'48 PDF/EPUB Ê Paperback


    Download Book Best Sellers in PDF format become a classicIt is a London Too Terrifying to Imagine Already crippled by the relentless Nazi bombing, this once beautiful city has been depopulated by a hideous blood plague unleashed in the final convulsive collapse of the German regime Now, human vampires wander the rubble strewn streets, desperately searching for the only thing that can cure themBut not all survivors have been afflicted, and Hoke a lone hero accompanied only by his trusty dog and bitter memories is relentlessly pursued for the clean blood that courses through his veins Yet his flight soon takes on a different meaning as he saves two women and a former German soldier Banding together, they flee into the city s underground tunnels where an unexpected betrayal that delivers them right into the hands of their deadly adversaries prompts Hoke to take a stand against these monsters once and for all With , James Herbert delivers another triumphant thriller that blends two fisted action with the supernatural Douglas E Winter."/>
  • Paperback
  • 332 pages
  • '48
  • James Herbert
  • English
  • 17 September 2017
  • 0006476007

10 thoughts on “'48

  1. Fran Fran says:

    In this alternate 1948, London is devastated by a Nazi created hemorrhagic plague We enter this new reality three years after Hitler s rockets spread the Blood Death across London The city is a decaying mess and ruling over the dead are a band of neo Nazi British the Blackshirts who are slowly dying from the plague They hunt the handful of those immune to the disease Why Sport of course, didn t I said they where a bunch of Neo Nazi, but mostly because they crave the blood of the immune In this alternate 1948, London is devastated by a Nazi created hemorrhagic plague We enter this new reality three years after Hitler s rockets spread the Blood Death across London The city is a decaying mess and ruling over the dead are a band of neo Nazi British the Blackshirts who are slowly dying from the plague They hunt the handful of those immune to the disease Why Sport of course, didn t I said they where a bunch of Neo Nazi, but mostly because they crave the blood of the immune in the illusion that transfusing it into their own bodies will save their lives From the start, the action is relentless, as we follow the efforts of one of the immune, Yank Eugene Nathaniel Hoke, to elude capture Wild chases, escapes and combat by hand and firearms fill up the narrative, which complicates as Hoke teams up with four other immunes One of which is a mole from the Blackshirts.This is a Mad Max reimagining of WWII, and Herbert s vision of London as a ghost city the hotels and subways and buses filled with the long dead is a haunting one, and the best part of this book.For me, the problem lies in the relentlessness of the plot, that goes forward like a tiresome movie killing fest, action scene upon action scene, boom upon boom Very much in the spirit of George Romero s zombie films, but without Romero s eye for irony Though Herbert s tour around this damned London is bound to appealto British readers than Americans, fans of the gruesome on both sides of the pond should find it an interesting read


  2. Andrew Light Andrew Light says:

    This story is set, as the title suggests in the year 1948 shortly after the end of the second world war Hitler has released the Blood Death which is a genetically modified disease that wiped out the majority of the population It is also indicated that the disease spread and wiped out most of the world, the only survivors being those who belong to the rare AB negative blood group.The story follows Hoke, a survivor of Hitler s deadly attack living in the city of London He is trying to lay low This story is set, as the title suggests in the year 1948 shortly after the end of the second world war Hitler has released the Blood Death which is a genetically modified disease that wiped out the majority of the population It is also indicated that the disease spread and wiped out most of the world, the only survivors being those who belong to the rare AB negative blood group.The story follows Hoke, a survivor of Hitler s deadly attack living in the city of London He is trying to lay low and stay away from a bank of mercenaries who are hunting down survivors The story picks up right in the middle of this conflict As expected the main and secondary characters run into various troubles throughout the story which I won t go into detail on for the sake of spoilers However it is worth noting that the characters are certainly believable and being set in London, also take on some very British traits These traits help to create a credible set of characters and the differences between them help to re enforce the impression of being thrown in the mess together You can relate to the characters well in this story as they all seem to have a strong sense of national pride and image and all had regular lives like you and me before the war ended This helps you to empathise with their situation and also leads you to start rooting for them in conflict situations.Overall this was a book that I enjoyed The action throughout and the interaction of the characters was sufficient to keep me as a reader interested throughout and the end of the world theme that the book takes on is one that I am a particular fan of Herbert has done this in past novels, namely The Rats and I think it is one that he pulls off very well.There is a fair bit of violence and plenty of your traditional Herbert horror in here so it will definitely be one for the James Herbert fans but I also think there is plenty in there for the everyday horror fan My only complaint is that there isn t really anything in there that hasn t been done before and I got the feeling that it was a little samey There are enough twists and turns to keep the story interesting though and that is why I scored the book 4 stars rather than 3


