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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful
on May 26, 2012
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I have been an avid fan of Nick Redfern's research. His books have always been a valuable addition to my library. I feel this is the best book he has ever written! Many of the topics are about issues that I have yet to encounter in my decades plus in UFOs and issues that the CIA, NASA and other black budget recipients refuse to make public. Here are just a few of the fascinating subjects in this tome: the Mayan 2012 enigma, crop circles, the various strange interests of the CIA, NASA and similar organizations of the British intelligence branches that include Noah's ark, the strange raid of the ancient antiquities museum in Iraq, and the entirety of the ancient Sumerian civilization!
Nick is an author that I buy as soon as a new book hits the market! I'm sure anyone who purchases this book will find themselves reading into the wee small hours of the morning as I did just last night! Few books reach that level of interest! Bravo, Nick!
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on June 23, 2012
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as well as of several obscure ones. Consulting published materials from fields far apart and presenting official policy papers and declassified documents, Redfern investigates the abiding interest of American (and British) military and civilian intelligence agencies in anomalous ancient artefacts and megalithic sites representing exotic technology that can be utilized, primarily, for military purposes, and which may threaten with rewriting history as we know it. Needless to emphasize, an equal measure of attention has been devoted to certain researchers and their hypotheses.
However, bear in mind: "Perhaps the surveillance [of psychics Jeane Dixon and Ruth Montgomery, in particular; also meant to be understood more generally] was undertaken to try to determine how successfully the CIA's faked stories of ancient aliens, and its MK-Ultra-style mind manipulations relative to possibly bogus outer-space-linked issues such as the Nine, were pulling the strings of the New Age arena" (p. 129).

Among the various topics covered in the book, the reader can find the following: 1) USAF's repeated photographic missions of the so-called 'Noah's Ark' being located close to the summit of Mt. Ararat (Turkey); 2) levitation/anti-gravity achieved via acoustic means; 3) the alleged quest for a 'dimensional portal' in post-9/11 Iraq, billed "star-gate" in the book (note the same appelation, albeit without a hyphen, was used for controlled remote viewing programmes run by the DIA and CIA) and the systematic looting of the National Museum in Baghdad in 2003 (based on papers by Michael Salla, Jim Marrs, and Colonel Matthew Bogdanos' book); 4) father of the A-bomb, Robert Oppenheimer's fascination with the Indian epic Mahabharata and its references to thermonuclear war; 5) an alleged and only partly deciphered 'Hebrew Bible' found in a crashed flying craft at White Sands, NM, (Roswell 1947 or Aztec of 1948?; source Harry Cooper, father of Timothy Cooper of MJ-12 fame). Said scroll "was confirmed as the long-sought-after key to understanding extraterrestrial UFO sightings, and this information was shared with the Vatican in 1949," (p. 26) claims the pseudonymous Thomas Cantwheel (MJ-12 whistleblower) - for my part, this story should preferably be taken with a spoonful of that proverbial salt. 6) Andrija Puharich's CIA-funded Amanita muscaria/fly agaric experiments and his links to the cabal of 'Nine' (relying on the exciting title The Stargate Conspiracy: The Truth about Extraterrestrial life and the Mysteries of Ancient Egypt by Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince, 1999. Occult/parapolitics researcher Peter Levenda has more to say about Puharich on pages 240-48 in the first volume of the trilogy called The Nine (Sinister Forces: A Grimoire of American Political Witchcraft, Book 1) Trine Day 2005). 7) British intel and mysterious plasma orbs inducing hallucinations at the "dancing stones" of Stonehenge, Avebury, and Rollright (Wiltshire, England); 8) Major General Edward G. Lansdale's psyops hoaxing of vampire (Asuang) attack targeting Huk rebells in the 1950s Philippines and his plan to use "a U.S. Navy submarine to project images of Jesus Christ onto low-lying clouds off of the coast of the Cuban capital of Havana" (p. 193); 9) a very brief overview of the Nazi Ahnenerbe and its mission; 10) theories concerning the curious Mars anomalies in the Cydonia region and Egyptian parallels the recently deceased Mac Tonnies had shared w/ Redfern in interviews from 2004 and 2006; etc.

As for the downside:

A) As the saying goes, "Once is never, twice is often." - I felt somewhat cheated when realizing the author, without noting doing so, has again lift over large chunks of closely similar sentences and the very same paragraphs from a previous publication of his, which this time happens to be SCIENCE FICTION SECRETS: From Government Files and the Paranormal (Anomalist 2009; henceforth abbreviated SFS):

