in Blood :
- The Lost Secrets of Freemasonry
by John J. Robinson
High-Degree Recommendation, July 19, 2000
Reviewer: Vincent Mario Saviti (see more about me) from Indiana,
I have been deeply immersed in the study Masonry, since joining
an organization called "The Brotherhood of Light,"
in 1991. This org., now known as The Church of Light, has operated
as a Secret Society since before the time of Akhenaten (ruler
of Egypt). We have a text, called "Ancient Masonry"
(C.C. Zain), which I have read along with many books by Freemasons
that line my shelves. My organization has always attracted High-Degree
Freemasons and, although some of them did not know I already
posessed this book, they have recommended "Born in Blood"
to me, along with books by Mackey, Manly P. Hall and all the
Greats of the Fraternal Order. Personally, if these High-Degree
Masons had not recommended the book ("Born in Blood"),
I would still count it as one of my favorite books of all time
(I have read voraciously all of my life). I could not put this
book down....nor could I put "Dungeon Fire And Sword"
(Robinson) down....or, "A Pilgrim's Path." (Robinson).
My copy of "Born in Blood" and the other John J. Robinson
books are proudly on display, next to "The History of Freemasonry"
(Mackey) & "A New Encyclopaedia of Freemasonry"
(Waite) on my Masonic Research bookshelf. I highly recommend
Robinson's books to anyone interested in The Craft, or in the
history of the world. I find his writing absolutely fascinating
and exciting...and I love the way he ends chapters!
Well- maybe, maybe not., July 3, 2000
Reviewer: wyzardd (see more about me) from Arvada, CO USA
I loved this book. I read it after I became a Master Mason, but
before I went through the Scottish Rite. There are a few glaring
errors in it, but not enough to invalidate the entire book. The
worst thing that can be said about this book is that it may not
be true. Then again, I know the 'official' history of Freemasonry
and it also may not be true. As with many things, gather as much
info as possible and then draw your own conclusions.
The fact that we do not know the roots of an order that is, at
least, 400 years old is hardly surprising. "Born in Blood"
raises some good questions, even if the author doesn't have all
Convincing history, June 25, 2000
Reviewer: David L. Furbee from Middlebourne, West Virginia
Robinson's book is a thoroughly convincing detective story that
should be of interest to all Master Masons. While the exact origins
of the Freemason movement will never be known, Robinson provides
seemingly credible evidence that modern Freemasonry is a society
that was created by Templar knights on the lam; rather than
some mystic order born of illiterate medieval stone masons.
Couldn't put it down!, May 23, 2000
Reviewer: A reader from Germany
John J. Robinson epitomizes the way historical researchers/writers
should present their findings. There was nothing opinionated,
nothing imagined, strictly facts and his own conclusions. Written
objectively, truthfully, openly. He laid everything on the table
for you, presented his own educated guesses where ever there
may have been any gray areas but ensured that the reader knew
that this was his conclusions and his conclusions only. There
was no attempt to sway anyone's opinions or ideas one way or
another. Once I started reading it I could not put it down. I
read the entire book in two days! A must read. I promise you
that you would not be disappointed. One of the best written books
I've ever read !
Good read, April 1, 2000
Reviewer: A reader from USA
Excellent search through history looking for possible beginnings
of the society. Must read for anyone interested.
Masonic Fantasy, March 2, 2000
Reviewer: firstname.lastname@example.org from Rochester, NY
Speaking as a Master Mason: this book should have been entitled
"Born of Imagination: Speculations on the Possible Origins
of a Group or Groups That May or May Not Have Been Involved With,
or Even Eventually Evolved Into, What Is Presently Called Freemasonry".
This book is almost pure fiction. It has very little to do with
the actual origins of Freemasonry. It is fantasy based ever so
slightly on a true story, very much the same way today's complex
Arthurian Legends grew out of tiny historical facts.
To give the author his due, the book is very well written. If
your object is to spend an evening or three enjoying a light
novel with a dramatic medieval flare and a familiar cast of historical
characters, this book is great. If you are curious as to the
real origins of Freemasonry I would recommend Daniel Stevenson's
"The Origins of Freemasonry: Scotland's century 1590-1710."
Or just ask a Mason!
