The Lightbearer is set in 1944, during the Allied invasion of Normandy, its protagonist is Michael Horsett, member of the 101st airborne division. He is parachuted into France then occupied by the Nazis before D-Day in order to illuminate the dropping zone.
What so far sounds like a historic novel, turns the out to be in fact occult fiction, a gnostic thriller of first order. Gnostic thriller – does that really exist? Well, you could ask yourself, but once you have read The Lightbearer, you will know it does! After having interviewed Alan a couple of months ago, this book clearly shows me that only somebody at the same time down to earth and highly knowledgable and initiated in the occult world like him could have written this book. Alan uses his knowledge to set up riddles for the reader, anchors historical facts in magic surroundings. I am personally very difficult when we talk about historical novels or, even more so, occult fiction. So this could have become really a tricky one for me. But I enjoyed it from the first to the last page. Alan is such a great story teller, and always when other authors would probably drift away into the realms of the paranormal and otherworldly and get lost and entangled in implausible solutions and showdowns, Alan Richardson – he finds a way to bring us down to earth again, with humour, wit, life experience.
Maybe it is not a custom to cite the author himself when you are trying to write a review. But I am going to do it anyway in this case; in the few lines that follow Alan talks about his book in such a way that shows you exactly what to expect – and as I urge you, dear listeners to go and read the book, you should know what to expect.
“I wrote the first version of this 40 years ago. It attracted much attention but never got published. Thank god! It was totally over-written and shallow as a sheet of graphene. With whatever skills I’ve developed since, this version is the world’s first Kabbalistic, Gnostic, tarot-ic thriller with vigorous tri-lingual sex, lots of heavy weaponry, a few Panzerkampfwagens, a demon, drugs, magick, an obscure, self-initiating Neter from Egypt which will haunt you (I’m serious), an internal challenge for the savvy reader – and elements of Whodunnit. It’s also a love story: whether you’re gay, straight or non-binary (if I understand that word correctly) there should be something here for all libidos. And cat lovers.“