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La Profecía (The Omen #1)

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  38,846 ratings  ·  188 reviews
Katherine ha tenido ya varios abortos pero esta vez su hijo llega hasta el final del embarazo, sin embargo, cuando da a luz en un hospital italiano, ya ha sido elegida para que críe en sus primeros años -e introducirle así en el mundo de la política- al hijo del Diablo, Damien. Por supuesto ella no lo sabe, es su marido quien desde el primer momento sabrá (solamente una pa ...more
Hardcover, Edición especial para socios de Discolibro, S.A., 275 pages
Published 1977 by Mundo Actual de Ediciones, S.A. (first published 1976)
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Jeffrey Keeten
”...And then shall arise a contemptible one whom royal majesty has not been given. He shall come by counterfeit means and obtain the Kingdom of flatteries. Armies shall be swept away before him and broken...and he shall act deceitfully and he shall become strong with a small people. Without warning he shall come into the richest parts; and he shall do what neither his fathers nor his fathers’ fathers have done, scattering among the people plunder, spoils, and goods. He shall devise plans against ...more
This is what happens when you let others impregnate without checking their references, or even their DNA! One should always make sure to get at least 3 good letters of recommendation, preferably from a local parish, hospital, and a trusted friend. NOT, I repeat NOT from some foreign country where birds are known to attack in flocks and force people out onto roads where they are run over by vans!
References are also important when selecting nannies, maids, drivers, and chums for you otherworldly
Anum A
I think I was in Class 8th when I read this,an all-nighter,had homework and Isha Namaz left but just started it after a late-night bath and was hooked-one of the rare few horror books that actually managed to scare me-the whole environment-afraid of getting a scolding from dad in the middle of the night while everybody was asleep,the photographs that showed weird signs,the gruesome deaths especially the one in which something heavy suddenly falls from the window and kills the passing-by characte ...more
I remember when the film The Omen (starring Gregory Peck) first aired on UK TV back in the early 1980s. My dad banned me from watching it because I was too young. Unperturbed, I vowed to beat this rather draconian dictum and got the book from the library. I was hooked...

Having watched the film many times since, I still think the book is better. The idea of an antichrist wielding so much power as a child is chilling and wonderfully horrific. A truly psychological chiller and rather disturbing as
Aug 09, 2011 Marsten rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: SOS
Shelves: terror
Me gustó mucho.

La novela es muy entretenida, de lectura fácil y con una historia muy buena, dinámica y llena de acontecimientos.

El punto flaco es el estilo literario: pobre, senzillo y demasiado directo (sin mucha o nula ambientación). Ahora, el final del libro lo encontré genial!
La gran pega que le pondría es que como su adaptación cinematográfica fue muy literal, para quienes la hayan visto, no encotrarán casi ninguna diferencia. Este hecho no dejará lugar a ninguna sorpresa argumental (incl
Jantu rahim
Jan 31, 2008 Jantu rahim rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mithu
Recommended to Jantu by: amit
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A story about a father who instead of being the happiest he can be, is instead put through hell (ha!) when his son turns out to be a lot darker than he appears. A lot of signs are there that he is not a normal kid, but his parents chalk it down to him being a young child who is still adjusting to a new family. As the story progresses, his father becomes obsessed with getting to the bottom of the mystery of his son, while around him a lot of people get into "accidents."

Overall a very enjoyable re
Benjamin Stahl
Contrary to its subsequent movies, which were enjoyable enough but still fairly average, this is a relentlessly good read, and it both thrills and scares the reader consistently through its fast-paced story about a boy conceived by Satan, and his father's desperate struggle to destroy him. I liked the fact that this book didn't succumb to mainstream morality and try to make the kid a sympathetic character. I was rooting for his destruction the whole time, but I won't say how the story ends. Anyw ...more
The book is always better than the film. David Seltzer exposes the reader to the possibilities that lie behind the typical view of religion. The idea of an "antichrist" being represented by a child is just wonderful. To be honest, I don't know what to say. Been a while since I last read it, and what I say probably sounds a bit pathetic. I think I'll just steal this: "A powerful, spell-binding story of a child who is not a child, and a man who must become less of a father and more than man.." - B ...more
Grippingly horrifying...........terrifying.....a story which actually does what it claims to do....grip you,make your eyes go wide in horror and scare you.....BOO!

Kim Graff
I re-read The Omen today. The last time I read this book I was sixteen.

The concept was always something that interested me. An evil child -- little else can be creepier than that to me. I had always remembered this as sending shivers down my spine. A book that kept me up all night as I read it, hidden away in my room.

It's still a classic in horror, in my opinion. And it is a very interesting book that has a lot of elements that come together smoothly. Thorn and Katherine are sympathetic charac
Erin (Paperback stash) *is juggle-reading*
The Omen, by David Seltzer, was written after the film was produced. It focuses, of course, on the birth of a young boy to a successful diplomatic family who have immeasurable influence on the world. I would be surprised if you didn't know the plot already but just in case: Ambassador Robert Thorne and his wife Kathy have a child, Damien, who - at the age of 5 - begins to change. People start dying and weird warnings erupt from all sides. Robert begins suspicious and slowly begins to believe tha ...more
Novelization of the film, also written by Seltzer. On its own, a semi-decent horror thriller about an American ambassador in London unwittingly raising the Anti-Christ, a young boy named Damien. Might have been better if written by a novelist, who could have given the dialogue more punch, the action scenes less of a cinematic flavor, and more depth to its religious themes. The popcorn version of Rosemary's Baby and The Exorcist.
Craig Taylor
I was actually disappointed with this book. I found it in a book store when I was out of town a while ago and because it is so thin, I put aside my current book and read this one. I saw the movie first, which probably didn't help, as that was great. (The original was the best, but the remake is ok-ish as well)
The writing style was uninspiring and not very descriptive. I had images in my head, but they were from the movie, rather than the book. The characters were all so unlikable, even the ones
Before I started reading this book, I saw another review that said this book was released at the same time as the movie. It was a turn off knowing the book was nothing but a marketing ploy.
The book itself was an easy read, the prose was simple, strait-forth and nothing special. There was a little more insight that wasn't in the movie- there is a little background on the people involved with killing the Thorn child and replacing him with Damien.
Overall, it wasn't that great. I am and always have
A racy read and a much awaited one at that. I could not get this book in India or in any of the Indian online bookstores. Finally got a second hand copy from Amazon. Though not disappointed, the book was not a revelation either. I feel that the portrait of the evil child was ill developed. The writer could also have mulled a little more on the feelings of the other protagonists. It appears that the author was content with just skimming over the top, with events taking place one after another at ...more
Martha Sockel
The story of the son of Satan being born in human form to a well known political family caught my attention as it seems so unrealistic but the book made it real.

