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Book Reviews Perceptions Magazine, April 2017

Origins of the Sphinx:
Celestial Guardian of Pre-Pharaonic Civilization
by Robert M. Schoch, Ph.D., and Robert Bauval

Inner Traditions
Bear & Company
One Park Street
Rochester, Vermont 05767
2017, 528 pages, 6 x 9, $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-62055-525-5

Reviewed by Brent Raynes

These two authors are already well-known for their independent and at times controversial research and investigations into ancient Egyptian history. In this heavily and very well illustrated and documented book, they continue to lean toward controversial findings, contradicting orthodox Egyptology on their historical timelines. They determine that the Sphinx of Giza was originally created by a pre-Pharaonic civilization some 12,000 years ago, as opposed to the mainstream orthodox view that it was created around 2,500 BCE.

The authors also conducted archaeoastronomical research that showed how the pyramids and Sphinx of the Giza Plateau were aligned with the constellations of Orion and Leo. They further point out that Turkey's Gobekli Tepe site uncovered in recent years further validates that indeed advanced civilizations from that same time period existed; a point that author Schoch had been critized years earlier for before this Turkish site's discovery.


Alien World Order:
The Reptilian Plan to Divide and Conquer
The Human Race
by Len Kasten

Bear & Company
One Park Street
Rochester, Vermont 05767
2017, 314 pages, $18.00 US

Reviewed by Brent Raynes

The author, Len Kasten, a former member of NICAP (National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena) must have its former founder and director, the late Major Donald E. Keyhoe, turning over in his grave. NICAP had the well-known reputation of being a strict and very cautious evidence gatherer of reports from reliable witnesses of structured “nuts and bolts” craft, capable of superior flight capabilities, that they felt supported their theory that extraterrestrial visitors were coming to our planet. However, if alien beings were contained within a report they possessed a knee-jerk reaction of dismissing it as psychological or a hoax. Keyhoe had taken a very dim view of the popular contactee stories that spread like wildfire back in 1950s and he did not want to have NICAP's reputation tarnished by association. Clearly, Kasten's membership would have been on very shaky ground back in the day.

Of course, the times they are a changing. Writers spin elaborate, heavily detailed scenarious that best many times belong in the realm of science fiction as this evidence of a confrontation between people from the Pleiades at odds with Reptilians, the history outlined here of what happened at Lemuria and Atlantis, the alleged history of the Illuminati, Nazi involvement with the ET's, Eisenhower's treaty with the Greys at Holloman Air Force Base in 1954, John Kennedy's assassination by the CIA because he dared to expose and try and do something about the Nazi-Reptilian presence, and of course much more, all of which in many respects makes more for a proper sociological study than a hard evidence presentation of the facts that you'd want to present to a Congressional Hearing in Washington, D.C., which is what the Washington based NICAP was quite obsessed with attempting to do.

It's a nice looking book with lots of photographs, illustrations, and some noteworthy history, when not overshadowed by the sensationalized and unproven details of ET-based conspiracies and alien infiltration that the author promotes. An example of noteworthy history, to me anyway, would be the horrors the Japanese military brought upon citizens of Nanking, China, in 1937. Sadly, the horrible human acts of war do not have to be laid upon the doorstep of Reptilians or any other ET invaders. Humans are unfortunately quite capable at times of commiting very dark acts.

Of course, I'm a firm believer that every bit of evidence and theory must be carefully examined, but I just wish to caution the reader that this book's contents are heavily oriented towards a controversial series of beliefs expressed by the author as opposed to a carefully, critically and objectively presented examination of the facts themselves.

Sunday, March 03, 2024