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3.41  ·  Rating details ·  1,106 ratings  ·  200 reviews
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 E
Paperback, 488 pages
Published June 7th 2012 by Open Eyes (first published June 1st 2012)
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Sep 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Katy by: Kriss
Shelves: ebook
Book Info: Genre: Paranormal Thriller
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: People fascinated with occultism of all stripes, alternate ideas behind spirituality, dark suspenseful stories
Trigger Warnings: Torture, serial killing, explicit sex, (implied) rape, mutilation, betrayal

My Thoughts: This book. Wow, I don’t even know where to begin! I ended the book, shook myself all over, and said, “Oh my GOD!" This book was amazing, mesmerizing, engaging, wonderful... twisted... And I learned more about t
Sep 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
As the tale told in The Book of Paul unfolds, we’re introduced to several complex characters, all of whom are connected by an intricate web skillfully woven by author Richard Long. At the center of this twisted web is Paul, the book’s sadistic namesake, who is bent on fulfilling an ancient prophecy by any means necessary. Paul’s protege, Martin, struggles with his blossoming feelings for his sexy neighbor, Rose, and his mounting distrust of the man who raised him and taught him everything he kno ...more
Jul 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review was posted originally on my blog {Dive} Under the Cover

I don't even know where to start with this review. I suppose I should start by saying that this isn't the type of book I normally read, but the synopsis intrigued me and I was not at all disappointed. I will also say that in taking these chances with books that are out of the norm for me, I am actually finding some really great new, to me, authors.

I should warn you right up front that this book is going to take you on a wild and
Jeannie Walker
Jul 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Talk about talent - this author has it.
I believe Richard Long has nailed his gift with his beautifully crafted psychological thriller complete with a love story.
The novel has short chapters and relentless action that pulls you into the story.
People with weak stomachs are advised that there are parts that will horrify you - think about Hannibal Lecter and you might get the picture.
It definitely is a very unusual novel and the first of seven volumes that I believe readers will also enjoy.

Aug 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"The Book of Paul" by Richard Long is, and I have to admit this to begin with, is not the kind of book that I usually pick up. I'm a HUGE fan of thrillers, so the premise was incredibly intriguing to me - and boy am I glad that I decided to give this book a try! You may have seen me describe many a thriller as being "atmospheric" - well, I love using that adjective because the truth is, I really believe the setting and the atmosphere are KEY, especially in a thriller or mystery. "The Book of Pau ...more
Aug 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
‘The Book of Paul’ was the best dark horror novel I have ever read, and I say that in all honesty. No book has ever blown my mind quite like this one and I must warn you before you read this novel; you will never look at literature the same way again. ‘The Book of Paul’ was such a brilliant masterpiece that I literally could not put it down I was consumed in the story, the characters and the pure utter darkness of this book. Talent like this only comes around every once in a great while and I fe ...more
Patrice Hoffman
Oct 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I could not stop reading this book once I read page one. Richard Long does a great job at spinning a heavily detailed, intricate, fast-paced novel that instantly grips attention of the reader from page one. Martin is practicing to smile and Rose is handing out HIV and Hepatitis...

Martin and Rose are only two of the central figures in this novel. And they spend much of the novel trying to flee Paul all the while coming to grips with their pasts and how they may, or may not, be connected. Paul is
Melissa Storm
Let me start by saying that The Book of Paul totally and unequivocally took me by surprise. I've never been a fan of the thriller genre--to me, their stories are too often formulaic and predictable. So in picking up The Book of Paul, I was expecting a hackneyed version of the same story we've all heard and seen far too many times. Boy, was I ever wrong!

In fact, I've never read anything quite like it. The debut novel by Richard Long grabs you by the eyeballs and refuses to let go. This is an espe
Christa Wick
Jul 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a great read. While standing completely on its own, it puts me in mind of Clive Barker, Umberto Eco, Neil Stephenson (thinking Quicksilver's first third - which I love) and the best of Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code without all the stuff that keeps me from having read more than one Dan Brown.

