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  • Paperback: 348 pages
  • Publisher: Adventures Unlimited Press (1 Jan. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931882436
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931882439
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.4 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 803,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Smith and Piccard explore unexpectedly vast territoryin Secrets
of the Holy Lance." -- Nexus: New Times Magazine, Vol 13, No 1, January - February 2006

... provides a nice balance between historical exposition and
speculation as to what the talisman really is. -- Jaye Beldo in Mysteries Magazine Vol. 4 No. 4, Issue #15, Fall/Winter 2006

The passages recreating the Crucifixion alone brings new frontiers
of discussion to the most celebrated event in human history -- Don Harkins of The Idaho Observer

From the Publisher

According to the Gospel of John in the New Testament, as Jesus
Christ hung on the Cross a Roman centurion pierced His side with a spear. A
legend has arisen that "whosoever possesses this Holy Lance and understands
the powers it serves, holds in his hand the destiny of the world for good
or evil."

Also called the Spear of Destiny, this strange relic has been written about
for nearly two thousand years. Trevor Ravenscroft captured the world's
attention with his 1972 opus The Spear of Destiny. In 1988-89 Col. Howard
Buechner released two books that became underground classics, Hitler's
Ashes and Adolf Hitler and the Secrets of the Holy Lance. These picked up
where Ravenscroft left off, with the Spear leaving Europe to hide for a
while beneath the ice of Antarctica.

Since then the Spear of Destiny has appeared in scholarly tomes, novels,
and even comic books: including Indiana Jones And The Spear Of Destiny,
Hellboy, andHellblazer, which gave us 2005's box office miss Constantine.

SECRETS OF THE HOLY LANCE: The Spear Of Destiny In History & Legend by
Jerry E. Smith and George Piccard, weaves together the many threads of the
Spear's legend like no book before it has. SECRETS OF THE HOLY LANCE places
this legend against the backdrop of world history: from its mythical
creation by Tubal-Cain, seventh generation grandson of Adam, to its
appearance at the Crucifixion; its use by Constantine, Rome's first
Christian Caesar; to Charlemagne's claim that with it he ruled the Holy
Roman Empire by Divine Right; and on through twelve hundred years of kings
and emperors, until it came within Adolf Hitler's grasp -- and beyond! Did
it really rest for a while in Antarctic ice? Is it now hidden in Europe,
awaiting the next person to claim its power to shape the destiny of
mankind? Or is it just an old spearhead, with no powers of its own?

SECRETS OF THE HOLY LANCE seeks to pierce the veil of myth and mystery
around the Spear. Mere belief that it was infused with magic by virtue of
its shedding the Savior's Blood has made men kings. But what if it's more?
What are those "powers it serves"?


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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jerry E. Smith on 8 Jun. 2007
Format: Paperback
According to The Gospel of John (chapter 19, verses 28 through 37) in the New Testament, as Jesus Christ hung on the Cross a Roman centurion pierced His side with a spear. Variously called the Holy Lance, the Spear of Christ and the Spear of Destiny, this strange relic has been written about in novels and non-fiction books, in many languages, for nearly two thousand years. Besides being the name of a heavy metal rock band from the UK, the Spear of Destiny has also appeared in at least two comic books: "Indiana Jones and The Spear of Destiny," and "Hellblazer;" and was a principal plot device in "Constantine," the 2005 major motion picture from Warner Brothers, directed by Francis Lawrence, staring Keanu Reeves. The most important non-fiction books in English are, in chronological order:

"Spear Of Destiny: The Occult Power Behind The Spear Which Pierced The Side Of Christ," by Trevor Ravenscroft (1973);

"Hitler's Ashes -- Seeds of a New Reich," by Howard A. Buechner (1988);

"Adolf Hitler And The Secrets Of The Holy Lance," by Howard A. Buechner (1989);

"Mark Of The Beast: The Continuing Story Of The Spear Of Destiny," by Trevor Ravenscroft and Tim Wallace-Murphy (1990);

"The Secret of the Spear: The Mystery of The Spear of Longinus," by Alec MacLellan (2005);

"SECRETS OF THE HOLY LANCE: The Spear of Destiny in History & Legend," by Jerry E. Smith & George Piccard (2005).

