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The King Who Refused to Die: The Anunnaki and the Search for Immortality
 
 

The King Who Refused to Die: The Anunnaki and the Search for Immortality [Kindle Edition]

Zecharia Sitchin
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"In Mr. Sitchin's [work], evolution and creationism collide. He has spent his life arguing that people evolved with a little genetic intervention from ancient astronauts who came to Earth . . . He has studied ancient Hebrew, Akkadian and Sumerian, the language of the ancient Mesopotamians, who brought you geometry, astronomy, the chariot, and the lunar calendar. And in the etchings of Sumerian pre-cuneiform script--the oldest example of writing--are stories of creation and the cosmos that Mr. Sitchin takes literally."

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Zecharia Sitchin’s secret allegorical novel that brings to life the key concepts of his bestselling book The 12th Planet

• Reimagines the Epic of Gilgamesh in the context of Sitchin’s discoveries

• Details ancient Sumerian sex rituals, the Anunnaki lineage of the gods who lived in Sumer, Anunnaki spacecraft technology, the workings of the Oracle of Anu, and Gilgamesh’s relationship with the goddess Ishtar

Written in secret so as not to incite criticism about his controversial discoveries, this novel from the late Zecharia Sitchin brings to life the key themes of his bestseller The 12th Planet. The story begins in London as Astra arrives at the British Museum’s opening for their new Gilgamesh exhibit. There she meets a handsome stranger who knows secrets about her that no stranger should know, including the source of the unusual scar on her hand. Taking her to his apartment, he reveals that she is descended from the goddess Ishtar and that he is the modern-day avatar of Gilgamesh seeking to claim the eternal life Ishtar denied him so long ago. Reenacting their sacred sex ritual from eons ago, they find themselves transported to ancient Sumer as Gilgamesh and Ishtar, where he is at last able to continue his quest for immortality.

But as Gilgamesh fulfills his sacred duties with Ishtar, something goes awry and the Oracle of Anu will not renew its blessing upon his kingship. Following the direction of his mother, the Anunnaki goddess Ninsun--the source of his partial divinity--Gilgamesh flees the city for the Anunnaki forbidden zone in search of a way to the planet Nibiru and eternal life. Travel alongside Gilgamesh and his immortal companion Enkidu as they escape the fate pronounced by the oracle, discover a Tablet of Destiny meant for Ishtar, fight off Marduk’s raiders, and foil the plot of the high priest, Gilgamesh’s half-brother who is seeking Gilgamesh’s crown for himself.

Retelling the Epic of Gilgamesh in the context of his discoveries about the Anunnaki, Zecharia Sitchin weaves a tale of ancient ceremony, accidental betrayal, gods among men, interplanetary travel, and a quest for immortality spanning millennia.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Publisher: Bear & Company; 1 edition (20 Sep 2013)
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  • Language: English
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If ever there was a book that needs to be made into a movie, this is it! Using the ancient Sumerian ‘Epic of Gilgamesh’ as his basic story line, the late Zecharia Sitchin attempts a reinterpretation of the classic narrative poem in light of his 30 years of research and findings about the Anunnaki as related in his series of books called the Earth Chronicles. The 12th Planet was, of course, the first volume in that series.

The backside of this novel’s dust jacket says that Sitchin wrote this book “in secret so as not to incite criticism about his controversial discoveries…” However, the fact that it is being published posthumously in no way lessens its impact as a powerful statement that begs to be shown to the general public in today’s popular media as an educational device illustrating what may, indeed, be the true story of mankind’s history. What must be more than a coincidence is also the fact that the same story is similarly reflected in part in the Old Testament’s ‘Book of Genesis’.

Movies suggesting the Gilgamesh theme are not new to the silver screen, TV, or computer monitor. But, more often they twist the tale to make it palatable to modern day game players and thrill seekers with distorted themes that are unrecognisable from the original. What Sitchin has done is incorporate what he found from his translation of Sumerian clay tablets into a clever tale that more accurately conveys what many believe to be authentic ancient history scorned and misinterpreted by standard academics who cling to set beliefs in order to retain their closely guarded and often lucrative positions and reputations. Horror of horrors should conventional wisdom be proven wrong.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book for remembering our roots 29 Dec 2013
By sunray
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I admire the writer, he did a lot of research
And is
And this book ringes very true to my earsvery open minded
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flesh and Bones Make a Difference! 10 Oct 2013
By Kenneth J. Pollinger - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
The King Who Refused to Die, by Zecharia Sitchin

by Kenneth J. Pollinger, Ph.D.