The story tells how the bible foretold these events and this made it even more belieavable as the words came straight from the bible. The story bases the story on the upbringing of Damien the devils child and his parents which his father happens to be the next in line for the United States president and the mother is slowly turning mad.
Katherine and Jeremy Thorn are a wealthy, older American couple, and Katherine wants a child so badly. After two unsuccessful pregnancies, Katherine is once again pregnant. She gives birth to a stillborn boy, a fact that is kept from her, because a priest recommends to Jeremy that he substitute another baby as theirs. He decides to take the offer, knowing how much his wife wanted the baby and how she would be destroyed if she was told for the third time that her baby has died. Damien, the baby, ...more
Nurul Badriah
I read this book for the simple reason that there was nothing else on read on that time and I saw the book in my shelve. I would have to say that I was greatly surprised at both the high morality portrayed and the small amount of gore. The book contains very little that would offend but is certainly NOT FOR CHILDREN. The gore is restrained but violence is present, this includes dogs attacking two men, a brief stabbing, a brief decapitation, a women falling from a balcony, and a maid hanging hers ...more
Eu tenho ensaiado há vários anos para conseguir coragem de ler esse livro. E se eu soubesse que ia ser tão fácil, tinha feito isso 15 anos atrás.

O livro é essencialmente narrativo, não se aprofunda muito nas descrições das cenas, então se você está esperando um banho de sangue e cenas horripilantes, vai se desapontar.

Na verdade, não achei o livro essa coca-cola toda, as cenas muito narrativas deixaram a historia meio sem-graça, eu fiquei esperando mais ação e tensão nervosa, e só fui tem um gost
Michael Zagoridis
I have never read horror fiction before but I burned through this pretty quickly. I found this book riveting and entertaining - even a little disturbing. Such to the point where I had trouble putting it down! It has definitely inspired me to watch the movie, which I hear is a classic for horror fans. So if that is your bag then I recommend it for a quick read. It definitely held my attention to the last page.
Brittany Carroll
I loved this book. I had seen the movie first, but the book still held a sense of wonder in its storytelling. The only reason I give it a 'three' is because it did not stick to eschatological facts. In fact, it actually blatantly disregarded some things mentioned in the Scriptures. This is probably because Seltzer only read Revelation as opposed to researching throughout the Bible for Antichrist trivia.
Delicious Strawberry
This wasn't a terrible book, there were some good moments while I was reading, but the writing style was sparse, and for the subject, this book simply did not have the thrills and chills that one would usually expect. It would have been better if this book was more descriptive and horrifying. I actually saw the movie first, and I have to say, the movie was better than the book, which is rare.
Portia S
Jan 10, 2012 Portia S rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Portia by: My friend Malarie
This was an alright read, creepy to an extent. Though I did not feel the real creepiness that was derived from the movies. There were several pieces that would remain with me, such as the description of the discovery of the jackal's crypt, the shaving of the child's head, the failure of Damien murder, and the slight at the end that the world was not safe from peril.
Ryan Splenda
Seltzer provides a classic in the demonic subgenre of horror. It is clearly and concisely written, yet very detailed and rich. It also plays upon the "trust no one" philosophy of the 1970s (politics, religious institutions, etc.) In my opinion, it only rivals The Exorcist within the demonic subgenre. I highly recommend The Omen to all horror fans.
Thomas Amo
Read this of course after I saw the original film. Actually I saw the film "Damien Omen II" first then saw the original Omen.
David Seltzer took a very simple event from the bible and turned it into a very original story.
Interesting footnote...
David Seltzler wrote the screenplay for Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory.
It has been 29 years since I've read this book so I can't guarantee the accuracy of my rating. I just remember loving this book when I read it and being disappointed that I wasn't the daughter of Satan.
I started reading the omen only to discover it was written to cash in on the movie, I thought the movie was based on the book. That just made me mad enough to stop reading it.
Kelly K
At first I was really drawn to this book and then it died off. It definitely had some really interesting bits but I really felt no emotion from it.
Pierre Fortier
J'ai lu ce livre peu de temps apres L'Exorciste, il y a pres de 35 ans. J'ai eu peur,tout etait base sur des citations de la Bible. Efficace.
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David Seltzer (born 1940) is an American screenwriter, producer and director, perhaps best known for writing The Omen (1976),[1] and Bird on a Wire (1990). As writer-director, Seltzer's credits include the 1986 teen tragi-comedy Lucas starring Corey Haim, Charlie Sheen and Winona Ryder,[2] the 1988 comedy Punchline starring Sally Field and Tom Hanks, and 1992's Shining Through starring Melanie Gri ...more
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