I found Trevor Ravenscroft's "The Spear Of Destiny" a fascinating but ultimately disappointing read. If you are looking for verifiable facts about the lance that pierced Christ's side don't waste your time or money here. The vast majority of this book is conjecture and the few facts he bothers to include are often wrong.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert Feather on 15 Mar. 2007
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A very useful survey of the story of the Spear of Longinus, in its various versions. The idea that the Spear endows invincibility and yet could have a blood lust of its own and therefore be a force for evil is fascinating and well exploited by the authors, especially in relation to Hitler's obsession with the Spear. Not surprisingly the parts I found of great interest were those that refer to my own work on the Spear. As we near the end of this compelling treatise the authors begin to stray into the realms of fantasy and conspiracy and become somewhat lost in the icy wastes of Antartica. The claim that the Spear now residing in the Hapsburg Museum in Vienna is a forgery is not too convincing. This is not a new theory, but having personally examined the Spear I am convinced it is genuine, as far as it goes, which for most of its components means 7th century CE. There are many metallurgical aspects which confirm this finding, which are gone into in more detail in a work presently being prepared on the subject. Also the authors themselves note that the recovery of the Spear from Nuremburg by General Patton's staff results from the overhearing of a plot by senior German SS officers to get their hands on the Spear before the Americans can discover its hiding place. Why steal a forgery?

Apart from a few minor literals, like Hitler's age at his death as 46, whereas he was 56, an incomplete date for 9/11, this is an excellently researched book, well worth reading for someone who wants an introduction to the history of the Spear, that is said to have pierced the side of Jesus.

Robert Feather
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
A New Way To See And Discuss Our World 21 Nov. 2005
By Don Harkins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Who was the man who thrust the spear into Jesus as he hung from the cross? Why did he do it and whatever became of him? Where is that spear, long since referred to as "The Holy Lance" or "The Spear of Destiny?"

For those of us who question everything, books uncovering those details of history omitted in commonly-cited sources are better than good fiction: We love to find evidence that thickens the plots of the past because it makes fast-forwarding to the present so much more interesting-and our conversations so much richer.

Jerry E. Smith, author of, "HAARP: The Ultimate Weapon of the Conspiracy," has teamed up with George Piccard, author of "Liquid Conspiracy: JFK, LSD, the CIA, Area 51 and UFOs," to bring a lot of relatively unknown facets of the Crucifixion out for consideration. Then they take us on a journey through history following the path of the Holy Lance. The passages recreating the Crucifixion alone, where the story of The Holy Lance begins, brings new frontiers of discussion to the most celebrated event in human history.

But the story continues-with lesser and greater known kings and queens who came into the possession of The Holy Lance. Though I, personally, haven't the historical authority to qualify the accuracy of the authors' interpretation of history, it seems like theirs is the type of concise overview written by those who have command of the subject matter. Regardless, it is so much fun to rethink what we know about history with the spice of a new rogue element-kind of like putting the glasses on in the 1989 cult movie classic "They Live."

Charlemagne and Hitler both possessed The Holy Lance and this book makes both more interesting for the role this holy relic played in their lives. The authors spend quite a bit of time exploring the formative years of Hitler's life to give us a completely different perspective on how he took power and why he wielded it in the way he did.

I treasure The Secrets of the Holy Lance like I treasure all the things that have come my way proving, individually and in the aggregate, that the laws of natural science do not explain everything. There are so many stories down through the ages describing the magical power of certain objects and the supernatural abilities of certain individuals we cannot logically dismiss them all as tall tales-The Holy Lance now included.

I read all day long-you can imagine what I read to be part of the team publishing The IO. The way I have been reading Secrets of the Holy Lance is several pages at a time before falling asleep late at night. It says a lot, in my life anyway, that this book is, while it lasts, my favorite bed time reading.

There are a few scattered typos and misspellings, but this is a truly marvelous read that does exactly what all us dissident types love the most: Having a new way to see and discuss our world.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
From One of the Authors 1 Oct. 2005
By Jerry E. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
"Secrets of the Holy Lance" weaves together the many threads of the Spear of Destiny's legend like no book before it ever has. Simply put, we address more issues, events and topics than any other single book yet written on the Spear.

What is this "Holy Lance"? According to the Gospel of John in the New Testament, as Jesus Christ hung on the Cross a Roman centurion pieced His side with a spear. A legend has arisen that "whosoever possesses this Holy Lance and understands the powers it serves, holds in his hand the destiny of the world for good or evil."

Also called the Spear of Destiny, this strange relic has been written about for nearly two thousand years. Trevor Ravenscroft captured the world's attention with his 1982 opus "The Spear of Destiny." Later that decade Col. Howard Buechner released two books that became underground classics, "Hitler's Ashes" and "Adolf Hitler and the Secrets of the Holy Lance." These picked up where Ravenscroft left off, with the Spear leaving Europe to hide for a while beneath the ice of Antarctica! Unless you have read Buechner's books you don't know that part of the story -- and there's more!

