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Plants talk to eachother…

 

Scientists Confirm that Plants Talk and Listen To Each Other, Communication Crucial for Survival

When a South African botanist Lyall Watson claimed in 1973 that plants had emotions that could be recorded on a lie detector test, he was dismissed by many in the scientific community.

 

Source: http://www.medicaldaily.com/articles/10247/20120611/plants-communication-survival.htm#qVVPCmxkAtOvkCGm.99

By Christine Hsu | Jun 11, 2012 02:21 PM EDT

When a South African botanist Lyall Watson claimed in 1973 that plants had emotions that could be recorded on a lie detector test, he was dismissed by many in the scientific community.

However, new research, published in the  journal Trends in Plant Science, has revealed that plants not only respond to sound, but they also communicate to each other by making “clicking” sounds.

Using powerful loudspeakers, researchers at The University of Western Australia were able to hear clicking sounds coming from the roots of corn saplings.

Researchers at Bristol University also found that when they suspended the young roots in water and played a continuous noise at 220Hz, a similar frequency to the plant clicks, they found that the plants grew towards the source of the sound.

“Everyone knows that plants react to light, and scientists also know that plants use volatile chemicals to communicate with each other, for instance, when danger – such as a herbivore – approaches,” Dr. Gagliano said in a university news release.

“I was working one day in my herb garden and started to wonder if maybe plants were also sensitive to sounds – why not? – so I decided as a scientist to find out.”

While it has been long known that plants grow towards light, previous research from Exeter University found cabbage plants emitted methyl jasmonate gas when their surfaces are cut or pierced to warn its neighbors of danger such as caterpillars or garden shears.

Researchers from the earlier study also found that the when the volatile gas was emitted, the nearly cabbage plants appeared to receive the urgent message that and protected themselves by producing toxic chemicals on their leaves to fend off predators like caterpillars.

However, new research, published in the journal Trends in Plant Science, has revealed that plants not only respond to sound, but they also communicate to each other by making “clicking” sounds.

Scientists suspect that sound and vibration may play an essential role in the survival of plants by giving them information about the environment around them.

Researchers said sounds waves are easily transmissible through soil, and could be used to pick up threats like drought from their neighbors further away.

Gagliano said that the latest findings shows that the role of sound in plants has yet to be fully explored, “leaving serious gaps our current understanding of the sensory and communicatory complexity of these organisms”.

In addition to other forms of sensory response, “it is very likely that some form of sensitivity to sound and vibrations also plays an important role in the life of plants,” she added.

Ancient Knowledge: Sacred Geometry, Sound, Magnetics & the Universe

An interesting series of youtube videos, which propose that sound and unseen forces are what hold the universe together. We don’t know who made these, but thought they had some good information so sharing them here. According to the person who compiled them:

Solving ancient mysteries Part 1. “The Ancients” knew much more than given credit for regarding Life, The Universe, Astronomy, Advanced Mathematics, Magnetism, Healing, Unseen Forces etc.
Encoded knowledge is information that is conveyed in signs and symbols and we can find this knowledge all over the world. All these ancient sightings and geometric patterns (Sacred Geometry) symbolise unseen forces at work. We are being lied to by the media. Modern archaeologists don’t know what they’re talking about. “The Ancients” were not stupid or primitive. We just failed to de-code this knowledge conveyed in signs, symbols and ancient artwork. This kind of information is kept hidden from the public.

Scientists dont know what holds the universe together, the answer is sound and unseen forces. Matter is governed by sound frequencies. There is much more to life than we can perceive with our 5 senses. The question then becomes “who or what governs unseen forces?” What is behind the symmetry throughout nature? (Golden Ratio, Phi, Fibonacci Sequence etc.) It simply cant be just coincidence, in my opinion there is an intelligent mind / consciousness behind all this that keeps it all together.

