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  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (Aug. 1 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765357054
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765357052
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 10.4 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,013,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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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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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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By MoeHorror on 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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By Lawyeraau TOP 100 REVIEWER on Aug. 24 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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