The Rats, Paperback
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**A special 40th anniversary edition of the classic, bestselling novel that launched James Herbert's career** It was only when the bones of the first devoured victims were discovered that the true nature and power of these swarming black creatures with their razor sharp teeth and the taste for human blood began to be realised by a panic-stricken city.

For millions of years man and rats had been natural enemies.

But now for the first time - suddenly, shockingly, horribly - the balance of power had shifted ...'The effectiveness of the gruesome set pieces and brilliant finale are all its own' Sunday Times


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Horror & ghost stories
  • ISBN: 9781447264507



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A quick and easy read, no hard words or twisty sub-plots. Well written in a light pacy sort of way, probably aimed at a readership of seventeen-year-old boys.Not actually scary, just gruesome, kind of like a sexed-up gored-up Boys’ Own Adventure.Is it just me though, or is the plot device of a big successful conclusion, followed by a brief chapter or epilogue suggesting that the relief is just a respite and that it’s all storing up ready to happen again ... a REALLY hoary old cliché?

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