( 4 1/2 stars out of 5 )
High up in the Bolivian Andes-4,000 meters above sea level-lies Puma punku, an ancient ruined city that simply could never have been constructed by its Stone Age inhabitants.”Something here really stinks to high heaven,” writes Erich von Daniken.
“In Twilight of the Gods,” says von Daniken, “I document precisely what it was that left the first visitors breathless as they stood before the mighty stone blocks some 400 years ago. I will show you what archeologists discovered hundreds of years ago and demonstrate how much has been destroyed over the centuries. Intentionally.
“I will also prove that Puma punku was not built by any Stone Age people.
“And in December 2012, the gods will return from their long journey and appear again here on Earth. At least that is what the Mayan calendar would have us believe.
“The so-called gods–the extraterrestrials–will come again. We’re headed for a ‘god shock’ of major proportions.
“But doesn’t anyone with half a brain know that interstellar travel is simply impossible because of the sheer distances involved? And that extraterrestrials would never look like us?
“Well, dear readers, I destroy these preconceptions. Systematically. One bit at a time.”
In his own inimitable way, Erich von Daniken picks these preconceptions and prejudices apart with a clarity no other author could manage.
I can’t help but wonder how many scifi writers own Erich von Daniken for inspiring them. I remember the lines from Battlestar Galactica, “There are those who believe that life here began out there, far across the universe, with tribes of humans who may have been the forefathers of the Egyptians, or the Toltecs, or the Mayans. That they may have been the architects of the great pyramids, or the lost civilizations of Lemuria or Atlantis. Some believe that there may yet be brothers of man who even now fight to survive somewhere beyond the heavens.”
I always enjoyed carrying a copy of Chariots of the Gods into the classroom just to watch my Professors’ heads explode. I have to admit that, other than the reactions from my Professors, I got a lot from von Daniken’s work. I suppose the greatest gift that he gave me was the desire to think out of the box.
The book has a sharp glossy cover and it is packed with graphics and illustrations. I suppose the thing that really impressed me were the glossy pictures in the middle of the book. Von Daniken’s enthusiasm for this subject bubbles up with almost every word and you can’t help but get caught up in it.
I really enjoyed it and blew through it in one afternoon. I highly recommend it and I give it a solid 4 1/2 ancient aliens out of 5..
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