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An alternative cover edition for this ISBN can be found here"Something is murdering my men." Thus reads the message received from a Nazi commander stationed in a small castle high in the remote Transylvanian Alps. And when an elite SS extermination squad is dispatched to solve the problem, the men find a something that's both powerful and terrifying. Invisible and silent,An alternative cover edition for this ISBN can be found here"Something is murdering my men." Thus reads the message received from a Nazi commander stationed in a small castle high in the remote Transylvanian Alps. And when an elite SS extermination squad is dispatched to solve the problem, the men find a something that's both powerful and terrifying. Invisible and silent, the enemy selects one victim per night, leaving the bloodless and mutilated corpses behind to terrify its future victims. Panicked, the Nazis bring in a local expert on folklore--who just happens to be Jewish--to shed some light on the mysterious happenings. And unbeknownst to anyone, there is another visitor on his way--a man who awoke from a nightmare and immediately set out to meet his destiny.The battle has begun: On one side, the ultimate evil created by man, and on the other...the unthinkable, unstoppable, unknowing terror that man has inevitably awakened....

Title : The Keep
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ISBN : 9780812579253
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Number of Pages : 403 Pages
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The Keep Reviews

  • Dirk Grobbelaar
    2018-10-17 15:46

    He was dead. And yet not dead.I’ve long been meaning to read The Keep. It is the first in the Adversary Cycle, and ties in with the (later) Repairman Jack novels. I have also seen it mentioned on numerous top-ten lists pertaining to Vampire Horror (although, to be fair, the author is very specific about the nature of his antagonist – but this is spoiler territory so I won’t go there).So, does it live up to expectation?Something in that air caused the hair on his arms and at the base of his neck to stand on end.If you have read any of the Repairman Jack novels, you will already know what to expect from this book, although admittedly The Keep leans more toward straightforward horror whereas the Jack books follow a genre mishmash template. That said, you will not often feel too upset when characters get killed, since they’re mostly portrayed as fairly villainous themselves.Something as dark and as cold as the chamber he had entered was awake and hungry and beside him.I found this to be a fairly visual read, that’s to say it would probably make for a good film what with all the fantastic set pieces, not to mention the World War II backdrop. There are scenes here that are genuinely eerie and / or scary. What’s more, at times the story is quite ingenious, especially the concepts of Light and Chaos that the author introduces.He was no longer in command of the keep.Something dark and awful had taken over.Two gripes.There is a love story here that feels forced and awkward. It certainly has a place in the story, but at times the author lathers it on a bit thick and the fluttery-eyed sugary-sweet gloop is hard to stomach. In my experience when it comes to this sort of thing less is more.The second gripe that I do have comes from a rather abstract place. The cover art of the new Tor editions are rather unimaginative and, frankly, boring. I much prefer the artwork of some of the older editions.She would fear the dark forever.In closing, there are some nice conspiracy theories thrown in for good measure. You know, just to thicken the broth. The Keep is a fairly solid entry in the Vampire Horror genre. Added bonus: it has some novelty value, especially if you already read Repairman Jack.3.5 stars (which I have to round, because Goodreads doesn’t give me any other option)And night had become a dread enemy.

  • Susan
    2018-11-14 13:45

    Beginning in Warsaw, 1941, this novel combines a Second World War story with Horror, creating a good mix of genres. Erich Kaempffer is a member of the SS and has just been promoted to become Commandant of Ploiesti – a new concentration camp in Romania, which is set to rival Auschwitz. Kaempffer is a dedicated man, who delights in murder and violence and also hopes to make himself a personal fortune. However, before he can set off to his new career, he is asked to visit a small army detachment, stationed in the Alps, shortly north of Ploiesti. There have been frantic messages from their commanding officer, Captain Klaus Woermann, saying that they have suffered losses and asking permission to relocate. Kaempffer is asked to go and see what is wrong before being allowed to take up his new position.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.”

