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Domain

(Rats #3)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  5,036 ratings  ·  161 reviews
The long-dreaded nuclear conflict. The city torn apart, shattered, its people destroyed or mutilated beyond hope. For just a few, survival is possible only beneath the wrecked streets - if there is time to avoid the slow-descending poisonous ashes. But below, the rats are waiting.
Paperback, 482 pages
Published 1983 by MacMillan General Books
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Leo .
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Best in the trilogy of James Herbert's horror genre. I like the beginning where the main protagonist; a motor cycle courier; follows a civil servant who calmly walks among the chaos with purpose. Everybody else is running to and fro during a nuclear attack in London and this smartly dressed man nonchalantly disappears down a tunnel and bangs on a matal door. He disappears into a bunker and the courier crashes in behind him...the rest is an epic story which is the last in the Rats trilogy. I real ...more
Andrew
Jun 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
And so my journey through James Herberts' early works continues (all be in through the night which may in hindsight might not have been the smartest thing).

This concludes what is often seen as the Rats trilogy (as I have said before there is a short graphic novel set in the same universe - which is actually the 4th part) and of all of them this is the bleakest - I guess Mr Herbert wanted to go out on a high note.

By now however the power of the first two books had started to wane (a little) the
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Harry Kane
Oct 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
There is a whole bunch of Brit horror authors, who are more than equal to their more famous American cousins. Ramsey Campbell is like Peter Straub on ketamine, Graham Masterton is the snappier version of ole King, Barker is…Barker, Brian Lumley is Robert Howard meets Lovecraft meet Clancy, Shaun Hutson is like a better-paced John Saul, and James Herbert… James Herbert learned to write like Dean Koontz a decade before Dean Koontz learned to write like Dean Koontz, only James Herbert’s structure o ...more
David Brian
Sep 02, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.
Okay, so I loved James Herbert's first two excursions into a land being overrun by nightmare rodents. Herbert's The Rats, and its follow up Lair, concerns a plague of giant black rats sweeping through southern England, and they are wonderful examples of genre fiction. They were both written, and set, during the nineteen seventies and yet, other than the odd reference to wearing a 'tweed jacket' and driving a 'Ford Capri', both hold up remarkably well. Domain, which was written some ele
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Dreadlocksmile
Nov 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
First published back in 1984, James Herbert’s novel ‘Domain’ formed the third and final full length novel to his classic ‘rats’ trilogy (although a graphic novel entitled ‘The City’ was later released in 1993 which followed on with the storyline).

Incorporating a formula that should have guaranteed to produce nothing short of a classic splatterpunk novel from the godfather of the subgenre; not only was Herbert laying down the long-awaited third part to his hugely successful ‘Rats’ series, but he
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Siobhan
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Domain is the third book in James Herbert’s The Rats trilogy, and it is safe to say it is my favourite. The first book, The Rats, was an interesting read but it wasn’t quite what I had anticipated. The second book, Lair, was a lot more enjoyable. This third book, Domain, hit even more spots.

Domain has a very different atmosphere to the first two books in the series, and I believe this is what left me to enjoy the book so much. Throughout the series we have been dealing with the fear of something
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Randolph
Jan 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, horror, owned
Rats, rats everywhere, giant mutant rats as big as dogs... If postnuclear London wasn't bad enough, for Steve Culver et. al. there are these giant mutant rats leftover from Herbert's previous two novels to deal with. And rabid dogs, and crazy people too.

