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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Pygmalion7

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 !

Phil

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.

Lois

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.

Scott

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.

Bill Homan

Very good

Megan

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

Timo Walters

I am a typical fan of Graham Hancock and I like that he challenges commonly held theories, but this book was full of rather fanciful connections and wide stretches in logic regarding his own theories. Would highly recommend Fingerprints of the Gods over this.

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.

Rob Bliss

This is terrible.First, I read the whole thing, mostly by flipping many pages after page 200 (out of 400 pages). You only have to read less than the first 200 pages and you're done the book. But even within that first 200, you're reading a lot of useless boring mathematical facts that Hancock is stuffing into the story to make his theories seem legit, and for filler. The last 200 pages can be summed up as: there are a lot of comets in the solar system, some of them have hit planets including Earth, and probably will again and no one's really doing anything about it. Period. Every time you see the word 'comet' flip the page, but it'll be there too, so flip again. In this way you'll finish the book quickly and wont have missed all the EXCESSIVE REPETITION that forms the majority of the well-documented tome.Hancock does a disservice to himself. He wants to tell the world that the face on Mars and the pyramids on Mars are all made by someone, not natural, that NASA is hiding something, that the structures link up to those on Earth, particularly in Egypt. But then he stops trying to hack away at the 'facts' in order to prove his theory. Some of his proof of his theory, (which again he repeats -- he repeats and repeats and repeats a lot a lot a lot, lol...just so you got his proof drilled into your head...a sign of a weak theory every time), is this: the Egyptian Sphinx used to be painted red! Just like Mars! And for some reason the Arabic word for Cairo is Mars! OMFG!A lot of his other proof is a lot of math, mostly concerning pi. When all else fails, throw in pi. For some reason, if you can find the pi, there's a sign of intelligence. I wonder if nature involves pi, and was it put into ferns and animal anatomy cuz of aliens? Fractal geometry obvious points to an alien intelligence. Hancock will give you textbook lists of numbers in this, none of which you will prove on your own or even care about, but it will show that if there's math behind it, then its right! and made by aliens. (OK now I'm repeating myself, just finished reading it.)That's the problem I always had with these guys: their proof is not proof. Just because a scientist throws out numbers doesn't mean aliens. I thought Hancock was going to point more to a conspiracy side of things, government coverups, etc, but he lets all that potentially good stuff drop, and starts listing comets for two sections or more of the book. Enough with the comets! This book was supposed to be about Mars. His whole summing up about comets: one is gonna hit Earth and destroy us like it hit and destroyed Mars. But apparently, Hancock neglects the logical point: if a comet hit Mars, then it did so BEFORE aliens built a face and pyramids on the planet -- otherwise they would be blown up and stripped off the face of Mars too. But if he mentioned something that obvious, he wouldn't be able to fill up his crap book with a lot of useless we-all-gonna-die comet talk.I always enjoy a god conspiracy novel or non-fiction book cuz I like mysteries and asking 'what if' as much as the next person. But Hancock halts my wonder and speculation by jamming this book with a lot of crap. Most of it you already know from any astronomy TV show or class or book. Hancock should be fined for plagiarism, cuz he uses someone's else's facts (see a highschool textbook) and presents them as his own. And they barely support any theory he's trying to push.This guy cant even do half-decent conspiracy theory. Read another nutbar on the subject.

Sharon

It's a deeper then usual, more science jargon then usual Hancock speculation of what happened to kill Mars.

Jamie

I have an uncanny love for Mars.

Ken

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.

Margaret

"Comets really do hit planets..." Mars het deurgeloop, die Maan ook en meer onlangs Jupiter. Wat laat ons dink dit hou nie 'n dreigende gevaar in vir ons nie?

Faisal

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

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.

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