Book Review: The Knowledge Of Good And Evil

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By Crystal Connor

knowledgeOn June 8th after months of internet stalking Crystal Connor sent an email to one of her favorite author’s to boldly request trading a signed copy of her title The End is Now for a signed copy of his title The Knowledge of Good and Evil. Fearing being ignored, blocked, and unfriended four days later her neighbors were subjected to screaming, crying, and expletive outburst upon learning that he said yes!

This is the unedited journal chronicling the harrowing experience her neighbors were forced to endure as she read, Glenn Kleier’s 2011 signed copy of The Knowledge of Good and Evil.

Yep, I scream at characters in books too! And I started screaming just two paragraphs into the prologue when a priest entered heaven by sneaking into the back door. A theologian of all people should have known better. And it only gets better from there as Ian and Angela are chased all over the globe by a secret order hell-bent on being the soul proprietors of knowledge that can change the world.

I screamed at Angela throughout the entire novel, because of my own personal beliefs, this character was easy for me to ‘love to hate.’ Not that she was doing anything wrong, per se, but it seemed that her love for Ian came with conditions.

Now in her defense Ian had some pretty selfish reasons for doing the things that he was doing through the book, and on more than on occasion he pissed me the fuck off. I don’t want to give too much away, but, for an example, at one point Ian has an audience with a demon. The demon gives Ian an ultimatum and presents him with a contract with hellish terms and conditions. This should have checked his behavior and stopped him in his tracks, but no. He accepted it. I totally agreed with Angela’s outrage when he told her what he had done because I was fucking livid too!

Secret orders, biblical conspiracies, assassins, breath-taking near misses and get aways, this book has everything that I love but it is in the 3rd act that had me screaming in glee and kept me from sleep.

The final part of the book reads like a modern retelling of Dante’s classic Divine Comedy, and its equally imaginative. This was my favorite part of the story because I am easily seduced by visuals and monsters are my favorite.

After all the things he sees and with a looming, punishing ultimatum should he fail, Ian is sent on a seemingly impossible mission but at that point I didn’t feel sorry for him because he brought that shit on him self.

Do you wanna know what happened? Then you’re gonna have to read it for yourself ;p

Plotline: 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.

 Genre: This book falls into the category of the evangelical genre called ‘heavenly tourism’ but because of the thrilling, supernatural, and horror elements this classification is very misleading.

 Scariness Factor: I am going to give it a three. It thrilling and suspenseful but it isn’t straight up religious horror like the works of David Seltzer or Kathryn Macke, but there are some really fun eerie/creepy parts and the vision of hell is vivid.

High Points: The way it ended! Kleier doesn’t wrapped it all up with a pretty bow, nor does he give you a hug to make you feel better. Right at the end your thinking one thing, but then with the very last line he leaves the reader stunned and questioning…it was perfect! This is without a doubt a book about faith but it’s not preachy or propaganda-ish, as some books within the    evangelical genres tend to be. He does a really good job at presenting both sides of the argument, and like in real life the characters are pretty passionate in what they believe. And this is why I probably didn’t like Angela.

Complaints: Now I know that there is nothing he can do about what I am going to complain about, but I don’t think the 1st tag for this book should be evangelical because that alone will put people off. I mean who really wants to trudge their way through 200 + pages written by a self-righteous author standing on a soap box who believes the methods of the Crusades and the Inquisition? Lord God know I don’t.

I read Kleier’s The Last Day ISBN13: 9780446605984 so I knew he wasn’t a overbearing preachy writer, but what others might not know is that The Knowledge of Good and Evil is a multi-genre book that would appeal to a wide range of readers.

Overall: Religious themed horror books and movie are my favorite and The Knowledge of Good and Evil is a hellofa  ride and absolutely worth the read.

Stars: 5 Stars

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Washington State native Crystal Connor has been terrorizing readers since before Jr. high School and loves anything to do with monsters, bad guys, rogue scientific experiments, jewelry, sky-high high heel shoes & unreasonably priced hang bags. She is also considering changing her professional title to ‘dramatization specialist’ because it’s so much more theatrical than being just a mere drama queen. Crystal’s latest projects can be found both on her blog and Facebook fan page at:

 http://wordsmithcrystalconnor.blogspot.com

 http://www.facebook.com/notesfromtheauthor

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