The main character in Domain is a man called Steve Culver and he first shows up in chapter two when he rescues civil servant, Alex Dealey, and drags him under cover when the first bomb detonates. This is an act of courage that probably saves his own life as well because Dealey was on his way to a secret government shelter and he offers to take Culver with him. The two men then have a race against time to reach the shelter before the radioactive fallout reaches them.
It is a hard race to run as well because Dealey has been blinded by the blast and Culver has to lead the way.
The rats have been hiding for years, but can now sense a change in the balance of power: Culver and Dealey do make it to the shelter—t is touch and go for a while though—but before they reach it Culver gets the chance to play the hero again and saves a young woman Kate from the rats. Culver proves himself to be a hero time and time again. Part Two of Domain is set a month later and finds Culver and Fairbank leading the first small expedition out of the shelter and they find that things are not looking good topside. With no true oblivion. Then where are you going?
Do you want to be helped? Is that what you really want? Would you welcome insanity, would you enjoy it?
But I am you, how can I leave you? There's another way out of the shelter. We can make it. He tried to speak but did not know what to say. We can't hear you, so don't try to speak. He fell back, carried by the blast, and water smothered his flaming hair, steam rising in a brief cloud from his burnt face. He shrieked and black water eagerly raced in, reducing the sound to a bubbling gurgle.
The others had fared no better and, to Bryce, it was just the continuation of the long nightmare. He had been partly protected by the senior engineer who stood directly in front of him and who had taken the full brunt of the explosion. Farraday's weight had been thrown against him, forcing him down, away from the flames, extinguishing the burning bandages on his mutilated hand, instantly soothing the scorching white heat that had exposed all the nerves on one side of his face, vaporizing the fire that had gristled his right ear.
The water welcomed him back. The tidal wave that followed, tightly packed into the narrow corridor, picked up all four of the burnt survivors and hurtled them along in a boiling stream, catching Thomas as it went, scraping their bodies along the walls, smashing into the machinery that finally blocked the tidal wave's path. His neck was broken and other bones had snapped, yet Bryce could hear the voice again, homing in from a distance, soon drawing near. Are you ready now? Sep 02, David Brian rated it liked it. Okay, so I loved James Herbert's first two excursions into a land being overrun by nightmare rodents.
Herbert's The Rats, and its follow up Lair, concerns a plague of giant black rats sweeping through southern England, and they are wonderful examples of genre fiction. They were both written, and set, during the nineteen seventies and yet, other than the odd reference to wearing a 'tweed jacket' and driving a 'Ford Capri', both hold up remarkably well. Domain, which was written some ele 3. Domain, which was written some eleven years after the first rats book, really doesn't manage the same timeless quality.
This may be because Herbert chooses to take us away from a regular world setting, opting instead to unleash his rodents upon the survivors of a first wave nuclear strike - although the nineteen eighties were doubtless a time when people contemplated such catastrophe, and this story would have been perfectly fitting in the time it was written, it just didn't sit quite right among certain other dated aspects of the book. Incorporating the same formula of marauding rodents which had previously worked so well, you would expect success based on a heady mix of bloody carnage and desperation.
The main protagonist is Steven Culver, a pilot who, after the bombs start to drop, finds himself holed up in a secret underground bunker, after he aids Government man Alex Dealey. The initial opening section of the book covers different points of view leading up to, and as the missiles rain down. This is powerfully done. Even the early periods of getting to, and surviving in the underground bunker are executed well. But a range of fairly stock characters are soon enduring wave after wave of rodent attacks, and it just began to feel a chore getting through to the end.
It is not a badly written book, and if you were to pick this up never having read one of its predecessors, then in all likelihood you'll quite enjoy it. But, at least for me, book three is the weakest of the trilogy. I say trilogy, but there is a further continuation of the saga in graphic novel format.
Nov 17, Dreadlocksmile rated it really liked it. With the city now reduced to rubble and the highly toxic fallout dust still in the air, a small group of survivors have found refuge in one of the many underground government bunkers that are dotted around the city. Steven Culver, a helicopter pilot before the long-dreaded nuclear conflict, is one of the few lucky survivors to be within the protective underground walls of the bunker.
Inside the bunker, the survivors wait out the following weeks, until finally, now that the radioactive fallout dusk would have dissipated somewhat, an exploratory team is sent out of the bunker and into the deserted streets above. What they are greeted by is a world that has been torn apart. The streets that confront them are little more than rubble, littered with the rotting corpses of the dead. The only signs of life are from roaming rabid animals or the dying remnants of people suffering from exposure to the radioactive after effects of the nuclear fallout.
