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Saturday, December 29, 2007

Book Review: The Hermetic Code

The Hermetic Code is a Dan Brown-esque expose of the secrets of the Manitoba Legislature Building.

Frank Albo is a visiting lecturer at the University of Winnipeg and a specialist in ancient religions and western esotericism. His research concerns the influence of Freemasonry in public architecture from the 18th century to present.

Frank’s interest in ancient religions, magic and present-day architecture led him to the Manitoba Legislature Building, when one day, he was driving by, and glanced up at the entrance and noticed two sphinx.

Sphinx on the roof top. Temple guards. Ancient symbols. Fibonacci series. The Ark of the Covenant. The Legislature is packed. And it clearly is not by accident.

The Hermetic Code is a fast-paced read. It’s a coffee table book that packs a lot of punch.

The text plays on Dan Brown’s characteristic writing style, which helps move the narrative along at quite a clip.

This is a 5-star book for anyone interested in magic, architecture, Egyptology and Canadian history.

The Hermetic Code is published by Winnipeg Free Press.