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Opening the Ark of the Covenant: The Secret Power of the Ancients, the Knights Templar Connection, and the Search for the Holy Grail

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2007

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    The author really tries to take on too much with this book. When I was finished reading it I felt that if a few more chapters had been added the author almost certainly would have come to the conclusion that a certain major discount retailer had direct linkages back to the Ark of the Covenent in some manner. The book itself is a hodge podge of various topics lifted out of history and thrown together with very little justification. On top of that, the author makes speculations early in the book that he then assumes as fact later in the book. Quite often the narrative is rambling and disjointed. Also, if it weren't for expansive conjecture I have to wonder whether the author would have anything to say at all. The topic itself is not unfamiliar. Recent years have seen a large number of these types of books that capitalize on mysteries of the past that have some type of link to events related to the writings of Jewish scripture. However all of them assume that those writings are absolutely factual and use that as a starting point without ever taking time to separate myth and legend from discoverable facts. If you have time to slog through this book, you'll find some interesting ideas presented, but the author's writing style is so irritating that you will probably find that it there are very easy excuses for laying the book aside for something else on your reading list.

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