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Ancient Knowledge Pt.1 Consciousness, Sacred Geometry, Cymatics, Illusion of Reality

Ancient Knowledge Pt.2 Fibonacci Sequence, Golden Ratio, Phi in Nature, DNA, Fingerprint of God

Ancient Knowledge Pt.3 Pyramids, Monuments & Megaliths, Ley Lines (Earth’s Energy Grid)

Ancient Knowledge Pt.4 The Real Secret Of How The Pyramids Were Built & Coral Castle

Ancient Knowledge Pt.4.5 Scientific & Historical Misconceptions, Suppression & Manipulation of Info

Ancient Knowledge Pt.5 – Teaser / Coral Castle, Magnetic Forces, Sacred Sciences, Anti-Gravity

For more information go to the youtube channel: The Truth shall set you free

More on Gobekli Tepe

This extract is from an article in Archaeology, A publication of the Archaeological Institute of America  Abstract Volume 61 Number 6, November/December 2008 by Sandra Scham ARCHAEOLOGY’s Washington, D.C., correspondent and a fellow at the American Association for the Advancement of Science

[image] It is likely the megaliths at the Neolithic site of Göbekli Tepe in Turkey once supported roofs. Archaeologists have found floors constructed of burnt lime and clay within the stone circles–the earliest such floors ever discovered. (Haldun Aydingün)

Göbekli Tepe’s circles range from 30 to 100 feet in diameter and are surrounded by rectangular stone walls about six feet high. Many of the pillars are carved with elaborate animal figure reliefs. In addition to bulls, foxes, and cranes, representations of lions, ducks, scorpions, ants, spiders, and snakes appear on the pillars. Freestanding sculptures depicting the animals have also been found within the circles. During the most recent excavation season, archaeologists uncovered a statue of a human and sculptures of a vulture’s head and a boar.

As we walk around the recently excavated pillars, the site seems at once familiar and exotic. I have seen stone circles before, but none like these.

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Left to right: T-shaped pillars at Göbekli Tepe depict two boars accompanied by ostrich-like birds, a crocodile-like creature, and vultures flying above a scorpion. (Haldun Aydingün)

Excavations have revealed that Göbekli Tepe was constructed in two stages. The oldest structures belong to what archaeologists call the early Pre-Pottery Neolithic A period, which ended around 9000 B.C. Strangely enough, the later remains, which date to the Pre-Pottery Neolithic B period, or about 8000 B.C., are less elaborate. The earliest levels contain most of the T-shaped pillars and animal sculptures.

Archaeologist Klaus Schmidt downplays extravagant spiritual interpretations of Göbekli Tepe, such as the idea, made popular in the press, that the site is the inspiration for the Biblical Garden of Eden. But he does agree that it was a sanctuary of profound significance in the Neolithic world. He sees it as a key site in understanding the transition from hunting and gathering to agriculture, and from tribal to regional religion.

Schmidt and his colleagues estimate that at least 500 people were required to hew the 10- to 50-ton stone pillars from local quarries, move them from as far as a quarter-mile away, and erect them. How did Stone Age people achieve the level of organization necessary to do this? Hauptmann speculates that an elite class of religious leaders supervised the work and later controlled the rituals that took place at the site. If so, this would be the oldest known evidence for a priestly caste–much earlier than when social distinctions became evident at other Near Eastern sites.

Read more on the Archaeology website here.

Another interesting viewpoint is presented by Nassim Haramein of the Resonance Project. He writes:

In 1994, a shepherd in Turkey discovered what may be one of the most important archeological sites to confirm the hypothesis of historic events in humanity’s evolution presented in the DVD set, “Crossing the Event Horizon.” There I discuss the concept that an advanced civilization was present on our planet prior to our written history and described in many different cultures as the Sun Gods coming from the stars, of which other evidence is found as well on previous posts in this blog. What this Turkish Bedouin found, and that was later excavated and investigated by a German archaeologist, Klaus Schmidt, is an 11,000 to 13,000 year-old elaborate structure from which only the supporting pillars remain. This makes the Gobekli Tepe site the oldest organized structured site ever discovered, pre-dating Stonehenge by approximately 6,000 years. It is important to understand that these dates refer to the end of the Stone Age period, where humans were barely out of caves and still only achieved very rudimentary tools and capacities. This period is commonly referred to as well as the hunter-gatherer period. Yet, this site shows a high level of sophistication complete with a floor and stone pillars, an average of 7-10 tons each and in some cases up to 50 tons, which have been moved from a local quarry at least ¼ mile away. Further, these remaining pillars, which only a few have been uncovered to date, are dressed with very intricate etchings and carvings including obvious written symbolic language which has yet to be deciphered and which predates the archeological model of the first writing by thousands of years.

