Mar 31, 2016

Review: Masks of the Lost Kings

Masks of the Lost Kings Masks of the Lost Kings by Tom Bane
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The book "Masks of the Lost Kings" is about connecting death masks of Egyptian Pharaoh Tut-ankh-amun and Mayan King Pacal to unlocking the hidden code. Under the tutelage of Oxford Professor and Egyptologist Henry Piper, Suzy da Silva wishes to acquire a PhD on the study about the connection between Ancient Egypt and Christianity and also the links between the Amarna Period, Tut-ankh-amun and Christianity.

The study was privately funded by Horus Corporation. She along with Japanese bodyguard Getuzu take up the journey and visits Egypt, there she meets not only the academics for her thesis but also assassins. On her way Mayanology Professor George Logan's son an academic Tom Brooking join hands with Suzy. The story shifts to South America, Palenque, tomb of King Pacal. Both Suzy and Tom finds the significance of the numbers 26 and 37.

What is so special about the number and why it is subtly portrayed in the death masks and jewellery of Tut-ankh-amun and King Pacal is the rest of the story.

The story is fast paced, the author had given back ground of Suzy's character exhaustively. And as mentioned in author's page that he has well balanced the story with science and beliefs.

I noticed one small error in the book "the sphinx is known as narasimha, or man-lion, in Sri Lanka, home of the Buddha," Narasimha is half man and half lion is partly right but Sphinx has the head of human and body of a Lion whereas Narasimha has Lion head and human body, another one is Sri Lanka home of Buddha is wrong.


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Mar 30, 2016

Review: Masks of the Lost Kings

Masks of the Lost Kings Masks of the Lost Kings by Tom Bane
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The book "Masks of the Lost Kings" is about connecting death masks of Egyptian Pharaoh Tut-ankh-amun and Mayan King Pacal to unlocking the hidden code. Under the tutelage of Oxford Professor and Egyptologist Henry Piper, Suzy da Silva wishes to acquire a PhD on the study about the connection between Ancient Egypt and Christianity and also the links between the Amarna Period, Tut-ankh-amun and Christianity.

The study was privately funded by Horus Corporation. She along with Japanese bodyguard Getuzu take up the journey and visits Egypt, there she meets not only the academics for her thesis but also assassins. On her way Mayanology Professor George Logan's son an academic Tom Brooking join hands with Suzy. The story shifts to South America, Palenque, tomb of King Pacal. Both Suzy and Tom finds the significance of the numbers 26 and 37.

What is so special about the number and why it is subtly portrayed in the death masks and jewellery of Tut-ankh-amun and King Pacal is the rest of the story.

The story is fast phased, the author had given back ground of Suzy's character exhaustively. And as mentioned in author's page that he has well balanced the story with science and beliefs.

I noticed one small error in the book "the sphinx is known as narasimha, or man-lion, in Sri Lanka, home of the Buddha," Narasimha is half man and half lion is partly right but Sphinx has the head of human and body of a Lion whereas Narasimha has Lion head and human body, another one is Sri Lanka home of Buddha is wrong.


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Mar 25, 2016

Review: The Messiah Conspiracy: The Race to Clone Jesus Christ (Book Two)

The Messiah Conspiracy: The Race to Clone Jesus Christ (Book Two) The Messiah Conspiracy: The Race to Clone Jesus Christ (Book Two) by Ian C.P. Irvine
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the second part of "The Messiah Conspiracy: The Race to Clone Jesus Christ", Jason for his D.Phil tries to clone Son of God from the blood sample obtained from the crown of thorns. The first part of the book ends where the Crown of Thorns was switched by America and both the countries are in race to clone God.

Second part continues with the difficulties faced by both the teams in cloning Jesus. Patrick one of the MI5 agent intervenes the professor and Jason and backs the plan of cloning and assures them that MI5 will be their guardian angel.

As suspected American President Jamieson sends Little Johnny to assassinate the entire team and the rest of the story becomes a thriller, what will happen to IGEGGM team did they really cloned Jesus Christ, did America succeeded in the race, if then what happens to cloned Jesus? all these questions is answered in the end. The book concludes nicely without hurting anybody's sentiments.

