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What if we got it wrong?
What if the first five chapters of the Bible weren't about good and evil at all?
What if they contained a hidden meaning, evidence of a divine grand plan?
Throughout history, a select few have been entrusted with the knowledge that the future of human civilisation boils down to a single test. A test that's conducted every second century and just ha
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Published 2008 by Random House
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Mark
Oct 22, 2013 Mark rated it really liked it
An intelligent and well written debut novel that weaves together impressive character and story threads to form a consistant and thought provoking whole.

Burrage has researched his subject matter and breathed a new life and perspective into a genre that has fascinated millions the world over. With its roots founded in ancient mysteries, Fivefold tells a compelling story that will appeal to a broad cross-section of readers. Though it was placed on odd places in book stores, I'd call this a pretty
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Matthew Tait
Feb 21, 2011 Matthew Tait rated it it was amazing
Already an innovative and respected story-teller in the shorter format, Nathan Burrage has now crossed the often-unattainable threshold of publishing his first novel FIVEFOLD. A work of Art that the author (from what of I've garnered), has been tinkering away on for some time. Upon arrival at my doorstep and a quick perusal through, you get the feeling the toying with this tome has been well worth the wait: holding its weight, you feel the books editorial prowess: nicely condensed in mass and wo ...more
Karen Brooks
Aug 30, 2010 Karen Brooks rated it it was amazing
If you enjoy beautifully written, intelligent and exciting speculative fiction, then this is the book for you. I stayed up until 2am to finish it, because I simply could not put it down. Based on the mystical Kabbalah (but also containing a great deal more), this is both an action/adventure and a deeply philosophical book, but not in a preachy, didactic way - it's too well-paced and the characters too well drawn for that. BUt it does make you think and ponder beyond the page - something I enjoy. ...more
Tony Calder
This is not bad for a debut novel. The story flows well (mostly) and the characters are reasonably well-developed. The start and middle of the book are strong, but I felt the ending was a bit weak.

The tagline for this book - "What if the first five chapters of the Bible weren't about Good and Evil at all?" - led me to expect a reinterpretation of the first part of Genesis, but that didn't really occur. Instead the story begins as many books of this type do - ordinary people encountering supernat
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Stephen Denham
May 19, 2009 Stephen Denham rated it really liked it
An engrossing journey that straddles the ordinary, the esoteric meaning of the the kabbala and the vast realm of spirituality that, as this tale makes evident, lurks closer to us than we would ever believe. With an imagination that flexes a formidable muscle, Burrage vividly ventures into the no-man's land of entities, beings and other-worldly things that has you marvelling at the well of inspiration he draws from with such facility.
Thoraiya
May 22, 2011 Thoraiya rated it liked it
When I first started reading, "Fivefold" struck me as a bit of a homage to Guy Kay's first novel...a group of students approached by an otherworldly wise man...later, it became more Dan Brownish. But really, Nathan's characters are much deeper and more complex than anything in "The DaVinci Code" and I really enjoyed their development and the story.
Mark
May 05, 2009 Mark rated it really liked it
Excellent debut novel, hugely enjoyable and would definitely recommend it to all my friends here on GoodReads.

I mean, ripping apart all we have learned from the beginning of the Bible, what's not to like?
Stephen Irwin
Nov 01, 2009 Stephen Irwin rated it really liked it
Burrage out-Browns Dan Brown in an intelligent, intriguing story that brings an engaging group of five friends upon an ancient and transforming secret woven into biblical mythology. Leaves the reader hungry for more from this talented Australian novelist – which hopefully isn't far away.
Emma
May 18, 2009 Emma rated it it was amazing
Original, beautifully crafted...I couldn't put it down...exciting read! Would recommend it to anyone..
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Shelves: fantasy, adventure
Was an excellent read, highly recommend to anybody else to read.
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