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Mysteries of Ancient Egypt – Book Comment

MysteriesOfAncientEgyptby: Lorna Oakes and Lucia Gahlin

Publisher: Lorenz Books,  Anness Publishing Ltd. Hermes House

Copyright: 2002, ISBN: [0754811875]

Cover: Jez MacBean & Nigel Partridge

Type: Softcover

reviewed by: Lynard Barnes, September 22, 2003

 

Summary: Illustrations are everything. A visual delight.

 

The original title of this book was ANCIENT EGYPT. It is a reference book, lavishly illustrated with explanatory text.

 

The problem with reference books is that they must hug the safe ground of conventionality. This book does that to a fault, acknowledging that the earliest agricultural communities emerged along the Nile Valley around 5,500 BC. The centralized political entity called Egypt was established around 3,100 BC. After two or three paragraphs devoted to the influence from Mesopotamia and Elam, the authors are off on an incredibly rich pictorial exploration of Egyptian art and architecture.

 

Along with the glossary and index, THE MYSTERIES OF ANCIENT EGYPT has enough source material to address those casual references to Egypt one is apt to encounter in general reading.

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Orion Prophecy, The – Review

by: Geryl, Patrick and Gino Ratinckx

Publisher: Adventures Unlimited Press

Copyright: 2001

Type: Softcover

reviewed by: Lynard Barnes 9/18/2003

Summary: Not recommended. A gawd-awful eruption of exclamation points and sheets of paper as a foundation, nullifies logic.

This book is about the world coming to an end in the year 2012!

In reviewing THE ORION PROPHECY, the first thing to do is to get the exclamation marks out of your system. !!!!!!!!!! There are more of course, but that’s enough! Well, almost.

Dialog is another annoyance that sticks in your reading voice (for us non-speed readers) in reviewing this book. There are two authors hashing the doomsday stuff-Patrick Geryl and Gino Ratinckx. We assume that at some point they talked to each other. But, “Gino, this is Patrick. I have a few questions….”-is it really necessary for us to be part to this?

Okay. We’re beyond the gripping. There are some intriguing bits of information in THE ORION PROPHECY. However, it is obvious from the start that the authors are doing what modern scientist the world over have been doing since the start of the last century-they’re being myopic. All their “data” points to the world coming to an end in 2012. They maintain that the last time it happened was in 9792 BC when Atlantis was flushed down the Atlantic Ocean-literally. Don’t believe Atlantis ever existed? Sorry, it’s a foregone conclusion. Indeed, the premise of THE ORION PROPHECY is dependent upon the assumption that the highly developed society of Atlantis left us the Chephren pyramid of Egypt, along with some as yet undiscovered records, warning of Earth’s recurrent tendency to radically tilt its axis.

The book is a collision of Zecharia Sitchin’s method of historical record analysis and Charles Hapgood scientific analysis. Unfortunately, PROPHECY never gels. After wading through a lengthy recreation of the last days of Atlantis, the authors start with the numbers thing. The numbers-thing is most fascinating. If you’ve ever watched babies discover their big toes, then you’ve got the flavor of the numbers-thing. Pick a number. Any number. It is really a secret code related to another number-after a little adding and subtracting. There is a lot of this in THE ORION PROPHECY. In looking for “a code of the precession”-how the earth’s axis travels through the houses of the Zodiac-the authors take the number-thing details of the ancient Egyptian calendar to arrive at the title of their book. They maintain that “the pyramids are built to point out of us that the constellation Orion is crucial. If through the precession it becomes the center of interest, a disaster will occur on earth”. Since Orion is currently the most visible constellation in the sky, presumably the “center of interest”, similar to the sky in 9792 BC, we are approaching the disaster of 2012.

Because this is such a gawd-awful eruption of exclamation points and words, it would be easy to toss this book aside and go on to something else. However, THE ORION PROPHECY is representative of a world-view that started with the industrial revolution around 1848-using the logic of science to “prove” the illogical. This book comes close to being a textbook example. It never makes it because it reads more like fiction, which is to say, bad fiction.

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