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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; Reprint edition (Dec 7 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765327392
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765327390
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.9 x 20.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #65,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Spellbinding, chilling, bloodcurdling. (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

One of the few really satisfying horror novels of the 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Hahner on May 20 2003
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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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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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By Mr D. on Jan. 10 2003
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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. Like any author, some of Wilson's work is better than others but I always thought 'The Keep' and 'The Tomb' were his crowning achievements. Most of his later work was derived from these two works.
So why are the more recent reviews trashing this masterpiece.
This is the 47th review. Of the first 28 reviews, there were 23-5 stars and 5-4 stars. Then in June of 2001 came the first 3 star which seemed to encourage a lowering of the reviews. last month, December, the roof caved in when three people gave 'The Keep' reviews of 4,1,3 and 1 star. The first 28 reviews were almost solid 5 star, the last 18 reviews have averaged 3.2 stars, almost two stars less. I find it curious that any piece of literature could have such a wide divergence of approval.
What happened? Perhaps, Dr. Wilson broke a mirror, thereby receiving 7 years bad luck. I doubt that for I would be trashing him as well. Maybe, a jealous writer is ghost writing less than stellar reviews. Possibly, the age old Evil presence has finally escaped the Keep and is seeking revenge on our author by possessing people to write negative reviews. I think not. What I think is that several reviewers thought they were reviewing a book by Danielle Steel.
The point is that this is a fine book. How anyone could give this a one or two star rating amazes me. Have they ever read a one star book? I have and I call them STINKERS. This book stands on it's own merits. Wes Craven and Dean Koontz probably wish they had written this book.
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(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 like Wilson is going through set actions rather than writing a real narrative.
The beginning starts off with extreme promise, reading off so flawlessly and so vividly it feels like you're watching it on screen. It builds with that inevitable dread as we read off a soldier tearing off a protective cross from the keep wall (the cinema cue where the audience is screaming "stupid, stupid, stupid!"). Naturally, he dies, and following his death come several more bloody and similarly brutal attacks.
Wilson advances the story by introducing a mysterious hero, whom we'll return to later, a Jewish professor and his daughter, and WIlson's crowning achievement, a rivalry between the commanding German army officer and a newly arrived SS officer.
Then it gets bad.
This is a novel where females would not have been missed. It sounds sexist, but hey, it's true, and I'm female too. Wilson's one prominent female character, Magda, is vapid, spends half of her time wringing her hands, crying and worrying, and the other half in a sexual self-discovery that is annoyingly detailed and really, hackneyed (which may be partially forgiven seeing as when it was written). Some readers may see the steamy sex scene as a perk, but really, it is completely superfluous, out of place, and self-indulgent of the author.
The villain and hero are similarly mangled.
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