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on 16 September 2015
I purchased several of Lynn Picknett's books on a recommendation from an acquaintance and I regret it. I have wasted time and money on her books, which are terrible. I have read so many books in this subject area and they range from great to OK in the main, but she is really the bottom on the pile. I kept going and reading through her endless repeated sections, angry rants and bizarre tangents, that had nothing to do with the subject of the book itself, as I thought I may as well read them as I had already purchased them but now I wonder if I should just have cut my losses after one or two of her books and not go on wasting my time as well as the money already wasted.

She doesn't provide evidence for her arguments and then she throws in so called 'evidence' from other people, which actually has nothing to do with her argument. Her books are very poorly written and very overrated. She clearly is just pushing her own personal agenda and her books are tedious.
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on 18 December 2000
We all know the party game where one person whispers something to the first person, who, in turn, whispers the message to her neighbour who also passes it on till it has gone completely about the room. How amazed and amused we then are when we hear, at the end, how distorted the original message has become. This is one excellent example of how rumours work. The Stargate Conspiracy is another. Under the guise of investigative journalism, Picknett & Prince almost succeed in raising rumour to a literary genre. (An increased use of questions can serve as a device to heighten tension in writing, but it can also be indicative of not having a real idea of what is going on.) The premise is simple: there is an international, almost century-old conspiracy afoot that threatens our very existence as free human beings. The fact that none of us even remotely suspect this is simply supporting evidence of the insidiousness of the plot. We can only be thankful that the authors have the intelligence, insight and humanitarian compassion so badly needed to save us all from a fate worth than death.
At first blush, it appears that the authors have really done their homework. The book is strewn with endnotes giving the appearance not so much of scholarship but of corroborated investigation. Upon closer examination, however, one soon realises that this is pseudo-investigation of a high degree. A good number of the quotes are snippets of statements, often taken out of context, from the "key works" cited. What is more, the actual number of different sources is far fewer than the sheer number of endnotes would lead one to believe. Unfortunately, in critical moments (such as the unmasking of highly orchestrated CIA activities, or the explanation of the true sources of protofascist esoterism) the work is curiously lacking documentary evidence. Many of the sources used as documentation, however, are not primary sources for the point in question, but are two or more degrees removed from the persons and events described. In other fields of investigation this is know as "hearsay" and properly acknowledged as such, but not so with the authors here. In another instance, it is almost amusing that they criticise one of their sources for failing to reveal his real thesis until the end of one of his works, yet two-thirds of the way through their own tome, one is still wondering what the actual conspiracy is. In the absence of an incisive, syllogistic logic, it would appear that an emotional logic will do. Occam's Razor is the model of theorisation that has long withstood the test of time. It is, however, the test that Picknett & Prince fail most often. Where simple explanations of everyday psychology, the natural curiosity of human beings, or the mundane capacity of human beings to err, the zeitgeist of post-McCarthian America, the overzealousness of science toward anything fringe, or the like would have sufficed, we find (almost grotesque) machinations of singularly minded, borderline-sinister individuals whose most grievous shortcoming was that they happened to be in similar world-wide organisations at different times or, worse, they ended up someplace they didn't particularly want to be. (As a draft avoider many years ago I ended up in the military anyway, yet ironically enough in military intelligence - one of the arch-enemies in this book - so I suppose, I, too, am guilty of being part of this conspiracy, at least by association, for as the authors repeatedly imply: presence is proof of guilt.)
Whether there really is something to this alleged conspiracy, I suppose we shall never know. The authors in their rush to judgement have succeed in so clouding the issue that a good number of others will have an exciting, if not difficult, time sorting it all out ... or maybe not, for it could just be that there is not all that much here worth investigating. Based on the lack of actual substance in Picknett & Prince's work, this latter alternative may be the more viable.
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on 29 December 2000
After reading the excellent Templar Revelations - well researched and based on a long tradition of esoteric thought - the Stargate Conspiracy proved to be laughable. Its 'scholarly' appearance, plenty of footnotes, quotes from professors etc is the only thing that separates this hogwash from the backwaters of the Internet where trailer-dwelling conspiracy theorists shoehorn black helicopters, the British monarchy, cattle mutilations, pyramids and the UN into one convenient supposition.
To the authors: Stick to Renne-le-Chateau, the Gnostic Gospels and Rosicrucians and leave UFOs to the nutters! Plus: I bet you don't believe a word of what you wrote here (as opposed to Templar Revelations). "Our literary agent told us to write this"!
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on 18 January 2000
Seems to me to be little more than a cynical attempt to whip up hysteria and cash in on the popularity of books by Bauval, Hancock et al. The amount of research is impressive, but the way the authors attempt to tie everything together into a Grand Conspiracy Theory is almost laughable at times. Plenty of dark allegations, but as for the plot itself, I'd completely lost it by about page 100. And after all the hype and buildup, their final conclusions deliver no fireworks, just a damp squib. A Very Bad Book.
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The promotional hype behind this book leads the reader to believe that it will reveal some great conspiracy. However, this book reveals little that was not already known, gradually becoming lost in its direction and ending up pure rubbish.
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on 23 November 2011
Save your money, time and sanity. Buy a different book.

