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The Keep #2 October 2005 Comic – January 1, 2005
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It's set during the early days of WW II, and at first centers on a brutal, amoral, evil, SS officer that has been promoted from an assistant job at Auchwitz to the job of starting a new death camp in Ploiesti, Romania. However, before he can settle in this new location, he must stop for what is supposed to be a kind of quick investigatory chore. The Central Command of the Nazi regime has received a "distress" message from a German Army Commander that is hold up in a "Keep" (very small castle), in the Transylvanian Alps, on the way to Ploiesti. The message is very short and states simply, "Request immediate relocation, something is murdering my men".
At this point, the plot branches into three different segments, the aforementioned distress call, an exercise in relationships between a Jewish father and his daughter, and a stranger who begins a trek to confront the mysterious events at the Keep.
I won't go any farther into the plot other than to say that these three segment join together to again form a central plot. There are several underlying themes going on, but the central theme, or examination, is Good vs Evil, and how identifying each is not always "cut and dried".
As I stated at the beginning of my review, this book is more the "exception to the rule", than the "usual, everyday, horror book. The author does a great job of "fleshing-out" the characters. One really gets the sense of the dynamics of the relationships between the characters, and the different aspects which drive each one.
I won't say anything else besides, I can almost guarantee an intense and enjoyable read. Thanks and Cheers!
Side note: You might recognize the title of this book from a movie released in the early 80s. As is usually
the case, I'd read the book first.
Set during the early days of World War II, "The Keep" is set in German-occupied Romania. A German unit is stationed in a small, strategically located castle (also known as a "keep") in the Romanian alps to provide overwatch. When soldiers begin to die one by one under mysterious, and seemingly supernatural, circumstances, their commander implores his superiors for help. Help comes in the form of a deadly SS squad. Throw an expert in local folklore (and a Jewish one at that!) and a mysterious traveler into the mix, and you have a thoroughly entertaining tale with some serious thrills and chills, but also a commendable amount of depth and gravitas.
What quickly becomes apparent when reading "The Keep" is how well the plot and setting work together. While the tale could be set in the modern age, it functions exceedingly well as a World War II period piece. The backdrop of the war- and especially the Holocaust- lend a sense of weight and anxiousness to the novel. Historical events of the time also create an engaging dynamic between the characters that is unique to that time period. The plot accelerates rapidly, though I was confused initially by the opening of the book, in which events don't appear in chronological order; so, make note of the dates in each section as you read. Author Wilson keeps the suspense taut throughout, and the book never drags. However, I did feel the book could be shortened overall. While the book was never boring, sometimes I wished the author would just get on with things, and make the narrative a little leaner. I very much enjoyed the creepy atmosphere and learning about the supernatural forces in the keep. The book can get quite scary, especially in the beginning, though it starts to eschew the horror later on in favor of a more straight up supernatural thriller.
Perhaps most masterfully executed in the novel is characterization. The cast of players is a fine one, compelling folk all. Whether the frustrated German captain, the extremist Nazi major, the bookish Jewish professor, his protective daughter, the mysterious traveler, or the strange force within the keep, the characters are all superbly conceived, with nary a dud to be found. More than anything, the characters make the novel and really help separate it from lesser works.
Quality of writing in "The Keep" is high. I would classify the writing as "effective unnoticeable." Essentially, the writing worked well in the service of the story without jumping out at me as being either cringeworthy or simply fantastic. It worked totally fine and never got in the way of the storytelling. Author Wilson presented some discussions on philosophy and faith that I found compelling, and they served the plot in an appreciable way. I also appreciated the lack of profanity in the book.
Creepy and entertaining to boot, "The Keep" is a book with serious substance and a novel premise. If you enjoy horror with a historical setting, this is a classic that you can't afford to miss. If you absolutely adored the novel and are brave enough, you might give the movie adaptation a shot. I don't have many good things to say about it (check out my review of it!), but it is certainly an interesting film with an even more fascinating backstory. If you're looking for another great WWII horror novel, check out "One Last Gasp," by Andrew C Piazza. It is one of the finest novels in the genre, and one I guarantee you'll love.
The Keep is a story about a German Wehrmacht company occupying a fortress in the Carpathian Mountains in Romania in 1941, just prior to Operation Barbarossa. Despite being warned away by the caretaker of the “Keep,” they set up camp there. One night, a pair of opportunistic soldiers, who were on night watch, mistakenly opened a portal allowing an evil entity to be unleashed.