For those of you who have read some of Sitchin's 14 books--I have read ALL in great depth--I guarantee that you will find much pleasure and enlightenment in this, Sitchin's first novel, published after his death, which, although a novel full of mysteries, contains much legitimate pre-historical teachings, somewhat like Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code.

Each of the Anunnaki "gods" come wonderfully alive, along with the many Enlil-Enki and their respective clans's skmirishes. Research is one thing. Adding flesh and bones is quite another! Their interbreeding and its consequences with the "earthlings" enhances much understanding in the hands of a master storyteller (based on archeological research), who emphasizes the roles of altars, prayers, blessings, omens, oracles, visions and even curses.

To fully appreciate The King Who Refused to Die (The Epic of Gilgamesh) requires that one have read at least a few of Sitchin's works, otherwise names, situations, and brilliant details will not be fully enjoyed, methinks. The many varied relationship complexities are much easier to understand here, because, thankfully, Sitchin wasn't constrained by a "scientific" methodology.

Ishtar is presented in such a manner that you will never ever forget her. Quite a female "god!"

As for the content (without giving the ending away) here is a short offering. While "Gilgamesh fulfills his sacred duties with Ishtar, something goes awry and the Oracle of Anu will not renew its blessing upon his kingship. Following the direction of his mother, the Anunnaki goddess Ninsun--the source of his partial divinity--Gilgamesh flees the city for the Anunnaki forbidden zone in search of a way to the planet Nibiru and life eternal."

"Travel alongside Gilgamesh and his immortal companion Enkidu as they escape the fate pronounced by the oracle, discover a Tablet of Destiny meant for Ishtar, fight off Marduk's raiders, and foil the plot of the high priest Enkullab, Gligamesh's half-brother who is seeking Gilgamesh's crown for himself."

"Zecharia weaves a tale of ancient ceremony, accidental betrayal, gods among men, interplanetary travel, and a quest for immortality spanning millennia" (Quotes from the flap).

Of special interest is the magnificent and loyal friendship of Gligamesh and Enkidu, who endure an horrific journey seeking the Plant of Life.

When Enlil and Enki read Sitchin's masterpiece, I'm sure they will share a good laugh and even smile at the annual Celebration tale of the Epic of Creation ("When In the Heights") in Erech.

Near the end Ishtar curses Gilgamesh: "To forever seek life and never find it. I have fated him." Yet Ninsubar responds: "How can he seek forever and not forever live?" Ishtar adds: "That, indeed, is a puzzle for fate to solve." I ask the reader: Has the puzzle been solved over these many, many long years?

As a final gift to Sitchinites, please explore this link, as it elucidates Tellinger's book, African Temples of the Anunnaki.

(see my review of Tellinger's book on Amazon.com):

Michael Tellinger's Presentation on Ancient Sound Technologies

[...]

A final thought. Since the Anunnaki frequently refer to the great Lord King Anu as "Heavenly Father," try repeating the "Our Father" prayer and see if it might take on a different meaning, after reading The King Who Refused to Die.

Care to join me ([...] in building a small stone chapel at the Point of Infinity in the Catskills to the Anunnaki Gods?

And remember this: October 9th has been proclaimed as an annual Sitchin Studies Day by the Sitchin family (see their NEW website).

Long Live Sitchin!
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK - not what I expected 28 Nov 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is formatted and written completely different than Sitchin's other books. I doubt this book was written by Sitchin, but more likely by someone using his notes. The author tries a Dan Brown style history lesson with the story of Gilgamesh as the topic. It reads like an adventure tale with more of the Gilgamesh detail than was covered in previous Sitchin books. I was not impressed with the set up for the story, or the ending because it leaves the reader wondering if there is any truth to this story at all. This book would be more in line for teen reading in my opinion.