A Great Piece of History of a Great Organization, February 6,
Reviewer: A reader from Baltimore, Maryland
This book is an excellent read. Mr. Robinson is a historian but
writes like a first-rate novelist. The first half of the book
is a definite page turner. And the second half, is great in that
he gives you the progression of Freemasonry and some information
dispelling the out and out attacks by anti-masons. He sets the
record straight. This book made me want to be a Freemason! And
I'm proud to be one.
A Glimpse at a rich History, January 17, 2000
Reviewer: Stovepipe, California
If Mr. Robinson wasn't a Mason, he sure did his homework. The
best thing about this book is that it doesn't dwell on the "secrets"
of Freemasonry, but rather on its important, and historical beginnings.
All too often Freemasonry is deposited in the "Cult"
category, with Mr. Robinson's refreshing honesty, and sincerity
it may be relegated to a stature it deserves in history.
Fascinating historical speculation. But there's more., November
Reviewer: A reader
Robinson does his homework and writes well. I read this book
several years ago, and it sparked my long-term interest in reading
about Freemasonry's verifiable origins. Recently, this led me
to read 'The Origins of Freemasonry: Scotland's Century, 1590-1710',
by David Stevenson, which I now recommend more highly than 'Born
'Scotland's Century' is the only work on the origins of Freemasonry
I have ever seen that ignores the movement's vast myth-making
literature and focuses instead on the surviving records of the
earliest known Masonic lodges. Stevenson-- who teaches history
at the University of St. Andrews-- paints a solid, sober, believable
portrait of Freemasonry's rather prosaic origins in the operative
masonic lodges of early 17th-century Scotland.
Stevenson's book is a welcome and refreshing antidote to all
the junk that has been written about Freemasonry in the past
three centuries. It explodes Masonic authors' extravagant claims
for an origin in ancient civilizations and possession of power
supernatural secrets. It also undermines anti-Masonic authors'
equally bizarre accusations of pacts with supernatural forces
of evil. It replaces these fanciful images with the story of
a remarkable human institution whose recent, humble, workaday
origins are far more interesting than its myths.
'Born in Blood' is lots of fun to read, and I still recommend
it highly. But the tale told in 'Scotland's Century' is probably
a lot closer to what really happened.
Entertaining, but..., November 4, 1999
Reviewer: A reader from Midlothian, Texas
The reader should keep two things in mind while reading this
book. First of all, there is a difference between history and
historical speculation. The author is not saying that this is
what happened, but that this is the way it could have happened.
Secondly, the author was not a Mason at the time that he wrote
the book. Otherwise, enjoy. It is one of the most entertaining
reads out there. A great page turner.
The Secrecy of Evil, the Qabala and its Followers:
the Knights Templars, Illuminati, Freemasonry, and other Secret
Societies from Early to Modern Times
by M. Alomari
Paperback - 111 pages 1 edition (April 15, 1999)
Azimuth Systems; ISBN: 0967355907
I have spent years researching this material and compiling the
This book will help you to understand this "New World Order
(NWO)" we hear so often about. It will explain what this
NWO is, the secret societies who want it, and why.
This book is a basic primer on the NWO, and the secret societies
who want it such as Freemasonry, the Templars, the Illuminati,
and many others. It explains their beliefs and details their
goals within their New World Order. It also explains their sacred
book, the Qabala.
It is by no means an encyclopedia. My intention for this first
edition is to offer basic vital information in an easy to read
format. The reader will be able to recognize these groups under
whatever new name they use and understand their goals and agenda.
I hope you enjoy reading my book and encourage you to do your
own research into this very important subject matter.
Review on Secrecy of Evil, December 2, 2000
Reviewer: A reader from Dearborn, MI United States
by M. Alomari is a must reading for all those who wish to understand
what is going on in the world today. Today's wars and upheavals
have their roots in an ancient conspiracy. When former President
George Bush uttered the phrase " New World Order,"
he was restating an ancient goal of certain secret societies.
The Secrecy of Evil explains the New World Order Conspiracy and
the secret societies orchestrating it. It traces the early origins
of these secret societies thousands of years ago to a certain
group of Hebrew priests and explains their hidden Luciferian
religion. The Secrecy of Evil explains the ancient mystic book
of these Hebrew priests, called the Qabala, and details the doctrine
of Qabalism and the secret groups that use the Qabala, like Freemasonry,
the Knights Templars, the Illuminati, and many others. The Secrecy
of Evil is an easy to read primer on the world-wide conspiracy
and the origins and beliefs of these secret groups whose aim
is to establish a one world order Luciferian dictatorship and
to enslave all those outside their lodges and temples.