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They knew us before we began to walk upright. Shamans called them guardians, mythmakers called them tricksters, pagans called them gods, churchmen called them demons, folklorists called them shape-shifters. They've obligingly taken any role we've assigned them, and, while needing nothing from us, have accepted whatever we thought was their due? love, hate, fear, worship, condemnation, neglect, oblivion. Even in modern times, when their existence is doubted or denied, they continue to extend invitations to those who would travel a different road, a road not found on any of our cultural maps. But now, perceiving us as a threat to life itself, they issue their invitations with a dark purpose of their own.

In this dazzling metaphysical thriller, four who put themselves in the hands of these all-but-forgotten Others venture across a sinister American landscape hidden from normal view, finding their way to interlocking destinies of death, terror, transcendental rapture, and shattering enlightenment.

©2002 Daniel Quinn (P)2011 steerforth press llc

Critic Reviews

“Quinn presents an electrifying, provocative, and dryly amusing thriller with cosmic dimensions.” ( Booklist)
The Holy should keep readers turning its pages long into the night, searching for answers.” ( Rocky Mountain News)

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Many twists and turns

The story ended well though at times the action seemed disjointed. Good character development. Many questions left unanswered.

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Excellent fiction dramatizing the occult

It’s rare to find such a good book that fictionalizes occult concepts without skewing the true meaning of the symbolis. This book is an incredible feat of detective work, that brings you through its own initiation of the fools journey. This is seriously one of my favorite books and will probably pick it up periodically through my life.

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Wisdom is Wealth

Reading is the first step towards building an understanding of who we are on your journey towards true wisdom. As a student of history I find that his writing has historical views that seep through his writings as a storyteller’s guide into deeper understandings and research towards unraveling the religious and political secrets that are impacting our collective survival.

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No main character or plot

Beautiful writing but zero plot development. We begin with one pivotal character and end up focused on his father. This writer has talent but needs to study Campbell's A Hero's Journey in order to gain focus and plot development that ties in all the loose ends to create a resolution. Great subject, great visuals, poor plot execution.

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Eye oropening

This book is not for the close minded, nor for the extremely religious. It will set your mind on fire, though.

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Not what I expected

Very different from I, Ishmael. But, nonetheless, I was captivated. Sometimes you want to be captivated in a specific way and if I'd walked into this reading hoping for known territory, I'd have been very disappointed. Instead, mind open, it was a lovely vacation from your typical read and powerful in its effect on my day to day musing. Hope you enjoy.

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Narrator Doesn't Always Know How to Pronounce Words

Not a huge problem hut I find it distracting, and wonder if narrator's rehearse with assistance. I've found this with other books except those read by more accomplished actors. Performance in an audio format should be more consistently fluent, and that includes pronunciation. Ok story, but not mind blowing-- which is what I was hoping for.

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