The Illuminati: inside joke – or hellish conspiracy? Were they harmless cranks? Or a hellish conspiracy of psychotic lost souls hidden for centuries, unleashing a weird evil on an unsuspecting, defenceless world? It was Saul Goodman's lousy luck to pick up the trail from some underground memos in a bombed-out office. It was the heavy case he always dreaded. So it was that one tired cop set out on a wild, bizarre quest for a secret society that spanned centuries, crossed continents, drugged generations – and stooped to any depth of degradation to self-destruct a whole world.. In the far-out vein of Vonnegut's humour and Castaneda's mind-games, here is Illuminatus – part 1 – the closest thing to a cosmic kaleidoscope between soft covers. Or a bone-freezing blueprint of disaster to come?
Robert Shea (1933–1994) was a novelist and former journalist best known as co-author with Robert Anton Wilson of the science fantasy trilogy Illuminatus!. It became a cult success and won the Prometheus Hall of Fame Award in 1986. Shea went on to write several action novels based in exotic historical settings.