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Book Review of: Bloodline of the Gods
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Bloodline of the Gods, by Nick Redfern (Softcover, 2015)|
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This is one of several Nick Redfern books I have reviewed. I received an advance copy from Redfern's publicist, thus this review is made available before the book is actually released. Redfern's publicist always takes a risk when sending me a book for review, because I've written some harsh reviews of books they've sent. With Redfern's books, the risk is admittedly lower because I "get" his style and am a fan and follower. But that doesn't mean he's necessarily safe!
Redfern's books tend toward the "nonmainstream" side. This is one of the more "out there" ones he's done. As usual, he really gets you thinking about how various dots connect. Often in this genre, an author starts with a conclusion and pieces together facts (and fiction) with a little bit of faulty logic to "prove" his thesis. Redfern takes a variation on that approach, starting with a thesis and showing you that it's possibly true. That is a far more honest approach than what we see in, for example, our fake federal "elections" in which straw "candidates" spew one inanity after another.
This book keeps with the Redfern tradition of looking at arcane facts to provide an interesting, compelling set of mini-stories. I want to be clear that Redfern doesn't take the position that "here is the fact of the matter" as so many authors in this genre do. He presents a case and kind of disclaims it at the same time. This strikes me as intellectually honest. It's a preponderance of the evidence approach, rather than a pretense of "beyond a shadow of a doubt." So you can draw your own conclusions or none at all. You'll still walk away entertained and more informed.
Redfern's writing is always verbose. Normally, verbosity results from a writer's ineptitude and is a detracting deficiency. But Redfern has made an art of it, and his verbosity has a definite rhythm that embeds entertainment into the writing itself. Many writers are too lazy to condense their prose down into the fewest words needed to get the job done, and reading what they blathered on about is often tedious. You feel like you've been made to drink a gallon of water with your meal. It appears that Redfern works very hard at adding "needless" words such that they complement the prose and give it a music of its own. This is his style, and I think it's highly polished. I've read other reviews that pan him for this; those reviewers are simply not paying attention.
In Bloodline of the Gods, Redfern discusses a plethora of facts and coincidences surrounding people whose blood lack the Rh factor (making the Rh negative). I won't rehash it all here, but will summarize by saying this all leads to the idea that long-ago visiting aliens performed genetic tinkering with Cro-Magnon humans and the smoking gun is the Rh negative bloodline.
Now, this sounds preposterous at first bite. However, if you stay with him, Redfern eventually has you seeing that it's plausible. You might still not be convinced that the idea is true, but you'll see that it's not totally preposterous, either.
That said, one of the linchpins in this thesis is that the planet Niburu is the home planet and circles our sun. But its orbit is wildly elliptical. I don't think that proposition passes the smell test. Maybe there is or was such a planet, but if there is it would have to be on the other side of the sun where we can't see it no matter what we do. If there was such a planet, it could have been there or it could be the explanation for the asteroids and other detritus between here and Mars. This is all "slim chance" stuff, IMO.
Another linchpin is all the reported alien abductions. These stories do not pass my BS sniffer, mainly because all of the alleged abductees (AAs) were people of no real importance, uneducated (as far as I know), poor (as far as I know), unarmed (odd in the USA), unskilled in martial arts and easily overpowered by three little abductors, etc. Some of the AAs report multi-generational abductions, but not a one of them has taken any preventive measures. Not a one of them carried a cell phone, camera, emergency beeper, GPS, or anything else that could have provided irrefutable evidence. Nobody else witnessed any of these alleged abductions, despite the huge number of times they allegedly happened. These and other anomalies tell me these abductions never happened.
There are, perhaps, other explanations for the home planet and maybe the alleged abductions are just irrelevant. You could still be left wondering and scratching your head even after rejecting these ideas entirely.
As usual, Redfern provides an extensive bibliography. In this case, it's 11 pages. Many of these sources are of dubious authority, but they are probably more trustworthy than such obvious sources of balderdash as the New York Times. That rag actually gets read by important people, a very scary situation when you think about it.
The book is also indexed, which is helpful for those using it as a reference text. Given how many citations this book has, the index may be truly helpful to anyone researching similar topics.