- Review: The Last Degree
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- Author: Dina Rae
- No of Pages: 304
- Publication: July 1st 2012 by Amazon
The Last Degree is a fictionalized account of how Freemasons and other secret societies set up the world for takeover. Ancient writings foretell a ‘Shining One’ who emerges as the world’s
prophet. A murder of a Most Worshipful mason resembles a secret oath. A cop gets too close to solving the crime. Paranoid preppers go underground, preparing for war.
Headlines such as the Norway massacre, meltdown of the European Union, unscrupulous media, animal die-offs, Middle Eastern unrest, and U.S. shrinking power make the plot relevant to present day. This book is an ode to Christians, Birthers, 2012ers, Truthers, preppers, and/or other conspiracy junkies who enjoy Dan Brown, Jesse Ventura, Brad Meltzer, Alex Jones, Jerry Jenkins and Tim LaHaye. A sequel to The Last Degree is currently being drafted.
I know, I know, after reading that synopsis you’re probably thinking, Nova, are you crazy!? (I’m not going to answer that by the way!) Yet another book that is focused on politics! Look at that synopsis! Politics AND religion!
But wait guys, I read this because it sounded interesting. Plus the cover just makes you curious, right? Right! So I decided why not? Worst case scenario I don’t like it. Best case, I love it! Well guess what!? Yet again my instincts won out! This book, although completely filled with politics and conspiracy theories, was seriously good! Seriously! I could not put it down. Just as I was starting to wane something happened to urge me on. The plot was well thought out, I mean holy god, there was so much information in this but was given a bit at a time so as not to overwhelm and the characters were great.
I was caught at the beginning. I mean you guys know I like horror but first page and a guy is getting his throat slit. So ok, I admit, I’m hooked. Then it’s one thing after another and honestly I couldn’t pin point who the bad guys were! I’m screaming in my head, what is going to happen!? 4% left in the book and I still didn’t figure out what was going to happen. It was beautifully done!
Characters, as I said were amazing, but the only downside, there were so many! I mean of course, you can’t take over the world with two people. And the chapters jumped between dates, 1964, 2000, 2012 and B.G. which is Before Globalization. With each jump I had to acclimate to the new jump but this gets easier and easier as you get to know all of these characters. Even with so many it starts to feel intimate and the dates start to all make sense, everything comes together flawlessly.
I have to say Larry is probably my favorite character but there are many great voices in this story. So many that jump out but Larry! Now that guy is something. Intelligent, charismatic and cute, the charm literally oozes off of the page. Eileen is another favorite oh and Anne! Anne is seriously intense.
Fortunately Sept 21st I get to do an author interview with Dina Rae! And I have to say, I can’t wait to learn more about this fabulous book and this great author! Don’t let the synopsis fool you guys, this is a really interesting book. Yes, full of conspiracy theories and politics but so worth your time! You may just want to build a bunker after reading it though!
About the Author:
Dina Rae is a new author that is here to stay. As a former teacher, she brings an academic element to her work. Her research on the Yezidi religion and love of art inspired her story telling for Halo of the Damned.
Her other novel, The Last Degree, is a fictionalized account of the Freemason’s role in the New World Order. Dina’s grandfather was the Most Worshipful of his lodge. The subject has always held a personal interest.
Dina lives with her husband, two daughters, and two dogs outside of Chicago. She is an avid reader, tennis player, movie buff, and self-proclaimed expert on conspiracy theories. Her favorite authors are LaHaye & Jenkins, Dan Brown, Preston & Childs, Stephen King, Brad Thor, and Anne Rice.
Thanks so much for having me. Really appreciate you taking the time to read the book and write such a fantastic review. Dina Rae
The pleasure is all mine! I kept telling my husband what was going on and he even said, wow you like this book? YES! Can not wait for the second!
Don’t you love it when a book caught you by surprise, in a very good way. And yes, the cover does look intriguing
Yes I do!!! I hope you weekend is beautiful! 😀
Great post. The book sounds like something that’s not my cup of tea, but still very well-written and interesting review! “B.G.–Before Globalization;” haha, love it!!
Any progress on acquiring/reading any more John Irving?
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Jan @ TheRewildWest
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I love conspiracy theory books..LOL So glad you enjoyed this, the cover had me thinking paranormal though..LOL
Umm.. it has a bit of paranormalcy in it. That’s my new word for the day! I’ve got to get that into the dictionary! Anyway.. so there is some but I left that part out because well… spoilers and all that!