Providing, of course, it's not by the same author, because that would be a case of 'out of the frying pan, into the fire'.

Seriously. This is a bad book.
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on 3 September 1999
I found this book to be truly awful. The first two chapters do start on terra firma but from chapter three onwards it becomes complete dross. A really horrific piece of writing ...
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on 14 June 2009
This thesis of this book is really difficult to accept, involving a conspiracy between the most unlikely of partners, including the military, NASA, parapsychologists and almost everyone else including the neo-Egyptologists such as Robert Bauval.

If you can make sense of it, good luck!
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on 26 July 1999
For anyone with some knowledge about the general developments in mainstream and alternative Egyptology in the last decade this book will be a major disappointment.
The main influence on the book seems to have been the actual film, "Stargate", and to this main theme the book adds a selection of new/old data in the style of who's who in Egyptology and the inevitable rumours (mostly taken from the internet) of jealosies and rivalries between the main figures in the Egyptological fields.
The book does not offer any hard or even circumstantial evidence to support its main thesis; the reader is lost in a stream of irrelevant data and improbable conjectures; in short, the book offers nothing new and its supposedly exciting conspiracy theory is derivative and disappointing.
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on 19 July 2011
Oh deary deary me.

These two are quite amazing - either the insides of their minds are the scariest places in the world, with Men in Black behind every corner and nothing-is-as-it-seems. Or they are a pair of unmitigated opportunists very quick on the uptake as to where the latest quick buck is to be made from the dementedly credulous. If you knit your wallpaper and eat your sandals, this load of old tripe - sorry, vegetarian pate - is right up your street.

The precept seems to be....er...um...I haven't a clue. Essentially, all the "alternative" Egyptologists and rewriters of history are somehow in some sinister club whereby they are preparing us for some huge unnamed nebulous changes that is to come by nefarious means I don't quite understand. It wanders from Edgar Cayce to Nazis to Alastair Crowley to Colin Wilson, the CIA, FBI, KGB and aliens, for all I can tell. But then these two berks think Da Vinci created the Turin Shroud. Presumably he just happened to have a 200 year old bit of cloth hanging about. Or maybe he built a time machine....oooooooo.....

Neither of them would know what real research is if it put on spangly pants and danced the tango. They are lauded in New Agey circles for having that marvellous thing, an open mind. As the great Carl Sagan commented "so open their brain fell out." it would be funny, except more and more people think the ridiculous maunderings of these and their fellow weirdy-beardies are becoming more and more accepted as science.

Save yourself. Really. Apart from anything else, they both have terrifying hair. Now THAT is the real mystery - why, when CP looks in the mirror, does he not realise that a large quantity of knitting appears to have died on his head?
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