The author has provided a thouroughly well researched history of esoterica, but you might find he's occassionally drawing unfounded conclusions unless you have a background in this subject.
He argues this topic as a polemic. He wants to convince the reader of his point of view, which is extremely well done, but rationally off the mark in a few areas. I'm going to make a few leaps here myself that people will not understand unless they are well versed in Gnosticism.
First, he argues for a "Mind First, Matter Second" perspective on our universe. This is a clear understanding of Mystery School dualism, but it makes the same mistakes they did, as well. To leap to the end of it all, here it is: The Infinite. It shook up the Mystery Schools pretty well, too. Once the infinite is proved, this dualsim is made moot. Mind and Matter are ultimately one thing.
Materialism is once again useful in an infinite and perfect universe. Infinite perfection is rationalized by Descartes, proven geometrically by the Reiman Sphere and the resultant infinite dualities are resolved via a Helgelian dialectical operation which uses the Golden Mean as the constant.
I wrote a book on this topic and it's available at Amazon for your Kindle. Search for my name: Russell Martocci if you would like to know more of my thinking on this topic.
I don't know what these guys are on about. Dick Hill is the reader on a few of my books and he read this very well, as usual. The story is typical Koontz. Suspence, action, lots of technical detail on many subjects. I always look for two words in Koontz books, "ululation" and "susurration". He uses them in every book it seems.
This book is an exploration of Christian Theology on the "End Of The World" process. A re-envisioning of the Apocalypse as it might be.
All of the elements of this Christian prophesy are related in a purely secular fashion so as to reinterpret this ancient tale from a modern world view. If you read it and didn't get it, I recommend you study up and try again. It's workings are subtle and rich.
"Misperceptions in, Misconceptions out."
I found it quite enjoyable, but I do understand it is a story in the ilk of several other recent literary releases. It is an interesting counterpoint to Steven King's "Dreamcatcher," which also adresses some similar themes but not with the depth Koontz does in this book.
Judging by the squeals of the little piggies who got caught in the crosshairs of Al Franken's laser sharp wit, he must be right on target in this excellent and very amusing listen!
His take down of Fox News "Liar" Bill O'Reilly is total and complete. What ever journalistic credibility this obvious tool of the right ever enjoyed should be effectively wiped out by the truly fair and balanced telling of his fraudulent on air claims as they are laid bare in this book.
This riotous read is loads of fun. It's straight up BURSTING with well researched facts, figures and substantive proofs to support his arguments for every "lie" he expertly exposes to the brilliant glare of truth and daylight. Thank God for Al Franken and this masterful expose of the culure lies which underpin the polemics of the Right-Wing Media.
What a breath of fresh air it is to finally hear the author put the lie to that old "Liberal Media" saw. As Franken builds his case, it become brutally apparent that the right wing has employed an organized agenda to "Reclaim" the airwaves.
The thing is, the media in America has traditionally played it right down the middle. Since the 1980's, the actions of the Right Wing Media, Franken shows us, have taken the overall tone of the national media from the center and moved it farther to the right than ever before in our nation's history.
As we continue to be mired by an oil company administration's failed policies at home and abroad... and our young men and women continue to be placed in harm's way in armed support of those failed policies... I think it is more important than ever to remain undaunted in our vigilance of "media lies" and the pernicious propaganda they could represent. In it's worst employment it may be intended to sway us into the darker destruction of unending WAR.
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