The Book of Paul [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Overview

“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.

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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Editorial Reviews

ForeWord Clarion Reviews - Barbara Bamberger Scott
“Intelligent, self-aware, and often amusing, while hitting all the markers for sadistic, salacious, and scary. No ordinary writer of horror…Richard 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 salsa to sugar, red meat to broccoli, and a bucket of blood to a bath filled with rose petals. They will be waiting for the next installment.”
Kirkus Reviews
"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."
Writer and Director of The Believer - Henry Bean
"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!!"
Close Encounters with the Night Kind - Nikki McCarver
"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."
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014753159
  • Publisher: Richard Long
  • Publication date: 6/4/2012
  • Series: The Clan Kelly Chronicles
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 488
  • Sales rank: 12,248
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet 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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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2014

    I Also Recommend:

    This is a rather eclectic piece. I loved it because it didn't' s

    This is a rather eclectic piece. I loved it because it didn't' seem to follow any basic righting formulas and was thus unpredictable. I recommend it to the mature reader looking for something out of the ordinary but still good.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2012

    If you are looking for a standard summer read, then I would not

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2013

    Jessica Lynn Leonard: OH MY WORD! I have never read a book like

    Jessica Lynn Leonard:
    OH MY WORD!

    I have never read a book like this, nor do I think I will ever read another like it. The characters are broken, flawed, yet beautifully perfect. You will follow them as they each share their own perception of the events that are unraveling, but always missing one piece of the puzzle, the piece that will have you reading on until you reach the end. But is it really the end?

    It takes an open minded reader to appreciate the wittiness, historical viewpoints, and graphic horror. But if you are willing to open up your mind this book will leave you speechless. At times I found myself pondering their reasoning's, screaming at their actions, and jotting down multiple quotes. Paul is a quotable guy.

    Many have said it is sadistic, horrifying, and just plan wrong. I ask you this? What in horror isn't? What religion does not have violence, sex, and multiple interpretations?

    "The world is a very scary place for all of the sheep. But for the wolves...it's paradise"

    This is a book! A must read at that and I challenge you open your mind, pour some Bushmills, and dive into The Book of Paul.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2013

    Great Book. I was hopefull but not expecting much ,,,turned out

    Great Book. I was hopefull but not expecting much ,,,turned out to be a great book. This book has a great storyline and characters. The plot line is unpredictable and an original story...not the same ol' same ol'

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2014

    Not grabbing me

    Having a hard time getting into the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2014

    I probably read about 3 books a week and I have never thought on

    I probably read about 3 books a week and I have never thought one was HORRIBLE enough to bother to review it. Do not waste your time or your money. I actually deleted it from my NOOK about a third of the way in.

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  • Posted October 6, 2013

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    Reviewed by Marissa Book provided by the author for review Revie

    Reviewed by Marissa
    Book provided by the author for review
    Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

    The Book of Paul is one of those books that you yearn to put down but just can’t seem to stop reading. I was immediately drawn in and confused, bored and intrigued. But it was the characters that kept me picking the book up.

    Paul, the father-figure antagonist of the story, is a self-described angel. He tells of “another world not at all like the world we live in” and how “the luminous beings in the other world were made of pure energy, so they could never die.” At first, I see Paul as a sort of savior, saving Martin from a horrific childhood filled with abuse and anguish; but as the story progresses, Paul’s true colors come out and he becomes more despotic monster than angel.

    Martin, the son-figure, begins as an abused child who yearns for love and finds it in Paul, his mother’s new boyfriend. As a child, Martin is smart – he knows when to keep his mouth shut – but he is also needy, craving the love and affection he never received from his mother. When Paul offers him attention, Martin eats it up and does whatever Paul asks of him to keep it. It’s this little boy I first begin to like, feeling sympathy and heartache as his story begins, then intrigue as his relationship with Paul develops. As a man, I like how Martin tries to stay away from Paul but is drawn back, knowing fate has something in store for him but not quite sure what or how to play it.

    Rose is a tattoo artist and body enhancement specialist. She loves pain, both inflicting and receiving. I wasn’t quite sure what to make of her at first but there was something about her that drew me. She is plucky. That’s not a word I would normally use but it seems to fit Rose. She deals in a world most of us would never have the stomachs to even think about for more than a few seconds – and she does it all happily. However, she is not the brave, stoic heroine we read in a lot of the romance novels. When confronted with probable death, she screams, pleads and cries. This makes her much more human than those other characters.

    I have to admit I also learned a few things from this book, including different body enhancements I never would have thought of and the idea of technological singularity (the point when computers become more intelligent than humans). But some of these things also made for a difficult read, be it stomach-turning or just attempting to absorb the information. If you have time to sit with an intense, page-turning book, this is definitely for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2013

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    0 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2013

    I purchased The Book of Paul a while ago and it took its place o

    I purchased The Book of Paul a while ago and it took its place on my to-be-read pile? Or in an eReader age is that “in the to-be-read file”? Life has a way of draining the life from you, and the last year has been that in spades. So when things finally settled into some semblance of a new routine, I picked up this complex, well-written novel and dove in. I am glad I did not try to start it sooner, the intricate plot and characters, the references to myth, religion and science and the action of the novel required close attention.




    The novel weaves Druid, Christian, Gnosticism and a dose of modern science in a pre-apocalyptic story. The plot is revolves around Martin and Rose, modern day seemingly unknowing keepers of ancient “truth” and traditions. It is non-sequential and mystical while at the same time raw and real. It is the first book of what is to be a series and weaves endtimes with horror, love, redemption, reincarnation and sex.




