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K2, Quest of the Gods [Paperback]

Ralph Ellis
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1 Feb 2002
Explains the design of the Great Pyramid in great detail and it appears that its architect has specified a structure that contains a curious blend of technology, lateral thinking and childish fun yet this design can also point out the exact location of the legendary Hall of Records' to within a few meters. The X marks the spot location has been found at last. Join the author on the most ancient quest ever devised, a dramatic journey in the footsteps of Alexander the Great and to the highest peaks at the very heart of the Himalaya...
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  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Adventures Unlimited Press (1 Feb 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0932813992
  • ISBN-13: 978-0932813992
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.7 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,336,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Left out in the cold 8 Dec 2008
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Eagerly purchased the book and keenly awaited delivery. Author starts with well described atmosphere of K2; what follows is author's interpretation of all mathmatical dimensions of the various Egyptian pyramids, related causeways, geographic location on the global grid and of how they relate to the Hindu Kush, and the possible location of a hidden hall of records. The author follows in the footsteps of Dionysus and Alexander the Great, but he says he knows the actual location of X on the map, where they did not. The author leads us through his thoughts, his calculations, his theories, and finally his journey to the actual location............. but maybe I missed something, as the book then finishes (in the midst of the various appendices) as he is looking for the door in a similar location on the rock face of K2 to the door on the great pyramid itself. Maybe this is to be the subject of his next book?

I found the constant references, almost on every line, to his previous books irritating. If I had read the previous book, I didn't need the references, and if I hadn't read the book, the references were lost on me anyway.

All in all, the chase is more exciting than the finale; the reader is left out in the cold and unrewarded with the answer to the puzzle. Was the hall of records found or not? Maybe I'll just pop out to K2 (after all I now know the exact location), and see for myself. Anyone want to join me?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read 28 Dec 2013
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At times the maths can make it long winded but it's worth persevering as the conclusions made are fantastically clear and alters your perception of history and the people involved.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, beginning to end 27 Oct 2004
By Dimaryp
A very gripping and interesting conclusion to his other book Thoth. Armed with an army of evidence, Ralph does the impossible and proves further still his thoery on the pyramids, however this time he answers the big qeustion...WHY?
Why were the pyramids built?

Well here my friends, is the answer...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the price for Alexander alone... 14 Oct 2007
By Raymond Blohm - Published on Amazon.com
I have read (in detail) the four original Ellis books. Each one is fascinating in a different way, mainly because of Ellis' vaunted 'lateral thinking' mode.

Ellis posits that the Khufu (Great) pyramid is a map in stone of the world's landmass, and devotes a significant part of this book to a 'loner' quest to get as close to a supposed knowledge-vault at the base of K2 - delineated in the pyramid - as he can. This part of the book is akin to a 'go long' football throw.

(I have read a fair amount on pyramid theories, and - so far - the overall 'feeling' of the Khufu pyramid brought out in "The Giza Power Plant: Technologies of Ancient Egypt" by Christopher Dunn comes closest to my truth. I do not really believe in Dunn's actual 'power plant' mechanism, but his handling of the otherwise-obscure details of a 'purpose-built' pyramid rings very true. It is very emphatically not a tomb...)

To me, the real gem in K2 is Ellis' treatment of Alexander the Great. Alexander was an amazing man, who faced down one of the world's greatest (or at least most sizable) armies in it's own territory - and won, repeatedly. Then, rather than settling down into his spoils - one of the world's richest and most cultured countries - he basically took off into one of the planet's most barren and inhospitable areas: the ever-growing, mountainous foothills by the Afghanistan-Pakistan borders. (Interesting that Cheney/Bush,Sr patrols are scouting that region now, for you conspiracy buffs...) When he could go no further, only then did Alexander turn south into India.

Ellis does an excellent job of explaining this 'strange' behavior by weaving evidence that Alexander was actually on a purposeful quest to discover a 'God'-base or immortality-station disclosed by old-religion priests during his mysterious 'side-trip' to Siwa Oasis in Egypt. Since Alexander was obviously extremely intelligent and purpose-driven, he was unlikely to be 'rattling around' such an impoverished area with an entire Macedonian army. Ellis provides a plausible scenario for Alexander's presence there - and a good read, to boot.

(In my mind, the main question is whether the priests gave accurate information as best they could, or simply devised a plan to send Alexander [their conqueror] off as far away and long as they could...)

I recommend this part of the book highly, and look forward to any further facts coming to light on this issue.
1.0 out of 5 stars garbage like all his other books -- the man is ... 14 Aug 2014
By Alan Allen - Published on Amazon.com
garbage like all his other books -- the man is NOT a writer and every sentence is torture -- instead read Ahmed Osman, an Egyptian authority
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the paper 5 Sep 2007
By Animo - Published on Amazon.com
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I couldn't finish the book. Too much peripheral adventurism and little science. Ralph makes a big deal over certain geometric phenomena any good first year instructor would cover. The parallels between the chambers of the Great Pyramid and maping of the earth's mountains is intriguing. But devoting pages to Alexander's escapades for which no one has an explanation is useless filler. So is the detailed travelog incorporating the execution of a goat. In the end, Ralph doesn't find the Hall of Records because he is totally unprepared for investigating such in a glacial zone of K2. Doesn't speak well of planning and research. Save your money. There's nothing of any scientific value to learn, and the story telling really sucks.
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