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The Division of the Damned (English Edition)

The Division of the Damned (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Richard Rhys Jones
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The second world war is weighted in strife. On the front lines a squad of SS soldiers are sent on a secret mission, to enlist the help of the last vampire, to raise an army which would win the war for Germany.

Ruthless massacre, mayhem and action fuelled rage ensues. Broken, beaten, and turned on by their superiors, the squad end up fighting side by side with an order of fallen cavalry. Their last two loyal members engage the squad into a fight not for Germany, but to save mankind itself from demonic world domination. On the Winter Solstice of 1944 the world would be at their mercy.

The division of the damned is an enemy no one anticipated, their trail of merciless and cunning carnage makes this a noir thriller. Compelling and tense it will flay your soul.

Cover art featuring an original oil painting by Fabio Giovannoni


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 3560 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 299 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 1475155433
  • Verlag: Thorstruck Press; Auflage: 2 (16. Juni 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00L1XT5Z6
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I thought I'd put a bit down about myself and how I came onto the idea for 'Division' and "House".

I'm married, the wrong side of forty with two kids and a cat. I hold a British passport and hail originally from the sunny shores of Colwyn Bay in North Wales.
I now live in Germany and have done since coming here as a young soldier in 1987.

Writing is like a drug; the more you write, the more you want to write. I'd written lots of short stories, poems, rhymes and song lyrics but I'd never actually tackled a full length book.
It was always on the horizon, but if I was to tackle a novel it'd have to be something that really interests me, something special. So I waited for inspiration.

Vampires were always my favourite monster, and I knew that if I was going to pen a book, then I would definitely include or write about 'the children of the night'.
The thing is, following vampire folklore could only lead to cliché and the regurgitation of the old mythology, and I wanted to do something new.
But what?

My interest in the Third Reich came about after a visit to Dachau in 1988. I'd never given much thought to the awful events that befell the German people between 1933 and 1945, and Dachau was the epiphany that ignited my fascination.
How was it possible that one of the most cultured, civilised countries in the world could stoop to such barbaric depths? I refused to believe that all Germans were purely evil, therefore there had to be another reason. So I read up on the subject, actually I read an awful lot on it in an effort to understand what happened.

On a creative level, I knew the malevolent politics, the tragedy and the confusion of the Third Reich would be the perfect vessel for any story I cared to construct. But how could I write about something in the Third Reich that hadn't already been covered?

This attempting to understand the background of the Holocaust led me onto another subject that spiked my interest, the Nazi obsession with the occult.
The Nationalist Socialist hierarchy had all sorts of fanciful notions about German Blood and Earth, the supremacy of the Aryan race and even Atlantis. However, the man who took this fascination to its greatest lengths was Heinrich Himmler, the head of the SS.
The architect of the Final Solution, who caused untold misery throughout Europe was in reality a very sickly, small minded person who would sooner listen to his astrologer than his generals. The castle at Wewelsburg near Paderborn in Germany stands perfect testament to his penchant for pseudo-mythology and costumed ceremony. It was his unstinting belief in the supernatural, and all the fictitious possibilities it held, that lingered in foetus form at the back of my mind for a long time.

A couple of years ago, whilst working with a German colleague I noticed that, though his German was flawless, he had an accent that I didn't quite recognise. At first I'd placed him as being from Bavaria but the more we worked together, the more I was convinced he wasn't German.
Finally, I asked him.
His family, he told me, originally came from Transylvania.
Transylvania, I was about to learn, has a large community that uses German as its first language. These Transylvanian Germans are considered Auslandsdeutsche, or Foreign Germans, by the German government and therefore have the right to German citizenship.
His family came over to Germany at the end of the cold war.

A German colony in Transylvania.
Transylvania, the traditional home of the vampire.
It wasn't a great leap of the imagination for me to connect the Siebenberger Sachsen, (Transylvanian Saxons in English) with the vampire theme.
I had my idea and I started researching for the book as soon as I came home from work.

The idea for The House in Wales has far more mundane foundations.

The people who ran my first publishing house were looking for someone to write about a haunted house. The series "American Horror Story" and the film "The Woman in Black" had hit American audiences in a big way. American Horror Story, with its creepy characters, perverse subplots and psychotic undertones, and The Woman in Black with its eerie atmosphere and dark isolation, had turned the haunted house genre around in the public mind, putting it firmly back on the map.

I was asked if I'd like to have a go at writing something along those lines. At that time I was stumbling around the sequel for "Division". The plot was weak and missing something, (which I now have, by the way) and my fire was waning, so they couldn't have asked at a better moment.

