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Australia's Strangest Mysteries [Kindle Edition]

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Book Description

DRIVER FRANK CLEWER sparked panic in his rural hometown - when he
began to leave trails of scorchmarks and flames wherever he walked.
The Baffling Burning Man's brush with the impossible occurred in September 2005, and was chronicled by TV news crews and hundreds of witnesses. Astonished scientists at the University of New South Wales found that Frank was generating 30,000 volts of static electricity: a charge powerful enough to melt synthetic carpets.
But somehow he survived the mysterious ''ínner fire'' without the slightest lesion on his skin - the only visible evidence of the colossal voltage he'd carried being a charred hole in the knee of his jeans.
Many media outlets treated the Clewer case as a one-off event. But SHC [Spontaneous Human Combustion] has been inexplicably occurring for more than 2000 years,with one of the earliest recorded events dated 52 BC.
In this unique book, bestselling author and journalist John Pinkney describes the mysterious history of the' flames from heaven'' -a phenomenon which obsessed even Charles Dickens, who described it in his novel Bleak House.
Pinkney also presents a new selection of some of the most tantalizing cases he has investigated during a lifetime's research:
UNEXPLAINED DISAPPEARANCES, from the enigma of the vanishing heiress to the saga of the 'jinxed' ship, which disappeared with 130 people aboard. OUTBACK RIDDLES The desert aboriginals whose astonishing song saved trhe life of a dying woman 4000 kilometres away... the uncanny invasion of Lake Eyre...the monster that guarded an abandoned potato farm...the startling UFO íncursion in Queensland's Isla Gorge.
MYSTERIOUS DEATHS, including the fate of John Friedrich, 'the man who never was''...;the horror in Sydney's dunes...and the American divers'' diaries of death.
EERIE PHENOMENA Strange Case of the Shining Crosses...Magazine Foretells Death of JFK...Riddle of the Tiger that Rose from its Tomb...Lost, on a Road Without Shadows. And more.

These pages offer you intriguing insights into some of our planet's most perplexing mysteries.


* A Paranormal File *Thirst: An Inheritance of Evil * The Girl Who Touched Infinity [young adults novel] *The Key and the Fountain [children's novel]

Product Details

  • File Size: 1074 KB
  • Print Length: 254 pages
  • Publisher: john pinkney (May 12, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0987093541
  • ISBN-13: 978-0987093547
  • ASIN: B0050PK6MM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,929 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lot of fun! October 3, 2012
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I got this book on my Kindle and it was quite an entertaining read! I had NO idea that people in Australia had the same sort of UFO and other paranormal experiences as we do here in the USA - I guess I thought we here in the USA had a monopoly on weird. Pinkney has a smooth journalistic style and has his facts down - inasmuch as 'the facts' may be somewhat subjective. If you're looking for a review of all that's weird in the Land Down Under, I would recommend this author!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Australia's strangest March 24, 2013
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I love strange mystery books and this one is really good although I had heard of a few of these before the majority were new to me. I look forward to reading more by this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great December 1, 2012
By G. cone
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Very good stories, well written with not a lot of filler, a good book for the price also see his other book #2.
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5.0 out of 5 stars nice book September 5, 2012
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i love this type of storybook wish i new more books with the same genre ahows that strange things do happen yet and are not just coincidence
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Aussie book March 19, 2012
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An excellant read with some stories that makes you wonder " who really is out there". The type of book that you have to finish each chapter before closeing the book.Australia's Strangest Mysteries
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW May 23, 2013
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Great book chock full of Australian mysteries. Im in South Australia and there are plenty of stories relating to my area. Spooky, eye opening and intriguing. A great read and highly recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but stories vary in quality April 4, 2013
By marijke
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This was an interesting read, and I'm happy to see an Australian book on Amazon. However, the stories do vary considerably in quality. Unfortunately the majority of the really good ones are in the sample, which is somewhat understandable given the author is trying to entice you into buying the book, but if you read the sample just don't be fooled into thinking that the rest of the book will be as interesting. Perhaps it's just because I'm a bit of a cynic, but I did find some of the more outlandish assertions a bit hard to take seriously (e.g. UFOs). I also do not think that a woman living near a woman with a similar name who had the same picture on her wall and wore the same dress one day qualifies as a 'strange mystery'. Overall I think it is worth a read, particularly as it was a reasonable price, but it's not a fantastic book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Crikey, what tales! February 28, 2013
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I'm an Oregonian still learning to be a pedestrian in downtown Sydney. Do you realize that the Sun tracks across the Northern sky in its' daily journey? After sunset, the stars are ALL DIFFERENT! No wonder Yanks get lost on this continent, with all the fast snakes, funnelwebs, crocigators and allodiles. Both volumes are filled with baffling tales from this truly amazing place! Platypus and Bandicoots, oh my!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Liked it.
I really enjoyed this book even though i have already seen some of the mysteries on TV. Reading about them, though, is more enjoyable.
Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars fascinating
Well worth a read if just to spark wonder and imagination. Thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to the next volume.
Published 3 months ago by Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book of Mysterious Tales
This is another well researched tome of odd, unusual and mysterious tales. A good many were relatively unknown. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Admiralu
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Read both books. Interesting, scary, informative. Things you never hear about before visiting but I would go anyway. Good reading.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
It was a very interesting book. I would recommend it if you like unexplained mysteries and stories about un identified objects.
Published 6 months ago by Chloe Lane
3.0 out of 5 stars I like but.........
I like this book but now it's time to ask more development from the author.The stories are fine but more conclusion would lift the literary value two more stars for my taste. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Steve
5.0 out of 5 stars A very interesting book
I found this book right my ally being a paranormal investigator. I would throughly recommend any of the author John pinkney s , paranormal book's to all my paranormal friends. Read more
Published 6 months ago by taye82
4.0 out of 5 stars Weird from Oz.
Even if you've read tons on the paranormal, the distinctive Australian POV means you'll get stories you haven't heard before.
Published 8 months ago by Edward T. Stones
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Good read, even if you're not familliar with Australia and its geography/history. Compelling stories and interesting events. Fast, entertaining read.
Published 8 months ago by Jason A. Wyant
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
This is the third book by Pinkney I have purchased from Amazon and I like them all. However, the Australian venacular takes a little "getting used to" by a lad from... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Larry D. Chowning
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More About the Author

