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Dark Star: The Hidden History of German Secret Bases, Flying Disks & U-Boats
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
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I was hoping that this book would be as good as the author's previous two, but I was wrong. It was even better. Stevens is one of the top researchers in the field of hidden Nazi technology, and his two previous books, "Hitler's Flying Saucers," and "Hitler's Suppressed and Still Secret Weapons, Science, and Technology," are must haves in this area, along with Joseph Farrell, Nick Cook, and Igor Witkowski.

This book is written in more detailed fashion than the author's previous books, which were fairly detailed already. He states that this is his last book on this topic, which I hope is not true, as his work is very good and has shed much light on the secret Nazi empire which continues to this day.

Where he departs from Farrell is in his more detailed assessment of the fictions of Wilhelm Landig, which is usually regarded as pro-Nazi hype. Stevens goes to some lengths to show how there is some evidence, although no solid proof, of many of Landig's claims. His analysis is compelling, and there are enough solid bits of evidence to make a reasonable person take notice. The areas of flying machines, atomic research, and submarine development are the main technological arenas focused on in this book. Stevens dishes up quite a bit of solid evidence for technology far in advance of what we are usually told the Nazis developed.

He also goes into quite a bit of depth on Otto Skorzeny, the most visible link between the 3rd Reich and the modern Nazi International. Skorzeny is linked quite openly to current "terrorism," and his movements and activities after the war are covered enough to further shore up Steven's themes in the book.

A must read if you are interested in WW2 history and how it has influenced events which continue to this day.

Highly recommended.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on September 24, 2011
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Most people, as victims of the public school system, have no idea how vast, all-encompassing and destructive WWII was. That's why nearly 70 years after its end that we still have countless new books chronicling "new" discoveries, events and people of the War. What many historians have been afraid to touch the secret undertakings of the Nazis before, during and after the War. Sure, you have the fanciful fascination in film and novels with their quests for relics and esoteric knowledge. But their scientific endeavors, technology and influence in the Cold War have been often ignored. Why? That last part, the Cold War, that's why. Even as we were putting on trial Nazis and continued to "hunt" them up until the present, we were using others, sometimes setting them free from jail and erasing their past, to contain and fight the Soviets. There's a lot more to the standard "Project Paperclip" story that we are usually told.

Now, decades later, and with the Cold War decades dead, more people are studying this era and its secrets (see The Dead Hand,15 Minutes,Lab 257,LBJ and the Conspiracy to Kill Kennedy). There is still some trepidation to explore the Nazi end of things by mainstream historians, but that may be changing (Grey Wolf). In part thanks to writers like Stevens (see his Hitler's Flying Saucers and Hitler's Suppressed and Still-Secret Weapons, Science and Technology), it is no longer a "fringe" topic.

