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on 23 September 2001
In reading this book, I expected a dry, factual history book, drawing on the tales of the Templar Knights - an interesting, but hardly exciting account of days gone by. Instead I found myself reading until 3am, unable to put the book down, as the book revealed secrets and patterns found in all aspects of the world around us, from landscapes to works of art, which endeavoured to solve the mystery of the holy grail. The sheer volume of evidence of repeating patterns found in so many places, and pointing, it would seem to the location, and content of the holy grail was truly fascinating, and at the same time terrifying. If this book proves one thing, it is this - truth really is stranger than fiction.
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on 27 May 2006
The Rennes-Le-Chateau story really is the greatest story ever told, and the tale of how the story was discovered is another terrific yarn.

This book tells that story, starting with scriptwriter Henry Lincoln's holiday in France when he stumbled upon the story, and the following investigations and television programmes. In doing so it picks up the clues, discoveries, and processes by which the trail is followed.

It's a personalised account and seen entirely from Lincoln's perspective, and as an already professional writer, he makes it a good read. Alongside his personal journey there's the geometry and imagery he and others discovered and tried to interpret.

The biggest of the themes that's not found elsewhere is the way Rennes-le-Chateau has a life of it's own and strange things seem to happen - little things that are perhaps orchestrated as dark jokes by locals, or maybe something else. He gives this aspect a real sense of reality, and I found it to be real when I visited the area - and just as Lincoln tells it.

This is an intriguing read, well written and interesting, and an honest account of the research as well as a cautious but practical interpretation of the fascinating discoveries. Top marks again.
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on 19 March 2000
A book worth reading purely for its entertainment value. It also has more update information than his previous works. You need to have read 'The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail' and 'The Holy Place' to understand much of the book. It also counters arguments made against his theories in other books by other Authors such as 'The Tomb of God'. He discusses the events that lead to the production of the 3 BBC films and his other books in an entertaining manner.
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on 20 January 2013
This has to be The Book to read , if you are interested in the mystery of Rennes- le-Chateau . Written clearly, it holds the reader"s interest to the last page.
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on 11 February 2012
I greatly enjoyed this book. It is written from a personal viewpoint and perception and comes from one of the co-writers of the "Holy Blood and the Holy Grail". It is interesting to learn more of the story of their exploration of the mysterious village of Rennes-le-Chateau and its environs. Some other books have been written more recently and there is news of subsequent "discoveries". That does not devalue this book.

What the reader makes of the opinions and conclusions in the book is a personal matter and, apart from a great interest in the subject, I do not want to express myself dogmatically.

The book is easy to read but by no means facile. The writer knows what he is talking about. I found it hard to put down. It is a must for anyone interested in the Rennes-le-Chateau mysteries.
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on 3 February 2010
This book starts out with an interesting autobiographical account from Henry Lincoln (one of the co-authors of The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail) of his long-time involvement with the mystery of Rennes-le-Château. Whilst everything is told solely from Lincoln's viewpoint (anyone who doesn't agree with his ideas is branded as being closed-minded, an unclear thinker, or a spokesperson for a hidden power) it is entertaining nonetheless.

Things take an altogether different turn in part two, where Lincoln puts forward a pseudo-scientific theory of "landscape geometry". The methods employed lack any form of scientific rigour and at times defy logic. That said, the ideas are presented in such an unconvincing manner that I doubt many will taken-in by these theories.

Henry Lincoln aka Henry Soskin aka Norman Ashby, trained as an actor at RADA and subsequently appeared on television in, amongst other things, The Avengers. He then moved into television writing, being partly responsible for several episodes of Doctor Who. Some might say he has never strayed far from the world of science fiction and fantasy...
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on 7 May 2012
A wonderful book. Easy to read, informative, entertaining and packed with knowledge. No pie in the sky nonsense, but feet planted firmly on the ground. Lincoln has a brilliant sharp mind, huge knowledge, stands above the blinkered academic specialist and is able to see the bigger picture. What he has discovered exists and one cannot dispute the factual evidence. Very interesting indeed.
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on 21 March 2009
Compuslive reading - what sets it apart from other books on Rennes le Chateau is the presentation of facts rather than just opinions. Henry Lincoln is not trying to present his own theory based on a few hunches, he is presenting fact after indisputable fact. A must for anyone interested in this fascinating story, and enough evidence to leave the reader with a thirst for more.
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on 23 February 2008
This story has far wider implications than at first appear.

True ~ that Henry Lincoln first identified the pentagram spread over the terrain about 40 year's ago, in his earlier BBC films. But ever since The Holy Blood & Holy Grail and after he joined forces with other journalists, this field has been very fully researched by so many people, local and otherwise, so it is now heavily saturated.

The saga formed the basis of the fiction of The Da Vinci Code which sold over 40 million copies! Followed by a monumental law-suit, probably the most expensive Court case in history, where the other journalists (ex Lincoln) reputedly lost their shirts! One has since died.

Ask yourself ~ why is this story of such interest to more than 40 million readers? What are they searching for, and why? As a satire it was fine, but it never provided proper, meaningful solutions.

To find the real answers to these questions, go to: The Tree of Life & The Holy Grail by Sylvia Francke (see amazon for details) published by the Temple Press in 2007. The mystery is here solved not only for the original readers of this saga but everybody is now involved! Essential reading for modern society. You will not be disappointed!
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