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Half light. The shadow of his past was always with him. But he never knew what it was, or when it would strike next.

Sent to a small coastal town to investigate drug smuggling, Kelso stumbles onto a dangerous organisation and, suddenly, more than just his life is at stake. It's his past, his future, his sanity. Through torture and drugs he discovers the terrifying secret of the The Jonah. And learns, in the most horrifying way, that it can destroy him as well as others.

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 best-seller 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.

©1981 James Herbert (P)2013 Audible Ltd

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Terrible and idiotic

I'm a huge fan, but he just phoned it in with a friend ex machina ending and a stupid premise

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  • Ricky Bridgman
  • 12-07-18

simply amazing classic James Herbert. 10/10

classic James Herbert with all the twists and Turns you would expect James was an amazing author and is still to this day sorely missed by me I have all of his books and found each one to be magnificently different whilst still showing his charisma and spirit and the time and effort it took to write the books.

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  • Adaline
  • 07-09-15

Supernatural or Crime Story?

This is my first James Herbert novel and while it held me to the end, it was more determination than anything else.
I'm not sure that there will be a second one for me.
It got it hard to decide whether it was horror or crime and much of it is unexplained.

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  • darren gapp
  • 11-19-20

Another great from JH

Great story,but sadly let down a bit by narrator.. ... .seemed to be read sentance by sentance,instead of flowing paragraphs.
Would love to hear this read by someone with better narration qualities

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  • Ian
  • 10-14-19

Loved it

James Herbert is one of my favourite Authors, I really really enjoy all his books, and this one is another perfect performance.
The narration is superb.
10/10

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  • S B.
  • 09-03-21

Great story , maybe a re edit tho?

there's nothing wrong at all with the story or the performance , just a couple of bad chapter changes and one repeated paragraph

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  • Dominic
  • 07-04-18

up to standard

i had read a lot of James Herbert's work. i enjoy the eay he writes as his characters are always well developed.

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  • 07-25-22

Excellent

great listen & great narration, kept me yearning for more. James Herbert is an excellent writer.

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  • Caroline
  • 07-25-22

Not the best James Herbert, and not a great narrator

This narrator has a weirdly unnatural style which I didn’t enjoy.
The story was ok, but definitely not one of the better James Herbert books.

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  • Debbie McLean
  • 05-28-22

ok

it was ok, not the best I've listened to of James Herbert but the narrator Damian Lynch was good xxxxxxx

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  • Amazon Customerm
  • 05-17-22

brilliant

I put my iPods in so I could listen while I was busy the book is exciting and is extremely well read