I began this book with anticipation and especially after I learned one of my favorite authors, Katherine Neville wrote the Foreword. Lomas' research into the mysteries of the Freemasons and Geo. Washington's impact on the layout of Federal City also known as Washington D.C. leads the reader through a maize of research into the brain, including those of rats and the influence of the gravitational pull of certain planets.
Lomas uses the term "Bright Morning Star" as representing the planet Venus, which is not a star. Lomas alleges or attempts to prove a theory that successful men of history were born under the influence of "when any of the moon, Venus, Mars, Jupiter or Saturn was rising or at culmination."
As a researcher, I find this theory interesting and that a freemason would believe that "Bright Morning Star" is a symbol for Venus. This was a misnomer that over many years was given to the planet. From researching Freemasonry and its intent, I would think the true seeker would realize that the five-pointed star or pentagram was the symbol for man and indicating that the journey in life was to discover that the "Bright Morning Star" is the spiritual inner self that has been hidden for eons. Leonardo DaVinci's drawing of the human figure indicating the shape of the pentagram indicates this was known to him or her. Yes, there is a possibility that Leonardo was a woman masquerading as a man.
There are other aspects that govern the success of any person - not only the men, but women. The success of any person is determined by their thoughts, emotions and what the person came into this world to experience. Reincarnation plays an important part because everyone has a destiny and if they don't fulfill it in one lifetime, then the person keeps coming back.
The brain is also an interesting computer and yes, it can be influenced by the gravitational pull of the moon and planets. However, I would think that this is only a fraction of the picture when one considers the programming of the computer brain by parents, siblings, peers, school, religion, and government.
Regarding George Washington's diary entries, it is known that he was a gentleman farmer and he was wise enough to study nature and the gravitational pull of the planets on his crops. Apparently the Farmer's Almanac had learned this secret. There is very little known about the intelligence of Martha Washington, however it could be that she had brains also since she was already a wealthy widow when George married her.
In summary, I think this is a book that has some merit and perhaps Lomas will research about the deeper meaning of Freemasonry. Bettye Johnson, award-winning author Secrets of the Magdalene Scrolls.