Do our dreams speak to us? Are they a reflection of our subconscious or something deeper? In Paul Fitzgerald’s case, dreams are portals into the depths of family history and dormant secrets. His dreams and those of his wife and daughter speak volumes. Their somnolent journeys raise questions needing answers. Paul and wife Elizabeth delve deep in their research to decode esoteric meanings. In “The Valediction: Resurrection”, the reader will be the passenger on a tour of the past going back to the Middle Ages.
In their previous and intriguing installment, “Valediction: Three Nights of Desmond”, Paul and Elizabeth reported on the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and how all was not what it seemed during that period. Hints of what was to come in the current installment were teased, particularly the lineage between Paul and JFK’s family. The research into Paul’s forebears yields clues to a powerful empire that was conspired against and overthrown. The surviving bloodlines are targeted, even the possibility of the assassination of John F. Kennedy in November 1963. While combing over his own past, Paul is called back into write about Afghanistan. The seemingly disparate subjects share commonality with sinister forces who pop up throughout history manipulating others to the achievement of their own ends. How does “Team B” of the CIA Soviet threat analysis connect to the Arthurian legends? Do we march towards fate through random events or has a course been marked going back centuries?
“The Valediction: Resurrection” is a one of a kind book that will stick with the reader long after the book has been placed back on the bookshelf. The past is never easy to reconcile, and in Paul Fitzgerald’s case, he went back centuries in an attempt to do so. I was not only intrigued with the author’s quest for knowledge and truth, but also every stop along the way. Fitzgerald and Gould produce a book that possesses the qualities of a blockbuster movie while appealing to the history lover, conspiracy researcher, genealogist, etc..