Book Review: The Book of Paul by: Richard Long

Rating: 4/5

Publisher: Open Eyes

Publish Date: June 7, 2012

Origins: From Publisher for Review

Format: Trade Paperback

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Synopsis: "Everything you've ever believed about yourself...about the description of reality you've clung to so stubbornly all your life...all of it...every bit of an illusion."

In the rubble-strewn wasteland of Alphabet City, a squalid tenement conceals a treasure "beyond all imagining"-- an immaculately preserved, fifth century codex. The sole repository of ancient Hermetic lore, it contains the alchemical rituals for transforming thought into substance, transmuting matter at will...and attaining eternal life.

When Rose, a sex and pain addicted East Village tattoo artist has a torrid encounter with Martin, a battle-hardened loner, they discover they are unwitting pawns on opposing sides of a battle that has shaped the course of human history. At the center of the conflict is Paul, the villainous overlord of an underground feudal society, who guards the book's occult secrets in preparation for the fulfillment of an apocalyptic prophecy.

The action is relentless as Rose and Martin fight to escape Paul's clutches and Martin's destiny as the chosen recipient of Paul's sinister legacy. Science and magic, mythology and technology converge in a monumental battle where the stakes couldn't be higher: control of the ultimate power in the universe--the Maelstrom.

The Book of Paul is the first of seven volumes in a sweeping mythological narrative tracing the mystical connections between Hermes Trismegistus in ancient Egypt, Sophia, the female counterpart of Christ, and the Celtic druids of Clan Kelly.

Author Bio: Richard Long writes to exorcize the demons of his past and manifest the dreams of his future. His debut novel, The Book of Paul, is a dark, thrilling, and psychologically rich supernatural horror/thriller that blends mythology, science and mystery into a page-turning addiction. Richard is also writing a YA novel, The Dream Palace, primarily so that his children can read his books. He lives in Manhattan with his wife, two amazing children and their wicked black cat, Merlin.

Review: ‘The Book of Paul’ is a fascinating and disturbing look at a millennia old battle in which the fate of many is controlled by one. This is a novel which is hard to classify, in fact, I’d say the author has created his own genre. The characters are brilliantly rendered and fatally flawed, yet you can’t help but feel for them as they begin to realize their part in the puppet show called life. The depth of research into myriad subjects and the way everything comes together in the wicked weave of a spider’s web, is a testament to the author’s tenacity and talent. There is so much for you to process once the reading experience is complete. This is not a book for everyone, so please be warned, but for those who do read and enjoy it, ‘The Book of Paul’ will leave you questioning and wanting more…

The Clan Kelly Chronicles: The Book of Paul (1), The Book of Druids (2), The Bone King (3)

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