by Pincher Martin

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ISBN-13: 9780156747035
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 10/23/1968
Series: Harvest Book Series
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.44(d)

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Pyramid 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
adpaton on LibraryThing 27 days ago
Oh gosh, I must admit that pyramid is a pretty dire book: poor plot, badly written and weak characters. However I have to recommend it for one thing only ¿ no, not the gematria or the descriptions of Peruvian cities which I have heard are grossly inaccurate anyway ¿ and that is the maps.Like most people, I love old maps and find the history of cartography fascinating. While Pyramid does not pay homage to those unbelievably brave people who set out over a sea they believed might end suddenly in a mighty waterfall off the end of the world is does deal with early maps.The thesis behind the book ¿ a mishmash of international conspiracy, global warming, ancient master races and half-baked mythologies ¿ is that an advanced race of people lived on the Antarctic continent but when the tectonic plates shifted their previously habitable land become iced up, forcing them to form a Diaspora, scattering to those parts of the world least likely to be affected by flooding. Some lamentably ignorant Oxford Dons ¿ a hot American babe and a sexy English gent just to keep the whole thing pc ¿ stumble across a plan to harness the tectonic energy of the earth using pyramids and ley lines and all sorts of complex things which I must admit I skimmed over. A sinister corporation is out to stop them finding more and the pair is pursued from England to Peru, Bolivia, America and finally Egypt, leaving a trail of corpses in their wake, as the cliché has it. Anyway, back to the maps. The Piri Reis map is apparently quite famous: it dates back to roughly 1513 and was discovered in the Topkapi palace in the 20th Century when the building was being transformed into a museum. It is an early and remarkably accurate ¿ for the time ¿ map of the world. What makes it special however is that it appears to chart the Antarctic not only centuries before it was discovered but it charts it in an ice-free condition, which would make the map at least 6000 years old. Because the map allegedly contains details no European could have known in the 1500's, Martin argues that it proves the existence of ancient technological civilizations.¿In response to people who ask how to explain why the Piri Reis Map shows the coastline of Antarctica accurately, the answer is - it doesn't. It especially doesn't show the sub glacial coastline of Antarctica, which corresponds to the existing coastline of Antarctica around most of the continent anyway.¿ [World]The author uses counter-knowledge to ¿prove¿ the existence of an ancient civilisation and Polar Shifting. But its all good ¿ just a pity he did not do a more interesting job of it. I¿d love to read more books posited on old maps.
cathymoore on LibraryThing 27 days ago
Pretty poor to say the least. Two unsuspecting academics are forced to save the world by preventing the Great Pyramid at Giza being used for it's intended purpose - controlling the Earth's magnetic field. To call this far-fetched would be an understatement. A really bad example of a genre still riding on Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code coat-tails. The only credit this book deserves is that I actually managed to finish it and din't give up halfway through. I don't think I'll be reading anything by else by this author.
Rai-Aren More than 1 year ago
This book had me hooked by the plot - an ancient mystery with dire warnings for the present, the settings - Peru & Egypt, and the genre - archaeological adventure/thriller. I have always been fascinated by ancient Egypt, so it was irresistible! I found Pyramid to be an easy read, fairly engaging, and enjoyable. The settings and sense of place were well done. I especially liked the focus on ancient history and mythology - those aspects of the story were fascinating. I would have liked more follow-through for the book's antagonists and their mission, which started off strong, more impetus for the main characters to do what they were doing and for them to have made a bigger impact on the story's ending. Though they chased around the world (spending a lot of money on flights without specific aims), they didn't actually accomplish or affect much and the ending wasn't as strong as it could have been. I did like the main characters however and the pacing of the book was good. Overall, I found Pyramid to be an entertaining read with a lot of interesting information presented. That for me was the book's strongest feature, so if you're like me and enjoy being entertained by ancient mysteries in an adventure setting, it's a good read. I liked it enough that I look forward to reading Tom Martin's next book, Kingdom. Rai Aren, co-author of Secret of the Sands
LN_Adcox More than 1 year ago
I needed a book to read on a long plane ride and this appeared to be the best choice among the few books available in English. The premise of the book is interesting and not without merit. Remnants of an advanced civilization nearly wiped out by a universal flood were at the center of origin stories across the world. They built many of the unexplained wonders of the world such as the Giza Pyramids in an attempt to communicate with future generations. The pace is fast especially at the end. However, the dialogue is often stilted although relaying the mathematical and scientific principles involved in this premise would have been something of a challenge. The romance between the protagonists is sophomoric, and the moral of the story to be less materialistic, less greedy and take better care of the world (although true) was too obviously preachy and a bit naïve. Moreover, I was left annoyed that the direct cause of the big ending is not explained. This book is worth reading but I was left with the sense that it had much more promise than it delivered.