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Written in secret so as not to incite criticism about his controversial discoveries, this novel from the late Zecharia Sitchin brings to life the key themes of his bestseller The 12th Planet. The story begins in London as Astra arrives at the British Museum’s opening for their new Gilgamesh exhibit. There she meets a handsome stranger who knows secrets about her that no stranger should know, including the source of the unusual scar on her hand. Taking her to his apartment, he reveals that she is descended from the goddess Ishtar and that he is the modern-day avatar of Gilgamesh seeking to claim the eternal life Ishtar denied him so long ago. Reenacting their sacred sex ritual from eons ago, they find themselves transported to ancient Sumer as Gilgamesh and Ishtar, where he is at last able to continue his quest for immortality. But as Gilgamesh fulfills his sacred duties with Ishtar, something goes awry and the Oracle of Anu will not renew its blessing upon his kingship. Following the direction of his mother, the Anunnaki goddess Ninsun--the source of his partial divinity--Gilgamesh flees the city for the Anunnaki forbidden zone in search of a way to the planet Nibiru and eternal life. Travel alongside Gilgamesh and his immortal companion Enkidu as they escape the fate pronounced by the oracle, discover a Tablet of Destiny meant for Ishtar, fight off Marduk’s raiders, and foil the plot of the high priest, Gilgamesh’s half-brother who is seeking Gilgamesh’s crown for himself. Retelling the Epic of Gilgamesh in the context of his discoveries about the Anunnaki, Zecharia Sitchin weaves a tale of ancient ceremony, accidental betrayal, gods among men, interplanetary travel, and a quest for immortality spanning millennia.

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Zecharia Sitchin (1920-2010), an eminent Orientalist and biblical scholar, was born in Russia and grew up in Palestine, where he acquired a profound knowledge of modern and ancient Hebrew, other Semitic and European languages, the Old Testament, and the history and archaeology of the Near East. A graduate of the University of London with a degree in economic history, he worked as a journalist and editor in Israel for many years prior to undertaking his life’s work--The Earth Chronicles.
One of the few scholars able to read the clay tablets and interpret ancient Sumerian and Akkadian, Sitchin based The Earth Chronicles series on the texts and pictorial evidence recorded by the ancient civilizations of the Near East. His books have been widely translated, reprinted in paperback editions, converted to Braille for the blind, and featured on radio and television programs.



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41 internautes sur 44 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Flesh and Bones Make a Difference! 10 octobre 2013
Par Kenneth J. Pollinger - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle
The King Who Refused to Die, by Zecharia Sitchin

by Kenneth J. Pollinger, Ph.D.

For those of you who have read some of Sitchin's 14 books--I have read ALL in great depth--I guarantee that you will find much pleasure and enlightenment in this, Sitchin's first novel, published after his death, which, although a novel full of mysteries, contains much legitimate pre-historical teachings, somewhat like Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code.

Each of the Anunnaki "gods" come wonderfully alive, along with the many Enlil-Enki and their respective clans's skmirishes. Research is one thing. Adding flesh and bones is quite another! Their interbreeding and its consequences with the "earthlings" enhances much understanding in the hands of a master storyteller (based on archeological research), who emphasizes the roles of altars, prayers, blessings, omens, oracles, visions and even curses.

To fully appreciate The King Who Refused to Die (The Epic of Gilgamesh) requires that one have read at least a few of Sitchin's works, otherwise names, situations, and brilliant details will not be fully enjoyed, methinks. The many varied relationship complexities are much easier to understand here, because, thankfully, Sitchin wasn't constrained by a "scientific" methodology.

Ishtar is presented in such a manner that you will never ever forget her. Quite a female "god!"

As for the content (without giving the ending away) here is a short offering. While "Gilgamesh fulfills his sacred duties with Ishtar, something goes awry and the Oracle of Anu will not renew its blessing upon his kingship. Following the direction of his mother, the Anunnaki goddess Ninsun--the source of his partial divinity--Gilgamesh flees the city for the Anunnaki forbidden zone in search of a way to the planet Nibiru and life eternal."

"Travel alongside Gilgamesh and his immortal companion Enkidu as they escape the fate pronounced by the oracle, discover a Tablet of Destiny meant for Ishtar, fight off Marduk's raiders, and foil the plot of the high priest Enkullab, Gligamesh's half-brother who is seeking Gilgamesh's crown for himself."

"Zecharia weaves a tale of ancient ceremony, accidental betrayal, gods among men, interplanetary travel, and a quest for immortality spanning millennia" (Quotes from the flap).

Of special interest is the magnificent and loyal friendship of Gligamesh and Enkidu, who endure an horrific journey seeking the Plant of Life.

When Enlil and Enki read Sitchin's masterpiece, I'm sure they will share a good laugh and even smile at the annual Celebration tale of the Epic of Creation ("When In the Heights") in Erech.

Near the end Ishtar curses Gilgamesh: "To forever seek life and never find it. I have fated him." Yet Ninsubar responds: "How can he seek forever and not forever live?" Ishtar adds: "That, indeed, is a puzzle for fate to solve." I ask the reader: Has the puzzle been solved over these many, many long years?

