The story is framed by a conversation between a writer and his editor. He is explaining his story to the editor who is skeptical.
Never since Dan Brown’s The DaVinci Code have I read such a page turning mind-bender as The Beggar of Beliefs. My feet were moving I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.
Freeman, the writer in the story, explains that there are actually parallel universes, ours and Hers. The “Her” is a she-god bent on destroying our world. He knows that there are documents or “writings” that will explain how to defeat the she-god. She is slowly consuming our universe, distorting time, and causing mass death.
His first example of what is happening he shares from documents detailing the poisoning of an entire village in France in 1951. The story is gripping and realistic. There are hints at what is to come for the reader of the book. Freeman’s stories jump from past to 2018 to 2030 and back to 1980.
Time is an invention of man and does not exist as a straight line but instead has not boundary. The future affects the past so the future can change the past. This is how Freeman explains it “…we haven’t really happened. Her (the destructive god) time is overwriting ours…”
Some of the characters in the book are attached to real characters in history, such as Jim Jones and the Guyana mass suicide. One character named Celus Tuther, I never could figure out if he was good or bad. The lady he hung out with, Irene, was definitely one of the bad characters.
The novel’s wrap up left me gasping. This is such a great read. What I really liked was the story within a story within a story. I’m still thinking about it. That is a difficult thing for an author to master well and Mr. Martin Adil-Smith does it.