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The Book of Paul -- A Paranormal Thriller [Kindle Edition]

Richard Long
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Book Description

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.


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"Richard Long intertwined a bag of genres while creating this intriguing and enchanting story...it's mind-blowing." - Stephen King
 
"Long's prose is deft and clear, transporting the reader from one character's psyche to the next...this tale is a compelling one. A psychological thriller for readers who are bored with run-of-the-mill horror...Those who embrace the genre will eagerly anticipate a second installment in the series." - Kirkus Reviews
 
"Intelligent, self-aware, and often amusing...hitting all the markers for sadistic, salacious, and scary. Long is doubtless going to build a large and loyal fan base composed of people just like him: literate folks with a bizarre sense of humor who prefer a bucket of blood to a bath filled with rose petals." - ForeWord Clarion Reviews
 
"Totally absorbing! The Book of Paul is moving, profound, funny, terrifying and never lets you go. The prose is swift and sharp...at times, even poetic. Masterful storytelling. Hats off!!" - Henry Bean, writer/director of The Believer
 
"Completely outstanding...an ingenious mixture of all things intriguing! The Book of Paul is truly an enchanting tale that will leave you spellbound. I can't wait to read more of this series! The only thing I can say is...wow! Hats of to Richard Long for creating a truly worthy and delightful read." -- Close Encounters with the Night Kind

From the Author

The Book of Paul
 crosses a number of genres. Sometimes when I'm asked what kind of book it is, I'll say it's a dark, paranormal thriller with occult horror themes, mystery, suspense, erotica and black humor. Other times, I just say, "It'll really curl your toes." 
 
Written is short, titled chapters, the story is extremely cinematic. Think The Omen meets Pulp Fiction. The momentum is relentlessly driving, yet it's as much a psychological exploration as a rollercoaster ride. When I write, I submerge myself in the characters. I want to feel their fears and cravings, truly inhabit them. I keep descriptive narrative to a minimum and write from multiple perspectives, which hopefully allows readers to project their own perspective and participate more directly in the experience. I want people to feel more intensely -- more afraid, more amused, more curious, perplexed, horrified, awed and aroused -- to climb inside these characters and walk down all the dark alleyways.
 
I've always been drawn to the scary side of the street. Science, religion and mythology are other big interests. The Book of Paul and the six volumes of sequels and prequels trace the history of Hermetic and Gnostic philosophy, alchemy, druidism and pagan mythology particularly the Egyptian, Greek and Celtic traditions. There's also a strong science fiction element involving quantum physics, artificial intelligence, life extension and what's known as The Singularity.
 
Propelled by the prophecy of a fast-approaching apocalypse, the story rides a crest of dark suspense above an undercurrent of arcane mystery. Nothing is as it seems. Very gradually, the mythological tapestry is revealed through the narrator's secret journals and the ancient codex guarded by Paul. Only as the climax approaches does he fully grasp his own significance in the labyrinth of Paul's nefarious scheme. 
 
The Book of Paul is not for the faint-hearted. There is graphic sex, sadomasochism and gore. There are also plenty of laughs along the way, often sucker punches that ease the tension only long enough to make the revelations even more thrilling and chilling. The aim of it all? Question everything.Magic and mystery and wonder are everywhere. So are cruelty, sadness and terror. 
 
As Hunter Thompson said, "Buy the ticket, take the ride."

For fans who sign up for my newsletter at TheBookofPaul.com, I offer exclusive content like deleted or extended chapters, previews of the forthcoming volumes in the series and other fun surprises.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1471 KB
  • Print Length: 491 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615648649
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: CreateSpace (January 1, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0088QYXGA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,301 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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56 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Well-Crafted Psychological Character Study June 5, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
If you are looking for a standard summer read, then I would not recommend The Book of Paul. But if you are looking for a most unusual read, one that not only won't you be able to put down, but one that will stay with you long after you are finished, then I highly recommend this debut novel from the very talented Richard Long. The Book of Paul is difficult to categorize: it is part mystery, part thriller, part erotica, and part horror...and 100% engrossing. A well-crafted psychological character study told in a cinematic style, The Book of Paul begins innocently (and humorously) enough with the line "He practiced smiling", but quickly the reader realizes that there is more to this line than would first appear. This line is, in fact, revelatory. Richard Long has chosen his words carefully. Not one single word, and certainly no single character, in The Book of Paul can be taken at face value. Nothing is as it appears. And yet, every character and action is masterfully crafted as part of the puzzle that is The Book of Paul. Mr. Long has numerous talents as a writer: he is certainly one of the more creative storytellers of today, but for my money, his real talent lies in the fact that he commands a psychological savvy that few writers do. Richard Long's characters are richly drawn, possessing a complexity of personality traits that mesh with their histories and with their actions. You will understand these characters, you will understand what motivates them, you will like them and you will hate them, but most importantly you will believe them.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
From start to finish Richard Long's "The Book of Paul" is an exciting, fast-paced and undeniably shocking read.

