Sacrament, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


A famous photographer lying in a coma holds the key to the salvation of the world.

But first he must travel back into the traumatic events of his childhood.

Will Rabjohns has everything. He's handsome, he's rich, and he's revered as the world's greatest wildlife photographer.

He's also a haunted man, driven to risk his life for his art - to capture the raw tragedy of the wild, the beauty of nature's violence.

After a near fatal encounter with a polar bear, he lies in a coma.

There he must relive a central childhood memory: a meeting with ancient and terrible forces which revealed to him the mystery at the heart of nature. And he realizes that if he awakes, he must confront the darkness of his past and wage a war, not only for his own soul, but for the soul of the planet and every animal that breathes upon it.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 608 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Science fiction
  • ISBN: 9780006482642



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Having had Barker’s ‘Sacrament’ on my ‘to read’ list for quite a while I was not disappointed. Touted as an alternative to Stephen King, and having ‘O.D.ed’ on Mr King by the early 1990’s, it was a disturbing pleasure to re-enter the horror genre with Barker’s macabre images of death and animals, and with the raunchiest sex scene I have read in quite a while this was certainly a reading pleasure. I was very pleased to find a gay main character whose sexuality was important but not overplayed, and his sojourn back to San Francisco afforded me the opportunity to re-visit one of my favourite cities. Other reviews appear to indicate this is not one of Barker’s best novels, so I’m looking forward to exploring this author’s work.

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A slow but interesting read. Suspense, mystery, action, creepiness, and love all in one well written book.

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