God curing Tina (Tim's daughter) from cancer chapter made my eyes glistened, I know this is a story and also I can understand why this particular chapter affected me because I lost my mother to cancer. The words spoken by Jesus to Tina.... Tina, get up from your bed and go downstairs to your mother she is sad and needs you. Tell her not to be sad anymore. Tell her their prayers of love have been answered.

This novel is a page turner, made me to sit and read till mid night. Some of the lines which I like to highlight are:

1. Maybe God made man in his image but man can't make God in man's image.

2. Nature has its own course and you shouldn't tamper with it.

3. God will have created the embryo, not you or I. We are just puppets in His game. Pawns completing the last few moves of an intricate and long and drawn out game of Chess that goes back thousands of years in time.

4. It flew away from them, rising into the blue sky above, a white dove of peace, climbing and climbing until it was far from sight.


For the Book One Review click the link below:


http://chromaring.blogspot.in/2016/03/review-messiah-conspiracy-race-to-clone.html

Mar 18, 2016

Review: Unexplained Mysteries: Ancient Aliens Or Lost Technology?: The Missing Tech Behind The World's Greatest Structures

Unexplained Mysteries: Ancient Aliens Or Lost Technology?: The Missing Tech Behind The World's Greatest Structures Unexplained Mysteries: Ancient Aliens Or Lost Technology?: The Missing Tech Behind The World's Greatest Structures by Robert Jean Redfern
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The book looks at the several ancient structures which tries to analyze the known theories and the reason behind the construction. The structures are:

1. The Great Pyramid of Giza
2. Stonehenge
3. Goseck Henge
4. Derinkuyu Underground city
5. Pumapunku
6. Gobekli Tepe
7. Nan Madol
8. Hypogeum of Hal-Saflieni
9. Coral Castle
10.Russian Megalithic Stones
and the final chapter is about the Conclusion

The Author Robert Redfern starts with an inquiry of who really built structures like the great pyramid of Giza, Stonehenge, the underground city of Derinkuyu, the mysterious Pumapunku, the Gobekli Tepe, and the underground Greek temple called Hypogeum of Hal-Saflieni?

In each chapter the author gives great details with separate sub headings for structural features, famous theories of how the structure was built and for what purpose it was built.

I came to know the strange facts that the mortar used to build the pyramid has been analyzed and found out that it consists of known chemicals but their chemical composition is unable to be reproduced.

For the Stonehenge, it was built using two type of stones, Sarsen and a type of volcanic rock blue stones. Stonehenge was built before the pyramids in Giza. And the German Stonehenge is much older than the England Stonehenge by 1000 years!

An astonishing feature I came to know is that structure in Gobekli Tepe carbon dating traces the site to be built around 10,000 BC and even before the knowledge of pottery.

The author concludes that he has given only comprehensive list, he also records that this will give us a glimpse of how the ancient building technology has disappeared with the builders.


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Mar 14, 2016

Review: Day of the Vikings

Day of the Vikings Day of the Vikings by J.F. Penn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received this novella from the author as free give away. Dr.Morgan Sierra's fifth adventure, titled "Day Of The Vikings". As instructed by ARKANE (Arcane Religious Knowledge And Numinous Experience Institute) a research centre for investigating super natural mysteries, Morgan visits Neo-Classical London Museum to investigate an artifact of Viking ritual objects particularly the staff of Skara Brae. Blake Daniel, a researcher takes Morgan a short tour of Vikings. As Morgan takes the staff for inspection the place explodes and the Noe-Vikings and Volva or Seeress takes control of the museum.

Morgan and Blake comes to know that they are after the staff. Blake who has the gift of psychometry, holds the staff for Morgan and he gets the visions of the Vikings taking over an island and killing the monks and grabbing the treasure, he also visualize couple of monks escaping in a boat.

Volva asks Morgan to return the staff so she can release the hostages, Morgan accepts and gives the staff to her. With the help of the staff she easily escapes from the museum. Later with assistance from Blake's gift Morgan goes in search of the Staff and the eye of Odin.

What happens to the Staff of Skara Brae and the Eye of Odin? And did Morgan gets back the staff to ARKANE is the remaining part of the story.

