The Invasion of Heaven: Part One of The Newirth Mythology

The Invasion of Heaven: Part One of The Newirth Mythology

by Michael B. Koep


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Psychologist Loche Newirth becomes hunted when he sees a painting that opens a window onto the afterlife. An ancient order of men seeking to control the art pursue him across the world through centuries, into madness and beyond. The first part of Michael B. Koep's The Newirth Mythology-The Invasion of Heaven is mystery, adventure, myth, betrayal, murder and madness.

Psychologist Loche Newirth wonders if it was his fall: the fifty foot drop rom the rocky cliff to the icy water below. Is this why he has been hallucinating? Or is it because one of his clients is dead, or his mentor has gone mad or that his wife is leaving him? He can't bring himself to believe what he has been seeing. Insane things like a massive, searching eye. He sees it in the water below the cliff. He sees it in mirrors, on walls: a massive, crystal blue iris and fathomless pupil there in the center of his life, looking at him.

To find the answer, Loche pens the recent events of his life into a book and leaves the work behind for his mentor, Doctor Marcus Reardon, to interpret. As Reardon reads, he plunges into the harrowing depths of Loche's reality:

his loss of a client, the discovery of an unknown past, an ancient conflict over possession of the human condition, the awesome reality of the gods walking among us, and the crimes of humanity invading the hope that lies beyond the grave.

And along the way, Loche tells of unforgettable characters: the torn and manic housewife that teeters on the edge of sanity, and the depressed, swashbuckling swordsman that believes he is over six hundred years old, the stoned and prolific painter and his perilous work he must keep secret, and the beautiful business woman that abandons her life's work for a love she never expected.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780989393508
Publisher: Will Dreamly Arts Llc
Publication date: 10/22/2013
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Michael B. Koep has been called an Inland Northwest "Renaissance Man". An avid world traveler, educator, accomplished visual artist and touring rock musician. Michael’s spirit is imbued in the arts. He is a co-founder of the North Idaho fencing consortium but, he is best known as a drummer and lyricist for the progressive rock group KITE, as well as the percussionist for the variety trio The Rub. He is the winner of a Costello Poetry Prize.

Marlene Adelstein is a thoughtful, patient, discreet freelance book and screenplay editor working with writers of all levels. Writers who have agents, those who don't, writers who have sold books to publishers, and many who hope to. She helps writers develop their ideas, critiques manuscripts, line edits and ghostwrites material. Her specialties are novels (commercial fiction, mystery, thrillers, women’s, historical, literary), memoir and screenplays.

