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The Sanctuary

Novel by Glenn Chandler 1981.

Robert Dove had a childhood ambition to stand on a uninhabited island. As a result, Robert and four friends find themselves in the Hebrides for a whole week, on the bird sanctuary island of Inch Crag. Unfortunately the island has a bad reputation, stemming from an evil sorcerer that lived there 300 years before, and most visitors don't seem to come back. Soon after they arrive, Robert is killed by an eagle, and it isn't long before the others are fighting for survival against the forces of nature, and the animals and the birds that attack them seem uncannily intelligent.

This is akin to the screenplays of those tacky American slasher movies where lots of incredibly thick American Dream teenagers are mercilessly picked off one by one by a hidden American Dream lunatic, but it's all done well enough. It avoids a lot of the low points of such films, not relying on sex, violence and bad language; it doesn't suffer from ad nauseam sequelitis; and at least the protaganist is much more than some unkillable maniac psychopath in a hockey mask. A enjoyable enough read, just don't expect anything spectacular.


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