Setting the story in a post apocalyptic world lets Herbert free himself from any of the kind of plausibility boundaries that held the previous two volumes in the Rat trilogy back. Herbert can just let his imagination go. In addition, Herbert's p
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Emma Carrig
Jul 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!!! Best book of the trilogy, non stop, edge of your seat thrilling action and gore....all hope for humanity dwindling with every page turn. I LIKE!
Jesse L.
May 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I used to be able to say I had never read a horror novel that made me want to stop reading because it was so dark until I read this novel. James Herbert is, quite simply, the most effective horror author to ever come down the pike and "Domain" is the grimmest arrow in his quiver. Describing the book to a friend, I told them: "Well, it starts off with World War III, and then things get worse from there." Radiation poisoning? Check. Burn victims? Check. Suicide and despair? Double check. Flesh-eat ...more
Carl Timms
Jul 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of great post-apocalyptic stories and creature horror
Recommended to Carl by: My wife
A brilliant final part and a real twist in terms of setting. London is hit by a nuclear strike wiping out most of the characters it introduces in the first 20 or so pages. Its an audacious leap from The Rats and Lair to say the least. We then get a combination of terrific post-nuclear apocalypse story with all the usual tropes; underground government bunkers, irradiated "mutants", the military, groups of disparate survivors trying to make their way underground and into shelter. Then the rats arr ...more
Tony Talbot
Feb 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: couldn-t-read-it
I have to say DOMAIN is the only book that made me physically ill while I was dipping into it - I've never found the nerve to read it all the way through yet.

Not because of the rats (or The Rats?) but because of the nuclear war premise.

I was a teenager of the Cold War, and expected never to make it to 1990 without going up in nuclear ash. Programmes like THREADS by the BBC and my research into fallout and the effects of nuclear war still tell me the best way to go would be quickly {shudder}.

Whi
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Nick Raines
May 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
This sequel has major changes for the series, the first being that is an apocalyptic tale featuring the rats, but not starring them, the second is that this sucker is twice as long at 482 pages and honestly it shows. Too much of the book is a lot of boring characters hiding in a secret government fallout shelter and becoming angry at one another. I refuse to categorize the main protagonist, Culver, as a protagonist as he is a nothing character, the worst in the series. the things I liked about t ...more
Rebecca McNutt
Once again James Herbert proves his talent for writing in this thrilling conclusion to his Rats trilogy. Combining apocalyptic themes with giant rodents, it's an unlikely yet chilling story of man vs. mice.
Keita-Eiri Kettlewell-Scarbro
So, I seem to make a massive mistake when it comes to James Herbert books, specifically ones to do with his "The Rats" trilogy...
Me being the stupid idiot I am, took "Domain" with me to London and read it on the train. No, not a good idea. I don't know if anyone remembers the incident of me reading "The Rats" on the way to London before but, lets just say there was a bit in the tube and then rats happened and in real life with me, the tube actually stopped in the tunnel and I genuinely freaked o
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Ceegee
Aug 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
After two fairly similar (but enjoyable) books in the 'Rats' series, it was difficult to see where James Herbert could go with the idea next and not repeat the same formula, but he managed it, and managed it with style!

It's no spoiler to let slip here that the book is set in a post-nuclear London (the opening of the novel begins in spectacular fashion with the attack itself), and is focused around a group of survivors in the aftermath. The rats themselves hardly appear at all until a fair way in
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Will Pollard
May 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've probably read Domain at least half a dozen times, I love it. I've always been a fan of post apocalyptic fiction and I think this is the first example of the genre that I read.

It's a book that doesn't bother with any build up. Right from the moment you open the book it's all go. Sirens are blaring and the world is four minutes away from nuclear armageddon and you're swept up and carried along with the panic and the mayhem.

The pace slows a little after the opening spectacle but this is mos
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Eddie Generous
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unnerving Magazine Review
As with many classics, and don’t dare suggest the Rats series is anything but, you’ve got some mental hoops to jump. Here there are touches of racism, though rare, and there’s misogyny, subtle and screaming, both not so rare. Mostly, these are eye roll moments that demonstrate a period in the not-so-distant past. Climb over these altogether, or note them and move on, and you’ve got a pretty fun ride.
Domain is the third and final novel of the series –there is a part four
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Zakgirl
May 28, 2015 rated it liked it
I was really looking forward to devouring this James Herbert novel but was disappointed at first. I hung in there and kept reading all the nasty stuff about rats, not just ordinary rats but giant rats, and rats with their guts hanging out, and death and destruction, gruesome rat and human body parts, decaying, noxious, virus ridden rats of putrid oceans full of stiffened black furred eerie, ugly and swelling abdomens - Yep all that good stuff: not! Somehow I ended up wanting to know what was goi ...more
Sam
Oct 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the final installment of the Rats trilogy (the others of which I haven't actually read) and finds London being destroyed in a nuclear attack, resulting in destruction, carnage and a race for any below ground structure that may offer shelter. As such those who survived the initial blasts were then terrorised by the black furred terrors that live below ground, away from the glare of the sun. As the rats find themselves in the majority and find food to be suddenly abundant they become more ...more
Franki
Mar 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Post-apocalyptic fiction is one of my favourite genres.
The Rats series by James Herbert is one of my favourite series.
Put them both together and what do you get? A freaking good read, that's what!