At the end of the story the Author J.F.Penn has given information about how she was inspired by the TV series "Game of Thrones". The places attacked by Vikings mentioned in the story are real, she has embellished the Viking research to create this novella.


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Mar 13, 2016

Review: Batman: The Dark Knight Returns

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As fan of Superman and Batman I came to know that soon to be released Batman V Superman: The Dawn of Justice is loosely based on the graphic novel Batman - The Dark Knight Returns"

First of all I did not like the art work particularly the face of everybody looks bizarre, but the story is good. I liked the way of United States flag turning into "S" symbol.

And new Robin appearing along side Batman who is only thirteen years old.

Batman has retired and for 15 years the crime rate increases in Gotham. Most feel that Batman has died, the city has been vandalized by Mutants a new crime group. Slowly Batman takes up the gang and one instance he had to fight the mutant leader and I cannot take up that Batman been hurt by him (he is 55 years old in the story). By his intelligence Batman ends the mutant gangs rule but after Gordon's retirement new Police Commissioner takes up the place and issues an arrest order for Batman. Same time the President also asks Superman to intervene and finish of Batman. To add pressure Joker escapes and kills hundreds of people in a talk show. And what Batman will do to Joker when the Police is chasing him. After that episode, the Caped Crusader and Man of Steel collide in Gotham city, what happens to them remains the rest of the story.

I could have enjoyed well if the images were done normally. I give 4 stars.


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Mar 12, 2016

Review: The Messiah Conspiracy - The Race To Clone Jesus Christ : (Book One): A Gripping Medical Suspense Thriller Conspiracy

The Messiah Conspiracy - The Race To Clone Jesus Christ : (Book One): A Gripping Medical Suspense Thriller Conspiracy The Messiah Conspiracy - The Race To Clone Jesus Christ : (Book One): A Gripping Medical Suspense Thriller Conspiracy by Ian C.P. Irvine
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In the distant future most Earth population have been wiped out by SARs 2 virus. And Government has legalised Human Cloning. Noble Prize winner Professor Wainright privately funded Institute of Genetic Evolution of the Greater Good of Mankind (I.G.E.G.G.M.) has made a breakthrough in cloning, the key that unlocked the blueprint within the DNA, allowing them to take samples which were thousands of years old to repair them, reproduce them and then introduce them to a donor egg to create an embryo which could be cultivated and grown to maturity.

Professor Wainwright who is obsessed with cloning a long lost Pharaoh makes arrangement to take the DNA sample of untouched pharaoh's tomb. One of his assistant Jason visits Egypt and gets the required sample. While cloning of the Pharaoh is going on, Jason with his girl friend Lydia visits Notre Dame and there he gets an idea for his Doctorate DPhil to resurrect and clone the God (Jesus Christ). He comes to know about the "Crown of Thorns". Professor consents for the beautiful idea of his student and persuades The Cardinal of Notre Dame to deliver the Crown of Thorns in research for DPhil on 'the analysis and application of computer techniques to the verification of historical artifacts using genetic coding', unknown to the Cardinal that they are trying to take the blood sample from the crown and use it for cloning Jesus Christ.

After receiving the specimen they name the project as Haissem reversing the spelling of Messiah. The work goes on, while Mike who is an undercover agent working for America uses hypnotism and switches the original Crown of Thorns with their fake.

While both countries fighting to win the race to clone Jesus, the book ends with a cliff-hanger.
I liked the idea of the book, with 200 pages and fast paced the author Ian C.P.Irvine had made easy to understand what is DNA and the process of cloning.

The book has some sentimental moments like the healing of Professor's cancer and belief in God. I got goose bumps when Professors gets healed, it made me to remember Ben Hur's mother and sister cured by the blood of Jesus Christ in the movie Ben Hur.

The author has cleverly mixed supernatural (God) and Science and made a enjoyable read.


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Mar 8, 2016

Review: Unravelling the Mysteries of Ancient Places

Unravelling the Mysteries of Ancient Places Unravelling the Mysteries of Ancient Places by Brien Foerster
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received this free copy "Unravelling the Mysteries of Ancient Places" from ancient-origins.net for their third year celebration. The book is a collection of various articles written by many authors and given in separate chapters and also at the end of each chapter useful links is also provided.