JOHN PINKNEY is a popular Australian author, screenwriter and journalist.

His Kindle ebooks include Australia's Strangest Mysteries [***and now,its companion-volume AUSTRALIA'S STRANGEST MYSTERIES #2]...Haunted: the Ghosts that Share Our World...The Mary Celeste Syndrome:Ships from which All Human Life has Vanished...Alien Airships Over Old America...A Paranormal File...Thirst: An Inheritance of Evil...The Girl Who Touched Infinity...The Key and the Fountain.

John's original screenplay Thirst, directed by Rod Hardy and produced by Anthony I. Ginnane, won Best Horror Film prize at the Asian Film Festival. His three-act drama, The Face in the Mirror, was co-awarded Best Stage Play in the General Motors/Elizabethan Theatre Trust competition.

He has written several hundred drama episodes for TV - and his paperbooks, including such titles as Great Australian Mysteries 1 & 2, Unsolved and Unexplained, have been numerously reprinted. His 3-volume
Mazeworld series has been published in North America and in translation through Europe. His logic puzzle books Think!, Think Again! and Wordgames were published by Macmillan in Australia and UK.

For many years John was a prominent writer with Australia's Age newspaper, subsequently moving his column Pinkney Place to News Limited's national daily The Australian.

Here, he covered what was arguably the most extraordinary UFO case in history: the disappearance without trace of young Melbourne pilot Frederick Valentich, after radioing Flight Services that he was being 'orbited' by a gigantic craft.

Hobby photographer Roy Manifold sent John Pinkney a series of six shots he had taken 20 minutes before pilot Valentich's final broadcast. Unaware that the pictures contained anything more than an ocean sunset, Roy did not look at the prints for two weeks. The photographs, one of which showed a large object crossing the sky in a burst of speed, were analyzed by physicists and aerospace engineers at the US organization Ground Saucer Watch. Their conclusion: the anomalous intruder was a bona fide unidentified flying object, possibly metallic, apparently surrounded by a cloud-like exhaust or vapor residue.

[The famous photograph appears in A Paranormal File. And Pinkney's deep-probing analysis of the case - including the official
6-minute* transcript of Valentich's conversation with Flight Control - can be found in Australia's Strangest Mysteries #2. * Some investigators believe the actual recorded conversation extends beyond 30 minutes, and contains material deliberately withheld from the public.]

John Pinkney has had a lifelong interest in the unsolved and unexplained. This preoccupation took a particularly practical form when,with lawyer-friend Peter Norris he co-founded the organization known today as VUFORS - the Victorian UFO Research Society. John and Peter also collaborated to produce the weekly radio series The Truth Behind UFOs and Do You Believe in Ghosts?

Over the years John's broadcasts and columns have attracted a large mail from people describing their experiences with the mysterious and the bizarre. Readers of his books continue the input.

John has a daughter Robin and a son Matthew. He is married to Maggie, an anthologist and book editor. They live in Australia, in a house near the sea.

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