Douglas Preston’s new book entitled “Brimstone” just came out this month. It is an adventure/thriller novel about a series of strange murders that appear to have been done by the devil. FBI agent Pendergast and police officer D’Agosta must solve these seemingly supernatural crimes. The smell of “brimstone” is left behind at each crime scene, and Douglas Preston includes something in this book never included in any other nationally published novel: a description of the sulfur ball evidence found in the Dead Sea area in his passages about Sodom and Gomorrah!
I have corresponded with the author for a number of years in hopes that he would someday write about Ron Wyatt’s discoveries. Douglas Preston is very interested in archaeology and has worked for the American Museum of Natural History, He has published certain archaeological articles in major national magazines, such as an article about the extremely odd and interesting Money Pit on Oak Island, Nova Scotia for the SMITHSONIAN magazine (June 1988), and an article about the ruins of Angkor in Cambodia in the August 2000 issue of NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC. Preston’s 1995 book RELIC was made into a major motion picture in 1997.
In “Brimstone” on page 167 (emphasis mine): “As it says in Genesis, there were not fifty, not twenty, not even ten righteous men to be found in Sodom. And so the cities were destroyed from above, by ‘brimstone and fire . . . the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace.’ Again, archaeological excavations in the Dead Sea area confirm the biblical story to an amazing degree. . . . The Dead Sea is now a parched wasteland. Fish cannot live in it: the water is many times saltier than the ocean. Almost nothing grows on its edges, and what does is glazed and caked with salt. but if you walk across the dead plains near Tell es-Saidiyeh, where many scholars now place Sodom, you’ll find a vast number of balls of pure, elemental sulfur riddling the salt surface. This sulfur is not rhombic, as found in naturally occurring geothermic areas. Rather, it is monoclinic: white, exceptionally pure, exposed to very high temperatures for long periods of time. Geologists have found no other pockets of such naturally occurring sulfur anywhere else on earth. Yet they are found in riotous abundance on the ruins of these two cities. What destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah was not some normal geological process. It remains a mystery to this day.”
I have presented Douglas Preston with the books and videos that feature Ron Wyatt’s archaeological discoveries and updated him on the latest developments, which he says he finds very interesting. I asked if he might write an article about the discoveries for one of those prestigious national magazines, but he replied that he has been out of touch with those magazines, and much of his time is going to be taken up by a new 2-book contract — but that he will definitely keep our material in mind.
You can read about the new novel “Brimstone” on the Douglas Preston/Lincoln Child website, www.prestonchild.com (several of his novels have been co-authored with Lincoln Child). And if you go to their discussion forum you can see the thread that I started about “The REAL sulfur balls at Sodom & Gomorrah!”
[Jim Pinkoski (www.pinkoski.com) is a freelance artist who was a personal friend of Ron Wyatt and the curator of his first museum.]