Twilight of the Gods: The Mayan Calendar and the Return of the Extraterrestrials

By Erich von Daniken

New Page Books

A division of Career Press

220 West Parkway, Unit 12 • Pompton Plains, NJ 07417

2010, 224 pages, US $17.99 • ISBN-13: 978-1-60163-141-1

Reviewed by Brent Raynes

He’s back! That’s right, Erich von Daniken, the international best-selling author who brought us Chariots of the Gods back in 1968, returns with more startling, thought-provoking and controversial evidence and speculation. This time he not only strives to convince his readers of extraterrestrial visitations in mankind’s ancient past, now he speculates that we may be in for a “god shock” of major proportions when December 2012 rolls around and the extraterrestrials of our ancient past return. That’s how he interprets the possible meaning behind the ancient Mayan calendar and the many myths and legends of ancient Star Visitors and the mysterious ruins and remains of advanced past civilizations.

The book has a lot of great illustrations and photographs too, especially from South America, with a lot of emphasis on Bolivia’s Gateway of the Sun in Tiwanaku, which was an elaborate calendar. This is an incredible and highly significant site, no matter what your personal interpretation.


Transforming Through 2012: Leading Perspectives on the New Global Paradigm

Presented by Debra Giusti

Yinspire Media


2010, 192 pages, US $17.95 • ISBN: 978-1-59700-778-8

Reviewed by Brent Raynes

With a Foreword from Coast to Coast AM’s George Noory, author Debra Giusti launches into a thought-provoking search for answers, insights and understanding regarding everyone’s favorite and feared future destiny with December 2012. We know that the Mayan Calendar ends at that point, but what other information or interpretation can be developed from the assorted pieces of the evidence trail that we have? Giusti invites the opinions of 33 leading voices on this fascinating, heated and controversial subject. From scientists, futurists, mystics, indigenous elders, and even some astrologers, a fascinating variety of interpretations and insights are offered up by notable and respected authorities like Jean Houston, Bruce Lipton, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Marilyn Mandala Schlitz, Laura Dunham, and many others leading visionaries of our time.


The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead - Third Edition

By J. Gordon Melton, PhD

Visible Ink Press

43311 Joy Road, #414 • Canton, MI 48187-2075

2011, 907 pages, US $29.95 • ISBN-13: 978-1-57859-281-4

Reviewed by Brent Raynes

J. Gordon Melton, the author of more than 25 books on religion and vampires, is an internationally recognized authority on such matters. The Vampire Book is a comprehensive, scholarly, and massive (over 900 page) volume that thoroughly explores the historical, global, mythological, literary, and current popular beliefs and perspectives on the mesmerizing topic of vampires. The book covers virtually the whole subject, from Vlad the Impaler to Dracula, to the movies and TV shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, True Blood, Twilight, and Interview with the Vampire.

It truly is an encyclopedia, with lots of great pictures and illustrations, and with far more information on the undead than the average person wants to be troubled with. But if vampires is your thing, then this book belongs on your night stand or on your home library shelf.