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Ash (David Ash #3)

3.44  ·  Rating Details ·  2,890 Ratings  ·  451 Reviews
Deep in the countryside, ghost hunter David Ash is investigating a mysterious, secluded stately home. Reports from locals regarding strange goings-on make him think the house is haunted... But not even David Ash's long professional history of warding off evil spirits can prepare him for the shocking discovery that awaits.

International bestselling horror writer James Herber
Paperback, 704 pages
Published November 26th 2013 by Tor Books (first published August 30th 2012)
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Jam Sinclair The outcomes of the past 2 books are mentioned briefly, but the story in Ash is very standalone and not reading the first 2 wont cause any…moreThe outcomes of the past 2 books are mentioned briefly, but the story in Ash is very standalone and not reading the first 2 wont cause any problems/confusion. It's a brilliant story, enjoy :)
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Dec 01, 2012 Carrie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, own
I'm a horror fan, and everywhere I went this book was being advertised at me. I saw it on the tube, I saw it on YouTube... and when I went to Amazon, it was only 99p so I grabbed it. And boy was I disappointed.

I found out later that this was the third book in a trilogy, I don't think I missed much by not having read them.

I've not read anything else by this author, so I have nothing to compare it to, but it was pretty unbearable. It was actually worse than some of the free things I've read from
First of all, I didn’t read any of the other books in the David Ash series. I came across this one in my local bookshop and I picked it up because the synopsis intrigued me. A creepy, haunted castle. A parapsychologist with a disturbing past. A secret, elite organization harboring more secrets than the Illuminati. So far, it all sounded good. The only downside was the execution. I enjoyed the premise, but this book was so sloppily executed I had trouble getting to the end.

The plot is actually pr
Jan 02, 2015 Kelsey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first ever James Herbert book I've read and I'll definitely be going back for more. I actually didn't realise this was part of a series, but apart from some references, it did well as a stand alone book. I bought this before reading and researching the reviews on here. But frankly, I'm glad I did that. I'd have been put off by a lot of the reviews on here, and I'd have missed out on a book that I really enjoyed. And seeing as I hadn't read any of his work before, I had nothing for a ...more
Aug 31, 2012 Lynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-horror
If I could give more than 5 stars I would as this is James Herbert at his greatest!

The third in the David Ash series but equally the third that can be read as stand alone books.

David Ash is a renowned Parapsychologist who is asked to investigate the seemingly supernatural murder of a guest in a remote castle in the farthest reaches of Scotland. The whole premise being pre-empted by signing a contract of utmost secrecy about all his findings. Something which is utterly unheard of in the society h
Sep 23, 2012 John rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
why on earth i bought this i have no idea !....bored in the local supermarket and needed a quick fix of escapism i unthinkingly threw the thing into my trolley, well i have never read such a crock of shite in my entire life, so bad i thought it was perhaps a horror pastiche, but no , it's supposed to be like this. The writing is so bad my 12 year old son could have constructed better sentences, my cat could have written better sex scenes and a small piece of cheese could have come up with a bett ...more
Karen Daly
Cannot believe in the time ive bought and read this the author passed away - ive grown up reading James Herbert and my mum loves him too, so sad. (also spooky reference to Maggie Thatcher within the book who also died whilst i was reading it!!)

However that said, I thought it was a real disappointment, far too drawn out. More like a travel guide for Comraich and surrounding areas. Good ideas but too many to give them real depth or credence at all and it went off all over the place with a frantic
Simon Woodward
Mar 08, 2013 Simon Woodward rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was shocked at this particular work. You start reading and, comfortably, you slip into a James Herbert novel; then things go awry. Exposition becomes king and it feels as if one is reading a catalogue of architecture, a dispassionate recollection of events - the character of David Ash fades in and out, always usurped by a list of things that needed to be included. And the end is unbelievable - because it doesn't end - that are about 4 different endings as the author feels the need to stitch to ...more
May 11, 2013 Bandit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's sad to think that there will be no more David Ash adventures, with Mr. Herbert's passing, but if a series had to end, this was a pretty good ending to it. Long, quite massive in fact, about the size of the first two Ash books combined, this was a bit slow to start, but once it picked up the pace, it moved along at a nice speed. At first more disturbing than scary, stick with the story and it'll offer as much gore, blood and mayhem as any good genre book. The best part was the wild, wildly e ...more
Elaine Blows
Having never read any of the other books in the David Ash series I was rather pleased to pick this up having recalled fondly James Herbert's earlier horror offerings in my youth. I was looking forward to a suspenseful, gripping and genuinely frightening read. The premise looked interesting; though I should have been wary as one by one, cliches of the horror genre were ticked off: Old hunted castle, check. Moody tortured protagonist, check. Top secret political cover up, check. Totally contextual ...more
Nikos Papas
Oct 15, 2013 Nikos Papas rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am really in a loss of how to describe this book. I would say it is the worst book I have ever read in the point that I wanted to start crying or bang my head on the wall or jump out the window with the things I read.

