Hob’s review of The Illuminati: by Robert Howells

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This title is a mouthful but here goes, The Illuminati: The Counter Culture Revolution-From Secret Societies to Wilkileaks and Anonymous. Let’s go over the technical stuff first. I read this on my Kindle and was pleasantly surprised by the lack of errors in both formatting and editing. The title obviously doesn’t roll of the tongue very easily but the cover looks great


I have read just about all major religious texts and most minor ones.  I have also read about the origins of most religions.  But this book explains it so well about how Religions became what they are today and how Secret societies came to be born as a result of persecution of anyone  who didn’t follow exactly as they were told. It was fascinating just for that, but that was only the beginning. It is amazing to think where humanity could have been if the Illuminati had been successful at removing religion and corruption from governments hundreds of years ago. It is also sad and extremely terrifying to think that both of those things are at an all time high in most governments in the world today.

I have always been interested in this subject and have family in the masons so have read of and discussed this subject quite a bit. But this book was extremely in depth describing the ceremonies involved in the different ranks of both the Free Masons and with the Illuminati.  It also listed all the ranks and what each ones responsibilities were. At times it did feel a bit like a text book, but it did manage to keep things interesting for the most part despite the huge amount of information being dropped on the reader.

I felt the cover and the title was a bit deceiving. I was expecting more of a book filled with wild and crazy conspiracy theories so was pleasantly surprised that it was not. It was full of Information about the history of these mysterious Secret societies and then at the end comparing them to the modern day groups. I thoroughly enjoyed the The Illuminati: The Counter Culture Revolution-From Secret Societies to Wilkileaks and Anonymous and would recommend it to any interested in the history of the Illuminati or of any history really.

Final Thoughts

It was a good read with lots of information. While not much I haven’t read before, It was definitely  presented better then I have seen before. The cover art is great but misleading as to the subject matter. While I feel this would appeal more to lovers of history than lovers of Conspiracy, both would enjoy it. I am going to give it 3.5 stars out of 5


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