If you believe that perhaps our planet has been visited by extraterrestrial beings then New Holland Publishers' The Six Secrets is for you.
Book cover image The Six Secrets by Daniel Springfield.
If you believe that it's worth considering whether our planet has been visited by extraterrestrial beings, and you believe some unidentified flying objects are of alien origin, then this book is for you.
The Six Secrets is not the page-turning thriller you might expect from the subtitle: ‘if no one talks, then no one dies.' But it has a lot of information and speculation on the intriguing subject of beings from another world.
Daniel Springfield writes that he spent thousands of hours of internet research to obtain the material for The Six Secrets. He presents the material as ‘fiction based on tangible facts.'
To that end Springfield has the hero of this book, known as C.J., travel around the world on a complex and dangerous paperchase devised by C.J.’s late father. His father’s purpose was to ensure that C.J. thoroughly researched the background to the allegations that governments, international organisations, large corporations and powerful people are withholding important information that should be made public. C.J.’s father wanted his son to expose those secrets – the six secrets of the book’s title. Each leg of the journey requires C.J.’s research to be completed before he can move on. But while C.J.’s father bequeaths such a daunting task to his son he also gives him some good advice – to stop and smell the roses.
C.J. reveres his late father and considers him a man of exceptional intelligence. It is a pity his father apparently had never heard of the sarcastic saying ‘why use a simple method when a complicated one is available?’ Perhaps the unnecessary complications of a difficult itinerary could be excused as a literary device for presenting the author’s research results. Unfortunately they are presented to the reader at undue length and in a wooden and boring style. There is altogether too much detail and repetition for a novel.
In his adventures C.J. is accompanied by his Tasmanian girlfriend Emma. They visit many parts of the world, partly to follow the itinerary planned by C.J.’s father, partly to escape those who wish them harm. They do take time off to smell the roses and enjoy the places they visit, all of which, Springfield assures his readers, he has visited himself and which he describes convincingly.
Those responsible for keeping the secrets that C.J. and Emma want to publish repeatedly trace the couple’s whereabouts and attempt to silence them. However C.J. and Emma manage to outwit their pursuers although they have a number of hair-raising narrow escapes from death. Fortunately they have an enviable capacity to obtain forged passports and identity papers and this fact facilitates their travels and makes them harder to capture.
In writing this book Springfield has attempted to bring a wealth of well-researched information to the reader in a palatable form. That he has not entirely succeeded in this Herculean task should not detract from the value of the information.
The Six Secrets
by Daniel Springfield
New Holland Publishers
Page Extent: 372 pages
First published on
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