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Shrine Mass Market Paperback – May 1990


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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: New Amer Library (Mm); Reissue edition (May 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451166698
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451166692

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About the Author

James Herbert is an author of chilling fiction; his works include FlukeNobody True, OnceOthers, Portent, and The Rats. His more than 20 novels have sold more than 48 million copies worldwide, and are available in 33 languages. In 2010 he was awarded The World Horror Convention Grand Master Award.
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English journalist Fen falls into an amazing story when he rescues a sleepwalking deaf-mute girl named Alice. After Alice is visited by an apparition, she is suddenly cured and works her own miracles. Narrator Sean Barrett splendidly presents the best and worst in people who are influenced by the "miracle." Each transition between characters and situations is perfectly translated by Barrett's controlled delivery. Particularly moving is the death of a beloved priest. Also, the weather and atmosphere become important characters as the story unfolds, and innocence and evil become one. Barrett's performance could hardly be more compelling. This is a must for those who like scary suspense. S.G.B. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic Read Feb. 14 2000
By Colin Willey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If you are a James Herbert fan, then I suggest you read this one A.S.A.P. This is classic Herbert, and my personal favorite from his works. The story centres around a journalist named Gerry Fenn and a little girl named Alice that is either blessed, or possessed- you don't find out 'til the bitter end! A really exciting read from cover to cover! Stephen King fans would be wise to give this one a go!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
SUPERNATURAL THRILLER... Aug. 23 2007
By Lawyeraau - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a book about evil masking itself as goodness. In the small English village of Banfield, a young, deaf mute girl named Alice Pagett is transformed by a vision, and her ability to speak and hear is miraculously restored to her. Alice claims that she was visited by the Immaculate Conception, and suddenly throngs of the ill begin to gather around the place of the visitation, awaiting other miracles. They are not long in coming, as those who are afflicted in some way find themselves restored to the good health that had been formerly denied them.

Yet, something is not quite right, as the parish priest suddenly feels himself unwelcome in his own church, and his health begins to falter. Moreover, local reporter, Gerry Fenn, with aspirations for the big time, senses that the story of the century is within his grasp. He, unlike many others, however, is somewhat cynical about the events that are unfolding, and he is determined to discover the truth. What that truth is may be more than that for which he bargained.

This is moderately entertaining supernatural thriller that could have used some tighter editing. Written by the British maven of the horror genre, it has some genuinely creepy moments.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
SUPERNATURAL THRILLER... Aug. 23 2007
By Lawyeraau - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a book about evil masking itself as goodness. In the small English village of Banfield, a young, deaf mute girl named Alice Pagett is transformed by a vision, and her ability to speak and hear is miraculously restored to her. Alice claims that she was visited by the Immaculate Conception, and suddenly throngs of the ill begin to gather around the place of the visitation, awaiting other miracles. They are not long in coming, as those who are afflicted in some way find themselves restored to the good health that had been formerly denied them.

Yet, something is not quite right, as the parish priest suddenly feels himself unwelcome in his own church, and his health begins to falter. Moreover, local reporter, Gerry Fenn, with aspirations for the big time, senses that the story of the century is within his grasp. He, unlike many others, however, is somewhat cynical about the events that are unfolding, and he is determined to discover the truth. What that truth is may be more than that for which he bargained.

This is moderately entertaining supernatural thriller that could have used some tighter editing. Written by the British maven of the horror genre, it has some genuinely creepy moments.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Stephen King has nothing on this guy! March 16 2014
By Marie Isabella Barros - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I just started reading James Herbert books about a year ago. After finishing this book I had trouble sleeping because it was so intense and I couldn't believe the book was over. Can't wait to read the next one! Stay away from his.book 'Fluke', but the rest are great. Makes Stephen King look like he's writing children's fairy tales!
Audio Book review: James Herbert R.I.P. March 21 2013
By Baron Von Cool - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I was just listening to the last disk of Shrine when I heard James Herbert died! How weird is that? Anyway, Sean Barrett did a good job performing the 2005 Isis Audio Book version. Barrett has a wonderful British accent that lends itself well to Herbert's moody horror. He's not so great at performing the female parts, though, and the New York accent he gives Nancy Shelbeck, the single American character, is really annoying--especially when she's supposed to be smart and attractive, but he makes her sound super-nasally and whining all the time.

Herbert's novel is a decent supernatural thriller, but a bit overlong and confusing, and the ending seems rushed, forced, and unsatisfying with a lot of metaphysical loose ends. The protagonist, Jerry Fenn, an atheist newspaper reporter who likes to get drunk and cheat on his single Mom Catholic girlfriend, isn't very sympathetic, and the few times the story does leave his point of view, we don't really get much in the way of new info or better characters, just minor characters who exist mostly to get killed off later or move the plot along. Also, Fenn disappears for long stretches near the end while off doing unspecified research and that creates jump cuts in the story that are kind of annoying. This book needed tighter plotting and editing but is still worth checking out for supernatural horror fans as Herbert had a wonderful writing style. However, I still prefer his earlier books The Dark, Fog, The Spear, or the Rats trilogy to Shrine, as they all feel more tightly plotted and have much more satisfying endings.


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