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The Survivor Paperback – October 10, 2012
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What are the unseen forces that make a survivor of one man among many?
It had been one of the worst crashes in airline history, killing more than 300 people and leaving only one survivor. Now the dead were buried and the town of Eton tried to forget, but one man could not rest. Keller had walked from the flames of the wreck, driven on by unseen forces, seeking the answer to his own survival. The town was soon forced to face the shocking, dreadful truth about what was buried in the old graveyard—a truth Keller did not want to believe.
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- Publisher : Pan Books; Reprint edition (October 10, 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 264 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0330522647
- ISBN-13 : 978-0330522649
- Item Weight : 7.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,864,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #768 in British & Irish Horror
- #27,153 in Occult Fiction
- #188,391 in Science Fiction (Books)
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As I said it's been a long time since I read it, but I remember that it does focus around a lone survivor who is somehow drawn to this mega evil force that continues to grow from the souls of the recent deceased. If I remember right the force finds ways to create more mass deaths to make it continue to grow bigger and stronger.
As for the disappointing ending that some have spoke of....I don't remember how it ended so I'm going to have to read it again myself....Hey! The journey is definatly worth the price of admission for this read though...
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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.
I really did enjoy this book and is my favourite James Herbert book so far.
Note on the Kindle version: Vary good with no proplems whatsoever with typos or formatting.
Next up: Fluke . Now this looks a strange one; a dog who appears to be a reincarnated man with flash backs to his former life. I wonder how well Mr Herbert will bring this one off. Looking forward to reading it.
The Survivor strikes me as the product of an author not yet quite sure he really believes that what he's writing is possible. Nevertheless, it IS intelligently worked out and persuasive, and I found it to be an entertaining read, well worth my £3 for the Kindle edition. I'm just surprised that, despite my having had a secondhand paperback languishing on my shelves for years, I hadn't read it before - an oversight which I'm glad to have corrected.
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 :)