The Keep

The Keep Something is murdering my men Thus reads the message received from a Nazi commander stationed in a small castle high in the remote Transylvanian Alps And when an elite SS extermination squad is dispat

  • Title: The Keep
  • Author: F. Paul Wilson
  • ISBN: 9780688006266
  • Page: 406
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Something is murdering my men Thus reads the message received from a Nazi commander stationed in a small castle high in the remote Transylvanian Alps And when an elite SS extermination squad is dispatched to solve the problem, the men find a something that s both powerful and terrifying Invisible and silent, the enemy selects one victim per night, leaving the bloodless Something is murdering my men Thus reads the message received from a Nazi commander stationed in a small castle high in the remote Transylvanian Alps And when an elite SS extermination squad is dispatched to solve the problem, the men find a something that s both powerful and terrifying Invisible and silent, the enemy selects one victim per night, leaving the bloodless and mutilated corpses behind to terrify its future victims.Panicked, the Nazis bring in a local expert on folklore who just happens to be Jewish to shed some light on the mysterious happenings And unbeknownst to anyone, there is another visitor on his way a man who awoke from a nightmare and immediately set out to meet his destiny.The battle has begun On one side, the ultimate evil created by man, and on the othere unthinkable, unstoppable, unknowing terror that man has inevitably awakened.

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    1. He was dead. And yet not dead.I’ve long been meaning to read The Keep. It is the first in the Adversary Cycle, and ties in with the (later) Repairman Jack novels. I have also seen it mentioned on numerous top-ten lists pertaining to Vampire Horror (although, to be fair, the author is very specific about the nature of his antagonist – but this is spoiler territory so I won’t go there).So, does it live up to expectation?Something in that air caused the hair on his arms and at the base of his [...]

    2. Beginning in Warsaw, 1941, this novel combines a Second World War story with Horror, creating a good mix of genres. Erich Kaempffer is a member of the SS and has just been promoted to become Commandant of Ploiesti – a new concentration camp in Romania, which is set to rival Auschwitz. Kaempffer is a dedicated man, who delights in murder and violence and also hopes to make himself a personal fortune. However, before he can set off to his new career, he is asked to visit a small army detachment, [...]

    3. It's Castle Wolfenstein - Zombie Nazi edition! 'Donnerwetter!' did I hear you say? 'Not mitt ze Shweinhund Zombies again!'Just kidding. There are Nazis in a Castle - or rather a Keep, in Romania, in the Transylvanian Alps, and there is something undead inside, and our story is set in 1941.The SS take over an abandoned haunted Keep. The SS unwittingly let something loose in the Keep. The SS start dying horrible deaths - and Nazi's being turned into chunky bits is always a good thing. I can't help [...]

    4. Such a fun book. Vampires and Nazis — what could go wrong? An isolated keep full of ne'er do-wells from the Third Reich, but oh man do they get their comeuppance at the hands of a very old bro who is pissed as hell that someone be all up in his hizzouse. The only knock on this book is the dated damsel in distress plot line, the unbelievably beautiful woman who, for most of the book, is little more than a cowering, confused lass that can't come to grips with the reality in front of her. This ai [...]

    5. Wilson is a skilled story-teller who knows how to write a good plot and intertwine a story with healthy mix of terror romance and history.The story is about The Keep an intriguing fortress where one by one men are murdered by a mysterious being. The victims are german soldiers, I found myself backing the perpetrators blood thirst of ridding The Keep of the invaders of Romania, but there seems to be a more sinister purpose to what is taking place. Thoroughly enjoyed the story highly recommend it, [...]

    6. This is one of the worst books I have ever read. A friend recommended it to me, and against my better judgment, I took a copy with me on vacation. The writing style is very cliché - it feels like he has taken whole sentences from other horror writers and strung them together to create this work. The plot is forseeable, the characters are cheesy and annoying, the story seems to be rooted in pseudo-historyt quite accurate enough to seem like a real era, and not quite fantastical enough to transpo [...]