  • David Sven
    2018-10-29 14:53

    It's Castle Wolfenstein - Zombie Nazi edition! 'Donnerwetter!' did I hear you say? 'Not mitt ze Shweinhund Zombies again!'Just kidding...almost. There are Nazis in a Castle - or rather a Keep, in Romania, in the Transylvanian Alps, and there is something undead inside, and our story is set in 1941.The SS take over an abandoned haunted Keep. The SS unwittingly let something loose in the Keep. The SS start dying horrible deaths - and Nazi's being turned into chunky bits is always a good thing. I can't help but think back to the black and white war comics I used to read, but instead of Nazi's going 'Aarghhh! Englander!' It's more like 'Aarghhh! Vampir!'It's a quick easy read. For all the meaty bits flying about there wasn't much meat to it and it didn't quite maintain the suspense I was hoping for - but it was still a bit of fun and enjoyable for what it was ie a traditional vampire(like) story.Auf Wiedersehen from me and I'm giving it...3.5 stars(which is a whole lot better than my Deutch)PS - No Germans were harmed in the making of this review (I hope)PSS - All German words appearing in this review are fictitious. Any resemblance to real German language, good or bad, is purely coincidental.

  • Scott Sigler
    2018-11-08 15:40

    Such a fun book. Vampires and Nazis — what could go wrong? An isolated keep full of ne'er do-wells from the Third Reich, but oh man do they get their comeuppance at the hands of a very old bro who is pissed as hell that someone be all up in his hizzouse. The only knock on this book is the dated damsel in distress plot line, the unbelievably beautiful woman who, for most of the book, is little more than a cowering, confused lass that can't come to grips with the reality in front of her. This ain't no Dana Scully, gang. But, the book was published in 1981, so I think you have to give it some slack as a product of the times. Our heroine isn't completely helpless, that's for sure. All in all, I highly recommend this book. I loved it.

  • Lou
    2018-11-01 18:35

    Wilson is a skilled story-teller who knows how to write a good plot and intertwine a story with healthy mix of terror romance and history.The story is about The Keep an intriguing fortress where one by one men are murdered by a mysterious being. The victims are german soldiers, I found myself backing the perpetrators blood thirst of ridding The Keep of the invaders of Romania, but there seems to be a more sinister purpose to what is taking place. Thoroughly enjoyed the story highly recommend it, i cant wait to read the next in the Adversary Cycle The Tomb by Paul Wilson a great story teller. This story has a very nice romance between a Jewish Romanian and a mysterious man.

  • Becca
    2018-11-04 18:33

    This is one of the worst books I have ever read. A friend recommended it to me, and against my better judgment, I took a copy with me on vacation. The writing style is very cliché - it feels like he has taken whole sentences from other horror writers and strung them together to create this work. The plot is forseeable, the characters are cheesy and annoying, the story seems to be rooted in pseudo-history...not quite accurate enough to seem like a real era, and not quite fantastical enough to transport the reader into another realm. I rolled my eyes consistently throughout the book, and I forced myself to finish it believing that it might possibly redeem itself at the end. Unfortunately, it did not. I immediately got rid of my copy, and all other F. Paul Wilson books that were lent to me. I suppose it you are a junior high school kid, this book might appeal to you, otherwise skip it and go for some Clive Barker, Neil Gaiman, or Stephen King.

  • Kaisersoze
    2018-10-25 13:51

    Ranked among the best horror novels of the twentieth century, and credited with shaping the landscape of that same genre through the 80s, it's hard not to be a little disappointed with what is on offer in The Keep. The set-up is quite good, with something unleashed from its hold in an abandoned keep stalking the German soldiers that have taken over said structure in the midst of WW2. For about a third of the novel, Wilson keeps the pace rattling along nicely, as the thing from the crypt murders one soldier a night. The entity is equal parts menacing and mysterious, but clearly does not have good intentions at heart, creating quite the interesting quandary: Who does the reader root for? The Germans and the SS soldiers that join them? Or the entity that seems hell bent on destroying them? In fact, my favourite part of the novel was the conflict between the sympathetic German officer and the over-the-top evil SS major, even if this was relegated to the realm of the sub-plot by the halfway point of the novel.However, things begin to fall apart as other characters arrive at the keep, advancing the plot, but taking away from the evil versus a greater evil theme. By the end of the novel, nothing is as it seems, a trite romantic sub-plot has been woven in, and, worst of all, there is absolutely nothing frightening going on.In the end, it seems that whatever ability The Keep had to scare its readers has been lost within the mists of time. But Wilson is a skilled enough writer to maintain my interest in pursuing more of The Adversary Cycle, even if my expectations will be suitably tempered.2.5 to 3 Slashed Open Throats for The Keep.

