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"A fascinating personal journey which adds a new and inspiring chapter to the eternally mysterious story of the Grail.
" --John Matthews, author of The Grail: A Secret History


"An intriguing story with several levels that indicates a secret history and a mystery.
" --Z'ev ben Shimon Halevi, Kabbalistic writer

Endorsement for Patrice Chaplin's other work
: "A surging intensity that keeps the reader glued to the page, on the road, European style.
" -New York Times


Endorsement for Patrice Chaplin's other work
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A female Jack Karouac!
" -El Mundo, Madrid

Endorsement for Patrice Chaplin's other work
: "Powerful, romantic fiction in the tradition of Emily Bronte" -The Guardian

About the Author

Patrice Chaplin is an internationally renowned playwright and author who has written twenty-six books; her novel Siesta became a film starring Jodie Foster and Isabella Rossellini. As a Bohemian in Paris during the 50's and 60's, she spent time with Jean Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. Married to Charlie Chaplin's son Michael and living and working in Hollywood, she was friends with everyone from Lauren Bacall and Miles Davis, to Salvador Dali and Jean Cocteau, who gave her a starring role in one of his films. with Lauren Bacall, Miles Davis, and Salvador Dali. Chaplin has contributed to collections of short stories, including "Black Valentine" and "The Minerva Book of Short Stories". Her plays, documentaries, and short stories have been extensively written and adapted for radio. The short story "Night in Paris" has been translated in many countries, and other short stories of hers have appeared in magazines and newspapers, including The Independent. Her stage play "From the Balcony" was commissioned by The National Theatre in London in conjunction with Radio 3 and was performed at the Cottesloe Theatre. She has also written articles for publications including The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Jewish Chronicle, The Daily Mail, Marie Claire, and The London Magazine. Today, Chaplin finds herself thrown deep into the Grail culture, and at the heart of a raging new controversy about the reality of the Rennes-le-Château mystery. Chaplin is the director of The Bridge®, a non-profit organization that leads workshops based in the performing arts as a new and unique way to help fight addiction. She resides in London and is currently writing The Garden of the Frenchwoman.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 348 pages
  • Publisher: Quest Books (July 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0835608719
  • ISBN-13: 978-0835608718
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,314,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Andrew Gough on August 3, 2008
Format: Paperback
Enjoy a mystery? Intrigued by secret societies, rituals, the Holy Grail and other-worldly spiritual quests? Good, then read on.

City of Secrets is a wonderfully written book and a gripping mystery. Chaplin's exciting new research takes place in and around the romantic and mysterious Spanish town of Girona.

Enthusiasts of Dan Brown novels will love it. Why? For a start it's about the Holy Grail - the real Grail, not the one you read about in fiction.

In City of Secrets, Chaplin draws on a lifetime of esoteric experience, research and associations, including friendships with Jean Cocteau, Salvador Dalí and Umberto Eco, to offer new insights into the mystery Rennes-le-Château (the story of a priest who discovers a heretical secret that threatens the church and produces incredible wealth); the real inspiration to Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code.

Chaplin, a proper novelist, writer and playwright, with dozens of works to her credit, including Albany Park and Siesta, which was made into a film staring Jodi Foster and Isabella Rossellini. Part of the Bohemian scene of the 50's and 60's, she was married to Charlie Chaplin's son and lived in Hollywood.

City of Secrets is a must read for any mystery lover, seeker of esoteric knowledge, or fan of great writing.
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I heard an interview given by the author on Coast to Coast AM with Ian Punnett and was hooked on getting the book. What a marvelous story this is. It truly is one that kept me up reading late several nights. The story may seem like just another love story at first, but the events and details will leave you with one of those "Wow" moments by the end of the book. I was interested in the story because it told the other half of a story that did not make great sense when I first began my research into Renne la Chateau France and Father Sonnier. Now, everything makes sense and the mystery is solved in my mind. What is so fascinating is that Patrice Chaplin was in the middle of one of the greatest secrets kept from this world and she finally was made a part of the adventure. Wow! Get it and read it and you will want more from this marvelous writer. The only sad thing is, there will be no more of this story unless...Jose comes back yet again! You will know what I mean once you have read this great book.
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I'd heard about the writer and her history and some of the books but I was disappointed by what I found in this particular book.
I suppose if you buy into all the Rennes-le-Chateau/Holy Blood Holy Grail/etc conspiracies/mysteries/folklore the reader would find something of interest or amusement but I found myself more irritated than entertained, more frustrated than informed and above all, very glad I had bought it from Amazon as a used book so I hadn't wasted more money on it.
Caveat emptor.
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This is a beautiful book, poetically written, full of rich images
that come alive for the reader.
Partice Chaplin is different from any other 'Holy Grail researcher' on the planet.
That's something!
It is also a love story on many levels.
This book is a "page turner"and absolutely filled with intrigue.
In her youth and with her adventurous spirit, she
uncovered something that she herself knew nothing of until years later.
City of Secrets is a very important beginning...into a powerful
journey indeed. I can't wait for the next book to be released.
I suggest you READ THE BOOK, YOU WILL LOVE IT!
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Chaplin's new research and journey takes place in and around the mysterious Spanish town of Girona, that has a legend of a Tower of Magdala, that Sauniere duplicated at Rennes le Chateau and secret Kabbalist writings,that were sold to Templars of Salzburg leading to the Habsburgs of Austria, the SION and a secret stone in a fish pond.
There are also letters printed in this book to confirm the findings

Important findings and Revelations to all researchers of the Truth
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For a critical-thinker, and feeler, like myself, I was intellectually and emotionally satisfied with its storyline, contents, and sacred revelations into the fifth dimension.

It is an open, heartfelt, honest diary of a beautiful, albeit at times tortured, soul seeking the truth of time-travel legends in the City of Secret mystery, the countryside mindscape known as Rennes-le-Chateau in France.

However, if one is not intimately involved in the Holy Grail and Knights Templar legends, then the multidimensional truth, reality of collapsing inner and outer space via trance technologies and an organic technology employing the blood, bones, and stones, as I put it, will be overlooked.

That is, the impact on our psyche long-term of what it means to be able to open "stargates" at will, put to work the sacred Phi ratio-Fibonacci geometry of Egyptian and Mayan cosmology, is upon us.

I ask that you read this book and do so reverently; Patrice Chaplin gave her life to bring it to us now. She has lived as a courageous Arthurian Knight of the Round Table existence that only happens when you follow your heart as it takes you into the "holy of holies," the Arc of the Covenant, the "angles" mapped by the Zodiac.

In other words, I warn you; this book is but a primer to prepare you for our brave new world to come beyond 2012.

Dr. John Jay Harper is the author of Tranceformers: Shamans of the 21st Century - Second Edition Revised and Updated for 2012.
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