I knew I simply couldn't copy those two films; it had to be set somewhere different, remote and unrelated. So, ingeniously, (well not really, as we'd just returned from a family holiday in my home town), I decided to set in North Wales during World War Two.

The arch villain of the story is the house keeper, Fiona Trimble, a slender, refined looking lady. My problem was how could this graceful example of womanhood force her will on the hero of the story, a seventeen year old lad from bombed out Liverpool? Surely not by womanly guile alone?
I pondered the question and liked the idea of someone weak using a large fearsome dog as their muscle. However, I didn't want to use the clichéd Rottweilers, Dobermans or German Sheepdogs, so I decided on an Irish wolfhound.
Irish wolfhounds, as lovable and as domesticated as they are, have always intimidated me by their size alone. A friend of mine shared his home with one, (he definitely didn't own it), and though he was as friendly as they come, and not particularly large for his breed, he always prompted a minute tremor of fear when he barked, (which he did to every guest before licking them to death). Which is why I used one in the story.

So, I don't want to give too much away, but suffice it to say that Satanists, ghosts of sacrificial victims, possessed hounds, perverted house keepers, fraudulent priests and deluded policemen all join forces to make our hero and main protagonist in The House in Wales a very unhappy chap indeed. However, you'll have to read the book if you want to know how.

So friends, you now know how they both came about, I hope you can find the time and the inclination to give them a read. Hopefully you'll enjoy them.
Thanks for giving me your time.

All the best.
Richard Rhys Jones

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Awesome book! 25. Juli 2012
Von nihil666
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Fantastic story and well written! Spielberg should check it out! This is the stuff Hollywood needs! I just want to get more books like this one.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen World War III 25. April 2012
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The story sets up vampires, led by an evil Count, crossing swords with the brave few out to stop his army. There is a line in the book... "the final fight for mankind is fought by a couple of modern-day knights, German SS, an Englishman, a Communist, a Jewish woman and a Jewish werewolf." If you like all or any of the above then you'll love this book. The author's knowledge of the subject matter is excellent and he even delves into the cryptic world of the Book of Blood, and so much so you get the feeling he has a copy himself! An excellent first novel from a great writer and surely this will lead into greater things.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen The division of the damned 23. April 2012
Von Lausher60
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The idea of SS soldiers being portrayed as heroes in a struggle against an evil even worse than the Third Reich appealed to me and I was not disappointed in this book.The authors knowledge of both German and English culures and history is evident in the way he describes his characters and geography.His military background stands him in good stead,especially in the battle scenes making them come alive for the reader.
The characters both good and evil are vividly described- a real novelty is the Jewish werewolf.
All in all a good read that I can thoroughly recommend.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Geschenk 8. Mai 2013
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Es wat ein Geschenk , habe noch nichts weiter gehört, ob es gut war oder nicht. Mal abwarten. Bis dann
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Vampires, Werewolves, Commandos and Waffen-SS... what are you waiting for? 13. Mai 2012
Von bladerunner2180 - Veröffentlicht auf
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The genre-mixing of the Second World War with the realm of the mystical and supernatural has always had me in its thrall, ever since I watched Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Arc as a teenage boy. Seldom tried and even less often successfully so, it has remained a niche genre with limited overall commercial appeal outside two of the Indiana Jones movies. The first Hellboy movie incorporated some of the occult links to the Third Reich and, in my opinion, would have been better all around had it concentrated on such a setting. Not that a Rasputin eldritch abomination wasn't nice, too, don't get me wrong... The last good installment of a WW2/Supernatural mix I know of was the 2008 horror movie Outpost (the less said about the sequel the better). And as far as books go: in case they exist they did theor very best to avoid my attention.

That is until now.

Richard Rhys Jones' novel took me by complete surprise.

The tide of war has turned against the once unstoppable German armies, and Heinrich Himmler, the head of the SS, is approached by a Romanian count claiming to be part of the ethnic German minority of the Siebenbürger Sachsen who promises him an army of soldiers capable to fight during the night. Enamored by the occult and by the obvious advantages of such a deal he send newly promoted Eastern Front veteran Markus von Struck and a select band of trusted Waffen-SS soldiers into Romania to escort his envoy Dr. Rasch to finalize the deal.

At the same time the British apparently are approached by the same count and decide to send Major James Smith onto a commando operation, dropping him via parachute into the Carparthians.

What starts ordinary enough for the peak of WW2 soon branches out into the fields of legend, religious myths reaching back four thousand years, and horror. The lines between ally and enemy begin to blurr, and soon a motley crew of the most unlikely heroes are all that stand between survival and an all-consuming darkness.