Archeologists, in a rare occurrence of agreement, seem to all concur that the site is of great importance. However, there are many disagreements on how it came to be. Some try to associate the monuments with the hunter-gatherer population that seems to have been present at the time. Others attempt to rewrite archeological theories and hypothesize that humans settled in sedentary community structures much earlier than previously believed. In both cases, archeologists agree that it would have taken hundreds and hundreds of workers to accomplish such a task, and it is clear to me that the complexity, the technological means to move such large stones and the sophistication necessary to do the job was certainly not there in the human communities at the time, whether or not they were hunters or gatherers, or farmers. Furthermore, interestingly, this site is in the appropriate geographic region to be associated with what is described in the Judeo-Christian tradition as the Garden of Eden. From my research point of view, the Garden of Eden as described in the texts of the Bible is one of many traditions’ description of this early advanced civilization that seemed to have left its mark in our evolution all around the world in various structures and manuscripts, from the Egyptian tradition and Vedic texts to Mayan and Inca codices. I am excited about this archeological site and I look forward to further discoveries, as most of the monuments still lie under the sand, and maybe tombs will be found furthering our understanding of this evolution.

To read more about Nassim and his work visit his site at theresonanceproject.org.

Hidden History of the Human Race

Here’s an interesting presentation by Klaus Dona. Dona is an artefact researcher from Austria. Though initially involved in mainstream research, during the course of his work, he came across archaeological findings that were hard to explain and this led him to put together an exhibition of little known and under reported inexplicable objects.

The slide show here from a Project Camelot interview is very interesting as it shows that many of the objects have an extra layer that we can’t see, namely they light up under a blacklight, meaning that they were created with materials which emit UV light. This is extremely interesting as it implies that the creators of such works must have had a capacity to see in the UV spectrum or else why create pieces which shine in such wavelengths?

Birds and many insects see in the UV spectrum, so this ability is not unusual. It just that it is not particularly common to modern day humans. As most of these items come from a time period of approx 10,000 years ago, they shed a very different light (no pun intended!) on who might have been living on Earth at that time.

Enjoy!

For more on Klaus Dona:

www.klausdonachronicles.com  and www.unsolved-mysteries.info

Update on Gobekli Tepe – Ancient Aliens series

 

If ancient aliens visited Earth, can evidence of their existence be found in the mysterious structures that still stand throughout the world? Inexplicably, megalithic structures found on different continents are strikingly similar, and the cutting and moving of the massive stones used to build these magnificent feats would be a struggle for modern day machinery, let alone ancient man. Ancient astronaut theorists suggest that the standing stones in Carnac, France were used as an ancient GPS system for ancient flying machines. The recently discovered Gobekli Tepe in Turkey, which has been dated back 12,000 years, has finely chiseled pillars that experts describe as a Noah’s Ark in stone. Is it possible that extraterrestrials assisted primitive man in constructing these unexplained structures? If so, what was the purpose of these grand projects?

Source and to find out more see http://www.history.com/shows/ancient-aliens/episodes/season-2#slide-6

News from the world of nature

Some interesting finds are reported here by our roving reporter, Max the Reptile, who keeps an eye on developments in the world of nature and discovery for the Noetic Digest…

Saber-Toothed Squirrel Lived Near Dinosaurs

Source: Discovery News

Northern Patagonia was once home to a squirrel-like mammal with extremely long canine teeth, a petite 4 to 6-inch-long body, a narrow muzzle and a rounded skull, according to a paper in the latest issue of Nature.

You won’t see this critter stealing birdfood in your garden because it lived more than 100 million years ago when dinosaurs were still thriving. As you can see from the above image, dinos must have been no strangers to this saber-toothed animal that might have spent its days darting around columnar dino legs.

The discovery breaks a prior gap of about 60 million years in the fossil record for South American mammals.

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‘Shieldcroc’ May Be Father of All Crocodiles

Source: Discovery News

An enormous prehistoric crocodile-like creature called “Shieldcroc,” so named because of a shield-like bony plate on its head, could be the last common ancestor of animals related to crocodiles and alligators.

Shieldcroc lived during the Late Cretaceous approximately 93 to 99 million years ago. Its skull was discovered in continental freshwater deposits from what is now Morocco, and researchers think that modern crocs may have first evolved near the Mediterranean Sea.

But Shieldcroc then and now is capturing greater interest due to its hard-to-miss “shield,” a raised mound of tissue packed with blood vessels and likely covered by a thick sheath, similar to what is seen in the frill of horned dinosaurs. It might have helped to regulate body temperature, but probably served a flashier purpose.

