- Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
- Publisher: Harper; Reprint edition (March 27, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061379131
- ISBN-13: 978-0061379130
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 756 customer reviews
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Twelfth Planet: Book I of the Earth Chronicles (The Earth Chronicles) Mass Market Paperback – March 27, 2007
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About the Author
Zecharia Sitchin is an internationally acclaimed author and researcher whose books offer evidence that we are not alone in our own solar system. One of a handful of scholars able to read the Sumerian cuneiform tablets, he has combined archaeology, ancient texts, and the Bible with the latest scientific discoveries to retell the history and prehistory of mankind and planet Earth. His trailblazing books have been translated into more than twenty languages; his first one, an oft-quoted classic, celebrates the thirtieth anniversary of its publication. A graduate of the University of London and a journalist and editor in Israel for many years, he now lives and writes in New York.
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I traveled to Peru after reading the first three books in The 12th Planet series. Awing the wonders with an entirely new understanding than the tired, worn out assumptions of anthropology and boxed religious rantings.
The 12th Planet is not an easy read unless you are well versed in myth(?)ology. I finally gave up and bought his Index making it much easier. Not a book of fiction, rather based upon reliable research, excellent quotes from substantiating references, The 12th Planet will awaken knowledge you know, but have lost through generations of DNA reconditioning. Political/religious control/manipulation.
The 12th Planet is Sitchin's life work. Spirited into the subject as a child by a teachers inability to answer his questions ... her attempt to corral his mind into isolated, acceptable thought ... Sitchin stretched his mind ... learned to read the Sumerian language, allowing his research into ancient records that few have dared to travel, because the information potentially destroys current religious culture/beliefs. If only minds would open to the possibilities Stitchin offers in his literature. Perhaps sooner than later, since science is discovering new huge planets that could support life; how the moon was formed, all pointing to the man who for years purported a truth everyone snubbed. I wish only he had lived long enough to see his research validated by the very sciences that ignored, even castigated his work.
It took me three months to read The 12th Planet. 1) Each character with various names depending upon the culture being discussed, and succeeding paragraph easily change cultures, 2) So much knowledge is packed into every page, some page ideas stumped me. I had to put the book down for several days or weeks to digest the new way of seeing, which in some respects will totally distort currently held belief systems ... especially fundamental Baptist upbringings, even though already I was way past that box, or so I thought.
Sitchin brought me so much farther. He opened my eyes, expanded my mind, offered me new possibilities for my very existence. And, I believe.
NOT RECOMMENDED for orthodox Christians unwilling to consider possibilities outside the theology of the church. To read Sitchin's works, one must be treading a Spiritual Path, willing to accept new ideas, able to open their vision that just maybe we are the fabric of another race ... without erasing the fact there is a Creator ... One, who created all things and another, that just possibly formed us out of the clay ... just not exactly the way we have been led to believe.
I Believe. Do you?
Anyway, I like this sort of book. I like a book that tells us that everything we were taught is a bunch of baloney. It's fun for me to read this sort of thing. And some of the details in this book are very believable. For example, how could anyone who is open minded refuse to take seriously the contention that there used to be a planet in between Mars and Jupiter? Considering the pile of rubble there, the asteroid belt, it seems pretty obvious that there used to be a planet in that orbit, and it got smashed apart. I consider it both close mindedness and stupidity to dismiss the belief that there used to be a planet where the asteroid belt currently orbits the sun. Why the hell not? There is no asteroid belt between Mercury and Venus, or between Venus and Earth, or between Earth and Mars, or between Jupiter and Saturn, etc. As I wrote above, it is Obvious that there used to be a planet in that orbit, and it was smashed into, thus the asteroid belt of planetary rubbish. Of course you can easily come up with other possibilities, like that there was almost a planet there, but for whatever reason the asteroids never came together there, but why not? Smashing into Tiamat is a perfectly sensible explanation for the asteroid belt.
What is more fun here is the claim that the figures in our most ancient religions, our most ancient gods, were real men and women from the planet Marduk, otherwise known to modern astronomers as Planet 9, but referred to in this book as the 12th planet. Planet 9 is very much expected by our current astronomers, and it seems to be the same planet that is described in this book and is, in fact, the title character of the book.
Might there really be a Planet 9, a 12th planet, that not only has life on it, but has intelligent life on it? That would be a change. I agree with Leonard McCoy of Star Trek fame when he says "Beam me up, Scotty, there's no intelligent life on this planet." I see almost no evidence of intelligent life on Earth. Put on the evening news and then see if you can disagree with that statement.
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