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Masks of the Illuminati Paperback – 1 Feb 1998


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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group; n.e. edition (1 Feb 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 044050306X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440503064
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 317,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sir John Babcock discovers a secret international organization and seeks the help of Albert Einstein and James Joyce in exposing it.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ImmortalWind on 20 May 2008
Format: Paperback
I was restrained before reading this book because I thought (judging by the title) that it was just trying to take advantage of the hype created by Dan Brown with his 2 first books. Boy, I was wrong!!

First things first, this was published at the early '80s , and Dan Brown has surely been influenced somewhat by Wilson's style. This is the first Wilson book I have read, so I can't compare it with others.

I really, really enjoyed Masks of the Illuminati, after all I finished it in less than 5 days. I loved Wilson's unique style, it's so unorthodox. He tells an interesting story with a very unique way.

In a nutshell, this man (john) comes to Einstein and Joys (?) and tells his story of trying to be a member of a secret society parallel to trying to solve a murder/suicide case. Nothing, I mean nothing is as it seems.

There is too much information in this book and I enjoyed every single page of it. Once you grab it, you won't leave it until you've read at least 100 pages.

So, why not 5 stars? Well, there are only a few (a very few) things (books, cds, movies etc) in life that are perfect, aren't they?

All in all, if you made it somehow to this book's page, it means that you're somewhat interested in bying it. Well, think no further, you won't regret it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Aug 1999
Format: Paperback
The story isn't the point of this book. Everyone can blah blah blah about their metaphysics and whatnot. Just read it, let it help you to see the world in multiple perspectives and you'll be forever grateful. (recommended as the 1st RAW book to read)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Dec 1998
Format: Paperback
While enjoyable, Wilson's attempt to be Sir Arthur Conan Doyle with Joyce and Einstein is rather predictable. Mystery, insight and a few puzzles end in a trippy wrapping up conclusion which tries to teach us all a lesson. If you have only read a few of Wilson's books, you may find this insight full. If you have read several of his works, you will rapidly deduce the players and the puzzle. If you have read TOO MUCH Wilson, just reread the Illuminatus! Trilogy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Feb 1997
Format: Paperback
Set in early 20th century europe "Masks of the Illuminati" thrills the reader with Robert Anton Wilsons unique blend of conspiracy, terror, and humor. The only heir to the Babcock and Greystoke fortunes gets involved in metaphysical studies only to find himself wrapped in conspiracy and plot. His journey into madness is a theme beutifully woven into the story along many aspects. Wilson has an uncanny ability tho transort the reader's mind into another paranoid reality that lingers long after the book is put down.
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