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F. Paul Wilson
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Dec 7 2010 Adversary Cycle (Book 1)

“Something is murdering my men.”

Thus reads the message received from a Nazi commander stationed in a small castle high in the remote Transylvanian Alps. Invisible and silent, the enemy selects one victim per night, leaving the bloodless and mutilated corpses behind to terrify its future victims.

When an elite SS extermination squad is dispatched to solve the problem, the men find something that's both powerful and terrifying. Panicked, the Nazis bring in a local expert on folklore--who just happens to be Jewish--to shed some light on the mysterious happenings. And unbeknownst to anyone, there is another visitor on his way--a man who awoke from a nightmare and immediately set out to meet his destiny.

The battle has begun: On one side, the ultimate evil created by man, and on the other...the unthinkable, unstoppable, unknowing terror that man has inevitably awakened


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Praise for The Keep:

"Spellbinding, chilling, bloodcurdling."
--Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"One of the few really satisfying horror novels of the year...it has true fear in it."
--Peter Straub

About the Author

F. Paul Wilson is the New York Times bestselling author of horror, adventure, medical thrillers, science fiction, and virtually everything in between. His books include the Repairman Jack novels, including Ground Zero, The Tomb, and Fatal Error; the Adversary cycle; and a young adult series featuring the teenage Jack. Wilson has won the Prometheus Award, the Bram Stoker Award, the Inkpot Award from the San Diego ComiCon, and the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Horror Writers of America, among other honors. He lives in Wall, New Jersey.

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I found this book poorly written, I had hoped to go on a new journey only to find that I'd been there before. As the book moved forward I found myself asking "did I just buy a Harlequin Romance???" . Then I said with much relief, it was only 3.99, hence a 'toss away'. Lets just say I'm not a big fan of the muscular, handsome,"to the rescue" hero, who with a tenderness mostly reserved for fantasy awakens the latent desires of the 31yr old virgin. The woman I speak of was seemingly content to look after her sick father, an acclaimed professor, now teaching from home as the Germans had invaded and the Jewish ppl were persona-non-grata. The daughter who played the mandolin was busy transcribing Gypsy music of old to preserve it. Life was a challenge but manageable for this pair. All this changes when the ailing father, at the behest of a German General arrives at the Keep to help uncover, make sense of, some bizarre murders. Long story short, dad meets demon, dad befriends demon, demon tricks dad,demon gives father back his health but at a cost - the relationship with his daughter. As the demons power increases so does the unease within the town proper. In a nutshell, we have a demon, his newly dead zombie minions, a man-hunk (who also plays the mandolin) tasked with keeping said demon locked away for eternity, love - or loss of virginity, hence love through inexperience and if the piece of the sword the father must hide is not found and fused with the other piece of the sword the daughter must protect - well?! ... and that is when I stopped reading the book.
Would I recommend this book? NO! My reason for reading it? I began the Repairman Jack series which I enjoyed and apparently the underworld from the RJ series is mentioned once of twice in the KEEP. Is it relevant to the RJ series?? NOPE! Don't be fooled, this book has zero to do with laying the foundation of the RJ series.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The First Half Was Great. . . May 20 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The second half on the other hand left much to be desired. This novel was much better when it was about the two German officers who had to work together but hated each other. One was a true army officer. He proved his valor in WWI and was able to keep his career in the army after the first great war. The other showed cowardess in the face of the enemy in WWI and later became a member of the SS. The one stands by the proud tradition of the German army, and hates what the Nazis represent. The other is a cruel man who revels in the pain of others. Watching these two work together and against each other at the same time was the best part of this book.
Once Magda and her father enter the novel, it takes a huge downward spiral. Magda is an awful character, and once she becomes the main character the book became a drag to read. I completely agree with the other reviewer who stated that her sexual awakening was not necessary. When she wasn't shaking up with the "hero" of the book, she was whining about her father's disease, or the Nazis, or how because of her father's disease she couldn't live a normal life. I really wanted to reach into the book and slap her.
I would pass on this book if I was you. Which is a shame because the first half gave this book such promise that was never followed through with.
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5.0 out of 5 stars horror lovers dream Oct. 28 2011
Format:Paperback
Having first watched the movie i read many reviews about how much better the book was.I have to say i differ in opinion to many, i thought that both add to any horror lovers best list.I will definitely continue on the F Paul Wilson Adversary series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES..., Aug. 24 2010
By Lawyeraau TOP 100 REVIEWER
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I first read this book over twenty years ago, when it was first released and loved it. I decided that it was time to give it another go around to see if my original opinion of it still held. Well, time has certainly not diminished the power of this book to hold the reader in its thrall. I still love this book, and it remains my favorite book by this author.

