Exorcist: The Beginning

Exorcist: The Beginning

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In the aftermath of World War II, Lankester Merrin finds himself in the remote Turkana region of Kenya. Haunted by memories of the war, he has taken a sabbatical from the priesthood and journeyed far from his native Holland. He has come to lead the archaeological excavation of a mysterious, Byzantine church, buried in pristine condition as if on the day it was completed. Directly underneath the church, Merrin discovers a much more ancient crypt -- and finds himself face-to-face with unspeakable Evil.
Madness descends on the local villagers and the contingent of British soldiers sent to guard the excavation. Merrin watches helplessly as the atrocities of war are repeated against another innocent village -- atrocities he'd hoped to never see again. The blood of innocents flows freely on the East African plain, but the horror has only just begun....

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416505129
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication date: 08/20/2004
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 683,871
File size: 249 KB

About the Author

Caleb Carr is the critically acclaimed author of The Alienist, The Angel of Darkness, The Lessons of Terror, Killing Time, The Devil Soldier, The Italian Secretary, The Legend of Broken, and Surrender, New York. He has taught military history at Bard College, and worked extensively in film, television, and the theater. His military and political writings have appeared in numerous magazines and periodicals, among them The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. He lives in upstate New York.

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Exorcist: The Beginning 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
moonshineandrosefire on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading Exorcist: The Beginning (call it a pre-reading) last night. My daughter received it from Paperback Swap. Lancaster Merrin comes back from World War II physically and spiritually drained. He decides to take a sabbatical from the priesthood and goes far from his native Holland to Africa to excavate a Byzantine Church found buried in pristine condition on the day it was completed.Directly beneath the Church, Merrin finds an ancient crypt and also finds himself face-to-face with Evil. As madness descends on the natives and a British contingent of soldiers sent to guard the excavation site, Merrin watches helplessly as atrocities of the war are repeated on another village - atrocities that he hoped to never see again. And the horror has only just begun. I give this novel an A+!
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Effective horror is making the ordinary terrifing, unfortunately 'Exorcist: The Beginning' does not approach this concept in even the remotest of ways. Nothing more than a small list of cliches borrowed from Hitchcock's 'The Birds' and 'The Amityville Horror' this latest reincarnation of 'The Exorcist' is neither scary nor spooky in the least. Hopefull, it is the beginning of the end and there will be no more attempts to muddy the legend of the classic book and film.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Horror, when effective, makes the ordinary seem terrifing not the terrifying ordinary. Unfortunately, 'Excorcist: The Beginning' is a case of the latter not the former. Every cliche is used in this movie adapted novel, from a flock of evil crows straight form Alfred Hitchcock's 'The Birds' to the swarm of flies popularized in 'The Amityville Horror'. The original novel brought the horror to us, the reader, by setting the tale in a present day setting with ordinary people suddenly beset with the mundane gone eeriely awry. Not so with this new novel, and that is where it lacks presence. An exotic locale, Africa, set in the past, some years after the World War, only serves to distance the reader even further from feeling any sense of forboding. In the end, there are no blessings that can save this substandard attempt at horror.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Beware........ This will surely give you a big scare......I'M NOT JOKING.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She walked in and looked around the school.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Exorcist: The Beginning, is an awesomely creepy book from beginning to end. I found myself scared and paranoid, but its one of those books thst you can't put down even if it scares the heck out of you!