A psychiatrist investigates his patients' past-life memories of the Holocaust.
Monteleone, as we have come to expect, creates believable characters that draw the reader into fast-paced, well-plotted narrative written in a deceptively simple dark style. Although the book is cast as a thriller, it deals with the battle of Good versus Evil as much as Stephen King does in The Stand.
From the multiple viewpoints of Monteleone's characters -- a cabby, an audio technician, a homemaker, a self-made businesswoman, a secret agent -- we glimpse nightmares in which they all remember dying in the Holocaust, sadistically tortured by Der Klein Engel, a Jewish minion of the monster Mengele. None of the terrified dreamers are Jewish and none were born before World War II. All are experiencing bizarre blackouts.
Psychiatrist Dr. J. Michael Keating begins to discover more than synchronicity as patients describe these disturbances. The work of a federally funded Ph.D. uncovers the sickening reality behind the dreams and an FBI agent and a rabbi discover that the dreamers are being shockingly and systematically killed, each with a death-camp tattoo appearing on the bodies.
Nazis? Haven't we played that tune enough? Not when a writer like Monteleone examines the idea. He gives us a new way in which to be disturbed by something that already scares us and then tells us the story effectively enough to make it all seem hideously new.
With his episodic style, Monteleone allows the reader just enough information and terror to keep the ropes of fascination tight. Night of Broken Souls offers the immediacy of a news flash while rendering a horror that deeply threatens one's psyche. The "seductive and poisonous logic of evil" can, the author intimates, entrap any of us. Call it what you like, but this is the kind of horror that stays with the reader. Slickly entertaining as it is, it indelibly etches itself onto ones' soul.
Swift, strongly meshed plot elements speed you through an ingenious gripper.
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The Night of Lost Souls is a fictional history/modern book. It is about the Holocaust and the concentration camps. It is about the year of 1999, when the prejudice against the Jews regained as it did in the times of Holocaust; when the people get dreams about experiencing death in the concentration camp; but the problem is, they never experienced it, they are under 42 years of age. The people started having bad dreams about dying in Holocaust; they felt that they were the only one that got these nightmares. When the psychiatrist found these dreams, they found the connections about it, then later, the psychiatrist created an seminar and announced all over the world about the dreams and the nightmares. The dreams and nightmares were not the only ones, there was a ¿magical¿ tattooed arms and strange deaths. In the beginning of the book, everything is non-organized, but when reading more further in the book, everything gets connected, it could cause goosebumps or surprises of how everything connects to show that Holocaust is happening all over again in the end of the year of 1999. It is really depth and could cause a lot of burdens of sadness, the dreams cause shocks and wanting to cry for the poor Jews. It is very strong about Holocaust, even the dreams are ¿based on a true event¿. They even sound like real person talking about his/her experience, it was so amazing, this book, for without the fictional things, only the dreams, they are so effected, the dreams seem like a person sitting across the room talking about his/her experiences in the concentration camp(s)/towns. This book could teach us many things, and how horrible the Holocaust was. In the dreams, the stories itself shows many descriptions and the brutality of living as a Jew. It has a depth explanation of dying in the gas chamber, being shot by an SS, being beaten to death, and other ways the Jews had suffered through the Holocaust. This includes crying and shocks.
I really loved this book, this could be a good movie. Could not put down. I think i read this in 2 days.
Interesting thriller. I enjoyed it from start to finish. I agree that it would make a great movie. I hunted for more from this writer and was pleased to see there are several choices. If you like a good mystery and you want an easy read that keeps you turning the pages, this might be the one to try.
Right from the start I couldn't put it down. Fast reading and I think it would make a great movie. First book I read by this author but I think I will try another one.