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The Invasion of Heaven: Part One of the Newirth Mythology 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
ReadersFavorite5 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Mary C. Blowers for Readers' Favorite The Invasion of Heaven: Part One of the Newirth Mythology is most intriguing. Author Michael Koep has a vivid imagination for storytelling. The story begins with a fantastical vision, dream or hallucination experienced by Loche, a psychiatrist. It's followed by our meeting a few of the good doctor's patients, including one who appears to be completely insane and delusional. This client dances in ballet poses on Loche's desk, breaks his family photo, and comes and goes in an especially startling, speedy way. Another client expressed frustration that she did not feel better than she did, and just after her appointment, she killed herself or was murdered. The rest of the book is filled with characters and occurrences that are not what they seem. Loche's wife, Helen, and his son, Edwin, are caught up in the mystery and ultimately Locke has to fight for their lives and safety. The most intriguing part of the book is the paintings of an artist that Loche follows. These paintings are all different, but they have varying effects on the people who see them. The artist, Basil, carefully shrouds each painting in a black cloth and unveils them only when he has prepared his audience. The Invasion of Heaven refers to a concept in the book that I cannot reveal without spoiling the ending. Let me just say that the concept seems believable to me, and it was quite frightening at times. This is a potentially futuristic, dystopian, science fiction or fantasy read and Michael Koep has done a great job in pulling the story together. Nice work.
ReadersFavorite4 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kathryn Bennett for Readers' Favorite The Invasion of Heaven: Part One of the Newirth Mythology by Michael B. Koep introduces you to Loche Newirth, a psychologist who purchases a painting and becomes a hunted man. The painting opens a window into the afterlife and an ancient order of men want to take over control of the art, so they chase the doctor across the world and through centuries. Doctor Newirth questions his own sanity after a fall and a drop. This book has a little bit of something for everyone in it and that is one of the first things that grabs you. There is art, romance, and of course action and thrills throughout the book. At times the flow is a little bit slow, but the pace set by author Michael B. Koep is to introduce you to the characters and the premise. This book really is something meaty and those readers who enjoy a story that keeps them on their toes will relish it. While the adventures of Loche Newirth are not for faint of heart readers, they are really interesting. I think this is a solid start to a trilogy and a good read. I mean, any book that has the main character dive into an eye has to be something that will get you interested. With this first book feeling like it laid most of the groundwork for the series, I think the next books will be even better. I have to give this book a thumbs up for anyone who loves juicy reads.
bookendco More than 1 year ago
Be ready to run when you crack open The Invasion of Heaven . This story is faced paced and begins on page one. I enjoyed the writing style and the author created a wonderful picture in my mind of the characters and events with great descriptions. The characters are well developed and interesting with surprises around every corner. There is mystery and fantasy so it appeals to a wide range of readers but I think that it will be desired more by those that enjoy science fiction. The story is the first in a trilogy but I feel that it was a great stand alone book. This was an interesting read that I will recommend to my friend that read fantasy.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by K.J. Simmill for Readers' Favorite The Invasion of Heaven is a thriller/urban fiction by Michael B. Koep exploring the realms of madness, heaven and hell, and broaching questions on life itself. Bethany Winship was the beginning, or was she the end? Either way, he had been warned that it happened to everyone in his profession at some point. Her suicide brought with it what Loche Newirth's friend called the three heavy what ifs. But as he reflected on these, he found only questions, questions heavier than self-doubt, greater than time itself. Loche entered psychology because he sought nothing more than to find a means to heal the mind, yet as he stood atop the cliff, gripped with doubt, his own mind began to fracture. He began to write, detailing the strange happenings that no reasonable mind could comprehend, leaving the manuscript for his mentor, Doctor Marcus Rearden, with the instruction it should only be read if something happened to him. Something happened. The content within the pages, what he had seen and experienced, will change the life of anyone who reads it. Unknown pasts and ancient conflicts start to provide answers, but at what cost? Murder, betrayal, and the long inescapable descent into madness. At first I found The Invasion of Heaven quite difficult to get into. I think one of the main reasons for this is because Michael B. Koep writes in the simple present tense, a style largely unused in favour of the more familiar past tense. The story itself, due to the amount of insight needed, is also rather slow to start. As I continued reading, however, I was rewarded with an intricately woven tale of madness, betrayal, hardship, mystery, perception and confusion. The story alternates between the first person perspective of Loche Newirth and the third person viewpoint of other characters, a touch I always appreciate when reading from the first person perspective as it serves to further enhance the tale. Michael B. Koep weaves together countless insights into myths, mental states, beliefs, and the human condition, all of which come together to create a unique and reflective read. Forget the characters, The Invasion of Heaven will leave you questioning what was real and what the hell just happened?
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite The prologue of The Newirth Mythology, The Invasion of Heaven, hooked me on the book from the first few pages. The scenario it presents is this: What if a psychologist treating a depressed person starts sinking down into suicidal depths with her? This is something I have never read or even seen acted out in a movie and Michael B. Koep writes this scene so well and so realistically that I can’t help but think this might be a problem that occurs more often than we might imagine. Michael B. Koep has a facility with words that I, as a budding writer, can’t help but envy. If you like well written books, you will love this one. The Newirth Mythology: The Invasion of Heaven is the first novel in a thriller series that promises to explore myth, murder, and madness. Trust me, you will want to get in on the ground floor of this series because people are going to be talking about it. Loche Newirth is a great protagonist. He is smart, educated, and compassionate. He is going to need all these positive traits and a few negative ones to combat the forces aligned against him. The plot is brilliant. The characters are portrayed with all the right touches. The settings range from Idaho to Italy. The Newirth Mythology is a tense and exciting wild ride that you won’t want to miss. This is a rich and complicated novel that is far too complex to detail in any kind of review without giving away spoilers that you would ultimately resent. Just read it. You will like it.