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The Keep Mass Market Paperback – May 15, 2000
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In the Romanian mountains, a bunch of Nazis have stumbled upon a deserted structure. Called a "keep"--though that's not what it really is--its purpose is a mystery, as are the strange crosses placed at precise intervals on all the walls. There's also the fact that no birds have nested at the keep, and no one is permitted to stay inside overnight...
But those darn Nazis always were foolhardy. Something is released that first night, something that defies description. It moves stealthily through the shadows, it murders with explicit savagery...and its bloodlust is endless...
Only one mysterious man and one determined Jewish woman can stop this evil...if the time has not already run out...
Evil vs. evil. F. Paul Wilson's "The Keep" is the first novel in what became known as the "Adversary Cycle," a series of loosely based novels all tied together at the end. "The Keep" stands alone, however, as an exemplary example of how a horror novel should be written. Delictable, terrifying, and unforgettable!
As far as horror stories go, this one is definitely up with the best of them. The author has written a riveting page turner with this tautly written, inventive tale. The author has taken some vampire folklore and given it a new twist. In the hands of this master of the horror genre, the quintessential battle between good and evil takes on a new dimension.
In Romania, deep in the heart of the Transylvanian Alps, lies the Dinu Pass. In April of 1941, a small squadron of German soldiers has been ordered to occupy a small, deserted, five hundred year old castle keep at the Dinu pass. From the beginning, Captain Klaus Woermann senses that there is something unusual about the keep. Looking as if it had just been built and inlaid with brass and nickel crosses in every corridor, crosses that the caretaker for the keep exhorts the Germans not to touch, the keep is an architectural oddity.
Soon the games begin, as an unseen force begins murdering his men. Captain Woermann sends a message to the high command. To his dismay, they respond by sending a Nazi squadron of einsatzkommandos under the leadership of SS Major Kaempffer to quell whatever local guerilla activity is, undoubtedly, responsible for the murders. Soon, these death's head troopers begin succumbing to the same fate as their German Army counterparts, and all hell breaks loose.
Enter the ailing Dr. Theodor Cuza, a Romanian Jew and former professor at the University of Bucharest. Although suffering from the ravages of scleroderma, he is ordered by the Nazis to the keep, as he is an expert in the history of the region. It is hoped that he will be able to shed some light on the mysterious keep and enable his hosts to defeat their unknown adversary.
Accompanied by Magda, his daughter, they find themselves confronted with the cruelty of the Nazis, the unexpected kindness of Captain Woermann, and something from their worst nightmares that has them call into question their deepest beliefs. Then, a mysterious red-headed stranger with piercing blue eyes also appears, and nothing is ever the same again.
This is one of the premier horror stories of all time. Bravo!
The story open in the German occupied Poland. Major Eric Kaempffer, SS Officer, has received orders to investigate The Keep at the Dinu Pass in Romania. This is a strategic sight for the German military. Captain Klaus Woermann, a military officer, has occupied the keep with his troops and odd things begin to happen. Throw in unexplained murders, a genius Jewish profession and his lovely daughter, some interesting villagers, a mysterious man with an unexplained connection to all this and you have the story of THE KEEP.
I enjoyed the story. I thought the characters were believable and well developed. The differences between the SS Nazi's politics and regular German Army were well defined and actually educational. The villagers were humble and accommodating. There were twist and turns and lots to think about. I believe the author wanted the reader to see that a person's background shapes their views and believes. Without a strong well established position and responsibilities one can be easily swayed by perverted believes and politics. I especially liked the long time rivalry between the SS officer and the Army officer.
I gave THE KEEP 4 stars. I recommend this book to those enjoying European WWII Historical Fiction and lovers of horror.
I would not recommend this book to horror fans. The conclusion feels cobbled together and is not satisfying at all when taken in context with the rest of the novel.