Jones' human characters, even the secondary ones, are all well-rounded, three dimensional people with strengths and weaknesses and they, even more so than the extremely well-paced story, are what carries the novel to its action-packed climax. This is even moreso stunning since a large parts of the protagonist we follow are German Waffen-SS soldiers, a group not commonly atributed with positive traits. But over the course of the narrative Jones manages to turn them into layered, likeable individuals, and while they share the limelight with a handful of other characters like a pair of Jewish KZ inmates who turn into unlikely - and ultimately really satisfying - heroes, they are the true protagonists of The Division of the Damned.

What's at stake and who are the heroes? Well this quote narrows it down more succinctly than I ever could:

"Who'd have thought it would come to this?" Michael asked nobody in particular.

"What?" Rohleder asked without looking up from scrubbing his barrel. "That the final fight for mankind would be fought by a couple of modern-day knights, German SS, an Englishman, a Communist, a Jewish woman and a Jewish werewolf?"

And this, ladies and gentlemen, is The Division of the Damned in all its glory - and it is a glorious read indeed - condensed into half a dozen sentences. If you haven't figured it out by now: I'm totally enamored by this book. If you can even remotely get into the WW2/Horror combination this is a read you must not pass by.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen True monsters, unlikely heroes! 20. April 2012
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If you like your vampires cuddly, sparkly or romantic, then avoid this book! These vampires are true monsters - savage, blood thirsty and utterly evil. By night they are horrific, and if they are ever able to hunt in daylight, then humanity is doomed!

The Third Reich is prepared to help them to just that, if they will help turn the tide of the war. Standing against them is as unlikely a group of heroes as any author ever assembled to save the world!

The combination makes for a tense, fast paced action / horror story, with a wide and varied cast of characters and a plot full of unexpected twists. I'm no expert on German Army history, but it feels authentic, and the background story of how Vampires came to be is detailed and well developed. There are one or two places where I found the sentence structure a little awkward, but overall the flow was smooth and kept me well involved.

And the idea behind it is chilling in its realism - because if vampires were real, then I can well believe that the Nazis would have tried to use them!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen I was never bored 1. April 2013
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Packed with action and well-rounded characters, at each new twist I kept imagining how great it would look on a movie theater, with surround sound system and top-notch special effects. That's how good this author is at describing complex and believable action.

If you miss that old-thrilling horror from the times of the original Dracula story, combined with relevant sub-plots and you are drawn to down-to-earth human heroes, with no special powers but will to do good and great camaraderie: this story is for you.

To the Cover Designer: great work!!! : )
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Salvation lies in the damnation of mankind 2. Mai 2012
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Gripping, challenging and a completely unexpected brilliant story.
I'm a romance girl most of the time but one who occasionally leaps out of my comfort zone to taste the treats that other genres have to offer. This is by far a stretch for me to read horror mixed with war, but I'm so glad I did.
I kept thinking, when will I start to get bored or disgusted, but that never happened. The more the storyline weaves in and out of the characters lives, the more I wanted to read on. For me the characters made this book. I connected with each and every one of them. The shifting viewpoints let me in their heads and let me know their stories. Particularly with the SS officers, characters I'd never thought I'd like to get to know. The author here was extremely clever in dealing with how to portray them so the reader would give them credibility and actually grow to like them. This was balanced by the introduction of characters from all sides of the war. The Russians, Jewish concentration camp survivors, and civilians.
Now to the plot, and what a plot it was, vampire armies being recruited by Himmler to stop the advancing Russians. But .. That was not all that was at play another subplot, one even more sinister is revealed, when human kinds destruction is the true intended casualty. This story really has it all and at times the writing seemed so believable I had to remember it was fiction, and vampires are mythical. True evil abounds in many forms in this novel but it's the light of the heroes that keep you turning the page.
Oh and being a romance girl I was glad to see there was some of that too. That ticked the last box on this one. For a book that has it all you shouln't miss out on reading Division of the Damned. It's a damn fine read.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Unholy Alliance 7. November 2012
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The Nazis pursued a few secret weapons throughout the Second World War, especially as their time was running out. There is also evidence of a healthy interest with the occult among the ranking leadership. The author capitalizes on this by setting up a premise whereby Heinrich Himmler attempts an alliance with a Romanian count to raise a division of vampires. Throw in a couple of werewolves, a secret order, and a company of SS (positioned as the good guys) and this is quite the romp. The only downside is the ongoing rationale that attempts to explain all the supernatural shenanigans. It also bears more than a passing resemblance to F. Paul Wilson's The Keep. But I should not quibble given the book is downloadable for free!
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