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4.0 out of 5 stars
entertaining page turner, 2 Dec 2004
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.