Sycko is a loser: he can never hold on to a job for more than a few weeks, he’s got no girlfriend, no one knows how he scraped through school and he’s just been fired again. But when his friend Judas, who realizes that Sycko has his final pay along in cash, takes him to a seedy bar that also runs a brothel upstairs, Sycko gets into a chance encounter with Jeremiah, Master of the Temple. Master Jeremiah decides to take Sycko to his Temple where he has the chance to completely change his life. Little does Sycko know that lurking beneath the attractive surface of the Temple dark secrets are hidden. Suspenseful, sinister and dark humor capture the frightening reality of a young man descending into religious fanaticism.
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About the Author
Brian grew up in Germany as the only son of an Anglo-German family. From an early age he immersed himself in literature which opened up new worlds to him and offered a kind of 'time travel' where no place or time in history is out of reach. Later he moved to Hong Kong and spent half a life time in the Far East exploring the mysteries of an ancient world. Besides his native languages English and German, he also studied French and Latin which has given him direct access to many ancient documents and texts. He is married and has two children.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Excellent read. It's entertaining and you learn a lot about tricks used by religious conmen. Every time I watch the news and see Islamists and other religious lunatics it reminds me of the Temple. Anyway, it was great to read and hard to put down.
In this novel a young man who's a drop-out from society gets lured into a religious group. He meets the master of the temple who initiates the young man into various religious practices that include scamming the believers, i.e. gullible people. Each chapter begins with a quote from a Greek philosopher which stands in contrast to what people in the temple are doing. Their holy book is called 'The Holy Dryvel' and drivel it is, no less than the books of many religious idiots who cheat and kill and get into the news in the real world. The book is well-written, has lots of interesting twists and turns and comes to a good conclusion.
Definitely a NY Times Top 10 read. This is an excellently written story with lots of interesting characters and events. Some are real serious and others had me laughing. The characters are engaging and move the story along at a racy pace. It also made me think a lot about madness in today's world.
Interesting, thought provoking, great thril
Very good mystery story.