Book Review: Lovecraft Code By Peter Levenda

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BreakawayConsciousness
Zy Marquiez
December 12, 2016

Lovecraft Code by Peter Levenda is an occult thriller that features mystery, suspense, action and more.  

Like a roller coaster, Lovecraft Code starts out at a steady pace laying the context for the book, picks up speed as the mystery deepens, changes directions through different historical narratives, and just when one thinks things are likely to slow down the book then spirals off into a new direction.

The attention to detail the author features in making this book feel realistic is superb.  With a story woven through different time periods but which ultimately coalesces in the present, Levenda merges many seemingly disparate subjects into his first fictional opening salvo that leaves the reader wanting more.

If you enjoy topics such as H.P. Lovecraft esoterica, secret cults, spycraft, necromancy, and all of this with a dash of remote viewing, Nazis, ancient archaeology with additional topics to boot, then this book is for you.

If you’ve read Levenda’s gamut of work, which admittedly encompass many various disciplines, then you should appreciate this.

Lovecraft Code, which was originally to be named Lovecraft Codex but Levenda had to change it, does a rather trenchant job in bringing about a believable backdrop upon various esoteric subjects in an interplay of events that makes you question whether the book is fact written as fiction…or something else entirely.

Now, if you happen to have never read any of Levenda’s work, but still appreciate H.P. Lovecraft’s work, give this a shot.  Levenda does a very commendable job in continuing “The Call Of Cthulhu” mythos but in a very modernized and yet precise setting.

The characters are believable, the story flows rather well, the historical individuals/backdrops the author chooses to include at certain junctures gives the book an even more vibrant feel.  Heck, Levenda even deftly interlaces H.P. Lovecraft himself, as well as Himmler for a minute!

With all things considered, this book does not read like someone’s first fictional novel.  Lovecraft Code feels like a book composed by a seasoned writer of fiction.  Then again, some might argue that Levenda has written books before, and that’s correct.  However, just because someone can write non-fiction books doesn’t mean they can execute fictional ones.  There are plenty of disasters out there, and this one is not one of them.

As a follow up to H.P. Lovecraft’s renown ” The Call Of Cthulhu” this book gets two thumbs up – and a few tendrils! – for a job well done.  Definitely looking forward to more work from Levenda in the future.

Book Review: Empire Of The Wheel [Part 1] – An Investigation Of Occult Espionage & Murder By Walter Bosley & Richard B. Spence

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BreakawayConsciousness
Zy Marquiez
January 7, 2016

In Empire Of The Wheel – An Occult Investigation Of Occult Espionage And Murder Walter Bosley & Richard Spence take us on a fascinating, and yet disturbing examination of the occult happenings of 20th Century Southern California.

From the get go the authors begin to paint the picture of what the environment was like, and what was taking place when each of the unfortunate victims were slain.

A very detailed and extensive inspection is done of the facts, as well as various theories that might shed light into what possibly took place during those murky times. The word might is used because it’s up to the reader to decide whether or not these murders [that’s what my gut says] were ‘random’, or if they had a more deeper meaning – an esoteric one perhaps.

The authors caution against expecting answers outright, as definitive answers are one of the things that are hard to pinpoint with such an abstruse case that has facts missing and is about a century old.

The book is part “Unsolved Mysteries” and part “X-Files” [of the esoteric type]. Sprinkle in the author’s unique perspectives and they elucidate a picture – a rather astounding one at that – that is being painted of such astonishing magnitude that it would shock the average mind.

As mentioned in the book, this mystery is nigh forgotten [if not outright unknown] by most. It is quite sad, because the events that took place 100 years ago seem to have a devious connection to the latest San Bernardino event that took place in 2015, yes, 100 years ago to the date that it all took place. Coincidence?

This investigation of this [esoteric] criminal casts its web across many different characters, and is absolutely so chock-full of coincidences synchronicities that its mind boggling. Seriously. That’s not an overstatement. There are so many by the end of the book that to argue against some sort of coordination would stretch the incisive mind.

From ritual sacrifice, to , and even British & German spies coupled with an examination of the sinking of the Lusitania that might dovetail with the book’s main premise, this book has as much range as it has scope. And still, it has more.

The authors even anchor part of their analysis with an assessment of the Zodiac Killer and his machinations. Keeping in mind that the Zodiac Killer was never caught, it was disturbingly eerie how poignant the correlations were between what took place in 1915, and what took place 1968.

All in all, this book paints a much murkier picture of this segment of history than people would ever imagine. Still, it’s a much needed point of view that is needed in order to not only understand what did take place a long time ago, but for what has taken place again since then and is taking place still now.