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Book Reviews Perceptions Magazine, May 2016

by: Brent Raynes

The Lost Tomb of King Arthur:
The Search for Camelot and the Isle of Avalon
by Graham Phillips

Bear & Company
One Park Street
Rochester, Vermont 05767
(Bear & Co. is a division of Inner Traditions International)
2016, 304 pages, 6 x 9 US $18.00/$21.95 CAN
ISBN: 978-1-59143-181-7

Reviewed by Brent Raynes

A former radio journalist and BBC broadcaster, British author Graham Phillips is also a historical researcher of considerable renown who has penned such noteworthy contributions as The Templars and the Ark of the Covenant, Merlin and the Discovery of Avalon in the New World, and The Chalice of Magdalene. In his latest contribution, The Lost Tomb of King Arthur: The Search for Camelot and the Isle of Avalon, Phillips does a scholarly and exhaustive job of uncovering the historic truth of the man behind the magical and endearing mythology that has so long captivated our imaginations – the real King Arthur.

Pouring over long forgotten ancient manuscripts stored away in the musty vaults of the British Library of London, the author was able to pin down the precise locations of Arthur's tomb, the legendary ruins of Camelot, and the sword of Excalibur, thanks to the writings of a 9th century monk named Nennius. Venturing out into the field, Phillips made many exciting discoveries such as an ancient monument up in the mountains of western Britain bearing the inscription about a warlord with the battle name of “Arthur.” Phillips also visited ancient archaeological sites and enlisted the assistance of very professional specialists with sophisticated instrumentation that he feels allowed him to even locate the burial of this historic King, complete with his shield.

Phillip concludes that the real-life King Arthur was one Owain Ddantgwyn who gathered together a resistance to a German led invasion against Britain back around 500 A.D.

Besides containing a vast amount of historical information and the details of his extensive research and field work as well, this book also has 16 pages bearing color photographs of magnificent artifacts and sites that the author visited. For example, the London Stone from which tradition says a young Arthur withdrew the sword of power, a Roman altar stone displaying the water goddess Coventina, said to be the original Lady of the Lake in British mythology, and pictures of historic sites like Glastonbury Abbey, Whittington Castle, the ruins of Tintagel Castle, and other sites that played a significant role in the unfolding of the King Arthur legacy.


There Were Giants Upon the Earth:
Gods, Demigods, and Human Ancestry:
The Evidence of Alien DNA
by Zecharia Sitchin

Bear & Company
One Park Street
Rochester, Vermont 05767
(Bear & Co. is a division of Inner Traditions International)
2016, 352 pages, 6 x 9 US $16.00/$19.50 CAN
ISBN: 978-1-59143-194-7

Reviewed by Brent Raynes

Few “ancient alien” authors have caught the popular imagination and attention of his readers than the late Zecharia Sitchin. Furthermore, few have been as qualified to address and delve into the complex and controversial historical issues than Sitchin either, as he was regarded an an eminent Orientalist and a Biblical scholar. With his very first bestseller, The 12th Planet, Sitchin raised a storm of controversy with readers far and wide, and this book brilliantly carries forth that legacy as this scholarly author continues in this book to sift through the ancient texts and scriptures and searches for modern evidence and clues of a genetic ET “missing link” in our very DNA.

Filled with unique, thought-provoking and detailed information, and many photographs and illustrations, you'll want to add this important literary classic to your personal library.

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