  • Cy
    2018-11-09 11:39

    I've actually read this book before, but it still counts towards my 100 New Books goal because I didn't remember that I had read it until about a chapter or two in. The premise is great: Nazis move into a keep in Romania and start dying one-by-one at the hands of what can only be described as a vampire. Nazis, vampire, and even zombies near the end. Great stuff for someone like me. For the first 3/4 of the book, it's positively thrilling. It's creepy. It's atmospheric. But it falls apart near the end as the truth of what the mysterious hero Glenn really is, and his connection to the vampire in the keep. It becomes a story about ancient warring powers and demigods and nonsense with no leadup, suddenly shifting gears from horror to fantasy. Molasar, the vampire, is actually Rasalom the warlock from prehistory, and Glenn is actually Glaeken with a magic sword from that time too. It becomes too cartoonish. The villain was more threatening when he was an inhuman beast with no backstory other than the subtle hints of his relation to Dracula. Even the premise, promised on the back of the novel "Nazis vs a Vampire" falls apart as Glaeken takes the center stage and all of this ancient prehistory nonsense kicks in. The interesting characters, Kaempferr and Woermann are killed off and the center stage is left for the less interesting ones: the aforementioned Glenn, Magda (who inexplicably falls in love with Glenn on first sight, which is something the author enjoys reminding us of every third page), and her father.I recommend this book only because of the first three quarters. They're just that entertaining that they make the last bit bearable. Supposedly, this is the first book of a series. Maybe reading the rest of it will improve the ending of this book.

  • Nandakishore Varma
    2018-11-15 18:36

    I remember this book terrifying me when I read it in the early eighties. However, the horror is all reserved for the early chapters - towards the end, it becomes more of a thriller.This one is really old-fashioned. A centuries-old evil and its centuries-old nemesis fighting it out in a Transylvanian castle during the Nazi occupation. There is also a Jewish exorcist (well, folklorist, actually) and his beautiful daughter in the mix.If you love vintage ghost stories, this should be your cup of tea.

