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As a fan of the Durrell’s of Corfu, I was prepared to like this story, and I did. The story itself was engaging and entertaining, but the writing, particularly when he was describing animals and their habitats, painted a picture that created me feel as if I were in Corfu with the author.
Gerald Durrell writes with amazing wit and brings to life the Durrell family and the people of Corfu. Sometimes the science of the animals that the young Gerald collects and studies becomes a bit much, but I have to remind myself, that this is a naturalist book, not just an amusing memoir. The tv ver focused on the family and did not have nearly as much of the science, so that colourful my attitude. Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed all the books in this series.
I adore this book it is every bit as unbelievable as the series based on the books. Reading about Gerry and Roger's adventures and the rest of this amazing family really are a joy. I search the info fascinating and a amazing escape at the end of my day, I am 80% done reading this book and will miss it when I am done.
Erich von Daniken had the insight and courage to research a subject which would be ridiculed by most people. He begs us to ask why and how so a lot of ancient structures and artifacts exist around the globe that is impossible to build even today. All the ancient myths and religions talk about flying gods. Where they ancient visitors or explorers from a distant planet or galaxy?
There is not much praise I can give Michael Connelly that has not already been heaped upon him by his readers and by critics. His crime writing is absolute genius. His series featuring Detective Harry Bosch is one of my favorite crime novel series. While I prefer Bosch to Mickey Haller, the Lincoln Lawyer, the other main hero of several Connelly novels, including the one I review here The Gods of Guilt, I search that Haller is almost as fascinating as Bosch. I think my prejudice for Bosch lies in the fact that he is solving a crime while Haller is presenting a defense—and yes, solving the crime in the process, but somehow the courtroom setting is not quite as appealing to me as all of LA, which the Bosch novels use. That being said, Connelly is a legal scholar. In this novel, his hero Haller presents his case in a detailed propulsion of evidence until there is no doubt what the legal outcome will be. And yet, the final stage is a stunner. This is what amazing writing is about, and Connelly is a amazing writer. Telling the tale of a high-tech pimp accused of murdering one of his prostitute clients, we grow to love both of them, for we know, as is important in a novel like this (so I no spoilers) that the pimp is innocent. And we know that Haller will show an explosive defense, even as we know he may bend the law a bit to obtain the job done. Supporting him are some colourful characters indeed: his biker investigator, his ex-wife secretary, his mentor in the nursing home, his sometimes-con driver Earl, and the brilliant young lawyer Haller has hired to help him in his firm, a firm that is run out of a Lincoln city car, hence the moniker Lincoln Lawyer. And Connelly doesn’t shy away from several mentions that Haller had been portrayed in a movie—said film being The Lincoln Lawyer starring Matthew McConaughey as Haller. Being not only a writer, but a prominent source of a Bosch TV series and a couple or more films based on his books, Connelly embraces that with gusto, endearing his readers for he seems to be saying, “See. I know you saw the movie, so I’ll just use it in the plot.” What fun!
Being a sucker for Mickey Haller (and any Michael Connelly book) I hate to say a poor word, but in Gods of Guilt I had problem (a) keeping track of who the characters were and (b) caring about the case. Haller once knew and had feelings for the murdered prostitute ... but did I read about that in an earlier book? I don't remember, so hard to obtain emotionally involved. The guy he's defending, on for her murder, is a pimp and not a hero you can like very much. The connections between the drug king in prison and the DEA agent and the investigator Lankford with a longtime dislike for Haller. Did I read about that in an earlier book? I don't remember so hard to recall why he dislikes Haller, hard to figure out (even by the ending) what Lankford had to do with the DEA guy, the drug king, and the prostitute ... Haller's private life and sort-of estrangement from his young daughter isn't explored enough to obtain the reader emotionally involved -- once again, the whole story of his ex wives and his daughter played out in earlier books ... and while I DO remember all that, the private story is not woven very deeply into this book. So once again, it's hard to obtain emotionally involved in the story -- allow alone hold the characters and plot points straight. THE BRIGHT SPOT is that the latest few chapters really come to life with edge-of-your-chair happenings unfolding during the (at last) of the pimp, with a rousing and satisfying ending (and possible reconciliation of Haller and his daughter ... which may play out in future books. Which I will certainly read. In spite of this one sagging in the middle, I'm hooked on Mickey Haller and all Connelly books.)
