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Thought provoking but needs work
, April 17, 2001
This review is from: Lost Cities of North & Central America (Lost Cities Series) (Paperback)
This was a very thought provoking book. The author himself has, been too many of the places described in the book, which adds a sincere element of realism to the story. This book is a "must read" if you are interested in ancient ruins and pyramids, but it is one book you will need to exercise a little personal judgment. The author is lacking in credibility and doesn't spend a great deal of time on details. This book could have easily been cut up into four separate books and the author could have spent a little more time researching the various regions discussed.
I also found it very frustrating that the author didn't appear to make a better effort to explore some of the more mysterious areas talked about in the book. Portions of the Grand Canyon are supposedly restricted and contain mysterious magnetic fields that cause compasses to be offset. I am surprised that there hasn't been more attempts to access this area and that the government has not allowed research in this area. When researching the underwater ruins in the Great Lake, the author couldn't hold his breath very long so he had to surface. Given the importance of this research, another dive might have been nice to read about.
I was convinced after reading this book that there have been many attempts over the years to discredit and hide evidence that is contradictory to the theory of Creation and Evolution. The author noted some 900 tablets that were supposedly discovered in a Mexican temple, but cannot be found.
The pyramids in the U.S. are interesting as well, but I have since learned that the majority of the pyramids in the U.S. were made by ancient Indian cultures. The credit for these pyramids has been explored (although the author fails to mention this,) but it appears to be prejudice that has not allowed the Indians to receive the credit for their structures. It appears that the ancient Indians were much more advanced than the Indians that have existed in the last 300 years, which is also shown in their art prior to the discovery of maze. Like our own culture, the Indians suffered from over abundance, which led to the breakdown of their interdependent family units and their art. The evidence for this can be seen in the tooth decay, which occurred almost simultaneously with the loss of detailed artifacts buried in the pyramids.
I also have to mention that the literary quality of this book is weak. The author could have spent a little more time editing. There were plenty of missing words and typos, which didn't help the credibility of the book. Otherwise, this book is well worth reading and is a good break from the more serious books out there. There is plenty of drama and lots of loose theories. If Indiana Jones were to write a book, it would probably read a lot like this book...Enjoy.
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