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Friday, June 1, 2012

The Last Degree by Dina Rae

The Last Degree by Dina Rae
Published By: Dip Publishing House
Release Date: December 20, 2011
Format: Paperback - 432 pages / Kindle - 558 KB
ISBN: 1937182053
Genre: Mystery - Suspense - Thriller / Conspiracy Theory / New World Order / Contemporary Fiction

About The Author:

Dina Rae is a new author here to stay. As a former teacher, she brings an academic element to her work. Her two novels, Halo of the Damned and The Last Degree, weave research and suspense throughout the plots. 

Dina lives with her husband, two daughters, and two dogs outside of Chicago. She is a Christian, an avid tennis player, movie bluff, and self-proclaimed expert on several conspiracy theories. When she is not writing, she is reading novels from her favorite authors: Dan Brown, Anne Rice, Brad Thor, Jim Marrs, Alex Jones, C.C. Finlay, and Preston & Childs.

BUY THE BOOK: The Last Degree

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review and for hosting a virtual book event on my book review blog site.

Virtual Book Event: On Friday, June 1, 2012, author Dina Rae participated in a virtual book event with an Author Guest Post on Jersey Girl Book Reviews.

Book Description: 

The Last Degree is a fictional account of how the New World Order plays out in modern day. Freemason Supreme Council members accelerate their plans for a one world government. Rory Schanck, the ultimate insider, sabotages the Supreme Council's progress. Once discovered, he's found dead in an alleyway. He leaves his sister a stolen fortune and book of ancient prophecy. Feeling threatened, she opts for underground living.

Chicago Detective Dan O'Leary almost solves the Schanck homicide, but is forced to resign. Instead of living in a quiet retirement, he begins a new career as a survivalist compound specialist. Like his clients, he prepares for a global takeover.

James Martin, an eccentric hermit, is reluctantly used as God's mouthpiece. He and his compound are trained by Dan to fight off New World Order.

The world is divided into ten regions. A shadow government emerges, dictating new laws and eradicating their opposition. 

Headlines such as the Norway massacre, the meltdown of the European Union, unscrupulous media, animal die-offs, Middle Eastern unrest, and the United States' shrinking power make the plot relevant to present day. This book is an ode to Birthers, 2012ers, Truthers, Tribulationists, and other conspiracy junkies who enjoy Dan Brown, Jesse Ventura, Brad Meltzer, Glenn Beck, Jerry Jenkins and Tim LaHaye.

Book Excerpt:

Larry Dedman's 2012 Presidential Speech in The Last Degree

Per the speech below, would you vote for him? Why or why not?

"I say what I mean and mean what I say. My words are neither eloquent nor sophisticated, just the simple ramblings of a novice politician. A couple of years ago I lost my job as an architect. I almost lost my home, cars, well everything. My wife and I were living the American dream. The only problem was that we couldn't afford it. Any of you have credit card debt? Late with your car payments or mortgage? Don't know how you are going to pay for your kid's tuition? And then you lose your job. A bad situation turns into a desperate one. I got lucky. My best friend and campaign manager, Roger, set me up with a job. Others of you don't know someone as great as he is. What do we all do when we don't have a job? Time to watch lots of TV, right? Don't you all feel good when you hear about the millions, billions, and even trillions pissed away by Washington? We’ve all heard how broke our government is, yet they continue to borrow money from certain countries so that they can give it away to other countries? They call that 'foreign aid.' Kinda like the town drunk buying the whole bar a round and then putting it on his never-ending tab with the bartender. Except our bartenders are China and Saudi Arabia, and soon they will want us to pay up …OR. Not sure what the OR is, but it won't be pretty. And I'm scared. Anyone here wh can't afford your medical bills? Yet people who are here illegally don't have to worry. They somehow qualify for Medicaid. Again, you turn on the TV and get mad. You hear about bailout programs for Wall Street, unethical banks, and businesses that get your tax dollar to save their skins. What about you, your family, neighbor, or friend having to go out of business? Do you get any kind of bailout plan? And what about the auto industry...”

My Book Review:

The Last Degree is an intriguing conspiracy theory novel filled with an intricate agenda by the Freemasons to gain control and dominate the world in order to create a one global government. The storyline focuses on the conspiracy of the Freemasons, and their attempt at a global takeover by any means necessary to attain their goal ... New World Order.

The author weaves a fascinating tale rich with descriptions of the secret societies and attention to detail backed with historical research and documentation. The characters are realistic and calculating, it makes one ponder about just how powerful and dangerous these people can really be if their plans were ever realized. As a person who generally doesn't read this type of novel, I have to admit that it made me sit up and wonder 'what if?' ... I'm sure that this is exactly what author Dina Rae had intended when she wrote this novel, and I think she's succeeded. I can only imagine the depth of research that went into this novel, this is a really intriguing story that will make people sit up and take notice. I think author Dina Rae has found herself a new home among the conspiracy theorist authors, kudos on a fascinating novel.

Conspiracy theory fans, this novel is right up your alley, so place this one on your reading list, you won't be disappointed!

RATING: 3 STARS *** (My Rating) / 4 STARS **** (Amazon Rating)


  1. Thanks so much for hosting me and reviewing my book! Much appreciated! Dina Rae

    1. Thank you for the opportunity to host your virtual book event and introducing me to a new genre (conspiracy theory) of books to look into. :)

  2. I haven't yet delved much into conspiracy theory novel...well, a couple of Dan Brown's...however, Dina's book sounds like a must read! It's a good thing the author loves research, as it sounds like a complex and intriguing plot. Going on my "to read" list :)

    1. Hi S.A.! Thank you for stopping by! This is the first conspiracy theory novel that I read, it peaked my interest enough to look into reading Dan Brown's and other conspiracy theorist authors' books. :)

  3. Thanks ladies! Glad to be here. Got The Last Degree on the shelf of a popular bookstore by my house today!