There is a great deal of violence and a smidge of sex, but it is well handled and shouldn't make more gentle readers uncomfortable (while satisfying readers like me who are comfortable with Barker, Palah
Mar 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Not an easy read. Even harder to review, told with numerous flashbacks and points of view for those looking for a straight forward narrative structure I'd say this novel is not for you. Having said that it's an interesting tale well told. I don't love nor hate the book of Paul yet I wouldn't call it a meh novel either. Almost as if Pynchon had written the rule of four(funny I'm reading the co-author's the fifth gospel even now) but it lacks the stream of consciousness writing. Well in sure I did ...more
Aug 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Reading the The Book of Paul is like being on a rollercoaster blindfolded. It is Insane and I loved every second of reading it.
Sep 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

At first glance you think, oh boy here’s another book about a psychotic serial killer in the vein of Silence of the Lambs. But then as you read you realize The Book of Paul is so much more. The first installment in a seven volume series sets the undertone of what is to expect in the other six volumes.

The intricate vignettes Long weaves are the stuff nightmares are made of. Not specifically a horror in the holy crap it’s scary style, but is more the feeling of a prickling up your spine. The Book
Lisa *OwlBeSatReading*
Wow! What on earth did I just read? Mind-blowingly, gut wrenchingly, brain bogglingly, awesomeness. That's what it was.

Richard Long, you are a genius! The Book of Paul isn't for the feint of heart. It isn't for readers of a nervous disposition or a weak stomach. However, it is for those of us with open minds, the kind of folk who ask a lot of questions and love controversy and thrills.

I loved this book, although, at times, I found the subject matter a little beyond my intelligence, but, noneth
Apr 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The Book of Paul is hard to describe.

It is like Highlander, Kill Bill, The Bourne Identity, Hellraiser, and The Da Vinci Code all rolled into one package. Don't be fooled, though. This is definitely its own entity.

Needless to say, there is a lot going on in the book, and a bit of patience is required as each new twist will unfold when the timing is right. Rest assured that by the end of book, all will make sense, its just that you've been tricked into a much bigger story than you thought, which
Jul 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Oh what a word, one of my favorites and one that fits all aspects of this gorgeous amalgamation of craziness and story arcs throughout the book! But wait, which definition applies to this book?

Syzygy (astronomy), a straight line configuration of three celestial bodies
--This book involves Hermetical teachings, some that may fly right over your heads like those celestial bodies, do not fret though, you do not have to get that stuff to enjoy this read! Just blow through it like I do in battle
First things first: "The Book of Paul" is a challenging read. Author Richard Long sets the bar really high for this novel, and he reaches it. As I said, it's a challenge. Various elements from disparate mythologies are blended together, along with science, and a gleefully psychopathic, near-immortal protagonist.

From the synopsis: 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, Soph
Suspense Magazine
At first glance you think, oh boy here’s another book about a psychotic serial killer in the vein of “Silence of the Lambs.” But then as you read you realize “The Book of Paul” is so much more. The first installment in a seven volume series sets the tone of what to expect in the other six volumes.

The intricate vignettes Long weaves are the stuff nightmares are made of. Not specifically a horror in the holy crap it’s scary style, but is more the feeling of a prickling up your spine. “The Book of
Feb 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
You know how creepy some books can be. You read it and feel like the author just had a very entertaining time mind fucking you. The Book of Paul is that book. Richard wrote it just so he could say yeah I hit that in the eye with a damn harpoon. It's so seriously out there and yet so smart, brilliant and disturbing.

I wondered while reading it if he was a serial killer or something because I couldn't imagine how one could come up with such horrors and not have body parts in the freezer. Having sai
Dec 04, 2012 marked it as to-read
This is one book where you definately have to pay complete attention while you are reading it. Having said that, you will want to pay complete attention while reading it. If you don't, you might lose a bit of the details in the storyline. I enjoyed this book, it was definately different from any of the other books with similar plots. This one is in it's own category. Definately want to see what happens next... ...more
M. Fenn
Sep 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
I received an ebook copy of Richard Long's self-published début novel, The Book of Paul, in exchange for my honest review as part of this week's Novel Publicity whirlwind blog tour.

The Book of Paul is a supernatural thriller, the first in a planned series of seven, that takes its readers down a dark, twisting path involving the title character's lust for immortality and apocalypse. He also likes pain, a lot. We learn about Paul by initially meeting his victims: Martin (a tortured man-literally a
Rob Errera
Oct 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

 I didn’t know what to expect when I dove into Richard Long’s debut novel, The Book of Paul , other than Stephen King endorsed it and the novel was billed as “ a paranormal thriller.” Based on the cover, I figured The Book of Paul was a mythology-based tale of pirates for young adult readers. The skeleton keys on the cover look like a skull and crossbones on ancient parchment paper, you know?