The book consists of following chapters:

1. Were the Ancient Funerary Towers of Sillustani Peru Originally part of an Energy System
2. Harran - city of Abraham
3. The Stonehenge Landscape - a wider perspective
4. The greatest discovery never made
5. Megalithic Origins - Gobekli Tepe
6. Before Antibiotics
7. Jezebel Virgin of Baal
8. A series of Rock Arrangements and placements that defy conventional Historical accounts
9. The Ancient Stone Labyrinths of Bolshoi
10. Lascaux Cave Speaks

The book has many colour images and diagrams for better understanding.

More images were in the chapters of Lascaux Cave Speaks and Megalithic origins - Gobelki Tepe.

Has 100 pages can be read easily in one sitting.


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Mar 7, 2016

Review: The Secret Price of History

The Secret Price of History The Secret Price of History by Gayle Ridinger
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The story is about linking the 19th Century real and fictional characters and 21st century fictional characters with a gold medallion. The authors have done a great work of inter weaving and brilliantly using the period of Garibaldi who is on his way to unify Italy from the opposition of Napoleon III.

Three marvelous characters Eleonora Serlupi, Gofferdo and Sandor gets introduced. Gofferdo is cheese maker and Sandor is a militant, an Hungarian. Both Gofferdo and Sandor Kemenj takes part in Garibaldi's battles, Eleonora nurses the wounded. A triangle love is formed, they get a gold medallion and vial from a church which they share among themselves.

The medal becomes a curse, unknown to them what secret the medal holds. Napoleon III and his emissaries are in search of the medal which holds the treasure, the treasure which dates back to the period of Darius III who hides it before the attack of Alexander the Great. Gerard Audeoud one of the emissary of Napoleon III tries his best for the medallion but was killed.

The story flows back and forth from 19th century to 21st century. In present day the gold medallion is with the family of Eleonora, Angie Cebrelli. She happens to see the news of a person been murdered in Mithreaum temple and a photo copy of the gold medallion. That persons family helps Angie for her travel plans.

An Indian, Arjan Gupta who is a professor and his friend Damien Brandeau an American citizen in Italy doing archaeological findings were researching about the lost medallion. They get in touch with Angie. Subsequently Vatican's inner echelon and Damien's father and his sister are after the treasure.

Angie was attacked and Dardanoni the inspector provides help and understands the significance of the Alexanders medallion and its rich treasure. Did they solved the mystery, how the medallion lands into Eleonora, what happened to Sandor and Gofferdo, what happens to the greedy Suzanne Brandeau and Marc Alexander Brandeau forms the remaining part of the story. The ending is perfect.

I find couple of spelling mistakes one such is "About ten minutes ago, the police chef continued, which should be chief.

I liked the Eleonora character, she is strong and unpredictable, she actively takes part with Red shirts in Italy and as well as to support for Garibaldi in America. Like real life her character, in her final years loses her interest in politics and retires calmly she often takes long walks.

Some quotes I like to share from the book "The Secret Price of History" are:

Science is only a weapon in the hands of the atheists.

Faith might be a Christian's armor but his gun was the way to defend that faith against his enemies.


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Mar 1, 2016

Review: Saving The World Boxed Set I: The Amazing Stories of The Greatest Superheroes Ever

Saving The World Boxed Set I: The Amazing Stories of The Greatest Superheroes Ever Saving The World Boxed Set I: The Amazing Stories of The Greatest Superheroes Ever by Dean King
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book set is about three Superheroes Superman, Batman and Spider-man. I had previously read the book "Superman Exposed". This bookset included Superman exposed also. Though I had reviewed the title already I like to add one from the chapter The Superman Effect: Superman's initial success back in the late 1930' s led to the creation of similar characters and other superheroes. Though some say it is still a debatable fact whether or not Superman is the first super hero created, it can not be denied that his arrival ushered the era for super heroes. Batman was the first to follow the Man of Steel in the path the latter had set. So many other publications capitalized on Superman popularity by creating similar superheroes that DC had to spend the next decade suing most of them for plagiarism. DC had been making a profit of over 1.5 million with their three Superman titles alone, so they had to make sure nobody followed suit.

