Portent, Paperback
2.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


It is the near future and signs of an impending global disaster are multiplying.

Earthquakes, floods and volcanic eruptions sweep the earth.

As the storms and tempests rage, a series of ominous events signal the emergence of a new and terrifying force.

While scuba-diving on the Great Barrier Reef a diver watches fascinated as a tiny light floats past him towards the surface.

Moments later he is torn to pieces as the reef erupts with colossal power.

On the banks of the Ganges, a young boy pauses from his back-breaking labours, transfixed by the play of a mysterious light amidst the monsoon rains, before a towering geyser of boiling water bursts from beneath the streets, scalding him to death.

In the Chinese city of Kashi travellers bring back reports of a strange light seen shining above the endless dunes of the Taklimakan Desert. And as the city's inhabitants watch for its return, the desert rises up to engulf them in a tidal wave of sand.

All have seen a portent. A sign of unimaginable powers about to be unleashed.

A sign that something incredible is about to begin...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Thriller / suspense
  • ISBN: 9780330451550



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I usually like Herbert's style of British horror (see Nobody True, Creed or Others), but this novel feel short for me. A main character of the book is mother earth -- displaying the consequences of global climate change gone wild -- on the other characters that include scientists, children with special powers, and a Cajun mystic. Herbert has and can do better.

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