As a final gift to Sitchinites, please explore this link, as it elucidates Tellinger's book, African Temples of the Anunnaki.

(see my review of Tellinger's book on Amazon.com):

Michael Tellinger's Presentation on Ancient Sound Technologies

[...]

A final thought. Since the Anunnaki frequently refer to the great Lord King Anu as "Heavenly Father," try repeating the "Our Father" prayer and see if it might take on a different meaning, after reading The King Who Refused to Die.

Care to join me ([...] in building a small stone chapel at the Point of Infinity in the Catskills to the Anunnaki Gods?

And remember this: October 9th has been proclaimed as an annual Sitchin Studies Day by the Sitchin family (see their NEW website).

Long Live Sitchin!
21 internautes sur 24 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
OK - not what I expected 28 novembre 2013
Par Dragon Rider - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
This book is formatted and written completely different than Sitchin's other books. I doubt this book was written by Sitchin, but more likely by someone using his notes. The author tries a Dan Brown style history lesson with the story of Gilgamesh as the topic. It reads like an adventure tale with more of the Gilgamesh detail than was covered in previous Sitchin books. I was not impressed with the set up for the story, or the ending because it leaves the reader wondering if there is any truth to this story at all. This book would be more in line for teen reading in my opinion.

I expect Sitchin books to give you references to historical documents and to explain where, when and by whom these discoveries were made. Documentation is important when challenging the accepted truths, and this book contains none of that. A real Sitchin book can drag along at times because of these references, but they are absolutely necessary for people seeking kernels of truth to our past history.

We as a society have become aware that we have been misled and lied to by the powerful, and Sitchin's books have helped to focus, and in some cases, expose some of those lies. I'm concerned that this book will only embolden and help those people who are critical of Sitchin and his life's work. Sitchin's books have opened our minds and led us down a path of discovery. He teaches us that history has been manipulated through time by those who were in power during the writing of it. To me that is what Sitchin's legacy is and should be. This book is not a mind opener or a challenge to accepted beliefs, but more of a whimsical telling of one of the most ancient tales of all written history. All in all, I found some pleasure in reading the book because it tried to show the life style of an ancient Sumerian. I just wish Zecharia Sitchin's name wasn't splashed across the top.
24 internautes sur 28 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
more insight 23 octobre 2013
Par knowwhoiam - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
I greatly recommend reading "The King Who Refused to Die" by Z. Sitchin, published posthumously from his estate. I read it to check out Mr. Z's knack (or not) for entertaining rather than educating prose. Mind you I have reveled in the education.
The story moves faster than you expect, having become accustomed to Mr. Z's careful, slow march to another hypothesis for testing. If you are knowledgeable about the Gilgamesh epic, you begin to fly through the pages to find the next gap-filling detail(s) about this epic you have obviously missed in your previous readings. If Gilgamesh is new to you, you find that you are turning the pages faster than usual. It happens naturally as you find new vignettes.
I have read all of Mr. Z's books at least once, each of the seven Earth Chronicles, at least twice. The driver for me to read this book was to ferret out some secret insight or undiscovered interpretation of a new Sumerian artifact that Mr. Z had inadvertently let slip into the public domain. I was not disappointed.
I encourage other readers seriously looking for answers to those really knotty conundrums that continually surface when biblically described actions resemble so intimately the same deeds reported for powerful, dictatorial human beings.
Pick two books from Mr. Z's Earth Chronicles Series that contain a detailed exposition of King Gilgamesh's search for immortality (The 12th Planet should be one). Read them as if your soul depended on it, paying special attention to the Epic of Gilgamesh story in each.
Now, read "TKWRTD"; pick out the elaborations from it that didn't occur in your previous reads. Isn't the story more complete, now, than before! Ask yourself, "Is this new information just Mr. Z's plausible possibility or new factual, supportable information that Mr. Z is laying on us from the beyond. Either answer will lead you to more enlightenment.
I will read TKWRTD at least one more time to make sure I didn't miss another one of Mr. Z's logic puzzles.
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Retelling of The Epic of Gilgamesh 5 avril 2015
Par SELDAB - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Sitchin uses his own research (and some invented fiction) to expound on the Epic of Gilgamesh. This is the only "fiction" book that Sitchin has done, and has really nothing to do with his other books. Having read Gilgamesh before there wasn't anything new in this book besides the love story of Astra (aka Inanna) and the bit of historical fiction that was occasionally added. I will admit though that the ending of the book was rather sudden and quite odd, even for Sitchin. While reading it I kept getting the sneaking suspicion that this book was finished by his estate just for the money... :-/
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Wish I Had My Money Back 19 février 2014
Par David B LaValley - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
This read more like a piece of fan fiction than the work of the great scholar. If it was written by Mr. Sitchin, he probably didn't publish it during his lifetime, as it was for his own amusement and never meant to go beyond his study.
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