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On the same level as H.P. Lovecraft
on March 7, 2012
3 stars for entertainment value, can't go any higher, because I have actually done other research on the Illuminati. His account of the life of Pythagoras was almost perfectly plagiarized from Manly P. Hall. EXCEPT a very important part- his death. According to Hall, Pythagoras was either murdered by being burned alive along with his followers, or possibly escaping the blaze with the assistance of his followers, whom he left behind to burn, later dying of a "broken heart". No doubt, the author (who ironically keeps us in the dark of his true identity by using Adam Weishaupt's name instead of his own LOL) took some creative license, inserting a crucifixion and anticipated resurrection in order to confuse Christians. I'm surprised Hall didn't do that!
I'd also like to make a comparison to another book, Code of the Illuminati, by Abbe Barreul (Also available for Kindle, $2.99 I think). It was written after the dispersion of the Bavarian Illuminati, [which was founded by Weishaupt in 1776, and only lasted 10 years, and in 1786, he was banished from Bavaria and lived in Gotha, where he wrote 5 books revealing the truth about the Illuminati] (I am looking for English translations, none available as far as I know) Anyway, this book was written before Weishaupt died, and was an anti-Illuminati expose, which detailed each of the 10 degrees, and also blasted the group, citing purported "private letters" etc. I find it very interesting to point out that for all of the info (And I suspected while reading that this book was commissioned by the Catholic Church and much hideousness was added for color) NOT ONE SINGLE MENTION of Abraxas (alternately Abrasax) was made. I wonder how this pseudo-Weishaupt would account for that? A complete damning expose possibly by the murderous Catholic Church, definitely by a hater of the order and the founder, and no mention of the "pure deity" they supposedly worshiped! And also, the church didn't even murder him, only banished him. The leader of the Illuminati treated better than a Jew or a Templar. Hmmmmmmmm...... Maybe they knew he wasn't so bad after all? They just wanted him to stop? Think about it.
If you read this book, or any others in this series, do so with the same kind of faith you would put into a book about Cthulhu. Or else, I'd have to quote the real Adam Weishaupt- Oh, mortal man, is there nothing you can't be made to believe?