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Cleansing by Fire Paperback – March 19, 2011

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About the Author

Y. S. Hassan is a mystic/scientist raised in the ancient spiritual arts in the East and in modern science in the West. This unique mix gave birth to an incredible imagination...not so unrealistic.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 310 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1460958616
  • ISBN-13: 978-1460958612
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,155,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Seven Thousand years ago, when man was still young and civilizations were still in their infancies, demons of the most abject nature freely roamed the Earth and tormented the whole mankind"

It's the first paragraph of the book, just to tell you right away what you must/should expected: good vs evil epic
battles... but... no, there are more... much more.

The story is (almost) all Angibil's point of view.

His path to the enlightenment is breathless!
Our hero is the member of an ancient organization of fighters, the Elu.
Elu legendary founder, Immaru, was direct sent by God, to help humankind giving hope, and finding rare humans with special abilities. All Elu members are gifted, and of course our might hero is no exception.

The adventurous life of Angibil and his search of evil will surprise you. There are amazing sword fights, but also high-tech fighters in Angibil world travels. Really amazing, from Paris to England and more, much more... each country with a new challenge, and you will be completely addicted to the mystery and suspense.

There is a religious background message, but in my view you (like me) will understand that "God" is this higher power helping humans, and Angibil never pray for a Catholic or Islamic God. He will pray, all the time, for enlightenment... to attained spiritual knowledge or insight, like all do, conscientiously calling it "God" or not. So the book obviously could have some religious aspect, but in my view it's a simple (but deeper) message... God is everything, and nothing. We must search for it, looking outside, around ourself (traveling the world like the hero would not be bad ), and inside, looking to our own soul.
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This is a very unique and utterly satisfying book (to me). I want books (and movies and music) to be SUBSTANTIAL. This book meets all the criteria to be called substantial. This author knows a whole lot about metaphysical realities (see also his equally excellent debut novel, "One Land One King"). What I especially like about Mr Hassan is that he writes from the perspective that Good is the better half of the Good vs Evil equation by creating a desire throughout the novel to strive to pursue Good in my own Life as well.

I had a constant feeling while reading it (now on my 2nd reading of this book) that I am dealing with a product infused primarily with positive energy. The characters are so astonishingly real to me that it feels that I either know them, or would greatly appreciate it to meet them - only the good ones that is, especially Immaru, Emushal and of course Angibil (and all the positive people who'd played a role in their lives).

The book sketches Angibil's trials (and almost failure) in uncanny but necessary detail.

I was told in a clairvoyant reading to study "Fire" from a metaphysical viewpoint, and this was one of only two books I found on amazon that fits this mold. (The other one is "Red Fire - A Quest for Awakening" - Paula D'Arcy; also a worthwhile read.) I am forever grateful having discovered this amazing book. I truly hope that Y S Hassan will produce many more books in this genre of Metaphysical Fantasy, because he certainly knows his subject extremely well.

Unconditionally recommended!!
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I received this book from the Goodreads Giveaway Program. I had previously read one of Mr. Hassan's books, and having found it very entertaining and different, I was glad to sit to read this one.
Unfortunately, this book is not as captivating. The story itself could have been unique, but the execution is belabored and sometimes repetitive. The main problem, which is one I see in many books that deal with characters that have magical abilities, is that the author makes them so powerful, there really is no doubt they will be fine. There is no foe they can't defeat, which makes it rather dull for the reader. There needs to be doubt and tension, weaknesses that we can relate to, otherwise we never really bond with the chracter.
I thought the book started out on a good path, I was interested in Angibil and his quest, but soon found my mind wandering a tad. There was much that could have been shortened and other parts that should have been explained further. Sometimes it stretched things bit too thin. For example, at one point ngibil learns Mandarin in the space of a couple of days. I don't know, that doesn't do it for me.

I think there is a real gem hidden in these pages, so please don't hesitate to pick it up because of my views on it. If you hve an open mind, none of the issues I mentioned might bother you at all. Read it and see.
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When I first read the description of this book I thought it sounded very good, which is why I entered the First Reads giveaway and was happy when I was selected to get a copy. I was a little disappointed.

The plot was very good. The fighting scenes were great, and the plot itself was very involving. The writing style was what really bothered me. It didn't seem to flow well, and there were numerous places where the wording was awkward. And I really didn't like the twenty-some footnotes. In my opinion, footnotes don't belong in fiction, and the author should incorporate the details in those footnotes within the actual text. Footnotes break up the flow of the plot too much.

Like I said, the plot itself was very good. The ending fit very well, too.
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