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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Frog Ltd (1 Aug. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583942076
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583942079
  • Product Dimensions: 18.3 x 3.1 x 25.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,032,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Phil on 3 Sept. 2009
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A fantastically detailed and interesting compilation of megalithic (and other) structures around the world with an exhaustive array of diagrams and drawings which will serve anyone well who wishes to visit these sites or conduct independent research. The idea that all such places were temples or tombs is rejected - rightly so - by the author, and that is a most encouraging step in the right direction. However, unfortunately the assumptions made are not convincing and nor are they backed up by empirical evidence (unlike similar ideas in "The Giza Power Plant"). The author also appears to accept without question the orthodox archaeological dating (based on little more than guess work) of these monuments, and makes the (to myself) naive assumption that aliens must have been involved. Nevertheless, a tremendous amount of work and thought has gone into this book, and it should be viewed as one of the forerunners of a new generation of theories which seriously question established "wisdom" - theories which can only lead us nearer to a more rational appreciation of the intelligence and purpose behind these conundrums.
Phil.
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Fascinating 11 July 2009
By Quiet Traveller - Published on Amazon.com
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An interesting theory, built on the back of prior ones, with a breathtaking world-wide scope. In a nutshell, all the megalithic monuments in our world, along with certain ancient, mysterious civilizations that blossomed quickly only to die out (Angkor Wat, Mesoamerica, the Temple era of Egypt, etc.), were energy-creating complexes for extraterrestrial use, to tap electro-magnetic energies in the earth.
If so, these 'stations' were not holy sites, but were turned into such later by the local people. All those he listed have mysterious myths surrounding their creation, obscured by the dimming of time and the discounting by outsiders and science.
I bought it because I'm interested in the megaliths of Carnac, in Brittany, France. I've never been a UFOlogist, but I'm willing to keep an open mind, and have to say the author is onto something here. What it will ultimately turn out to be, I don't know, but I'm willing to consider his far-ranging theory, as parts of it make sense to me (to be honest, more sense than most stretched-thin scientific theories). I've always balked at the premise the megaliths were built by Stone-Age people (with life spans of perhaps 25-35 years) for the purposes of worship or calendar-making. Their lives were basic and focused on day-to-day survival - very little remain of their residences and routines, yet they are assumed to have constructed these terrifically time-consuming rock edifices as places of worship or ritual. That never seemed to be the whole answer to me. This book's theory on man's use of them actually makes more sense to me, considering human nature, if you can just get past resistance to the idea of them being constructed, or influenced by, off-worlders.
This book is big, and filled with diagrams of the monuments showing the angles and layouts that are crucial to his theory. Parts of it have a slapped-together feel, especially near the end, as if he was running out of time and space. He used a lot of internet resources, and that adds to its slapped-together feel. In areas, there is a lack of cohesive narrative, as he presents diagram after diagram. This is why I gave it 3 stars. As time goes along, I'm not sure how his assessment will hold up, because it is such a new field, but in many ways it may not matter. He has been willing to tackle a very large subject, and apply some reasoning and science to it.
That being said, I still recommend reading it, as it is a thought-provoking and fun read. I wanted to see if he could carry off his theory, and I think he did a credible job. It is good to read things that stretch our minds and broadens our mindsets. This is a book that will do that for you, if nothing else, so it will not be wasted, no matter your opinion by the end. And it *is* an intriguing read. I look forward to seeing how his research matures. I think this book adds to a body of work regarding the ancient stone monuments, as the true answer to them doesn't lie with science yet.
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