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.
This book was not at all what I was expecting when I started. I was expecting your typical conspiracy theory story that tells you the world is doomed and its time to prepare. What I got instead was a very detailed story about how ancient prophecies and modern happenings are coming together to symbolize the end of the world as we know it and the coming of a New World Order.
The author spent a lot of time coming up with the conspiracy. And it shows in the details. This helps overcome the couple of other issues that are involved in the telling. The story is a bit jumpy. Each chapter takes place with different characters and in different times. This can create some confusion in following a set timeline. You do adjust and get used to it, but it makes the beginning a bit slow. The main characters are varied and developed enough to make them interesting. A little more editing on the story to bring it to the level of detail of the conspiracy itself would have made a huge difference. However, in the end the author has weaved all the parts together in a satisfactory way.
If you like reading about conspiracies and are interested in a story about what could happen if all the people out there preaching the end of the world are right. Then this is a book for you. Its also a good book for those that like a good mystery set in modern times with current world events and cultures.