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Ya whoa is right. The author is an ex-green beret who has written some several other series that you might find interesting as well... You can find a link to the authors homepage on my blog by clicking the Atlantis book on the links area.
Originally posted by Oswald
Off topic just a bit, finished the Area 51 series by Robert Doherty which I enjoyed. Talk about connecting places, events and people together....whoa.
Originally posted by Estrella
I disagree. I used to teach English to Opus Dei nuns. They were nothing at all like the characters in that book. Dan Brown would have you believe that Opus Dei wants to keep women in the 13th century. Why, then, are Opus Dei nuns allowed (and encouraged) to work? Most of the nuns I taught had "day jobs," which is part of Opus Dei's philosophy that the religious should be part of regular life, not separate from it. Many of the nuns had advanced degrees.
He also makes it sound like they are a crazy cult that will brainwash anyone they can. I taught those nuns for several months, and the most they ever did was invite me to mass, which was not significantly different from any other Catholic mass. If they were a cult, why didn't they try to brainwash me into joining their group?
Also, I thought it was very strange that he portrayed the Opus Dei monk as wearing a monk's robe. The nuns never wore habits, because Opus Dei teaches that the religious should not boast that they are thus. For that reason, I doubt Opus Dei monks wear robes, either.
Although I never became more than casually acquainted with the organization, nothing that I saw fit with what he wrote about them. Although Opus Dei may be more fundamentalist than I would like, I thought his portrayal of them was mean-spirited.
[Edited on 4-6-2004 by Estrella]
Originally posted by Cassie Clay
Great Conspiracy/Secret Society books:
* The Spear of Destiny - Trevor Ravenscroft
* The Gods of Eden - William Bramley
* The Cosmic Trigger - R.A.W.
* The Morning of the Magicians -- Louis Pauwels
* The 12th Planet -- Zecharia Sitchin
* The Templar Revelation -- Lynn Picknett
* Unholy Alliance -- Peter Lavenda
* The Invisible College -- Jacques Vallee
* The David Icke books (tho some of his info is a little far-out)
* The Book Of Lies -- Disinformation Publishing
* Manly P. Hall books on Masonry
Books I haven't read yet but are on my list:
* Holy Blood Holy Grail
* DaVinci Code
* Illuminatus Trilogy
* Stargate Conspiracy -- Lynn Picknett
Books that are classics in the field but didn't click with me:
* Behold A Pale Horse -- William Cooper
* Nothing In This Book Is True... -- Bob Frissell
* Apocalypse Culture I & II -- Feral Press (way too nihilistic & gory for me)
* The Gemstone File -- required reading for the serious conspiriologist, but very questionable material (author believes that Aristotle Onassis is the key to all evil in the universe)
Conspiracy Books for Beginners
* Jonathan Vankin's book
* The Big Book of Conspiracies -- Paradox Press
* R.A.W. put out a "conspiracy encyclopedia" some years back
And Image Comics put out a graphic novel called "Heaven's War" that is all about the Holy Grail & DaVinci Code territory: it's about Tolkien & C.S. Lewis teaming up to stop Aleister Crowley from stealling the Grail at Rennes Le Chateau & is a hoot.
One thing you'll notice as you read all these books: the information constantly overlaps, creating this really big Metatheory.
Originally posted by AlexKennedy
Well, first of all, though, you are aware that the "Illuminatus" trilogy is fiction, right? Not only is it fiction, but if we created a graded scale of "fictionality," with 1 being the least fictional, and 10 being the most fictional, this trilogy would probably score at least a 9. I sincerely hope you're not proceeding on the information found in these books as if they have any basis in reality.
Originally posted by el_topo
If you're interest in that type of fiction with some factual basis, try Umberto Eco's "Foucault's Pendulum." One of the best books I've ever read. Its more on the occult side of things though.