Item description for The Matriarch - The Language Stone by Philip Newman...
Meira McMahon is being pursued by governments, churches, and ruthless oil producers as she uncovers the technology of a people who enjoyed lives of peace and longevity beyond our dreams. The galloping pace of this rip roaring novel would leave you gasping in its wake were it not so compelling as to prevent you from loosing your grip upon it. At the end of it all, when you have followed our heroine down the Nile, through war-torn Iraq, into the Hindu Kush, and down a thousand miles of the muddy Mekong while dark forces from London to Beijing plot and scheme to silence her, you are left with questions: Why would anything so simple as a concaved mirror be considered a dangerous weapon in some societies? Why, when you can cut stone easily, and extremely accurately with concentrated sunlight, was it never offered up as an explanation as to how the pyramids were constructed? Why do western nations waste thousand of lives and squander hundreds of billions of dollars on a war for oil when for less than half that money, and no risk to human life, they could make solar furnaces that would furnish their energy needs for time immemorial?
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Studio: Phil's Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.8" Width: 4.57" Height: 1.18" Weight: 0.93 lbs.
Release Date May 17, 2005
Publisher Phil's Books
ISBN 9749305345 ISBN13 9789749305348
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The Matriarch - The Language Stone Aug 11, 2005
Even though most of us have some inkling that ancient civilizations such as the Egyptians and the Mayans were more than just gold be-decked kings surrounded by thousands of worshiping subjects building gigantic monuments like the Pyramids - not many of us are able to elaborate on what those people knew that enabled them to cut stone, forge alloys, pump water, bake bread, heat homes in winter, and perhaps even generate electricity from a battery. Philip Newman's book, The Matriarch: The Language Stone, uses a fast paced, country hopping, story as a vehicle to put over some of the profound scientific achievements and discoveries in the field of energy generation that were in common use several thousand years ago. The story line involves a girl Meira who goes in search of her father who has disappeared mysteriously in Egypt - or somewhere. Perhaps he knows something that large corporations or even governments want to know, but maybe those same entities know it already and what to stop him from telling the world at large. The story line itself is quite compelling and it's hard to stop turning the pages. It's a really good read. All the scientific facts are presented in a simple and accessible way - simple perhaps because none of the concepts on their own are in the least bit obscure. You get the feeling that you knew it all already but just never strung it together like this. Why have these historical scientific achievements in techniques for harnessing the suns energy been hidden, rewritten or destroyed? Who are the silent powers who are still trying to keep it that way today? Who are the people who have managed to retain the knowledge and still use the techniques on a daily basis? Can that know-how be saved and developed for the future of the inhabitants of our planet when the oil runs out? Despite drawing some conclusions, only a few of the answers are contained in The Language Stone, and you are left wanting more. But as the title and the book's ending suggest this may well be the first in a series under The Matriarch banner. Visions of large energy corporations being brought down - even governments of currently oil rich countries crashing. What might be the new order when oil is no longer king? Fascinating indeed, but read this first one first, and then you will know what I mean.
Tremendous work Jul 15, 2005
I especially enjoyed the character development and vivid descriptions of the scenes.
The story line was just wonderful. I found myself reading for hours and just could not put this book down until I finished it.