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Invisible Residents: The Reality of Underwater UFOs
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56 of 60 people found the following review helpful
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I have no idea why the first reviewer stated that this book is confusing and padded. I found it very easy to understand and follow not to mention highly informative and eye opening. Great book for people with the courage to look at fact filled official reports from around the world written for the most part by the worlds navies high command. It also digs up newspaper reports of strange underwater sightings and radar trackings of otherworldly USOs that uncharacteristically leaked out to the worlds press. An excellent essay for the open minded intelligent person who understands that there is much more to be added to our limited human understanding of the world and it's mysteries. The content of this book is much more important & vastly out weights any misgivings one might have with writing style.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on September 27, 2007
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Invisible Residents is a fascinating book about something I suspected all along. It never made sense to me to think that aliens were all visiting us from distant planets because the commute did not seem worth it. It made more sense to think that they were already living here with a technology more advanced than ours. The evidence presented in this book is overhwlemingly convincing and made a believer out of me.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on January 12, 2008
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This book starts out slow but is methodical in course to show where the governments of the world are either not paying attention or are covering up the phenomena of UFO's and USO's. Good read.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on January 30, 2008
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Be it mokele mbembe, oreng pendek, singing stones or, in this case, aquatic ufo's, Sanderson is able to rise to the occasion. His style is always crisp, a bit pedantic, borderline witty/balmy and consumately entertaining.
Is there a technologically advanced society at the bottom of earth's hydrosphere? If so, is it in any way connected to the Bermuda Triangle and other maritime mysteries?
I have all Of Ivan Sanderson's books and with delight I assure readers not one of his mystery subjects has been verified as absolute fact. He was the best of true skeptics in that he never completely felt that something simply could not be.
Buy this books and not only will you learn some interesting/diquieting
things,you'll read some damn good stories.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on November 12, 2007
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This is thought provoking look at an unusual and little known phenomena. Ivan T. Sanderson did a great job of research and presentation here.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 23, 2012
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Ivan Sanderson is something of a household name in the realm of paranormal research and publishing. Invisible Residents was my first foray into his writing, and my expectations were fairly high. The topic of Underwater Submersible Objects certainly struck me as intriguing. It's not something covered as frequently as the more familiar aerial UFO, and with so much of the planet's surface being covered in water, the possibilities for interesting investigations seemed great. Regrettably, I have to report that this read did not fully live up to my expectations.

First off, the author's writing style was probably the root of much of my overall dissatisfaction. Sanderson's prose comes off as particularly long-winded, belaboring even the more interesting of chapters. Not only does he verbally embellish, but he often wanders far into tangents, leaving the reader wondering just where we are, where we could possibly going, and how the current direction is relevant to the overall theme.

Early on Sanderson claims to be of purely scientific mind, giving no quarter the likes of UFO nuts, yet I was not entirely convinced of his rigor. An entire chapter ("A Sixth Mystery") is devoted a single Colombian artifact which the author states looks like an airplane, thus supposedly proving that the ancients were familiar with modern aircraft. He goes on to present the artifact to several aircraft engineers who confirm that the object does look sort of like an airplane (but also sort of not). At no point does he apparently think to approach anyone in the field of Colombian history or anthropology to discuss more prosaic interpretations of the little sculpture in the context of the people and the culture that created it (or if he did, it didn't make the book). The chapter reads as if the author had immediately assumed it to represent an airplane and simply sought out corroborating testimony to confirm it. The Egyptians drew plenty of people with animal heads in their day, but it still makes more sense to discuss their culture and artifacts with an Egyptologist; not your local zoo keeper.

Although I chose to single out the above chapter, it really highlights what I felt was an ongoing theme, particularly in the later sections. The author is too quick to make a leap of faith, and treat conjecture as reality. In some points, he appears to string several such leaps in succession, becoming downright hard to follow. Reporting incidences of the paranormal is all well and good, but entering the arena of explanation is always dangerous. I found the final section (Part III) to be the least readable as a whole. Sanderson jumps around from wild guess, to crazy hunch, to bizarre supposition. It's hard to tell what he's offering up as fact, what he really believes, and what is just random tangential speculation. Combined with the general wordiness of the entire book, it became a chore to get through the final wrap up, and in my opinion, it greatly detracted from the whole experience. I would have preferred the author stick to reporting events as they happened, and leave the reader to draw their own conclusions.

Having said all that, it's not all a bad read. Certain chapters, mostly early on, focus on unidentified object sightings, ghost ships, phantom subs, and mysterious lights. These are the heart of the subject matter, and what I imagine one would expect from a book on USO phenomena. Aside from the aforementioned verboseness and occasional directional tangent from the author, these parts read well enough.

The book cover of Invisible Residents is boldly subtitled "The Reality of Underwater UFOs." While I don't honestly expect anyone can provide the full reality of such a complex subject, I do think it would have benefited greatly from a bit more reality, and a bit less of everything else. What could have been a fascinating look into a rather obscure side of the paranormal was ultimately bogged down by a difficult writing style, a lack of focus on the data, and too much random speculation.

3/5
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Ivan Sanderson presents some great alternative concepts and answers to some old questions regarding UFO's and USO's. Even though many of his documented and undocumented cases referenced in the book are somewhat vague and unproven, the basic questions of the existence of either extraterrestials or "others" living underwater is a mind provoking thought. Is it possible that an ancient earth lifeform highly superior to "humans" existed long before us, and occupies the underwater domain. I used concepts from this book in my book, "The Nightmare Trilogy", in the first story "Aliens?", where I suggest the aliens are not what they seem, but have been here all along. I certainly recommend the book for anyone seeking thought provoking material to explain some of the documented UFO/USO cases that have been unexplained.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on July 28, 2011
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insofar as reading about USOs, which lots of other authors don't seem to touch upon, this book is pretty thorough. the edition being sold now, since the original is OOP, is ok, but it does show some typos and bad editing.

the author's style is...silly...but that may be that we of the later decades are just not used to the writing style of the '60s. in some places, he uses "we". i truly hope he means it as "him and other people" and not in the queen of england kinda way, and i do realise that he has an assistant(s), but that's not made clear at the point where he uses "we". he is a bit verbose and repetitive with his personal words, but it's still a good book for the study of USOs. lots of stuff in it that i've never read before and i have really read quite a large number of books on the whole UFO, et al, subject.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 11, 2013
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Sanderson's investigative reporting left me to conclude that we are most certainly not alone on this Earth, and possibly,
that it is, us, who are the real aliens.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 25, 2013
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good book, although written many years back. glad I finally got to read it.
All people who question certain things should read it.
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