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Free Book Friday! The Ninth Configuration



The Ninth Configuration by William Peter Blatty



Hidden away in a brooding Gothic manor in the deep woods is Center Eighteen, a secret military “rest camp” currently housing twenty-seven inmates, all officers who have succumbed to a sudden outbreak of mental illness. Have the men truly lost their minds, are they only pretending to be insane to avoid combat, or is some more sinister conspiracy at work?Desperate for answers, the Pentagon has placed a brilliant Marine psychiatrist in charge of the base and its deranged occupants. A man of deep faith and compassion, Colonel Kane hopes to uncover the root of the men’s bizarre obsessions. But as Center Eighteen descends into chaos, Kane finds the greatest challenge may be his own buried demons. . . .The basis of an acclaimed 1980 film (also known as Twinkle, Twinkle, “Killer” Kane), William Peter Blatty’s The Ninth Configuration is a thought-provoking, blackly comic journey into the heart of madness?and the outer limits of belief.

ISBN 9780765337306, Paperback

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You have until Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 12 noon EST, to leave a comment.

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73 Responses to “Free Book Friday! The Ninth Configuration”

  1. Donna M. (dipchip) says:

    Hmmm I wonder if they were committed to the rest camp to avoid exposing a government plot?

  2. Dan C. says:

    Looks like a lot of twists and turns to the plot: therefore a good one

  3. Claudia B. (topeka) says:

    Sounds like this could be a late into the night page turner!

  4. Paula P. (peacelover1950) says:

    Looks like a great book!

  5. TakingTime says:

    Interesting! Sounds like a page turner!

  6. HS (Heidi Sue) says:

    Hmmmm….interesting! It also sounds like it could be a true story….could it be? Intriguing.

  7. MaryAnn H. (Stitchintime) says:

    This makes me think of “The Keep”!

  8. Karen H. (warbler43) says:

    Sounds like a very good read. Another good book dealing with mental health and its treatments during the 19th century is Blue Asylum by Kathy Hepinstall. If you haven’t read it, it’s a good read. Check it out.

  9. Ginger S. (ginger) says:

    Hmm.. this is telling me that I’m posting comments too quickly and to slow down. I must be too excited. Typing very slowly now. 🙂

  10. Pamela T. says:

    Thank you for having a giveaway!

  11. Linda E. says:

    Would love to try a new author!

  12. Nancy C. (nancymissyc) says:

    Sounds VERY interesting! Thanks for the chance to win!

  13. Andrew K. (kuligowskiandrewt) , says:

    I once read that Blatty started as a low-level in the Johnson administration. Talked his way out of getting fired.

  14. James G. (mcnealman) says:

    Sounds interesting. 🤔

  15. Dawn W. (dawn11) says:

    Sounds like a good book!

  16. Bethe S. says:

    Sounds as suspenseful as The Exorcist…wonder if a movie of series will result?

  17. Nina P. (lmntree) says:

    Sounds great! I LOVE free book Friday!

  18. Brittany S. (brob) says:

    I love a creepy, gothic setting. Thanks for sharing!

  19. Evelyn F. (bluemoon2421) says:

    I hope that I win. This sounds like and interesting book.

  20. Debra J. (homemakerdeb) says:

    I would really like to win this book. Sounds really good.

  21. Lynn B. (windowlady) says:

    Intriguing! Sounds like an awesome book. Please pick me!

  22. Edward S. (Wolfaxe) says:

    This sounds like a good change from what I have been reading of late, I like a good mystery now and then in between my history, science and science fiction books.

  23. Stephen T. (composer) says:

    Love gothic settings. I’ve read that the book is much better than the movie. Typical!

  24. Judy K. (judyk) says:

    Never heard of this book, it sounds good though. Need to check out the author!

  25. Sandy H. (hokie71) says:

    Sounds like an interesting read.

  26. Cheryl P. (Engsetterlover) says:

    I am interested

  27. Amanda says:

    sure, why not!

  28. Celestial A. (lilyofthefield) says:

    His books have always been favorites; I’d like to have a copy of this one at hand. Thank you for the opportunity.

  29. LINDA M. (Fritosmom) says:

    I LOVE these types of books. Would like to read a new author. Thanks

  30. camperchick , says:

    This looks like an interesting read!!

  31. Maryann H. (mimih) , says:

    Gothic manor, insane military inmates, what more can I ask for! Gimmie, gimmie, Pick me!!

  32. Annie C. (annie18thc) says:

    Sounds like a page turner!

  33. Jim S. says:

    I’ve enjoyed other W. P. Blatty books. I’d like to read this one.

  34. Judy G. (atl95wc) says:

    WOW…..I could almost imagine that this could be a real life story !

  35. Christina C. (caz426) says:

    Looks like a great book!

  36. Norma M. (virgo) says:

    This sounds like a book unlike most I read. It would be good to have. Take me beyond my comfort zone. Thanks for this great give-a-way. 😄😊

  37. Teresa G. (golater) says:

    Looks like a good book!!

  38. Sheree S. (ruralnebr) says:

    Could be interesting.

  39. Judy , says:

    sounds interesting, and not my usual type of book but I am always open to new ideas.would like to read this, thank you for chance to try it.

  40. Amy S. (frugalgoddess) says:

    Been waiting for this book! Would love to read it. Thank You.

  41. Robyn L. says:

    Would be a great after surgery read for me!

  42. Carol S. (waucondacarol) says:

    Always looking for a new author for me.

  43. DUANE M. (KS2AZMARINE) says:

    Inconceivable! This has to be fiction. Nothing like this could ever happen in the real world! If I don’t win, I will look to get a copy. Thank-you for the introduction.

  44. Jane N. (ramya) says:

    Sounds interesting!

  45. Desmond W. (desmond) says:

    Count me in, please!

  46. Jackie M. (MommaYaYa) says:

    The psychiatrist seems like a very deep, interesting character. I will be fascinated to see how his character deals the conflict between his deep faith and his inner demons.

  47. Doris K. (dorsey) says:

    I like trying new authors.

  48. Cindy S. (mamacindy) says:

    Sounds intriguing. Love reading books from an author I have never read.

  49. Nancy M. (nmosher) says:

    What a tantalizing premise for a novel. It’s got all sorts of interesting avenues to explore and develop. Very interested in this one!

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