    7. Ranked among the best horror novels of the twentieth century, and credited with shaping the landscape of that same genre through the 80s, it's hard not to be a little disappointed with what is on offer in The Keep. The set-up is quite good, with something unleashed from its hold in an abandoned keep stalking the German soldiers that have taken over said structure in the midst of WW2. For about a third of the novel, Wilson keeps the pace rattling along nicely, as the thing from the crypt murders [...]

    8. I've actually read this book before, but it still counts towards my 100 New Books goal because I didn't remember that I had read it until about a chapter or two in. The premise is great: Nazis move into a keep in Romania and start dying one-by-one at the hands of what can only be described as a vampire. Nazis, vampire, and even zombies near the end. Great stuff for someone like me. For the first 3/4 of the book, it's positively thrilling. It's creepy. It's atmospheric. But it falls apart near th [...]

    9. I remember this book terrifying me when I read it in the early eighties. However, the horror is all reserved for the early chapters - towards the end, it becomes more of a thriller.This one is really old-fashioned. A centuries-old evil and its centuries-old nemesis fighting it out in a Transylvanian castle during the Nazi occupation. There is also a Jewish exorcist (well, folklorist, actually) and his beautiful daughter in the mix.If you love vintage ghost stories, this should be your cup of tea [...]

    10. I was glad that I went into this book unaware of many of the plot elements. It made for a more exciting read. Despite this, I was still surprised as things turn out to be not as they seemed. I liked F. Paul Wilson's writing voice. It's erudite and sophisticated. He did his research about WW2 and what was going on in Europe at this time. The aspects of the Nazis' treatment of the Jews and the Gypsies made my heart hurt. I can't and never will understand such barbarity, cruelty, and inhumanity. Mr [...]

    11. Read and re-read, a really good vampire story set in WW2. There was a sourcebook out that gave more backstory to this tale, also worth reading but nearly impossible to find. This is part of a series of books which didn't appear connectd at first, but were brought together nicely in the end with a fantastic 5th book. Worth noting all 5 books stand alone nicely for those who don't like to read a series. While Repairman Jack was introduced in these stories, it was only in the last few, and these ar [...]

    12. Rating = 3.49 starsThis is a sort of Lovecraftian historical fiction, if you will. Or even if you won't. Romania, 1941. The Nazis encounter an ancient entity almost as evil as themselves. Only a Jewish scholar and his daughter and a mysterious red-haired man can save them. I liked this older work better than Wilson's Repairman Jack novels, which tend to be overlong and feel repetitive after you've read a few of them.

    13. I have to say that after reading The Keep i was pretty darn disappointed. I actually liked the book, which is why it got three stars from me. SS Nazi troops in an old spooky castle being terrorized by an unknown ancient evil(the cover of my copy gives away the monster) sounded great to me. The Keep was filled with many potentially great themes that could have been explored, but it ended up feeling like F. Paul Wilson was brainstorming awesome ideas and then tossing them away. His writing style d [...]

    14. This is the first book in "the adversary cycle" series of novels. It doesn't end on any kind of cliffhanger, though, so it can definitely be read on its own.The PlotThere are basically 2 forces in the universe: Chaos and light. Both forces have their own agents. In "The Keep", we meet 2 of them.It's 1941 in Europe. The Germans have invaded Poland and are extending into Romania. A German regular army company has been ordered to occupy a keep in a mountain pass in Romania because it has a good vie [...]

    15. Ma tõesti tahtsin, et see raamat mulle rohkem meeldiks. Idee on ju lollikindel – natside sõjaväeüksus asub postile Transilvaania mägikindluses ning nendega hakkavad juhtuma üleloomulikud ebameeldivused. Sellest lihtsast ideest saaks luua niivõrd vinge loo, ent autor piirdus kahjuks vaid keskpärasega.Stoori on nagu mõni Allo! Allo! stsenaarium: natsid kutsuvad end päästma mustlastega semmiva juudi soost professori ning tema kauni neitsiliku tütre. Süžee kulgeb muidu õuduslugude t [...]

    16. I read this book some years ago (I seem to say that a lot). I ran across it on the "Best Heroic Fantasy" list. I wouldn't really rate it "Heroic Fantasy"yway.Is the villain really the "proto-vampire"? Is the hero maybe as bad as the villain? These and other questions will be answeredbut you need to get through it to the end. It's not a bad book but I've read a lot better.Th two main characters are linked together,immortal since what we are told is the first age of the world. One evil the other w [...]

