4 out of 4 stars
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This is a re-review. The first review was based on the Kindle version. This re-review is based on the revised paperback version. The storyline didn't change; my talking points did not change, too. The only difference is that the errors I initially listed have been fixed.
The Illuminati Conspiracy is a savvy book, and Richard Rees does justice with it. Set in an era of world conquest and domination, The Illuminati Conspiracy details the shadow plots prevalent during the French and British conflicts.
Richard Machen, a naval officer on vacation, is drawn unwillingly into the secret plan of the Illuminati to cause chaos. At what cost to his safety will his interference bring? What length is he willing to go for his sense of justice?
Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres because it always has the propensity to be based on reality, and there are sure-fire lessons. Richard Rees does adequate research on the era this book is set. Hence, he gains a license to write on it. His writing flow is so smooth that readers will get engrossed in the story.
During the 1800s (when this book was set), there was prejudice, as seen in how the British treated the Irish, leading to many uprisings. This prejudice was also seen in the bias against Richard because he was American, which led to his unjust imprisonment. One line in the book that would stick with me for a while was: "Everywhere their ships could sail, the English presumed their divine right to rule." In recent times, prejudices are still common in various forms. Perhaps, the course of time would fix this blight on society.
This book buttresses how humans seem to feel they can always do a better job — everyone seems to know how to make the world a better place. Napoleon has his vision, the British folks use domination, and the Illuminati propagates its "New World Order." These are a few ways people go about their world-changing agendas. However, they miss the point of a country — the freedom and general happiness of the common folk. The Illuminati are willing to sacrifice millions for their idea of world-ruling based on meritocracy. I can't say if it will ever come to fruition because the cult is still at large with secret schemes being made.
War has never been a pretty sight, whether ancient or modern, and revolutions require necessary sacrifices. The author portrays these situational conflicts vividly. Readers will be enraptured in the naval battle and the description of the various judgments dished out to conspirators.
Everything about this book was done correctly. There was no negative aspect, and the editing was exceptional. Therefore, I'd rate it 4 out of 4 stars. I would recommend The Illuminati Conspiracy to lovers of history and conspiracy theories.
The Illuminati Conspiracy
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