I approached this book with some trepidation - I really don't like vampire fiction and I'm not a huge fan of horror. I am, however, a huge fan of F. Paul Wilson. So I decided to give this book a shot. I was not disappointed. This is a well written story. It was full of suspense. It isn't quite a gorry as I thought it would be - I was relieved. It was a well crafted thriller with a satisfying ending. I highly recommend this book!
Vampires, Zombies & Werewolves...oh my! This was a fun, entertaining read with a pretty satisfying ending. It was certainly exciting! I had a lot of fun reading it, though it was a bit ridiculous overall. Still, I would read another book by this author!
I'm not much of a horror fan, so I I'm surprised I liked this as much as I did. The story is an interesting take on the vampire legend, but not at all in the Stoker tradition. This variation would appeal more to fans of ancient aliens theories than to those of traditional vampire stories. It also has echoes of fantasy tales of good vs. evil (Tokien, et al.). What makes the story particularly interesting, though, is that Wilson takes what is, ultimately, a derivative idea and uses it to explore evil in a way that makes the reader a participant in the dialogue. Just as we watch one of the main characters struggle with the idea of fighting fire with fire, we realize that part of us enjoys seeing Nazis, especially the SS, suffer the same kind of fear and suffering they inflicted on so many others. At first, that enjoyment seems uncomplicated. Bad things happen to bad guys; it's kind of fun. But as the story continues, two things happen: first, we are forced to recognize that most people are not 100% "bad guys" or "good guys," and second, we see that even fairly solidly good people can be lured into evil by their own fears and weaknesses--and that includes us. Wilson makes his readers feel the temptation to use evil to fight evil. Sure, his example is over-the-top--it's a horror novel--but he makes the point very clearly that evil doesn't care about the morality of those it destroys and while the evil in this novel is supernatural, the lesson he teaches applies to real life as well. Lest I make it seem that this is some kind of heavy-handed moralistic fiction, let me be clear--all the philosophical content I'm on about here is inherent, not explicit. You can read this novel as a straight-forward horror novel and enjoy it very much. Although it is more than 30 years old, it has lost nothing over the years (in part due to its historical setting) and is well suited to today's reader.
(Review originally published on Goodreads.com)
I love this book. It is set during world war 2. "Something is killing my men."...More of a horror mystery than just a horror story, with suspense. Peter Straub who wrote Ghost Story said," One of the really satisfying horror novels of the year (1981).
from author F.Paul Wilson; a battle between good and evil that staggers the imagination. With an ending as dramatic and exciting as any horror fan could wish. The message is received from a Nazi commander stationed in a remote castle high in the Transylvanian alps: SOMETHING is murdering my men. Immediately an elite SS extermination squad is sent to destroy whatever enemy dares challenge the might of the Third Reich. And the battle is joined.
Eh... this was okay. It's out of my genre a bit and I think it was excessively long for the story it contained. I think my friend, Dy, sums it up pretty well (spoilers are here) in her blog so I'll just say "ditto" and "read my comment" LOL :)
This is a book that you'll remember many years later. It has all the great elements, horror, love, sacrifice, well developed and memorable characters...all set against a fascinating back drop. If you read this novel, you will not be disappointed.
Meet Rasalom, and his eternal nemesis, Glaeken. A true joy to read. If you are a fan of F.Paul Wilson, this is a keep(er). If you have not had the pleasure of reading his works, this is a great place to start.
The message is received from a Nazi commander stationed in Transylvanian alps: "Something is killing my men ."
Immediately an elite SS extermination squad is sent to destroy whatever enemy dares challenge the might of the Third Reich.
And the battle is joined . A battle more awesomely terrifying than anything ever experienced. Between the ultimate evil created by man ...and the unthinkable, undreamed of, undead horror it has awakened from centuries of darkness to suck the life from living souls again.