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Posted June 6, 2012
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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Posted May 10, 2013
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Posted May 10, 2013
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 2, 2013
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 14, 2013
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 8, 2013
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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.
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Posted February 16, 2013
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!
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Posted January 28, 2013
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.
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...
Posted December 7, 2012
Posted August 27, 2012
‘The Book of Paul’ was the best dark horror novel I have ever read, and
I say that in all honesty. No book has ever blown my mind quite like
this one and I must warn you before you read this novel; you will never
look at literature the same way again. ‘The Book of Paul’ was such a
brilliant masterpiece that I literally could not put it down I was
consumed in the story, the characters and the pure utter darkness of
this book. Talent like this only comes around every once in a great
while and I feel like I have stumbled upon gold. I can very well say
anything that Richard writes I will rush to buy, it is such a rare
talent he has as a writer. I feel so lucky to have been asked to
review this amazing novel, I found it to be stunning, creative, with
such detailed precision in the way the story was told. It was a mind
bending story that you absolutely have to read! I have not read a book
with such talented, detailed writing in so long, if ever. Richard Long
really sets the standards high in the horror/ thriller genre. I mean
Paul makes the baddest of the bad look like sheep. Paul is so sick and
twisted but you can’t stop reading it, you have to have more of Paul.
‘The Book of Paul’ is such a dark, seductive tale of things you couldn’t
even begin to imagine. Take your sickest thought and multiply it by a
thousand and you may have just stumbled upon the very tiniest hint of
what goes on in Paul’s brain. You really have to read this brilliant
masterpiece, I cannot even put it into words how stunning I believe this
book is. I believe it will be a classic one day. I am so much more
thrilled to find out it is the first book in a series. I will definitely
be reading all of them. The characters and the story are addicting. You
can go ahead and try to say they are not, you are flat out lying! ‘The
Book of Paul’ is by far the best novel I have read all year! I am
addicted to this series now and I will read everything Richard Long
writes from here on out. I believe this man is a genius with words and
storytelling. I will be a fan for life. If you have not read ‘The Book
of Paul’ you are missing out, I tell you! What are you waiting for? Go,
now! Get it! Read it and see for yourself what I am talking about! I
assure you, your eyes will be opened to a very new world.
Posted August 2, 2012
Talk about talent - this author has it. I believe Richard Long has nailed his gift with his beautifully crafted psychological thriller complete with a love story. The novel has short chapters and relentless action that pulls you into the story.
People with weak stomachs are advised that there are parts that will horrify you - think about Hannibal Lecter and you might get the picture.
It definitely is a very unusual novel and the first of seven volumes that I believe readers will also enjoy.
Jeannie Walker - Award Winning Author
Posted June 5, 2012
Imagine Quentin Tarantino, Brett Easton Ellis and the DaVinci Code with a liberal sprinkling of the occult and Irish lore all blended together and you have the brilliant, powerful, thrilling, page-turner that is The Book Of Paul. Richard Long has created the ultimate villain in Paul Kelly, who makes Hannibal Lecter look angelic, in this deliciously terrifying novel where everything you assumed you knew about being human, the meaning of life and what it is to be part of something bigger than most of us are capable of imagining, is turned on it's head.
Paul Kelly revels in life as much as Martin, the heroic, yet deeply scarred protagonist, and Paul's former protege, hides from it. That is until Martin meets Rose. What unfolds is an often hilarious, though just as often terrifying, always riveting, romp through the seedy Lower East side's pre-gentrification squats where Paul holds court while trying to keep his eye on his "sons."
This book is impossible to put down. The short chapters serve to increase the tension and propel the story forward. It's a train wreck with Paul at the controls, or so he thinks. I cannot reveal too much of the story without giving away too many plot twists that will be ruined if I do. But in the end this is a twisted, provocative and thoroughly enjoyable thriller that is also a love story and tale of redemption.
Richard Long the talented and brilliant writer, successfully weaves together many lives while telling a compelling tale. The Book of Paul is the first of a series. I holding my breath for the next installment!
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