William Peter Blatty’s director’s cut of “The Exorcist III” which was thought to be lost. its original title, this is the definitive cut of the film based on his novel ” Legion”. Written by: David Blackthorn After the events in the previous novel The Exorcist, Blatty brings Kinderman back for another well written tale. In my quest to find the ultimate horror novel, I gave William Peter Blatty, another sacred monster of the genre, a try. After all, his novel LEGION.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Blatry to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Legion by William Peter Blatty. One by one the bizarre murders frustrate and torment Lt.

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Kindermanthe homicide detective from The Exorcist. A boy, crucified; a priest, decapitated; another priest slain; a nurse, slaughtered — all bear the Zodiac mark of the Gemini Killer. Kinderman stalks the brutal and elusive killer down the dark streets.

Un One by one the bizarre murders frustrate and torment Lt. Until ,finally, petef desperation he dares to cross the boundary that separates the living from legkon dead. Hardcoverpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Legionplease sign up. Okay so I read the Exorcist and loved it. I bought Legion but I’m worried it might not be as good and ruin the exorcist for me. A little how the Matrix sequels ruined what I thought had been the best movie ever.

Shall I go for it? Mandy It’s a densely written novel, and it doesn’t place all the answers out there on a plate. I found it interesting and compelling, but the word pefer It’s a densely written novel, and it doesn’t place all the answers out there on a plate.

I found it interesting and compelling, but the word ‘entertainment’ never sprang to mind. Peteer of the cultural references were new leter me, and I found myself googling the odd word or two, many of them turning out to be Yiddish, and whilst they’re not essential to understanding the story, willism all part of absorbing the book and the author’s intent.

It’s a good book, I can say with pleasure after reading it all, and would fit in nicely if you like Thomas Harris, perhaps. I’m not so sure Sorry – ‘Go for it’.

See 2 william about Legion…. Lists with This Book. Aug 07, Aileene rated it did not like it Recommended to Aileene by: I think I may have ran to the wrong direction Commencing on the 25th of August. I have indeed ran to the wrong direction. But not because the story spooked me. And that is why I was very disappointed and aggravated.


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 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? 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. The Exorcist was amazing and deserves lots of applauds as it’s really one the finest and best horror stories of all time. Watching the movie was an epic experience too. What kept me going were: I was BR’ing it with Ben 2. The short burst moments of “Oh it’s starting to pick up Kinderman, the Homicide Detective was just Though, I must say that he was very sweet with his other half.

The name calling, the tone of his voice when he talks to her, warmth feeling cloaked me. This book started off when Kinderman was called in to solve who killed a 12 year old mute black kid that delivers newspapers. Then followed by different killings and all these pointed to the works of a serial killer called Gemini. The catch was, he’s been dead for many years. I’ve been waiting and waiting for some mind numbing scary scenes but what I got was measly bouts of random letters being scrawled and some not too scary voices.

Nothing like this Or this happened at all. And what drove me up the wall was the demon had just daddy issues. There are many other things that are so wrong in this book too, to name one is: I won’t go into details. I’m not wasting more time here. But, look, because I adore you, I’ll let this slide and willing to put Blatty and Legion in the rearview mirror. My turn to choose a book for our BR. Pls click for Ben’s review. View all 36 comments. I followed this up in January with a re-read been more 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. Still Kinderman is an intriguing detective and we do get some emotional scenes.


Part of me greatly enjoyed his strange ponderings, but sometimes it grew too much to where I wanted to skim a few dialogue exchanges and weird mental philosophies. Obviously Blatty would work religion into this book. There’s a sad death here to hated to hear about, and the poor soul was offed in a horrible way. The book doesn’t hold back on the violence level seen after the fact.

The movie is actually much creepier, and I do wish the author would have done a particular reveal earlier on, but the pacing was still strong and hard to put down. The book takes forever to get to its twist with the cell inmate, while the movie smartly started earlier in the mystery. Bleak and grim, it was easy to lose myself in the story. Blatty’s writing style was more personal than the original Exorcist.

Unfortunately the story is a little cheesy in some ways, and the Exorcist is more original in its timebut this was a worthy follow-up that deserves a read. Oh, and love the stepback View all 9 comments. Jul 30, Johann jobis89 rated it it was amazing. 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?

It makes no sense.

It was nature making hunger when there wasn’t any food. Thus death proved life.

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 form First of all, William Peter Blatty is now one of my favourite authors.

The Exorcist is probably my favourite horror movie of all time alongside The Evil Dead and Sinister and is also one of my top books. So when my buddy Cam Instagram handle is skipbassman – you should follow him, cos he’s awesome told me that I should read these other Blatty books, I was on board!

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