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The Invasion of Heaven

(The Newirth Mythology #1)

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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.

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Paperback, 416 pages
Published August 12th 2013 by Will Dreamly Arts LLC
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Jeanie I definitely did not feel like the author revealed the real story. When I read it I didn't realize there was a follow-up and was a little disappointed…moreI definitely did not feel like the author revealed the real story. When I read it I didn't realize there was a follow-up and was a little disappointed in the ending but I guess I will have to pick up part 2. You might enjoy the ride he gives us but don't expect revelation at the end. Just an end to that one episode (I think!)(less)
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Always Pouting
Loche Newirth is a psychologist whose patient has recently committed suicide. Newirth is consumed by feelings of guilt and questions what part he had to play in the death. At the same time he is being investigated for the death and he takes off, leaving behind his journal for his mentor Marcus Rearden to interpret. Rearden receives a painting from Newirth for safe keeping that he has been told not to look at and must read through Newirth's journal to track him down after he goes missing. As he r ...more
Linda
May 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
"But truth, answers, questions are all a part of our natures. They define our lives. Without them, life would be plain and unadorned."

The Invasion of Heaven deals with the riddle of man's mind. It is the first hesitant step into a journey that ventures into the truly, truly unknown. You, yourself, toss this question about inside of your own head. Why am I here and what, for heaven's sake, is my real, bare-all purpose?

Loche Newirth, a struggling psychologist, has received the news that one of his
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Joe Krakovsky
I won this book in the Goodreads contest and am giving my honest review.

As I read this book there where times I just wanted to give up and throw it against the wall (glad it wasn't an ebook!), but then I felt obligated to read on and found some things entertaining. There were some twists and turns which caught me off guard, but some were kind of silly. (See spoiler note 1 below.) With that mouthful said, I will add that while some may really enjoy it, I did not like it at all and do not wish to
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Miranda Reads
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The tears blind him and burn lines down his cheeks. What if I can't help?
Loche Newirth is a psychologist struggling with the death of one of his patients.

Authorities are starting to question him and everyone in his life is wondering if he's finally cracking.
Lie to reveal the truth.
But the more he digs into the mysterious circumstances of the death, the more he realizes just how twisted it was.
A roaring pulse swells in Rearden's eats as he drops to his knees.
There is a seri
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Ann-Marie
Dec 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
I could not finish this book. Michael B. Koep needs to learn not to write in the passive voice. As my daughter says, "If you are aware the author is using the passive voice, he is needs to quit it." He is also a student of the " never say in three words what you can just as easily stretch to two-and-a-half
pages. "

I found this so annoying I had to quit. There is some sort of metaphysical plot buried among all the words in the book, but I couldn't find them. I was too busy trying to figure out w
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Zippergirl
Feb 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, reviewed
The big deep heavy. Gods and giant eyeballs.

One of the characters says, channeling the author, perhaps, "When I was very young I remember wanting to write stories, and I did. Composing in a way that brings a reader in and takes them on a journey." Loche Newirth is a painfully ordinary shrink, writing a little prose on the side, and doing his best to help his patients through their pain. Until one turns up dead and authorities believe he is responsible.

Okay, so where does the giant eye come in
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Sue
Aug 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
I found myself captivated by how the author described things in the story. Here are a couple examples: The cell phone winked alive; She wore a sheer, grey-violet caftan that spilled over her body like a thin layer of evening-lit water. Wow! This book took a little longer than normal to read because I would pause so often and ponder on his words. The story line was something I have never read about before. I look forward to the next chapter in Loche's life and to really understand his gift.
Glen
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: firstreads, horror
I won this book in a goodreads drawing.

An artist somehow paints pictures of the afterlife. After he commits suicide, school chums of his start to poke around and find a conspiracy to control the art.

Almost Lovecraftian. I quite enjoyed it in that regard.
Jackie
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
I won this in a goodreads giveaway. It’s an interesting concept and decent writing.
Amy Bruestle
I won this book through a giveaway in exchange for an honest review...

The writing was great...but the story was pretty confusing. It kept me reading, so it had to be decent enough for that, but it wasn’t one of my favorite reads. I guess I just wish it was easier to understand. But i know that’s the whole point. I suspect it is meant to be complicated. It is easily comparative to the movie “Inception” if you will. Not the story line, but the story within the story sort of thing. I haven’t decide
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Ammie
Nov 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't expect a mystery, but it was very interesting. I especially like some of the theological ideas that are explored via the characters in the book. It has a strange way of feeling "real". Definitely recommended.
Barbara Senteney
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story is deep, and shows a wild imagination. Loche Newirth , his wife, lover JulieIris, Marcus Reardon and Basil Fenn are the main characters. Loche is a therapist going to a therapist, Marcus Reardon.
This one is hard to explain without giving too much info. For some reason The painter Fenn, thinks Newirth is his brother, and will not be effected by his paintings as others have been because of their blood connection, and a dream.
The paintings have never been shown and have had ll effect o
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Marla
Apr 09, 2017 rated it liked it
If you like sci-fi then this is a book for you. Strange, weird and interesting. It's really out there.

I won this book through Goodreads Giveaways
❀Aimee❀ Just one more page...
This book is difficult for me to review and rate. I'm not going to rehash the description since it's easily accessible.

The book had a rough start for me. The reader is dropped in the middle of the action within the mind of a character that is confused about what is going on. This was very disorienting for me and I kept trying to get a grasp on the plot. It did finally even out a bit. The story is told from a few POVs and told out of order, which doesn't aid the reader to form a coherent vision
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Willow Redd
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a Goodreads First Read giveaway win for me. The write-up seemed interesting, and being a huge fan of mythology I just had to see what this one was all about.

