Paradox Lost: A Divine Comedy

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Will a deeply indebted biologist betray evolution solely for money? Steve Adams longs for a life of adventure, making great discoveries in science, but his debts prevent him from leaving his dull job. When a mysterious Dr. Tafus offers him a high paying position at creationist school, Adams jumps at the chance. Will a lifestyle of ease cause him to abandon science for superstition? More
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About Daniel L. Lowery

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Daniel L. Lowery writes books that challenge the status quo. While looking for solutions to his own David and Goliath struggle, Lowery noticed very few management books geared to the independent business owner. CEO’s, vice-presidents and other executives could draw on the acumen of Churchill, Robert E. Lee, Sun-Tzu and a host of other historical figures for their problems, but the issues of the smaller entrepreneur were scarcely mentioned. Puzzled by the lack of material on this subject, Lowery spent the next seven years researching the best methods for smaller businesses to compete against their giant adversaries. From that research came Battling The Corporate Giants: The Ultimate David and Goliath Story: a book truly written from the trenches of corporate warfare.
Recently Lowery has spoofed the Creationist movement with Paradox Lost. A book that evokes such literary masterpieces as Paradise Lost, The Divine Comedy, Faust and more to satirize the false idol of Intelligent Design.
Now Lowery explores the narcissistic world of contemporary romance with his provocative collection of short stories and poetry, The Reflections of a Narcissist. A book that holds a mirror up to modern love and reveals a society laughing at its own narcissism.
Daniel L. Lowery resides in Ramona, California with his wife Claudia, son Ryan and daughter Larissa. He is always looking for a good opportunity.

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Review by: saher gilani on Nov. 23, 2013 : (no rating)
Daniel Louis Lowery Hmmmmmm.......novel is quite good...humorous..while reading chapter 6 "PARADISE FOUND"...that chapter remind me the movie "HARRY POTTER"...faculty members.greeanleaf university.........nd more more..focusing on BEARED..their COMPLEXTION..(ginger complextion with white beared...Pepper beared) man without moustache...haa haaaaaaa prof. VON HUMBUG.....Dr TAFUS...his tan shoes.. khaki pants...for greenleaf to succeed...his THREE FINGERS..............TEACHING , RESEARCHING and PUBLISHING......i like it.. nd that QUOTATION.."U DONT ALWAYS WIN UR BATTLES / BUT ITS GOOD T KNOW U FOUGHT"........................................ the most interesting part was the ADAMS dyslexis which affect his BIOLOGY lecture haaaaaaaaa haaa... "CELLS R BLOCK BUILDERS OF LIFE" haa haaa... very interesting novel.. nd m thinking, tha cells r in some wrestling competition....hee haa.
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Review by: Gaurav Kumar on Sep. 24, 2013 : (no rating)
It's an amazing book and thanks Danial Louis Lowery to write this ebook. This perfct.
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Review by: Gaurav Kumar on Sep. 24, 2013 : (no rating)
It's an amazing book and thanks Danial Louis Lowery to write this ebook. This perfct.
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Review by: Ihron Soriano on Aug. 27, 2013 : (no rating)
Congratulations to my friend Daniel Louis Lowery who wrote this lovable book. This is a must to read book. I really love this book
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Review by: Jenny Smith on Aug. 13, 2013 :
I gotta say I can relate to Adams. It was a quick read and I think it's pertinent to people of my generation (20 somethings) doing everything the previous generation said to do in order to get a good job and have a good life and having it not really work out. He's a likable guy, easy to relate to. It's a good story, especially for recent grads. Very insightful.
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Review by: Emmanuel Guapo on July 19, 2013 :
Reading this ebook by Daniel Lowery was a pleasure and a welcome enjoyment. I wanted to read more after finishing the last page. A great book on young adults covering the topics of; college debt, credit card debt, inequality at work, and just trying to find your identity in a world of information and illusion. The trials and tribulations of friendship and love, the devastation that comes with the loss of or, threatened loss of, these relationships. The social and political situations that can feel oppressive on the main character are greatly conveyed in this book, the scenes are funny, insightful and a fresh take on familiar topics.