The main character Ash is a clown who just travels to a castle and with the help of his super special equipment, a MAGLITE and a VEST with many POCKETS, (really, I mean really?) concludes that the castle is hunted after everybody's meal turns to worms and flies. I mean you should
Jo Barton
Sep 14, 2012 Jo Barton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Comraich Castle, a reclusive fortress on the west coast of Scotland provides the setting for this rather disturbing novel, featuring the enigmatic ghost hunter and parapsychologist, David Ash. When sinister paranormal events start to disturb the equilibrium of this unusual sanctuary, there is no one more suited to the task than this ghost hunter extraordinaire, but the dark forces which hang like a miasma over the inhabitants of the castle, soon start to take centre stage.

The book starts off a l
Oct 11, 2014 Siobhan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was actually the first James Herbert book I read meaning I ended the Ash stories before even starting them. With that being said it is possible to read the books in any order without needing any prior knowledge. The one point I would make is that if you start here and then go back there are references in this book which ruin some aspects of the past books (in which you know what will happen before it does).

It is a wonderful piece in itself, keeping you interested from start until end. David
Nov 15, 2015 M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sadly, my last ever James Herbert new read. RIP James. I will miss you. He was one of the first authors I really got into, and my friends and I eagerly consumed all of his novels when we were in secondary school. And yes, we giggled over the 'sex bits' in class, particularly science class - not sure why, but the long benches and our seats at the back of the room seem to demand that we pass Herbert's novels around and smirk endlessly at every and any mention of 'bush' and 'hardness', etc. Things ...more
Aug 28, 2012 Sueann rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not quite sure what shelf to add this too, and can't believe I am giving a James Herbert book only 1 star. A mammoth read and only just stuck with it to the end, so not what I was expecting after Haunted & Ghosts of Sleath.

More conspiracy theories than horror the book was painfully slow and I couldn't wait to get it out of the way to move onto my next book. Not as fluid as his previous novels, I couldn't make a connection with any of the characters, found the link to Princess Diana was in ba
Robert Simpson
Aug 29, 2012 Robert Simpson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Its been a long wait since The Secret Of Crickley Hall, but well worth it. Herbert accomplishes another fine ghost story, richly embellished with elements of a conspiracy thriller. David Ash has grown into a likeable hero.

While some of the Royal elements pushed my acceptance a little (nicely timed in this Jubilee year), they gave some added gravitas.

Wesley Winegarden
Sep 27, 2012 Wesley Winegarden rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: few
This is James Herbert's third novel to feature Parapsychologist David Ash, something tells me after the reviews I have read, it may be his last.

Described as a novel about an investigation into the haunting of an old Scottish castle, I found that even though a castle is involved, and there is mention of ghosts, this novel is more than just a ghost story. It is more like a Dan Brown thriller, with a sprinkling of ghosts, and a dash of 50 Shades of Grey graphic sex just to keep Herbert's teen audie
Oct 16, 2012 Julian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
This is the first book I have read by this Author and after reading other reviews, I felt it wasn't a risk starting with book 3 because there is barely any link to previous stories.

This was a very good book and not at all because of its "paranormal" components. In fact, you could remove all paranormal aspects and it would still be a creepy, suspenseful novel from start to finish. I actually would have put this down immediately if it started getting too much into silly paranormal science. Yes th
Ashley Brown
I was silly enough to order this without researching it thoroughly, which meant that I didn't realise it was part of a series. Luckily, asides from a few references, it stands alone pretty well.

