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Publisher's Summary

Eleven years after its original publication, this is the third edition of D’Lacey’s cult hit, containing an introduction by Michael Wilson and a brand-new foreword by the author.  

In Abyrne, a strange town surrounded by a wasteland, the eating of meat is a sacred obligation. The town’s strict laws are brutally enforced by a ruthless Baron and a merciless Bishop.  

Adored by the townsfolk is Richard Shanti, Abyrne’s famous bolt-gunner - the most efficient slaughterhouse worker in living memory. In private, however, Shanti is a gentle man; a husband, and father to twin girls. The growing guilt about his murderous job weighs him down. Beguiled by a rebellious heretic, Shanti uncovers the harrowing truth behind Abyrne’s history. When the town’s corporate and religious factions come into conflict, he must choose a side. By fighting for what he knows is right, Shanti will risk everything and everyone he loves. Meanwhile, the townsfolk are hungry. The townsfolk must be fed.... 

©2019 Joseph D'Lacey (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

“Joseph D’Lacey rocks!” (Stephen King) 

“Without reservation, MEAT is one of the most literate, astonishing, and intriguing books I’ve read in years.” (David Niall Wilson)

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Holy Cow!!!

Holy Cow, what an amazing novel! Joseph D'Lacey is becoming one of my favorite horror writers. I don't want to re-veal too much about this book because it could spoil it. I can say that the atmosphere is an ultra dark, post apocalyptic, Orwellion squalor and the people want meat. D'Lacey pulls no punches and his story telling is second to none. A dark fiction fan's filet mignon.

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I believe it could happen

A very disturbing and well written story about a community surviving in a post apocalyptic world. At first I wasn't sure what the source of protein was, due to the initial description. It quickly became clear. I want to say that there's no way that humanity would allow this to happen but let's be honest, humans are rarely humane.
An engrossing read and fantastic narration.

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Horrible

I thought this was an excellent story steeped in true horror. Although I had hoped for a different direction in the and a deeper exploaration of a few of the stories elements, I was suprised at how much I Iiked this awful tale. Decently well narrated too.

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Very enjoyable

This is one I will keep so I can re-read it again and again. A page turner for sure. With name of "Meat" you wouldn't think that this is a thriller. I put the author along side Stephen King. 😊😊😊😊😊😊

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Weird, but good.

very interesting twist on veganism and spirituality. It will take a few chapters to figure it out.

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. Recommended.

Amazing! Really good story and setting. Eating meat after this gets hard i can say.

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  • 12-14-21

Narration let's this story down.

Needed a better narrator to do this book justice. I married a Geordie so I must like the accent! but not for this particular story.

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  • Karlee Edgson
  • 06-09-21

Fabulous from Start to Finish

Loved this book when I read it in print form many years ago. It is fantastic as an audiobook! The narrators voice, the voices he does for characters and his accent bring the book to life in every way. Cannot recommend highly enough!

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  • Hebby~Bookworm
  • 11-02-19

Not for the squeamish!

This will be a difficult review to write, because I loved the start, and then the story seemed to lose something in the second half. Also I had an issue with the narrator.

I absolutely LOVED the first half of this book. The set up, the parts in the slaughterhouse... It was so well written, thought provoking and intense. There were some incredibly disturbing things in it. The world building was excellent.

I felt the second half, especially parts with Collins vs Magnus dragged a bit and I didn’t find it as interesting as the initial set up.
The plot thread with Parson Mary investigating Shanti was good, although I felt it was almost forgotten as the resolution was just sort of slipped in at the very end.

I didn’t really get the whole “breathing in sunlight and living off air only” thing. The whole idea that not eating gives you superpowers was pretty ridiculous.

The section with Grenville Snipe was one of my favourites.

A note on the narrator though... it was so frustrating having a narrator with a strong regional English accent.
He didn’t say his ‘T’s half the time... it was very distracting hearing things like “Shan’i” instead of Shanti and countless other instances of missed Ts throughout the book.
I understand that the author is English, but why not get an English narrator who speaks with a more neutral accent.

Overall, even though it wasn’t perfect, it was definitely worth reading, and I may find on a second listen that I like the ending more.

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  • Sharon
  • 04-20-20

Joseph D'Lacey

It was very thought provoking. Couldn't put it down, and fell asleep for three nights in a row at around 03.00 - 04.00hh, kindle tablet in hands and glasses on. I recently heard some one say that, The only thing that keeps bad humans in check are rules and the Law. If people were given permission to do bad things to each other, many would take advantage. This book shows that exactly.

Great read, but also very disturbing when we know that there is cannibalism in some parts of the world. Plus much cruelty to our livestock before slaughter in some industries.