Magicians of the Gods: The Forgotten Wisdom of Earth's Lost Civilization. By Graham Hancock.
Follow up book to Fingerprints of the Gods, which blew my mind. If you can handle parts of a book that are 20 pages of monotony to prove a very interesting point, I recommend it. Just starting this second book.
I read his book The Sign & The Seal about the Ark of the Covenant. I don't really get into the ancient aliens thing, I find it interesting just not my bag, but I did really get into the Templar Knights theories after reading Umberto Eco's thriller Foucault's Pendulum. That lead me to Holy Blood, Holy Grail, which was mesmerizing, and I started voraciously reading everything on them I could find for a while. This was waaay before the DaVinci Code exploded.Graham's quite a character! Read that one back in HS. I was fascinated. It piqued my interest in Egyptology in general, which I still enjoy. (I have The Eye of Horus tattooed on the top of my spine.) You're right in that some parts can be extremely dry, but the theme kept me going. However, it was more interesting before the Mayan Calendar ended...
I'm currently reading David Baldacci's Camel Club.
Sign & Seal was just okay, and didn't really lead me into reading any of his other works.