A very satisfying ending to the Rats trilogy.
By now, you know what you're in for with one of James Herbert's books and he plays to fine form, once again delivering a chilling, could-be-happening storyline with memorable characters that you either love or loathe (and he isn't afraid of destroying them in
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Phil Zimmerman
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel, ebooks
Such a fun story! You know what is better than rats? Rats and Nuclear Holocaust! This story starts with the big bang and keeps dealing punches the whole time. We get the action hero (Culver), the gov't man (Dealey), and the constant damsel in distress (Kate). No real complaints here except the length and the portrayal of Kate as completely helpless and in constant need of saving. I know the book is older, but I expect better writing of female characters. Some of the best parts of this book are t ...more
Becky
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed thoroughly! But I enjoyed more of the Apocalypse side than the rats!!, it was like "oh here we go again" when the rats were being described, i wish he described the apocalyptic scene more than focusing on the repeative black rats with their yellow incisors! Even though I know the book is the third in the series of the original book the Rats, and i keep telling myself this book was written in early 80's ☺☺
Alexander Draganov
Weirdly, this is the book which satisfies most and least in the same time. Herbert has developed a lot as an author and has presented a chilling and believable post apocalyptic future, populated by few, but well developed characters. Because of this however, the intensity of the original novel "The Rats" is missing. "Domain" is a strong entry into the series, but would have been better as a spin-off rather than a conclusion of the series.
Julie Kellner
Jan 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I had forgotten how truly good this book was. It had been a number of years since I read it last but it reminded me how good James Herbert is in the horror genre. One of my favourite books
Lucy Gray
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
In parts horrific and frightening, I still managed to sleep at night after reading it.
Eddie Mann
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Cannot fault this book, James Herbert was the master of this genre even before he became famous
John Brunton
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Domain is the end of the unofficial rats trilogy and does it go out with a bang. After a nuclear attack it follows a few survivors as they deal with the horrors of nuclear fallout (all gore included) as well as the rats themselves.

Domain is a treasure trove for horror readers it’s a very bleak violent story with no clear answers to the mysteries within. Is it as some people have said the best of the rats books. In my opinion it’s definitely as good as the original with lair being the weakest. Bu
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Sridhar Babu
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
AUTHOR
JAMES HERBERT
CHARACTERS...
Steve Culver,Alex Dealy, Kate,Fairbank,Ellison,Dr.Clare Reynolds,Bryce and others.
LOCATION...
LONDON...
GENRE
ADVENTURE // HORROR

This fiction is the reflection of the author's dark fantasy....Torn apart London City in the long dreaded nuclear conflict in Third World War...!!!

PLOT....
London city is under nuclear bomb attack. The city torn apart,shattered beyond recognization, its people destroyed, mutilated beyond hope.

Just few survivals , ..Steve Culver ((Pilo
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Dark-Draco
This is billed as the third in the Rats trilogy, but for once, the giant, flesh-eating mutants take second stage to a much more horrific event - nuclear warheads detonated over London - yes, five of them, just to make sure! The first few chapters detail the struggle to understand what is going on, the race to get underground, the wishes and frustrations of a handful of 'normal' people. But to add that sinister twist, once the survivors pour in to the underground, they are met by another group of ...more
Mark Hodder
This is a novel of three parts. In the first, after five nuclear bombs detonate over London, a group of survivors lie low in a government underground shelter, only to discover that they aren't alone. The mutant species of rat from the first two books is down there with them. There follows a sequence of set pieces, typical of Herbert, but they wear a bit thin and this section of the novel goes on for too long. In the middle part, our survivors emerge into the ruins and make their way through the ...more
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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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Other books in the series

Rats (4 books)
  • The Rats (Rats, #1)
  • Lair (Rats, #2)
  • The City (Rats, #4)