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Wither the Wolf, Behold the Coywolf

Source: Discovery News

Wolf pups howling. Credit: Monty Sloan. Wolf Park, Battle Ground, Ind.)

According to werewolf legends, some humans can suddenly “shapeshift” or transform into wolves. But in real life, wolves are disappearing in large numbers and being replaced by coywolves. These coyote-wolf hybrids are now common in parts of the U.S.

A new study in the Journal of Mammalogy proves that such interbreeding is taking place. Lead author Christine Bozarth of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and her colleagues collected coyote scat (aka poop) and conducted DNA studies on it. The DNA revealed that coyotes moving into Northern Virginia stopped along their route to breed with native Great Lakes wolves.

People are to blame for the coyotes moving in the first place, since the changes inflicted on North American ecosystems over the past 150 years, due to hunting, habitat encroachment, pollution and other causes, have pushed coyotes out of their native homelands of the plains and southwestern deserts. Now coyotes are on the move and seeking other places to live.

The poop trail left behind by the animals reveals that coyotes have been migrating eastward along two main routes — one through the South and another through the northern U.S. The new DNA information shows that Virginian coyotes are most closely related to coyote populations in western New York and Pennsylvania.

While trekking northward, they eventually encountered the Great Lakes wolves and interbred before converging again on the East Coast. They then gradually headed south along the Appalachian Mountains toward what is considered the Mid-Atlantic region, to an area centered around Virginia.

“The Mid-Atlantic region is a particularly interesting place because it appears to mark a convergence in northern and southern waves of coyote expansion,” Bozarth was quoted as saying in a press release. “I like to call it the Mid-Atlantic melting pot.”

Hybridization between canid species is thought to be rare, but as this latest study proves, it can occur. Hybridization may happen when individuals have trouble finding mates from their own species.

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NASA Study of Clay Minerals Suggests Watery Martian Underground

Mars

A new NASA study suggests if life ever existed on Mars, the longest lasting habitats were most likely below the Red Planet’s surface.

A new interpretation of years of mineral-mapping data, from more than 350 sites on Mars examined by European and NASA orbiters, suggests Martian environments with abundant liquid water on the surface existed only during short episodes. These episodes occurred toward the end of hundreds of millions of years during which warm water interacted with subsurface rocks.

This has implications about whether life existed on Mars and how its atmosphere has changed.

“The types of clay minerals that formed in the shallow subsurface are all over Mars,” said John Mustard, professor at Brown University in Providence, R.I. Mustard is a co-author of the study in the journal Nature. “The types that formed on the surface are found at very limited locations and are quite rare.”

Discovery of clay minerals on Mars in 2005 indicated the planet once hosted warm, wet conditions. If those conditions existed on the surface for a long era, the planet would have needed a much thicker atmosphere than it has now to keep the water from evaporating or freezing.

Researchers have sought evidence of processes that could cause a thick atmosphere to be lost over time. This new study supports an alternative hypothesis that persistent warm water was confined to the subsurface and many erosional features were carved during brief periods when liquid water was stable at the surface.

“If surface habitats were short-term, that doesn’t mean we should be glum about prospects for life on Mars, but it says something about what type of environment we might want to look in,” said the report’s lead author, Bethany Ehlmann, assistant professor at the California Institute of Technology and scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. “The most stable Mars habitats over long durations appear to have been in the subsurface. On Earth, underground geothermal environments have active ecosystems.”

The discovery of clay minerals by the OMEGA spectrometer on the European Space Agency’s Mars Express orbiter added to earlier evidence of liquid Martian water. Clays form from the interaction of water with rock. Different types of clay minerals result from different types of wet conditions.

During the past five years, researchers used OMEGA and NASA’s Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer, or CRISM, instrument on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter to identify clay minerals at thousands of locations on Mars. Clay minerals that form where the ratio of water interacting with rock is small generally retain the same chemical elements as the original volcanic rocks later altered by the water.

The study interprets this to be the case for most terrains on Mars with iron and magnesium clays. In contrast, surface environments with higher ratios of water to rock can alter rocks further. Soluble elements are carried off by water, and different aluminum-rich clays form.

