Title: The Spear
Author: James Herbert
Page Count: 254
This is my fourth James Herbert read and my third in about two weeks. I might be suffering from Herbert fatigue, because while the first two (The Rats and The Fog) were great, the third one (The Survivor) wasn’t particularly good, and this one was just okay.
It’s basically a political thriller involving the Thule Society, a sort of conspiracy theory secret organisation that supposedly was related to the Nazis and which Hitler was hoping would give him a kind of ultimate power over the allies. It’s all a load of honk, of course, but it makes for a good synopsis for a book.
There’s also the fact that there are tie-ins with the troubles going in in Palestine at the moment, although only tangentially. It features a ton of different intelligence agencies from around the world, including groups like Mossad.
Overall though, it mostly focusses on the spear that supposedly pierced the body of Christ when he was on the cross, along with what the Nazis were planning on doing with it. There’s a lot of weird mystical shit going on that I’m not particularly into.
By the time that we reach the end, it’s almost anticlimactic, with crazy stuff all happening super quickly before it suddenly wraps up and you’re done. That made it a mediocre read for me, and a second Herbert in a row that didn’t live up to my expectations.