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The Book of Occult

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  4,161 ratings  ·  94 reviews


"One man's search for a mystery author catapults him into a dangerous race to unlock esoteric wisdom that has been hidden and disputed for thousands of years"
Peter Ashton has a dark past. In a teenage prank he uses an o
Paperback, 336 pages
Published December 21st 2013 by Itoh Press (first published November 5th 2013)
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Thanks for your query and interest. Unfortunately this book is out of print. Please find my latest work a spy thriller called Think Fast o…more
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Apr 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Once I finished the prologue of Simon W. Clark's thriller The Book of Occult, I was immediately hooked. There is something about the way this author strings his words together that is evocative, real, and utterly captivating. I did most of my reading for the book on my way to and from work on the train, and every single time, I never wanted to get out!

There is quite a wide variety of different genres in this book. I felt that every chapter had something new to offer me, so I would never get bore
Peter Skaronis
Mar 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent book on occult and I was really surprised to learn so much, apart from the fact that it is a cleverly written story.
I really enjoyed the travelling of the two main characters and their determination to decipher the manuscript and get to the truth.

I would definitely recommend it.
Mar 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
While I am someone that doesn't often read books like this, I found it all very interested. Clark's writing style kept things interesting, and his knowledge of the subject was wonderful, as it made the story much easier to believe. I am now compelled to read more books of this genre, and am excited to see what more he writes in the future.
Alternating between two very different men looking for similar answers, this story stayed interesting from start to finish. While Bonnet was not favorable, it
Abigail Van nuys
Aug 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
I won't write too much about the storyline as that can be found in the blurb and description on amazon anyway. This tale starts off plunging right into the action which I really like from a thriller. The next 100 pages or so have a plethora of different characters and mini-plots which seems to stream together by the middle of this tale. The main characters are aptly dealt with and their development is spasmodic especially the bad guy who I found rather full-on. The interaction and activity heats ...more
Adam Mcprime
Mar 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: All who like the occult or a good story!
As somebody who is always looking to read some new occult work, I can say that The Book of Occult never let me down. From the engaging prologue right to the end I thoroughly enjoyed the adventure told within. 

Although I’m quite new to the niche itself, I never found myself too confused or felt out of the loop throughout. The story is told in a way so it does not exclude anybody from enjoying it – I could easily pass this to a friend who knows nothing of the occult who would enjoy this equally.

Apr 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'm a huge fan of suspense and thrilling books, and I was intrigued about the 'Occult' aspect of this book. I loved the quality in which the book was written and how well the author, Simon W. Clark, sets up the plot and characters from the very beginning. Even from the very first pages I was hooked into the book and eager to read more. Before this book I had not delved into occult or occult related subjects, but I found it to be extremely fascinating to be immersed into this fantastically imagin ...more
Mar 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: exciting
History, suspense, and a phenomenal story line- Oh My! Every now and then I will find the diamond in the rough- a book that is right up my genre alley that is actually well written and compelling. Well here it is.

After an unseeingly mishap with the workings of operating an occult ritual, a ready to be world traveler embarks on a journey to find any clues or answers to what could be one of the most mysterious findings to date.

Without giving too much away, I must say the author knows how to capt
Aug 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Once I read the prologue, I knew I was in for an action packed story. Within those first chapters I think the setting is created effectively, and flowed in action for Peter the main character. The transitions are smooth, and the dialogue is sharp and appropriate for the characters. Eg. Military man Bonnet is giving orders in Iraq to subordinates and this comes across effectively.

What makes this book above average are the descriptions. From character development, the occult and sub-plots, everyt
Brandon Withey
Apr 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
I can't suggest this book enough, it was a wonderful read from the first page, and kept me pulled on through to the last. Books like these are a rare treat, where the storyteller has a firm grasp of his environment and the tale he wants to tell, and executes both with a masterful hand. I will warn you though, don't pick this book up if it's on a night where you're expected to get any sleep, the morning will come and you'll still be turning pages, desperate to get to the last before real life tak ...more
Whit Wilson
Jun 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Suspenseful and well written, this book is a thrilling read. The landscape and characters are rich and vivid, and Simon W. Clark displays his considerable writing talent, blending authentic details with well-crafted prose. I found myself carrying it with me to sneak a chapter whenever I could. Spooky and mystical at the same time, Clark is a master of this style. I am grateful to have found such a remarkable writer of one of my favorite genres. I thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end. I wi ...more
May 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Seatbelt recommended – this is a wild ride!