Amazing one, did choices matter? I like it much. The android game kept challenging my skills alignments which was good. Concepts explained early in the android game are seen or used later, fun. It often asked for my opinions with small or no feedback on them though, which created the feeling of linearity a bit more pronounced.
Amazing but lacking substance The story was primary and linear and a fairly decent read but the romance and hero development were not good none of the romance options feel fleshed out and same with the friendships. It's a amazing for a couple of playthroughs at most
I love this android game This was truly fun to play. Greater storytelling, and lots of replay value due to the android games different choices & length. Unlike in other Choice of Games; here, you actually obtain the payoff you wish depending on the choices you made. Well worth the to buy, and I hope there's a sequel in the future; but this android game is so amazing it can stand on it's own.
This is the third Graham Hancock book I read, (Fingerprints of the Gods, and Underworld are the other two). This is not what I would consider "light reading" as it had me studying other sources and maps. I had long felt that Graham's premise that the human species is a species with amnesia is a correct one. This book is based on sound science, and not some "Ancient Aliens" must have done it. Just think about it. Homo Sapiens have been around for over 200,000 years, and everything we have done dates to the latest 10,000 years? What were we doing for the previous 190,000 years? Picking berries and hitting animals over the head? I doubt it. Graham lays out an interesting theory, and presents info that supports that theory. If you are fresh to Graham Hancock's work I would recommend reading "Fingerprints of the Gods" first then this book. I am looking forward to his fresh book being released "America Before"
I liked a lot of the info presented. Informative geology lessons, maps and astronomy. Also cool is the collection of repeated history, usually told through myths and/or ever, he seems bent on waxing poetic about the locations he visits in a method that severely detracts from my desire to hold reading. Also, he constantly repeats motifs and concepts, to where my head started to so, he loves to ask rhetorical questions, and sets up a fresh chapter or sections with annoying questions that were based on hypotheses he just presented, or as a hackneyed approach to introducing the next topic. "Could it be that... Is it not possible that... But is it not possible that...?" Ugh.I still recommend it. There is a lot of fun stuff. It sets a fair argument for the chance - nay, plausibility - of lost advanced ancient cultures and their wisdom.I just recommend you read other material to support flesh out alternative arguments and possibilities.
Good! It's a really amazing game, but felt like it had less replay value than some of the others. Ended earlier than I expected, not sure if that's for a sequel. Couldn't really see that a lot of various choices, except perhaps swapping the mountain pass for a forest, or father's death for mother's perhaps. Test Choice of Romance, even better imo.
8.5/10 Unlike other reviews, I think this android game is beautiful good. The ending wasn't a total disappointment as others create it out to be. I asgree, there could have been a bigger, unforgettable ending but it wasn't terrible. The story is interesting and challenging at times. I'm glad I chosen to ignore other reviewers because I actually enjoyed it and it's definitely worth the money.
If you are looking for a fun, rabble rousing exposition of ancient magical beings, this isn’t it. This is an intelligently written (you may wish a dictionary close by),painstakingly researched, fascinating book that examines puzzling archeological finds around the world. It is supported by wide ranging objective and subjective observation, calculation, scholarly works and, of course, conjecture which clearly and logically shows the probability of an ancient civilization lost to modern history. Further, it establishes the true chance of catastrophic happenings 11,000 to 13,000 years ago being repeated in our time. I also found Hancock’s mostly respectful treatment of other (sometimes dissenting) researchers to be welcome and refreshing. All in all, a startlingly amazing read!
Very excited to finally have a hard back ver of Fingerprints as they don't frequently present up on Amazon. Outside looks great, but as I opened the pack on my lap, still sitting next to the mailbox, I flip first to a European brand pink sticky candy holding together 4 pages of the book. Sucks but I'm gonna probably have to this again... I'm just gonna tell everyone Graham dropped it in there as IRL easter egg..
