The authors have done a lot of research of current and past UFO reports many of which any serious reader may well be familure with. Then they delve into the various ancient astronaut theories, reported lunar anomolies and more. They then use all this research as a basis for a fairly complete scientific probability study to answer the questions are aliens visiting the Earth? How long have they been here? Where are they from? what do the want? Where are their bases? Do the mean us good or evil? I'll let you read the book and discover the troubling answers they come up with. If you are a serious reader of these subjects you should read this book. But some won't like the conclusions arrived at. The ansers are just a bit scary and may be disturbing to quite a few readers. That doen't mean you should skip this book. Quite the opposite! I suggest that everyone, not just UFO devoties should read this. Then plan to spend days or maybe weeks contemplating the ramifications of what you will learn here.
I enjoyed the second half of this book so much that I gave it 5 stars. The first few chapters are so boring I was about to stop reading and all the sudden the book gets really interesting and worth reading.
I bought this book to see what new or additional info might be available on the issue of the Moon, especially after reading Hoagland's book. The authors DO recount numerous odd events/sightings on the Moon since 1540 -- but that is not the real value of the book. This book is for those who have doubted the UFO issue -- Do they exist? What can we know about them? What do they want? The authors chapter by chapter step the reader thru a very logical analysis of the UFO issue and by the time one finishes the book (and contrary to other reviews it is not at all scary) -- it is very obvious that UFOs exist, they are here, and while there may be bad ones and good ones out there, if they were only hostile they could have destroyed us centuries ago -- so obviously we are watched and protected by the good ones while we develop the means to stand up for ourselves in the Galactic Community. (And that leads into the idea of the Breakaway Civilization that Farrell, Dolan and Komarek explore... worth your time to explore that, too.)
Thus this book is highly recommended for those who need a no-nonsense analysis of the UFO issue. After that, look at Dr Vallee's Messengers of Deception and Farrell's Saucers, Swastikas and Psyops (despite the title, it IS about Breakaway Civilizations, as will be his new book in Nov 2012). The UFO issue is tightly associated with Breakaway Civ's.
The authors acknowledged that they were skeptics about the UFO and alien phenomena for decades. However, exercising the kind of curiosity about this pervasive mystery that most supposed `scientists' should but don't, they did something no other UFO researchers and writers have done: applied a proven and universally accepted approach to help shed light on the enigma.
Methodically employing the Principle of Occam's Razor (essentially meaning `among competing explanations that could account for something, that which is simplest is most likely correct'), used by all disciplines of scientific endeavor, the authors have come to some sobering conclusions.
Admitting that individual reports can be challenged by the debunkers, even if their `explanations' are more absurd than the actual reports, offered by arm-chair `experts' who can't be bothered with looking coldly at the facts, the authors make a powerful case via the application of Occam's Razor that not only are aliens real, but have interacted (even interfered) with humanity since the beginning of time, continue to do so and seem to have an agenda. And that agenda does not seem to be of the benevolent `space brothers' welcoming mankind into the `Galactic Federation' as contactees from the 1950s believed, and as modern-day researchers like Steven Greer naively believe.
Compelling evidence challenges this notion. Scientists like to state that "extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence' when confronted with the question of UFOs. The authors illustrate the subjectivity and the hypocrisy of this knee-jerk reaction. They presume to define the phrase yet routinely dismiss real evidence out-of-hand.Read more ›
'Darker Side of the Moon' has finally given me something I have been waiting for a long time as a serious science reader, something I've waited for ever since Arthur C. Clarke first put that monolith on the moon in '2001: A Space Odyssey' and Neil Armstrong took that first step: a beautifully written, wonderfully researched, and highly plausible account of the possibility of extraterrestrial contact. This delightful non-fiction work is a combination of hard science and elegant prose. There are surprises in this research to race even the heart of the most astute mystery reader as well as a true commitment to the modern scientific understanding of alien existence. If I could send two fine writers to enjoy a long interview with Stephen Hawking, Carl Sagan and Michio Kaku regarding these eminent scientists' views regarding extraterrestrial life and then have them come out and write an exhaustive account, such a work would not only be dripping with vital information but it would also be a work of great importance. 'Darker Side of the Moon' is just such an account. You will read this book in just a day or so, but I promise you, you won't want to finish, you'll hope for more. I have also read fine fiction by Mr. Shelsky. Most recently a collection of short stories: Where Worlds Collide: A Dark Science Fiction Anthology. Discovering the stories of a good writer is like unlocking a hidden treasure chest. I also invite you to find the gold coins inside - Enjoy! But as for this non-fiction investigation of the current thought re: extraterrestrial life, Darker Side of the Moon is a must read!