Mr. Clark’s The Book of Occult was a fantastic read! For grown-up Harry Potter fans that wish there was a little more magic in Dan Brown’s transcontinental history thrillers, The Book of Occult is pure adventure from start to finish. This book has it all: endearing characters with interesting stories, history, antiquities, dark magic, politics, adventure and vivid descriptions of times and places. I was immediately drawn to Peter, an intriguing young ma
Apr 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
My friend recommended I read Simon W. Clark’s ‘The Book of Occult’ because she knows I love books about the occult. She likened it to 'The Da Vinci Code', which we both enjoyed. I was immediately hooked after reading the prologue. Peter's quest to find the meaning behind his childhood friends death leads him to Paris, years later, for answers. The book was perfectly paced and filled with action, intrigue, and suspense. Even better, the author was able to come up with a perfect ending to his stor ...more
Christopher Silvestri
Jun 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
An intriguing and almost breathtaking novel!

I’m not really a fan of occult or mystery stories as I love fantasy and more “epic” readings, but as I stumbled upon the cover of this book, something got me. I read the book in one week (yes, it’s pretty long, that’s why the 4 out of 5 stars) but I have to say it “sucked” all my spare time as I didn’t seem to be able to stop reading it. The thing that I loved is it’s variety; from the incredible amount of locations and the many characters, this book i
Ann Smith
Feb 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The first thing that drew me to this book was the amazing cover. Second thing, I love books that take the reader around the world. I love traveling vicariously though books.

My only reservation was I had no knowledge about anything occult.
In the end, it was really enlightening to learn the history of something I never knew existed!

Following Peter while he tried to track down the author of an ancient spell book has been the highlight of the past few days. I think anyone who is an avid reader woul
John Lebach
Mar 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As a big fan of fictional adventures this author had my attention from the very start. The combination of the occult and history was exciting and original. There was many layers to the plot and the action goes along at the right speed to keep you keen. I found the blend of dialogue and narrative mostly good and the different countries a great backdrop.

