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Summary

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 more 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 12 years ago - and supposedly ended with the death of the killer?

Legion is a novel of breathtaking energy and suspense. But more 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.

©1983 William Peter Blatty (P)2020 Tantor

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Could have been told in half the time.

The first half of the book is pointless waffle. Once the story kicks in, it's fast paced and gripping. Not a bad book, but wouldn't listen again, or reccomend.

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Not a great story . The film is much better

watch the film , it's loads better than the book .
and actually scary 😯

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Only okay

This is nowhere near as good as The Exorcist. Far too slow at the start, with the author focusing more on the philosophy and meaning of life - which is fine if that is what you want. When it does get going it still heads off down those tangents.

Okay to listen to passively as an audiobook on my commute. I suspect I wouldn't have finished it had I been reading it as a regular read.

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Excellent follow up to The Exorcist

Had put off listening to this after first listening to Blatty narrate the exorcist. This could be enjoyed on its own but with characters spanning both books, it’s both a great continuation and an excellent stand alone story. Some very well crafted characters and a truly great story arch. I can’t recommend this enough.

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A little disappointed. Book was a let down in comparison to the book.

Exorcist III is the film version of this book. The book lacks the effect of the movie and I feel it loses its way at times. I started to lose interest in the book towards the end. A pity as the movie is a gripping watch from start to end

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Excellent!

A brilliant sequel to The Exorcist, so so good! Kinderman is so quirky and witty, it's good to have him back.

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Very slow build up, gets interesting and then finishes at that point. Not sure what I'm missing here?

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legion

wonderfully written and perfectly read , great story line
i recomend its a good read

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Enjoyed this, it's not a very good story. If you are looking for a sequel then you might be disappointed. If you like Blattys style then you will love it 😙

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Great sequel to a classic

Good suspense and prose, plot and narration also. The characters are also well developed and the whole book works on different levels, including the ontological questions that the main protagonist has throughout