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Publishers Weekly: Kleier's undeniably gripping 2nd thriller is bound to provoke as many arguments as his controversial first novel, THE LAST DAY. It's the first of a trilogy, and Kleier's many fans will hope they won't have to wait long for the next

Salvador SeBasco, member National Book Critics Circle, host of CNN affiliate, The Inside View Show "5 (heavenly) stars out of 5--Kleier's THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD & EVIL is a tasty morsel for the intellect and spiritual risk enchanting interlude that goes where no book has before."

Science Fiction Scope: Kleier's internationally acclaimed and controversial first novel thrust a contentious female messiah onto the world. Now he returns with a second suspense thriller, equally irreverent and certain to raise a bigger stir. A fast-paced, provocative tale that probes the darkest corners of the Great Unknown.

Shelf Awareness: The detailed hierarchy of Heaven and the fearsome demons of Hell give fantasy fans a reason to pick up this title...thriller readers will find excitement. The beating heart of this novel lies in its message of faith and finding peace at any cost. Sweeping, thoughtful, fun...let's hope the second book is soon to follow!

HARRIET KLAUSNER, Amazon #1 Reviewer: "This thought-provoking, exhilarating thriller asks many questions about religious dogma as Kleier questions contradictions between free will and forbidden fruits. The story line is fast-paced."

“One of the most intriguing tales of the decade!”
—Clive Cussler, New York Times bestselling author of Crescent Dawn

"Kleier's…undeniably gripping second spiritual thriller is bound to provoke just as many arguments as his controversial first novel, The Last Day."

Publishers Weekly

“A tough, savory, formidable thriller that delivers with flawless execution.”

—Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The Emperor’s Tomb



From the Inside Flap

Cleverly tied together, a bonafide page-turner. Mr. Kleier's message is one that  everyone should know and live by." --The New York Journal of books

Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; Reprint edition (April 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765363526
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765363527
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.3 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,957,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Glenn Kleier is author of novels "The Last Day" (Warner Books) and "The Knowledge of Good & Evil" (Macmillan).

Twitter: @GlennKleier

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30 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Osmun R. Latrobe VINE VOICE on April 28, 2011
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I must admit to being predisposed to not like this book. A successful author's second book is often a previous reject (now with name cachet). The book arrived in the morning of a day off, so I thought I would give it a glance. The glance did not end until 2:30 the next morning. After a brief rest I started where I had stopped and finished the story. It was that hard to put down. The story is of an odyssey to find the eternal Knowledge of Good and Evil. After the first few, brief, but rather pedestrian, chapters to introduce the characters, the story becomes a fast paced thriller of a former priest and the woman he loves traveling the world to find clues to a monk's lost discovery. Unerringly and unrelentingly on their trail are the agents of a (quite believable) centuries old Order sworn to prevent such challenges to the Church, at all costs. The last quarter of the book is fascinating, compelling, and increasingly tense. But a warning: like Dan Brown's first book, this one is provocative and will challenge your theology (whatever it may be). Read it for adventure and entertainment, not as a revelation. An excellent read and, if you are theologically inclined, thought provoking.

[Spoiler Alert: the following may give information which will disclose the unexpected last quarter of the book] Predictable only in retrospect, the last quarter of the book brings together vivid journeys both the Hell and to Heaven. Very much like Milton's work only written in modern language. The description of Hell is quite amazing, even to those who have read Milton. Heaven is somewhat too caricatured, perhaps because of the brief time the protagonist is there. Regardless, these travels are well worth the read. May cause the reader to reevaluate his or her life, although it is not sermonizing. Even if taken allegorically (after all it is a novel and the writer is not a prophet), one does begin to think about what is important in life.]
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Pop S VINE VOICE on November 4, 2011
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The knowledge of Good and Evil is a well written, fast paced book that counters love interest and humanist principles versus traditional and particularly, Catholic teachings. The book covers a wide geographical spectrum and contains good descriptions of the locations mentioned and synopsis of the cultures encountered. Many people will undoubtedly enjoy the book and talk of it as a real "page turner."

But, I didn't like it. I think that the treatment of religion bothered me to the point where I couldn't enjoy the book. The common view of the vast "unchurched" seems to be "Good People Go to Heaven" and "Bad People Don't." That is the foundation of the book, and those who stick to traditional religions are not well treated.

This isn't to say that traditional religions don't deserve their share of demonizing; but, and this is important, I thought the book's treatment was shallow and way to "new-age" for me. IT doesn't help that I have respect for Catholicism and don't think the Pope is a deliberately unseemly character.

So, there you have it. I think the book was pretty well written and plotted, but the subject matter turned me off to the story line and left me feeling like I had wasted my time.
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Survivor guilt though he was only a child when his parents' died in a tragic plane crash years ago, Ian Baringer has spent the next couple of decades trying to contact them. Currently the former priest skeptically believes in the afterlife though his hope is weakening with years of failure to achieve his obsession. He works on the talk show Probing the Paranormal as an investigator while his lover agnostic psychiatrist Dr. Angela Weber is the show's host.

Finally reaching a breaking point where he needs to know either way, the OCD Ian decides to prove the soul survives the body dying by experiencing a near death incident. A shocked Angela who loves the troubled Ian pleads with him to no avail. Determined, he will prove the theory either way, but soon finds the secretive Ordo Arma Christi brothers want him dead before he conducts the experiment as this Order believe they must prevent Ian from biting the apple.

This thought provoking exhilarating thriller asks many questions about religious dogma, but is not limited to the afterlife as Glenn Kleier questions contradictions for instance between free will and forbidden fruits of knowledge. Ian is the key to the plot, as he suffers from survivor induced obsessive compulsive behavior that has worsened in reaction to his beliefs shrinking. Angelia is a loyal wonderful person who refuses to give up on the man she loves although she fears he is losing his mind to his obsession. The story line is fast-paced as the lead pair abruptly finds themselves being hunted by a cell who rejects the concept that man has the right to know anything about the afterlife.

Harriet Klausner
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LJHazy on June 21, 2015
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The extremely well-researched and exceptionally well-written epic novel The Knowledge of Good and Evil by Glenn Kleier was absolutely amazing, and I am looking forward to the next two installments! WOW! His plot is riveting, and based partly on fact, so it gives the storyline just enough of a believability factor. This novel has been criticized as being "controversial ," and it is easy to discern his negative sources. But, if the shoe fits, people.

After losing his parents in a tragic accident where they saved him as a very young boy, Ian, the former obsessive-compulsive, neurotic priest turned doubting Thomas, seeks to find hell, heaven, and whatever lies in between - or die trying. He needs to know there is an afterlife and that his parents are okay. However, there are forces that do NOT want him to discover what has been hidden and will do anything to stop him. But with the help of his lover/fiancée/psychiatrist, Angela, they seek to discover the knowledge of good and evil, if it is real, through very creative means, with a little help from a few of Alex's friends. However, the reader will be surprised at the obstacles and organizations determined to get in their way! What a ride!!! Think roller coaster!

Glenn has a unique way of blending humor, theology, action and adventure, romance, mystery, intelligence, research (!!!), and a masterful writing ability to create a story at once vivid, informative, and innovative that captures and reels the reader in, and keeps him/her spellbound until the end of the book. He then leaves the reader wanting even more. I will be reading everything Mr. Glenn Kleier has ever published, and am ready now for the remaining two books in this series!
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