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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765327139
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765327130
  • ASIN: B0057DCTNQ
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,526,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Infinitely more suspenseful than The Exorcist. I devoured Legion in one terrified gulp. It even manages to outspook The Exorcist."--Los Angeles Times
 
"Heartbeat-skipping horror. Read Legion only on a sunny day."--Cosmopolitan
 
"Mesmerizing and horrifying at the same time."--USA Today on Legion

About the Author

WILLIAM PETER BLATTY has written numerous novels and screenplays, and is best known for his mega-bestselling novel The Exorcist. He has won three golden globes and he also won the Academy Award for his screenplay of The Exorcist. He lives in Maryland with his wife Julie and son Paul.

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Ian Fowler on September 9, 2004
Format: Hardcover
After I finished reading William Peter Blatty's "The Exorcist," I immediately picked up and read "Legion." I don't know if sequel is quite the right word for this book. Bill Kinderman, a detective from "The Exorcist," is the protagonist of this novel, but the plot doesn't quite pick up where the plot of the "The Exorcist" left off, not really. Nonetheless, certain plot elements in the first book are relevant to "Legion." I suspect that Blatty wrote this book as a sort of denunciation of the film "Exorcist II," hardly unheard of in the literary film (see, e.g., Robert Bloch's "Psycho II" in comparison with the film, or Larry McMurtry's "Streets of Laredo" in comparison with the telepic "Return to Lonesome Dove.") Ironically enough, "Legion" itself was turned into a film, directed by Blatty, but studio interference made it "Exorcist III."

The plot is simple (in fact, in 2004 it's almost cliched): Kinderman investigates a series of particularly gruesome torture murders occurring around Georgetown that are connected somehow to another series in San Francisco a decade before committed by the "Gemini" (obvious nod to the real "Zodiac.") The problem is, Gemini is dead. So who's doing this new series, and what does the psychiatric ward of hospital have to do with them? Through all this, Kinderman is battling with his faith, trying to reconcile his ideas of an omniscient, omnipotent, compassionate God with the horror of what goes on in the world on a daily basis.

The book is quite chilling throughout. A deeper analysis is called for, perhaps, but that would undercut some of the power of this book as it would give away far too much. Suffice it to say, Kinderman finds himself battling a creature he is coming to believe is not really quite human.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Michael Weiser on July 15, 2004
Format: Paperback
This is a tough review for me to write because I'm so torn by this book. On the one hand, the dialogue between detective Kinderman and Tommy Sunlight (killer/mental patient) is among the best and most chilling I have read. Then the book will drag on for long, boring stretches.
"Legion" is both blessed and cursed. The description of the gruesome, supernatural nature of the murders is sure to send a chill up your spine. The descriptions of the catatonics is also effective. The story will then skew off on philosophical tangents that take the reader off the path of the story and soon he doesn't know why he is in a place that is seemingly unrelated to the plot.
The bottom line is this: In order to read the most brilliant parts of this book (and yes, there really are some brilliant parts here) you are also going to have to trudge through the superflous and boring passages as well. "Legion" is a good book with great parts, but perhaps with better editing, it could have been a great book, end of discussion.
A final note: In my opinion, the movie was better than the book. George C. Scott plays Kinderman and Brad Dourif plays Tommy Sunlight. Dourif's performance is especially noteworthy. The great dialogue is kept, almost verbatim, from the book. The boring parts are omitted and there are scenes that are not in the book.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By James Roque on August 1, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Not sure how i found my way here to an out of print book but here i am. I read this book years ago after finding it in a used book sale. I was quite young, hadn't seen or read The Exorcist but liked the cover of the eyes and candle and the blurb "call me legion for we are many." Well i read it, didn't really understand what was going on and forgot about it. I came back to it years later after reading the first book and this time it just blew me away. It has something special in a horror novel in that it is actually very thought provoking. Kinderman's conversations are wonderful. But there is also a real scary atmosphere to this book. I defy anyone to read the section on the tape recording of coma patients and not feel a chill when voices can be heard in empty rooms. This book is a classic and doesn't deserve to be out of print. Maybe when Exorcist 4 comes out it will get a new lease of life.
The film based on this book "Exorcist 3" doesn't have the depth of the book and misses out entirely the tape recordings and the life story of James Vennamun but is quite a good film. It includes that famous one view corridor scene that builds and builds into one of the great horror moments ever.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 22, 1998
Format: Paperback
Mr. Blatty, please don't let the previous reviews bother you. Some of us understand what you were getting at. No great(ie.intellectually satisfying)horror novel or movie should ever show us the face of horror directly. Madness yes, horror no. In Legion Mr. Blatty continues and deepens the mystery of the Exorcist by indirectly hinting at what makes the "demons" of Legion/The Exorcist tick. And it is this legion of evil spirits that we are really interested in when we read these books. Thankfully you will not find much in the way of demonologic details about them, but would we find the eerie mystery of The Exorcist/Legion as mesmerizing if for instance we were told the true meaning behind: "I am no one"/Exorcist; "I am someone"/Legion; "Feel the blood, how it sings!"/Exorcist; "Let us warm in the body"/Exorcist; "They will punish me for this"/Legion ? Would we be as terrified if we were told exactly why a monstrous serial killer would exhibit abject terror at the mere thought of his benefactors (the demons from the Exorcist)? NO! In Legion Mr, Blatty continues with his attempt to explain and explore not only the concept of evil, but the cosmology of physical/ spiritual good and evil as well. And all of this is entwined in a taut medical murder mystery full of lilting resonances that hint at the awesome and mysterious forces encountered in The Exorcist. Remember folks, The Exorcist and Legion are not in the same vein as "Kolchak the Night Stalker". If you need things sewn up neatly in the end then read some Stephen King.Read more ›
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