But by Chapter Four a tattooed Goth girl with labia piercings is blowing a big-dicked muscle-head, so
Vibina Venugopal
Aug 07, 2012 rated it really liked it

Have you ever wondered what it would be like sprinting a marathon?? If not just read the book..This book is a sprinter from page one an absolute page turner...There are secrets to be kept and mysteries to be unlocked, lives to be saved and fight one's destiny...Life long feud between Clan O'Neil and that of Kelly's..Many a life is fallen apart by ruthless Paul at childhood that includes Rose Queen ...When I started reading my mind was prepared for a thriller now wait there comes romance okay so
Article first published as Book Review:The Book of Paul by Richard Long on Blogcritics.

Is it really possible for a parallel universe to exist, one right beside our own where those that inhabit both, live lives very different from those on our own existence? If so, what if this world was a part of the beginnings and endings of everything we believe to be real.

In The Book of Paul by Richard Long we meet some unique and interesting characters. But it is the world itself that takes you on a roller
Letty Killeen
Oct 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
From start to finish Richard Long’s “The Book of Paul” is an exciting, fast-paced and undeniably shocking read.

The characters are full-blooded, whimsical yet scarily believeable. The antagonist, Paul, is unusual in every respect: an unstoppable, malodorous, and deadly evil genius whom the reader hates to love, but cannot quite prevent themselves from doing so.

The short punchy chapters keep one's adrenalin pumping, while the narrative leapfrogs from one crisis to another, creating a spine-chilli
Nickida Stephens
Mar 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was really out of the realm of any other books I’ve read before. I have a horrible habit if reading ahead when I read books. I read the first few chapters and then read the end of the book to see how it ends, then I got back and read the middle. Sometimes I just can’t wait to find out what’s going to happen. There are only a few books that I’ve read that I didn’t do this with. I can now add The Book of Paul to that list. The book immediately started off engrossing, I was wrapped up in ...more
Leanne Herrera
Feb 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
"Everything you've ever believed about yourself...about the description of reality you've clung to so stubbornly all your life...all of it...every bit of an illusion."

This is a line from the synopsis of this book and if this book were a biography instead of fiction, every bit of life as we know it would indeed be an illusion. The development of the characters and the story line pull you in so deep that while reading it you can almost believe that what you are reading is really happening
Jaylyn Styles
Feb 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Book of Paul introduces a bold and fluid concept. Character wise I think this book has it all, they goes well in the story that is brightly woven with the great writing skills of the author. I can say that I really liked this book very much but I think it got a little bit overboard that I get too excited that I somehow spoiled myself in the process of reading it. Should I remind you that this book is a paranormal thriller and that it thrilled the bones out of me. I was gasping and gripping m ...more
Garry Hatch
Jul 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I just finished The Book of Paul. There are only a handful of authors that can capture me on the first page and hold me captive to the last. One of them is Stephen King. The latest is Richard Long.
If you are as intrigued with the history of God and spirituality, the beginning and the end, what happens to the spirit when it leaves this "body", this "reality", this "world", this *dream*...Richard Long will give you even more to think about. I understand it is a work of fiction, but much
Stephen Elliott
Jun 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I highly recommend this debut novel from the very talented Richard Long. The Book of Paul is a well-crafted psychological character study that is part mystery, part thriller, part mythology…and 100% engrossing. There can be no doubt that Mr. Long is a most unique storyteller—one will question what he draws upon to base his story—but more importantly, he possess a psychological savvy and understanding which he utilizes to create a disturbingly dark work inhabited with richly drawn characters. You ...more
Nancy Brady
Sep 02, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book
This is a very complex, well-written novel with deep
mystical insights from the time of the druids (or perhaps from the dawn of time and the creation of the universe). Because I read it over several months, I suspect that I lost so many of the subtle and not-so-subtle nuances of the characters and plots; however I certainly understand most of it.
I am not a huge fan of graphic violence, and this novel has plenty of it. It is a non-stop thriller with twists and turns and lots of gruesome scenes. I
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Richard Long's debut novel, The Book of Paul, is a dark, thrilling, and psychologically rich supernatural horror/thriller that blends mythology, science and mystery into a page-turning addiction.

He lives in Manhattan with his wife, two amazing children and their wicked black cat, Merlin.


Praise for THE BOOK OF PAUL:

"Long's prose is deft and clear, transporting the reader fro

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