Another clue is detection of a mineral called prehnite. It forms at temperatures above about 400 degrees Fahrenheit (about 200 degrees Celsius). These temperatures are typical of underground hydrothermal environments rather than surface waters.

“Our interpretation is a shift from thinking that the warm, wet environment was mostly at the surface to thinking it was mostly in the subsurface, with limited exceptions,” said Scott Murchie of Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md., a co-author of the report and principal investigator for CRISM.

One of the exceptions may be Gale Crater, the site targeted by NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission. Launching this year, the Curiosity rover will land and investigate layers that contain clay and sulfate minerals.

NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission, or MAVEN, in development for a 2013 launch, may provide evidence for or against this new interpretation of the Red Planet’s environmental history. The report predicts MAVEN findings consistent with the atmosphere not having been thick enough to provide warm, wet surface conditions for a prolonged period.

JPL manages the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. APL provided and operates CRISM. For more information about the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, visit:

Source: www.nasa.gov

The Annunaki: Sentient Dinosaurs?

CryptoHunter John Rhodes has an interesting hypothesis about the reptilian beings that are so much a part of Earth’s mythical history.

He believes that “the beings that humanity has been calling “E.T.’s”  or “Aliens” are (in many cases) sightings of sentient Reptilian-Humanoid “Reptoid” beings that are native to Earth, or fellow “Terrans”

The Terrestrial Reptoid Hypothesis further contends that the ancestors of the reptoids (and possibly other life forms) retreated into underground caverns during environmental cataclysms long ago and there they continued to thrive and evolve into the sentient beings they appear to be today.

Their descendants, according to the hypothesis, have science and military representatives that are secretly interacting with human subjects, both civilian and military.

They appear to be currently living in three areas:

1)  Under Earth’s Surface, in Cavern-Cities (and villages) in remote (and sometimes local) geological locations (such as state parks and wilderness areas) – Both U.S. and Foreign.

2)  Off World

3)  In alternate vibrational states of reality (other dimensions).”    Source

Rhodes is interviewed in the clip below from a series on Reptoid Creatures produced by the Animal X – Natural Mystery Unit.  The second clip offers a viewpoint from another Cryptozoologist who disagrees with Rhodes theories.

However Rhodes does make some interesting points. We don’t know for sure that dinosaurs did not evolve to become sentient beings capable of inventing technology, space travel and more. Just because we haven’t found any fossils is not a strong enough case against his theory.  Perhaps they had already evolved and fled the planet just before the extinction event occurred?

That they could become very intelligent is evidenced in the only known relatives of the dinosaurs that we see around us today. Namely birds! Most researchers now support the view that birds are a group of theropod dinosaurs that evolved during the Mesozoic Era.  And birds are capable of extreme feats of intelligence (see the clips below). Interestingly birds are also the only species that is capable of speech.

So is it possible that the Annunaki tales of old are not myth but describe an ancestor dinosaur race who left the planet but then returned to mine for gold? It would explain why in the myths they are territorial about the planet and act very much as if they have a right to it. That would be a logical argument for them to make if they were here first. In their view they were just coming home to visit.

It would also make sense of the strange Sumerian tales of genetic manipulation and the breeding program they supposedly undertook to create the worker humans.  As both the mammals and the dinosaurs originated on Earth, then the basic DNA of both came from the same source. That would explain why the genetic manipulation worked (according to their stories) as a completely alien species would surely have few similarities with humans and thus would make any genetic intermingling very difficult.

So, if indeed a hypothesis such as this were found to be true, a humanoid dinosaur may not be as unlike us as we want to believe!  Perhaps we should pay closer attention to our feathered friends, the birds, to get a sense of what a Reptoid personality may be like. Check out the clips below Animal X to see some clever birds in action..

And check out this story in the UK Daily Mail:

Welcome to our new lizard overlords: Study suggests alien worlds could be full of super-intelligent dinosaurs

  • Life-forms based on different amino acids could be intelligent dinosaurs
  • Mammals only triumphed on Earth due to ‘accident’ of asteroid
  • ‘We would be better off not meeting them,’ says American scientist
Read full article here.

You can watch all five parts on you tube or for more information on Animal x go to www.animalx.net

The Georgia Guidestones

On March 22, 1980, an unusual monument was erected in Elbert County, Georgia, USA by a group of Americans who wished to remain anonymous.