The Second title of the boxed set is Batman, like the article about Superman the author has given the background of how Batman entered the comics world. The Intro of Batman by the author which I like to quote, "He was not born with genes that gave him a super healing factor and retractable claws that go SNIKT! He did not come from a dying planet and could fly faster than a speeding bullet. He was not chosen to be a guardian, herald, warrior or Rah! Rah! Boy for this cosmic power or that noble order. He did not stumble upon an ancient artifact of power. He is not the son, descendant or brother to the friend of the cousin to the neighbor whose great grandfather twice removed is God. He did not get bitten by a radioactive spider, bombarded by cosmic rays or was exposed to gamma radiation. He is human, just like the rest of us."

After the success of Superman publication in Detective comics, the then Publisher Vin Sullivan liked to have another super hero to appear, Bob Kane the creator of Batman began working on a new super hero inspired by Sherlock Holmes, Zorro, The Shadow, a sketch of a bat-winged flying machine drawn by Leonardo Da Vinci and 1930' s horror movies such as "The Bat" and Bela Lugosi's Dracula. Bob Kane took the sketches to Bill Finger, he recalled that Bob Kane had an idea for a character called 'Batman', and he'd like me to see the drawings. I went over to Kane's, and he had drawn a character who looked very much like Superman with kind of ... reddish tights, I believe, with boots ... no gloves, no gauntlets ... with a small domino mask, swinging on a rope. He had two stiff wings that were sticking out, looking like bat wings. And under it was a big sign ... BATMAN." Then Bill gave finishing touches to the character by removing the domino mask and replacing with the hood, took the eyeballs out and put slits to give a mysterious look.

In the first sketch Bat-Man wore a red union suit; the wings, trunks, and mask were black. Then Bob thought that red and black would be a good combination. Bill said that the costume was too bright then they changed the colour to dark gray. The cape looked like two stiff bat wings attached to his arms, as Bill and Bob talked,they realized that these wings would get cumbersome when Bat-Man was in action, and later they changed them into a cape, scalloped to look like bat wings when he was fighting or swinging down on a rope. Also, Batman didn't have any gloves on, and then it was added so that he wouldn't leave fingerprints." Thus the sketch was finalized. Alter ego name Bruce Wayne came from a Scottish patriot named Robert Bruce and mad Anthony Wayne.

Batman is always seen with the gadgets like the utility belt, batarang etc. The arsenal was first added to Batman by Gardner Fox. He is also the same guy who gave Julie Madison, Batman's first love interest. Bill Finger was credited for the naming of the fictional city Gotham, Batmobile and Batcave. Later Watson like character was introduced to Batman, who was a impish side kick Robin.

One of the villains of Batman "Two Face" character was influenced from Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hide. For contemporary look Batman's logo, the yellow ellipse behind the bat insignia was created by Carmine Infantino and he also redesigned the Batmobile.

The author has given a brief description over all the weapons used by Batman right from the famous utility belt, Batarangs, Bat Goo Gun, Bat Lasso, Flash Bang grenades, Tear Gas pellets. Other gadgets includes Bat Torch, Batclaw, Bat-cuffs, Bat Heater, Batlight etc.

The media appearance were neatly given, the first Batman serial was aired in 1943, the very first person to take up the mantle as Batman is Lewis Wilson. After 6 years Robert Lowery took up the titular role in the serial "Batman and Robin". With expensive sets, colorful costumes, gaudy gadgets and a theme song, Adam West starer the campy "Batman" was aired in January 1966. The actors who took Batman to big screen were mentioned in a separate chapter.

On Spider-man: The author is the first chapter has mentioned that he is a die hard fan of Spider man. He gives exhaustive details about the Super hero. Spider man character was introduced in comics in Amazing Fantasy #15, year 1962. The famous one liner "With great power comes great responsibility"was first used in the same comic book appeared in Amazing Fantasy #15.

Likewise the author has given information about the appearance of Spider man in media, the first animated series was broadcasted in 1967. In films Tobey Maguire took up as Spider man and appeared in the trilogy. Later the same movie was rebooted and released as "The Amazing Spider-Man" with Andrew Garfield as the new Spider-Man.

The author Dean King has given the Top Ten books for Batman and Spider man to be read and for collection.


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