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The Keep (Adversary Cycle) [Paperback]

F. Paul Wilson
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7 Dec 2010 Adversary Cycle (Book 1)
The keep had stood empty in the Transylvanian Alps for 500 years. No one knew who built it, or why. But on the eve of WWII, German soldiers move in and awaken something - something hungry and as merciless as the SS einsatzkommandos accompanying them!
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  • Paperback: 425 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; Reprint edition (7 Dec 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765327392
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765327390
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 14.1 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 454,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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F. Paul Wilson, a New York Times bestselling author of horror, adventure, medical thrillers, science fiction, and virtually everything in between, is a practicing physician who resides in Wall, New Jersey.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars entertaining page turner 2 Dec 2004
By Ravi
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The keep is a period horror set in the second world war and the story focuses on a group of German soldiers stationed in an remote, isolated 500 year old keep. Whilst there, they unwittingly unleash an old enemy of mankind imprisoned within the cellar of the keep and soon find themselves been hunted down one by one.
The story benefits from an inspired choice of setting/era, great character stories, a pacey style, a nice creepy feel and a memorable supernatural antagonist.
Downsides are it's never really that terrifying, mostly due to the fact that it's more of an 'action' orientated horror dealing with the fear of been slain by this monster on the loose rather than a physiological horror that gets deep down into your worst fears.
Also, the ultimate explanation for supernatural being is functional rather than inspired. Finally, and although it doesn't ruin the story, the low-key ending doesn't really live up to 400 pages preceding it.
In conclusion, for me, because of those let downs, this is no 5 star master-piece but having said that, the issues don't stop it being a great read and a very entertaining page turner all the way to the end. Furthermore it definitely stands out thanks to its highly original war II setting and characters - and as such I'd have no qualms in recommending it to fans of supernatural thrillers and horror or even anyone even vaguely interested in exploring the genre.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting twist on the vampire legend... 23 Aug 2000
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Until recently this book had been out of print for years so it's good to see Tor reprinting it for a new generation of readers. Wilson has taken the basic Transylvanian legends and created a whole new mythology from them - what's more he does it so well that it seems perfectly believable.
A group of German soldiers in WWII are sent to take up residence in the Keep, only to find themselves being killed off at the rate of one a night. When the SS arrive to investigate, the violence escalates as they race against time to find out what they have released and how to stop it.
Nail-biting tension and genuine chills abound in this book but the horror is kept at a reasonable level and Wilson focuses more on the psychological aspects of being trapped in a terrifying situation. This makes the book more scary than it might otherwise have been. Using the SS as victims is another clever touch. As more of their true purpose is revealed, it becomes hard to distinguish between which is the true monster and you may find yourself sympathizing with the 'wrong' side... I'll leave it to you to determine which side that is.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A horror novel that works 6 Dec 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
We all know Nazis are evil. So reading this book about a group of German soldiers who have to look after a castle (or 'keep') that harbours a monster is enjoyable for that reason. Nazis get killed by a monster.
But there is more to it. F. Paul Wilson has all the cliche's here: the rugged hero, the frigid nursemaid who happens to be a playboy bunny under her heavy clothes, the old teacher in the the wheelchair. But somehow Wilson writes it all so confidently that you believe these characters are real. Plus, like all good horror writers, he leaves the monster in the dark for the first half of the book.
A movie was made of The Keep, directed by Heat's Michael Mann and starring Ian Mckellan and Gabriel Burn. The movie seems to have vanished off the face of the earth despite critical raves. It is probably worth tracking down (which I am currently trying to do) purely to see how they filmed it.
If you're a fan of Stephen King then you will love this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great horror on top of a fantastic story! 12 May 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Set back in April 1941, Nazi Germany is at War and Yugoslavia has just surrendered and it seems the Germain Army are unstoppable. Captain Klaus Woermann has got a job, set up a command and watch post at the Dinu Pass in Romania in a small unoccupied Castle simply known to the local villagers as "The Keep", easy enough job right? Until the first night, when a soldier accidently releases a unknown force upon the Keep, each night another Soldier is found dead in with thier throats torn and no explanation to how it happened! The SS are sent in, and fail, their only hope is a cripplied Jew and his Daughter and the Red Haired man on his way from Portugal. Will the Jewish man help his enemey to defeat this force, or will he join forces with it, and who is the Red Haired man? Read and find out, but beware reader, your skin will crawl!

Another note, this is my favorite book of all time and was a badly made film by Michael Mann, this is better than the film and the book was at one point very hard to come by, so get it while you can, highly reccommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Graphic novel Version of the Cult Film 18 Feb 2013
By RedCoat
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I came to this through the Michael Mann film of the same name. Set in Romania during WW2 it features a group of German soldiers who are sent to guard the mysterious Keep of the title. They soon find themselves at the mercy of supernatural powers beyond their understanding. The film is often described as a flawed masterpiece and the author of the original novel famously disowned it. Here he contributes an introduction where he describes this version as being the film he wishes had been made! The black and white artwork is very good and the text certainly explains many of the unanswered questions of the film. If you liked the film (despite its faults) then you will enjoy this.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok
Not a bad read, yet could be better. The first half creates a good setting and builds up anticipation. However, it suffers from a bloated middle that acts as mere filler.
Published 17 days ago by Mr T C Raw
1.0 out of 5 stars Great original book, beware this is a comic book
Nowhere on the description does it mention this is an illustrated comic book, i thought i was ordering the original novel hence my disappointment. Read more
Published 1 month ago by I. wright
2.0 out of 5 stars What a disappointment!
This book was a disappointment to me. I was hoping that the idea of a no of SS troops billeted in the aptly named "Keep" would be the recipe for a great story. Read more
Published 1 month ago by RT Twinem
5.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining book
I read this book first many years ago. I have read it again and still found it an interesting book.
Published 2 months ago by Heidi Fiani
5.0 out of 5 stars the keep
As a fan of horror books, this one is not only scarey it makes you want to read until the very end.
Published 2 months ago by Mrs C.A. Buckley
4.0 out of 5 stars Cracker of a horror tale!
Ancient evil terrorises remote Nazi outpost: I picked this up in a second hand book store years ago, not expecting too much. I have since re-read it several times. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mel Powell
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Really enjoyed this book. Not big on vampire lore or science fiction but loved the atmospheric horror of this novel. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Martin Shipway
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary Good
First book I've read of his but will definitely be reading more. A very entertaining WW2 horror story. Loved it!
Published 5 months ago by Riles
5.0 out of 5 stars Unusual And Highly Recommended book
I have in fact read this book several times before (in paper). I purchased it on Kindle to enable me to have continuing access to it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Roger Sawyer
4.0 out of 5 stars had to finsh it
started reading this book 20 years or so back (in paper back)so i thought i would start it again and it was better then i remember. I think its a very go0od book,
Published 10 months ago by dave lambe
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