The Mars Mystery

ISBN: 0609802232
ISBN 13: 9780609802236
By: Graham Hancock

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An asteroid transformed Mars from a lush planet with rivers and oceans into a bleak and icy hell. Is Earth condemned to the same fate, or can we protect ourselves and our planet from extinction?In his most riveting and revealing book yet, Graham Hancock examines the evidence that the barren Red Planet was once home to a lush environment of flowing rivers, lakes, and oceans. Could Mars have sustained life and civilization?Megaliths found on the parched shores of Cydonia, a former Martian ocean, mirror the geometrical conventions of the pyramids at Egypt's Giza necropolis. Especially startling is a Sphinx-like structure depicting a face with distinguishable diadem, teeth, mouth and an Egyptian-style headdress. Might there be a connection between the structures of Egypt and those of Mars? Why does NASA continue to dismiss these remarkable anomalies as "a trick of light"? Hancock points to the intriguing possibility that ancient Martian civilization is communicating with us through the remarkable structures it left behind.In exploring the possible traces left by the Martian civilization and the cosmic cataclysm that may have ended it, The Mars Mystery is both an illumination of our ancient past and a warning--that we still have time to heed--about our ultimate fate.

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This book ... well, honestly, I never actually finished it. It seems, the further into it I got, the more fantastical the theories reached. When it started talking about the "Perfect Ratio" (1.6:1) it got a bit too 'new-age-y' for me.


This is about where I started to figure out that Graham Hancock was full of crap. But this stuff is really good fuel for the imagination.


This book views Mars as a corpse for astronomers to study. It was once capable of sustaining life, but a massive comet "killed" it, resulting in the dead planet we now see. The rest of the book is a detailed analysis of the comet threat facing the Earth - apparently we're overdue for one - and urges us to take action to watch the skies and put our technology to use to prevent it.


I consider this book part of my esoteric collection. I am always searching for meaning, and although this book doesn't provide any spiritual meaning, it does give some good factual information about Mars and the planets. If you are heavily religious you might want to discount this book as it might upset your thinking.

Matt Rekuski

Graham Hancock's The Mars Mystery is a nonfictional book that as titled, is a mystery. Hancock spills out secretive information that is exclusive from scientists and operations in NASA. The textual evidence will make you shiver when you here about what surprises Mars beholds.Since this book has no story line or characters, Hancock explains the research that scientists have discovered and uncovers what the truth actually is. He starts out by laying down some background information on Mars. After he makes sure you are familiar with Mar's biome, he breaks into the very interesting and creepy information everyone wants to hear. Hancock lists and talks about multiple conspiracies that people have different opinions on. Throughout the book, Hancock stays neutral and lets you decide what is real. Hancock uses symbols to relate facts that are similar to Earth. He describes figures, shapes, and natural formations being similar to Earth and believes there is still life on Mars. He explains myths that the common person would wonder about. The symbols used creeps you out how accurate and precise they are. He connects the past to the present in the seem-to-be ancient world. The symbols used keeps you interested on everything he talks about.My personal intake on this book is that it has very interesting facts, but it's amazing how Graham Hancock stays completely neutral throughout the book. He gives information out to the reader but never gives his opinion on the factual evidence saying if he thinks it's real or not. This book is one of the best books that I have read because all of the facts in the book are off of another planet, and some things are unbelievable! This book gives your mind a complexity of new images. It will make you think beyond reality and create a different interpretation in your head. If you enjoy mysterious and interesting books, then this would be a great choice for you. Don't overlook this opportunity as you could learn some very edgy facts about Mars.


A truly phenomenal book. This book has opened my eyes to the possible fate of this planet and has made me think twice about the discoveries made on the surface of Mars. Once again, Graham Hancock has put his excellent research skills to good use and backs up his findings with sound evidence and mathmatical correlations that imply great intelligence behind these structures. I was gripped by this book and simply couldnt put it down. This is the first book i have ever read in three days

Bryan Elkins

Oh man, once again, the body of evidence is overwhelming, it just took this guy to put it all in one place. Again!This book scared the shit out of me.

Bill Homan

Very good


This book has lots of information, a lot to know. Outdated, but basically a good book

Darren Worthy

Argued badly, doesn't follow up on their points and just not as fun as some of Graham Hancock's other works.


The authors Robert Bauval and Graham Hancock are noted for their superb work on the Enigmas of Egypt. Here with John Grigsby author of ‘Warriors of the wasteland’; they draw our attention in chilling detail, to the red planet Mars.Since 1877, scientific interest in the possibility of life on Mars, has led to space programs which have sent craft to photograph the planet and even land there. Channels resembling river tributaries suggest water may once have been in abundance. A curious lowland – highland, dichotomy between hemispheres; suggests it may have been subject to a cataclysm of unimaginable proportions with the ‘skin’ of one hemisphere blasted into space. Other geological features are examined, and parallels are drawn with features on earth. It is suggested that both planets have been subject to catastrophic collisions with asteroids and meteors from space. Evidence on earth suggests major collisions were the cause of extreme changes in climate and geology, with attendant extinction of various species including the dinosaurs. Amongst revelations that Mars has suffered planet ‘killing’ collisions; are the startling Enigmas of the face on Cydonia and pyramid like structures. These space probe images could be evidence of intelligent life. If so; possible symbology could be linked with that of the Egyptian Enigmas including the Sphinx. Are the earthly Enigmas a warning of the threat from space?Regardless of this far reaching connection between the planets; the threat to earth from space travelling asteroids and meteors is real. This important work draws our attention to the increasing probability of a catastrophic collision with planet earth in our time; and draws the stark conclusion that this is more than just probability. If man’s global resources fail to discover and implement a solution; a meteor impact of sufficient size is capable of destroying life on earth as we know it. With sufficient passage of time, a seemingly distant probability may turn into an imminent inevitability.The front cover of this book mentions Keeper Of Genesis and Fingerprints Of the Gods. Both of these excellent works predate ‘The Mars Mystery’. Whilst I believe the message of this book is supremely important; it is not a contradiction to also hope this particular book is revised. I will admit to having skipped several pages of detail that seemed unnecessary to the ‘message’ and suffered repeated bouts of deja vu particularly during repeated reference to comets and meteors. The whole work seems at times, to lack structure and focus. I am glad I persevered, but advise readers that this particular work; though eminently worthy, may also try your patience.Recommended, despite it’s flaws !


I have an uncanny love for Mars.


Graham Hancock wrote some excellent, well researched and insightful books concerning lost civilisations and connections in the ancient world. His arguments were credible and convincing. The Mars Mystery is none of these things. It seems Hancock has joined the 'crack pot' theorists he derided in previous books. Shame.

Rdr. Thomas

good start detailed middle interesting final. beware the Gnosticism snuck in there outta left field. definitely not what I thought the book was about.


Awesome! Really interesting if you are into ancient civilizations/questioning the universe :o)

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