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"His ideas have a mythic appeal..."--James A. Herrick, Christianity Today

About the Author

Erich von Däniken is arguably the most widely read and most-copied nonfiction author in the world. He published his first (and most well-known) book, Chariots of the Gods, in 1968. It was a worldwide bestseller and has been followed by 31 more books, including the recent best-sellers Twilight of the Gods and History Is Wrong (both published by New Page Books). His works have been translated into 28 languages and have sold more than 63 million copies. Several have also been made into films. Erich's ideas have been the inspiration for a wide range of TV series, including the History Channel's hit Ancient Aliens. Erich lives in Switzerland but is an ever present figure on the international lecture circuit.

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  • File Size: 3168 KB
  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Publisher: New Page Books; 1 edition (September 30, 2011)
  • Publication Date: September 30, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005YY0MSW
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #390,583 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By M. L Lamendola VINE VOICE on October 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is another entertaining, well-written, and informative book from Erich von Daniken. The usual elements of witty writing, intense research, lots of minutiae, logical analysis, and questioning of orthodoxy are all present. Somehow, von Daniken manages to cover the same underlying theme (the gods of ancient times were actually aliens from another planet or other planets) from a different and interesting perspective with each book.

These comments from my review of Twilight of the Gods apply also to Odyssey of the Gods:

His iconic book, Chariot of the Gods, not only fueled a counterculture but also became a hit in the main culture. Even after some three dozen books, Erich von Daniken continues to enrapt readers with his provocative thinking, irrefutable evidence, and clear logic. Plus some anomalies that have astute readers grimacing....

Whether his information and conclusions are correct is almost irrelevant to many readers (count me in that group). His books are always worth reading, because they are a pleasure to read. Even with so many books under his belt, von Daniken has written yet another jewel.

Now, for my comments that are specific to Odyssey of the Gods.

As usual, von Daniken takes his shots at archeologists, but in this book he seems to make an unusual effort to avoid going out on any limbs with those comments. I'd hate to be the archeologist in charge of debating the specific errors von Daniken brings up in this book, because I'd have to resort to illogic and lying to prevail. Normally, von Daniken leaves himself open to easy counterargument. He usually gives his opponents the opportunity to cast doubt on everything he says by summarily destroying individual points he brings up. This time, I didn't see that.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Joseph S. Maresca HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 8, 2011
Format: Paperback
Odyssey of the Gods by Erich von Daniken takes
a dispassionate look at Ancient Greece and
challenges our assumptions about how Western
Civilization evolved over the centuries. Could
there have been other-worldly interventions?

In Plato, one can read about the eradication
of whole countries and cities, so that small
groups survived in mountainous regions only.
These survivors preserved the art of pottery,
making clothing, simple weapons manufacture and
hunting/gathering. The use of metals was taught
to the survivors by the gods.

In the area of the "pyramids of Argolis" is the
"block house". This is a square structure built
of dressed stone beams. Parts of the construction
are very similar to gigantic walls as far away
as Peru. At both places, the stonework is not
composed of monoliths cut at a 90 degree angle.
The blocks are interjoined in a highly complex
fashion with many corners- secure against
earthquakes and violent earth movements.
Even the pyramids have a structure ;whereupon,
each of 3 sides is counterbalanced during
earthquakes so that the entire structure
has withstood the centuries.

The machine of Anticythera is now in the
Greek Museum in Athens. The metal parts
consist of pure bronze or copper-tin alloys
of varying compositions. There are small
amounts of gold, nickel, arsenic, sodium,
iron and antimony. The Greek letters gave
absolute proof that the instrument had an
astrological utility.

There were over 30 cogwheels of different
sizes interconnected with one another and
fastened to a copper plate by means of
small axles.
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Erich Von Däniken's bestselling 1968 book 'Chariots of the Gods?' helped to popularize what is now known as the "ancient astronaut" theory. This theory was featured in the 1970s NBC documentary 'In Search Of Ancient Astronauts' and has even made it to Hollywood with the X-Files and the latest installment of the Indiana Jones movies. In short, the theory is that humanity, thousands of years ago, was visited by aliens who built gigantic structures such as the pyramids and Stonehenge and were mistaken for gods by our ancestors. They are the inspiration behind much of the ancient mythology around the world and the fantastic beasts included in many of those myths are actually the result of genetic experimentation.

Von Däniken looks at three tales of ancient Greece and applies his broader ideas to those tales. The three tales are: 1) Jason and the Argonauts; 2) The Iliad/The Odyssey; 3) Atlantis. A great of deal of time in this audiobook is spent simply reciting these stories (easily one-third of the audiobook) and then stopping from time to time to offer insight based on his theories and fitting them back into his larger theory by noting how some aspects of the stories are similar to other tales from other ancient cultures, such as the Assyrians, ancient India, ancient Israel and even the Mayans, Aztecs and Incas.

As one can imagine, Von Däniken offers an interesting perspective on these stories. All of the creatures and heroes are the result of alien/human crossbreeding or genetic manipulation. Von Däniken allows no room for exaggeration - every tale is taken at face value, especially if it has great detail.
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