not really hold up. Moreover, the ending is somewhat ridiculous and disappointing, reminiscent of a promise unfulfilled. The author is certainly capable of better. If one is looking for a book of unrelenting horror, then this is not the book for which one is looking. It is more of a murder mystery with supernatural overtones, and a somewhat mediocre one, at that.
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By Kevin on December 5, 2008
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Moon

Moon is a story about knowing ones self and accepting yourself for who you are. In the end we control our destiny, we have the power within ourselves to be all we can be; we just have to learn to guide this source and not let it guide us.

Jon Childes has created a new life for himself on an Island off the coast of England. His dark secrets from the past are shared only with his new girlfriend as he tries to create a safe haven for himself and forget the events from the previous year. This is not to be so, Jon has a certain power that has surfaced once again, and it brings evil, which threatens everyone Jon has become close to.

James Herbert's writing is sleek and fast; his prose at times seems less than refined but in the end his command of the English language dose surface and shine through.

This is a great book and I highly recommend it.
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