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Review: The Knowledge of Good and Evil by Glenn Kleier

The Knowledge of Good and Evil by Glenn Kleier

won from Glenn and Birgit @ The Book Garden

Synopsis from Goodreads
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 obsession. He must know for certain if the soul survives death. And incredibly, he's found a way. But trespassing the afterlife unleashes a disastrous chain of events, leaving Ian and Angela but one choice: Defy the gates of heaven and hell to steal a Knowledge hidden from the world since the dawn of creation.

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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 of research involved and very helpful corresponding with each chapter pictures which you can find on author's website.

Ian Baringer is an ex-priest who got so disappointed in divine paradox: how God could be all knowing and all-loving, and yet let such evil be in the world? that he had to leave the Catholic Church. After being praised as a hero who saved a lot of African kids, he retires and becomes a paranormal investigator on a small scale radio where he meets his future fiancee, clever and gorgeous psychologist, Angela Weber.

However, in his search for internal peace he stumbles into a work of another priest who wrote that he experienced Ultimate Reality which if known to the world will stop all religious wars and truly make people see that God exists. Sadly the priest dies mysteriously only hours before he is ready to give his speech.

Ian's research shows that the priest's revelations happened when he had a near death experience (NDE) and crossed to the other side. Ian just inherited a large sum of money and he is obsessed with seeing his parents who died protecting him when he was a little boy, so he throws his fortune into repeating an NDE in a controlled environment, and things he sees lead to a chain reaction where not only an ancient order of warriors of God is after him for attempting to uncover the mysteries of the afterlife, but the beings he sees in his NDE want something from him as well.

The whole book is a mad race where both Angela and Ian keep running away from the order and uncovering old secrets be that in Vatican or sacred places in India, Austria or Venice, and it get more and more surreal the longer you stick with it.

I thoroughly enjoyed The Knowledge of Good and Evil and I'm glad that it ends with a question mark, so we all can make our own conclusions out if it. Fantastic read which provides plenty of food for thought.

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Очень интересная книга, которая заставляет задуматься об основах мировых религий. Знание о Добре и Зле - это религиозный триллер наподобие Кода Да Винчи, только автор здесь концентрируется на наших представлениях об аде и рае и ощущениях при клинической смерти.

Главный герой, Иан Бэринжер - бывший католический священник, который разочаровался в религии и теперь работает паранормальным детективом на маленькой радиостанции вместе со своей обручённой - психологом Анджелой Уэбер. Иан никак не может оправится от травмы, произошедшей когда он был малышом где его родители умерли, спасая его. Он одержим мыслью о встрече и разговоре с ними и когда получает наслество бросает все свои деньги на лабораторию, где учёные и медики смогут воспроизвести для него клиническую смерть, во время которой он попытается найти ответы на свои вопросы.

Иан и Анджела также натыкаются на слухи о работе известного священника в 60-е гг., который в своих журналах описал свои откровения об Окончательной Реальности - доказательстве существования Бога, которая если окажется доступной людям, то остановит многие религиозные войны и конфликты. Однако священник умер таинственной смертью буквально за несколько часов до своего выступления и католическая церковь скрыла его находки.

Оба исследования  помечают детективов в так называемой Книге Проклятых - списке секретного ордена воинов бога, которые убивают людей, что могут распространить опасные знания. Иану и Анджеле приходится мотатся по всему миру, ускользая от ассассинов и открывая секреты работ Данте и Иеронима Босха, средневековых монахов и священнослужителей нашего времени.

Чем дальше в лес, тем толще партизаны, как говорится, и впечатления Иана при клинической смерти делают книгу особо странной, мистической и интересной.

Я рада, что прочитанная книга завершается вопросом, чтобы каждый читатель смог сделать свои собственные выводы во что же ему верить.



Blodeuedd said...

I do not know, religious thrillers..eh I fear that not even as a movie

kimbacaffeinate said...

You had me at Dan Brown..awesome review and I love this type of thriller.

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

I don't really do religious reads, with much of any genre. But sounds like a great book. Thanks for sharing it.

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