Within the concentric circles of Trump's regime lies an unseen culture of occultists, power-seekers, and mind-magicians whose influence is on the rise. In this unparalleled account, historian Gary Lachman examines the influence of occult and esoteric philosophy on the unexpected rise of the alt-right. Did positive thinking and mental science help put Donald Trump in the White House? And are there any other hidden powers of the mind and thought at work in today's world politics? In Dark Star Rising: Magick and Power in the Age of Trump, historian and cultural critic Gary Lachman takes a close look at the various magical and esoteric ideas that are impacting political events across the globe. From New Thought and Chaos Magick to the far-right esotericism of Julius Evola and the Traditionalists, Lachman follows a trail of mystic clues that involve, among others, Norman Vincent Peale, domineering gurus and demagogues, Ayn Rand, Pepe the Frog, Rene Schwaller de Lubicz, synarchy, the Alt-Right, meme magic, and Vladimir Putin and his postmodern Rasputin. Come take a drop down the rabbit hole of occult politics in the twenty-first century and find out the post-truths and alternative facts surrounding the 45th President of the United States with one of the leading writers on esotericism and its influence on modern culture.
The misfit crew of HMSS Daring are on a covert mission to dismantle a sprawling pirate network threatening the empire in this enthralling second Blackwood & Virtue novel--a thrilling, action-packed blend of the military sea adventures of Patrick O'Brian's Master and Commander series with Jim Butcher's sci fi Cinder Spires novels. Exuberant after scoring a major victory against enemy pirates, the star sailing ship HMSS Daring eagerly embarks on its new mission. Until the pirate network is dismantled and its mysterious leader Dark Star brought to justice, the safety of the empire remains in jeopardy. Supported by the ship's misfit crew, Subcommander Liam Blackwood and Quartermaster Amelia Virtue go undercover, following leads that take them deep into the pirate network. Yet the closer they get to its center and the elusive Dark Star, the clearer it becomes that all is not what it seems. Pirates aren't the only danger the duo face. Empowered by imperial decree, an old enemy is murdering noble families and taking their property--an enemy that has a personal grudge against Daring and her crew. And now he is on his way across the galaxy to exact revenge. Caught between ruthless pirates, a vengeful enemy, and their own increasingly intense feelings, Liam and Amelia must use all their cunning, charm, and daring to get out this alive.
Young half-Elven Saljanon discovers that his father was murdered on his way home from work and his mother replaced by a shape-shifter. His mother, a princess of the Elven kingdom of Esmendrill, is being held by the hated Dark God Parklathvar in his stronghold of Teufelschloss. Thus begins Saljanon's quest to rescue his mother against terrifying odds and the awesome powers of the Dark God. Along the way, he assembles a band of brave young men and an aging old warrior, who pit their skills and strength against shape-shifters, Troll warriors, zombie soldiers, and Saljanon's own long-lost sister!
From playing a rogue agent in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, to taking on the role of villainous Bane in Batman: The Dark Knight Rises, Tom Hardy is well on the way to becoming the finest actor of his generation. His raw talent, edginess and ability to utterly inhabit the characters he plays have already prompted comparisons to screen legends such as Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro. With a host of critically acclaimed performances under his belt and the bright lights of Hollywood beckoning , Tom's star is undoubtedly in the ascendant. Born into an idyllic, middle-class life in the suburbs, by his teenage years Tom had grown restless and started to rebel. Bad behaviour in the form of alcoholism, drug-taking and criminal activity ensued and after a brief stint working as a model, fate intervened and he found his way onto an acting course at his local college. Having been plucked from drama school to appear in Band of Brothers, by 2003, his addictions had got the better of him and he collapsed in Soho following a drugs binge. Rehabilitation followed, as did a rare second chance at hitting the big time. It was Hardy's standout performance as Stuart Shorter in BBC TV's Stuart: A Life Backwards and as Britain's most notorious prisoner in the film Bronson, which really made audiences and critics sit up and take notice. Since then, he has earned himself a reputation as a shape-shifting actor with the skill to slip effortlessly in and out of contrasting characters such as Eames in blockbusters Inception and Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights. This affectionate and in-depth biography reveals the actor and the life that has shaped him into the star he has become. It explores his wayward youth, his drama school years, his burnout and his complex route to eventual success. With a host of major films on the horizon in 2012 and beyond, his is clearly Hollywood's hottest property - and the best is yet to come.
Darkstar Rising By Susan K. Hamilton Live by the sword. Die by the sword. Youngest daughter of the ruling house of Illauren, Princess Kiara - the Darkstar - has worked tirelessly to undermine the rule of the Pretender-Queen, Ushan, and restore her brother to his rightful place on the throne. Now the time has come, and Darkstar is riding out to bring the people of Illauren to her brothers side. But an accident changes her plans. Darkstar suddenly discovers secrets about herself that have been hidden since childhood. Secrets that will transform her from an "ordinary" princess into one of the most powerful women on the continent. And with that power comes choices. Choices that may change the course of history itself. Choices that could destroy everyone and everything Darkstar is fighting to protect
DARK STAR RISING is a stunning occult thriller of horror and diabolism and of darkness and light. The innocent, blonde, and beautiful Diana leJeune is completely unaware of her unique destiny. For the past five-hundred years, the forces of evil have been engaged in a ruthless breeding program to create a woman who can breed with Satan and give birth to the Antichrist, thereby ushering in a new, Satanic world order. Diana is the result of this diabolical program. After her adoptive parents die in a freak motor vehicle accident, Diana's life begins to change. Only slowly does she begin to realize the sinister and diabolical purpose for which she has been created, guided, and groomed. Can Diana discover the mystery of her birth, and defeat and foil the diabolical plans for her and her offspring? Will she hold onto the God-ordained light within her heart, or succumb to the ineffable darkness all around her? Mankind's fate will rest on her decision.
The book of Revelation speaks of strange beasts and strange wonders, including strange fire falling from heaven in the last days. In a world where faith in the Bible is seen as foolishness and seeing is justification for believing, many, including Christians, are ripe for Satan's grand end-time deceptions--false signs and wonders--that will lead the world to destruction. Dark Morning Star Rising reveals principles for understanding the Bible's end-time predictions and examines where we are in earth's history as it relates to Bible prophecy. On a deeper level, it looks at two distinctive faiths that are poised to play influential and opposing roles on the world stage in the last days. Both claim to have an Elijah-like mission and message to the world, yet the contrast between the two should leave no doubt as to which is God's prophetic messenger and which is Satan's counterfeit.
After completing the mysterious test to become a Grand Magi with her shandar, Jerdone, Zandreena was looking forward to peaceful years of studying to perfect her magic. But fate and a prophecy of old made her leave her home and led her to an adventure and eventful encounter with the fearless Ash’len, the spiritual Danica, and the proud thief Ren, all of whom would play a role in her journey to finding the Orb of the Magi. This immense duty placed in the hands of this young Grand Magi was not welcomed by everyone, and she had to protect not only her life and her friends’ but also her very mission to locate the orb. With the land stripped of its grandeur and serenity due to wars and dark magic, these young men and women must stay together, fight for their lives, and believe that fate would direct them to saving mankind.