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While listening, I thought two things, it must have been written in the 70's and that it was written for a movie. It was actually published in 1988 and it did start out as a script. The book has a sort of Ira Levine feel do it. Most of the scary happens toward the end and by today's scary, gory books, it is not that scary. It does build to a pretty good climax and from chapter 23 on it really gets good.
At first I thought the main character a little silly, since he did not believe in the supernatural, but did believe in the paranormal and telepathy. By the end this makes more since and I can not explain without giving away the plot.
I normally would not read another book by the author if the first book is only worth three stars, but in reading Herbert's bio, it sounds like his very first book Rats, might have been his best and pretty good by today's standard. He was criticized for it being too gory and too negative about London slums.
When I want really scary I turn to the three K's, King, Koontz and Kilborn.
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David Ash goes into this investigation as a skeptic,trying to prove that there are plausible explanations for people’s ideas of the paranormal,only unknowingly being a guest by the very specters he has yet to believe.Unfortunately for David,he finds out the hard way that there are things in this world,better left unexplored,things that are tangible and can not only hurt the mind but the body.He’s learned a hard lesson to respect that seeing is believing and just because things can’t be easily explained doesn’t mean they don’t exist.Great story,riveting...narration was great too.
The only problem with this book is that it is too short!
Apart from that its a very clever little story and it does in fact trick you all the way, when it ended I thought oh my god I did not expect that!
After listening to ash I wanted more and got it in this book David Ash at his best goes to investigate another haunting in a remote mansion its a creepy little horror story and not what you think!
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Ok so I have just finished the classic book, The Rats also by James Herbert and this does not come close. if you haven't read it yet then buy that one instead, This doesn't mean this is a bad book its not. It's just The Rats is a true classic, and this while being an excellent book is no classic. That being said I did enjoy this book and will be buying the sequel.
The narrator Steven Pacey was extent and the quality of the recording were very good.
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