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By Dustin Rowles | Books | February 16, 2009 |

Do not read this book.

It’s great. It’s outstanding. But you might not be prepared for it. I don’t say that as some sort of dare. This is not a challenge or slight against your intellect, or some doubt against your capabilities. You might not be prepared to accept what the book’s talking about.

Rule by Secrecy deals with conspiracy theory. It was written in 2000, so it’s before the events of 9/11. (I can imagine Mr. Marrs has quite a bit to say on that topic.) It basically tracks the history of Freemasonry, the Illuminati, and the Priory of Sion, and it’s influences on world events through secret organizations and behind the scenes dealing. It’s sinister and frightening, because it’s all plausible. In fact, it presages the whole depression that were going through now.

Essentially, the wealthy control everyone. They are playing all sides, often against each other, and they’ve been doing it forever. It makes me never want to vote, to take all my money and move to a farm in Montana.

It tracks back to the Da Vinci Code territory — Jesus and Mary Magdalene and the Merovingians, crossing paths with Pagels and Baigent et al, and the other folks I’ve been reading. This is primarily what I mean when I say this might not be the entry to your study of the world. Not that you aren’t ready to believe the stuff. Because it gets further out there.

Towards the end, it gets into biblical study, and the origins of life on the planet. This part deals more with extraterrestrials. I’ve read less into Mu and Atlantis than I’d like, but Marrs puts forth the most intriguing premise of how we got here.

It’s kind of a depressing book, because at the end, it makes you think to yourself, why bother? Life is pre-ordained and out of your control. Major media, government — worldwide and in the Americas, religion — it’s all controlled behind the scenes by banking and secret societies. And though Marrs is hopeful that by getting the word that will be enough to combat, by virtue of what’s been going on since the book’s release, it makes me feel less like there’s a point to fighting back.

I just hope Obama is a symbol that they don’t hold all the strings. But the last president that escaped their control was Kennedy. And…yeah.

This review is part of the Cannonball Read series. Details are here and the growing number of participants and their blogs are here.

Cannonball Read / Brian Prisco

Books | February 16, 2009 |

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