  • ☙ percy ❧
    2018-10-28 13:32

    a vampire killing nazis? my kinda shit right here lads

  •  Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
    2018-11-15 19:50

    I was glad that I went into this book unaware of many of the plot elements. It made for a more exciting read. Despite this, I was still surprised as things turn out to be not as they seemed. I liked F. Paul Wilson's writing voice. It's erudite and sophisticated. He did his research about WW2 and what was going on in Europe at this time. The aspects of the Nazis' treatment of the Jews and the Gypsies made my heart hurt. I can't and never will understand such barbarity, cruelty, and inhumanity. Mr. Wilson doesn't just throw this in for a background historical context. This becomes a very important aspect of this story as it deals very much with the nature of evil, how humanity's actions perpetrate evil and its sickness in the world.The characters were engaging, making this supernatural story feel very grounded in some respects. I felt deeply for Magda. She was a strong woman hemmed in by circumstances, a sickly father who took her granted in a way that was almost criminal. All her dreams denied because of her need to take care of him, and because she was Jewish. Glenn is an interesting character as well. He's quite enigmatic, something more than human, although he wears the cloak of humanity well for the most part. He has lost touch with some of the human emotions, as he says, but in contrast to the SS soldiers, there is no question that he is a humane person. As for the Germans... I felt sorry for Woermann, and I didn't think he was a bad man. Imagine me feeling sympathy for a German soldier in WW2. The key point that I am glad that Wilson makes clear is that not all the Germans supported or believed in what Hitler was doing. Of course, many did act to thwart Hitler, and lost their lives in the process. Something that one might not choose to acknowledge on the surface, as it's easy to label all Germans as the hated Nazis. It is the truth, none the less. History now makes it clear that there was a strong German Resistance, as well there should have been. One hopes that good men and women will not stand by and watch evil happen, and Woermann felt like he had done too much of that and it destroyed his belief in himself, and the country that he had spent most of his life serving. In contrast, there was the SS commander, Kaempffer, who was a horribly evil, vile human being. It is harder to feel sympathy for him and his ilk, in light of his vicious and unwarranted hatred and persecution of people because they happened to be of a different ethnicity than him. Part of me relished seeing the SS soldiers get their just deserts, but Wilson makes it clear that this only perpetuates the dangerous taint of evil in this story.There were some touches I liked very much in this story: *A very obvious nod to the Lovecraftian mythos. They find copies of some of the forbidden books of Chthulu, such asDe Vermis Mysteriis, Book of Eibon, Nameless Cults, Cultes des Goules and even The Necronomicon. Lovecraft fans will likely appreciate this as I did. *I liked the romance very much. It was good to see that Magda does get a chance to have a 'life' and to be appreciated in a way that she didn't in a man's world, with a father who doesn't respect her as much as he should, and as a member of a group of people who were horribly persecuted against. And Glenn has been alone so long. Now he isn't.*Some parts of this novel were truly creepy! I love a good scare, so I was a happy camper. It was less scary towards the end, but still thrilling and disturbing in a different way.*The history and setting made this WW2 history buff happy, although sad at the same time. The Shoah is a disturbing subject, even in fiction. The supernatural horror of this story pales in comparison to what kinds of horrors really happened, and the fact that behind them was human evil and institutionalized racism.*I like the cosmic scope of this battle between good and evil. I won't go into that, because that would spoil this book, and this is a book that the less you know, the better it reads. Suffice it to say, if you like arcane supernatural fiction as I do, you might enjoy these aspects of this book. I found myself reading this very quickly on my Kindle. I was immersed in this story, transported to 1940s Romania, and submerged in the gothic feel of this novel. Although I had no expectations, it turned to be a lot more than I even imagined. I enjoyed it a lot.

  • Uncle Randy
    2018-10-24 13:36

    Read and re-read, a really good vampire story set in WW2. There was a sourcebook out that gave more backstory to this tale, also worth reading but nearly impossible to find. This is part of a series of books which didn't appear connectd at first, but were brought together nicely in the end with a fantastic 5th book. Worth noting all 5 books stand alone nicely for those who don't like to read a series. While Repairman Jack was introduced in these stories, it was only in the last few, and these are not a prequel. This is an original story series that first introduced the character. It was his popularity that spawned the spin-off RJ book series. The Michael Mann movie is still one of my favorites, though it's never officially been released on DVD, my understanding is those are bootleg versions out there, would love to see the director's cut version, and get more of the story restored. His take differed slightly from the book in what the adversary was (Molosar).. vampire, supernatural demi-god, demon... and was a good influence in the sourcebook that's hard to find.

  • Jeanette
    2018-11-13 12:32

    Rating = 3.49 starsThis is a sort of Lovecraftian historical fiction, if you will. Or even if you won't. Romania, 1941. The Nazis encounter an ancient entity almost as evil as themselves. Only a Jewish scholar and his daughter and a mysterious red-haired man can save them. I liked this older work better than Wilson's Repairman Jack novels, which tend to be overlong and feel repetitive after you've read a few of them.

  • Matthew
    2018-11-01 15:43

    I have to say that after reading The Keep i was pretty darn disappointed. I actually liked the book, which is why it got three stars from me. SS Nazi troops in an old spooky castle being terrorized by an unknown ancient evil(the cover of my copy gives away the monster) sounded great to me. The Keep was filled with many potentially great themes that could have been explored, but it ended up feeling like F. Paul Wilson was brainstorming awesome ideas and then tossing them away. His writing style did not impress me very much and his descriptions were bland. Wilson went into more detail with the absurd romance going on in the story. The one with almost comical scenes involving the macho hero with foul body odor and the innocent beautiful daughter. Themes such as the Nazi SS being pitted against a timeless evil being or a Jewish guy reluctanly finding salvation in the power of the cross would have been worth going into more. The Keep was also boring for long stretches. Overall I did like it, but it could have been a lot better, which is why my review is harsh.

