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on 31 August 2008
The great thing about Joseph Farrell's books are that aside from being interesting reads, they always challenge what you might term "conventional history", and thus regardless of whether you agree with him or not they always make you reconsider what previously you might have taken for granted to be fact. This book is certainly no exception to that.
I have mixed feelings about the book. On the negative side, some of the theories written by other researchers that Farrell uses to support his central theory of an ancient war in the solar system are not very credible, and also he rejects certain other researchers theories, but then actually uses them as supporting evidence.
For instance in the 3rd chapter of part 1, he discusses the work of Alan Alford who by the way believes that behind virtually all religions and philosophies "...there lies a single secret of stunning simplicity- the age-old myth of exploded planet." In my view Farrell rightfully rejects that theory, but then he goes on to use a slightly modified version of a formula Alford came up with in interpreting the ancient texts to back up his own theory. Where Alford equates the words Mountains = Planets = Gods , Farrell changes this to Mountains being closely associated with but not identical to Planets to Gods, and then proceeds to use that formula when he examines some of the ancient texts. Likewise with Zechariah Sitchin, where he rejects Sitchins theory that the theft of the Tablets of Destinies shut down communications between spaceports on Earth and another planet, but then goes on to use Sitchins theory as supporting evidence that as a result of the theft, there was a loss of communications between some of the Gods on Earth and elsewhere.
On the plus side, part 3 where he looks at external evidence of a war on other planets and moons in the solar system was really interesting, and I couldn't put the book down until I'd read the whole part.
In addition the chapter on plasma cosmology was certainly intriguing, and I think there might be something to it.
The section on what kind of weapons systems that could have been used in the war was not exactly easy going as he writes about some pretty advanced stuff like optical phase conjugation and how it might possibly be used to create some type of planetary or star-busting weapon. However it's certainly an important factor to consider, and after doing a little background reading, I was able to roughly understand the basic concepts, and to see how this kind of technology could potentially have been applied in the scenario described, and he does a pretty good job of interpreting some of the ancient texts along these lines.
Overall I wouldn't say the book is exactly convincing but Farrell himself admits that it is "highly speculative," and considering the limited evidence that is currently available to us I think he's done well in at least showing the cosmic war hypothesis to be a possibility.
Incidentally when the architect of the modern atomic bomb, Robert Oppenheimer was asked "how do you feel after having exploded the first atomic bomb on earth" he replied "not first atomic bomb, but first atomic bomb in modern times." Makes you wonder.
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on 8 September 2014
This has got to be the best read on the planet at the moment. If you want a summary of the last 100 million years to the present day this book gets closer than any other publication out there. Filled in a few missing pieces for me as well. Go buy it and cast off your rose coloured glasses.
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This book presents the various interpretations of ancient Sumerian, Babylonian, Egyptian and Meso-american texts and show that they have amazing similarities in both story and character. In fact Farrell demonstrates that many characters are the same buy with differing names.

Joseph Farrell makes a good case that all these myths are one and the same 'root origin myth' that is based in an anceint but very real conflict in our Solar System.

Somewhat disturbing, the book also sheds some light on just what the hell Himmler and his deranged acolytes hoped to accomplish in their occult endeavours. This ties up with his work on the Nazi Bell.
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on 30 January 2010
This book covers a subject which I already had some reality on from other books(Von Daniken was talking about this in the 70's) and thought I may glean some more interesting data from this one.
It seems that there is now a plethora of books out there by various chaps all quoting each other to reach their conclusions . This particular volume is made up of a succession of quotes about what others have said/written as Farrel persues his conclusions . It makes for one difficult book to get into as far as I'm concerned . Felt the subject was actually better covered by Marrs in Rule By Secrecy towards the end of the book..
You have been warned , if you want to read about this subject I don't recommend anything by Farrel. .
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on 4 August 2010
There is not one reference to the eponymous "Gog" and "Magog" in this book but George Bush's quest continues. Joseph P. Farrell's classic work throws doubt on the exoteric motive for the Iraq war. Farrell is an expert in the field of paleophysics and the terrible technological conflicts that occurred in what conventional archeology calls the "stone age", and the wars that could have occurred amongst "The Gods". millions of years previous to this. He has come to the conclusion after studying a variegated library of references, including Cremo and Thompson's "Forbidden Archeology" that evolutionists are completely wrong concerning the descent of man. Evolution is a simplistic way of seeing life on this planet, in fact it is akin to the beliefs that a Darwinist would ascribe to a "primitive" tribesman. The academic establishment simplifies and denigrates the civilizations that existed before our own and cynically manipulates the evidence, suppressing all anomalies that do not fit in with conventional theory. Farrell speculates, at different points in the text, that the war in Iraq is being fought partially to search for ancient paleo- physical technology.

Farrell's discourse is inspired by the work of Velikovsky and Van Flandern who hypothesized a catastrophic formation of the Solar System; Van Flandern who died last year is quoted extensively at the beginning of the book, with his exploding planet hypothesis. The evidence for this catastrophe can be seen in the asteroid belt and the plethora of craters all over the solar system. Van Flandern believed that this was the result of a missing planet "V" which exploded approximately 3.2 million years ago between Mars and Jupiter. He believed that humans or their predecessors migrated from Mars at this time as the exploding planet V made Mars uninhabitable. He was a believer as is Farrell in the hominid "Face on Mars" and the other "man" made monoliths in the Cydonia region of Mars.

Farrell takes the logic of Van Flandern and Velikovsky one step further; If there was a civilization on planet V and on Mars millions of years ago, which had already existed for millions of years then surely their technology would have advanced further than ours. The exploded watery planet V or Tiamat may have been eliminated using the same "scalar technology" that the Nazis were perfecting at the end of WW2.

My one gripe with the book is that Farrell appears to believe that civilization on Earth has only existed three times. According to conventional archeology our civilization beginning with the Sumerians has only ascended for roughly ten thousand years at most. If this space of time is divided into millions or possibly billions of years then hominids may have risen and fallen hundreds or thousands of times, developing space faring technology, colonizing the universe and even destroying themselves many, many times. Farrell has failed to spell this out.

There are many other sensational discoveries which Farrell has tied together neatly in this superbly sourced book from Adventures Unlimited; do not be put of by the trashy cover.
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on 18 October 2011
This book once again continues on the shoulders of previous research and speculation contained within the other books of the series. To fully appreciate the information contained within this book its best to place it within the context of the previous books, you cannot start half way through and expect to understand the intricacies of the plot.

If you want a book to make you think you've come to the right place, Dr Farrell's broad knowledge and keen eye for detail give some truly astounding concepts and thought provoking ideas.

"The Mind is like a parachute, it works best when open" Jim Marrs
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on 5 August 2014
Not bad. Thought provoking theory, but some of the conclusions the author comes to given the evidence, are, I believe tenuous.
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