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The Ancient

3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  70 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews

Alien, on a container ship.
‘Scary and unputdownable’, Stephen King

Amongst towering mountains of trash in the backstreets of Lima, three young boys are trying to raise an ancient demon. They don't think their incantation has worked; but that night a teenage drugrunner is gunned down across their makeshift altar. As his killers walk away, his body stirs. Not because it still

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Hardcover, 207 pages
Published January 1st 2000 by HarperCollins (UK)
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Nelio Gomes
Oct 24, 2012 Nelio Gomes rated it really liked it
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A novel about an ancient demon stirring within the confines of a load of trash aboard a massive cargo ship sounds like it could be plodding and monotonous. But instead, author Muriel Gray gives us interesting characters, a plausible chain of events, and intertwined mysteries, topped off with a dollop of horror – and such ingredients did make it near “unputdownable” (as Stephen King is quoted on the cover)! The threads of plot, and relationships between characters, all flow easily together as ...more
Gary
May 22, 2015 Gary rated it really liked it
Another fun ride from Muriel Gray, shame she hasn't written anything lately, her horror stuff is very well written and always very original. This is about a nasty ancient Inca demon manifesting on a container ship hauling trash, but in her trademark style there's a parallel plot and threat. The story is populated by well rounded and credible characters and the maritime aspects are well researched, lending credibility to the endeavor - recommended.
Michael
Jun 07, 2009 Michael rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, review
I didn't enjoy this one as much as her other two Horror books. I think the setting of an oil tanker didn't really help; there are only so many ways you can describe metal boxes and bulkheads. Still better than a lot of supposedly scary books out there though.
Farrah
Mar 23, 2013 Farrah rated it it was ok
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could not get into this one, the setting and characters just did nothing for me. having said that, there was nothing 'wrong' with the writing or the story, it just wasnt my cup of tea and im a major horror fan.
Randolph Carter
Not much in the way of frights but plenty of stomach-churning grue. When you get right down to it the subplot makes this more of a suspense/thriller novel than a horror story.
Karen
Mar 15, 2016 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book to be interesting and suspenseful. There were so many different things to follow and solve.
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