The monument is huge and is engraved with ten guidelines in eight different languages – namely, English, Hindi, Hebrew, Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Swahili and Spanish. The ten guidelines are as follows:

  1. Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.
  2. Guide reproduction wisely – improving fitness and diversity.
  3. Unite humanity with a living new language.
  4. Rule passion – faith – tradition – and all things with tempered reason.
  5. Protect people and nations with fair laws and just courts.
  6. Let all nations rule internally resolving external disputes in a world court.
  7. Avoid petty laws and useless officials.
  8. Balance personal rights with social duties.
  9. Prize truth – beauty – love – seeking harmony with the infinite.
  10. Be not a cancer on the earth – Leave room for nature – Leave room for nature.

The wikipedia information on the Guidestones gives a good overview on the history and background of this monument.  While a recent article on vigilantcitizen.com provides a wealth of new information on the thinking of those who erected this monument, based on the guide notes they left as part of the guidebook to the site, The Georgia Guidestone Guidebook.

We flagged this one as it’s always interesting to come across a modern day mystery. And their ten “commandments” certainly spark debate as the principles have a logical rationale, but who should implement such rules and how? That is the question…

So check out what vigilantcitizen.com has to say, as really he covers all there is to be known about this monument to date.

Lord of the Rings, Dan Brown and The X-Files all rolled into one. Superb!

One of our associates has written a superb novel about the world of hidden government, conspiracy and intrigue. Like Lord of the Rings, it is written for older children and adults alike. It’s available from Amazon.co.uk: Tilly Greenway – Book One Watchers by Essi Tolling and from Amazon.com.

Here’s the full info:

When dreams come true and myths are real, anything can happen…and it certainly does in this tale of magic, mystery and dark intrigue….


What would happen if you blended The X-files with Lord of the Rings, added a pinch of Eragon and a few drops of Harry Potter? Most likely you’d get Watchers!

And, you might be forgiven for thinking that Watchers, the first book in the Tilly Greenway and the Secrets of the Ancient Keys series, is one of those classics that has been around forever and that somehow it’s only now you’re getting around to reading it. That’s the peculiar thing about this book: it just has a sort of presence, like it has always been there, whispering its secrets to you from the dim recesses of your book shelf.

Maybe that’s in part due to the nature of the story itself. Like the world we live in, there are many levels to this book and many parallel realities that flicker in and out of existence. Nothing is ever quite as it seems and there are wheels within wheels as the plot reveals its hidden secrets.

The rough story is as follows: The UK is straining under the pressure of the global war against terror. In the cities, school children live in fear of knife attacks and rampant pandemics. When a flood threatens to devastate London, twelve year old Tilly Greenway and her stepbrother Zack are evacuated to a creepy manor house in Wales.

Their lives are turned (even more) upside down when they find out that the world itself is controlled by a sinister organisation called ISIS who are in league with a group of shadowy alien entities. ISIS wants nothing less than to microchip the population with nano-brains that give them complete control over every human being on the planet. And they will stop at nothing to get their way.

Tilly and Zack soon discover that they have a big part to play in thwarting ISIS’s plan. They must decipher a series of ancient riddles in order to unlock the secret locations of the mysterious ME Keys, objects of power that were hidden by an Egyptian Princess more than three thousand years ago.

On their journey they come across the Guardians of the Earth, a secret society committed to keeping alive the secrets of long ago. The Guardians help Tilly and Zack to locate the last twelve dragons, who are buried beneath England’s hilltops. Then they must find and activate the first ME Key.

But ISIS and the calculating Director of Terror are hot on their heels. With their department of remote-viewers, they track the children’s every movement, setting up a nail-biting finale on the peak of Glastonbury Tor…

The great thing about this book is that it has all the pace and intrigue of a Dan Brown thriller, whilst at the same time giving the reader many moments of respite (and humour) in quiet scenes that take the reader into the heart and soul of the countryside.

Magical creatures appear from the mists of time. Sacred sites are brought to life in ways that make them relevant for the modern reader and the real beauty of the world becomes a vital presence in the book, giving the children a deeper understanding of what it is they are fighting for.

Rarely does a book live up to its billing, but Watchers really is the exception to the rule. And the great thing is that the landscape of Tilly Greenway is real. You can visit every location (well, except for the scary ones, maybe)!

If you like epic fantasy, magic and myth, suspense-filled thrillers, or X-Files-type conspiracy stories…this is the book for you!