In this volume Stevens expands upon and updates his previous books. New material on secret bases and U-boats, the latest on Hitler's UFOS and some insight to what happened after the War. This is an excellent conclusion to his trilogy of books and the best in the series. Since he has began this, others have delved even deeper into this subject (see The SS Brotherhood of the Bell,Reich Of The Black Sun,Roswell and the Reich, etc.) and Stevens here touches on those latest studies. Sure, some is speculation, but why continue to hide the past? Now that the War is long dead and the Cold War quickly becoming (unfortunately) forgotten, it is time for the secrets to be unburied and history set straight. The time for lies and deception is over. Only an open history allows for a prosperous future.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on October 5, 2011
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Enlightening & riveting as well. The problem is that readers may find it hard to accept the "coded" messages of Wilhelm Landig and Admiral Donitz. I still have to go over Mr. Steven's references to put the whole picture together. As well as Dr. Joseph Farrell, Geoffrey Brooks, Philip Henshall & Friedrich Georg's Hitler's Miracle Weapons. Which Mr. Stevens was a major contributor to. Obviously all of Mr. Steven's work needs to be furthered as more documents surface to the general public for official historical record. The hidden history of Nazi technology is becoming clearer due to Mr. Stevens' books & the German Research Project. Readers must Google that latter title to send away for his catalogue about the vast work that he has amassed. Readers, please check if that catalogue is still availible. Please Mr. Stevens': You've attained a great level of mechanical reference knowledge due to your toil. There's much more work to be revised and refined in this subject. Hopefully, a collaboration will and should occur with any/ all of the aforementioned authors to epitomize all your efforts in this subject.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on September 24, 2013
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How can people enjoy such a book ? Well, may be if you think of it as a science fiction novel... but still it is poorly written. But as historical book, there are no single hard evidence, reliable footnotes, official documents, open testimonies and precisely identified witnesses. Only one conclusion: it comes out of the author's mind. Like too many books in the field of Nazi secrets and occultism. And people ask for more just because the idea of German bases hidden in far away countries is exciting. What do you prefer ? Feeling excited (then watch X-Files) or knowing the Truth out there ! Then don't waste your time and money ! i enjoyed serious books on the matter: The Occult Roots of Nazism: Secret Aryan Cults and Their Influence on Nazi Ideology and Nazi Secrets.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 15, 2012
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Perhaps I've read too many books within the genre, but it seems the same information keeps coming back again and again. Not so sure about the analysis presented. Generally speaking, the writing was good, the book informative overall, not a bad read. I'd recommend it to anyone interested in alternative history, etc.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 6, 2012
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I have read this author's work before alongside Joseph Farrell's work..To my mind it's a case of..How much are we ever really going to know or even allowed to know? The problem I find with a lot of these works is a lot comes down to what you want to believe..It's easy to dismiss these books as yet more conspiracy theory junk,but there seems to be enough substance to make even the most cynical of us re-consider our thoughts. There has always been talk of secret Nazi bases in just about every part of the world to my knowledge..The polar expeditions are no secret..talk of secret bases in those regions were muted as well..The real proof is in actually seeing these things in the flesh then judging accordingly I guess.
It's no secret(No pun intended) that Nazi Germany had so many secrets at the end of WW2 that I doubt even the allies got a glimpse of the real true depths of it all..sure we got a lot,but I do feel we got what we were intended to have..the rest is hidden in history somewhere. The evidence is strong for believing these bases did or still exist,but the proof is still to be revealed. The problem with a lot of these books is the author's are so desperate to prove that there is a basis for their work they create and invent the facts to suit themselves(not all..some)..which has had the sad outcome of a lot of this literature to be laughed at..UFO'S,little green men and such. These books have one very annoying problem though for me anyway..the spelling is printed wrongly a lot of the time..it does have the tendency to throw you off what you are reading,but on the whole these books give you a lot to ponder on and what might be out there.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon December 12, 2011
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Non-fiction or sci-fi novel?
Dark Star by Nazi wunderwaffe expert Henry Stevens reads at times like an amazing science fiction novel. Mr. Stevens has written other books about the Nazi wundewaffe but Dark Star is his Pièce de résistance. It's got it all, and I mean all! If you are a Nazi wunderwaffe buff or are just interested in this sort of WW2 esoteric history then this is the book you want to read. It is packed with most of the key Nazi wonder weapons and the individuals who made or managed these amazing devices. It is loaded with technical data in an attempt to explain just what and how these futuristic weapons worked. Stevens does tend to repeat himself some from his previous books, but in Dark Star he ties it all together in definitive fashion. His assertions are logical but must be taken with an open mind. He covers a lot of ground and attempts to document what he can, but the entire Nazi wunderwaffe program was cloaked in secrecy with many mysterious and shadowy characters. IF the Fuhrer had been able to get most of these devices involved in the war effort in a big way the war could have been prolonged, but the eventual outcome would not have been changed in my opinion. Still, it is interesting to "what if" the possibilities with such amazing weapons. Probably the most interesting thesis is how the Nazi wunderwaffe changed American military and scientific technologies. The real race at the end of the war was not the eventual defeat of Nazi Germany, but the race to capture as many German scientists as possible (Operation Paperclip) in order to enhance the West's own technologies. It was apparent that German science was in many ways far ahead of both the West's and the USSR. Mr. Stevens points this out time and again.
Mr. Stevens also goes into definitive detail about secret Nazi bases, some of which continued to function well after the war ended in May 1945 These secret bases included underground and underwater sites for advanced U-boats and flying machines (flying disks) that continued to operate well after the war ended, and involved several mysterious Nazi organization that continued operating well into the 1980s. He documents various Nazi experiments and inventions that cover the gamete of military operations. Probably the best part of his book was his in-depth dealing with some of the main wunderwaffe characters such as Dr. Hans Kammler, Otto Skorzeny, and Reinhart Galen just to name the most famous. He did an excellent job of tying these individuals together and into the various Nazi networks they worked in. Mr. Stevens also covered in some detail the various experiments and inventions that highlighted specific wunderwaffe, in particular U-boat operations and the infamous Nazi "Bell" (Die Glocke). I also liked how he tied in Philip Corso and his book The Day After Roswell. It seems the more we know about the Nazi wunderwaffe the more we don't know!
He discusses the location of various Nazi secret bases and their eventual demise well after the end of the Second World War. Most of these bases were used by U-boats and/or "flying disks" and functioned for many years after the war ended. Mr. Stevens also alludes to recent eye witness accounts of actually being inside these bases and seeing Nazi U-boats in relatively pristine condition along with various documents on board. This stretches credulity for if this physical equipment exists why has it not been brought forward? But he does document the reports with relatively current eye witness information. Still, hands on would be nice and proof positive.
All in all Dark Star made for both fun and informative reading. For anyone who has read about Hitler's wunderwaffe this is a must addition as Mr. Stevens ties up a lot of loose ends. Is it all believable? That is for the reader to determine. Whether it is or not Mr. Stevens writes a most interesting book.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on March 3, 2013
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If you can believe that the Nazis invented everything from transistors and lasers to fiber optics, then you'll enjoy this book. The author takes every rumor, every magazine article, and every flaky source as gospel truth and builds an enormous pile of poorly written, badly edited BS. His gee whiz style and total awe of anything German is rather annoying. Did you know the Third Reich had atomic bombs, even without bothering with the trouble of setting up functioning nuclear reactors? That they had flying saucers (three different versions) that went twice the speed of sound and could go underwater? Not only that, the author claims they had "death rays" and a race of special bred bipeds to fight in arctic conditions. Gosh, it boggles the mind how a country that invented such amazing weapons could have ever lost the Second World War. Read this one for laughs.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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As compared to other books that purport to cover this topic, this book is book presents the complete story. Mr. Stevens has clearly devoted a great deal of his life to investigating this topic, and it shows in the detail and scope of his presentation.

For your moneys worth, read this author for the complete story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 12, 2013
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this review goes for all the books ive ordered on this subject,. Im old enough to remember being dragged out of bed to run to the air raid shelters, I can say that history as we know it is false, we have been kept in the dark, god knows why. Ill treasure these books,.
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