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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spooky!!!
This book grabs you from the moment you pick it up. It discusses Cydonia, the face and other features of the Martian surface. Using mathematical equations and theory, the authors give rational similarities between Mars and Earth. If life has ever existed on our red neighbour then this book, to me, has the most credible reasons for its extinction.
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Published on 16 Oct 1998

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bleah! A confused mis-mash, frequently poorly presented.
The book has the names of three people on the cover, and would appear to have been written separately by all three and then shuffled together with no particular care.
The thrust of the book is in two parts, with an underlying subtext. The first part of the book is a "review" (biased from the outset) of the Cydonia artefacts. While the authors are at...
Published on 19 Aug 1999


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spooky!!!, 16 Oct 1998
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This review is from: The Mars Mystery: A Tale of the End of Two Worlds (Hardcover)
This book grabs you from the moment you pick it up. It discusses Cydonia, the face and other features of the Martian surface. Using mathematical equations and theory, the authors give rational similarities between Mars and Earth. If life has ever existed on our red neighbour then this book, to me, has the most credible reasons for its extinction.
With plates dipicting actual, computer generated and illustrated pictures, even those starting out on researching the Mars mystery will find this a valuable addition to their studies
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bleah! A confused mis-mash, frequently poorly presented., 19 Aug 1999
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This review is from: The Mars Mystery: A Tale of the End of Two Worlds (Hardcover)
The book has the names of three people on the cover, and would appear to have been written separately by all three and then shuffled together with no particular care.
The thrust of the book is in two parts, with an underlying subtext. The first part of the book is a "review" (biased from the outset) of the Cydonia artefacts. While the authors are at pains later in the book to stress they are not advocating the artefacts are of artificial origin, their writing points entirely in the opposite direction, citing government cover-ups, deliberate sabotaging of multi-million dollar missions to Mars (Mars Observer) and mounting none-to subtle character attacks on the likes of Daniel Goldin, Michael Malin of Malin Space Systems (operaters of the Mars Observer and now the Mars Global Surveyor) and even Carl Sagan. While in later chapters the authors half-heartedly withdraw some of their earlier accusations (particularly with reference to Dr. Malin), the damage has already been done, and the status and impartially of such individuals as Dr. Malin have been suitably undermined.
This is perhaps the clearest indication of what might have been strongly differing viewpoints among the authors - one perhaps strongly in favour of the Cydonia artefacts being of intelligent origin, another not being so convinced and somewhat more open-minded.
The second thrust of the book is a discussion of planet-impacting comets and asteroids, and here the book hits more of an even stride - even if the authors prefer to limit their own thinking and merely report the thoughts, conjectures and concerns of others. Where the authors do inject their own thoughts on the matter, it is largely to whitter on about Cydonia and mystical geometry once more.
And that's where the subtext to the book lay. Throughout there is a sense that the authors are really seeking to extend their (most likely misguided) belief in the construction and symbolism of the Sphinx. In The Mars Mystery, they make frequent and on-going references to their earlier work on the Sphinx, almost as if by quoting from it or referencing it, they will elevate it to respectablility by placing it in the footnotes alongside the works of Hoyle, Clube, Sagan, et al.
The book could have been a thought-provoking read. It raises interesting questions on the subject of Earth-impacting bodies. It highlights remarkable research that has been going on in the last 10 years alone in this area. Sadly, by inexorably linking such worthwhile work with trying to prove the "mystical geometry" of Cydonia, the authors do the study of Earth-crossing asteroids a vast disservice. For, as the authors themselves say, the argument over Cydona will never be settled until human go to Mars and explore Cydonia...so why the heck waste half a book in useless conjecture on that very subject?
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars PAPER THIN THEORY BUT AN INTERESTING READ !, 22 April 2001
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Graham Hancock's books are almost guaranteed to be both controversial and entertaining. I loved Fingerprints of the Gods & couldn't tear myself away from Keeper of Genesis, however, I must admit that the Mars mystery was a big disappointment in terms of a believeable theory. Graham Hancock makes several valid points regarding the dangers of asteroid or coment impact but his suggestion that Mars was home to an intelligent civilisation wiped out by a rogue comet is very doubtful to say the least. On the other hand I'd be lying if I said I didn't enjoy reading this - if only for entertainment value. As someone once said "It's important to keep an open mind..but not so open that all your brains fall out".
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Repetitive - Not as good as his other books., 10 Dec 2000
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This particular book starts off with a theory and then repeats it ad-infinitum. As with most of Hancocks theories, this book centres on the mathematical relationships between certain key objects. Unfortunately, as with all Hancock's theories, they all depend on a highly selective view of which objects to include. This does not stop Hancocks work being a thoroughly entertaining read. Just don't get too carried away with it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars well researched reading material, 25 Aug 1999
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This book has opened my eyes and taught me a lot.Yes, you have to see everything in context but Graham Hancock does just that: Give you an objective point of view. He uses information and opinions from both sides of the fence and leaves you to decide what the truth is. It has a magnitude of facts to absorb and the book drains you but it is justified.You don't have to be rocket scientist to be able to read it and understand it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Makes one wonder!, 13 July 1999
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Yes, undoubtedly there are a few things in nature which makes one wonder. Did life actually existed in Mars before it was 'sterilised' by the astronomical catastrophe? Or else how would one explain the three dimensional 'face' in Cydonia?
Is it possible that the same civilisation which made that planetary beacon on Mars is responsible for the other mathematical oddities on Earth which cannot be explained by even present day science?
Or is there actually a 'Keeper' out there dropping hints to the last of the sentient beings in this Solar System before the ultimate wipeout happens....?
Or perhaps for the more cynical readers, correlations and coincidental occurrence of unnatural mathematical concepts like pi, phi, square roots of prime numbers are just a big joke from Mother Nature? (I don't think so)
Read and find out.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hancock kicks up controversial star dust, 11 Jun 1999
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It is wonderful for reasons I can't explain to read of our close relationship with a dead planet tens of millions of miles away. For instance, we learn early on in the book that Martian rock, having travelled that fabulous distance, bashes onto the surface of our planet at a rate of about 100 tons annually.
Hancock delivers the right information at a good pace and does not spoil the read with unnecessary eggheadspeak.
It is undeniably riveting to learn that vast pyramidal monuments on the surface of Mars, one estimated at 1/2 mile in height, are situated roughly in relation to the poles as are those similar, but considerably smaller in scale, at Giza. The mind will find it hard to rest after reading about this and many other jaw-dropping observations.
The computer-enchanced photographs are startling. The illustrative diagrams are easy to absorb.
It matters that the book is read widely. It will change fundamental notions for the reader about what is means to be human on this planet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The mars Mystery, 30 Oct 2013
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Yes, we are not the only one in the universe, so the description in the book is very convincing and intriguing. Thank you for quick delivery
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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit laboured, 15 May 2013
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This review is from: The Mars Mystery: A Tale of the End of Two Worlds (Hardcover)
I bought this book to satisfy my curiosity of the planet mars and I'll have to admit it made a reasonable attempt. Although the detective approach was a bit laboured to say the least.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Factual parts interesting, but much wild speculation, 29 July 2007
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The parts of this book that held my attention concerned comet and asteroid impacts, and the fascinating geography of the Martian surface.

But this is the starting point for far too many unfeasible speculations. Following recent NASA photos those surrounding the Cydonia region seem rather silly.
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