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Dimiter Hardcover – March 16, 2010
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"Almost 40 years after The Exorcist, William Peter Blatty's new novel 'Dimiter' is another headspinner." —The New York Post
"Dimiter is an intelligent, tightly wound, suspenseful novel with a surprising and explosive climax. One can only hope Blatty will publish another sometime soon." —USA TODAY
"Riveting."—The Los Angeles Times
"Gripping and enthralling."—The West Australian
"An amazing tale that should be read twice — once for the captivating and faith-affirming story, and a second time to savor the author's elegant writing and masterful craft."—Book Reporter.com
"An astonishing piece of literature. You will want to reread it as soon as you put it down."—Horror Drive-in
"A must-read. Had me frantically turning pages to find out what happens next."—The Buffalo News
"Sure to keep readers' attention until the final pages."—Suite101
"A thrilling psychological suspense thriller."—Genre Go Round
"A wonderfully written, mind-twirling mystery chock-full of suspense and wonder."—Stem Shots
"A depth of mysery, imagination, and eloquence that will captivate mystery-lovers and suspense enthusiasts until its final pages."—BookSwim
"Magnificent literary visuals...An all-round fascinating piece of work."—Thriller Book Club
"Exorcist author thrills again!"—The Herald Net
"The Exorcist author Blatty is back -- and he's in fine form!"— Delawareonline
“Blatty’s writing contains much grace and beauty."—The Dallas Morning News
“The author of The Exorcist has outdone himself.”—Dreadlord_Logix
“The novel was worth the wait.”—The Pittsburgh Tribune
“William Peter Blatty balances philosophy, thrills”—The Palm Springs
“Enfolds a message of faith in a fast-paced thriller.”—The Brothers Judd
“A Christian thriller with ‘Lost-‘like intrigue.”—Lost Wire
“Blatty has outdone himself. Atmospheric, suspenseful and hugely satisfying, Dimiter is a triumph!”—The Speculative Scotsman
“Gripping. You will be hooked. I was completely unable to put it down.”—Full Circle
“A page turner.”—News-Press.com
“A complex, suspenseful, and fast paced thriller, which does not shy away
from the problem of evil contrasted with the mystery of faith." —The
Catholic Media Review
"A wonderfully written, mind-twirling spiritual thriller that is
chock full of suspense and wonder, Dimiter pulses with an aura of mystique that almost begs you to revisit the whole novel as soon as you've finished."—The Horror Fiction Review
"The author of the mega-famous THE EXORCIST has written another grand and breathtaking tale, a stunning and powerful puzzlebox of psychological horror by a true master of modern fiction.”—Dark Delights
"A grace-haunted novel.”—Raymond Arroyo's "The World Over"
“Dimiter is exciting and terrific. Like all of Blatty’s stuff, it’s a theological thriller that you can take on as many different levels as you want. It’s strange and enigmatic and very ambitious. It would make a great film.”—BookTrust
"Dimiter is a milestone not only because it comes from an award-winning author, but because he's not written a full-length novel since his 1983 best-seller LEGION - until now... Gripping … A ‘must' for any Blatty fan and many newcomers."—California Bookwatch
"Blatty proves not only that he still can write compelling prose nearly
40 years after his acclaimed Excorcist but also that he makes a fine
narrator." © AudioFile
"(Blatty) writes with an unrelenting pace that totally grips you. (The novel) ends in a fantastic climax that's really unexpected."—London Daily Telegraph
"At one and the same time, Dimiter is a page-turning detective yarn, an affectionate portrait of the Holy Land, its people and Christ’s lingering presence there, and a story about the search for faith —all told with author William Peter Blatty’s mordant wit, acute powers of observation and truly beautiful writing."—Family and Faith
“Dimiter slowly pushes the thriller throttle back and requires you to feel
and think. Read it!”—Boston Book Bums
“Absolutely enthralling. The best literary puzzle I've ever read, it's a
book that cannot be visited only once to be truly appreciated."—Shocklines
"The author of the mega-famous modern horror novel, THE EXORCIST, has written another grand and breathtaking tale of terror."—countgore.com
“A stunning saga ... Blatty alternately hides and hints at the nature of the forces at play, building to a spectacular climax which will compel most readers to return to page one upon completing this masterful suspense novel."—Books.Com
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Top Customer Reviews
The editorial and reviewer plot synopses cannot do justice to the tightly woven suspense of this novel, due to elemental spirituality that lies beyond the gripping plot and elevates the work to something more than a "thriller." As is typical of Blatty, his characters are eccentric, complicated, at times funny, and likeable. For the long-time Blatty fan, this novel will provide some rewarding moments of the off-beat humor within his previous work, but this book is noticeably different also.
No one else writes quite like this author. This has been evident at least since The Exorcist, and in Dimiter, we see a unique and gifted author at his most refined. His sentences are at once long, rhythmic, and beautifully descriptive. We are allowed to experience not only the artful presentation of bad things that happen to good people and the ensuing, surmounting dread, but also a good long look at an inexplicable goodness that causes evil to scream its throat raw and in vain.
And the beautiful thing is - the mystery retains its mystery.
|Length: 1:40 Mins|
Rating: Three-star (Recommended)
My only complaint (spoiler alert) is how Jean, his wife, got his last letter which he never intended to send. We know Merel sent it, but how did he know where to find Jean???? I may well be missing something here, and if someone can enlighten me, I would be delighted to find out. This is the only flaw, to me, in an otherwise superb book.
At Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem, a series of unexplained deaths shake up the staff. Christian Arab police detective Peter Meral leads the investigation that seems to be going nowhere. Whereas Americans and Israelis struggle with the happenings, none yet know that the Albanian Prisoner, Paul Dimiter is in the Holy City doing what he does best causing hell.
This is not an easy read as the exciting story line seems incoherent when suddenly like a magician William Peter Blatty brilliantly brings it together in a thrilling psychological suspense thriller. Dimiter is an eerie individual who has figuratively lost his soul (not in a horror novel - Exorcist sense) but seeks some form of redemption. Readers will relish the shocking truths as to who he is and why Albania (ask Ho Chi Minh about him) and then Jerusalem.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've never seen reviews on a book so split between either 5 stars or 1 star. I went with three - it's nothing great but it moves at a quick pace and some readers might appreciate... Read morePublished 3 months ago by John
The transcriptions of seven per cent solution and west end horror were terrible. Both were filled with typographical errors. I was very disappointed. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Dan P. Oberly
Blatty dwells, continually, lovingly, on torture. Blood and gore. Totally irrational writing, internally inconsistant. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Alan D. Zimm
. . . and whose other books I love, particularly "The Exorcist" and "Legion" and "I Remember You," which are proof to me that he can write with depth and... Read morePublished on February 12, 2014 by Constant Reader
This novel was bloody awful. Blatty has lost the touch. The Dialogue was cliche; the story was weak - beyond superficial. Read morePublished on April 25, 2013 by cruise
I would actually give this book zero stars, if I could! Boring, plodding, meandering, and absolutely NO ACTION. Simply mind-numbing.Published on February 18, 2013 by Irish67
Well written. An involved thriller that unfolds at an ever growing crescendo.
Interesting and provocative characters.
Me. Blatry has offered up another page turner.
Thank God I only paid $1.60 for this at a book sale. It was overpriced by $1.59. The story was baffling and unengaging; nothing to hold one's interest and make you want to turn to... Read morePublished on September 1, 2012 by G. H. Giroux