PS I read this book from a suggested group on FB, same as Sam Matz-another reviewer, although I enjoyed the book a lot more.
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Review by: ELIZABETH CORONA on July 17, 2013 :
Is an interesting story, another way to see the life, and the description of the characters makes you imagine the situations that they are living
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Review by: Rebekah Yesilevsky on July 17, 2013 :
I find the details to be crucial to character development. If this were a film, it'd be an undoubtable mastry to the genre of Black/Dark Comedies. The story carries me along in ways classics like Sartre's "Age of Reason" or Remarque's "Arc of Triumph" do- even the disappointments characters face bring me closer to understanding them in a very humanistic way. This is a well-written, charmingingly funny book. I recommend any one to read it- especially college students or aspiring college students. Undergrad or grad, we all can relate to at least parts of this story for sure!
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Review by: melarish on July 17, 2013 :
Quite a good read! I dunno if that's the typical American lifestyle but occasionally makes me want to roll my eyes :P I like the hidden symbolism in there, like the choice of names (Adams and Evelyn, Lilith and Backus) or the blood-stained contract with Dr Tafus. The Philosophy lectures are a lot of fun too, and the "You think, therefore I am" poem was LOLs :D
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Review by: Samuel Matz on July 16, 2013 :
I found this book because the author (I was unaware he was the author at the time) posted a link on a relevant Facebook group. I read it for two reasons: first, it was short; second, it had a high rating. Unusually high, but that didn't send up any red flags until after I read the book. It is, in my opinion, clumsily written and in need of a good editor. It has details which are unnecessary, it uses caricatures instead of characters, and it tells when showing would be more useful.

All of that, though, is not why this gets 1 star from me. I'd give it at least a 2 star, because it has a fairly coherent plot & world, and uses puns well in the first go around (even if they're repeated too often for my tastes).

No, the 1 star is because of all the 4+ star reviews on this book. As of July 16, 2013, the vast majority of the reviews are the only Smashwords activity by that account. In many cases, the review was made the same day the account was. One account has another review - on another book by Daniel Lowry. It is also glowing. For me, it's simple: glowing reviews from fishy accounts + mediocre writing at best = ratings manipulation. And I don't like that.
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Review by: lhalliday on July 11, 2013 :
This novella is a beautiful expression of the atheist view of every day life. It is a very real exploration of the human condition making no effort to deny the everyday struggles and triumphs of the every man. The book is full of quips and puns (built around somewhat ironic and very clever biblical references) which entertain the reader sufficiently to continue on into the somewhat mundane plot. That is the the only major flaw I would find in this book: the plot takes some time to take off; it is only at the end of the first book that moral and philosophical questions of atheism in largely religious society come to the floor and give the book some more meat. The slow pacing does however open up a wealth of characterization of the main character which serves to engage the reader. Secondary characters are entertaining and quite original. Lowery is a very talented writer and simultaneously blends the seriousness of religious discourse with genuinely funny writing. This is (I think) very deliberate and serves to emphasize the paradoxes of life and in particular major religions in a way which is quite masterful and funny. I am yet to read the second book but I would definitely recommend the first, even as a stand alone simply for the joy that it is to read.
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Review by: Daniel Levens on June 24, 2013 :
The novel is fantastic work and starts off with great quips and immediately hooks the reader. Although it is hilarious, the books portrayals of religion are exactly how it is in society today. Daniel blends together perfectly jokes and what he really wants to say about religion and religious hypocrisy. The novel features high level writing and perfectly timed paradoxes that emphasize and strengthen his message. The second book only gets better! Many unanswered questions from this book are revealed but there is many more to come... I can't wait!
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Review by: dongju jang on June 01, 2013 :
it's totally brilliant!!I felt your humor and fake things.I also sometime think about paradox for my works.but its too hard to express.I think you did!and I could feel characters are so lifelive.conflicts are placed on important point. it make me keep focusing this some part, it was little difficult to understand for me and i asked my friend to interpret.she said its high-level reading one.haha. anyway reading this installation is so interesting and make me think more deeper and deeper about that how to express paradox. From seoul,Korea.
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Review by: Morten Juhl on May 24, 2013 : (no rating)
A very good read that first of all made me smile and laugh because of Daniels writing which is filled with humor and interesting contradictions in our day to day life! The way that the paradoxes between religion and science is describe by using well educated characters that struggles with the down sides of the American society is really a interesting and entertaining approach to the subject!

