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Lair: The Rats Series, Book 2 | [James Herbert]

Lair: The Rats Series, Book 2

Book Two in Herbert’s classic ‘rats’ series.They've waited long enough.The mutant white rats had grown and mated, creating offspring in its own image. They dominated the others, the dark-furred ones, who foraged for food and brought it back to the lair. Now the dark rats were restless, tormented by a craving they could not satisfy. But the white sluglike thing that ruled them knew. Its two heads weaved to and fro and a stickiness drooled from its mouth as it remembered the taste of human flesh.
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Audible Editor Reviews

In his 1974 novel, Rats, British horror master James Herbert inspired millions of nightmares with his vision of a world overrun with mutant rats that begin to consume the people of London. Its sequel, Lair, continues this chilling story.

Performed in a sonorous British accent by David Rintoul, Lair finds the rats regrouping in the English countryside. When they strike again, it’s up to protagonist and rat catcher Lucas Pender to fight them off.

Rintoul’s narration picks up in intensity and sharpens in tone during Lair’s many action-packed and grisly scenes.

Publisher's Summary

Book Two in Herbert’s classic ‘rats’ series.

They've waited long enough. The mutant white rats had grown and mated, creating offspring in its own image. They dominated the others, the dark-furred ones, who foraged for food and brought it back to the lair. Now the dark rats were restless, tormented by a craving they could not satisfy. But the white slug-like thing that ruled them knew. Its two heads weaved to and fro and a stickiness drooled from its mouth as it remembered the taste of human flesh.

James Herbert was one of Britain’s greatest popular novelists and our #1 best-selling writer of chiller fiction. Widely imitated and hugely influential, he wrote 23 novels which have collectively sold over 54 million copies worldwide and been translated into 34 languages.

Born in London in the forties, James Herbert was art director of an advertising agency before turning to writing fiction in 1975. His first novel, The Rats, was an instant bestseller and is now recognised as a classic of popular contemporary fiction.

Herbert went on to publish a new top ten best-seller every year until 1988. He wrote six more bestselling novels in the 1990s and three more since: Once, Nobody True and The Secret of Crickley Hall.

Herbert died in March 2013 at the age of 69.

©1979 James Herbert (P)2013 Audible Ltd

What the Critics Say

“Herbert was by no means literary, but his work had a raw urgency. His best novels, The Rats and The Fog, had the effect of Mike Tyson in his championship days: no finesse, all crude power. Those books were best sellers because many readers (including me) were too horrified to put them down.” (Stephen King)
"There are few things I would like to do less than lie under a cloudy night sky while someone read aloud the more vivid passages of Moon. In the thriller genre, do recommendations come any higher?" (Andrew Postman, The New York Times Book Review)
"Herbert goes out in a blaze of glory" (Daily Mail)

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  • P. Bate
    Planet Earth
    1/27/14
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    "A worthy follow-up"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Lair to be better than the print version?

    In some ways yes mainly due to the way the narrator draws you into the story.


    What other book might you compare Lair to, and why?

    Obviously comparable to 'The Rats' in as much as it is the same author & narrator and it follows on really well from book one.


    What about David Rintoul’s performance did you like?

    David Rintoul has a voice that is perfect for the story in the gravelly tones used in what is a sombre gruesome tale.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Something along the lines of ........ You thought they had been wiped out .. but you were wrong!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Great story (as good as book one) sets up book three nicely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • raymond
    MILTON KEYNES, United Kingdom
    11/7/13
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    "Gripping"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes,although fiction,could happen


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lair?

    finding the skulls


    What does David Rintoul bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Involvement


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    We did.


    Any additional comments?

    James Herbert,is on a par with Stephen King or even better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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