"Secrets of the Holy" Lance places this legend against the backdrop of world history: from its mythical creation by Tubal-Cain, seventh generation grandson of Adam, to its appearance at the Crucifixion; its use by Constantine, Rome's first Christian Caesar; to Charlemagne's claim that with it he ruled the Holy Roman Empire by Divine Right; and on through twelve hundred years of kings and emperors, until it came within Adolf Hitler's grasp -- and beyond! Did it really rest for a while in Antarctic ice? Is it now hidden in Europe, awaiting the next person to claim its power to shape the destiny of mankind? Or is it just an old spearhead, with no powers of its own?

We cover at length the several objects claimed to be The Spear, and the scientific testing that suggests that none of them are. Conversely, we delve into the metaphysics of this object and the hundreds of strange tales of supernatural events surrounding it. Could it really be a link to the "other side"? Mere belief that it was infused with magic by virtue of its shedding the Savior's Blood has made men kings. But what if it's more? What are those mysterious "powers it serves"?

As well as religious and metaphysical angles we also cover the political. Operation Paperclip at the end of World War II brought Nazi rocket scientists and spy masters to the US. Escaped Nazis set up vast German reservations throughout South America. We trace where these Nazis went and how the Third Reich morphed into the Fourth, which is part of the slid of America in totalitarianism today. If the Buechner scenario is true, then the Spear is again with them. Is there a connection between the Spear and current events -- like the horrific events of 9/11?

Topics in the book include: The Holy Grail; The Templar Knights; Nazi Occultism; Secret Societies; the quest for Agharta, Shambhala & Atlantis; Nazi UFOs; Operation Paperclip and the founding of NASA and CIA; Operation Highjump, Station 211 & The Battle For Neuschwabenland; The Rise Of The Fourth Reich, and much more.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
A complete, unbiased history! Finally! 30 Sept. 2006
By Rob Weiner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Jerry E. Smith and George Piccard provide a great overview of the legends surrounding the Spear of Destiny, aka the Holy Lance. Students of the subject know that the first book on the Spear (Ravenscroft's) was a wee bit on the crazy side. It spent more time talking about who the Nazis were in their past lives than the Lance. The second main Spear book, (Buechner and Bernhart's) was great, but is now unavalible. Smith combines all these books into one, handling the legends as well as all known facts about the Lance. I would call this the most imformative and well-written book on the subject. Smith and Piccard's volume is like Alec Maclellan's "The Secret of the Spear"... but on steriods. Anyone interested in Christian relics, Nazi occultism, or just looking for a good read should pick up "Secrets of the Holy Lance" as soon as possbile.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Simply a fun read. 13 May 2006
By Steve Piper - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Hey I've read all the usual books on the Spear. This one is the most complete. The full history of the Spear (I mean all the 'Spears") is not included in any of the others. LOTS of info here.

It's rare for a book to get better towards the end (Come on, most info authors run out of steam before they finish. They just add junk at the end cause nobody reads that far!) If you get bogged down in the middle, skip to the end for the excitement. In fact the writting style also gets even better at the end.

As to the poor proof reading comment. The guy's right. If typos bother you.... However that's a publisher's problem. The truth is these kinds of books don't sell enough to pay for high quality proof reading. Still in truth I wasn't bothered by them (and I usually am) because the material is so well organized and written that I focused on what I was reading. Also as I understand this book is ready to go into a second printing. AUP (the publisher) usually corrects typos then. Seriously typos are a big issue for me and I gotta say there really were not that many in this book.

They didn't bother me and I've stopped reading other books because of typos.

Buy the book. Jerry's neutrality on the good vs. evil issue of the Spear is refreshing. He's not a Nazi. He's a fair reporter on a very controversial topic.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Save your money for a real book about the Spear 20 May 2010
By D. Gahl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I am currently reading Jerry Smith's book, that he so highly reveres, and am having great difficulty trying to finish it. Maybe its the typos on every other page or sentences that start "To save his bacon". Or maybe its the over use of quotations exemplifying his inability to write for himself. I bought it with the intent to learn about the Spear and its history but most of the book is spent talking about things other than the Spear itself. If I wanted to learn ever minute detail about the founding of Rome I would have bought a book about the founding of Rome. The only redeeming value in this book is that it gives some solid history on everything except the Spear. Get and editor.
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