  3. Cathal Kenneally Cathal Kenneally says:

    I m not sure where to start with this book It s post war with some post apocalyptic overtones thrown in for good measure It s hard to know where the book starts and finishes The middle part is full action but it didn t grab me


  4. Checkman Checkman says:

    Well this book earns a solid so so rating What an intriguing premise In 1945 Hitler unleashes a devastating biological suicide weapon killing a huge portion of the Human race Taking everybody with him as Nazi Germany goes down the drain When the story begins it s three years later and our protagonist an American pilot is living in London now a gigantic mausoleum and being chased by British Nazis who believe that his blood can save them A few survivors are immune while others are dying m Well this book earns a solid so so rating What an intriguing premise In 1945 Hitler unleashes a devastating biological suicide weapon killing a huge portion of the Human race Taking everybody with him as Nazi Germany goes down the drain When the story begins it s three years later and our protagonist an American pilot is living in London now a gigantic mausoleum and being chased by British Nazis who believe that his blood can save them A few survivors are immune while others are dyingslowly Our hero meets up with four other immunes and the chase is on If ever a book screamed to be made into a movie this one is it It s a classic action novel with pages of drawn out set pieces supported by elaborate descriptions of the physical structure of a post apocalyptic London Another reviewer compares the novel to the video game Half Life which is spot on sorry too much BBC However what would be a great set up for a video game, graphic novel or a movie doesn t work so well for a novel Pages and pages of high speed pursuits and one cliffhanger after another isn t so effective when it s in writing Actually it becomes repetitive and stale after a couple hundred pages I skimmed the last third of the novel and didn t miss anything since there was nothing to miss.I m giving this book two stars because it wasn t a piece of garbage Mr Herbert was an old pro who understood how to write It s obvious that he did his research and there was nothing amateurish about his work, but in this case it just wasn t that interesting I m a big fan of both the alternative history and post apocalyptic genres When I learned about48 I was eager to read it Seemed like a certain slam dunk, but it isn t Just goes to show that even the best of writers can sometimes have downtimes and even the best of ideas might not translate very well into writing


  5. Claire Fun Claire Fun says:

    Eh, it was alright Macho man with issues saves some people in an almost post apocalypse type London in 1948, after Hitler ended the war by unleashing a genocidal disease I thought at the start I d love it post apocalypse Places I recognise but ended up being about the characters, which is usually what I want in a book, but I didn t really care for these characters Huge pile of cliches The dog was alright but underused The main narrator was awful Must kill Uh Pretty woman Must n Eh, it was alright Macho man with issues saves some people in an almost post apocalypse type London in 1948, after Hitler ended the war by unleashing a genocidal disease I thought at the start I d love it post apocalypse Places I recognise but ended up being about the characters, which is usually what I want in a book, but I didn t really care for these characters Huge pile of cliches The dog was alright but underused The main narrator was awful Must kill Uh Pretty woman Must notice body shape whilst running for life Must hate Must punch Etc, etc Boys books


  6. Bandit Bandit says:

    Slowly but surely working my way through back catalogue of the late great James Herbert 48 was a departure for him, not so much horror as a dystopian alternate history As the title suggests, set in the post WW2 England London to be specific , the plot follows an American pilot who has been surviving in the war ravaged city He comes across a group of fellow survivors and they struggle on together against the remainder of british fascists The twist here is that although Hitler did lose the w Slowly but surely working my way through back catalogue of the late great James Herbert 48 was a departure for him, not so much horror as a dystopian alternate history As the title suggests, set in the post WW2 England London to be specific , the plot follows an American pilot who has been surviving in the war ravaged city He comes across a group of fellow survivors and they struggle on together against the remainder of british fascists The twist here is that although Hitler did lose the war, his left a nasty partying gift behind, something that kills anyone whose blood type isn t AB negative So ABneg blood has become the most precious of commodities Those who haven t died out yet are separated not merely by class and creed, but also by their very blood providing for interesting social metaphors as well as an intense dramatic narrative The story starts off with a speedy zoom of an action packed chase and continues on in a similarly dynamic fashion The scenery and descriptions of a war torn London are absolutely stunning What an awesome movie this would make Very entertaining especially for such a bleak subject read Recommended


  7. Paul Elsy Paul Elsy says:

    My most favourite book of all time, one of the first full novels I ever read I must have finished it upwards of a dozen times now Outstanding.


  8. Simon Simon says:

    There s A LOT of action, A LOT of running around, A LOT of explosions It s almost like being inside a video game The last chapter is perfect, some of Hebert s best writing.


