By Lynn Picknett

In recent times, substitute historians have won amazing perception into the mysteries of historic Egypt-but in response to Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince, their discoveries tie right into a risky conspiracy approximately fifty years within the making.

on the middle of this conspiracy is a bunch of revered, strong people who think that the traditional Egyptian gods are actual extraterrestrials who will quickly go back to earth. The conspirators have intimate and unique wisdom of this momentous moment coming-but they insist on conserving it to themselves. during this riveting, well-researched ebook, Picknett and value show what this conspiracy capacity for the remainder of mankind-and reveal the insidious motivations of the members and enterprises in the back of it...

"Picknett and Prince are firstclass storytellers and their magical secret journey is completely enthralling." —Daily Mail [London]

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