Review: Message from a Hidden Past, edited by Jos Rogiers


Message from a Hidden Past
Jos Rogiers, Editor
An amazing book, wherein an ancient dwarf sheds a revolutionary new light on our history & future
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ISBN:  978-1478255291
Pages:  258
Genre: Speculative Historical Fiction
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Stars:  5

About the Book:

More than 3,200 years ago, a learned dwarf was pricked with the Sleeping Thorn and fell into a deep slumber in a secret cave somewhere on Earth. When he finally awoke, towards the end of 2009 or in the early part of 2010, he started to carry out the task he was charged with by his king: to reveal the truth about a hidden chapter of our past, that misunderstood period of our history when the so-called “gods” held sway over the world. He wrote an amazing book about this subject, a book that throws a completely new light on world history and human existence: “Message from a Hidden Past.” According to the author, the gods were neither supernatural beings nor products of the human imagination, let alone extraterrestrials. He describes them as hominids of flesh and blood, belonging to the further evolved species of Homo supersapiens. They were smarter, taller, and much more beautiful than humans. They were the true founders of civilization. The book explains their origins, describes their culture, and pictures the land in which they lived. Most revealing, it relates how the gods became involved with humans and the disastrous consequences of that fateful interaction. The dwarf recounts the story of a great world war that took place at the end of the Bronze Age and of an epic calamity that finally extinguished the Era of the Gods. Despite their physical destruction, the lore and images of the gods lived on in poetry, song, and myth. The book’s last chapters deal with what remains of them today, and discuss ancient prophecies that foretell their return at an uncertain date in the future.

Book Review:

Impeccably researched, beautifully written and cleverly narrated this book is a complex and insightful work, with a unique concept that provides an alternative history of the world.  Narrated by an unnamed dwarf, the last of his kind who is tasked with sharing his knowledge of history lost to humans, the voice is distinct, laced with humor and not always without judgmental asides that will add to the understanding of the tale told.

Written to maintain a continual thread throughout the book, tales are often augmented with references to classic texts, linguistics and etymology: which serve to enhance the feel of a singular (or closely related) genesis to the mythologies and beliefs worldwide. This is where research and information reach a critical mass point, while it will occasionally feel overwhelming; it is well worth the read.

With an appearance of an overall goal of providing examples of a more exemplary guide for living and coexistence, the decided lines of separation and segregation displayed within the pages are unsettling.  While most of the inference leans to our behaving more like the gods of lore and less human, there is ample evidence of the gods having similar petty prejudices as well, perhaps to strive for the best of both species is the option.

I would be remiss if I didn’t discuss the narrator / author: the unnamed dwarf.  His voice is clear and distinct, with a narration style that leads neatly to both information passing and storytelling.  I do wish there was more information about him: the lack of biographical information, even simply a name is a question that will haunt me.

I received a paper copy of the book from the editor for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

About the Author:

The only things I know about the author of Message from a Hidden Past is that he was a learned dwarf who lived at the end of the Bronze Age, that he was the best historian of his generation, and that he was a bachelor. His king sent him on a special mission, of which this book is the result. No more information is available. 

About the Editor:

Jos Rogiers (°1954, Belgium) earned a degree in history and philosophy from a Belgian university, and worked as a journalist for about fifteen years.