  • Mark
    2018-10-27 16:55

    This is the first book in "the adversary cycle" series of novels. It doesn't end on any kind of cliffhanger, though, so it can definitely be read on its own.The PlotThere are basically 2 forces in the universe: Chaos and light. Both forces have their own agents. In "The Keep", we meet 2 of them.It's 1941 in Europe. The Germans have invaded Poland and are extending into Romania. A German regular army company has been ordered to occupy a keep in a mountain pass in Romania because it has a good view of any coming and going foot traffic. The commander of the company is being punished for not joining the Nazi party, but he's a WW I war hero so they can't just throw him out. After occupying the titular Keep, soldiers begin to die during the night, their throats ripped out, at a rate of 1 per night. The commander, knowing that it's not a normal enemy, requests that his company be moved elsewhere.The local German headquarters responds by sending out a contingent of SS men, led by a despicable Nazi death camp commander whose next assignment, after the investigation, is to start up a new death camp in Romania. He thinks it's Romanian partisans killing off the German soldiers. He's wrong!The plot continues from there. The thing killing people in the keep is quickly surmised to be a vampire. The SS commander and the regular army commander lock horns more than once. They know each other from before, and they hate one another. Other people are brought in to help with the investigation, including a Romanian History professor, who also happens to be a Jew.The GoodI liked the antagonists in this story. The main one is not actually a vampire; it's the creature upon whom the vampire legend is based. This makes for an interesting contrast between what we as readers know about vampires and the reality of the creature depicted in "The Keep". It's much, much worse than a vampire. A conventional vampire is a cute bunny rabbit compared to what's in "The Keep".The other antagonists are the Germans; specifically the commanders. One commander, the regular army one, is definitely more of a sympathetic character than the other, the Nazi SS commander. However, they are both well characterized as just guys with strongly-held beliefs trying to figure out what's happening to them.Is it scary? There are parts of it, mostly when depicting the main adversary, that are genuinely chilling. I think F. Paul Wilson did a good job of setting up a sense of horror and dread leading to the climax of the book.The BadMaybe it's the fact that bad guys are more fun, but the protagonists, while well done, were not as compelling as the antagonists. They were certainly not morally "pure", so they were realistically written. However, they just weren't as interesting.I would have preferred a little more plot involving the main adversary in "The Keep" and a little less plot involving the clash between the German commanders.These are really just nitpicks, though. If I could give it 4 1/2 stars, I would.ConclusionI say that vampire fans should get it to read the author's take on the vampire legend. I really enjoyed it and found it fresh.It's a page-turner. I couldn't put it down most times when I would get into it. I can't think of a higher praise for this kind of book.It's definitely a have-to read if you're a vampire fan looking for something fresh.

  • Jaagup
    2018-10-25 14:52

    Ma tõesti tahtsin, et see raamat mulle rohkem meeldiks. Idee on ju lollikindel – natside sõjaväeüksus asub postile Transilvaania mägikindluses ning nendega hakkavad juhtuma üleloomulikud ebameeldivused. Sellest lihtsast ideest saaks luua niivõrd vinge loo, ent autor piirdus kahjuks vaid keskpärasega.Stoori on nagu mõni Allo! Allo! stsenaarium: natsid kutsuvad end päästma mustlastega semmiva juudi soost professori ning tema kauni neitsiliku tütre. Süžee kulgeb muidu õuduslugude traditsioonilist rada pidi; selles poleks iseenesest midagi negatiivset, kui vahepeal esineks ka mingeid twiste, mingeid põrutavaid üllatusi; kahjuks on neid minimaalselt ning enamikku toimuvast on võimalik juba mitu lehekülge varem ette ennustada.Tegelased on masendavalt ühedimensioonilised. Kõigil sakslastel peale ühe on eranditult negatiivsed iseloomujooned. Peategelaseks olev tütarlaps paneks iga feministi ahastama – kogu tema konflikt keerleb kahe mehe vahel valimise ümber. Peategelase isa on tüüpiline vana professor, kes tahab parimat, ent välja kukub nagu alati. Ja ühel hetkel välja ilmuv vampiirikütt oleks nagu kõigi seikluskangelaste paroodia – tuleb kohale, kepib tütarlast, tapab kurjami oma vägeva võlumõõgaga.Kolmandaks, Holokausti teemal jahumine, mis õigesti doseeritult oleks võinud loole anda surmtõsisuse mõõtme, muutub mingil hetkel tüütuks ja siis koomiliseks. Kõige Paham Nats on eriliselt totter kuju: suurema osa ajast veedab ta unistades, kuidas ta Rumeeniasse eriti vinge koonduslaagri ehitab ja kuidas ta seal siis juute ahju ajab. Üleüldse kõnelevad kõik Holokaustist nii endastmõistetavalt, nagu sellest iga päev lehes kirjutataks – seda ajal, mil ka natside endi seas kogu värgist vaid üksikud asjassepühendatud teadsid. Isegi professoriga semutsevat vampiiri ei säästeta, vaid ta peab iga öö viisakalt vana juudi kurtmisi kuulama – ilmselt selle jaoks, et teda poliitkorrektsusetuses ei süüdistataks.Ja lõpetuseks, mis pagana pärast oli vaja loosse sisse tuua lovecraftiaana keelatud raamatuid. Kindluses on olemas kogu kataloog ja nad ei mängi loos mitte mingit rolli. Tegelased korraks uurivad neid, viskavad need siis vastikusega käest ja enam neid ei mainita. Milleks kõik see?Nagu öeldud, ma tõesti lootsin raamatust enamat. See ei ole halb lugu, aga hea ka mitte. Kuuldavasti on raamat alles esimene tervest sarjast; järgesid ma lugema niipea ei tõtta. Võibolla mõnikord võtan ette, aga võibolla ka mitte.

