What Wise Men Do: The Secret World of Conan Doyle, Bram Stoker, Jules Verne and the Unseen Hand by Philip Gardiner
reviewed by David Rankine for the Esoteric Book Review
This is a joy of a book to read! The author has chosen a group of significant magical figures and influential fiction writers and turned a spotlight onto the shadows of their worlds. The result is a veritable smorgasbord of fascinating facts, interesting speculations and unveiled purposes. I enjoyed the selection, which at first might seem mismatched, but all demonstrated diverse threads of inquisitive exploration through their work, which is set against the backdrop of the science and magic of their times.
The figures covered are the magician Paracelsus, Grand Master Pinto of the Knights of Malta, and the authors Arthur Conan Doyle, Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, Bram Stoker and Bob Kane (creator of Batman). The final two chapters discuss magic, the mind and god, and then the story of King Canute, and how he showed the wisdom of knowing where power lay and where it did not.
So if you want to find out about the connection between Jules Verne and Rosicrucianism, or H.G. Wells and the New World Order, or Batman and Dracula, this book is for you. It is extremely entertaining and enjoyable, with each chapter bringing its own insights and revelations, making it a thoroughly worthwhile read.