book provides some fascinating new insights
and an admirably clear point of access to
powerful story of Atlantis. Strong
points include the firm focus on the Greek
evidence, the close examination of the mythical
and the striking new hypothesis of the
exploded planet myth.
Professor Christopher Gill, University
* Christopher Gill is Professor of Ancient
Thought and Head of the Department of Classics
and Ancient History at the University
Exeter in England, and is widely regarded
as one of the worlds
leading experts on Plato and the Atlantis
story. His published work includes: 'Plato: The Atlantis Story'
1980), an essay
in 'Lies and Fiction in the Ancient World',
edited by C. Gill and T.P. Wiseman (University of Exeter Press,
1993), 'Form and Argument
in Late Plato', edited by C. Gill and M.M.
McCabe (Oxford University Press, 1996) and 'Plato: The Symposium',
a new translation with
introduction and notes (Penguin Classics,
1999). In addition, he is the editor of an internet journal entitled
I am very glad to have encountered such a lucid and wide-ranging
statement of the exploded planet hypothesis,
and to see it applied so suggestively to the Atlantis story.
Christopher Gill, Professor of Ancient Thought and Head of the Department
of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Exeter in England.
There are a number of features of this book that I warmly
welcome. One is the refreshing scepticism, in a work aimed at a
wide readership, about attempts to find Atlantis in
a literal sense. Another is the way that the book points the reader
firmly back to the Platonic sources and ideas, to the Greek myths
that Plato certainly knew, and to the Near Eastern myth-patterns
that may underlie these myths. Above all, I applaud the lucidity
of Alfords argument and the transparency with which his claims
are based on either quoted or fully documented
Christopher Gill, Professor of Ancient
Thought and Head of the Department of Classics
and Ancient History at the University of
Exeter in England.
"'The Atlantis Secret' is a challenging and thought-provoking book, and a real
move forward in the field. Alford's work is erudite and persuasive.
It offers an excellent overview of many schools of Greek philosophy,
gives an intelligent and articulate deciphering of the nature of
Greek myth and offers an understanding of Atlantis in context
with the Platonic traditions. Alford offers a truly impressive
decoding of the Atlantis story, based on his Exploded Planet
Hypothesis of ancient myth. Moreover, along the way, he explains
some of the great mysteries of Platonic and Greek thought.
This is certainly one of the most ground-breaking books in the
study of Atlantis for some time. While most books seem to generate
a lot of heat and
little light, in this superb volume Alford has been able to focus
a beam on the essential issues which the Atlantis mystery involves and perhaps, at last,
answer the simple question: what did Plato really have in mind
when he wrote his story of Atlantis?"
Dharma Sivan, Living Traditions Magazine, February 2002.
" Alford's exploded planet hypothesis [of myth] puts a completely
new spin on ancient cultures and religions."
Nexus Magazine, Feb-March 2002.
If you don’t yet know the theories
of Alford, you must surely have to read this book.’
Hera Magazine, Italy, February 2003
" A most thought-provoking and interesting read. I found your hypothesis
to be very plausible and well-written. I think Christopher
Gill's Foreword was spot on."
Pauline Randall, firstname.lastname@example.org
" Your work on Atlantis is excellent. Well done."
Rob Whiteside, email@example.com
" Great new book on the Atlantis myth, and probably the most holistic explanation
of Greek mythology I've ever read."
Ben Mulvey, firstname.lastname@example.org
" When you sit down to read a book that covers a subject one is somewhat familiar
with and has been written about extensively, you always wonder
if the material presented will be old hat. In the case
of 'The Atlantis Secret', it covers familiar ground
but, at last, finally provides a coherent, consistent, thoroughly
analyzed and presented explanation to the mysteries and myths
of the ancient Greeks that still are clouded to this day. After
reading 'The Atlantis Secret' you too will be initiated into
the ways of the ancient Greeks. With Alford's assistance,
we all can now plumb the depths of the knowledge that
has heretofore been misunderstood."
Jim Lewandowski, email@example.com
" I have recently finished reading your latest book 'The Atlantis Secret' and
I must admit to being somewhat overwhelmed. In substance, I agree
with your findings and think that you are on
to a very real and central commonality between many
early beliefs. Congratulations on a
Steve Light, firstname.lastname@example.org
" I thoroughly enjoyed 'The Atlantis Secret'. It was up to your usual
Colin Edwards, Colin.Edwards@cole-and-son.com
“A fascinating book.
I am sure it is a very valuable contribution to the vexed question
of Atlantis... Atlantis being a metaphor for a creation myth
does seem very plausible and certainly the evidence is now there
clearly, thanks to your book.”
Peter Zoefting, email@example.com
“As usual, an excellent
piece of work! Frustrating because once again you demonstrate
what should be blatantly obvious to all of us, yet we have
remained ‘blind’ to the facts. ‘The Atlantis Secret’ was a little different
in one respect though - this time
I was unsure of the final
outcome until the very end, I spent my time
saying ‘yes he is’, ‘no he’s not’! It was
also nice to be taken through Greek mythology with such ease -
you have clarified much that confused me years ago when I first
read Plato and Socrates. I am sure that your series
of books will one day beclassified as groundbreaking
Alan McGourlay, firstname.lastname@example.org
“Illuminating, in the
best sense of the word. ‘The Atlantis Secret’ is absolutely amazing.”
