The Keep (Adversary Cycle #1)
“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. Invisible and silent, the enemy selects one victim per night, leaving the bloodless and mutilated corpses behind to terrify its future victims.
When an elite SS extermination squad is dispatched to solve the problem, the me
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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 neck ...more
Just kidding...almost. 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 c ...more
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 ain' ...more
Rating = 3.49 stars
This 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.
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 traditsioonilist r ...more
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 ...more
There 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 ...more
The 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 ...more
Is the villain really the "proto-vampire"? Is the hero maybe as bad as the villain? These and other questions will be answered...but 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 ...more
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 ...more
"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.
For those of us looking for a t ...more
Interesting tale. Wilson gives us three levels of evil. There is the banal evil, in the form of the German military captain; he's ap ...more
I am puzzled by the enthusiasm others feel for this flatly-written, predictable, and crudely melodramatic novel.
I'm a little miffed at this book for not being the story it could have been. It had such an awesome beginning, with Nazis being picked off one by one in a creepy deserted keep...apparently by a vampire. The commander sends a message stating "Something is murdering my men," and is soon joined by an SS troop and their loathsome major. This had such potential to be a creepy, claustrophobic horror story of the kind I adore.
Instead, about halfway through, the story changes ab ...more
Género. Narrativa Fantástica.
Lo que nos cuenta. En la Segunda Guerra Mundial, un destacamento de soldados alemanes destinados a un paso de montaña en los Cárpatos durante la primavera de 1941 está viendo morir de forma inquietante a sus hombres entre los muros de la antigua posición fortificada en la que se alojan. Tras la petición de ayuda del oficial al mando, se dirige al lugar un oficial de las SS con refuerzos, pero también irán allí un erudito hebreo que ...more
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