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The Last Degree
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Author: Dina Rae
Publisher: Self Published (July 1, 2012)
Genre: Fiction, 305 pages
The Last Degree is a fictionalized account of how Freemasons and other secret societies set up the world for takeover. Ancient writings foretell a ‘Shining One’ who emerges as the world’s prophet. A murder of a Most Worshipful mason resembles a secret oath. A cop gets too close to solving the crime. Paranoid preppers go underground, preparing for war.
Headlines such as the Norway massacre, meltdown of the European Union, unscrupulous media, animal die-offs, Middle Eastern unrest, and U.S. shrinking power make the plot relevant to present day. This book is an ode to Christians, Birthers, 2012ers, Truthers, preppers, and/or other conspiracy junkies who enjoy Dan Brown, Jesse Ventura, Brad Meltzer, Alex Jones, Jerry Jenkins and Tim LaHaye. A sequel will soon be available.
Ahh. Where to start?? This book is definitely something else, that's for sure. This book not only jumps from different POV's but also from different times, so you get a kind of whiplash jumping from the past, to the present, to deeper into the past and then back to the present. It's quite tiresome. To get down to the point, this book delves into conspiracy theories, free masonry, the Illuminati and religion. I for one don't care much for conspiracy theories and would rather not buy into that stuff, but reading this book kinda flashed some light on that. You know how you read fictional books and you wish they were real, but you know they're not? You have a strong hold onto reality, right? Well, this book, I feel like that line for me is blurred. I can't help but acknowledge that maybe the Illuminati and all this New World Order stuff is real and it sorta freaked me out to the point where I really considered DNFing this book. But, I stuck with it and finished it. It was interesting, I'll give you that, interesting enough for me to finish the book.
I didn't like the book, because I didn't agree with a lot of what was happening. Blame it on my upbringing, but while reading this book I couldn't help but include my morals in my thought process with some of the actions of the characters. Also, the jumping around from POV's and time frames, again, it was tiring. I'm usually really good about reading books with multiple POV's, but this one was just too much, I felt like I was playing a game of tag and I could never catch up *sigh* Now, I didn't completely dislike this book, it had it's up points as well. One of those being the characters, aside from the crazy things that happened in this book, the characters were well developed and so danged believable. Another thing I liked about this book was that it balanced all the conspiracy mumbo jumbo with religion. I'd rather not read a book with any kind of religion stuff in it, but I was thankful for that in this book. I felt that after reading about devil worshiping, a little faith definitely got me through to finishing this book.
I've been on the fence about recommending this book since I got far enough into it to develop thoughts. I wouldn't recommend this book if you're totally against reading anything having to do with free masonry, Illuminati and all that jazz. However, if you're into that kinda thing, jump right on it. Aside from that, this book is well written and definitely kept me reading despite my wanting to DNF'ing it.