The Floors of Memory

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Buried in the vaults of an ancient Parisian church lies a secret document. This document contains a series of Grand Masters belonging to an old religious order. The order is in conflict with the Catholic regime in Rome and is in the process of restoring its own power base, at any cost. Into this political maelstrom an English architect is drawn following the untimely death of his business partner. When the vengeful spirit of his dead friend returns to elicit the architect's assistance, he is unwittingly ...
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Overview

Buried in the vaults of an ancient Parisian church lies a secret document. This document contains a series of Grand Masters belonging to an old religious order. The order is in conflict with the Catholic regime in Rome and is in the process of restoring its own power base, at any cost. Into this political maelstrom an English architect is drawn following the untimely death of his business partner. When the vengeful spirit of his dead friend returns to elicit the architect's assistance, he is unwittingly manipulated by forces beyond his understanding, and out of his control.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781467971409
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/28/2012
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen is an architect, artist and writer living in the United Kingdom. Born and raised in Liverpool, he graduated from the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee and is now living and working as an architect in Manchester. He has regularly exhibited and successfully sold his art in Paris, Amsterdam and Manchester. He is currently working on a second novel and a collection of short stories. He is married with two sons.
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  • Posted August 18, 2012

    Absolutely fabulous book, indie writing at its most powerful. Ev

    Absolutely fabulous book, indie writing at its most powerful. Everyone
    with a sense of literary endeavour should read this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 11, 2012

    Gripping!

    "The Floors of Memory" grips you from the start, enigmatically flitting from perfect sanity to raving madness, hilarity, desperation, depression, and horror, but the tale is so fascinating and vivid that it pulls you into its poetic currents and draws you willingly into its depths.

    The fact that this is a first novel is frankly surprising; Stephen R. Wall possesses a skill with words that I have rarely encountered, and very much look forward to encountering again. In the space of a few pages, I was hooked, and the story only got better as I progressed to the end. If I could voice a single complaint, it would be that the graphic sexual exploits could have been alluded to tastefully rather than laid out before the reader's eyes, but I couldn't find another thing that I didn't like about this book.

    Aside from the excellent writing and fascinating plot, the characters in this book are as strange as they are genuine, which I think is why I found myself so quickly drawn in. In the midst of excess and addiction, a group of the world's most notable architects are competing for a prize that none can fathom losing. Caught up in their determination and passion, they sign their souls away in horrific fashion to a mystical being who can only be the devil, offering bittersweet retribution to the architects' most hated enemies in a sickening exchange.

    I wouldn't normally rate a book at 4.5 stars when it contains the graphic adult content that I try to avoid, but Stephen R. Wall does such a surpassing job of weaving this story together with the deftness and poetry of writers far more experienced that I can't justify anything less than this. Many writers never reach such a level, and I am thoroughly stunned at it. This being said, "The Floors of Memory" would easily have rated a 5 without this content, and I daresay that if it were possible, this book even exceeds that limit.

    Very much looking forward to future works by Stephen R. Wall!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2012

    This novel is about architects and their ambitions fabulously st

    This novel is about architects and their ambitions fabulously staged in
    the city of Paris at the end of the last millennium. Individual stories
    intertwine around basic themes of lust, avarice, gluttony, vanity,
    embodied by a society of male dominated, chauvinistic self-serving
    individuals who obsess about achieving fame at any cost. Into this
    difficult place two young architects enter in an attempt to rival the
    established protagonists, unfortunately with fatal consequences. When
    one of these pretenders dies, he is returned from the dead by a
    mysterious power in order to avenge himself on those who, we assume,
    must have attributed to his downfall. This results in series of brutal
    and exquisitely textured murders which successfully diminish in
    satisfaction as each grisly conclusion is orchestrated. Woven through
    these events is the helical strand of a possible genetic descendant from
    Jesus of Nazareth, monitored and engineered by an order of Catholic
    priests, whose only goal is to ensure the restoration of this bloodline
    to the epicentre of Catholicism and the corridors of power in France.
    These unlikely plotlines are glued together by a super bonded magic, at
    once rooted in the daily life of Paris then shifting to a nightmarish
    version of reality. I cannot give the denouement away, but will conclude
    that this author has one of those rare talents of being able to write
    about anything with a sheer brilliance, lucidity and humour that
    personally I have only witnessed a few times. If you buy this book only
    to see how the author manages to tie all these plot lines together, then
    it will be well worth it, but you may also marvel at his verbal
    dexterity and boundless invention. Personally, I think this book is
    unequivocally brilliant, one of the best books I have read, and do urge
    anyone to read it and give their own opinions.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2012

    Brilliant book, you won't regret buying this.

    Brilliant book, you won't regret buying this.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 18, 2012

    I finished this amazing book on holiday, but unlike some other r

    I finished this amazing book on holiday, but unlike some other reviewers
    I didn't feel I needed to read it twice as i got it first time. I am
    another conscript, wooed into submission by the sheer inventiveness of
    Wall's writing. It is effervescent and fizzes with a life all of its
    own. Occasionally at the start of the book some of the sentence
    construction I found a little clunky, but overall the book dazzles in
    terms of erudition, imagination and a totally absorbing plot. You will
    never see Paris in the same light again. The story revolves around an
    architectural competition, the winning of which will land the designers
    and architects with fame and prestige. As with all fierce competition,
    their is a lot of skullduggery and duplicity involved as they all try to
    knock their rivals out of the frame. One of the entrants gives
    everything up for the competition and when he hears that he has lost the
    competition he commits suicide. There are however otherworldly forces at
    work that give him a chance to avenge himself on those that sought to
    bring about this defeat. The competition has been organised by an
    Esoteric Catholic Order who are attempting to supplant the existing
    Roman Catholic regime with their own form of Catholicism. All these
    strands are brought together through the central character of Walter
    Wetwhistle who blithely enters the fray not realising that he has a very
    important link to the Esoteric aspirations. A fabulous and fantastic
    yarn, told with much humour and intelligence. I would recommend this
    book to anyone that hates 50 Shades of Grey.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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