Do you remember David Brody, the novelist who has played an instrumental role in promoting the story of Scottish noble Henry Sinclair’s alleged 1398 voyage to America? Well, he wants everyone to know that after his low-budget movie about the Westford Knight, he’s back again with another novel that expands on his fictional universe. Like Dan Brown before him, Brody claims (and not just within his novels) that the artifacts and conspiracies he writes about are true, which crosses the boundaries of fiction into the world of pseudoscience.
Just in case you don’t believe me, here is what Brody writes on his official website:
The story itself is fiction, but its premise rests on firm ground: Numerous artifacts and sites in and around New England (see attached images) clearly evidence a history of pre-Columbian discovery and exploration of North America.
Brody claims in media interviews to have been instrumental in Scott Wolter’s research for America Unearthed, and he says he provided research assistance for the show’s first-season discussion of Holy Bloodline conspiracies. In turn, Brody claims that he has incorporated material from America Unearthed into his novel series.
His first book, Cabal of the Westford Knight, described Henry Sinclair, the Westford Knight, and the idea that the Knights Templar visited America. His second, Thief on the Cross, covered many of Scott Wolter’s most familiar topics, including, the Burrows Cave stones, the Bat Creek Stone, the Prince Madoc legend, and the “White” Mandan Indians, again in pursuit of the Knights Templar. Charmingly, his books carry a warning that Christians should not read them because they will consider offensive the Holy Bloodline conspiracies about Christ and His kids.
His latest claims derive from Sir Laurence Gardner’s unique combination of Holy Bloodline conspiracy theories and Zecharia Sitchin-inspired ancient astronaut hypothesizing. The book is called Powdered Gold and it is another sequel in a series he calls “Templars in America.”
What do you think are the chances that the new novel also incorporates Scott Wolter’s latest “discoveries” about “alignments” at the Newport Tower and America’s Stonehenge (Mystery Hill) and exactly reflects claims from the new season of America Unearthed about the Ark of the Covenant? 100% you say? Why yes, of course it does. Because these people all work together to promote one another in a mutually-reinforcing intertextual, multimedia Holy Bloodline conspiracy all their own.
Here is the book’s official synopsis. Count the America Unearthed topic references.
Historian Cameron Thorne and his fiancée Amanda Spencer don’t for a second believe the Ark of the Covenant is hidden in a cave in the Arizona desert. But when a militant Survivalist leads them to a radioactive replica of the Ark, filled with a mysterious white powder, they begin to wonder if legends of Templar Knights visiting the American Southwest on a secret mission might be true. What is this strange white powder? And is it the key to understanding the true power of both Moses and the sacred Ark of the Covenant?
The powdered white gold is the substance that Laurence Gardner claimed that the Anunnaki used to achieve immortality after creating the human race to mine gold for that purpose. Gardner later claimed that the Anunnaki were forced to replace powdered gold with menstrual blood of the Holy Bloodline after their supply ran out, sometime near the end of the Exodus. Today it is most famous as the secret food of the Reptilians in David Icke’s conspiracy theories and in Jim Marrs’s rambling rants. Unfortunately, I don’t have enough evidence to know who came up with the idea first, though Icke claims that powdered gold increases nervous system impulses “ten thousand times.” As far as I know, powdered monoatomic white gold in the form described does not exist.
The claim, in turn, probably derives from alchemy’s alleged aurum potabile, or drinkable gold, promoted by Paracelsus in Treasure of Treasures and other works in the sixteenth century. He claimed to have invented aurum potabile and he believed it to be the elixir of life, a cure for disease, and a path to immortality. The occultist Manly P. Hall adopted aurum potabile into his system via a secondhand summary of alchemy from a Victorian textbook, and from there it entered occult circles, where it sits today.
This substance, in turn, was inspired by the idea of colloidal gold, a suspension of gold nanoparticles used in making colored glass since antiquity, with which it became confused by modern alternative health practitioners who pass off colloidal gold as extraterrestrial monoatomic white gold. The solution can be stirred to form a precipitate of gold atoms, which must be the “monoatomic” gold of occult theory, though technically the nanoparticles aren’t single atoms, as I understand it. One gold atom is 0.135 nanometers wide, while colloidal gold nanoparticles range from 5 to 1,000 nanometers in size.
Does Scott Wolter believe in gold-munching aliens? Who knows? But I can’t imagine it’s a complete coincidence that his friend David Brody’s new novel contains the exact material Wolter is investigating on America Unearthed at the same time that the show is showing those investigations. The Grand Canyon location of the Ark of the Covenant was teased in S02E01 and will make a return appearance later in the season. Both Brody and Wolter bizarrely make the Tuscon Lead Artifacts—whose inscriptions claim, at face value, to be the work of Roman Jews—the work of “French forebearers” (Brody) of the Templars or “proto-Templars” (Wolter). And a government conspiracy to cover it all up? Why, that’s Scott Wolter’s bread and butter—How many times has he told us that “these academics” and the U.S. government have been trying to suppress his work?
If only Brody’s hero were a maverick geologist instead of one of Wolter’s hated “academics,” this could easily be America Unearthed: The Novelization.
But what disturbs me is the way that fringe ideas cross so easily between “fact” and fiction and can use fiction to give spurious weight to “fact” and reinforce, through repetition across multiple media channels, a fictitious version of history based only on imagination and conspiracy claims.
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