Nick Redfern always provides material that is uniquely
insightful and he does that with his Pyramids and Pentagon book, pictured
The 286 page book is flush with details of the United States
military establishment’s obsession with and involvement in those aspects of
life and history that seem peripheral but, according to Nick’s elaborate
reckoning, U.S. government constructs, military and intelligence mostly, were
heavily absorbed in those arcane mysteries that tickle curiosity among Fortean
cognoscenti (and UFO buffs, generally).
Noah’s ark, ancient levitation techniques (use in
constructing the monuments of old), the Mayan and Incan ruins, crop circles,
vampires, the Philadelphia experiment, dimension hopping, the face on Mars,
UFOs (of course), atomic annihilation, immortality, sacred mushrooms, Marian
apparitions, Stonehenge, and crop circles are just some – some! – of the
encyclopedic-like accounts that Nick has gathered for this book.
What Nick is driving at, as I see it, is the idea that the
ancient past, and mysteries from that past, were and are items of deep interest
to elements of the military and intelligence communities of the United State of
Nick doesn’t tell readers why U.S. agencies have spent and
are spending (even now) so much money and effort on arcane mysteries; he just
tells us that they have and continue to do so.
And Nick isn’t one to offer details without substantive
backing and evidence. He’s used The Freedom of Information resources to bolster
Each strange or bizarre account is supplemented by
documentations of varying kinds, most from the government itself.
What are readers to make of the insinuation that Nick makes:
that government officials took and take mysteries of the past seriously?
I assume that Nick is implying that we, too, should take
such mysteries seriously. He surely does.
I can’t provide all the intriguing examples of government
machinations in the affairs of the arcane, but in Nick’s 14th
Chapter [Page 155 ff.], Martian Conspiracies, readers will find a confluence of
material that brings together Jonathan Swift (Gulliver’s Travels), comic book
artist Jack Kirby, the Voynich Manuscript, the Face on Mars, the CIA, and
Nick’s recently dead pal, Mac Tonnies.
That wealth of related arcana is what makes Nick’s books so
interesting; it leads readers to areas of interest that they normally wouldn’t
The book, subtitled The Government’s Top Secret Pursuit of
Mystical Relics, Ancient Astronauts, and Lost Civilizations is published by New
Page Books, a division of The Career Press, Inc., Pompton Plains, NJ and is
priced at $15,99.
It can be purchased at bookstores online and off, of course,
and should be in any UFO maven’s library, if only to be conversant and
knowledgeable about how the U.S. government is less than candid about its
interest in UFO-related matters.
Nick Redfern knows lots of things, and he allows his readers
to know what he knows. I am a devoted fan of the author for that.