Friday, December 27, 2013
The Invasion of Heaven: The Newirth Mythology, Part 1
Psychologist Loche Newirth wonders if it was his fall: the fifty foot drop from the rocky cliff to the icy water below. Is this why he has been hallucinating? Or is it because one of his clients is dead, or his mentor has gone mad, or that his wife is leaving him? He can't bring himself to believe what he has been seeing. Insane things like a massive, searching eye. He sees it in the water below the cliff. He sees it in mirrors, on walls: a massive, crystal blue iris and fathomless pupil there in the center of his life, looking at him.
To find the answer, Loche pens the recent events of his life into a book and leaves the work behind for his mentor Doctor Marcus Rearden to interpret. As Rearden reads he plunges into the harrowing depths of Loche's reality: his loss of a client, the discovery of an unknown past, an ancient conflict over possession of the human condition, the awesome reality of the gods walking among us, and the crimes of humanity invading the hope that lies beyond the grave.
And along the way, Loche tells of unforgettable characters: the torn and manic housewife that teeters on the edge of sanity, and a depressed, swashbuckling swordsman that believes he is over six hundred years old, the stoned and prolific painter and his perilous work he must keep secret, and the beautiful business woman that abandons her life's work for a love she never expected.
Koep's story sweeps from the mountain lakes of North Idaho to the Italian Riviera and ancient waterways of Venice - a milieu of fine art, fine food, secret lovers, sharp steel, mafia, ancient languages and the loud music of classic vinyl LPs.
The Invasion of Heaven, part one, by emerging author Michael B. Koep is the story of how one man's manifestation alters the fate of the world and what comes after.
My Review: We come into the story with the main character, Dr. Loche Newirth having lost a patient of his to suicide. Her name was Bethany Winship. He's been framed for her death and to prove his innocence, he flees to his cabin to try and figure things out. He sees an "eye" in the water and falls in from the cliff above. From there starts the journey that involves immortals and paintings and a long lost brother, Basil.
Basil has a special gift in that he can communicate with the gods through his paintings. The catch? No human can look at the paintings without either dying or something physically horrible happening to them. Except Loche. Since he can look at the paintings that means that not only is he special, but he also has a special gift to communicate to the gods. He learns that it is in his writing. So while he is trying to solve the mystery of Bethany, he is also trying to tap into his gift. But he is also wanting to figure out the mystery behind Basil's paintings and why he is being followed.
His journey leads him to Italy where he finds out more startling facts. One of which is about his wife. He thought she was loyal but why is she acting so strange? Should he question his life with her or just chalk it up to the events going on around him? There is so much more to this story but I don't know how to say more without giving everything away! You will just have to get the book and read it all yourself :)
There are a lot of twists in the story and if you don't pay attention, then you'll get lost real quick! People you thought were on his side, turn out to be bad. Ones you think are bad, or aren't so sure about, might be good. All in all, after reading the prologue I was hooked and I'm glad I kept reading. It's nice to have an author come up with a new concept when it comes to fiction. And Koep has done just that. He has created characters that are not forgettable and put them in a story that will keep you guessing as to what is going on until the end...and then leaves you guessing more! This is only the first part of a three part series and in this first book, a lot of questions arise along with some being answered. You will definitely not be disappointed and I look forward to reading the next two books to complete the mystery! I do want to note that I found a few typos but they were small ones...I like to let the readers know these things :)
You can buy The Invasion of Heaven on Amazon!