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Rat Scabies And The Holy Grail [Anglais] [Broché]

Christopher Dawes

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27 mars 2006

Chris Dawes lives in a quiet street in Brentford, opposite Rat Scabies, former drummer with The Damned and best noted for setting his drums on fire while playing them. Life with Rat as a neighbour isn't run-of-the-mill and things turn even stranger when Rat announces that the two of them are going on a search to find the Holy Grail. The sacred relic has eluded everyone from King Arthur to Monty Python, but Rat reckons he knows where it's stashed.

Once they've written a list of things to do ("Buy metal detectors!") the pair get to work on unravelling the mystery, which involves the Knights Templar, the ancient sorcerer Kings of France, a shadowy secret society called the Priory of Sion, the CIA and the remote and spooky village of Rennes-le-Chateau in the Pyrenees, where it begins to look as though someone - or something - wants to stop them from finding out anything at all ...

RAT SCABIES AND THE HOLY GRAIL is a psychedelic road trip, a rich historical yarn, and a testimony to the sometimes odd nature of certain friendships.

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You couldn't make this stuff up if you tried ... Shot through with crypto-mysticism, freaky characters, and spooky/trippy historical revelations, GRAIL reads like a post-punk Travels with my Aunt and is almost as entertaining. As the Damned once sang: Neat, neat, neat! (Entertainment Weekly)

More credible than the DA VINCI CODE! (Mark Radcliffe)

The DA VINCI CODE gets the punk rock treatment (The Bookseller)

"Dawes' sardonic account of their various encounters and misadventures asserts the value of believing in your friends, even if they believe in fairy tales." (The Independant on Sunday)

" By the end it doesn't matter whether they've been successful in their hunt for the Holy Grail - its a thoroughly enjoyable, funny, touching and fascinating read and it's worth just going along for the ride" (Coventry Evening Telegraph)

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Christopher Dawes has written music journalism since the 1980s under the name Push. He was editor of the clubbing magazine Musik and of the male lifestyle title Mondo. He is the co-author of The Book of E (Omnibus Press, 2000). He lives in London with two ferocious cats, a large collection of records and CDs, and a lunatic across the street.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 "The DaVinci Code"-- told with a big smile and a bigger heart! 2 juillet 2005
Par Joseph F. Pauswinski - Publié sur Amazon.com
You can classify this book many ways: road trip story; buddy book; coming of age tale; psychic mystery; historical quest; hysterical slice of life. Whichever you seek, you will find it within these pages.

But how can that be true? Did Christopher Dawes set out to wrap all of these genres into one? Or is he just an excellent story teller, recounting his life in a small British town, where he is suddenly drawn into a fantastic treasure hunt across Europe by the kind of person we would all love as both a neighbor and a friend?

What do you like in your books? Is it a good mystery, unsolved over centuries? How about unforgettable characters who pop up when you least expect them? Care for car crashes and attacks by killer bees? And do you like laughing out loud while you read?

The author's greatest gift is his ability to see the events that unfold before him with a clarity that most of us lost when we were children. He describes people, places, and events in a way which gives the reader a chance to evaluate everything without the author's manipulation. Although the tale is sometimes earthy, it never loses its innocence.

The book was a page-turner where I laughed at each new event and welcomed each new comrade on the journey. I really felt the friendship that was discovered during the trip.

And I even learned some history about the Holy Grail along the way!

We could all use a neighbor like Rat Scabies. We could also use a friend like Christopher Dawes. You will enjoy their adventures. And you will regret when the book comes to an end.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 If you are interested in the mystery of Rennes-le-Chateau, there are only 2 books you really need. 23 novembre 2005
Par C. Smith - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
"Holy Blood Holy Grail" - and this one.

The first because - despite the fact that other books on the subject preceeded it - it's the one that really put the subject on the map. And Dawes' book because it's the only one I've read that really seems to pick up where the first one leaves off, with a very entertaining and comical, yet touchingly personal, spin. Is there anything to the mystery after all? Who knows? But with a book like this, the quest is just as beguiling a read as any blockbuster revelation could be.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Hilarious 9 février 2006
Par Stephen Traylen - Publié sur Amazon.com
What happens when a journolist and a punk rock legend go off to find the Holy Grail? Well read this to find out. An hilarious account of adventuring in the misty world that most people have only heard of due to The DaVinci Code. A good travel book and mystery book. Highly recommended.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent Book!! 20 juin 2008
Par David Cummins - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book is awesome! I've read it three times already...It just doesn't get old. I originally got it because I'm a fan of The Damned. Any fan of The Damned, the DaVinci Code, the esoteric, or anybody who just wants a laugh-out-loud read should buy this!

Funny as hell, interesting, mysterious, spooky, and, oh yeah, funny as hell!! Great book!!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 It's about friendship 20 juillet 2008
Par Victor Creed - Publié sur Amazon.com
While most of the plot deals with the Rennes-le-Château mystery, deep inside this book is about friendship. It is also quite funny.
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