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Close Encounters of the Fatal Kind: Suspicious Deaths, Mysterious Murders, and Bizarre Disappearances in UFO History 1st Edition
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I enjoy Redfern's books for several reasons. One is his somewhat hyperbolic writing style. As an editor (magazine articles), I normally find this grating to the point of intolerability, but for some reason I really enjoy it when Redfern does it. Only with one book did he go too far with this, and in Close Encounters he found his rhythm again.
Because of Redfern's writing style and word combinations, I feel transported back to my youth, when I listened to Radio Mystery Theater or heard Rod Serling make his commentaries on episodes of The Twilight zone. Few can master this, and Nick Redfern has done so.
Another reason I always enjoy Redfern books is the amazing research behind each one. These books are full of arcane facts. Maybe it's his writing style that permits the reader to enjoyably absorb them all, or maybe it's that writing style combined with how he threads them together combined with the fact they are downright interesting.
This was, as usual for a Redfern book, a good read.
In Close Encounters of the Fatal Kind, Redfern discusses 18 different accounts of mysterious death (or deaths, because in some accounts there are several deaths that are oddly related to a particular incident).
As the cover art and subtitle suggest, a major theme here is UFOs. Actually, the theme is the many mysterious deaths related to UFOs and to such things as the Strategic Defense Initiative (Reagan's "Star Wars" system), which, according to Redfern, appears to be UFO-related.Read more ›
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I have read numerous books concerning UFO's and I have read numerous books by Nick Redfern. This by far is one of my favorites. I have never read anything that depicts all of the strange and unusual deaths surrounding UFO's. From bizarre suicides to peoples flesh being melted off, this books highlights the sinister side of both those who actually encounter UFO's to those trying to keep the phenomenon a secret. If you are interested in UFO's and/or people who die under mysterious circumstances then this book is for you. Great Job Nick!!
The author discusses fatal illnesses contracted due to the
proximity to UFOs, cattle mutilations and other unexplained
His description of a squadron of UFOs from Maury Island
brings a chilling sense of suspense to the existence of
these objects, as well as repeated independent sightings.
The description of small humanoid bodies at Roswell
Airfield raises eternal questions about the site which
have fascinated journalists for over 6 decades.
The book is well researched with many references to
government files, as well as, FOIA sources. The book
will make a small contribution to the existing stock of
UFO literature due to the historic secrecy over the issue
which limits comprehensive disclosure. In addition,
the government has been hesitant to open its records
for a more thorough disclosure.
Despite all of these historic research obstacles, Redfern
has been able to glean much from the existing stock
of literature, as well as, FOIA filings. The author cites
resources like The Huffington Post, Atlanta Journal,
Futura Publications, International UFO Reporter,
Granada Publishing, Simon and Schuster, Tacoma
News Tribune, LA Examiner, New York Times and more.
Redfern writes on several different cases, but his main bent is the deaths of persons allegedly associated with the study of the UFO phenomenon at the gov't level. Unfortunately, he fails to make that connection.
He only has a few cases of encounters where the observer did not survive. Not really what one expected, I've already read of most of these incidents. The death of Captain Mantel is rehashed, as are several other well known cases with no new details.
I could care less about Forrestal's death or the other individuals whose cases were rehashed. They seemingly had nothing to do with the UFO phenomenon. I think his attempt to tie these personalities who died into the phenomenon is a bit of a reach too far. Fills pages, though.
This was a case of the title being a misrepresentation of the contents.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I REALLY enjoyed this book! Very well written and very easy to follow. I say that because I read another book recently that dealt with some of the cases Mr. Read morePublished 10 months ago by C. John
Another fantastic and informative read by Nick Redfern. He puts the time in for his research and it shows. 100% recommended.Published 11 months ago by Shannon LeGro
Nick's exhausting attention to detail and illuminating connections between seemingly random deaths make this a great read for any ufologist. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Chris Stratton