This book is a amazing starting point for anyone interested in true alternate history. It's a lengthy book but it is well written and it's simply awesome to see how much historians ignore or leave out of the mainstream and accepted ver of any person with an begin mind who is well schooled in history can tell you, contrary to famous belief, we do NOT know everything about human history. There is amazing evidence of lost civilizations that we know nothing about. All we have are large stone monoliths, that to this day are unexplained creations. Most like the pyramids and the sphinx in Egypt are attributed to the ancient Egyptians when geological evidence suggests that some of these structures are much older than historians are willing to is book will have you questioning the official ver of our story and that's a amazing thing. Question everything and just hold an begin mind while going through the facts, that's how you search the truth.
The theories von Daniken presents in this book are very interesting.I watched the documentary series "Codes and Conspiracy" episode "Ancient astrounats" and that got me to this book. The theories in the book are indeed unsual and they do create a lot sense. The authors interpretations of ancient ruins, photos and legends from all over the globe makes sense, and I can see that there is a chance that things did occur in the method the author portrays in this book.But, there is a lot "what if" questions in this book.If von Daniken could back up his intriguing theories with hard, concrete evidence, we would have to rewrite our history. The theories are both interesting and intriguing, but, "where is the evidence"?
The Gods of guilt are us. We, who have a conscience, a sense of morality, a sense of humanity, and everything that makes us compassionate.Mickey lost his election bid for DA and this is months later. He has become estranged from his 15 year old daughter. She still sees life in black and white, right or wrong, nothing in between. To create matters worse between them, Mickey is called on to defend a digital pimp who is accused of killing one of his girls. He had defended that same girl several years ago and she had a unique put in his heart. He had helped her out of the life, or did he?Clearing this client might clear up several crimes from years before and he has his usual antagonists who don't wish to stir the pot. He is accused of muddying the water by bringing in evidence and witnesses from seemingly unrelated cases. However, the judge gives him the leeway he needs and things obtain done, but not before there is collateral damage.I like the way of story telling that leads me to believe that trials are actually conducted in the manner this books talks about. Defense attorneys are the scum of the earth, but, like vultures, they do have their put in society...making sure that their clients are represented and treated fairly in all things similar to law.
I have loved all Connolly's Harry Bosch books and a couple of Lincoln lawyer ones, but this book did not do it. I kept waiting for something to happen but it seemed to natter on endlessly with Mickey's inner thoughts and problems. I finally gave up and called it a day. A stinker imho!
Amazing but needs more I really really enjoyed this game. There's just one down side, and it's length if you play it like I did you become wrapped up in the story and spend half your work day on your phone. I think it took me right around 6 hours to complete.and I was so disappointed when the end came, that I just wanted there to be more. Like how do I rule my kingdom, what mystery do i search in the far east, can I hack on the queen with my demi god companion. So second season would be nice maybe with a million words, if possible
I liked the story well enough, however it felt to linear. Those choices didn't seem to be huge enough, and the MC's ablities felt method overpwoered as i never felt the MC was ever in danger. I'd like to have seen more hero development as almost everyone just seemed to serve a purpose and that was that. Not one of my favorites, but not the worst either.
Better with each read On my first play through this game, I fell short on my goals and was disappointed; I might even have given a low rating for it. But each time I play through, I realize how detailed and interactive it really is. Treat this like a amazing book, that gets better every time you read it.
It's ok, but... "Destiny" is used as a crutch to prevent you from making any meaningful decisions, meaning you don't obtain any true choices, except at the very end. I'm not even certain that you can die at most parts of the game, I'm beautiful sure you just obtain saved by the gods every time. There was also an exceedingly poor part where you are forced to play as a various character, breaking all immersion.
it's ok. it's written beautiful well and i found it interesting from begin to finish. But it did feel a small bit short, my first playthrough was finished in less than 3 hours which is usually around the shorter side of things when I play this sort of android games even though it claims it has over 400k words. It was a pleasant read overall but not between my very best.
is this a demo? If it's then this is awesome, the characters are amazing the writing is amazing and I like how you can play various characters and see the story from various perspectives, But If this is whole android game then this is just underwhelming the android game is so short it's just one chapter for each hero I hope you're gonna add fresh chapters in each updates like an episodic android game because waiting for a various android game to complete the story seems ridiculous to me
This is the book that first brought the ancient alien theory to mainstream culture. It should be the first read for all ancient alien theorists. If you think the ancient alien theory is "out of this world" ridiculous, I dare you to read this book. Von Daniken doesn't just create suppositions off his own beliefs, he serious archaeological evidence to help his theories. If you haven't a clue what an ancient alien is, if you are an out of the box thinker, or you love archaeology &/or history, this is also a must read for you. I first read this book when I was in grade school & I still read it with the same sense of wonder.
