Top positive review
Reviewed in the United States on March 29, 2017
I read a lot of books, primarily fiction, horror, vampires, supernatural and paranormal in subject. Once every 6 or 7 books, I'll read something else, crime, dramatic, thriller, etc., I'm blessed to have the time to read 3-4 a week. I can't say enough about this fictional horror book. Being an avid reader, you find that there isn't always quality in quantity. However, in this case, I was definitely left wanting more.
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.