The third book, Wars of God and Men in the Earth Chronicles series is by far the most interesting one as it deals with many unanswered questions about history. As the title describes, this book is all about wars between Gods and consequently Gods intervention in the affairs of men. It makes a very interesting read from a story perspective however how many of these theories are backed by cuneiform tablets is left to the historians to debate. Much of these theories seem to be speculation but personally I found it very fascinating as the book strives to explain many mysteries. For example, If you have been wondering why pyramids were built and who built them, then you will find an answer here (but it is up to you whether you want to believe the answer or not!)
The book begins with a very interesting chapter of Trojan war and makes us rightly wonder about the level of so-called God’s involvement in this deadly epic war. Some Gods seem to be supporting the Trojans while the others seem to be in the favour of the wronged husband whose beautiful wife was spirited away. For many years, the Trojan war was considered to be Homer’s imagination until a history enthusiast dug up the remains of Troy near eastern Turkey. This discovery put many traditional archeologists to shame. What they had dismissed as legends turned out to be a real place and a real war. Sitchin also puts forth a very valid point for us to ponder – if Trojan war turned out to be a real war between the Greeks and the Trojans why can’t the rest of myths and legends be true.
Among the Egyptian hieroglyphs there are many wars that are being described and many a time, the Kings also thank Gods for their timely help. Some passages are richly described as receiving assistance in the form of divine weapons from the Gods who help them win the battle. These inscriptions have so long been interpreted as exaggerations but what if they were really true? What if Gods were really helping the Kings to win a battle?
After the deluge (which is described in detail in the second book), Enki (Son of Anu (ruler of Niburu)) allowed mankind to be populated again in the earth. After they set up post deluge cities, the rulership of Sumerian city states pass on to many demi gods who are half anunaki and half humans. These demi gods were often helped by their fathers / mothers to rule, conquer and prosper in their kingdoms. I couldn’t help but compare this theory with that of Mahabharata heroes, the five brothers who too were demi Gods, born to Yama, Wind, Indra and Ashwini brothers. The Five brothers too are helped by their respective fathers through troubled times.
Some kings Hamurabi (famous for his code of edicts) inscribed that he received a very powerful weapon from Marduk (one of the Niburu Gods) and many a time, kings like him are also goaded into war and conquest by these Gods. Many of these stories that were found in the sumerian excavation have been corroborated in Bible’s Old Testament. When King Sennacherib of Assyria attacked Jerusalem and a dialogue follows where the generals of Jerusalem ask him whether he had Yahweh’s permission to attack and when he says that he does, they call him a liar. When the jews consult Yahweh, the God apparently pronounces blasphemies and curses Assyria with destruction. Ironically this comes true very soon and Great Assyria is destroyed and Ninevah falls.
One of the most fascinating chapters in the book was story of Seth and Horus which continues from Osiris’s death and Isis’s struggle to revive him. The aerial battle of Horus and descriptions of winged disk are very interesting to read. Herodotus’s journey to Egypt and the list of Egyptian Kings in Abydos also makes an interesting read.
The descriptions of pyramid wars are the page turners of the book although you need to be convinced about Sitchin’s assertion that the ‘mountain’ mentioned in the clay tablets of Sumer refers to the Great Pyramid. But Sitchin puts up a convincing arguement here.
Plus Points: Egyptian origin tales and myths of Osiris and Isis takes a whole new dimension when Sitchin narrates it. I found the Pyramid Wars very interesting chapter to read.
Minus Points: Repetition of sumerian tales
Verdict: A must-read!