The Book of Paul
author : richard long
pages : [paperback] 488
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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.
This book is definitely for adult readers with all of the themes and scenes contained in it.
The Book of Paul features a cast of complex characters forced into this plotline that keeps the reader captivated. It’s impossible to pull away as the complicated plot thickens, bringing in new ideas that will keep you on the edge of your seat. I especially loved how this book forced me to pay attention to it, to notice all of the details that would add up to the conclusion.
This isn’t the kind of book that I’d normally read but I liked the sound of it from the synopsis and it definitely didn’t disappoint. While I definitely wouldn’t recommend this book for people with weaker stomachs because of some of the scenes and things talked about, that kind of extreme felt necessary to the plot and weren’t overdone to the point where they would overrun everything else.
This is suppose to be the first book in the series, though this book does have its own conclusion.