This is a amazing read and I can not wait to delve into the a lot of other books as well as the sequel to this one by Von Daniken. However, with that being said, there are a lot of grammar errors throughout the book. Not enough to create the book unreadable but enough to stop you mid sentence to question the word being used; and to figure out the correct word. Also, there were a few times where the word was completely out of context to the sentence and I could not even figure out what the intended word should’ve been. I’m sure that this is a translation issue. However, considering the publishing house who is putting out this book I would expect these errors to have been picked up in the editing process. Overall, I would still recommend this book. I have throughly enjoyed it.
Growing up in a Roman Catholic family I was both skeptical and curious about this subject and science. Have seen some episodes on television is Ancient Aliens and this ignited my hidden von Daniken makes some interesting claims based on his missions and interpretations of what he sees. I found myself accepting his thought process to a point and at times thought, `okay, wait, that is a bit of a reach`.As I have titled this review the book is an interesting read but one must go in with an begin mind, but not with blind faith.
Loved it. It created me very interested in history to a point that I decided to go to Egypt and see all the ancient websites for myself.I has been about a year since I latest read it so my memory of its exact content is e only criticism I can think of for it is that there was a moment or two in the book where he presents data about various ancient cultures and proceeds to use the similarities within them to suggest a is is actually the majority of the book and they are always very well thought out and valid points. There were only I a couple of moments where I felt that an idea of his(Hancock) was a stretch. I have no academic background myself so I just went by a gut feeling.Other than that I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a book of any e scenes are engaging. Its thrilling to learn about ancient history and even more thrilling to see various ways it could be looked at.
It can have more than one meaning when it comes to this story. The guilt that's been placed on Mickey's client; the guilty actions the antagonists take to cover their tracks; or defense attorney Mickey Haller, who lost more than he's run for the DA's office after a former client gets in an accident. The public and his daughter vilified him. Eventually he comes across a client whose been arrested for murder and he wants Mickey representing him. The victim turned out to be Gloria Dayton, a prostitute Mickey had believed had gotten out of the life. He had represented her on multiple occasions in the past. Her suspected murderer is her pimp whom Mickey believes to be innocent and will do everything in his power to defend.Out of all of The Lincoln Lawyer novels, believe this one to be the best so far. The title has an interesting meaning that I will allow the reader have fun on their own. This is Mickey Hall at his all time low. He's alienated his daughter, the public didn't wish him for their district attorney and when things just might be getting better for Mr. Lucky, he will lose another soul he cares is book is Michael Connelly at his best.
I have true nearly all of the Bosch series and most of the Lincoln Lawyer series of books. I really have fun this author and my usual rating is 4 or 5 stars. This novel doesn't rise to that level. If the Bosch and Lincoln books are truly written by one author, then my hat is off to Connelly for being able to effectively utilize two various writing styles. But, in this specific story, there is obviously more than one author with the second writing the latest pages. In that portion of the book, the point of view shifts to omnipresent and the story degenerates to a narration. Connelly states that he writes without an outline, but does have beginning and ending points in mind at the begin and allows his words to wander from one to the other. In the main, the technique works for him. In this novel, however, that leaves too a lot of unresolved issues. Finally, the novel has three endings; the one stated, a stated alternative, and the one the book builds towards to obtain the poor guys and is unceremoniously abandoned.
The book is transformational and like a college course. I will no longer believe the history of the globe in the same acceptance found in all libraries, written history. THERE IS MUCH MORE AND THERE WAS A FLOOD GLOBALLY. Truth in that or if you doubt requires reading here. My one criticism is the author is so defensive it bogs down so you wish to skip pages. However the defense is likely needed since all archaeology and all discoveries are threatened by the premise of a history 10,000 years ago predating all the experts now published so Hancock's findings versus the globe experts will be a war. I think he is 90% correct and this changes all history books and sets a fresh normal for the history of the globe as we know it. Worth reading, a long book but in itself it is a fresh history of the globe and it will change your thinking.
