Kronos (Hammer) Paperback – 6 Oct 2011
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A new novelisaton of the classic Hammer film, Captain Kronos Vampire Hunter, with a new foreword by the writer and director Brian Clemens.
From the Back Cover
'What manner of monster can wreak such damage? I only hope you know how it can be stopped.'
The peace of an English village is shattered when a young girl withers before her friend's eyes, becoming but dust and bones. Witnessing this terrifying transformation, local physician Dr Marcus fears the village has been cursed by the presence of evil. He immediately summons his old army friend, the mysterious but powerful vampire hunter, Kronos.
Together with the help of his assistant Professor Grost, Kronos has dedicated his whole life to destroying vampires. He knows that there is nothing so varied and deadly. With a vampire nothing is certain, especially how one might be able to kill it.
As more and more villagers fall prey to this deadly curse, time is against him. And when it comes dangerously close to home, Kronos is faced with a terrible choice...
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I really didn't enjoy it. Guy Adams has made some very bizarre choices in the way he has adapted the film for this novelisation. The most jarring of which is to narrate the story in the present tense, from the first person point of view of just about every characters in the story. This leads to very short chapters and a constantly changing view point. The characterisation and narrative voices just aren't different enough so I found myself confused a lot of the time about who was telling the story and had to keep flicking back through the book. Baring in mind that I'm quite familiar with the story via the film, I found this book difficult to follow a lot of the time.
The attempts at humour and wit within the text are also quite jarring and they come across to me a lot of the time as smug rather than funny.
If this was an original novel by Guy Adams, I'm sure it would be fine. But as a novelisation of a classic Hammer film it's massively unsatisfying. I'm certainly not tempted to try any of his other books, and if he adapted another Hammer I wouldn't waste my time reading it.
I'm a big fan of the classic Hammer movie and discovered Guy Adams novel quite by accident a week or so ago. At first I thought that it was a new adventure based around the Captain Kronos character, but realised that this was in fact a new novelisation of the 1974 film...
To begin with the novel fleshes out characters, situations and details. We get to know more about Grost, Marcus and Carla... and the strange Durward family... Yet Adams doesn't say much more about Kronos himself, except what we already know and how he received his terrible stomach wound during the wars... Although Kronos is remote, I feel that this adds to his character greatly and helps to enhance his chosen life as a vampire hunter.
The novel is written from a number of different perspectives, with different characters telling the story in their own words. This style didn't put me off at all as I found it quite refreshing and interesting...
Some sections perhaps seemed a little rushed, but Adams builds up the suspense until Kronos encounters his prey in a deadly duel to the death...
Captain Kronos has become a cult movie over the years and I believe that Guy Adams novelisation represents a refreshing new take on the story and its characters...
Don't be put off if your a Kronos fan... go and buy this novel... I'm sure you'll enjoy it as much as I did!
Captain Kronos is a fairly obscure, blonde locked, foreign accented, ex-soldier who along with trusty sidekick Professor Grost, wander the countryside seeking out and dealing with vampires. It’s during one of these adventures that they meet the feisty Carla who joins them as they seek the cause of premature ageing in a small village. Cue, scheming villagers, rich and mysterious landowners and several hired mercenaries who are set to stop Kronos and his gang.
As a novelisation it sticks, as you would expect, pretty closely to the film storyline and that’s no bad thing. Brian Clemens, the original creator (and who contributes a foreword to this book) had invented an interesting take on the vampire mythos. Here were vampires who had different strains of the “disease” meaning some could venture out in daylight, others couldn’t be killed by staking, others didn’t mind garlic..you get the idea.Read more ›