Ian Baringer may have stumbled upon the greatest discovery of all time. Or possibly, the greatest curse...
As a child, Ian lost his parents in a horrific accident, seeing them give their lives to save his. He never fully recovered, burying pangs of guilt, clinging to religion's promise that someday he'd see his parents again.
But now his demons have resurfaced. Despite the help of Angela Weber, the brilliant psychologist who loves him, he's in the grip of an obsession. He no longer trusts in an afterlife, he must know for certain if the soul survives death.
And incredibly, he may have found a way. A risky bid to cross death's door and return with Knowledge of the Great Beyond. Knowledge that can be verified by anyone who follows his path. The implications are staggering. Proof of a hereafter! Perhaps of God, Himself! Knowledge to halt wars, to end at last the ancient animosities between faiths! Or perhaps a Knowledge to doom us all....
Some believe death's secrets are forbidden to the living, cursed with grave consequences for Humanity. One shadowy sect is sworn to destroy all trespassers, and Ian and Angela have but one hope to survive. They must defy the gates of heaven and hell to steal a Knowledge hidden from the world since the dawn of creation: the knowledge of good and evil.
©2012 Glen Kleier (P)2012 Glenn Kleier
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It’s no secret that I am a fan of MacLeod Andrew’s work as a narrator. One thing I love about his work is his voice isn’t the typical narrator voice. It’s not a deep, booming testosterone rich bass voice, nor is it a silky smooth tenor. Andrew’s voice is full of gravel and grit, and he manages to take his voice and make it suit the text he is reading just right. Here, Andrews brings the story alive, able to take on a cast full of international accents as well and otherworldly beings. Andrews manages to bring a true authenticity to his characters whether they are a Slavic priest, or a denizen of the deepest pits of hell. Andrews moves the plot along well with his crisp pacing that smoothed out any of the roughness of the story. His pacing is fast enough to create tension, while not so fast that it muddles the action. The true highlight for me was Andrews handling of heaven and hell, managing to make Angels sound Angelic while making the demons totally creepy. Really, it was a lot of fun taking a journey like this with a talented narrator.
I love literary fiction and I occasionally delve into non-fiction. I love books that are suspenseful and am really into well-told stories.
Ian is a complicated guy: He is in love with the extraordinarily beautiful and smart Angela, is studying Near Death Experiences and trying to rescue his beloved parents from Hell after they saved his life when they were in a car accident together. Author Glenn Kleier has given people who enjoy tense thrillers a reason to celebrate... The Knowledge of Good And Evil is imaginative, taught, tense and enough narrow escapes to keep the reader going.
Angela is the type of heroine we all love: she is bright, smart, listens to her own, interior panic button and saves Ian more than once from heading into straight folly. I'm not sure a book exactly like this has ever been attempted before. For one thing, the reader gets about 30 prompts to a web page to show the readers a particular painting or a scientist in the world of certain esoteric sciences. The reader doesn't have to wonder why a special church in Europe is so distinct.... instead of wasting 2 pages on trying to describe it, Kleier just takes the reader to a special website that has all the photographs on it. This gave the book extraordinary depth.
Even though I tend to gravitate to literary novels and have recently been on a tear reading very old novels, The Knowledge of Good And Evil was a fun break from the more formal books and go on an old-fashioned (dangerous) treasure hunt that takes us all over this world and into others.
The book is expertly read by the talented Macleod Andrews and all the voices are distinct and well-read. I really enjoyed this book.
Yes, I have done so~~~~ Glenn Kleier has put into words many of my own beliefs~
Yes, I had to listen to the book without stopping it at any point!~
I did not have one favorite, all were wonderful!!!!!!!
It is the perfect title for this book, I would not change it!
I was totally captivated by this book, I loved it and would like to hear more books by Glenn Kleier!
Top 10 percent
Yes. It kept moving forward and didn't stagnate. Quite a few unexpected twists as well.
First time listening to Macleod. Excellent performance. Really brought Glenn's characters to life.
The book is absolute garbage it is idiotic, and just ridiculous. It is outrageous yet boring. Andrews is Masterful the author is dreadful.
Not at all!
This book is worth the credit just to hear what a masterful job Macleod Andrews does. He is by far the best narrator I have heard.
The scenes where he goes through heaven and hell are absolutely ludicrous.
I loved the action and insights into history and beliefs that I hadn't known.
I felt a little soiled by the end of the book and listened to a nice Ted Dekker serial killer novel to relax. He is truly a fine writer and he knows his Bible when he uses it. Always an edge of your seat thriller.
I'm have a degree in Bible so I was probably more bothered by the many inaccuracies and misinterpretations of the Bible than others. The levels of hell and purgatory were a little hard to take and they were so long that I tried to fast forward about half way through. I was also bothered by the portrayal of God as petty and moody, giving up on mankind. The dwellers in heaven acted more mature than God. I had really enjoyed the book until the last trips through heaven and hell. And, please, why would you put Malcolm X in the level of heaven for peace? He and Gandhi would not have agreed that his methods made him a peace loving man. I did laugh at Stephen Hawkins on the scholar level, calling first dibs on an Archimedes scroll. I just hope that unenlightened readers will take this book for what it is, a work of fiction. I would hate for anyone to think that it is a true picture of heaven and hell.
No, this book promised to be diffrent and offer answers, yes fictional ones but in the end the author faltered and did the was it real or not thing at the end like a lot of books that question the after life. There is no actual knowledge other than that Godis perfectly good and perfectly evil, which is impossible.
no, I would not. I felt cheated by the end.
Don't waste dollars on this book.
I may actually and its really very rare for me to do so. I love the ideas, the people, the pace, the action, it is an excellent book.
I wouldn't. I'm sure you could say Dan Brown or whatever but it would be doing this book a disservice. This is a very well researched, beautifully written book which may even change your mind about religion.
I haven't but he is excellent.
Through death their came light.
Definitely in my 3 favorite books of all time.
"an illuminating journey"
this book is spellbinding. Believer or non-believer, you will like the adventure the main charactres are experiencing from different points of view. The scientific and the religious are always present, always counterbalancing, never oposing. During the time I listened, I was urged to check out the sources presented in the book. That gave an extra dimention to the experience of listening. It is not just any book of mere immagination...the background information that is woven in the plot is even more interesting when you check it out...
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