    17. Mr. Wilson did an admirable job of mixing history, horror and romance in a gripping, chilling tale of a monster haunting a mysterious keep in the mountains of Romania during World War II.The cast of characters really made the story what it was. Underneath the German uniform, Captain Woermann was really not a bad man. He disagreed with the policies and actions of Hitler and the SS and tried to atone for his own failings. Major Kaempffer of the SS, on the other hand, was a truly sadistic and bruta [...]

    18. first in a series called The Adversary CycleThe Keep is a high kind of "mini-castle" set in the mountains of Romania. The story takes place before America's entry into WWII.A detachment of German army soldiers is sent to the keep, which is situated so that anyone coming or going through a certain pass which leads to the invaluable Ploesti oil fields can be spotted. The first night there, there is a grisly and strange death. A few days later, an SS squad under the leadership of an overzealous com [...]

    19. 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. However this never developed and the usual battle of good v evil occurred mixed in with a rather odd love story, resulting in a somewhat boring and pedestrian talet recommended!

    20. High in the Transylvanian mountains lies a keep that is being tended to everyday, nobody lives there and there is no known history concerning this fortress high on this pass.1941 and a Nazi army detail enters this keep in order to make it a permanent fortress to safe keep nazi and Romanian interests. The strange keep with its thousands of crosses generates greed and in damaging the keep the German soldiers release and ancient evil. One that takes lives and drinks blood. A message for help sends [...]

    21. I think this book might have been a much more entertaining read if read when it was first released. Today, F. Paul Wilson's The Keep feels like a hundred different books I've read. Which isn't to say that this is a bad book. I gave it two stars in accordance to what define each star to mean. Two stars is "It was okay". And that's what's wrong with this book. It's just okay. There's nothing great or new here. The characters are all familiar. It is, however, an interesting take on vampire lore, b [...]

    22. To date, the best Wilson I've read. Pretty creepy story where the bad guys (the Nazis) meet a really bad guy -- or thing, in a castle located in the Balkans. The setting is damn near perfect. I think the story suffered a bit at the end when Wilson shifted gears to throw a bit of a curve ball at the readers expectations. I don't think that was needed, but overall a minor complaint.

    23. This was one of the most chilling little books I've ever read. Totally creeped me out. Loved it. Set during Nazi occupation of a Keep and all the strange happenings around them. This is actually a part of a long series of books called Repairman Jack. This would be a pre-quel

    24. This was my first foray into Wilson's "Secret History of the World" and it fueled my interest in reading more! The book flows easily and keeps the reader guessing until the very end. Highly Recommended!

    25. I came to this novel a little differently than most people. I have read all 15 of the Repairman Jack novels over the last several years, (not counting short stories and the prequel histories), not realizing that the Adversary Cycle should really be read in parallel. So when I finished The Dark at the End I decided I needed to hold off on Nightworld until I had completed this other group of five or six novels. That way I will be ready for the final climactic novel at the end where both series cul [...]

    26. The Keep has a cool premise. A garrison of German soldiers during WWII are sent to occupy a small, oddly constructed keep in Romania. The first night there, two of the soldiers, in an attempt to steal a gold cross, disturb the keep's only occupant. In the following days, they don't make it through the night without a soldier being killed. An SS regiment is sent to stop whatever is going on, but men continue to die. There is also great tension between the SS commander and the German army commande [...]

    27. Един невероятен исторически хорър на един невероятен писател. Ф. Пол Уилсън е от авторите, които знаят как да пишат и как да привлекат интереса на читателите си. Определено съм си поставил за цел да се запозная в детайли с цялостното му творчество. Този роман се развива пред [...]

    28. 3.5 StarsBook blurb:"Something is murdering my men."Thus reads the message received from a Nazi commander stationed in a small castle high in the remote Transylvanian Alps. And when an elite SS extermination squad is dispatched to solve the problem, the men find a something that's both powerful and terrifying. Invisible and silent, the enemy selects one victim per night, leaving the bloodless and mutilated corpses behind to terrify its future victims.My thoughtsFor those of us looking for a twis [...]

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