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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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About the Author

Nick Redfern is an author, lecturer, and journalist who writes about a wide range of unsolved mysteries, including Bigfoot, UFOs, the Loch Ness Monster, alien encounters, and government conspiracies. His previous books include For Nobody's Eyes Only; Monster Files; The World's Weirdest Places; The Pyramids and the Pentagon; Keep Out!; The Real Men in Black; The NASA Conspiracies; Contactees; and Memoirs of a Monster Hunter. Redfern has appeared on numerous television shows and networks, including Fox News; The History Channel's Ancient Aliens, Monster Quest, and UFO Hunters; VH1's Legend Hunters; National Geographic Channel's The Truth about UFOs and Paranatural; BBC's Out of this World; MSNBC's Countdown; and SyFy Channel's Proof Positive. He can be contacted at Nickredfernfortean.blogspot.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: New Page Books; 1 edition (June 23, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601633114
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601633118
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. L Lamendola VINE VOICE on June 27, 2014
Format: Paperback
This is one of many Nick Redfern books I have reviewed. Others include The World's Weirdest Places and Keep Out, but I don't think any of the Redfern books that I've reviewed are similar in subject matter.

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.
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Kyle Philson-Host of Expanded Perspectives Podcast
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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!!
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Redfern's book casts additional light on the UFO issue.
The author discusses fatal illnesses contracted due to the
proximity to UFOs, cattle mutilations and other unexplained
phenomena.

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.
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Chilling accounts of mysterious deaths, strange disappearances, and violent threats have haunted the UFO field since the 1960s. Every seasoned investigator, researcher, and author in the field has wondered if the bizarre UFO curse will blight his or her career. Many claim to have had unpleasant visitors who behaved in decidedly weird and rude ways. Were they the dreaded Men in Black? If there is anyone who can sort out the solid or sordid truth from the Close Encounters of the Deadly Kind it is the keen skills and investigative talents of Nick Redfern. Brad and Sherry Steiger
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Not Quite what I expected.
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.
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