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite The Invasion of Heaven is Part One of the Newirth Mythology by Michael B. Koep, a mystery with elements of thriller and the supernatural, a story that features great adventure, betrayal, and insanity. A thirty-seven-year-old psychologist is enduring the toughest time of his life: his mentor is suffering from madness, his client has just committed suicide, and his wife is leaving him. Now, as if all these things were not enough to drive a man over the edge, he has a vision of an Eye that won’t leave his mental gaze, an unfathomable eye that seems to be present in the very center of his life, in everything he sees. And the worst part is that there is a secret, ancient group that will do just about anything to get access to what he knows. There is only one way to unravel the mystery: write down everything and allow his mentor, Doctor Marcus Rearden, to fathom what it all means. Here is a compelling story that features extraordinary characters, a weird and gifted painter, a six-hundred-year-old swordsman and more. In this riveting work, the author explores the depths of one man’s psyche to unveil a conflict that has existed for ages. As the reader reads about love, the perils of the mind, art, and life beyond the grave, the reader comes into contact with the nagging, eternal, and waking thirst for immortality that permeates the work. Who will master the psychologist’s secret? The writing is powerful, filled with descriptions that immerse the reader in the action, offer clear and sweeping visuals, and allow the reader to easily get into the beautiful setting. Michael B. Koep is a good storyteller, bringing many elements into his work without losing the interest of the reader. He introduces readers to the conflict right off the first page when the psychologist thinks, amidst sobs: “When a client of yours takes their own life, you’ll want to take yours. You’ll believe that it was your fault. And I assure you, after that, there’s no going back.” This is the kind of book that one finishes and has to take a walk afterward, trying to feel the air, to touch things, to talk to the neighbor, just to ensure one isn’t still in a dream. The Invasion of Heaven is the fruit of genius, of rich imagination, and sheer madness. Readers will love every page of this engaging story.
19269684 More than 1 year ago
A spiral into madness, The Newirth Mythology by Michael B. Koep is a ride into madness, a war between Big Brother and the Other Brothers! What do you do when you have to go up against your mentor- a fellow colleague, in a battle of wits? How do you also stay ahead of the police detectives and others who could dome than harm- even in death! These two books take you on a journey far beyond the reaches of mere mortal minds... In book one, Loche Newirth is a man on the run. From what he feels is his mistake and failure, from his so-called friend and everything else in his past. But he's also running... from something else. There are voices, and things keep happening that he feels compelled to write about. Soon a journal is filled and he vanishes, on a journey that takes him around the world. He shares stories of paintings that can ever been seen- that can kill and that it's his brother who paints them. He is hunted and winds up so distraught, it's hard to tell if any of the happenings even took place! This story is mysterious and I feel there were almost two stories being told. The action is full of twists, but if you are careful, you may find yourself caught up! I felt confused a bit but I still enjoyed the read. *For full review:
Nylak More than 1 year ago
I'm probably a little biased with this book - I love that it's partially set in Idaho, and that the author lives here! The book really is good, though. It's exciting without tons of violence or anything like that, though there is some of that. The end is really good - but don't expect to be satisfied with it on its own. It sets up a really interesting paradox that I can't wait to read more about, so reading the next book in the series is a must. I found out about this book when I won the second part to it in a giveaway, and I went onto NetGalley to get a copy of The Invasion of Heaven, but before I got to reading it, I received a signed copy of this one, too! It's very cool. Worth reading, and I'd say if you can get your hands on a signed copy, do it. The author signs with quill.
Connie57103 More than 1 year ago
Michael B. Koep wrote a brilliant and phenomenal sci-fi, mystery, thriller. The beginning is a little slow and confusing. However, when it picks up, it picks up, and you are on the ride of your life. This is the first book in the "The Newirth Mythology, The Invasion of Heaven". This book defys anything out there now and in the past. It has a story within a story. First, Psychologist Loche Newirth is dealing with the sudden suicide of one of his patients, and the aftermath. He puts his faith in his mentor, Doctor Marcus Reardon. Secondly, he finds out that he had a brother, separated from the birth of the baby brother, Basil, the painter who must paint but never shows his work from everyone. He thinks the paintings are too strong for ordinary eyes. He thinks there is a door to the Gods. There are watchers, whom the brothers fear. They meet a man who tells them he can help them, but they have to hurry. This is when twists and turns are sensationally exponential. It will blow your mind. If you pay attention to the storylines, you will have no problem with the transition between the two storylines. This isReardon clearly a new genre of book, and I love it! Thank you Michael B. Koep, Will Dreamy Arts and NetGalley for giving me a free e-ARC of this book to read and give an honest review.
dibbylodd More than 1 year ago
This is quite a challenging book to review or describe. It consists of layers of "reality" and "illusion" intertwined and overlapped. Even at the end I was not certain what had actually happened and what had not. It is a good challenge for the nimble mind that wants to consider the nature of reality and how mutable it is.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Invasion of Heaven: Part one of the Newirth Mythology by Michael B Koep This suspenseful novel is full of tricks, turns and slight of hand. The writing style is unusual and takes some getting used to. From the beginning I thought there was some time shifting and it made things a bit confusing. It’s a complicated story and all I can say is: I didn’t see THAT coming! If you enjoy suspense, conspiracy theories, a bit of a thrill and something out of the ordinary, give this novel a read. The publish date is in August and I would definitely put this one in my To Be Read pile. -an honest reader review in exchange for an ARC
ReadingGrrl More than 1 year ago
Mystery, Madness, Fantasy, Adventure, Spiritual, Heavenly. All of those words describe this book. Loche Newirth is a psychologist who finds himself thrust into a conspiracy that goes beyond this world. He discovers lost relatives, a history he knew nothing about and a gift he isn't sure he wants. Loche's world is turned upside down. His gift could help or hurt the world, it really depends on who you talk to. This one is sure to be on the shelves with Tolkien, Gaiman, and others for a very long time.