Title: Creed

Author: James Herbert

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 394

Rating: 3.5/5

I don’t think this book was James Herbert’s best, but it also wasn’t exactly terrible. It’s just that when he has a big hit, his books are next level and better than anything that most other authors can come up with. When he doesn’t connect, they’re just pretty average. But I kind of like that, because it makes his skill level seem more attainable and doesn’t leave me feeling as though I’ll never be anywhere near the writer that he is.

Part of my feelings towards this one are due to the protagonist, who’s a deliberately unlikeable character. He’s a member of the paparazzi, and a particularly sleazy one who’s hated even by other photographers. That means that when he gets himself into hot water, it’s kind of a joy to read. This isn’t a protagonist where you’re going to want him to have a happy ending. You’re going to want to see him get screwed over by the forces of hell.

Speaking of which, the book does a pretty good job of blending the biblical and the supernatural with our own world, creating a story in which it feels as though almost anything could happen. The stakes are pretty high, but perhaps not as high as they are in books like The Rats where the future of humanity itself is at stake, and the plot keeps on plodding along towards the finish line with an unstoppable momentum.

But it isn’t particularly memorable, and I doubt it’s something that I’ll come back to again in the future. With so many other James Herbert books for you to choose from, you’d be mad to go for this one when you could go ahead and pick up one of his better known and more enjoyable reads. This one is more for completionists, which is what I am.

And because of that, I can’t really fault the story too much, because I did still enjoy it. It’s just that it was something of an anti-climax after so many other great reads from Herbert, and it felt more as though I was reading it to tick it off a list than because I actually wanted to. So I guess you can make of that as you will. It’s just okay.

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