The Rats

The Rats

James Herbert / May 26, 2020

The Rats 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 and the rats began to prey on the human populatio

  • Title: The Rats
  • Author: James Herbert
  • ISBN: 9780450042775
  • Page: 419
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 and the rats began to prey on the human population.

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        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 19 novels have sold than 42 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.


    1. Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Gory, shocking, and moderately offensive, The Rats reads like a campy B-movie train wreck one doesn't want to watch but cannot look away from.

    2. By gnawing through a dike, even a rat may drown a nation.Edmund BurkeThere are rats and then there are RATS.A scientist has brought back an oversized rat from a radioactive island, and he begins breeding it with the local London rats. These rats are famous in their own right for bringing down London more than once with plague in the long, distant past. Obviously, we all need bigger rats, right? That would be a negatory. Rats do what rats do best which is out rabbit rabbits in the area of fornica [...]

    3. Pack up your bags and run, my friend, because oversized Rats are here. And they are really hungry.Welcome to London, the ground zero of a terrible rat infestation. Nope, Ratatouille rat infestation was almost cute. This is much worse! Let me put it this way. If you are on the streets, You'd have a better chance surviving a Zombie apocalypse than this rat invasion! Not only they can devour you in minutes, a bite from these mutant bastards will infect and kill you within 24 hours!This is a bloody [...]

    4. OMFG this is about rats, lots of fucking rats, not just your average normal run of the mill rats but super big fucking rats that have taken a liking to human flesh. I listened to this on audio and have to say it's pretty entertaining, in an upper class, hoighty-toighty kind of narration, we get to know various characters some very quickly as they get, well, eaten and a few others that are in it for the long run. Decent story, enjoyable horror, plenty of cringing and I have to say, where would w [...]

    5. "Pitoresc! Era și ăsta un fel de a o descrie. La treizeci și doi de ani se întorsese și preda unor copii care erau replicile lui fidele din tinerețe. La început, nemernicii ăia mici încercaseră să-i dea bătaie de cap, pentru că desenul reprezenta pentru ei o oră de joacă și oricine l-ar fi predat era considerat un ciudat. Însă le aplicase propriul tratament. Îi luase atât de tare, încât le era teamă să și șoptească în prezența lui.""Închise ușa și se îndreptă re [...]

    6. "The rats had had their fill of his body, but were still hungry. So they searched. Searched for more food of the same kind. They had tasted their first human blood."There's a new breed of rat in London, England, and they're bigger, more intelligent and more vicious than their predecessors. These rats are thirsty for human blood and as they feed, their bloodlust becomes more and more rampant. As the rats wreck havoc on those living in London, the question becomes: how do you eliminate hordes of r [...]

    7. The Rats is pure horror goodness. Unrelenting, unapologetic horror. Babies, puppies, giraffes, nothing is safe from the teeming mass of mutant rats that are terrorizing London. 5 squirming stars.

    8. This is a old fashioned Horror book and just having revisited in perhaps 30 years time makes me realise how weel it is written and how good a scribe James Herbert actually is. There is this little house in a lane that gets forgotten and overgrown and after some time people forget about the house and that it ever was there. The last person who lived there was taken away and put in home for the insane.Years later London finds out what probably has driven her insane when the attacks start by a new [...]

    9. Old school horror fun! This was the kind of book that I read as a teen in the early 80s that caused me to become a life long fan of horror. A rollicking good time. :)

    10. This is the fourth book by James Herbert I've read and it's easily my favourite.The premise couldn't be more simple in setup. A new breed of rat, which is larger, more intelligent and far more vicious, starts to appear in London, England. These new rats start their killing from the very start of the book to the end. It's a cast of characters trying to figure out where the rats are coming from and trying to eliminate them. Easier said than done however.The book is dark and brutal all the way thro [...]

    11. Good old fashioned mutant animals run amok horror. The writing was somewhat thin, but the story was fun, and there are two sequels to look forward to. As far as Herbert goes, this is only the fourth or fofth of his sizeable canon I have read. I enjoyed The Fog was similar in construct and plot, and I liked it a little better.

    12. First a bit of background to my penchant for Herbert’s novels… Back in the days of my youth, when I was about thirteen years old (circa 1984 or thereabouts!), I had to do a book review for my English class. A year or two previously I had found a copy of Herbert’s ‘The Jonah’ at a jumble sale, and attracted by its freaky cover, I bought it. It languished on a shelf for the next couple of years, until I decided it would make an excellent book to review. My English teacher took exception [...]

    13. In this horror story by James Herbert rats have mutated to the size of dogs and kill off humans. It follows multiple characters living in London trying to survive the attacks from these super rats. I read the special 40th anniversary addition which is absolutely gorgeous. I like that it starts with the first kill, that means you are with the story from the start and see how these rats evolve. It also shows very many aspects off the story, the people who are attacked, the bystanders, the scientis [...]

    14. My rating is based upon the general effect this book had on me as a child (I shouldn't really have read it so young) and upon my subsequent reading habits, and not upon the book's literary merits, assuming it has any.Summer, 1974 (possibly 1975): I went to the park to see if any of my mates were there, and they weren't. So, I went to the café to get an ice cream, but being a 10-year old bookworm decided to look at the novels in the rotary racks they had just inside the door. I would have been l [...]