As far as horror stories go, this one is definitely up with the best of them. The author has written a riveting page turner with this tautly written, inventive tale. The author has taken some vampire folklore and given it a new twist. In the hands of this master of the horror genre, the quintessential battle between good and evil takes on a new dimension.

In Romania, deep in the heart of the Transylvanian Alps, lies the Dinu Pass. In April of 1941, a small squadron of German soldiers has been ordered to occupy a small, deserted, five hundred year old castle keep at the Dinu pass. From the beginning, Captain Klaus Woermann senses that there is something unusual about the keep. Looking as if it had just been built and inlaid with brass and nickel crosses in every corridor, crosses that the caretaker for the keep exhorts the Germans not to touch, the keep is an architectural oddity.

Soon the games begin, as an unseen force begins murdering his men. Captain Woermann sends a message to the high command. To his dismay, they respond by sending a Nazi squadron of einsatzkommandos under the leadership of SS Major Kaempffer to quell whatever local guerilla activity is, undoubtedly, responsible for the murders. Soon, these death's head troopers begin succumbing to the same fate as their German Army counterparts, and all hell breaks loose.

Enter the ailing Dr.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This book is truly scary
The Keep is a mixture of horror and fantasy with world war II as the backdrop. Very hard to put down, this book causes your skin to crawl and the need to turn all the lights on. Read more
Published on Aug. 1 2006 by MJH ALTA
4.0 out of 5 stars The Keep
I thought this book was fantastic. Great horror novel that kept me reading till wee hours of the morning. Read more
Published on Nov. 23 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars Eh.
Without the love story, this would have been a really great creep fest. What a strong and gloomy beginning! Read more
Published on May 19 2003 by Open Container
4.0 out of 5 stars Creepy Book...I've Read It Twice...
There are very few books that I keep on my shelf to read more than once, but this is one of them. The setting is mesmerizing: a mysterious keep in Transylvania. Read more
Published on Feb. 20 2003 by L. Land
5.0 out of 5 stars Who are these guys?
I, Originally, read this book in the early 80s and immediately anoited F.Paul Wilson as one of my five favorite authors. I read everything he writes and I'm never dissappointed. Read more
Published on Jan. 10 2003 by Mr D.
1.0 out of 5 stars Laughable - Not scary
"The Keep" is exceptionally dull, and reads like something written by Barbara Cartland. This is not a classic horror story, horror lovers, and people who treasure the... Read more
Published on Dec 30 2002
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst book I read all year....
Buoyed by the praise garnered for this book ... I purchased this book with reasonably high hopes. However, it turns out that the best part of the book was in the imagining. Read more
Published on Dec 9 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining at times, laughable at others
(Some minor spoilers)
A horror novel with a brilliant premise (Nazis get torn to pieces by a mysterious evil entity), it begins to drag after the first third, where it feels... Read more
Published on Dec 8 2002 by "cj_31"
5.0 out of 5 stars FUN!
I grabbed this one on a whim, because I vaguely remembered reading it many years ago. I blasted through Harry Shannon's terrific "Night of the Beast," and then started my... Read more
Published on Dec 2 2002
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