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Thursday, February 28, 2013

THE LAST DEGREE by Dina Rae_Blog Tour and Review

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Author Bio:
Dina Rae is a new author here to stay. As a former teacher, she brings an academic element to her work. Her three novels, Halo of the Damned, The Last Degree, and Bad Juju weave research and suspense throughout the plots. Her short story, Be Paranoid Be Prepared, is a prequel of sorts to The Last Degree, focusing on the James Martin character. Dina also freelances for various entertainment blogs.
Book Blurb:
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. The Last Degree 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 will soon be available.
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 Book Giveaway
Dina Rae is giving away five (5) digital copies of her book ‘The Last Degree’ through a Rafflecopter giveaway. If you would like to post the book giveaway, simply copy the code below onto your site. This begins on February 28 and end on March 10. Feel free to post this giveaway during that period.
Tour Stop List
March 1 - Mallory Heart Reviews Review
March 1 - The Cerebral Writer Guest Post
March 2 - This College Dropout Review
March 2 – Free Book Dude Review (Guest Reviewer)
March 3 - My Cozie Corner Review
March 4 - sylv-jenkins Guest Post
March 5 - Zombie ACRES Guest Post
March 6 - The FlipSide of Julianne Interview
March 7 - Mallory Heart Reviews Excerpt
March 7 - sylv-jenkins Review

Book Excerpt

“I am sending you a master craftsman named Hiram-abi, who is extremely talented.  His mother is from the tribe of Dan in Israel, and his father is from Tyre.  He is skillful at making things from gold, silver, bronze, and iron, and he also works with stone and wood.
2 Chronicles 2:13-14

The mystery of Hiram Abif originates from the Biblical passage above.  Secret societies have given him credit for constructing Solomon’s temple.  According to legend, Hiram used talented craftsman and secrecy, such as passwords for orchestrating its construction.
Solomon didn't like Hiram's growing power, along with the attraction the Queen of Sheba had for him.  Some scholars imply he may have had something to do with his death. Hiram remains the primary protagonist and martyr in modern day Masonic circles.

--if you like the Prologue, check out Mallory Heart Reviews' review of the book, then look for the Excerpt of Chapter One, right here, on March 7.--

Review of The Last Degree by Dina Rae

5 stars

A complicated murder/terrorism/secret society mystery bouncing back and forth between time periods, “The Last Degree” also includes elements of romance and love; political stances and affiliations; and a plethora of “behind the scenes” kingmaking, queenmaking, and juggling of governments and economies. The novel doesn’t blink at violence, either, whether on the individual scale or on the mass scale. Much of the covert activity is due to the higher councils of Freemasonry, but the Illuminati are also included, and an annual meeting called “Vanderbild” which strongly put me in mind of the rumours about Bohemian Grove.

Although I didn’t read this in one sitting, the story did maintain my reader’s attention throughout. Most definitely fans of Dan Brown’s “The DaVinci Code” and “Angels and Demons” are going to devour “The Last Degree,” as are conspiracy theorists of many stripes, and all who expect and are concerned about a coming “New World Order” and “one-world government.”

1 comment:

  1. Mallory, thanks so much for the fantastic review, having me on your blog, and hosting my tour! You made my day! Glad you liked the book, and as you inferred, I do love Dan Brown and was aiming for that kind of plot driven world of conspiracy. Dina Rae