Another well researched, fascinating work by Mr.Hancock. If Fingerprints whetted your appetite for the history of long lost civilizations, this one will blow your mind as it is firmly a sequel in a lot of ways to that previous outstanding work. There are a lot of things to unpack in this one, and if the riveting connections are found to be real as laid out by his seemingly logical conclusions, mankind may have but scant time to obtain it together before the ultimate restart and return of disasters which have befallen our ancestors present up again for our generation. This is one of the most well documented and articulated exposes of the failures of mainstream archeology's interpretations of known facts. By providing example after example of decades of diliberate coverups and/or astonishingly not good analytical skills, Graham Hancock drives home the point that mainstream archeology has reduced itself to nothing more than a shill -- stripped of any academic value and is therefore devoid of any integrity; it becomes painfully obvious that there has been and continues to be a narrow minded protection of the generally accepted white-washed ver of what should otherwise be our incredibly rich human history. And we all need to begin our eyes before its too late.
Mr. Hancock's exploration of cataclysmic happenings starting and stopping the Younger Dryas period of 12,800 and 11,600 years ago is well researched and well presented. That those happenings were caused by comet fragments striking the earth out of the Taurus debris stream causing heavy world-wide flooding and sea level rise are also almost beyond debate given the amount of latest info available. Examining that time period also seems to point to the destruction of one or more advanced civilizations living before those events. Hancock doesn't just review the work of other scholars, his "boots on the ground" research provides a wealth of info and specific info to help his thesis. While some of the book can be a bit tedious, presenting the info in a form to convince the reader requires the detail he presents. If you are interested in the history of Earth and our put in the scheme of things, this is one of the books you must read. Highly recommended.
I loved it This was a unbelievable story, and one that I am likely to replay a lot of times to see all of the possible outcomes (though i believe that I finished with the best possible one the first time by favoring the gods and weavers, if pragmaticly and by taking the merciful path) i search that the story plays out best if you carefully review your options and create sure your choices are tailored to your abilities and those of the people with you, protect them and they will do likewise. I am very satisfied with the outcome~
Amazing Winner of the Gods is as amazing a chose-your-own-adventure as the rest by this company. Although it feels like there is less replay value than some, I still found myself replaying this a dozen times or so trying to unblock all the achievements and various plot twists. If you like their other android games then this. At $2.99 it's a amazing deal.
I grew up deeply religions even attending a very conservative religious college. I have no doubt there is a God but I believe that we have been misled by the Bible, archaeologist, and historians regarding ancient problems such as flying dragons, flying chariots, the pyramids, and other explainable events. There is too much evidence from other historical documents, including the Bible, Quoran, Jewish texts, Sumerian text, Book of Enoch, etc, that when collectively combined, present there's a much bigger picture of history. This book does a amazing job in taking the FACTS from all these sources to explain different phenomena from the past. Its a amazing read and I high recommend it...if you can read it with an begin mind. At one point mankind believe the globe was flat and the Sun rotated around the Earth. Similarly this book will give you a whole fresh perspective on the Chariots of the Gods.
There are people on here wbom discredit Von Däniken to be too "Matter of Fact" With his theories. People...They are....THEORIES! Albert Einstein published his books on Relativity PRIOR to those theories being proved physically, and some Mathematically. Amazing thinkers question our history and propose theories. I thought Von Däniken did a GREAT Job of keeping the reader well entertained & causing the reader to question some of the "accepted" theories which have found their method into History Books. Amazing Book. Can't wait 'till the next one. Danka!
I've yet to finish reading, but I already know that I would like it just like the others android games that is in my favorite list. But I hope you place some glossary for words, I don't know if it is an error, or wrong grammar or wrong spelling(maybe even mix words) or simply just a words in English I've yet to encounter. But I searched it in dictionary(even in google too) and they don't have it in there. i.e. "tother" is just an examples of those words I saw.
One of the best stories I have ever read. I like they method all MC's are connected to one another. That's how all the choice android games should be . Now if you can work on choices I can surely say this will become one of the top android game in hosted android games series. And I will recommend everyone to give it atleast one test . You don't obtain much in the method of choice but the story is worth your time and it's a android game . So it will not cost you anything .
