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BOOK REVIEW: "The Pyramids and The Pentagon"

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"The Pyramids and The Pentagon" by Nick Redfern
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By Andrew W. Griffin

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Posted: June 20, 2012

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BOOK REVIEW:  The Pyramids and The Pentagon: The
Government’s Secret Pursuit of Mystical Relics, Ancient Astronauts, and Lost
Civilizations
 (New
Page Books)  2012

Reading a Nick Redfern
book often takes me back to my childhood of the late 1970’s and early 1980’s
when shows like Jack Webb’s Project UFO,
In Search Of …, and a myriad of other
shows and TV specials on UFO’s, Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster, were tuned
in in the Griffin household.

So, hot on the heels of
2011’s The NASA Conspiracies and The Real Men in Black, British-born
author Redfern takes a more broad-sweeping approach on his latest literary
mystery tour, The Pyramids and The
Pentagon
, to instances where the government takes a keen interest in
unusual archaeological, historical and religious puzzles including the idea
that the Egyptian Pyramids were created via levitation or that claims of
ancient nuclear warfare in India may indeed be true.

Take for instance the
case of Noah’s Ark. Most people are familiar with this story from the Book of
Genesis in the Bible. We are told that God, angry about a “corrupted” planet,
warned Noah and his family to build an “Ark” to protect them (and a huge
menagerie of animals) from the coming Great Flood. It’s a popular story from
the Bible and people – including Christians and scholars alike – don’t all
agree on the interpretation of the Genesis tale. Many parts of the world have
historical references to a mighty deluge in ancient times. But the story of
Noah and his floating Ark is probably the most well known.

Writes Redfern: “(T)here
is one very significant thing that makes the story of Noah’s Ark stand out from
all of the other flood legends on record: the deep, secret interest that the
U.S. government has taken in the controversy.”

It is believed that in
1949, during a secret Air Force reconnaissance aircraft mission over Mt. Ararat
in Turkey (allegedly the resting place of Noah’s Ark), an onboard photographer
photographed “a gargantuan, intelligently designed craft of some sort …
protruding from the thick ice that dominating Mt. Ararat’s southwest face.”

Was it Noah’s Ark? Was
it a crashed flying saucer? Was it a trick of light? And why was the CIA
suddenly interested in its alleged existence? Why were Apollo 15 astronaut
James B. Irwin and former US. Sen. Barry Goldwater desirous of knowing more? Clearly
interest in Noah’s Ark – whatever it is or was – had the attention of those at
the highest levels of the American government.

In later chapters,
Redfern delves into topics such as levitation being used to move the stone
blocks to create the Pyramids and the military’s interest in anti-gravity and
the Navy’s interest in 1950’s-era flying saucer researcher Morris K. Jessup.

Redfern tackles a topic
that I’ve been learning more about in the chapter titled “Ancient Atomic
Annihilation.” Referencing the ancient Sanskrit text, considered incredibly
significant by Indian scholars is the Mahabharata,
which describes events from 8,000 years ago or earlier, events that point to “graphic
depictions of nothing less than all-out, ancient nuclear war and its terrible
side effects of radiation poisoning and mass destruction.”

These ancient battles
over India – and I did say over – were allegedly conducted by pilots in what
are termed “Vimanas,” aircraft that were said to unleash powerful weaponry – “a
single projectile charged with all the power of the Universe” – basically descriptions
of atomic explosions.

He notes that scholars,
scientists and religious people have suggested that what the Indians achieved
technologically far in antiquity is actually true and that even J. Robert
Oppenheimer, “the father of the atomic bomb,” quoted the Bhagavad Gita, an
Indian text, by quoting the multi-armed god Vishnu and saying: I am become
Death, the destroyer of worlds,” following the successful test of an atomic
bomb detonation in 1945.

Oppenheimer would later
suggest that this atomic bomb detonation was the first one “in modern times.”
Even this scientist alluded to the idea that weapons of immense power existed
in ancient times.

 Continuing, Redfern addresses the topic of the
“Face on Mars.” And says that evidence points to the idea that the
controversial structure, which resembles a humanoid face and was photographed
by Viking 1 in 1976, had been known
about long before then and that efforts were made by the government to use pop
culture – i.e., Tom Corbett, Space Cadet,
and Marvel Comics’ Jack Kirby and his prophetic 1958 comic “The Face on Mars” –
to get people used to the idea of an ancient face carved out of rock on the Martian
surface. As Redfern notes, “Jack Kirby had secret associations with officialdom
– in fact, with none other than the CIA.”

And going back even
further into the Martian mysteries, the writer Jonathan Swift (Gulliver’s Travels), he writes about
Mars and the fact that it had two small moons – this, “a century and a half
before they were even officially discovered.” How did Kirby know to draw a Face
on Mars and how did Swift know about the two Martian moons – Deimos and Phobos?
Could it have something to do with Swift’s knowledge of the mysterious 15th
century document, written in cipher, known as the Voynich Manuscript? Both NASA
and the NSA have shown interest in the Voynich Manuscript and what it means.
And as for the Face, is there a case for it being connected to the pharaohs and
ancient Egypt?

Redfern proceeds to
touch upon military interest in crop circles, secret plans to create religious
visions in the sky for the purpose of military advantage, the search for the
Holy Grail and the Ark of the Covenant, stargates, the “dancing stones of
England” and Stonehenge and much more.

This is a book I had
trouble putting down. In fact I finished it in an afternoon. Redfern’s thorough
research, documentation, readable style and fearless approach to exceedingly
controversial subject matter makes him one of the best writers on the
paranormal and unknown while still keeping things fairly down-to-earth. Am
already looking forward to his next book.

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