Scott Wolter’s new book, Cryptic Code: The Templars in America and the Origins of the Hooked X, was released on Tuesday, and … nothing happened. Can a book truly “change everything you thought you knew about the founding of America” if no one reads it? For being a cable TV host, you’d think he’d have more clout, or at least more savvy, in terms of getting his book promoted and marketed. If I were in his place, I’d have timed the release of the book for the broadcast dates of the recent season of America Unearthed to capitalize on viewership, especially since those viewers are likely to be the core audience for the book. I would also have tried to place the book with a more prominent publisher. The firm putting out the book is best known for self-publishing services. As it is, I’m not sure that Wolter has the pull to move product without the institutional advantage of a current TV series to keep him in the limelight beyond the core “Templar mysteries” audience.
To that end, a news search returned no reviews of the book, and Amazon lists the book as shipping in “1 to 3 months” as of this morning. This led to the ridiculous listing on the site saying that I could “get it as soon as Saturday, Nov. 2 - Friday, Dec. 13 if you choose Two-Day Shipping at checkout.” To be entirely honest, I don’t really feel enthusiastic about reading or reviewing the book. After seven years of Wolter’s various antics, since the debut of America Unearthed in 2012, I’m not sure there is really anything left to say.
That said, I have an order in with the publisher, and when (or if) I receive a copy, I will review the book. I can’t say when that might be. The company printing the book for Wolter wasn’t very clear about when shipping might happen.
Meanwhile, the world continues to go to hell. NPR ran a story from its Oregon affiliate about so-called cattle mutilations, and there was no indication that anyone thought to actually examine the dead cows to determine why they died before declaring that they were “drained of blood” by some mysterious entity. The Navy conceded another point to Tom DeLonge by branding the UFO videos DeLonge’s To the Stars Academy of Arts and Science organization released as “unidentified aerial phenomena,” an oxymoronic term, since a phenomenon has to have some sort of definition to be classified as a phenomenon, even if it is not understood. Really, the label just means that whatever was on the video was unidentified, though that implies nothing about flying saucers or interdimensional poltergeists, the two explanations To the Stars and its allies have favored. A Navy spokesman specifically emphasized the difference between unidentified and evil space ghosts by noting that the term only means that the source hasn’t been determined. Nevertheless, UFO proponents seized on the oxymoronic nature of the UAP moniker and declared that the Navy had admitted that “UFOs are real,” as though a lack of identification was itself identification of an extraterrestrial or supernatural menace.
And that’s it for today. I need to get back to book writing.
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