Book Excerpt from Zandernatis

June 11, 2014 at 4:49 pm Leave a comment


I’m hosting an excerpt from “Zandernatis” today, a fantasy / conspiracy theory / alternate history novel. Enjoy the excerpt!

Book Excerpt

An extract from the opening section, describing how the Haakon Urns were discovered under the Antarctic ice in 1962…

I – Discovery of the Haakon Urns

(original 1974 version)


Extract from the Vostok Traverse

Antarctic Expedition logbook


“5 February 1962 – 15h52

Once David had been safely brought out of the crevasse and made comfortable after falling through the ice, Clive and Nigel lowered me down to investigate the curious metallic-like objects he claimed to have seen further down in a niche carved out of the chasm wall.


“I stopped for a moment on the ledge that had broken his fall and pointed my flashlight down into the greenish, murky depths below. It was immediately obvious there was something very unusual down there, for the whole chasm was suddenly lit up by reflections of the flashlight beam from the smooth polished surfaces of several cylindrical shaped objects stacked in the niche David had described.


“I signalled to be lowered further and gradually made my way down the rocky chasm wall until at last I reached the niche, which must have been about 40 metres below the gash in the ice on the surface.

“Closer examination revealed the ‘cylinders’ were in fact large urn-like vessels standing about 1.8 metres high and almost 1 metre across at their widest point, tapering slightly at each end. Nearly all of them appeared to be sealed by heavy lids.


“I could now also see the polished surfaces, which did indeed appear to be made of some metallic substance, were decorated with geometric forms and also what appeared to be ideographic inscriptions.


“I instinctively felt this was the proof we had been looking for, although we never expected to find artefacts apparently in such a perfect state of preservation – or that were probably going to pose a great many more questions than they would answer!”

Phillip McFarrel


An expedition with a secret agenda

In 1962, an Australian-led expedition set out from Wilkes Station in Antarctica to reach the abandoned Russian base of Vostok, reputedly the coldest place on earth. The trip was one of Australia’s most historic traverses, an epic journey totalling almost 5,000 kilometres!

What has never yet been disclosed about this expedition is that after reaching Vostok, it pushed on towards the Queen Elisabeth Mountains, part of the Transantarctic Range. It finally reached a point on the King Haakon VII Plateau some 400 km from the South Pole, which had been identified as an area worthy of particular attention.

This part of their mission, carried out under a cloak of total secrecy, resulted from renewed interest in the icebound continent following discovery of coal and fossil deposits beneath the frozen wastes – implying this vast land had, at one time, supported a wide diversity of fauna and flora.   

About Zandernatis

ZANDERNATIS VOL 1 - 2500Title: Zandernatis – Where Legends Were Born

Author: Gordon Keirle-Smith

Genre: Fantasy, Alternate History, Conspiracy Theory

Facts stifled for 50 years revealed at last! In 1962 a cache of ancient urns was discovered in Antarctica dating back tens of thousands of years. They contained writings proving our ancestral myths are rooted in the history and culture of a pre-glacial utopian civilization…

 “Zandernatis” retells the most fascinating storycontained in these texts: “The Song of Gorin”, an epic poem describing what really led up to the “Fall of Man” in “Paradise”. Initially, it reads like a fable – only here it is backed by robust corroborative evidence and endorsements from researchers, the media and eminent experts, despite efforts from the establishment to block publication.

 Volume One of the trilogybreaks the silence, laying the foundations of this multi-faceted revelation, combining alternative history, conspiracy theory, allegorical fantasy, suppressed archaeology and insider analysis, all in a single work – whiledefining a whole new literary genre in theprocess…


Fabulous facts or fabulous fable…

Where do you draw the line?

Author Bio

GK portraitGordon Keirle-Smith’s current home is Nîmes, in the south of France. His preferred form of expression was always writing, particularly drama, although he has also lived several other “lives”. He was a successful visionary artist in the late 1960s (when his studio was located in a famous London West End theatre). He regularly exhibited – and sold – his work in a top Cork Street gallery.

He moved to France in the early 70s and decided to put all the paintings he would never have time to complete into a book. This became the first version of “Zandernatis” in 1974.

He then worked in tourism, headed a Paris language school’s team of 40 teachers, coached top advertising executives in communications skills, won the Toastmaster’s European Speechmaking Championship (twice), contributed articles to house magazines for market-leading companies (e.g. Oracle and GDF SUEZ) wrote advertising copy for major international brands (Air France, L’Oreal, Renault, Heineken, Delsey, etc.), founded and managed his own highly successful marketing transcreation agency…

All of this experience was then applied to reworking the original version of “Zandernatis” and developing its “meta-realist” aspect with the aim of creating a new kind of reading experience.



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