  • Mike (the Paladin)
    2018-10-22 12:31

    I read this book some years ago (I seem to say that a lot). I ran across it on the "Best Heroic Fantasy" list. I wouldn't really rate it "Heroic Fantasy"...anyway.Is the villain really the "proto-vampire"? Is the hero maybe as bad as the villain? These and other questions will be answered...but you need to get through it to the end. It's not a bad book but I've read a lot better.Th two main characters are linked together,immortal since what we are told is the first age of the world. One evil the other while supposedly with the "powers of light", has been his "imprisoner" for a long, long time. Till a human gets "conned and screws up the status quo. My attention was drawn back to this review and I couldn't resist the temptation to add a caveat. This is listed (see title above) as #1 in the Adversary Cycle. It's also called the Nightworld Cycle. This andwere originally written as stand alone. They retroactively became part of a cycle drawn in, in .The Tomb (#2 in this Cycle) is also the first in the Repairman Jack series of books by Mr. Wilson (interestingly there's no tomb in that book...go figure). My understanding is that Mr. Wilson wanted to title The Tomb, Rakoshi, the name of the creature he uses in the novel. The title was changed to be more like The Keep.

  • Cheryl Landmark
    2018-11-14 19:27

    Mr. Wilson did an admirable job of mixing history, horror and romance in a gripping, chilling tale of a monster haunting a mysterious keep in the mountains of Romania during World War II.The cast of characters really made the story what it was. Underneath the German uniform, Captain Woermann was really not a bad man. He disagreed with the policies and actions of Hitler and the SS and tried to atone for his own failings. Major Kaempffer of the SS, on the other hand, was a truly sadistic and brutal man, who might just have been as evil as the monster terrorizing the keep. Magda was a somewhat repressed, meek character at the beginning, but managed to find hidden reserves of strength and courage to fight for her father, her lover and her own sanity. Her father was not a bad man, either, but his sometimes callous treatment of her and manipulation of her intense loyalty to him lost him some respect in my eyes. I was happy when she stood up to him near the end. Molasar was a suitably evil, chilling villan, and Glenn, despite not being, in his own words, a totally "good" guy, was nevertheless a credible hero.I thoroughly enjoyed this horror tale from Mr. Wilson and will certainly read more of his books in the future.

