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King Blood

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  140 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Rick Kennedy feels good. Tonight there's going to be the party of the decade, the brother he hasn't seen for years has just flown in, and Rick is all set to do something about Kate Robinson, the beautiful girl he just can't get out of his mind. In the pleasant village of Fairburn the evening air is warm ...But this is also the night that Rick encounters the stranger in the ...more
Paperback, 544 pages
Published September 18th 1997 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published 1997)
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Bandit
Now this is the Simon Clark I remember so fondly. With his recent lackluster vampyrrhic series or the paranormal novellas, it's easy to not think much of Clark's work, but once upon the time he was one of the horror's best. When I was first discovering horror fiction and his leisure published books were easily available, they were really something special. This book, King Blood, leisure never published, it wasn't published stateside in an affordable format at all, so it took till now to read it ...more
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At first this review was going to include a lot of ranting and raving about what I didn't like and a few paragraphs about what I did like. Not because I disliked more than I liked, but because I REALLY disliked what I disliked. But, since I read this book with a group and have already done enough ranting, I'll just give you an overview of how I feel.


The plot and world building in this novel were very original for me. I've read post apocalyptic novels before, but I usually stick to young or new a
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Valerie
Read January 2014.

This got off to a slow start. I actually gave up on reading it and started another book. I started again when I was waiting for another book to release. I am so glad I did. It was such an interesting story. It was a concept I have not yet seen in other books. There was romance, death, murder, conspiracy, violence and everything else you could want. It's a story of survival. Overall, a very good read.
Jonathan Echevarria
Sep 13, 2014 Jonathan Echevarria rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Post Apocalyptic Fans
Recommended to Jonathan by: Mehmet
Simon Clark's King Blood is a mixed bag of enjoyment and eye rolling disbelief. I enjoyed it as much as I sighed at it's several short comings. It was a book that I'm glad I read, but I probably will never pick back up again. As many of the other reviewers have said for this book, the main reason I decided to read King Blood was because of Simon Clark's other post apocalyptic masterpiece Blood Crazy. Both books tell the story of a young adult's journey toward becoming a leader in a world where y ...more
Kaisersoze
Many years ago I read a horror novel called Blood Crazy that absolutely blew me away. Fast forward a few years later and I bought Vampyrrhic and absolutely loathed it. Yet both were by the same author, Simon Clark.

To this day, I've wondered about how a writer could produce such contrasting effects in me as a reader. On Deadly Ground somehow combines the best and worst parts of Simon Clark in one (quite long) novel. Originally published as KING BLOOD back in 1993, On Deadly Ground - which is a m
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D.M.
The book is very original, the plot was ok.
The world is ending and it revolves mainly around the evil that people (could potentially) do when faced with a breakdown of society; when you have to fight to feed your family. How far would you go to stop your children from starving to death? In parts the book is very good, chapter 55 was my favourite part of the book; the suspense was perfect.

The book contains scenes of torture and rape, but hey, women are tough and get over it immediately (really
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Mehmet
Ever since I found this book on my parents bookshelf I have been looking forward to read this novel. My first Simon Clark novel, alas while a fun novel was not my most greatest read of the year. It starts of brilliantly, gives you characters to care about, but also turns you off with a almost adolescent mentality towards male and female relations.
The apocalyptic vision of the destruction of the UK was almost artistic, the savagery people descended to was comic book like with snippets of thought
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Dave Pope
Torn between 3 and 4 stars but due to the work put into the novel 4 it will be. This is a good apocalyptic novel - different from the hoards of apocalyptic zombie novels available these days in that there are no zombies here. The horror revolves mainly around the evil that people do to other people when faced with a breakdown of society as we understand it. In parts the book is very good and in other parts it isn't so good but having said that it does keep the reader wanting to go forward throug ...more
Dave Pope
Torn between 3 and 4 stars but due to the work put into the novel 4 it will be. This is a good apocalyptic novel - different from the hoards of apocalyptic zombie novels available these days in that there are no zombies here. The horror revolves mainly around the evil that people do to other people when faced with a breakdown of society as we understand it. In parts the book is very good and in other parts it isn't so good but having said that it does keep the reader wanting to go forward throug ...more
Theda
I am not sure where I got that book from. I have a kindle edition and started it a while ago.

Now I stopped without even finishing and I do not intend to do so... And I will tell you why.

Though the author has a good writing and the story got my attention I do not waste my time with reading something that the author himself doesn't care about.

There is a re-occurring error in the book that just tells me that the author did not care about his story at all. The error? Plain and simple. One of the mai
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Laurie Jameson
I really want to give it 3 1/2 stars, because I liked it more in the back half than the front half. Was pretty brutal and contained quite a bit of sex (not my normal reading choice), but the story was good and it kept me interested enough to finish all 534 pages in under 5 days. Was a good read, but be prepared for some tough to read parts.
Kim
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Margaret Mawhinney
Could not finish just way to confusing, maybe just me but did not hold my attention well at all.
Teekay
I came on to give this book one star, but I've decided to give it two as parts of it were OK. It was quite long and it was a free book from Amazon. Parts of it seemed like it was written by a high schooler and a bit ridiculous, but parts were not too bad.
amy schroeder
Good and gruesome

could have been written by Stephen king or Jeffrey deaver. end of the world scenario in a biblical and epic scale.actually had a decent ending.
Colette Flaherty
Wicked book that sticks in the mind. Well worth a read!
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Born, 20th April, 1958, Simon Clark is the author of such highly regarded horror novels as Nailed By The Heart, Blood Crazy, Darker, Vampyrrhic and The Fall, while his short stories have been collected in Blood & Grit and Salt Snake & Other Bloody Cuts. He has also written prose material for the internationally famous rock band U2.

Raised in a family of storytellers – family legend told of
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