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The Keep [Paperback]

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 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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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 Who are these guys? Jan. 10 2003
By Mr D.
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining at times, laughable at others Dec 8 2002
By "cj_31"
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate Evil versus...well, the Ultimate Evil Nov. 27 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
F. Paul Wilson's fine thriller "The Keep" combines so many horror elements that eventually one expects a good old fashioned ghost to be thrown in for good measure. These men are indeed haunted, but it's by much more than a ghost. The underlying, supreme evil of the vampire appears to be so indestructible, especially after it squashes a Nazi regiment with the ease of a rabid wolf in a flock of sheep, readers will find themselves wondering what the resolution of this tale could possibly be.
A Nazi regiment moves into an ancient castle in the Transylvanian Alps during World War II, accidently unleashing an evil force that apparently inspired ancient vampire legends. Needless-to-say, these German warriors are picked off one by one. When an SS extermination squad arrives on the scene to "fix" the problem, all hell literally breaks loose.
"The Keep" is the beginning of Wilson's Adverary Cycle (including "The Tomb" and "The Touch"), but it stands alone as a terrific tale combining elements of horror, vampire legend, fantasy, H.P. Lovecraft and, of course, our fear/fascination with the ruthless evil of the Nazi legacy. Readers will instantly identify with Theodore Cuza, an ederly Jewish professor brought to the castle to solve the horrible murders. He secretly seeks to communicate with the vampire, using it's power to conquer the Nazi war machine. Yet another character appears at the castle - a mysterious red-haired man known as Glenn. His purpose is to keep the vampire within the confines of the castle - we think. Naturally, Cuza has a beautiful young daughter strangely attracted to Glenn.
It's almost impossible to put this book down. If you've experienced the greatness of the Christopher Lee/Peter Cushing Hammer vampire films of the 1960s, you will absolutely love this tale.
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1.0 out of 5 stars PREDICTABLE! Boring! and who said romance could not be had with an...
I found this book poorly written, I had hoped to go on a new journey only to find that I'd been there before. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Alyssa Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars horror lovers dream
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... Read more
Published on Oct. 28 2011 by MoeHorror
5.0 out of 5 stars SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES...,
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... Read more
Published on Aug. 24 2010 by Lawyeraau
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
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
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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