And holy crow! What a story!

Now, as someone who reads as much as I do, and someone who has studied storytelling and writing as much as I have, I can often tell the direction a story is going to take. This one, however, kept me guessing. There were several things I didn't see coming, couldn't see coming, and there really is no way to
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Stacy
Jan 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this book. If you enjoy Dan Brown, art, and mysteries with a hint of the supernatural, you might like it too. The tenses switch back and forth between the present and the past to indicate when a diary is read, and that is a little difficult to get used to, but that's a minor point.

I look forward to reading more.
Miriam Sanchez
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways, owned
I don't think I have ever read a book as original as this one. I thought it was pretty damn great! The twists and turns of the story kept me guessing right up until the end. And even then I was caught completely by surprise. I am almost desperate to continue this story, and cannot wait until I am able to read the next book! Great plot, great characters, great read!
Sarah
Jan 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It is smart, creative and has characters that make you love them. I found Keop's way of dealing with the subject matter to be very intelligent and unique. Would recommend this to anyone looking for a good read. Looking forward to the next instalment!
Mike
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
WOW! Prepare yourself for a non-stop, mind-bending ride.

This is really happening, isn’t it?

This is the question that psychologist Loche Newirth asks himself over and over again through Michael Koep’s The Invasion of Heaven. Newirth is trying to deal with the suicide of one of his patients, when he suffers a fall from a steep cliff into icy water. He can’t be sure if the things he sees after are real or only hallucinations so he begins writing, filing a journal with an incredible story of a wife
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Jennifer Brass
I won this book in a good reads giveaway. It was much more than I was expecting. Not only was it a great story with lots of twists and turns but it wound itself in a crazy and amazing journey. The only thing I didn't like was that was the book was nonlinear. It went from the recent past to the far past to the present and back and fourth. Sometimes I was confused about where the timeline the character was. If I had know that the book was nonlinear I probably wouldn't have entered the giveaway. Th ...more
Elisa
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, Will Dreamy Arts!
Full disclosure: the author is from the Inland Northwest and lives in beautiful Coeur D'Alene, Idaho - my neck of the woods. This probably gave this novel an extra layer for me, as the descriptions of the Priest Lake area were even easier to picture and I laughed with some of the "that's Idaho for you" jokes. But it is so much more than that that made me award five stars to this excellent novel. I
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Jenny Baker
Mar 20, 2016 rated it did not like it
DNF at 10%

I don’t like giving up on books so quickly, but The Invasion of Heaven just wasn’t for me. I was excited to receive this from NetGalley because the synopsis is intriguing. I thought I was going to love this and was hoping that I would. This had the potential of being a great story if it had been written differently.

I didn’t like the execution. Some novels take a few extra pages of reading before you understand what’s going on, but it still happens pretty quickly. The story structure an
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Diane Galloway
Mar 23, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: netgalley-books
I feel bad that I can't give this a bunch of stars, but I stopped reading it after about a third of the book. It's just moving too slow and I'm still not really sure about what's going on. I know it's about two men that find out they are brothers - they are supposedly gifted, one with his writing and one with his art. I think the "gods" use their gifts to feel human or something like that. There's a suicide - not really sure how that ties in. All in all, the book was just taking too long to get ...more
Sheri
Mar 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is totally WOW! A rollercoaster ride right from the beginning!! This is one of the best novels in all the thrillers/suspense/paranormal genres that I have read in a very long time. It's almost difficult to put into words how strongly this book affected me. A true page turner from the start that sucked me in and I had a difficult time putting it down. It is filled with surprises, turns, twists and honestly, the end blew me away.

I highly recommend this book to lovers of suspense, thrille
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Tish
Apr 12, 2017 added it
Shelves: netgalley, gave-up
I'm not giving this a rating as I gave up about 20% in. Other reviews lead me to believe that if you stick with it long enough, it turns out to be really good. However, my TBR list is already so long I'll never get through it and I figure an author needs to do something to capture my interest sooner rather than later. I will say that this book is certainly different!

Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me an e-ARC of this book.
Heather
I received this book through a giveaway on Goodreads. I found this book hard to get into, up until half way through the book. Then I got sucked in. Then, I just had to finish it. I think part of my issue in the first half was the size of the book. I would estimate the size at 6x3" and this did make it more difficult than other books to open and keep open. Now that I have finished the book, I will be adding the next one to my TBR list.
CL
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
his book was not the normal genre of mystery that I read but it was a great read and the story has a way of drawing you in. If you enjoy a touch of the supernatural and art mysteries, then you will enjoy this book. Great Read. I would like to thank the Publisher and Net Galley for the chance to read this ARC.
Judith Sanders
Oct 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Just finished it. It kept my interest and had some great twists and great character developement. I enjoyed it and now have started the "Leaves of Fire". Couldn't help it, gotta find out where this goes.
Ella
Dec 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are a lot of twists in the story and if you don't pay attention, then you'll get lost real quick! Read the rest of my review here: http://readingisawayoflife.blogspot.com/ ...more
Lisa Autry
May 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW!

An incredible book. The excitement and suspense will keep you riveted until the end. I highly recommend this book,but be warned......You won't want to put it down!
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Michael B. Koep has been a college educator, an international touring musician and a dynamite waiter. He is a swordsman, an avid world traveler, a visual artist, and a professional rock drummer. He has climbed the pyramids of Giza, fenced an Italian master and has done battle with the infamous North Korean propaganda loudspeakers by aiming a massive PA across the DMZ and taking a drum solo. He is
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