Jun 25th, 2008 by Stephen
We watched the Book Of Secrets a couple of weeks ago. OK action. However, the bad guy was a graduate of VMI and a descendant of a Confederate veteran. The main character had a Gr-gr-grandfather who fought on the *right* side and possibly saved America by keeping treasure from the Knights of the Golden Circle, or KGC. Oh, and did I mention that the main character also didn’t like guns?
The Knights of the Golden Circle actually did exist. Thier goal was to stash money and guns in different places, throughout America, in order to help the South rise again. Although I don’t agree with the heavily ritualistic-masonic aspects of this organization, I think the trans-generational aspect is fascinating. One of the duties of a KGC member was to guard local stashes of valuables. As a particular guard got older he would pass the duty on to his son. It was a highly secretive organization and the methods of encryption they used I have found very interesting.
Bob Brewer was raised in Arkansas but his uncle died before Bob gained the instruction needed to become the next sentinel. The book Shadow of the Sentinel is his story of the Confederate gold that was to be used in the next War for Independence. It’s a great book, other than the fact it does contain a couple of “bad words”.