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The Book of Paul

3.4 44
by Richard Long

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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


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

Publishers Weekly
Like graphic depictions of violence against women and sententious mythological blather? Then this is the book for you. New York City neighbors Rose and Martin have a chance encounter and quickly develop a passionate affair. Their relationship has more than the usual challenges given that Martin's father is a master sadist who believes his violence is part of a larger plan: clan war linked to prophecies leading up to Armageddon. It's conceivable that the right author could employ gripping prose and well-realized characters to generate reader investment in a story line that most people would find distasteful. That doesn't happen here. Instead of inspiring fear and creating suspense, graphic scenes (e.g., when a person's eyelids are nailed open) repel rather than engage.
Kirkus Reviews
The sadistic account of one man's quest to escape a prophecy he never wanted. Martin's life was never what he imagined. He started off with a negligent and abusive mother, a friendless childhood and more hurt and terror than most can imagine. It only got worse when his new "Daddy" came on the scene--the prophetic, masochistic and pain-happy Paul who became the only father Martin ever knew--the man who taught (by way of torture) that suffering is merely a feeling that one can overcome. Fast-forward to New York's grungy, pre-gentrification Alphabet City. It's a hepatitis-infested, murder-heavy neighborhood; the perfect setting for this twisted tale. It's here that Paul continues to inflect his torture. And it's here where Martin meets Rose, a tattooed, pierced and unabashedly vivacious girl who lives in his building. Because of his feelings for Rose, Martin must revisit his past and determine both his own nature and if he will continue down the same warped path of pain as his father. Told in flashbacks from each character's point of view, including an omniscient, but untrustworthy, narrator, the novel is an easy read. That is, until victims have body parts sliced off and hands nailed to tables and are hog tied, gagged and stuffed in a bag in Paul's house of horrors. The star-crossed Rose and Martin find themselves on the opposing sides of warring clans. This ensures their thrilling quest for freedom and the power to choose their own destinies, regardless of their pasts. Long's prose is deft and clear, transporting the reader from one character's psyche to the next, from Paul's squalid squatting quarters to Rose's warm and color-drenched apartment. Heavy on the gore, blood and suffering, this tale is a compelling one. Those who embrace the genre will eagerly anticipate a second installment in the series. A psychological thriller for readers who are bored with run-of-the-mill horror movies, enjoy the dark side of mythology and science fiction, and most importantly, have strong stomachs.

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Meet the Author

Richard Long's debut novel, The Book of Paul, is a dark, psychologically rich, paranormal thriller that blends mythology, science and mystery into a page-turning addiction.

Richard is currently working on The Dream Palace, a fantasy/adventure series. He lives in Manhattan with his wife, two amazing children and their wicked black cat, Merlin. Learn more about him and his writing at TheBookofPaul.com

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The Book of Paul 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
Stephen_M_Elliott More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has an interesting plot. It is drawn out purposefully to be suspenseful but at times to the point of boredom. It is horrifically graphic and violent.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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'
billindallas More than 1 year ago
Terrible book. Closed it and removed it from bookshelf.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To dependent on mutilations and murder. At first interesting and then turning towards disgusting. Could have finished it but did not want to...
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Some decent narrative, but way too much exposition--and boring exposition at that as the author tries to create a compelling mythology to fuel a series of books. The other major problem of this novel is that there are no likable or sympathetic characters. Unless you're a S/M devotee.
lydiao 6 months ago
Ridiculous!!!!!!!! It just became annoying, Paul always getting away when they had him. So glad it was a cheap book to buy.
pedigreedmutt More than 1 year ago
yuk too many genres, disgusting, some of it is very intriguing but terribly violent, sadism, masochism, dark magic, i had to skip over and finally just went to the end. this type is just not my cup of tea. looks like others like it though. sorry i got it on free fridays.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I tried, but i was so bored! The story made no sense and just very slow paced. Cound not funish and i always finish what i start :(
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Not bad writing, but just too violent for my tastes. Interesting discussion of good vs. evil but it isn't resolved in this book and I'm not up for more.
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This book was a real surprise... It's well written and engaging. Although it drags a little from time to time and it's hard to follow a few of the characters at times... overall it's a really good read and well worth the time and effort. Just don't expect to just breeze through this book, you won't be able to read this one in just one sitting, but then, you probably won't want to.
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Having a hard time getting into the book.
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RollTideHR More than 1 year ago
fast moving, complicated plots lines, interesting characters