I expect Sitchin books to give you references to historical documents and to explain where, when and by whom these discoveries were made. Documentation is important when challenging the accepted truths, and this book contains none of that. A real Sitchin book can drag along at times because of these references, but they are absolutely necessary for people seeking kernels of truth to our past history.

We as a society have become aware that we have been misled and lied to by the powerful, and Sitchin's books have helped to focus, and in some cases, expose some of those lies. I'm concerned that this book will only embolden and help those people who are critical of Sitchin and his life's work. Sitchin's books have opened our minds and led us down a path of discovery. He teaches us that history has been manipulated through time by those who were in power during the writing of it. To me that is what Sitchin's legacy is and should be. This book is not a mind opener or a challenge to accepted beliefs, but more of a whimsical telling of one of the most ancient tales of all written history. All in all, I found some pleasure in reading the book because it tried to show the life style of an ancient Sumerian. I just wish Zecharia Sitchin's name wasn't splashed across the top.
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars more insight 23 Oct 2013
By knowwhoiam - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I greatly recommend reading "The King Who Refused to Die" by Z. Sitchin, published posthumously from his estate. I read it to check out Mr. Z's knack (or not) for entertaining rather than educating prose. Mind you I have reveled in the education.
The story moves faster than you expect, having become accustomed to Mr. Z's careful, slow march to another hypothesis for testing. If you are knowledgeable about the Gilgamesh epic, you begin to fly through the pages to find the next gap-filling detail(s) about this epic you have obviously missed in your previous readings. If Gilgamesh is new to you, you find that you are turning the pages faster than usual. It happens naturally as you find new vignettes.
I have read all of Mr. Z's books at least once, each of the seven Earth Chronicles, at least twice. The driver for me to read this book was to ferret out some secret insight or undiscovered interpretation of a new Sumerian artifact that Mr. Z had inadvertently let slip into the public domain. I was not disappointed.
I encourage other readers seriously looking for answers to those really knotty conundrums that continually surface when biblically described actions resemble so intimately the same deeds reported for powerful, dictatorial human beings.
Pick two books from Mr. Z's Earth Chronicles Series that contain a detailed exposition of King Gilgamesh's search for immortality (The 12th Planet should be one). Read them as if your soul depended on it, paying special attention to the Epic of Gilgamesh story in each.
Now, read "TKWRTD"; pick out the elaborations from it that didn't occur in your previous reads. Isn't the story more complete, now, than before! Ask yourself, "Is this new information just Mr. Z's plausible possibility or new factual, supportable information that Mr. Z is laying on us from the beyond. Either answer will lead you to more enlightenment.
I will read TKWRTD at least one more time to make sure I didn't miss another one of Mr. Z's logic puzzles.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ancient ETs, history and deep spiritual lessons packaged in a delightful story. 27 Mar 2014
By NBS - Published on Amazon.com
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For those of us who knew the sedate and serious scholar "Zak" Sitchin personally, this posthumous publication is delightfully shocking, and we can understand why he allowed its publication only after his passing. His only fiction, it is surprisingly racy, yet never crude or inappropriate. We were with Zak at Baalbek, (Lebanon) when he discovered what he felt certain was the legendary stone "gate" of Gilgamesh.

This is Zak's fictionalized story of the fascinating historical Gilgamesh who doggedly sought the gift of immortality from the gods, claiming it was his birthright as part human and part extraterrestrial (Anunnaki). Put through humanly impossible challenges and tests, Gilgamesh's classic initiations parallel those tasks of Hercules. Through unexpected twists and turns, when all seems lost, he eventually triumphs, finally winning his crown and his lady.

This is a great page turner, reminiscent of a Dan Brown style "page turner". Don't miss this fictionalized story of a legendary historical figure whose challenges have many significant messages for each of us in these times.
NBS
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book. 24 Dec 2013
By Newbom - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I loved reading this. I am a huge fan of Mr. Sitchin and have all his other books. He is dearly missed.
The first chapter was kind of hokey, but I bore with it realizing that this book is fiction rather that his usual non-fiction books.
The rest of the book was excellent. I loved how the characters would tell the Epic of Gilgamesh in a personal way. This would make a great script for a movie someday.
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