Emerging from the winter storm, it appeared to be a sanctuary, shelter from the freezing blizzard and the ravages of a desperate, final battle. But instead, the beckoning gates of the mysterious abbey are the entrance to a different kind of hell. The frightening shadows and maze of confusing hallways and rooms conceal things much more terrifying than the enemy beyond the walls. Sergeant Muller and his German Army platoon have witnessed countless horrors since the start of the war, but they still don't believe in ghosts or the dead returning from the grave. That's all about to change.
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Different Kind of Horror
I greatly enjoyed this book even though it was quite slow at the start. G.M. Hague explains in a forward to this book that he isn't going to affect any accents in his narration for the German soldiers. His explanation made perfect sense. That said, I found it very distracting to try and remember that I was hearing a story about German men and French women while listening to a (very strong) British accent tell it. As a film maker/story teller, I think it just would have been a better choice to hire a different narrator.
Once I got used to the weirdness of the narration accent, I thought this was a really interesting story. Hague takes a common trope (people not leaving when things get scary) and turns it on it's head by making it impossible for them to leave. I love who turns out to be the villains (no spoilers!) and how it ends. This is a period piece horror story that I would recommend to anyone who doesn't mind the wrong accent narrating the tale and who enjoys historical horror! I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
- Tad B.
A chilling period piece