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on September 30, 2005
For a man with a message, David Icke doesn't make things easy for himself.

If this book has any short-comings other than Icke's painfully inexpert attempts at logical argument, it's the opening chapters - on the grounds of established scientific knowledge (hmmm - perhaps my dissent means I am a reptilian...?). Notwithstanding Icke's infuriating tendency to present conjecture as fact that he will the refer back to later into the book, stating that his research has "proven" these leaps to be true with no insight into what constitutes proof having being given, schoolboy science is the real issue here.

Be it monatomic gold, "the lower fourth dimension", reptiles living inside a hollow earth, or reptilian DNA (which surely would have been detected by now - unless Craig Venter is one of the Illuminati??), Icke's book suffers hugely from bad editorial decisions as much as the poor presentation of argument and a paucity of scientific rigour.

"The Biggest Secret" is not, however, "the biggest laugh", and there are reasons to praise: if you can make it through the relatively painful first two chapters of this book, however, it does - perhaps surprisingly - become increasingly alluring. when Icke gets on to the linguistic, symbological and religious strands of his argument, he is on much steadier footing. The middle chapters present some utterly fascinating material, that is so dense and rich that regular breaks to mull it over are required. "The Biggest Secret" deserves strong marks for these sections.

It's a great shame though that these more attractive arguments only come AFTER the more, erm, alienating opening. If Icke could team up with someone more versed in rhetoric, or simply call upon a decent (and open-minded) editor, this book could well have been truly astounding. A simpler alternative could have been to present the reptilian material towards the end of the book - once the reader has been, perhaps, "softened-up".

Alas we are left with a work that, despite showing signs of having been wonderfully, exquisitely researched, is greatly blemished by amateurism. It could - and should - have been so much better. Nonetheless, a very thought-provoking read.
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