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As you can expect from James Herbert, the story is extremely well written and builds slowly but surely to an absolutely terrifying climax. James Herbert's Sepulchre is a good effort at combining the action/adventure/thriller with paranormal horror.
The book's thoughtless using of several troubling horror tropes is disturbing, but its real problem is that it's just not very good. The Stoic: Halloran calmly accepts Kline's undeniable psychic insights and projections; faces mortal danger with a disquieting smile, and is an unflappable professional.I really wasn't expecting much with this book and was shocked at how good it was; One of the few books I have rated 5stars (along with Stephen Kings DT series).
He is introduced to the man’s personal bodyguard, a woman named Cora Redmile but soon realizes she is not trained well enough and security measures for Kline are inadequate. From what we actually see, Halloran thinks of nothing but being a professional and perfect bodyguard, acts in the most professional manner, and the only thing he works to prevent harder than security breaches is actual character development.Bodyguard agency Achilles’ Shield supplies ex-soldier Liam Halloran to guard Felix Kline, whose psychic insight is crucial to global mineral corporation Magma. Granted, 1987 is a ways back, there were people even then sensitive to racial issues and the unfair depictions of characters based on the myth of race and the many negative cliches surrounding them. I'm not recommending this to anyone, as it's so offensive, extremely boring, and has a "twist" at the end that you can see coming for miles. It features a professional bodyguard and hostage negotiator named Liam Halloran who works for a company named ‘Achilles Shield’. The core of that monologue is Kline telling us that he's part of a conflict that "still goes on" (p.
Still, such bad writing is not something this older me can readily forgive--I mean Bloch, Matheson, Lovecraft, Poe et al. Displaced Palastinians Asil Khayed and Youssef Daoud, having grown up in squalor, became sadistic assassins. we proceed through our rather stuttering conclusion, one that takes place long after the reader's grown bored of caring for anyone at all in it, and then, thankfully, to the end.Ruthless tough guy with a heart of gold, or at least I think that's what we're supposed to be inferring from the repeated mentions along the above lines. The Corrupter: Having chosen staff comprised of worldwide miscreants, Kline nurtured the malign tendencies of each.
Halloran is unaware of the insidious evil he must face, that he will have to combat men who thrive on the worst physical corruption, that he will find love, that he will have to face the darkness of his own soul. The intriguing corporate element that Herbert has brought into the early quarter of the storyline seems to magnify the threat to a much higher degree.The majority of the book overtly focuses on the thriller plotline, which is developed through such nonsensical lapses in thought as the chiefs of the boydguarding company being, themselves, completely unguarded. No Kill like Overkill: With Kline shot, and the embalmed heart of Bel-Marduk crushed, Halloran feeds its remains to one of Kline's jackals, then dismembers Kline in the manner of Bel-Marduk, leaving him to die in his own sepulchre. and surrounds himself with various detestable characters and may be far more ancient than he appears. Interred in the Majdanek concentration camp for (reluctantly) bringing food to the Polish resistance, starvation drove him to eat the flesh of corpses.