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The Keep Mass Market Paperback – 1 May 2000

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 403 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Classics; Reprint edition (1 May 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812579259
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812579253
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.8 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,746,057 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ravi on 2 Dec. 2004
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 14 Feb. 2005
Format: Hardcover
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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Melbye on 28 Dec. 2006
Format: Paperback
I used to be avid reader of graphic novels but stopped reading them for the last five years. Reading this has rejuvenated my interest in the form. It is the first peiece I have read by Wilson but look forward to reading his novels as the plot structure of this graphic novel was exceptional, with mystery layered upon mystery. The ambiguity of the characters was also brilliant. The end scene was a little disappointing but this was particially due to the level of fevourish anticipation created in the former scenes, and did not ditract from the brilliance of the work as a whole. Would recommend even if you are not a fan of the graphic novel format.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Aug. 2000
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By swearagen on 7 Jan. 2012
Format: Hardcover
As far as this book is concerned I shall make it perfectly clear This is what "vampire?" books should be about
None of that soft soapy chic flick Twilight crap but some real horror/terror stuff
Well crafted in terms of characters and plotting that is real page turning stuff
One of the best horror books I've read
Up there with Anno Dracula, 'Salem's Lot and another wee gem(in my humble opinion)Robert R. McCammon's They Thirst. Do you want an excellent read . Get your hands on a copy of The Keep

To the point of this purchase of the above said book ,The copy I bought was from a supplier in Bulgaria and to that end I believe the service was very good
It was ordered in the run up to Christmas and we all know how smooth that can be in delivery times,however I do not feel I was made to wait an inordinant length of time
The quality of the book was very good as well The pages were still relatively still crisp and clean and there was no discernable damage that was noticable
Readability of book:10/10
Quality of service: 10/10
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