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What lies Beyond, and what does it hold for humanity? The Knowledge of Good & Evil is an odyssey of one man driven to penetrate the barrier of death and return alive with its secrets….



Ian Baringer has never fully recovered from losing his parents in a horrific accident. Despite the help of Angela Weber, the brilliant psychologist who loves him, he’s in the grip of an o
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Paperback, 480 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by Tor Books (first published July 19th 2011)
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Glenn Kleier
Sep 27, 2011 Glenn Kleier rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
--PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, May, 2011
"Kleier's undeniably gripping second spiritual thriller is bound to provoke just as many arguments as his controversial first novel, The Last Day (1998). The Knowledge of Good & Evil is the first of a trilogy, and Kleier's many fans will only hope they won't have to wait long for the next installment."

--Clive Cussler, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of THE WRECKER
“One of the most intriguing tales of the decade.”

--Steve Berry, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author
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Teo
Having read Glenn Kleier's first novel THE LAST DAY and loved it, I've been impatiently anticipating THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD & EVIL. I was thrilled to get an advance readers' copy and read it almost nonstop over the weekend. It's an extraordinary book. I simply could not put it down. Like THE LAST DAY it explores the dark side of spirituality and religion and is bolstered by fascinating research (and some amazing photos--unusual for fiction). It's the story of a man who is obsessed with learni ...more
Katy
I've sat down to write this review many times, but have never been able to find the words to describe how it affected me. Finally I just decided to go for it and say what's in my heart.

I'm not a religious person - I'm more of a spiritual one - but this book was amazing! It questions dogma but at the same time shows how absolute faith, even when considered to be insanity by outsiders, can be its own reward.

Ian Barringer and his fiance Angela Weber run a television show that explores supernatura
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Don
The Knowledge of Good & Evil is a highly suspenseful horror, supernatural, spiritual adventure Novel, containing plenty of mystery elements (besides being very well written with quite an extensively researched plot/storyline).

The horrible trek down through Hades/Hell is something else entirely and should not be missed due to the graphic scenes depicted for each level of the descent. Dante would had been impressed. While Nirvana/Heaven is not what is thought in the limited so-called Scripture
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J.F. Juzwik
Faith is defined as belief that is not based on proof. One can find joy in practicing their faith, and also find comfort from their faith in times of hardship. But, what happens to that faith when tragic events occur that make it difficult, if not impossible, to blindly accept that what has occurred is all in the plan of a Supreme Being, a God who knows all, sees all, and tests that faith every second of every day? Do we simply go on and hope that, through our continual assent, we’re passing sai ...more
Deborah Sloan

Here’s a fabulous book that combines the intrigue and excitement of The Divinci Code with the ugliness of Dante’s Inferno to give the reader a thrilling experience you won’t soon forget! Based on real people,real places,actual paintings,The Knowledge of Good &Evil takes you through a journey of suspense and Church intrigue,a journey of Good vs Evil,a journey of seeking God and answers for the main character Ian –a former priest turned television host about his parents deaths as his finance A
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Louise Edwards
My favorite book in a long time, by far. A riveting, intelligent, provocative romp into the supernatural. The story is totally unique, impossible to second guess, and with an ending that's as satisfying as it is surprising. It's a misnomer to lump this book in with any of Dan Brown's. Yes, there is a renegade religious cult involved that chases the protagonists around the globe (this is a spiritual thriller, after all), but the comparison pretty much ends there. The villains are a subplot, the r ...more
Corie
My first introduction to author Glenn Kleier was in 1999 when my father gave me his copy of 'The Last Day'. Immediately I was hooked and since that time have re-read that story more times than I can remember. Upon first hearing of Kleier's new novel, that rush of excited took over. I knew it would not disappoint and I felt I knew it would be as profound as his first book.

As someone who throughout my own life has embraced my own questions about spirituality and religion. I found 'Knowledge' just
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Stephanie Murie
FANTASTIC BEYOND BELIEF!!!!!

No plot spoilers in this review just opinion.

Brilliant brilliant book. Don't be put off by the God element it's as accessible to believers of varying forms as non-believers of varying forms. People often say that books are roller-coaster rides but this truly is. The Last Day (its predecessor) remains my favourite book but my goodness I recommend this.