Earl Hazell, Amazon Top 500 Reviewer
" Wow! This is one of the very best books I have ever read! Nobody
ever solved the mystery better and clearer.
To me, it’s not really a book about the
‘exploded planet cult’, but above all, a wonderful book about
ourselves and about who we really are. I've been
asking myself so many questions about
the human life and soul since I was a little child, and I think
found the answers to my questions just a few years
ago... In this great book, I found so
many aspects of my answers, beliefs and thoughts - somehow you
put a foundation under my thoughts and beliefs.
And once again, one question was always
there in my head while reading: "Why didn't anybody else find it all out before?" It all seems to be so clear and simple, and it makes so much sense. The pieces
just fit! Nobody ever solved the mystery better and clearer.
Once again, you did a super-great job! All my very best congratulations,
and above all, all my
very best wishes that this outstanding
book will get all the recognition and success that it deserves so
Christiane Mueller, CHM3663@aol.com
" I am impressed. Your theory on Atlantis is one of the better ones
I've seen. For the first 80 per cent,
I was very concerned about it beingreductionist. But it was interesting,
shocking and also FUN to see you turn it
all round in the last 20 per cent, i.e. "mythical" rather than the
physical" exploding planet."
Glaucus Osborne, email@example.com
“Those who like to believe
that Atlantis lies somewhere beneath the waves will be disappointed
to learn that Plato invented Atlantis as a myth
about the creation of the universe. Alford
may have rejected Sitchin, but he
haslearned from his old master how
to dazzle the reader with his knowledge
of ancient texts and ancient history.
It is fascinating to watch Alford's amazing
mind at work, weaving together ancient religion, myth and history
into a tapestry of wonderful intellectual
richness. Long before the end, I
stopped asking myself whether I could accept his premises, and
and enjoyed myself, like someone
being taken on a tour of a fascinating landscape.”
Colin Wilson, author ‘The Outsider’
and ‘From Atlantis to the Sphinx’
‘If you don’t yet know the theories of Alford, you must surely have to read this
Hera Magazine, Italy, February 2003
“How much I admire your amazing erudition about mythology, which places you head
and shoulders above most of your contemporaries in this field.”
Colin Wilson, author ‘The Outsider’ and ‘From Atlantis to the Sphinx’
“I am unable to add anything (the review comments say it all!) other than to
repeat what I said to you the day I met you: ‘Thank you’ (from
the bottom of my heart!).”
“I have just received your book on Atlantis, and I must say I cannot put it down.
You’ve done a very good job with it and I thank you for it. Atlantis
has always been an intriguing subject to me, and I think your
book is the best one by far (and I have a lot of them!).”
Barb Alford (not related!), firstname.lastname@example.org
“First of all I’d like to congratulate you for another amazing book. As it happened
before, when I read ‘Gods of the New Millennium’ and ‘The Phoenix Solution’,
I was hypnotized. For two days my mom was checking if I’m still alive,
cause I was
sitting in my room in complete silence and studying your book carefully. The
most important thing I realized when I was reading it, is how little I knew
about the Atlantis and Greek mythology. If I knew only half of that I know
now, my thinking about ancient Greece would be completely different. Once again,
you've showed me the light.”
“I thoroughly enjoyed ‘The Atlantis Secret’ and found it easier to read than
‘When the Gods Came Down’. Your point of view is interesting
and your research seems to me to be very thorough. Thank You.”
Jenny Harvey, email@example.com
“I’m a convert... I've just finished reading ‘When the Gods Came Down’ and ‘The
Atlantis Secret’, and I much prefer this theory than the extra-terrestrial
visitors route. In fact after a very short space of time I was
saying to myself that this theory explained away any doubts I
had, and yes it was blindingly obvious... once someone had explained
Phil Nadin, PhilNadin@aol.com
“A while back I purchased your book ‘The Atlantis Secret’... after reading it,
I was amazed with the theories that you provided to prove that
in fact it wasn’t a real island but just in the mind of the reader...
also you made strong arguments supporting the fact that most
Atlantologists ignore the whole story that Plato had written
except for the location and landscape and destruction of the
island... they ignored the war and the mythology of the people
at the time. I guess originally I was classified amongst those
Atlantologists... but your book opened up my eyes to the other half of the story.”
Petros Koutoupis, Pawn0529@aol.com
“You are the best. I really enjoyed your Atlantis book.”
Jericho Wehage, firstname.lastname@example.org
“I began to read ‘The Atlantis Secret’ with great anticipation, as I have been
familiar with myth of Atlantis for a great number of years...
I have always assumed that Atlantis was exactly what the books
have said – a sunken island. However, after reading ‘The Atlantis
Secret’, I am prepared to reassess that line of thinking... It
is not often that I think the unknown has a more down to earth
explanation. But, once in a while you are presented with proof
that is just about irrefutable and makes you think ‘well, I can’t
argue with that’... The wealth of information that is presented by Alan Alford in this book has persuaded me to
accept that the true location of Atlantis is located . . . .
. . Well I don’t want to spoil it for you! I ask that you read
the book for yourself and make up your own mind.”
Steve Rider, Southampton UFO Group, Secretary, email@example.com