LegionJust In Time For The 40th Anniversary Of The Exorcist Legion, A Classic Tale Of Horror, Is Back In Print A Young Boy Is Found Horribly Murdered In A Mock Crucifixion Is The Murderer The Elderly Woman Who Witnessed The Crime A Neurologist Who Can No Longer Bear The Pain Life Inflicts On Its Victims A Psychiatrist With A Macabre Sense Of Humor And A Guilty Secret A Mysterious Mental Patient, Locked In Silent Isolation Lieutenant Kinderman Follows A Bewildering Trail That Links All These People, Confronting A New Enigma At Every Turn Even As Murders Surface Why Does Each Victim Suffer The Same Dreadful Mutilations Why Are Two Of The Victims Priests Is There A Connection Between These Crimes And Another Series Of Murders That Took Place Twelve Years Ago And Supposedly Ended With The Death Of The Killer Legion Is A Novel Of Breathtaking Energy And Suspense But Than This, It Is An Extraordinary Journey Into The Uncharted Depths Of The Human Mind And The Most Agonizing Questions Of The Human Condition.The Answers Are Revealed In A Climax So Stunning That It Could Only Have Been Written By The Author Of The Exorcist William Peter Blatty. PRE READWhen Ben asked me if I wanted to buddy read this scary as f ck story, naturally, I said, I think I may have ran to the wrong direction Commencing on the 25th of August looks at Ben and mouths If I lose night sleepS, you re in big trouble, StahlPOST READ Yes I have indeed ran to the wrong direction But not because the story spooked me No.And that is why I was very disappointed and aggravated Background I was excited to read this Very excited actually because I have read The Exorcist many years ago.I have read it because my brother was a clown to give it to me I was barely in my teens and enjoying Mills and Boons stories when he gave it to me and said this is a better read side note why does everyone seem to pick on my reads Anyways, my epic of a brother kept feeding me all these scary sh t info whilst reading that I felt was truly traumatized I had no choice but to finish the damn book coz I know I m going to cop it if I drop it midway Siblings are cruel like that and my brother He s relentlessly infuriating.Little did he know that I held still holding the ultimate card one can have I played the I m the youngest in the family card And boy did I enjoy the results Back to the review I WAS BLOODY DISAPPOINTED
This book falls in one of my favorite genres combination of horror and mystery I had started the novel with very high expectations Why shouldn t I This is after all the sequel to The Exorcist Lt Kinderman, the homicide cop whom we had met in The Exorcist, is investigating the brutal murders of a child, two priests and a nurse The murders bear the mark of the Gemini Killer But, adding to Kinderman s bafflement is the fact that the Gemini Killer had died 12 years ago.Are the murders random or there is some connection which nobody can see I liked the character of Kinderman in The Exorcist In that book Kinderman was shown as a very shrewd detective who disarmed the suspects with his eccentric mannerisms Here we see him pondering over deep philosophical and theological questions I am sorry to say, that this novel
Every man that ever lived craved perfect happiness, the detective poignantly reflected But how can we have it when we know we re going to die Each joy was clouded by the knowledge it would end And so nature had implanted in us a desire for something unattainable No It couldn t be It makes no sense Why this exception the detective reasoned It was nature making hunger when there wasn t any food We continue We go on Thus death proved life A young boy is found murdered and crucified on a pair of rowing oars, a priest is decapitated in his confessional box Mutilations performed at these crime scenes suggest a serial killer from years before, who had been previously shot and presumed dead although the body had never been recovered A police detective, Lieutenant Kinderman, investigates these crimes and ends up visiting a mental asylum, where there are a couple of possible suspects and some connections to the exorcism of a certain Regan MacNeil began to formFirst of all, William Peter Blatty is now one of my favourite authors The Exorcist is probably my favourite horror movie of al
We have every indication that he died of fright As a coincidence, I finally re read The Exorcist after than 15 years in December I followed this up in January with a re read been than 10 years of Legion, the sequel that inspired the third flick Strangely William Peter Blatty took his last breath three days later RIP for the author, he dished out some chilling stories.We all remember the bizarre and relentless Lieutenant Kinderman from the original story He kept up his friendship with a priest who was a close friend of Damien Karras and who the lieutenant walked off with when that story closed its horrors Suddenly entrenched in a bizarre series of truly nauseating deaths, he finds that the blueprints are linked to the Zodiac killer who was executed years ago As he follows the crime, he runs into a truly unsettling shock.It s funny that the strength of philosophy in Kinderman s character and the storyline both upped and downed it Playing off its strengths to continue intellectual pondering when introducing something so flighty as possession, but it was overdone to where it lost its luster and gave some downright dull moments St
Parts of this book are incredible, parts rambling nonsense In the first half of the book there is 1 page of story for every 5 pages of commentary on God, Evolution, Pain Therapy, Modern Science , Metaphysics, Causality, Etc all from the perspective of good old 1983 It s written strongly and laced with undertones of an exhausted father who s children just refuse to see the light, despite all of the facts to the contrary Many times the book makes a point of how facts confuse the truth which seems to be almost blatantly retarded to your average modern atheist with 27 years of additional scientific evidence for everything posited as one of these truth confusing facts The storyline is entertaining but obvious The book is well written and the transitions from the rabbit trails which seem to be the reason for this book to the main storyline are cohesive and often times so rapid it s startlingly subtle You suddenly realize you re reading something you care about.This seems to be of a very loose tie in than a direct sequel to the Exorcist The writing style is a va
A polished supernatural mystery with an easy reading style that keep the pages turning I would have given this five stars except for segments of introspection and Jungian philosophy filler This is concentrated at the start though, and can be easily avoided unless it s your thing.This was also the basis for the movie, The Exorcist II
This novel scared the beans out of me It had me questioning myself, faith, society, everything Not many books have had that type of impact on me. After First Reading 4 Stars William Peter Blatty is my favourite author, even though I ve only read three of his books and liked merely two of them He just has such a brilliant talent for evoking terrifying impulses whilst captivating you into believing every word of his writing He writes like an established poet and he understands scary even than Stephen King The Exorcist is his masterpiece but Legion, the belated sequel, is still a very scary, very dark, very memorable story After Second Reading 3 Stars I m wondering how to go about this I was honestly surprised and very disappointed that I did not enjoy this as much the second time around I found re reading The Exorcist a very rewarding experience, affirming even further my love for that book But with Legion incidentally I originally read this before the first novel I found myself mostly surprised that I had loved it so much the first time I mean, don t think for a second that the novel is bad That is definitely not the case Blatty has written this sequel with admirable imagination and restrain, being sure to make it unique and not feel like a cynical cash in and means of reminding people of his original classic The narration of this book
The Exorcist scared the bejeebers out of me when I read it many years ago Legion was Blatty s sequel as opposed to the nonsensical theatrical sequel with Richard Burton and it haunted me for slightly different reasons The protagonist might well be going through some kind of brain malignancy, and Blatty describes some odd neural phenomena as well as introducing the necessary supernatural stuff I actually think this was a much better structured and composed book than Exorcist Also, b
I loved this book The philosophical questions about good and evil and God s role in both was wonderfully laid out Kinderman is such stellar character Although I did not like it as much as The Exorcist, I was pleasantly surprised by how well it held up

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  • Paperback
  • 336 pages
  • Legion
  • William Peter Blatty
  • English
  • 02 June 2017
  • 9780765327130