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

Richard Long
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Book Description

"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.

Editorial Reviews


"Richard Long intertwined a bag of genres while creating this intriguing and enchanting'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 times, even poetic. Masterful storytelling. Hats off!!" - Henry Bean, writer/director of The Believer
"Completely 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! 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, 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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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,283 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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41 of 43 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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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
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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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sexy book with a muscular imagination June 7, 2012
By Claudia
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A wild ride. The first three chapters had me a little nervous and was an amusement park ride to end them all! Want to forget your problems at work, get away from the elections, take a little wicked fantasy vacation? Then this book is for you. Allow your eyes to glide over the words and transport you into a very different and strangely familiar world.

Can't wait for the second installment.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much... April 11, 2013
By jackie
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..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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark and Sinister...With a Fun Side September 25, 2012
By TereSC
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There were so many great things about this book. The writing style was excellent, intelligent without getting overly wordy. It was dark and sinister with a fun side, which I loved. I loved that it wasn't a book to speed read and finish in a day. I'd read a few chapters and then have to think about what I read and where it was heading, definitely a book to be savored. I loved the suspense, not knowing where it was heading, but desperately wanting to get there. I loved Paul, one of the best antagonists ever, so much that I almost found myself rooting for him...almost. I guess the only thing I didn't like was that the book ended. I am now anxiously waiting for the next book, though, which I guess is the point.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the time. July 18, 2013
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I wanted to like it, but really couldn't. I am sorry I spent time with it. It was confusing. I never knew where the characters were, or who was speaking. The sequencing made no sense nor did all of the violence. The characters would just break into a fight in an instant for apparently no reason every other page and it was brutal. I will say I was curious about the end, which is why I finished the book, but reading through it was a chore. The ending was not particularly thrilling or new as suggested. I'll certainly skip the rest of the series.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I really loved this book
I really loved this book!!! Very gripping... Got completely obsessed with these characters from the very beginning and couldnt wait to find out what was happening with them and how... Read more
Published 3 days ago by shara
3.0 out of 5 stars the book of Paul
The first half of the book flowed well and had a good plot, as the book progressed the plot felt like it had last minute twists and turns that interrupted the flow. Read more
Published 21 days ago by apoo
2.0 out of 5 stars The Book of Paul. by. Richard Long. (A Paranormal Thriller)
One of the most unusual books I have ever read .... actually or rather attempted to read. I know many rated this very highly and well written and it may have been, but for me the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Carole La Flamme Beigheyj
2.0 out of 5 stars THE BOOK OF PAUL
Published 1 month ago by John F. Caruana
1.0 out of 5 stars My first bad rating.
I am usually open-minded about books, but this was a total waste of time, and the 1.99 I spent on it. I found little "paranormal" in the book, but plenty of meaningless violence. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Margie Cady
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrific
I think I should stay away from Paranormal books. I cannot see the reason why anyone should even consider writing such horrific stuff. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Helen
4.0 out of 5 stars Not for the faint of heart
Great premise and very entertaining, but there were times when it was a little hard to follow. All in all, worth reading and I am hoping for additional books to follow in that... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mark Kadel
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
A twisted and sprawling plot that kept me very entertained on several flights. I'm impressed by the author's thorough research.
Published 2 months ago by Mike Medlin
1.0 out of 5 stars Scary
Was a bit scary for me. Very gory in parts. I had to read during the day, or I would have had nightmares
Published 2 months ago by Paula
1.0 out of 5 stars very confusing book about Jesus, the Celts, and eternal life
Skip this very confusing,disjointed book that is filled with violence and theories that the Virgin Mary gave birth to twins, male and female and that the Druids and the Clan Kelly... Read more
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More About the Author

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.

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