Weapons of the Gods, by Nick Redfern (Softcover, 2015)|
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Reviewer: Mark Lamendola, author of over 6,000 articles.
Were atomic bombs used on earth before the modern era? In this book,
Nick Redfern shows why that idea isn't one to dismiss out of hand. And it's
a great read!
This is one of several Nick Redfern books I have reviewed. Full disclosure: I received a copy from Redfern's publicist. 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
non-existent because I "get" his style and am a fan and follower. While many
authors seem to lower their standards over time, Redfern seems to raise his.
To me, he seems to be more objective as time goes on. And I really
Redfern's books tend toward the "nonmainstream" side. Most authors in
this space push an agenda, trying to convince you that their conclusions are
the only possible explanation for what they are discussing. Redfern does not
take that approach. Instead, he looks at the various theories, suppositions,
and claims. He explains why some just don't hold water and why some are
plausible. He relies on reasonably certain facts and he correctly applies
As usual, he really gets you thinking about how
various dots connect. As usual, he doesn't confuse correlation with
causation. For many people, the non-sequitor is their standard tool
for dis-analyzing things (it's why they are wrong). Redfern just doesn't do
non-sequitors, as far as I can tell. Nor does he confuse irrelevant things
or make one thing a precedent for something unrelated to it. The various
logical errors committed by many "non mainstream" commentators is why so
many are not taken seriously. Redfern avoids muddying the waters with
nonsense, so what you read actually leaves you better informed (rather than
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 starts with a thesis and shows
you what's good about it and where it's weak. Or where it's fatally flawed.
This book is written in Redfern's recognizable style. It's a bit verbose, but
in a way that really works.
In Weapons of the Gods, Redfern discusses a plethora of facts and
theories that support the idea that atomic weapons were used on earth
thousands of years ago. This may sound nutty, but one of the theorists was
none other than the brilliant physicist Robert J. Oppenheimer. Yes, THAT
Robert J. Oppenheimer, the "father of the atomic bomb." The dude who ran the
If Oppenheimer believed that "the bomb" had been used before modern
times, the idea is worth looking at. So Redfern looks at it over the course
of twenty two chapters in 192 pages. All well-written and intriguing.
Of particular note are the glass remnants (in massive quantities) in
locations such as Death Valley and the Sahara. Glass that, as far as we
know, is formed from sand only with extremely high heat (such as that
created by an atomic blast). And there is quite a bit of this glass in those
locations. How did it get there? Many other anomalies contribute to the
intrigue, but this one is a real head-scratcher because an atomic blast
seems to be the only plausible explanation. Yet, it seems implausible that
such a blast occurred thousands of years ago at these locations.
As usual, Redfern provides an extensive bibliography. In this case, it's
13.5 pages. Many of these sources are of dubious authority, but they are
probably more trustworthy than such obvious sources of disinformation as the New
York Times. That rag actually gets read by important people, a very scary
situation when you think about it. Some of his sources, such as books
bearing the imprint of the Harvard University Press, seem irreproachable.
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.