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Product Details

  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Ricochet Press (September 16, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977218902
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977218905
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,986,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

As a technical director of visual effects, Greg Vilk worked in Hollywood for PDI/Dreamworks and James Cameron-founded Digital Domain. His credits include Lord of the Rings, Shrek, Day After Tomorrow, and Aeon Flux.

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I literally couldn't put it down and read it in one day.
Glenn R. Adams
The dialogue and the action move the story along at such a fast pace that by the end you'll be as exhausted as the characters.
DED
At times Greenland is described as very cold, other times the cold does not seem to matter.
John Thornton

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Higgins on November 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
Disclosure: I was sent a review copy of this book so that I would post a review on Amazon. The publisher sent me the copy as I had reviewed another book on the Golem story on Amazon.

Review: As the last reviewer provided so much information in his review, this review will try to avoid what was already covered. I thought Vilk's Golem a pretty good pulp fiction-style read; Clive Cussler does Indiana Jones fused with The Dirty Dozen. The story moves very quickly, which maybe reflects Vilk's background in film, and can easily be imagined as a film or graphic novel. As for being an action novel, it reads well that way. I personally liked that it did not get tied down in discussions of weapons, etc. and avoided all the technobabble that is so common to action novels by say Cussler or Clancy. The spare style of little-detail-provided-writing was somewhat like that of Elmore Leonard. As for being a horror novel, the premise reminded me of F. Paul Wilson's The Keep but was different from that novel in that Vilk's Golem reads much more like an action story and thus I would not say it is horrific.

The reason I gave this book four stars rather than five was that I wish there had been more background in it. This might not be the case for every reader but the history buff in me wanted more than Vilk provided. More on the Golem story and how it eventually ties to the story presented would have been a very good addition to the book. I can imagine how the Munich Pact and the like would have led to where the story picks up with the Germans messing around with the Golem in Greenland but I would have liked to read how the author imagined it, either through the actual telling of the story or at least through OSS reports passed on the US Ranger hero.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Daniel L. on December 17, 2005
Format: Paperback
I think Mr. Vilk knows his genre very well and has executed it perfectly. I was hoping for a good action-adventure story and that is exactly what I got. I absolutely loved the central idea of the Golem itself. Not just the history behind it but the imagery the author creates with it. This supernatural element is blended very well with the tried and true aspects of a "dirty dozen" movie. In fact, it's very hard to read this book and not imagine it as a film, simply because of the imagery created and the pacing set by Mr. Vilk. I actually wish the book was longer but maybe I shouldn't have read so fast. (I couldn't help it). I hope the author writes more stories of this type.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By deoxys on February 11, 2006
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Mr. vilk's story is a MUST READ. Not only for the storyline, which is great, a rival of steve alten's books. But for the ciphers also. No one has really said what they thought of the ciphers. His book is full of ingenious riddles, and clues to help decipher the *ancient script*.

An excellent read for anyone. *I would like to see, maybe an extended version of Golem, but for background purposes only.

Great job, Mr. Vilk, keep on writing!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By DED on June 28, 2006
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I couldn't think of a better one liner so I quoted it.

The Story: A misfit squad of Rangers is sent to Greenland to capture a Nazi base. But upon their arrival, they find the place in ruins and everyone dead, save one man, who appears to have gone quite insane, firing his SMG at unseen figures in the snow. The Rangers soon discover that they're not alone, as someone starts to pick them off one-by-one.

Ok, you've figured out the "Dirty Dozen" reference, so where does the "Indiana Jones" part come to play? Well, the Rangers are escorting the daughter of an archaeologist who has been kidnapped by the Nazi's (everyone's favorite bad guys) and is helping them build their secret weapon, the namesake of the book's title.

But the coolest part of this novel, is what sets it apart from the others: cryptography. Contained within the book is the very puzzle that the protagonists are trying to solve to defeat the Golem. At the beginning of each chapter is a line of runes. A couple of clues are given at the beginning of the novel to help you figure it out. Mystery readers may think that they're special guessing whodunit, but that's nothing compared to this! Mr. Vilk even gave away $100 to the first person to solve it. You can find out more at his website (gregvilk.com).

Greg Vilk's writing style makes for an easy read. The dialogue and the action move the story along at such a fast pace that by the end you'll be as exhausted as the characters. The setting is well researched and Mr. Vilk's descriptions of the place make you feel like you're there, shivering in the cold. In fact, it screams for a movie adaptation. It was easy for me to visualize every aspect of the story. But don't wait for the film! Read the book today!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Thornton on June 14, 2012
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Golem by Greg Vilk is a World War 2 setting of the Golem story. The characters are somewhat one dimensional and not memorable. The plot is pretty good, but differs from the Golem tradition in many important ways. Vilk's Golem is more of a ghost that can sort of cohere stuff together, so his Golem is made of snow, or furniture, or smashed cars, ect.....

The setting is Greenland, and the bad guys are Nazis. Sort of typical comic book kind of set up. At times Greenland is described as very cold, other times the cold does not seem to matter. That is a big inconsistency in Golem.

Golem by Greg Vilk would have been fair better had it been proof-read more effectively. There are many typos with words like "they" when it should have read "the" or the other way round. A good editor would have caught these before the book went to publication.

Also, many cliches are used, and that grew tiresome.

Overall, 3 stars out of 5. Golem is not a bad read, it just is not a real good read either.

Thanks for reading my review.
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