on 15 August 2013
I had read Robert Howell's earlier book on The Priory of Zion and was really looking forward to his next book. I was not disappointed. Mr Howells is not some mad conspiracy theorist and takes a balanced yet open minded approach. A very useful aspect of the current book is the excellent treatment of the subject of prophecy across a wide number of traditions. It is worth buying the book for this section alone. The writer takes us carefully through the various prophecies about succeeding Popes up to and including Francis I. He does not force any view on the reader and we are left to make up our own minds. Overall, this is a very interesting book. My recommendation is read the book for yourself. I hope that we can look forward to further publications from this author.
on 26 January 2016
So disappointing! This author is very ignorant about the Catholic faith, Christianity in general, and current events - which makes him uniquely unqualified to write a book on Christian prophecy. His ignorance shows in, for example, the way he thinks that "Papal infallibility" applies to the Pope whenever and wherever he speaks, no matter what the subject is. This is complete bunk, as every Catholic knows. He thinks that only Buddhism teaches meditation, and there's apparently no such thing as Christian meditation, which ignores two thousand years of contemplation and the contemporary Christian meditation movement. He says that the "Arab spring" in the Middle East offers new hope for world peace! He's clearly never heard of ISIS, the so-called Islamic State, which is slaughtering hundreds of thousands of Christians, dissenting Muslims, Yazidis and Kurds all over the Middle East, nor of the terrorist acts in Europe sponsored by ISIS. How ignorant can you be?
I'm shocked to see this book is published by Watkins, which used to be a reputable publishing company. Evidently it has lost its way, as has Mr. Howells.
While I enjoy speculative books, they should be backed up by research and by common general knowledge, as, for example the Holy Grail book series was.
This book is both ignorant and shallow, and not researched at all. Don't bother with it.
on 5 June 2015
Too New Agey, has typos, but it does make a unique good point, prophecy is more of a science than an art, this book illustrates the point well. It makes no distinction between the kind of divination that is diabolic and the kind that is acceptable to God. It is suitable for the New Ager, but probably not for the Christian. From the Scriptures, there are still centuries for this world until Jesus Christ comes again, so if the last pope is living now then the Roman Catholic Church will be destroyed way before He returns. Seems rather implausible to me unless God has disowned one of the oldest churches in existence.