However, lurking in the shadows, with the knowledge that humanity has now been brought to its knees, the giant black rats are ready to take their revenge on those that have oppressed their lives for so long. The black rats are hungry for human flesh once again From the very first pages, Herbert throws the reader head first into the chaotic and terrifying final moments before London is hit by a devastating nuclear attack.
Herbert switches viewpoint a number of times, showing these final moments through a host of different characters eyes, until we finally settle upon the characters of Culver and Dealey.
These intense first pages hit the reader like a sledgehammer, setting down the whole apocalyptic scenario with an unrelenting barrage of devastation. Herbert maintains the pace, unleashing the first of many rat attacks that are equal in scale to those found in the previous two novels. Carnage continues until our principal characters have made it into the relative safety of the underground bunker, where the novel sadly begins to lose its thrust. When the exploratory team first look upon the ravaged streets of London, Herbert paints a haunting post-apocalyptic picture that screams with an eerie and tense atmosphere.
However, with this over, the ensuing flooding of the bunker simply drags on, with page after page of supposedly desperate action that ultimately begins to become dull and monotonous. Surprising as it sounds, the novel finds itself at this stage seriously slipping towards becoming a tedious read.
With the numbers of survivors cut down to an easy to handle grouping, Herbert now takes the tale to the ravaged streets of London which successfully injects a much needed shot of adrenaline into the storyline. Although the threat of the rats is still quite present, Herbert plays more with the post-apocalyptic scenario to bring a new threat to the small survivors; in the way of a marauding gang of survivors, happy to take what they want without any retribution.
The pace once again picks up here, with Herbert stepping on the throttle until the final scenes are acted out within another governmental secret bunker. One surprising inclusion to the novel is the small short stories that show the final days for a number of unrelated survivors. These miniature tragic tales are snippets of pure post-apocalyptic fiction that are sure to please any fan of the subgenre. One such story details the final days of a loner, who in his very own personal underground shelter, comes to an ironic death. Laced with black comedy, this short tale remains one of the surprising highlights of the book.
Although action packed from early on, Herbert seems to have lost his nerve for the gut wrenching nasty moments that were so predominant in his earlier work. The carnage is still there, but of a more watered-down fashion. The love interest between Culver and Garner is also too wooden and predictable. Although Herbert avoided the inclusion of his usual pointlessly graphic sex scene, the relationship between the two characters is still too cliqued and downright cheesey. However, Herbert keeps up the pace, delivering a final set of chapters that are sure to keep each and every reader perched on the edge of their seat.
All in all, the novel was set to be another splatterpunk masterpiece from the godfather of the subgenre. The book runs for a total of pages and was originally published by New English Library. The second book, Lair, was a lot more enjoyable.
Editorial Reviews. Review. The horror master * Daily Mail * James Herbert comes at us with Domain (The Rats Trilogy Book 3) - Kindle edition by James Herbert. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Book Three in Herbert's classic 'rats' series. The final countdown. The long- dreaded nuclear conflict. The city torn apart, shattered, its people destroyed or.
This third book, Domain, hit even more spots. Domain has a very different atmosphere to the first two books in the series, and I believe this is what left me to enjoy the book so much. Throughout the series we have been dealing with the fear of something in the real world, a creature made nightmarish.
The first two books added something more to make the creatures more grotesque, yet the story was told in a real-world setting. With Domain, we deal with the monstrous creatures following the end of the world as it was once known. Domain may be considered dated by some, as it deals with what was a fear in the past. The idea of nations hitting the red button, countries being blasted out of existence. There was a time in the past where this was an everyday fear, and James Herbert takes this and then adds in further fears.
Some may find it hard to connect to the story, as many of the elements are based upon past fears, but I felt as though it simply added new layers to the story. It may have been dated in some ways, yet it still reaches many very real fears. A lot of the book does focus on the fears of a destroyed world. The collapse of society, the horrors of radiation, the fears of what has happened to others, and many other end of the world elements are prevalent throughout.
These elements of the story are focused upon, yet throughout the knowledge of the rats remains. They appear slowly, creeping in to add additional layers of horror to the story. Moreover, James Herbert continues as he has throughout the rest of the series — with each additional book, the rats become more. There is more horror to be found, the creatures having developed even further. By the end, we get to see what the series has been building towards throughout, we get to see just how creepy James Herbert can make the creatures. Without a doubt, Domain was my favourite of The Rats trilogy.