Super critically it can be a little slow in parts but kind of necessary for the overall arc which is just brilliant. Gl
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Valerie
This book is a masterful thriller which kept me captivated from beginning to end. It is a well researched, suspenseful tale dealing with some deep philosophical issues set against a dramatic backdrop. Another book for the "must read" list.
Peace Love and Reviews
The first time I heard about this book is when author, Glenn Kleier e-mailed me about it. I read the synopsis and watch the very greatly made book trailer and I couldn't wait to read it. So I am really excited when I received this book for review. It has all the element that I am looking for in a book at the moment. Suspense, conspiracy, doubts/questions about religion, faith and after life, murder, adventure and photos for reference. The later part was not in the book the files are too large, s ...more
Glen
First all I would like to suggest and recommend anyone who loves a great flowing story without a bunch of wordy dialogue and descriptions that add as filler, to pick this book up.
Mr. Kleier easily immerses the reader into an entertaining thriller that slowly winds into a horrific nightmarish landscape.

Without giving away details of the story to those who choose to pick this up, the book speaks strongly to using ones own faith to guide you through this life and to determine what lies on the other
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Melinda
Ian is a complicated guy: He is in love with the extraordinarily beautiful and smart Angela, is studying Near Death Experiences and trying to rescue his beloved parents from Hell after they saved his life when they were in a car accident together. Author Glenn Kleier has given people who enjoy tense thrillers a reason to celebrate... The Knowledge of Good And Evil is imaginative, taught, tense and enough narrow escapes just to keep it real.

Angela is the type of heroine we all love: she is brigh
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Jean-Paul Adriaansen
This is a perfect book for mystery lovers as well as for anyone who enjoys thinking about religious issues.
Ian, a former priest, is trying to find his parents in the “Afterlife” by subjecting himself to forced NDE’s (near death experiences) and by searching for the lost diary of Father Merton who might have had a view of paradise. All this could endanger the existence of the Church (and religions in general) - if you know how to get in Paradise, why keep up with rituals and a faith for which the
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Kara-karina
*SLIGHT SPOILERS AHEAD*

The Knowledge of Good and Evil is not a light read and I hesitate to recommend it to everyone. However, it is a book close to my heart. You may say, it all started with Dan Brown, but my husband and I, we love religious thrillers be that books or movies. Stigmata, Konstantine or Dogma, anyone?


Glenn Kleier created a fantastic blend: a thriller full of race against time, a mystery hidden in time, a journey around the world and beyond mortal realm. There is also huge amount o
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Kathleen McFall
This is a very engaging book which nicely explores the commonalities of neuroscience and mystical theology through a credible plot, well told with richly drawn characters. At first, the book with its good Christians against Christians-warriors-gone-crazy-in-service-to-God seemed like it was going to tread too close to the fantastical dichotomy set up in the DaVinci Code but that fear proved unfounded. Rather, the author boldly carves out brand new territory in which a possible link between near ...more
Terry Holt
Tuesday, December 6, 2011"The Knowledge of Good & Evil" By Glenn Kleier
WOW! What a great read this was. It was suspenseful, exciting, and spiritual. A man loses his parents in a horrible accident and he vows, with the help of his love interest, Angela, to try and solve one of life's mysteries...to see if the soul does survive death. Ian wants to see his parents again and the steps he takes to try and do this are riveting. There is alot of danger on the road that Ian and Angela take to accom
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Gordy
After being impressed with the author's last book, The Last Day, I was skeptical that he could produce anything as good again; but I was pleasantly surprised to be proved wrong. The book loses none of the ingredients that made it's predecessor a huge success - short chapters, interesting charcters, and maticulous research into the subject matter. Combine all this with the author's decision to weave real locations and historical characters within the story makes for a all-more believable tale. So ...more
Sandra
A great read for thoughtful readers yet with all the tension and drama and adventure of a thrilling novel. The storyline is both very introverted at times as Ian faces his own personal demons and faces the spirit world, as well as very extroverted as the characters jet across the world for the facts and secrets that they seek.
Very short chapters that suck you right into the next one. And an ending that twists and turns to the very last line! Yet it all "works" without feeling like Kleier kept u
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Annie Frame
Brilliant read from start to finish. Ian Baringer used to be a priest once upon a time, but fell by the way side, found love with gorgeous Angela and should have lived happily ever after, but it isn't to be. Because of a tragic accident in childhood he aches to know more about life after death. To find out he must die periodically and come back if he is spared. The church is deeply involved in unsavoury ways, twisting truth to suit it's purpose. The author literally takes the reader to hell and ...more
Anabela Costa
I won this book from Giveaways and i am really happy, this way i discovered a great writer.

