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Publisher's Summary

From the best-selling author of Communion comes the mysterious true story of how an unknown visitor barged into Streiber's hotel room late one night and imparted extraordinary lessons in personal development and man's fate that challenge us to rethink every assumption about the meaning of life.
At 2:30 in the morning of June 6, 1998, Whitley Streiber was awakened by someone knocking on his hotel-room door. A man came in, and everything he said was life-altering. This is the unsettling and ultimately enlightening narrative of what happened that night. Strieber was never really sure who this strange and knowing visitor was - a "Master of Wisdom"? A figure from a different realm of consciousness? A preternaturally intelligent being? He called him the Master of the Key. The one thing of which Strieber was certain is that both the man and the encounter were real.
The main concern of the Master of the Key is to save each of us from self-imprisonment. "Mankind is trapped," the stranger tells Strieber. "I want to help you spring the trap." In a sweeping exchange between Strieber and the stranger - which takes the form of a classical student-teacher dialogue in pursuit of inner understanding - the unknown man presents a lesson in human potential, esoteric psychology, and man's fate. He illuminates why man has been caught in a cycle of repeat violence and self-destruction - and the slender, but very real, possibility for release.
In its breadth and intimacy, The Key is on par with contemporary metaphysical traditions, such as A Course in Miracles, or even with the dialogues of modern wisdom teachers, such as D. T. Suzuki and Carl Jung.
©2011 Whitley Strieber (P)2011 Penguin
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5 out of 5 stars
By KD on 04-30-12

The Key Unlocks the Mystery Of Who We Are

What did you love best about The Key?

This book fills your mind with peace and understanding of who we are and what we will be.

What other book might you compare The Key to and why?

Unleashing the Power of the God Code, by Gregg braden. Both books refer to the God within and how to open our minds to reach it.

Which character – as performed by Gregory Itzin – was your favorite?

Master of the Key

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

We need to become a compassionate world.

Any additional comments?

Wonderful listen. Everytime I listen to it I learn something new.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Taryn M. Morgan on 01-08-13

Which door will the "Key" open?

I have read many of Whitley's books over the years, starting with Communion which was published in 1987.

Our generation has matured since that time and certainly we have all become more skeptical. In that sense, it is quite remarkable that despite the ridicule he has suffered, Whitley continues to share the extraordinary knowledge he has gained from his years of encounters and research

The information contained in The Key is fascinating and contains "higher knowledge" that rings intuitively honest and forthright. The Key Holder, rather than judging or condeming the human condition, appears to seek only to give us alternate viewpoints, information and predictions regarding our unlimited potential.

The narrator was a bit robotic and at times and it was difficult to differentiate between the two characters.

We may never know who or what visited Whitley in that hotel room; a human, angel, alien or God him/herself, but there is little doubt that the wisdom and warnings that were shared with and through him have the potential to benefit our species and our planet.

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