  9. Gav451 Gav451 says:

    This is James Herbert on form Its high adventure, there are elements which stretch credulity a bit and I imagine the plot would not stand up to intense scrutiny but as I have far better things to do than intensely scrutinise this tale who am I to worry What this does do is hold you attention and take the story to a satisfying end It also has plot devices that I actually rather enjoyed I liked the baddie in this, I liked the finite nature of him and the fact that his thinking was hopeful and w This is James Herbert on form Its high adventure, there are elements which stretch credulity a bit and I imagine the plot would not stand up to intense scrutiny but as I have far better things to do than intensely scrutinise this tale who am I to worry What this does do is hold you attention and take the story to a satisfying end It also has plot devices that I actually rather enjoyed I liked the baddie in this, I liked the finite nature of him and the fact that his thinking was hopeful and wrong headed I liked the fact that this book was not about saving the world but was about survival only.I liked the setting of the book It worked in terms of the time and it felt like it was in a moment I liked the back stories and where there were twists they were fun.I liked the fact the sex in this book and it wasn t overloaded with it actually helped moved the plot forwards and was a feature of the reasoning in the book It was part of a trust theme in part of the book.I thought the back story shock reveal was not such a shock in this book and it went off like a damp squib There is SO much horror and awfulness in the situation that we had already been through that the empathy circuits in my brain were a little overloaded already I was effectively battle hardened by the time it came That is not so say it was a bad twist, just less impactful than it could have been.All in all a fine read Not a classic but one I enjoyed and that is enough


  10. Bookhode Bookhode says:

    First of all let me say how much I loved the setting in this book silent and almost empty London in 1948, three years after Hitler s ultimate biological weapon extinguished almost all life on Earth, leaving buildings intact Only a handful of people survived, and they are either sick or crazy or both Among the ghostly remnants of civilization, a group of fascist bad guys Blackshirts is trying to round up all uninfected humans, including our superhero, the American pilot named Hoke, and steal First of all let me say how much I loved the setting in this book silent and almost empty London in 1948, three years after Hitler s ultimate biological weapon extinguished almost all life on Earth, leaving buildings intact Only a handful of people survived, and they are either sick or crazy or both Among the ghostly remnants of civilization, a group of fascist bad guys Blackshirts is trying to round up all uninfected humans, including our superhero, the American pilot named Hoke, and steal their blood in a desperate attempt to cure themselves.Hoke is going through this novel like a character from Half Life, running, jumping, riding bikes, cars and boats, fighting, shooting, and killing dozens of Blackshirts, and suffering only minor injuries in the process But that s kind of ok because he is immune to the disease that made his enemies slower and weaker, almost decomposing Still the numerical odds are against him, so Hoke needs not one, not two but at least six miracle saves from mortal danger, before he can finally annihilate the bad guys, get the girl, and lead a group of survivors to better tomorrow Hell yeah 48 is a fast paced novel that is easy to read, has simple black and white characters, interesting idea and setting, but it does not work well at all if you try to use your brain too much while reading


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

'48➹ '48 Free ➯ Author James Herbert – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk James Herbert transcends the horror medium with , a blistering tale of post World War II London overrun with fear and blood Delivering not only terrifying imagery, but pulse pounding action and histor James Herbert transcends the horror medium with , a blistering tale of post World War II London overrun with fear and blood Delivering not only terrifying imagery, but pulse pounding action and historical adventure, it is destined to become a classicIt is a London Too Terrifying to Imagine Already crippled by the relentless Nazi bombing, this once beautiful city has been depopulated by a hideous blood plague unleashed in the final convulsive collapse of the German regime Now, human vampires wander the rubble strewn streets, desperately searching for the only thing that can cure themBut not all survivors have been afflicted, and Hoke a lone hero accompanied only by his trusty dog and bitter memories is relentlessly pursued for the clean blood that courses through his veins Yet his flight soon takes on a different meaning as he saves two women and a former German soldier Banding together, they flee into the city s underground tunnels where an unexpected betrayal that delivers them right into the hands of their deadly adversaries prompts Hoke to take a stand against these monsters once and for all With , James Herbert delivers another triumphant thriller that blends two fisted action with the supernatural Douglas E Winter.


About the Author: James Herbert

James Herbert was Britain s number one bestselling writer a position he held ever since publication of his first novel and one of the world s top writers of thriller horror fiction He was one of our greatest popular novelists, whose books are sold in thirty three other languages, including Russian and Chinese Widely imitated and hugely influential, his novels have soldthan million copies worldwide As an author he produced some of the most powerful horror fiction of the past decade With a skillful blend of horror and thriller fiction, he explored the shaded territories of evil, evoking a sense of brooding menace and rising tension He relentlessly draws the reader through the story s ultimate revelation one that will stay to chill the mind long after the book has been laid aside His bestsellers, THE MAGIC COTTAGE, HAUNTED, SEPULCHRE, and CREED, enhanced his reputation as a writer of depth and originality His novels THE FOG, THE DARK, and THE SURVIVOR have been hailed as classics of the genre.