This book is a pleasant surprise.
It is a book with a fairly light reading, but at the same time loaded with quite philosophical issues.
The descriptions of the "other side" are superb and chilling at the same time.
I find it curious that a book that reflects a view so different from mine was able to captivate and hold my attention.

A beautiful book, which ultimately make us think not only in after life is
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Zachary
I won this book off Goodreads and i have to say it was a good read. I would probably never have picked up this book if i had seen it among other books on the shelves because the title was not that interesting and the cover art only somewhat caught my attention. I started to read it and it caught my attention very early on and kept it through out the book. I enjoyed it very much and have allready recommended it to others to read. Its a book that will make you think at least it did that to me. Goo ...more
Vinnie Watkins
If ever there was a book written specifically for my tastes, this is it. A fast paced thriller confronting good and evil, science and religion. The descriptions of Hell are astounding. The historical references are educational and the story is flawless. The book even confronts what religion should be instead of how it is abused today. Believers and non-believers should read this. The ending will leave both with much debate. This book is incredible.
Glenn Kleier
Jul 31, 2012 Glenn Kleier rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Performed by award-winning audiobook recording artist & dramatic actor MacLeod Andrews. A man of many voices, MacLeod is one of few actors capable of tackling the dozens of characters and dialects in KNOWLEDGE. English, French, German, Italian, Irish, Polish, Cockney, Rastafarian, Asian, Indian, Brazilian, to mention only some. His performance is amazing.
Joel Gomes
Received for free by Goodreads First Reads.

"The Knowledge of Good and Evil" was my first insight into the amazing mind of storyteller Glenn Kleier and it left me both shaken and marveled. In a word: balanced. I didn't know what to expect and that made the story feel even better.

The plot tells the tale of Ian Barringer, a young man desperate to learn the fate of his dead parents, and Angela Weber, his girlfriend, his anchor. Ian wants, NEEDS, to know what happened to his parents and he will stop
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Martha Cheves
The Knowledge of Good & Evil - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat and Think With Your Taste Buds

‘He stared into his empty glass, unsure where to begin or how much to reveal. He didn’t want to frighten them into paralysis, but he couldn’t mislead them. The sad part was, despite his best efforts to
hide and protect them, their odds of survival were next to none… Meeting their anxious eyes, he began, “I don’t know if what you do is sinful or not, these experiments of yours
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Cathy Ryan
This is riveting, a very well written and researched story with likeable, developed characters. Ian Baringer, an ex priest, is on a quest to find answers about whether there is a life after death. After his parents died in a terrible accident while saving his life when he was a child, he is determined to try and see them again somehow. And he may have found a way, a very dangerous one. Ian risks his life in the hope he might succeed despite the total anxiety and fear of his fiancée, Angela.

Fast
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Julie
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Kara Fogle
Once again Mr. Kleier has created a wonderful mix of an enjoyable, exciting read & as a Christian made me re-think my belief system & how I see the world!! While not a book for every Christian believer as it does call into question long held religious tenets and some may find it objectionable, but for someone who enjoys being challenged, having their world expanded or just enjoys an exciting & intriguing read then this book is for you. This is not a Christian novel but it delves into ...more
Lisa
Wow! A book I picked up off the "New" shelf at the library and I am glad I did. At first, it is a little "DaVinci Code"ish, but as you got further into the story, you will not want to put the book down. Is a fictional story but with some true facts and people in it. The gist of it is a man who purposefully has near death experiences in order to find out about the afterlife. The descriptions of Hell and Heaven are so unbelievable-just makes you think. He has the faith, his girlfriend is trying to ...more
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