After reading the author's first book, God Star, in which he traced the roots of religion to worship of the planet Saturn, I was not totally convinced by his scenario of an earth as a satellite of Saturn which entered the Solar System somewhere around 10 - 15,000 years ago, despite the massive amount of evidence offered from the mytho-historical record as well as cosmology and plasma physics. In the process he claimed to have discovered where his original inspiration, Immanuel Velikovsky, was wrong - but in an entirely different way than most of his critics suggested. The point here is that Velikovsky was apparently wrong in favour of an even more bizarre and almost unbelievable scenario than his own, which involved only the ejection of one planet from another (nothing particularly earth-shattering there, if you'll pardon the pun...!) and its subsequent near-collision with Earth. Cardona on the other hand postulates that, because every trace of ancient mythology and even the roots of all culture that have so far been found all seem to point somehow back to Saturn, Saturn was the foundation stone of humanity, of human culture and religious belief. After delving through the mythological and legendary records for a third of a century, he arrived at the unshakeable conviction that, as Velikovsky had suggested in an almost throwaway remark 50 years ago, the earth really had once been a satellite of Saturn as sun, a brown dwarf star, something which many astronomers have since suggested is exactly what Saturn actually is. Not only was earth a satellite of Saturn, but the proto-Saturnian planetary system was a "solar system" in its own right and probably drifted through space on its own independent orbit until it encountered the present solar system.
Flare Star then sets out to show that the last Ice Age came suddenly to an end due to the cosmic catastrophe that was caused by the proto-Saturnian system's entry into the present Sun's domain of electro-magnetic influence. As in God Star, much of the evidence comes from the message contained in mankind's mytho-historical record, but the main evidence derives from the scars of the events that are still etched in Earth's landmasses and ocean depths.
Along the way, various enigmas that have bothered a range of disciplines are elucidated. One of the greatest tectonic upheavals that humanity has ever experienced - encompassing geomagnetic field excursions, diastrophism, global volcanism, the heaping of the oceans onto the land, the extinction of life that followed and much more - is provided with a catastrophic cause that has eluded researchers until now. Nor can it be said that all of humankind succeeded in dodging the catastrophe, or that those fortunate enough to do so escaped entirely unscathed. For it is apparently also in this event (or this series of events) that we can find the real roots of the Biblical Deluge and others described around the world.
The very concept of deity, the origin of which was traced in God Star, is here explored further, since man ended up blaming his God (Saturn) for the source of the event that forever changed his world. Nor is this to be wondered at, seeing as the cause in question did proceed from the very entity that man himself found reason to endow with what he later termed its divine powers.
Whilst most books about catastrophist subjects start off with an overview of existent theories and their shortcomings, the treatment offered here is the most comprehensive that I've yet come across. The author spends the first 80 pages taking us through the various theories about ice ages, including Milankovitch cycles, pole shifts, magnetic field collapse, and so on, whilst pointing out why the explanations offered are without exception lacking evidence (or logic!) After that we are reminded of the mytho-historical insistence upon Saturn as the primary motivation before a fascinating discussion about what conditions on the planet earth at that time may have been like, before getting to the event that ended it all. And whilst God Star, as noted, was the first in the series, actually Flare Star could equally well be read first.
Cardona apparently started off believing that Velikovsky was incorrect in detail whilst being correct in his overall presentation. He now insists that Velikovsky was correct in detail but incorrect in his overall presentation, simply misplacing events in time and as a consequence mistranslating the causes. Due to the nature of Cardona's scenario, that Saturn and the other planets were much closer together and at least for a time in a perfect line with Saturn stationary at the earth's north pole, for a long time I preferred Velikovsky's scenario, as an errant planet or comet to account for the recent catastrophic history of the planet is far more easily within the scope of the imagination. Cardona's scenario is most assuredly not, at least not at first. However, it does offer answers to lots of unanswered conundrums about our history, and knowing that the universe is fully electro-magnetic rather than electrically dead and motivated by nothing more than gravity as standard theory suggests, an electro-magnetic line up of this sort should not be totally alien to anyone who has spent much time playing with magnets in their lives. So I find that, while I resisted fully accepting the "Saturn theory" for a long time, I now find myself unable to think in any other terms than that the earth really WAS once (and not so long ago) a satellite of the planet Saturn. There is such a massive amount of evidence pointing at Saturn in the mythological record that it simply cannot be ignored, and when researchers approach a question from entirely different angles yet arrive unshakeably at the very same very bizarre conclusion, this in itself must be a powerful incentive to take a closer look.
Can't rate this book highly enough for anyone who wants to know about the history of the human race and the earth we live on.
Suggested further reading:
God Star - Dwardu Cardona
The Saturn Myth - David Talbott
Solaria Binaria - Alfred de Grazia (available online)
Symbols of an Alien Sky (video), parts 1 & parts of part 2 available online
The archives of AEON, KRONOS, SIS and various other catastrophist journals and newsletters, available at catastrophism dot com.