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"Repairman Jack is one of the most original and intriguing characters to arise out of contemporary fiction in ages. . . . hugely entertaining."
"F. Paul Wilson is a great storyteller and a thoughtful one."--David Morrell
"A riveting combination of detective story and horror fiction . . . .This thriller is fast-action fun!" -Publishers Weekly on The Tomb
"F. Paul Wilson is a hot writer, and his hottest, and my favorite creation, is Repairman Jack. No one does this kind of weird meets crime better than Wilson. Gripping, fascinating, one of a kind. That's F. Paul Wilson and Repairman Jack." --Joe R. Lansdale
"Call a plumber when the sink is clogged, the cops when you've been robbed, but when the you-know-what hits the fan, it's time to call Repairman Jack. . . . Wilson's tale shakes, rattles and rolls."--New York Daily News on The Haunted Air
About the Author
F. Paul Wilson, the New York Times bestselling author of ten previous Repairman Jack novels, lives in Wall, New Jersey. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
As advertised. Exactly what was wanted by the recipient. Arrived promptly in new condition.Published 7 months ago by Leika
Excellent book! Arrived just as expected, quite satisfied.Published 22 months ago by Kelsey Monarque
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 morePublished on March 22 2014 by Alyssa Cooper
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 morePublished on Oct. 28 2011 by MoeHorror
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 morePublished on Aug. 1 2006 by MJH ALTA
I thought this book was fantastic. Great horror novel that kept me reading till wee hours of the morning. Read morePublished on Nov. 23 2003
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. Read morePublished on May 20 2003 by Douglas Hahner
Without the love story, this would have been a really great creep fest. What a strong and gloomy beginning! Read morePublished on May 19 2003 by Open Container
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 morePublished on Feb. 20 2003 by L. Land