> Expanding on Morris K. Jessup's (1900-59) obsession w/ Mayan and other Amerindian structures and ancient astronauts, and how they relate to the supposed Philadelphia Experiment of 1943 (compare pp. 74, 86, 91-2 and SFS: 38, 41, 43-4).
> Regarding the 'Face' on Mars, Tom Corbett and Space Cadet of the 1950s, and predictive programmer, comics illustrator Jack Kirby, who "had secret associations with...none other than the CIA" (p. 160); plus his involvement in a planned filming of SF classic Roger Zelazny's "Lord of Light" in 1979, and a rescue operation of hostages taken at the American Embassy in Teheran around the same time (compare pp. 134, 156-7, 159-60, 160-2 and SFS: 8-9, 10-1, 17-9).
B) I'm quite perplexed about how the author is able to tell what the enigmatic Carlos Allende/Carl Allen's scrawled notes to Jessup's book titled "The Case for UFO" (1955) have revealed, when only 25 copies were produced of that special edition by the Varo Corporation of Garland, Texas, all of which are unaccounted for (contrast the info on pages 89 and 93). Or does Redfern have access to the original copy "mailed anonymously to the U.S. Navy's Office of Naval Research (ONR) in Washington, D.C., [that] was turned over to Major Darrell L. Ritter" (p. 86)?
C) Unmentioned in the present tome is that the aforementioned Carlos Allende "was one pseudonymous Dr. Franklin Reno[,] who had actually succeeded in developing an application of Einstein's theory that was then capitalized upon by the Navy for its Philadelphia Experiment" (SFS: 40).
D) It's impossible to determine which one of his two books from 2010 the author used as a source (see pages 196 and 273).

29 b&w pics., bibliography (pp. 259-78), index (279-84)
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on May 29, 2012
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The U.S. Government wants to know about everyone and everything, sometimes even keeping their information to themselves. In "The Pyramids and the Pentagon: The Government's Top Secret Pursuit of Mystical Relics, Ancient Astronauts, and Lost Civilizations," renowned author Nick Redfern tries to link the government's interest and knowledge in the topic of past history, relics, aliens and artifacts.

This two hundred and eight-four page soft cover book has a light brown jacket with three photos depicting the Pyramids, the Pentagon and the Face of Mars on the front with one review and a description of the book contents with the author's small photograph on the back. It is written in casual format with no noticeable grammatical or typographical errors.

In addition to a small dedication and acknowledgment page with table of contents, there is a short introduction at the beginning of the book. About a dozen black and white (some grainy) photographs are included inside. A short conclusion is followed by nineteen pages of bibliography, five pages of index and a one page about the author with other written works mentioned.

This quick read is a documentary of how governments (especially the United States and England) want to learn, change, or use for their advantage information about past historical relics, religious artifacts and mystical or lost civilizations. Redfern discusses the government's interest in topics ranging from the biblical Dead Sea Scrolls, Noah's Ark, the Ark of the Covenant or the Holy Grail to the Egyptian Pyramids, the Dancing Stones, Stonehenge, and the Face of Mars. Each topic tries to correlate the government's interest (secretive or not), cover-up and tracking of either the people involved or the object itself.

Redfern does his homework in mentioning names of individuals or groups involved both from the public and governmental viewpoint. Although most of the governmental documentation is hearsay or considered "top-secret," (several times it is only a relative's viewpoint of what someone stated previously), he tries to connect the dots on its involvement. He concludes the government perhaps seeks out strange happenings or artifacts to learn their mysteries and duplicate them for their own gain. Be it for religious, occult or even alien backing, world governments do not know enough about such topics and could be and are still playing the "one-upmanship" game for world domination and control.

This reader found the book's reference to the 1940s and 1950s interesting as most of the U.S. government's participation and research started at this pivotal time period. It is ironic how much of Redfern's findings were related to the Bible and its lengthy history. Too often governmental reports had weak witnesses or undocumented proof so more photographs, especially of any U.S. declassified documents, would have been helpful.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on July 10, 2012
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I was actually looking for a different book by Nick Redfern when I bought this one on impulse. I could not turn the pages fast enough, I found it so intriguing. There is much data in here that has been further extrapolated in a manner of & with information that I had not hitherto been familiar with. This is a very pleasant outcome when after much prolific reading one book starts to sound so much like another. I would highly recommend this book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 10, 2012
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It is an intriguing book. It exposes many incidents that may be covered up. But it is supposed to be somehow "investigative" which was not done properly. With every incident you feel that while reading, you will reach the clear truth; rather, it stops short of reaching any definitive conclusion.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 3, 2013
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This book is excellent. I very much enjoyed reading it. The author has done a great deal of research and has come to intelligent, thought provoking conclusions. A must read for seakers of the truth
a bout the origin of mankind and where we might be headed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 15, 2013
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I liked the book with the exception of the author delves into a subject and gets you wrapped in only to end abruptly leaving you to want more. With the nature of the subject there isn't going to be any memos or letters that the author can provide to answer the questions posed. Still I feel like I am being brought up to the top of a mountain and after climbing up to reach the top I cant look out and see anything.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on December 14, 2012
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Mildly interesting but lacking in any substantive info that you can sink your teeth into. Vague references and poor research. A great book for conspiracy buffs who do not rely on solid sources and take hearsay as factual information. I downloaded the Kindle version and paid too much. Two dollars would have been a reasonable price based on the so-so entertainment value of the book. Is this book in print? The publisher will lose their a-- on this one. Save your hard earned money my friend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2014
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Pretty good book . The book puts a lot of facts together with some hearsay and you make up your own mind.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 23, 2013
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Begins well, then ends badly. Hurried, rushed thesis. Not well thought-out, or written. It was waste of money. Try again...
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