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Ash (David Ash #3)

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David Ash – detective of the paranormal – is sent to the mysterious Comraich Castle, secluded deep in the Scottish countryside, to investigate a strange, high-profile case: a man has been found crucified – in a room that was locked. The reports suggest that the cliff-top castle is being haunted . . .

Who – or what – is the reclusive hooded figure that Ash has seen from the
Hardcover, 693 pages
Published August 30th 2012 by Macmillan
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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
Jun 24, 2015 Kelsey rated it really liked it
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
Sep 12, 2012 Lynn rated it it was amazing
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
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
Apr 22, 2013 Karen Daly rated it it was ok
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
May 11, 2013 Bandit rated it really liked it
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
Dec 02, 2015 M rated it it was amazing
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
Jo Barton
Sep 17, 2012 Jo Barton rated it really liked it
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
W.A Grüppe
Mar 08, 2013 W.A Grüppe rated it did not like it
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
Elaine Blows
Jun 18, 2013 Elaine Blows rated it it was ok
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
Robert Simpson
Sep 03, 2012 Robert Simpson rated it really liked it
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.

Oct 21, 2014 Siobhan rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 16, 2012 Julian rated it really liked it
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
B J Burton
Dec 06, 2012 B J Burton rated it did not like it
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
Wesley Winegarden
Oct 14, 2012 Wesley Winegarden rated it it was ok
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 10, 2012 Bev rated it it was ok
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
Ashley Brown
Jul 08, 2013 Ashley Brown rated it liked it
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
Sep 04, 2012 Alan rated it really liked it
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
Oct 14, 2012 Lynsey Jordan rated it liked it

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
Sep 29, 2012 Sueann rated it did not like it
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
Diana Artemis
Mar 06, 2014 Diana Artemis rated it did not like it
"The Secret of Crickley Hall" awakened in me an interest in James Herbert's works; "Ash" reduced it to ashes. This book was an altogether interesting level of bad - I had to keep double-checking the cover to confirm it read JAMES HERBERT as the author. The book is, literally, not worthy of the recycled paper it's been printed on - a menagerie of bats, rats and Highland wildcats thrown in for some "action" scenes; a love-making scene that made me gag, incestous twins, pointless "presences" - I co ...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.
Miss Thing
Sep 02, 2012 Miss Thing rated it it was amazing
Loved it. That's all :)
Mar 07, 2014 James rated it it was ok
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Natalie Frampton
Oct 08, 2012 Natalie Frampton rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

I am a huge fan of James Herbert. When I received the email requesting me to review Ash I actually let out a little squeal and to say my dad was jealous would be an understatement.

This book is quite a read at over 700 pages and at times I did find it a little drawn out but its definitely worth it because when its good...its really good.
Ash is a parapsychologist who goes to investigate a haunting at the mysterious Comraich castle. It turns out Comraich has many secrets and most of them
Nov 12, 2013 Darren rated it did not like it
Absolute, unbearable rubbish. I personally won't believe this was penned by Mr Herbert. I am not a royalist and that may have coloured my view but the unashamed royal fawning throughout the book made me physically grimace as I read this on the train. The storyline is weak and the characterisation clichéd and unbelievable. After less than 24 hours the principal male and female characters have declared their undying love for one another. There are big cats, big rats and some bats! There are caves ...more
Kelly Truelove
Sep 03, 2013 Kelly Truelove rated it liked it
Shelves: haunted-house, horror
I was seriously disappointed by the third book in the David Ash series. Having read and enjoyed the other two -"Haunted" was exquisite- I found myself wondering if the same author wrote "Ash." The political elements in Ash were unexpected and, for me, overshadowed the paranormal elements of the book, which were minor. I felt a disconnect between the first half of the book and the last. The first half included an adequate build-up to what I expected to be a paranormal showdown, but was instead a ...more
Rachael Dixon
Feb 17, 2015 Rachael Dixon rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror
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Justin Green
Feb 28, 2013 Justin Green rated it liked it
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
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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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