    Of course given my own fascination with Celtic/Druid mythology, as incorporated into my own work, I was hooked from the beginning by the warring Clans.




    Mr. Long writes flawlessly from a grammar and mechanics standpoint. I was initially put off by the multiple point of view shifts that occurred, sometimes mid-paragraph. I reached out Mr. Long who confirmed my suspicion that it was indeed a deliberate choice to create a sense of the disjointed reality consistent with the book’s themes. My one criticism is that he was not consistent in his inconsistency. There are stretches where the point-of-view was clear, strong and singular while n other places it resumed fragmentation. These global shifts within the novel did not seem to mirror plot arc. There is also an unnamed narrator who pops in an out. All of which, despite my own personal issues with this as a distraction, Mr. Long carries off well.




    This is a novel that was very good on a first read and like other such multi-dimensional stories (in more ways than one) should get better with future re-reads, which I recommend and plan on---as soon as I whittle the pile down.

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  • Posted June 14, 2013

    very interesting read

    fast moving, complicated plots lines, interesting characters

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2013

    Exciting and Twisted

    This is certainly not what I was expecting but it was well written, it did keep my interest. Sometimes I would laugh out loud but other times I'd wonder how life would be if this could be true. I know I certainly wouldn't want to run into this guy whether it was nighttime or daytime. If you enjoy fiction that stretches the imagination then you'll enjoy this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    Recommended

    Sometimes hard to follow, but a good story. Definately a page turner!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    A different kind of story.

    Long, and involved story.

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  • Posted May 10, 2013

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    Don't Waste Your Time

    This is one of the few times I have read a book and couldn't wait to be done with it. It's confusing at times and ridiculous at times. Just when you think it's going to get interesting it goes off onto something that doesn't appear to make any connection with the rest of the story. Don't waste your time reading this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2013

    Thrilling Roller Coaster Ride of a story

    I may have whiplash form all the twists and turns in this thrilling, paranormal mystery love story. There are not labels that fit this book. It is different in every way from anything you've read before. Read it NOW if you DARE!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2013

    Not to be missed

    I've never read anything quite like this, actually, it was hard to read with my hand in front of my eyes. An amazing story. Grabs and won't let go...not to be underestimated or missed.

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  • Posted March 8, 2013

    Open the pages and enter the mind of evil. The characters live


    Open the pages and enter the mind of evil. The characters live their lives day-to-day believing their lives are normal. It is a dark world and the revelation of the thoughts of the characters portrays how wrong the mind can go. The serial killer, the misguided, the lost portrayed in a dark world of the lost and dammed brought to life by a masterful storyteller. I haven't read such a masterful writer of horror since reading the works of Edgar Allen Poe.
    Bella Doerres M.Ed

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  • Posted February 16, 2013

    This is an exceptional book! It hooks you right from the start p

    This is an exceptional book! It hooks you right from the start playing on your every emotion. The characters are amazing and you"ll be rooting for your favorites in no time. Very well written and leaves you wanting more!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 28, 2013

    There's an old song that starts out, "You always hurt the o

    There's an old song that starts out, "You always hurt the ones you love".

    In that case, Paul Kelly must adore his boys.

    But he has his reasons, as do all sociopaths. However, his reasons transcend time and space, life and death, love and hate, lifetimes and generations. And those who are his "children" must learn these reasons first-hand.

    There's Martin, rescued from his abusive mother by Paul. This boy learns early on that there are worse things than being locked in a basement for the weekend.

    There's Michael, a homeless man living in a condemned building, who comes across Paul at exactly the wrong time--for Michael. He is taught the hard way that failure is not an option.

    And there's William, a psychic and a collector of gruesome items. It is his passion for amassing the most awful of artifacts that gets him hooked up with Paul.

    Then there's Rose, her only "crimes" being that she is female, and that she is a member of the wrong clan. (Here noted: in Paul's eyes, if you're not a Kelly, you're in the wrong clan.)

    Everything is going according to Paul's plan. The Book is being followed to the letter.

    Then it all goes sideways. Martin, who Paul has brought up to feel nothing, even the most horrible of tortures, meets Rose. And something gets into the designs of the Book and threatens Paul's future.

    Love.

    And you can bet Paul's not going to let that continue.



    What can I say? I was so very impressed with the way this book was crafted. Mr. Long is a fantastic storyteller, letting out the plot very slowly, excruciatingly slowly, but with such a deft hand that the reader is spellbound. Have you ever been given a present that, when you open it, is another box, with one inside that one, and so on? Eventually you get down to the very last box, and it is so wonderful to open it and find the gift lying inside? Mr. Long is like that with his story-telling.

    However, it is a very psychologically complex book; one that cannot be rushed. There is so much to read and understand. Not that the prose is complex--but the characters are. You really have to get into their heads to understand why they are in circumstances that are the right "soil" for Paul to make such an impression on them. And Mr. Long does that; he leads you by the hand into their lives, their minds, their outlooks.

    Be advised that this book is not for the faint of heart. Coarse language and brutal scenarios are part and parcel of this narrative. So, buying "The Book of Paul' for dear old Mrs. Johnson down the street, as a thank-you for taking care of your cat, would not be a good thing. Just so you know.

    This is the first book in a series that Mr. Long is writing. And I can tell you, that is a necessary thing.

    For not all happy endings end happily...

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  • Posted December 7, 2012

    An amazing book, could not put it down. Thriller, paranormal, su

    An amazing book, could not put it down. Thriller, paranormal, suspense, all wraooed up into one. Great writer!

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