Jurors are the gods of guilt in Mickey Haller’s world. They decree the fate of the accused. As this story opens, Haller feels as if his private jurors have tried him in the balance and found him wanting. When his daughter’s mate is killed by a drunk driver—a client of Haller’s—she cuts off all contact with him. His burgeoning relationship with his ex-wife implodes. And he loses the election for Los Angeles district attorney.When a murder case comes his way, Haller takes it. (What else is he supposed to do?) What begins as a relationship with paying client quickly becomes a desperate attempt to clear a wrongly accused man, obtain justice for a dead mate (who happens to be his client’s alleged victim, and place the true assassin on the e Gods of Guilt is not the best novel in the Lincoln Lawyer series. That’s a bit like saying someone’s the second tallest starter on an NBA team, however. Michael Connelly is a amazing mystery writer, and I turned the pages on this one like I have on the previous ones—just not as fast. Still, this novel goes deeper in the psyche of Mickey Haller, giving us a window on his hopes and dreams, as well as his doubts and failures. What the story lacks in narrative punch, compared to the other novels, it makes up for in emotional pathos. The reader feels sorry for the downturn in Haller’s private life, even as it cheers him on in the courtroom.
The only thing I do not like about Micheal Connelly novels is that he only does about one a year. I purchase, read in a day, then it is over for the next 10-12 months. The Gods of Guilt is a unbelievable read, even for those not familiar with Connelly's preceding works. Connelly's writing style is concise and is some of the easiest our there for the reader. You just cannot place it down. I actually started the book while on jury duty, sitting in the jury pool lounge. Fortunately, I did not obtain called until late in the morning so I got a amazing begin on the read. I have enjoyed ALL of Connelly"s books and look forward to the next and the next and the anks Michael, thanks for all the time well spent engrossed in your work.
So a small background, I have always been obsessed with unexplained phenomena. As a 10 year-old boy, I would walk to the public library and check out multiple books on the Loch Ness Monster, Sasquatch, The Pyramids, Easter Island, etc.... It was just ingrained in me that if there was a TV present on about these types of things, or a book that just came out, I was all over it. There's my starting point. Lately, this items has been extremely in-style with the popularity of shows like Ancient Aliens. So believe me, I obtain it and I love it. Graham Hancock is a guy that comes across as one of the more measured and if you will "less crazy" purveyors of ancient phenomena. Everybody knows Giorgio Tsoukalos because of the crazy hair and the bombastic statements. Hancock is sort of the professorial-looking dude who actually looks and sounds like he knows what he's talking about. So it was with amazing pleasure that I came across Fingerprints of the Gods. It is a book that has been out for some 20 odd years but I never got around to checking it out. Well all I will say is that if you love finding out a lot about the ruins of Machu Pichu, the mysterious Nazca Lines of Peru, how Antarctica was at one time not covered with ice and mapped out this method by explorers as recently as 600 years ago, the ancient pyramids of Giza, Easter Island, etc.... then you need to read this book. Hancock does a amazing job of presenting his theories while never portraying them as the only definitive answer. I had a lot of fun reading each chapter and then going online to "fact-check" what Graham had just presented. Of course the orthodox historians had perfectly reasonable explanations and also more believable ones, but it was very entertaining to compare the two schools of thought. I'm not naive, I know that Hancock's theories are simply to spark the imagination and most-likely beautiful far from the actual truth. This doesn't mean that I didn't obtain a heck of a lot of enjoyment out of reading Fingerprints of the Gods though. Just take it with a grain of salt. But if you are into this kind of thing, this is about as amazing as it gets. I'm looking forward to reading the sequel Magicians of the Gods.
I'm about half method thru and it's all questions and zero answers (or theories for that matter).The structure of the book, so far, looks more or less like that:-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Chapter (number)I'm at (put the name of the place) I see (put the name of the building/monument), description (of the weather, area, circumstances), could (put the name of the peoples) place that together on their own?Chapter (number)I'm at (put the name of the place) I see (put the name of the building/monument), description (of the weather, area, circumstances), could (put the name of the peoples) place that together on their own?Chapter (number)I'm at (put the name of the place) I see (put the name of the building/monument), description (of the weather, area, circumstances), could (put the name of the peoples) place that together on their own?------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
One of the best books I have read in a long time. Author did a amazing job in assembling what we know of the pre-history and laying his theory of why this cannot be right. He did a spectacular job. A lot of of the people who don't agree with Hancock's propositions are more concerned with academic credentials than with the facts and analysis presented in the book. Instead of focusing on the book, they are focusing on the messenger. There is a lot of hard work placing everything in context and in presenting a consistent integrated compilation. Bravo!
