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The Lost Realms is one of the most speculative and interesting books in Sitchin's Earth Chronicles series. The ruins and structures of Egypt and the Near East have been wondered at and studied for centuries, and there is a veritable wealth of information from Near Eastern papyri, stelae, monuments, and similar artifacts. The ruins of Mesoamerica have largely been rediscovered only in the past couple of hundred years; indeed, unknown wonders surely remain hidden by South America's dense jungles. The immensely important records and artifacts of New World societies such as the Mayan, Inca, and Aztec civilizations were for the most part lost and destroyed at the hands of greedy Spanish conquistadors, and further site degradation has resulted from the pilfering of ancient stones by recent natives of the area for use in the construction of their own buildings. Thus, the earliest history of the lower Americas remains frustratingly impossible to understand. We are left with giant edifices with significant similarities to Near Eastern constructions in size, orientation, and purpose, many of them seemingly containing very advanced structures built for unknown purposes. Even the age of the artifacts is hotly debated, with many scientists refusing to believe scientific findings point back to as early as 2000 B.C.
Sitchin's arguments fit very nicely with the history of Sumeria, Egypt, and the Near East that he laid out in his earlier books. Basically, he argues that the Americas were exploited by the gods for the production of gold and other metals such as tin, which the Andean mountains in particular hold in abundance. Metals were refined here and shipped back to the Near Eastern lands long before Columbus ever sailed the ocean blue. Sitchin believes that the Olmecs, of which very little is known besides what has been gleaned from the artifacts they left behind, particularly in the form of large stone blocks representing men of obvious African descent, did indeed come from Africa very early on--in fact, it was the Egyptian god Thoth who brought his followers here when he was displaced by Marduk. While the Olmecs mysteriously disappeared, other societies were formed by white gods and giants from across the sea. The traditions of the diverse Indian groups all shared a common mythology, including the story of a Great Flood; they also possessed amazing arts, technologies, and sciences (particularly astronomy) very similar to those of Sumeria and Egypt. The inadequacy of artifacts in the Americas necessarily hinder any scientist studying their earliest histories, but Sitchin constructs a remarkably compelling timeline in which the story of Mesoamerica fits very neatly into the history he has gleaned of the Annunaki and their relationships with mankind in its earliest days.
Even if Sitchin were dead wrong on everything he suggests, this book would still be worth reading just for the information about the amazing ancient cities and monuments built in the lower Americas that are only now emerging from their jungle tombs. The Olmecs, Toltecs, Mayans, Incas, and Aztecs are more mysterious than the Near Eastern cultures, and the suggestion that men traveled from the Old World and Africa centuries before Columbus is as compelling as it is fascinating. The illustrations in this book are sometimes rather grainy and hard to examine closely, but the images they convey, such as that of the giant stone heads left by the Olmecs, do much to enhance Sitchin's theories. This is thought-provoking, educational, stimulating material.
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on 3 November 2009
The first three books of the Earth chronicles are set mainly in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, however book four takes us deep into the jungles of South America and onto the dizzying heights of the Andes. A land where we believe that the Mayans, Aztecs and Incas ruled and created massive cities with imposing temples and complicated irrigation systems. Sitchin takes these beliefs and turns them inside out.

The book opens with a detailed account of the avarice of the conquistadors and the savagery they inflicted upon the natives while fuelling their lust for gold and silver. Sitchin makes a very forthright and lucid argument for the South american Indians being direct descendents of Cain, with the mark of Cain playing a quite interesting part. Much of the book is taken up with descriptions of the huge structures contained within some of the cities and explanations of how this work was simply beyond the ability of the Indians. Who then were the architects and builders of such complicated and astrologically influenced marvels ? Is it coincidence that many of the buildings in Ancient Egypt match incredibly well with those in the Americas ? And indeed many of the Gods share names and histories, the spanish priests were amazed to learn of the tale of the deluge that was almost exactly the same as the one contained in the bible. How could this be ?

Sitchin provides well researched evidence that these major cities were created by the Gods and contained landing strips, mining facilities, refineries and factories for the purpose of extracting as much gold as possible for transportation to the home planet Nbiriu. The Indians merely moved in when the Gods had left. At face value this book seems incredible to say the least, but when studied, the depth of understanding displayed by the author is astounding and begs for more attention. The methods of alignment with the stars used in the buildings displays a deep understanding of the heavens that ancient man just didn't have ! The stone masons used granite blocks with up to 30 sides on each one yet they all fitted perfectly and with no mortar ! Some of the boulders used weighed up to three hundred tons and were quarried miles away and then transported up treacherous mountainsides .... by primitive Indians ! How were these quarried and shaped when no chisel marks are to be seen on them ?

This book creates a plethora of intriguing questions, followed by two types of answer, the ones we simply can't believe and the ones we don't want to believe. This is a must read.
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on 4 September 2017
Thank you, I now have the complete set.
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on 30 September 1997
Few persons are ready to read what this man has researched. His conclusions require an open and somewhat disciplined mind devoid of pre-conceived or conditioned response to anything considered critical to fundimental teachings. He touches what we all crave to understand! Where did we come from and what makes us the way we are. If one chooses not to think, don't read him. Otherwise, feel the thrill of a fresh wind blowing through clogged passages of the mind. I sincerely appreciate his efforts. Clifton H. Bush
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on 3 February 2014
This book, along with the others in the series is a fascinating read. If any more than 20% of it is actually true, then we had all better re-arrange how we think about human history and about our solar system! Even if none of it is true, which I have to say seems almost impossible, then you have to take your hat of to Sitchins imagination and way of distilling historic facts from the past. So much seems to add up that the problem is now working out why the human race has been so mis-informed on an enormous scale about so many things for so many generations.
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I love all Sitchin's books but I am very cautious about his theories, since he's made very unscientific claims about languages before and he is suspiciously quiet about the later history of his postulated "12th" planet Nibiru that supposedly caused the end of the last ice age and is supposed to come close to the earth every 3600 years. According to his chronology, Nibiru should have passed the earth in 100BC, but there is no historical record of any such thing, nor is there evidence of geological upheavals at that time. The info in this book is not all original either, I have seen it before in the work of Robert Bauval, Erich von Daniken and many others. But still an entertaining read.
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on 4 June 2016
The speciality of Sitchin was the Near East, specially Sumer and Babylon, still one of the most interesting books on the Meso America civilization is this one. His insights on the Olmecs, Aztecs, Mayas and Incas are just brilliant, The book is easy to read, and has many fabulous interpretation of the iconography and costumes of these ancient peoples, some may thing it is too imaginative but it does left me wonder in quite a few bits, he also pointed out many similarities between these cultures and the Near east ones. If you like Sitchin you must buy this book, the first four books of the Earth chronicles series are just amazing.
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on 28 May 2015
Take or leave Sitchin' s more outlandish theories about the plant Nbiru making its way through the solar system, his discussion of the clear links between Old World and New World civilisations is fascinating.
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on 28 May 2013
I love some of the suggestions in this book. There are some fair arguments that on the evidence provided stand up but there is a lot of counter evidence that is not explored which leads to my headline.
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on 15 April 2015
Another excellent book in the series that looks deep into our past. These books are abundant in facts or maybe they are conclusions. Certainly the books are compelling but confusing.
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