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Book of Paul Review
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“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 it…is 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.
A best-selling novel, 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.
The premise of the book intrigued me and this lurked in my TBR pile for a while whereas I was taunted regularly by some unknown deity that informed me I must read it. When I started reading the book, I almost put it down, the change of perspective drove me nuts but I decided not to give up and read it and it flowed from there. I had to read it from a metaphysical perspective. There is a lot of arcane knowledge dispersed numerous times in the book so if you are not into occult manuscripts it’s probably not your cup of tea and will go over your head. There are a lot of S & M references so if you are easily offended by that, perhaps this isn’t your book to read or mayhap you have a morbid fascination with the macabre that you aren’t yet aware. Either way, read at your own risk.
The use of the tarot deck really fascinated me because I’m a tarot reader as well. There are surreal thoughts that occur whilst reading the cards that were noted in the book as well and I definitely can relate to that as it happens to me quite frequently.
I gave this book 5 fairies for the amazing story weave created by Richard Long. I would recommend this to occult enthusiasts and those who are in the S & M lifestyle.
If you are a tarot reader, it will interest you as well. There is a broad audience that could potentially enjoy this book.
I love forward to reading more of this mind blowing saga.
Richard Long is the author of The Book of Paul and the forthcoming young-adult fantasy series The Dream Palace. He lives in Manhattan with his wonderful wife, two amazing children and wicked black cat, Merlin.