The characters are full-blooded, whimsical yet scarily believeable. The antagonist, Paul, is unusual in every respect: an unstoppable, malodorous, and deadly evil genius whom the reader hates to love, but cannot quite prevent themselves from doing so.

The short punchy chapters keep one's adrenalin pumping, while the narrative leapfrogs from one crisis to another, creating a spine-chilling atmosphere on a par with any of the very best classic noir thrillers.

In particular, I loved the elegant way the story unfolds, with the author feeding us teasing tidbits of the puzzle without slowing the narrative's gallop by a single hoof-fall. The amount of research which must have gone into weaving the history and mythology in this book is staggering and the backstory Richard Long creates from that body of investigation lends the story additional depths of both intrigue and credibility.

In the final analysis, the novel is very nearly impossible to catagorise, since it incorporates so many genres. But rather than dilute the work or lessen the impact, it adds to the novel as a whole, rendering the narrative as a terrifying yet exquisitely balanced cocktail of horror, thriller, and the supernatural, with additional shocks being supplied by irreverent humour and a wealth of lurid detail.

Less of an Alice-Down-The-Rabbit-Hole experience than a Locomotive-Plunging-Down-A-Mineshaft-With-The-Reader-Hanging-Out-A-Compartment-Window ride, this immensely entertaining book was not just straightforwardly an absolutely compelling read from cover to cover, but left me feeling oddly anxious, desperate... and not a little impatient for the next instalment!

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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Virtually Unreadable August 25, 2013
Format:Paperback
Unlike the other negative reviewers of this book, I finished it, and I wasn't offended by the sadism and violence. It is a horror book, so I'm not sure what people expected.
I did not care for the one dimensional characters, the plodding plot, the Wikipedia cut and paste descriptions of Celtic Mythology (I found myself skipping whole boring pages of it), and the overblown, cartoonish main character, Paul, who is supposed to be compelling and ultimate evil. I actually laughed in places where I assume I should have been terrified, because the writing was so sophomoric and ridiculously over the top. It was like being hit with a clumsy sledgehammer trying to prove page after pedantic page that Paul is most nasty character ever conceived. He's not, and like a sledgehammer beating, it only feels good when it stops.
The saving grace in the book, are the characters of Rose and Martin. Some of the subtlety in the descriptions of the their relationship and environment in early chapters are deft and interesting, but they become underutilized and devolve into tedious along with the rest of the characters and plot.
Not worth the time, unless you enjoy fantasizing about what a real editor could have done with the material.
It takes a thick skin to write and not always hear rave reviews, but an author needs to cast narcissism aside and listen to all voices about their work.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much... April 11, 2013
By jackie
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
..Torture, blood, pain, mythology..ugh! I gave this three stars only because I truly wanted to know how it ended. This is like no other book I've ever read. Very disturbing, I surprised myself that I actually got through it. I stopped quite a few times. A few days would go by and I would pick it up again. so many questions still not answered. A difficult book , especially for me..considering I can't even watch horror movies! Not sure if I'll read the next book..I may need a couple months to get over this one. WARNING..very gory!!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Awful
This is the worst waste of time I have experienced in all my days of reading. I continued to read hoping for some insight, some value, some entertainment, or anything to justify... Read more
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Did not find it interesting
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4.0 out of 5 stars SCARY !!!!
What a Creepy Scary THRILLER !!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars It was confusing at times and a by hard to ...
It was confusing at times and a by hard to follow and very bizarre, however I did finish it.
Published 24 days ago by Meggrey
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book
I loved this book! It was so complex with numerous unexpected turns. My wife couldn't get past the first few pages because of the violence.
Published 26 days ago by Wise Man
1.0 out of 5 stars one of my favorite authors. But I found it dull
I am an avid reader and downloaded this book because there was an endorsement by Stephen King, one of my favorite authors. But I found it dull, predictable and silly. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Book of Paul is without doubt the darkest, ...
The Book of Paul is without doubt the darkest, sickest novel I've ever read. However, I found that at the end of each chapter I was compelled to see what happened in the next. Read more
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not for Everyone
This story was way too weird for me. Couldn't get past the first chapter.
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1.0 out of 5 stars ... solely because it was not a book that I enjoyed. A little to raw...
I am giving this a low star rating solely because it was not a book that I enjoyed. A little to raw for me. The author however does a great job throwing in unexpected twists. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!!!
A real attention grabber! Its got it all.
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Richard Long's 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.

Mr. Long is currently at work on The Dream Palace, a fantasy adventure series.

He lives in Manhattan with his wife, two amazing children and their wicked black cat, Merlin.

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