What would we know now if the Conquistadors hadn't destroyed the libraries in Mexico, Central and South America?We might understand how the same construction techniques, astronomical knowledge and mathematical prowess were the same as used in Ancient Egypt (the concept of pi, for example).We might understand why every ancient civilization contains a fable with a flood, survived by some iteration of Noah and his ark (the Judeo-Christian version). There are scores of traditions throughout the world, found in Chinese, Japanese, South American, Egyptian, Inuit, and Native American folklore, with a lot of info in common. The puzzling brilliance of the pyramids and their design will tweak our scientists, although I doubt if we will ever fully is hefty book is not for the faint-of-heart, but it is endlessly fascinating. All it lacks are some images of the vases found in the pyramids. This paperback ver from Amazon is high quality. This is important, because I will loan it out repeatedly.
Compared to Hancock's earlier work, this book is more mature and less speculative. Hancock carefully and thoroughly presents evidence for his research that seems on par with academic standards. What's presented here should no longer be called "pseudoarchaeology". I suspect someday we will look back on Hancock's work as an inflection point or tipping point in rewriting history.Hancock's strongest (and almost irrefutable) theory is that there was a lost, global advanced civilization prior to Sumerian and Egyptian cultures. Hancock provides evidence that points to a comet hitting earth around 10,500BC, melting the ice caps / ice age, and a simultaneous rising-sea wiping out this civilization along with most of their technology. This is probably his weakest theory, though it has some valid and well-supported points. Hancock points to the flood legends around the globe, including Noah's biblical flood, as a reference to this flood along with evidence that a comet did in fact hit earth near the north pole. Though Hancock himself does not seem to subscribe to the biblical "Genesis Record", his work greatly helps the case for at least parts of it. Genesis / biblical flood proponents could see Hancock's work fitting nicely into their chronology of events, except with two cataclysms:1) An advanced culture occupies earth2) A worldwide cataclysm occurs which not only floods the earth, but causes mass volcanic eruptions. The extreme mass of particles in the atmosphere reflect sunlight and cause global cooling (Research "hydroplate theory")3) A little group of humans survive this deluge, bringing animal life with them, AND the technological knowledge of their culture. They exit their "ark" while the flood waters recede. The earth is still very cool, and ice has formed everywhere.4) This band of survivors use their technological knowledge to form an advanced culture and spread across the world rapidly. They build Göbekli Tepe, the Amazing Pyramid, Sacsayhuaman, and possibly other monuments such as Stone Henge...etc. Genesis proponents would point to the Nimrod /Babel period. The epic of Gigamesh also could confirm this.5) After a few hundred years, the ice begins to melt -either from natural global warming or through the happenings of Hancock's younger dryas comet, sea level rises again, and wipes out much of this advanced civilization. The remnants of this civilization eventually become the Sumerian, Egyptian, and other ancient cultures, except much of their technology is lost or no longer understood.
Not sure that Graham has settled controversies in the past, but his skills at precipitating controversial theories are legend and well-deserved. This book continues to honor his persistence at unearthing the uncommon, historic, and prehistoric. Given my nascent understanding of cultures and their evolution I can only suggest that his work is but a tip at what I feel is much though there are wonderful fresh insights from tropical studies of lost civilizations an accelerated effort must also be focused on underwater landscapes as well as those above 2,000 feet/700 meters in elevation.We have the technologies and we must search the will - global change is accelerating and learning from the past may keep the key to the o years of stored sustenance with tools and weapons, like the Mormon Church councils, may not be enough to weather the coming storm. But then, the Mormon Church has always hypothesized we are but relics of alien anks Graham (and Santha)!
A satisfactory attempt at a Greco-Roman style epic Winner of the Gods feels ambitious at times, with a new break from the slew of contemporary CoGs. But it never quite hits the world-changing notes the introduction promises. It's got the makings of a gorgeous setting, ironically hamstrung by the 'destiny' plot, which railroading and a whimper of an ending if you dare to verge from the obnoxious pre-determined plot. But it does merit a test for the interesting lore, and a story that really could have been an epic without the railroading.