If you’re a fan of horror, gothic horror, or historical themed horror stories, then you should enjoy this book. As usual, it’s better than the movie. I discovered that it’s the first installment of what’s called “The Adversary Cycle” which is a series of 6 books by author F. Paul Wilson. I have this one and I’m looking for the rest of the series.
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Of course, Woermann is known to Kaempffer, and their past history is one of conflict. As such, and with a much more lucrative post ahead of him, Kaempffer is keen to investigate, solve this issue quickly, and move on. The message from Woermann states, “Request immediate relocation. Something is murdering my men.” Imagining the problems to be partisans, Kaempffer sets out for the Keep. This turns out to be a perfectly placed tower, with endless crosses embedded into the walls. Two of Woermann’s men, thinking treasure is buried somewhere within the Keep, have accidentally released something of malevolent evil, and terrible power, which is now free to kill and to keep on killing.
Despite all evidence to the contrary, Kaempffer insists the problem is something that he can solve with force. Eventually, he and Woermann track down Professor Theodor Cuza, an academic who has studied the Keep for most of his life, and bring him, and his daughter, Magda, to the Keep to help him solve the mystery of who is killing Woermann’s men. Also, there is another man, who is travelling across Europe, on a mysterious mission involving the Keep. There is much irony in the fact that Cuza is Jewish and his own faith is also tested in this interesting novel. This is a horror novel which has a very interesting setting and characters. A good read, this is the first in the Adversary Cycle and is followed by “The Tomb.”
The plot is fast paced and creepy from the beginning. Not just because a mysterious force is killing soldiers but because we get to see inside the minds of murderous Nazis; a quite destrubing experience.
I love the way this book is written. The author builds a palpable atmosphere that kept me wanting to read more and thoroughly spooked. The setting is described beautifully, the characters well developed and easy to relate to. The mythos behind the keep and the creature within is intricate and revealed slowly to keep the reader guessing. I poked a few holes in it at the half way point which were satisfyingly filled as the book went on.
The only problem I had was with the female character, the only one in the book. It's the old cliché of a male writer writing a female character poorly, and it begins with her description. When Magda is introduced to the reader we learn that she has long hair and then, over two whole paragraphs, we learn that she has magnificent breasts. That's all the reader gets. Two whole paragraphs about her chest!
As if that weren't bad enough, when the narration switches to her point of view, there is bearly a moment when she isn't thinking about men. I don't really understand it. The reader is told she is an accomplished musician and scholar and her relationship with her father is wonderful. Yet, apparently, she spends half her time thinking about men. It bothered me immensely.
I will definitely look into more books from the author because, other than the female character, I really enjoyed the writing style and the book over all. Thanks to this book, I'll think twice before following any secret passage ways in castles!!!
Well the book had me hooked.
It follows a very similar plot to the movie, but I felt was much more absorbing for a horror book, it felt like a Brian Lumley/Shaun Hutson/Lovecraft style of horror story.
The Plot centers around an entity that is accidentally awakened by a group of German soldiers who take over a keep.
Once released the entity does what such entities do and kills without remorse, and we find that there is a stranger who is "awoken" to fight the evil.
Its very atmospheric and shows what traditional horror should really be, especially in the period of time that the film is set, i.e.. during the second world war.
Though indications are a setting in Transylvania, this isn't about Dracula or vampires, thankfully. Though I suppose you could draw parallels in places between Dracula and Van Helsing, but I didn't really think that reading it.
I can't recommend The Keep to anyone at all to be honest, I think it is that bad.
Needless to say I won't be bothering with any of the other Adversary Cycle books or anything else by F. Paul Wilson.
So you get the picture and the book starts very well and carries on in quite a unique way with this exciting blend of characters and i enjoyed it a lot, particularly how the tables of power turn from the very unpleasant Nazi SS to the Professor and his daughter.Then a stranger turns up carrying a strange long thin box on horse back who knows the history of the keep and it's dark secrets.
The book then starts being very predictable and almost feels like it was finished by a different person or was done in a great hurry.It losses the creepiness it had in the first 2/3rds and it's atmosphere and I felt became rather boring which is a shame. I've given the book 3 stars although I feel it deserves 2&1/2 stars.Having said that ,it's certainly not the worse book I've ever read, just a shame about the latter part of the book.