The authors of this book are engagingly innocent, and I mean of the wide-eyed variety. Admittedly, this slightly lazily written book is compelling...I'm a serious anthropologist and couldn't put it down for a good, long while. It has data, details and 1st-person accounts that seem entertaining.
It also holds some no-nonsense, straightforward warnings about humankind's erroneous ways--and I like that. However, this may be construed as a slight "rip-off" after finishing the book, so be warned. This book is full of lectures and frankly, what can one do about things that one is powerless to change? New Agers cannot have their cake and eat it too.
A bit tiresome from square one is the comparison to Indiana Jones. Just because the latest film deals with a crystal skull of sorts does not mean every crystal skull enthusiast can be compared to Indie. Want real-life Indiana Jones? Buy books about Professor Zahi Hawass of Egypt.
However, this book smacks of a lazy, dictaphone-to-manuscript slapdash work. The writers absolutely love beginning their sentences with the word "for" (gets annoying). Also, as nearly a quarter of this book seems to be extensive quotations, I find it truly odd that the people being quoted simply continue on in the style the book is written. This makes any such quotes very, very suspect. In another mode of consideration, the authors sure do want to believe in the absurd--and when you start 'believing', you stop thinking.
The authors can swallow a crystal-waving maniac speaking "super-duper-ancient Tibetan" by 'channeling' one of the skulls. Yet when a respected Smithsonian scientist proves the skulls are all fakes, the authors try to argue. Incredible. This book poses as a scholarly, semi-skeptical work.
Don't be fooled, and you'll be OK with it. These writers are not skeptics and are not prepared to abandon their beloved skulls. That is one of the things that, perversely, I find charming about this book because I can understand passions of that nature. One further note of warning: my book is dated 1998, with original publication in Enland the previous year. I have seen this book listed under several slightly varying titles, and have seen much more than one or two covers. Lastly, I cannot find that there is an edition later than 1998 for the U.S.
So what this might be telling us is that the authors have been carefully updating or revising the book, re-releasing it and hoping these slightly new revised editions will pass for the original edition.
I sure as hell hope not; why would anyone want to do that? It isn't fraud, but then by that logic it isn't necessary, not even to try and boost sales. Sometimes authors do this to create the impression that there is more than one book they have written on the subject, and I feel that is a dishonest practice. On any road, all the tricks have been done before, when the writers are not serious scholars.
Perhaps they missed/misunderstood/ignored the purpose of the stark morality that their own book preaches? The book surely delivers in one area: it is well informed and fact-filled when it comes to the present state of the crystal skulls. Their TRUE HISTORY, well, that is another story. How I wish it could be written, and written better than this. Then again I am famous for being the person who said I'd like to have met the MODERN man who crafted the Mitchell-Hedges crystal skull.