    15. The Rats is, without doubt, the BEST horror novel I have ever read in my whole life. I first read this classic novel by James Herbert way back in 1975, and just could not put it down. I honestly cannot voice enough superlatives to describe this truly fantastic shocker of a book. It was just one big roller coaster ride of sheer, unbridled, entertaining horror, from start to finish. I enjoyed it that much that I actually finished it in one whole day!The Rats is truly the horror novel template whic [...]

    16. La historia empieza con diversas escenas donde los personajes van siendo liquidados por una sanguinarias ratas negras de un tamaño mayor al habitual, y que además parecen poseer inteligencia. Si hay un protagonista, este es el joven profesor Harris, que se verá envuelto en situaciones de los más peligrosas. El panorama no pinta bien, ya que las ratas van proliferando, así como sus masacres. Además, cualquiera que sea mordido, muere a las 24 horas.‘Las ratas’ (The Rats, 1974), primera n [...]

    17. Rats by James herbert is horror at its very best i loved this book sent chills down my spine i hate rodents & reading this i hate RATS even more.well written no wonder this book sent Herbert career sky rocketing blood sucking rats devour everything in their wake even a baby that made me sick what else can i say BLOODY BRILLIANT 5 big stars

    18. Read this for Genre. Lacking in horror and excitement. Lackluster descriptions of the rats, to say the least. Harris, main protagonist, is dull and drawn into saving London for no valid reason it seems. The book is incredibly sexist. His girlfriend is nothing more than a cutout that the main character has sex with and cooks him meals. Twice on the book he commands her to make him a meal, rest of the time he just tells her about the amazing dangers he experienced fighting the rats. Every other fe [...]

    19. James Herbert's debut horror novel about killer mutant rats terrorizing London may sound somewhat corny, but this slim novel shows an early work but one of the true masters of modern horror fiction. Haven't heard of him? Pity, because until untimely passing last year, Herbert was Britain's top chiller author (think UK's Stephen King) and one of the best ever, period.The time is the mid 70's and a schoolteacher becomes embroiled in a desperate search by authorities to find and exterminate these l [...]

    20. 3.5 Stars Read all my reviews on urlphantomhiveoklikes I found this book at a large book sale recently, and my edition has a cover that looks like rats ate half of it. Immediately intrigued by this, I just had to buy it.While I'm not a big fan of rats, they do not really terrify me. Or at least, they didn't use to. The story features an infestation with very large rats that are working together to slaughter humans. This is the stuff of nightmares.My edition features an introduction by Neil Gaima [...]

    21. The first of the Rats trilogy, A special 40th anniversary edition of the classic, bestselling novel that launched James Herbert's career.I read this book many years ago in some form of paperback and quite enjoyed it. This is a beautiful hard cover edition with a die cut cover published by Pan Macmillan, so how could I pass it up.6/1/15 Update.I purchased the Centipede Press set also which are a set of 3 Herbert books.This is number 40 of 300 signed numbered copies, signed by:James HerbertJason C [...]

    22. Classic old school 1970s creature horror served up in a simple and direct style. Pure entertainment. London is menaced by giant intelligent rats. Whatcha gonna do about it? You don't have to apologize for liking it but you do have to wonder about those who look down on you for reading it. What's wrong with them?

    23. My mother grew up reading all the big horror writers, leading to my appreciation of the greats. James Herbert is a shining example of my mother’s teenage years influencing my reading. For countless years I listened to her rant and rave about James Herbert’s books, telling me how wonderful they are. Thus, I dove in with eagerness. I started with the David Ash books, and loved them. From there, I have gone on to read a couple of other books – Portent, Fluke, and Creed. Other books have spent [...]

    24. Let's see if I can get a good pictorial reference here for The RatsObviously not even close. Remy just wants to make you a meal, not make you the meal.Closerbut still, Jenner was really just evil all on his own.We've got the size going for us herebut comparatively to Herbert's rats, this guy is just down right adorable.Ah. Here we go.The Rats is about big friggin' rats. Really big rats. Dog sized rats that eat people. And they don't discriminate like some horror books. They don't JUST eat the we [...]

    25. It's been a long time since I've read a book in one sitting, or in this case, actually lying down in bed, and it is for this fact that I give it four stars rather than the three stars that would be a more objective rating. But then, I don't really think it is possible for a person to give an objective rating for a piece of fiction. Which is all beside the point. When I started this book just after 10 PM, I figured I would do my usual read for about 30 to 45 minutes before getting too sleepy to c [...]

    26. Hey, this was just for fun and out of nostalgic curiosity (he lived in the village next to ours when I was a child). And I liked JH whenever I read him being interviewed. Kiiiiiiind of interesting as a 1970s museum piece at a superficial level. Socially, it's a point in history where East London still spells WW2 bomb damage, Ronan Point high rises and docks. There's a level of opportunistic sleeze about the relationships that feels very Jimmy Savile-era. And a gay man gets a pretty progressive-f [...]

    27. This book is really great, from the cover (I bought the 1980 edition with the giant rat on the front) it looks kind of like a cheesy cult horror movie poster but this book has a lot of action, the story moves quickly but makes you want to read more, it's fact-based and well researched (there were never giant killer rats but it does provide some credible info on the times when rats were spreading the plague back in the middle ages), the characters are likeable, there is never a dull moment in thi [...]

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