The plot is very grand to say the least, but as the book is quite meaty the pacing is on key more times than not. Out of the Herbert books I've read I still prefer The Spear but Ash was a page-turner and the main character was an engaging protagonist, as were some of the co-stars - I rooted for the main g
It has been years since I read a James Herbert book as I am not a horror fan.

This book is quite a lengthy tome and the writing at times is beautifully descriptive. I felt as though I was in Scotland. The scenery seemed so real. The main character is at first likeable if a little naive.

The actual story is simple enough. Psychic investigator goes to a castle full of wealthy criminals to hunt for ghosts and overall bad things. What could go wrong?

However the first half of the book is pure window dr
B J Burton
Dec 06, 2012 B J Burton rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
After waiting so long for a new book from James Herbert I was delighted to hear of its publication. The fact that the Kindle version was made available for only 20p was an unexpected bonus, but what a let-down this book proved to be. People who don't like the supernatural horror genre are likely to dismiss all such books as preposterous rubbish. In this case it's not the supernatural elements that should be so dismissed, but the basic plot. The reader is supposed to accept that just about all of ...more
Aug 30, 2012 Alan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
James Herbert's 'Ash' has been a long time coming. Protagonist David Ash returns after a long hiatus after 'Ghosts of Sleath' to be sent to the mysterious Comraich Castle in Scotland to investigate strange goings on.

Part conspiracy thriller and part horror, this novel is a great addition to the Herbert canon, with gruesome hauntings and it's fair share of nostalgic nods to previous novels including The Rats.

Whilst not quite what I was expecting, I was half expecting the recurrence of his sister
Lynsey Jordan

SPOILERS WITHIN... Like many others I'm glad I only paid 20p for this on my kindle. I love James Herbert and would count a few of his books in my top 20 as I love horror novels. The last book of his I read was The Secret of Crickley Hall which I utterly loved and am looking forward to the TV adaptation. I was really looking forward to Ash but I was sorely disappointed. It takes a long time to get going. I got bored but I'm one of those people who likes to finish once I've started so I plodded on
Stephen McQuiggan
Jan 26, 2017 Stephen McQuiggan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am a big Herbert fan but this was so disappointing - what a sad epitaph for a fine career. It is so overwritten - it could easily lose half of its 700 odd pages and the story would not be effected one iota; It takes Ash three paragraphs to light a cigarette, and I never want to read about a Maglite torch and its settings ever again. It is beyond redemption when Princess Diana arises from the sea in a divine blue glow like some simpering benevolent Virgin Mary (excuse me whilst I vomit). There ...more
Keith Larkworthy
James Herbert has done it again. Another vintage from the master. Loved the original plot line and pacing of the story. The tension and horror never let up. I hope I don't have to wait another six years for his next book.
Mar 10, 2016 Anna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a brilliant novel, but certainly not a terrible novel, though wouldn't say this is James Herbert at his finest. It is a compelling idea; and the writing hits that lovely level of composition use without coming across as pretentious.
Miss Thing
Aug 30, 2012 Miss Thing rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it. That's all :)
DNf at 50% bc super boring and lame
As I received this as a gift, I’m a tad reluctant to write this review. I am immensely grateful for this book as I am hugely aware of the time spent choosing the perfect book for a gift. However, I didn’t really enjoy it. Although, there are a few things I did enjoy about this book.

Note: Yes, this book is the final book in a series. However, I read it without reading the other two, and it is completely readable as a standalone book.

What I enjoyed

I enjoyed the plot. It was well written, and it wa
Justin Green
David Ash is a parapsychologist at the Psychical Research Institute.
The company is on hard times financially, and so when the opportunity for a lucrative contract comes their way, proprietor Kate McCarrick grabs with both hands.
Despite the suspiscious nature of it.
Ash is sent up to a remote area of Scotland to Comraich Castle to investigate the hauntings and to get to the root of what appears to be a gruesome murder.
With his naturally heightened perceptive ability, he detects from very early on
Rachael Dixon
Oct 10, 2012 Rachael Dixon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
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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 more than 42 million
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