Although there is a graphic novel as well, a strange book four, I doubt I will be reading it. Rats, rats everywhere, giant mutant rats as big as dogs If postnuclear London wasn't bad enough, for Steve Culver et. And rabid dogs, and crazy people too. Setting the story in a post apocalyptic world lets Herbert free himself from any of the kind of plausibility boundaries that held the previous two volumes in the Rat trilogy back. Herbert can just let his imagination go.
According to the doctor, the number of seemingly unprovoked rat attacks have strangely increased. Almost as good as the original. Schon der Auftakt ist toll: Don't say I didn't warn you. Just as the book feels like it might start to get a bit bogged down, it's all go again and from this point onwards it hardly stops.
In addition, Herbert's p Rats, rats everywhere, giant mutant rats as big as dogs In addition, Herbert's prose and metaphor have improved significantly beyond the "see spot run" that marred particularly the first volume: Page turning thrills and decently drawn characters he's still not as good as King or McCammon make the rollercoaster a fun ride. Throw in a little anti-war, anti-government trashing and you've got a pretty good entertainment here.
Herbert also forgoes the salacious matters that caused the earlier novels to wander a little. This Centipede Press edition follows the original US text while most versions still in print follow later revisions that, well, have more words, but aren't necessarily better.
This goes for the current e-book and Audible editions. The edition itself is beautifully produced with nasty little illustrations here and there and a great dust jacket. Jul 12, Emma Carrig rated it it was amazing. Best book of the trilogy, non stop, edge of your seat thrilling action and gore May 11, Jesse L.
I used to be able to say I had never read a horror novel that made me want to stop reading because it was so dark until I read this novel. James Herbert is, quite simply, the most effective horror author to ever come down the pike and "Domain" is the grimmest arrow in his quiver. Describing the book to a friend, I told them: Flesh-eat I used to be able to say I had never read a horror novel that made me want to stop reading because it was so dark until I read this novel.
Flesh-eating giant rats who love to lunch on homo sapiens? Don't say I didn't warn you. Hail James Herbert, the true king of horror. Jul 16, Carl Timms rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: A brilliant final part and a real twist in terms of setting. London is hit by a nuclear strike wiping out most of the characters it introduces in the first 20 or so pages.
Its an audacious leap from The Rats and Lair to say the least. We then get a combination of terrific post-nuclear apocalypse story with all the usual tropes; underground government bunkers, irradiated "mutants", the military, groups of disparate survivors trying to make their way underground and into shelter.
Then the rats arr A brilliant final part and a real twist in terms of setting. Then the rats arrive, bigger, hungrier and meaner than ever and things go downhill for the survivors very fast! This book is better in every way than its predecessors and could be read in isolation in truth. However reading all three gives you the ongoing story of the evolution of the Rats and the twists this takes are genuinely shocking. Herbert's style may be a bit pulpy for some and some of his characters nothing more than stereotypes but like many great Hollywood films, what it lacks in depth it more than makes up for in unrelenting thrills.
You may have guessed, but I loved this book. Mar 19, Dan rated it it was amazing. What's worse than a nuclear strike on one of the most densely populated cities in the world? What's worse than one of the most densely populated cities in the world being terrorised by mutant man eating black rats? How's about one of the most densely populated cities in the world being terrorised by mutant man eating giant black rats after a nuclear strike?!!
Herbert ended a great trilogy in one of the most devastating horror novels I have ever read, combining two nightmares to create one in which What's worse than a nuclear strike on one of the most densely populated cities in the world? Herbert ended a great trilogy in one of the most devastating horror novels I have ever read, combining two nightmares to create one in which desperate survivors don't have a hope in hell.
A bad writer could write this story a million times and never get it right but Herbert nails it from beginning to end with a premise that is not as far fetched as it would otherwise seem. Domain provides everything you need in a horror novel and serves it with a decent helping of human drama until, well, the blood and guts have to have their moment. The last pages of this novel had my heart pounding!
Feb 08, Tony Talbot rated it liked it Shelves: I have to say DOMAIN is the only book that made me physically ill while I was dipping into it - I've never found the nerve to read it all the way through yet. Not because of the rats or The Rats? I was a teenager of the Cold War, and expected never to make it to without going up in nuclear ash. There's a section where a doctor explains - in calm, clinical terms, speaking normally and without emotion, exactly the effects of radiation sickness.
I nearly threw up. Once again James Herbert proves his talent for writing in this thrilling conclusion to his Rats trilogy. Combining apocalyptic themes with giant rodents, it's an unlikely yet chilling story of man vs. May 30, Nick Raines rated it it was ok. This sequel has major changes for the series, the first being that is an apocalyptic tale featuring the rats, but not starring them, the second is that this sucker is twice as long at pages and honestly it shows.
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