This book is something I would like to recommend for everyone because you will not only end up with a smile on your face but also thoughts that will stick to your mind and make you reflect about your own society and day to day life. I'm very exited to read part II and see how it's going to end up for Adams!
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Review by: zein lemine on May 24, 2013 : (no rating)
i find it very interesting , and what's really good about this book is that it's accessible for all kind of people and very rich in vocabulary , just can't wait to start reading the second part. i recommend to all of u to have a look on it , you will really appreciate it .
Have Fun
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Review by: hmam alsharabaty on May 20, 2013 :
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thank you Daniel Lowry for this book , its really nice story , i hope all the best
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Review by: Susan Wojcik on May 19, 2013 :
Now that I have read the first installment of Paradox Lost by Daniel Lowery, I am eager to continue reading this intriguing story. Lowery used humor and insight to develop believable and likeable, yet clearly conflicted characters early on in his writing. As a first time reader of Lowery, I am impressed with how quickly he was able to create a storyline that had me excited to turn each page. I look forward to reading the next installment of Paradox Lost.
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Review by: Yuno Terui on May 13, 2013 :
As the title suggests, Paradox Lost contains ample allusions to canonical literary works and biblical stories (especially Genesis), not for the sake of a showy parading of the author’s learning but of the dexterous clarification and exploration of fundamental paradoxes between religion and science with which even contemporary people can be confronted. For example, the main paradox around which the story evolves is the incompatibility between the “scientific soul” and the religious faith. This structure is obviously taken from Genesis (the choice between knowledge and loyalty to God), and what is striking is that the “paradise” that will be lost if the protagonist Adams takes the forbidden fruit seems to be connected with stable income to save him from his financial predicament(!).
While making audacious parallels of this kind, the book is simply fun to read. The story is not only allegorical but also offers very realistic descriptions of characters’ feelings, which makes it easier for the reader to empathize. Also, I appreciate the author’s inclination toward wordplay (again, an example is seen in the title). It adds yet another pleasure of finding words’ expanded meanings to reading the book.
I definitely recommend this book.I am really looking forward reading the second installment.
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Review by: Mody Gorsky on May 12, 2013 :
Meet Steve Adams – he has a shity job (figuratively speaking), his old car is giving him problems, his student loan debt is causing stress and his dating life…well…it could go better. At the end of this first installment, Adams receives an offer he cannot refuse from a Dr. Tafuz…

Lowery writes very clearly and in a witty way. It was a fun light read. If you like word play and irony – this first part has tons of them. The paradoxes will presumably follow in the second installment of the book.

This book got me curious and thinking - where does it all lead to? Will Adams be able to adequately deal with the friction between science and religion that the "offer" imposes? Will his personal financial circumstances play a roll in his future actions and decisions?

The author throws a few hints but never reveals. I cannot wait to read the second installment of Paradox Lost and satisfy my curiosity.
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Review by: Giorgio Marcaccini on April 25, 2013 :
Paradox Lost is a high level story filled with suspense and emotions. At the same time its content is very critical to our modern but terribly complicated society.
The monotonous job of Adams and his economic condition force him to seek a way out of the situation. The attempt to have a relationship with a girl is quite a failure (this part of the story is really funny!). The search of a new job is also not very successful. The only possibility for the protagonist to change something in his life seems to be a pact with the devil. I find the topic very attractive and I am highly curious to know where it goes.
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