  • Nancy Oakes
    2018-10-29 11:36

    first in a series called The Adversary CycleThe Keep is a high kind of "mini-castle" set in the mountains of Romania. The story takes place before America's entry into WWII.A detachment of German army soldiers is sent to the keep, which is situated so that anyone coming or going through a certain pass which leads to the invaluable Ploesti oil fields can be spotted. The first night there, there is a grisly and strange death. A few days later, an SS squad under the leadership of an overzealous commandant shows up to check out the trouble. He is on his way to Ploesti to start another concentration camp there. Once the SS commander realizes that the strange deaths of the Germans are not being caused by partisans in the countryside but rather by some nameless evil force, he sends for an expert in the area, a Jewish professor who is soon to be "resettled" with his daughter Magda.But (there's always a but, isn't there?) there is another who is interested in the goings-on at the keep....Fun, fast and easy to read.Recommended for good clean horror reading fun.

  • Trev Twinem
    2018-11-09 19:40

    This book was a disappointment to me. I was hoping that the idea of a no of SS troops billeted in the aptly named "Keep" would be the recipe for a great story. However this never developed and the usual battle of good v evil occurred mixed in with a rather odd love story, resulting in a somewhat boring and pedestrian tale...not recommended!

  • Mark
    2018-11-08 17:32

    High in the Transylvanian mountains lies a keep that is being tended to everyday, nobody lives there and there is no known history concerning this fortress high on this pass.1941 and a Nazi army detail enters this keep in order to make it a permanent fortress to safe keep nazi and Romanian interests. The strange keep with its thousands of crosses generates greed and in damaging the keep the German soldiers release and ancient evil. One that takes lives and drinks blood. A message for help sends a SS-major and his troops into the keep in the conviction he will solve this matter quickly and then start his real job by building a concentration camp in Romania. However the Nazi evil is small potatoes compared to this ancient version.An professor of History sits at home ill and out of work, he and his daughter who cares for him are dragged into the mountains because of their knowledge about the keep and the local history. They are Jewish and expendable. Whose side will they chose when they come face to face with the evil.Who is this deadheaded mand who when he felt that the keep was violated came all the way back from Portugal to face the evil that has been released?When all the stories converge we will see a fight against evil as we always recognized but have forgotten as well. Stories of normal, evil and neutral people placed into a situation that is manipulated by mere mortal man and ancient powers. This book is well written and far more than the Nazis versus Dracula, which would be a good selling point to begin with. It seems to be part of a large series but can easily read on its own. I would give it 3 1/2 stars but since this is not possible I will stick with a 3 star review because based upon the various recommendations I did expect something more spectacular.

  • Jason
    2018-10-28 16:25

    I think this book might have been a much more entertaining read if read when it was first released. Today, F. Paul Wilson's The Keep feels like a hundred different books I've read. Which isn't to say that this is a bad book. I gave it two stars in accordance to what Goodreads define each star to mean. Two stars is "It was okay". And that's what's wrong with this book. It's just okay. There's nothing great or new here. The characters are all familiar. It is, however, an interesting take on vampire lore, but I will leave that for you to discover for yourself and (view spoiler)[find out that there is no vampire lore in this book after all (hide spoiler)], which also works in The Keep's favor, in my opinion.

  • Steve
    2018-10-29 18:38

    To date, the best Wilson I've read. Pretty creepy story where the bad guys (the Nazis) meet a really bad guy -- or thing, in a castle located in the Balkans. The setting is damn near perfect. I think the story suffered a bit at the end when Wilson shifted gears to throw a bit of a curve ball at the readers expectations. I don't think that was needed, but overall a minor complaint.

  • Rose
    2018-10-23 17:41

    This was one of the most chilling little books I've ever read. Totally creeped me out. Loved it. Set during Nazi occupation of a Keep and all the strange happenings around them. This is actually a part of a long series of books called Repairman Jack. This would be a pre-quel

  • Stephen
    2018-10-31 17:36

    This was my first foray into Wilson's "Secret History of the World" and it fueled my interest in reading more! The book flows easily and keeps the reader guessing until the very end. Highly Recommended!

  • David Agranoff
    2018-11-09 15:45

    Read it several times over the year, absolute classic.

