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Shrine [Paperback]

James Herbert


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May 1990

Innocence and evil have become one

A deaf-mute little girl called Alice has a vision—a lady in shimmering white who says she is the immaculate conception. Suddnely, Alice can hear, speak, and perform miracles. Soon the site of Alice's visitation, beneath an ancient oak tree, becomes a shrine, a holy place for thousands of pilgrims. But Alice is no longer the guileless child overwhelmed by her new saintliness. She has become the agent of something corrupt, a vile force that is centuries old.

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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read Feb. 14 2000
By Colin Willey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: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!
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3.0 out of 5 stars 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
3.0 out of 5 stars 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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent Herbert book May 26 2014
By Valerie A. Lindsey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Losing James Herbert last year was sad as he is my favorite writer. You won't be disappointed in any book by him and that includes Shrine. A deaf mute, Alice, appears to be the latest to experience the vision of the Virgin. Or, does she? What exactly is happening in the field and to the town?
5.0 out of 5 stars 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!

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