I look forward to more from this talented storyteller.
Adrian Kelly
May 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Adrian by: Friend
The writing is masterful! After about 1/3 of the way through, I was definitely hooked! This book will take you on an amazing journey with many twists and turns. Simon W. Clark does an excellent job at bringing imagination to life! The stories of Bonnet and Peter are very intriguing from start to finish! If you're a fan of movies like "A beautiful Mind" this will definitely keep on the edge of your seat! I would recommend this to anyone
John Paxton
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great fiction thriller. Plenty of historical information weaved in with a fictional tale about a man's journey to find an author of an old occult book. Danger and intrigue follow him as he travels the world for answers. Definitely worth reading... ...more
Hassan Shah
Jun 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Really scary book that kept me on my seat the entire time. Definitely kept reading sometimes when I should've gone to sleep. The fantastic writing, the engaging characters, and the thrilling scenarios are something I'll be expecting of every book from now on. Highly recommended. ...more
Apr 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ever since I read The Da Vinci Code, I’ve been hooked on novels about secret societies, occult knowledge, and powerful people in upper echelons of society trying to protect that knowledge and keeping it from the common people. The Book of Occult was a real page-turner in that respect, and didn’t disappoint! Peter loses his childhood friend to a strange ritual they perform as kids and sets out for Paris years later to find out what exactly is in the old manuscript he owns (the one he used to do t ...more
Apr 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I am really impressed by this novel! Instead of the usual flat and predictable story line in most novels that deal with the subjects of occult or even mystery in general, Clark manages to create a vivid and captivating framework that keeps you guessing. Without giving away too much, there are several surprising twists that work well within the story.
I think the story is so appealing because it combines real historical occurrences and places around the world with the fictional plot. One thing I
Super Fan Girl
Apr 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Just finished this book and loved it. I was completely drawn in from the first few pages and it reminded me how much I love these types of thrillers. The pacing was fast and the writing was smart. And I truly felt like the author knew what he was talking about. Either he's one scary dude or he's a brilliant researcher. Either way, I recommend checking it out. You won't be able to put it down. I'll definitely be looking for more from this author! ...more
Kevin Lintner
Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As debut novels go, "The Book of the Occult" sets the bar very high for its very talented author, Simon. W. Clark, to top. The reader is swept up into the story of Peter Ashton who, as a teen, attempted to perform an occult ritual that resulted in the death of his best friend. Many years later, Peter sets off to Europe to research the book he used to perform the ritual and finds himself entangled in a web that includes a murderous former government agent, a secret society, gypsies, and things mu ...more
Aug 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
I am an avid reader, but I can't say I have ever read a book that talks about occult before, so that was very new to me. Right out of the gate this book threw me in to a whirlwind of adventure, intrigue, and action, which was a fantastic way to start the book. The storyline was engaging and complex, maybe even a little too much so, but the author did a phenomenal job of wrapping it all up at the end in a spectacular fashion. I wish I had been more knowledgeable on the subject of the book so I co ...more
Steven Holt
Apr 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
For me, good thrillers are hard to come by. It's understandably difficult to write with the perfect blend of mystery, suspense, excitement, and revelations in your writing. 'The Book of Occult' impressed me with the amount of balance it had. The story keeps you reading and engaged. Every answer creates two more questions. The book itself is pretty long and there is a lot of depth to it. I don't want to ruin anything, but there are a lot of surprises in here so brace yourselves. I'm happy I took ...more
Albert Chan
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: occult-thriller
With really spine-wrenching content, this book had me read obsessively like I haven't done in ages.. ...more
Vinny Lee
Apr 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the smooth writing style of Simon W. Clark in his book "The Book of Occult". I found it to be well written with plenty of fast-paced twists and turns to keep you interested. The story unfolds in a natural way and isn't rushed but at the same time the reader doesn't get bored either. As I said; "well written." Simon did a great job of pulling at the readers emotions and mixing the two main characters story lines until a climatic end.

I found this book to be great fantasy and myste
H.M. Christi
Apr 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Book of Occult by Simon W. Clark is what I call intense and intelligent writing! The book grabbed a hold of me from start to finish. I found it thrilling, suspenseful, and intellectually stimulating with gripping twists and turns that have you longing for more! Simon W. Clark is a very talented writer with a highly creative imagination that he knows exactly how to convey to the reader, making it easy to visualize and even FEEL the scenes in the book and the lives and personalities of the cha ...more
Mar 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was a ripping thriller that for me took occult and mystery to the next level. I loved the flow through the story telling and the well crafted plots. The danger that the main character Peter encounters mixed with the original style of the author. Also liked the mix of technology with esoteric theories.
A superb tale that combines real with fantasy in a believable and exciting tale. Couldn't put it down till I was finished so great effort from this author.
Abraham James
Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Good versus evil battle with the occult history. Good stuff!
Chris Becker
Aug 14, 2014 rated it liked it
The Book of Occult is an entertaining tale, well researched and well told. The basic story features a protagonist named Peter Ashton, who, as a teenager, finds an ancient occult text. His friend dies after trying to perform a ritual from the book. Twenty years later, Peter is thrown back into the fray, and races across Europe to try to avert disaster. The basic storyline reminded me of the classic Necronomicon tales of the old master H.P. Lovecraft. But this novel is more modern, like Neal Gaima ...more
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Simon W Clark has been writing since he was a teenager. Never formally trained he holds a Commerce Degree in Marketing. His latest novel 'Think Fast or Die' is a spy thriller set in the Middle East. The last published novel he wrote was a supernatural thriller that is now out of print. Simon lives with his family in Melbourne, Australia. He continues to travel whenever possible to unexplored desti ...more

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