  • Benjamin Thomas
    2018-10-26 14:37

    I came to this novel a little differently than most people. I have read all 15 of the Repairman Jack novels over the last several years, (not counting short stories and the prequel histories), not realizing that the Adversary Cycle should really be read in parallel. So when I finished The Dark at the End I decided I needed to hold off on Nightworld until I had completed this other group of five or six novels. That way I will be ready for the final climactic novel at the end where both series culminate.So, for me, it was great fun to go back and experience one of this author’s earlier works and his very first horror novel. It was cool to see how some of the major characters came about, (Rasalom and Glaeken) and to match that up with what I knew was coming in later books. Had I come at this one with no prior knowledge I suspect I would still enjoy it thoroughly simply because I like Wilson’s writing style. However it would have been a fairly straight-forward WWII era horror novel with a good twist on traditional vampires and zombie tales and may not have earned a full five starts from me. But as it is, I am happy to say I continue to come back to FP Wilson novels even if Repairman Jack ain’t in it.Since I’ve already consumed the second of the Adversary cycle, The Tomb (which is also the first of the Jack novels), it’s now on to [book:The Touch|219416. Technically, these three are all stand-alone novels and can be read in any order but I don’t want to take any chances.

  • Christopher Hivner
    2018-11-12 15:41

    The Keep has a cool premise. A garrison of German soldiers during WWII are sent to occupy a small, oddly constructed keep in Romania. The first night there, two of the soldiers, in an attempt to steal a gold cross, disturb the keep's only occupant. In the following days, they don't make it through the night without a soldier being killed. An SS regiment is sent to stop whatever is going on, but men continue to die. There is also great tension between the SS commander and the German army commander who isn't a Nazi and has become disillusioned by the war. They eventually bring in an old professor and his daughter, the professor being an expert on Romanian history and who knows more about the keep than anyone else, even though he has barely punched through the cloud of mystery surrounding it.Up to this point I loved the book. A great premise, smooth writing and good characterization of the two battling German commanders. However, when the professor finds out who was released that fateful first night in the keep, I found it to be a letdown. I thought it was too early to fully reveal the menace and in the end, wasn't very scary. In fact, the more the backstory is explained, the dopier it gets.The Keep is a quick read and a worthwhile horror novel, but I'm not sure why its considered a classic by many people.

  • КостаСивов
    2018-11-02 14:29

    Един невероятен исторически хорър на един невероятен писател. Ф. Пол Уилсън е от авторите, които знаят как да пишат и как да привлекат интереса на читателите си. Определено съм си поставил за цел да се запозная в детайли с цялостното му творчество. Този роман се развива предимно в Румъния, което ме спечели веднага. Винаги съм смятал, че нашата и заобикалящите ни страни са много по-интересни за "място на събитията" отколкото Америка. Главните действащи лица са нацисти, есесовци и евреи. Авторът доста набляга на конфликта помежду им, но не по онзи изтъркан начин набит ни в главите, а по доста интелигентен и уместен, според мен. Тук всички са хора, със своите положителни и негативни качества, със свои принципи и разбирания. Обстановката е описана в детайли и обгърната от ужас и мистерия. Уилсън е майстор в изплитането на мрежите на съспенса. До края на романа бях на тръни какво точно ще се случи - друга хубава черта на стила на писателя - непредвидим е. Колкото и суперлативи да използвам, няма да са достатъчни, за да опиша този не толкова познат в България писател, на който Стивън Кинг и Дийн Кунц открито се възхищават. Определено всички почитатели на хоръра и трилъра трябва да му обърнат внимание. Със сигурност няма да съжаляват.

  • Alondra
    2018-10-21 11:41

    3.5 StarsBook blurb:"Something is murdering my men."Thus reads the message received from a Nazi commander stationed in a small castle high in the remote Transylvanian Alps. And when an elite SS extermination squad is dispatched to solve the problem, the men find a something that's both powerful and terrifying. Invisible and silent, the enemy selects one victim per night, leaving the bloodless and mutilated corpses behind to terrify its future victims.My thoughts...For those of us looking for a twist on the typical supernatural tale this book is pretty good; too bad the author threw in a spine-tingling....Romance?... WTF!?? I know the un-dead are involved, and a little vamp activity is going on; but for once, could we leave the "bedding-down-of-the-damsel-in-distress alone!?? I mean, this was a 4 star until "Glenn" (that name is so frickin' whack) walked in trying to bed down the only female. Anyway; this is a good story, and from what many say; is a good standalone book. I will continue on with the Repairman Jack series and see how that goes. My interest is piqued. :)