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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: New Page Books; 1 edition (May 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601632630
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601632630
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Nick Redfern is the author of many books, including The Pyramids and the Pentagon; The Real Men in Black; The NASA Conspiracies; Keep Out!; Contactees; Memoirs of a Monster Hunter; and The World's Weirdest Places. He has appeared on more than 70 TV shows, including: Fox News; the BBC's Out of This World; the SyFy Channel's Proof Positive; the History Channel's Monster Quest, America's Book of Secrets, Ancient Aliens, and UFO Hunters; the National Geographic Channel's Paranatural; and MSNBC's Countdown. Nick writes regularly for UFO Magazine, Mysterious Universe, and Fate. He can be contacted at: nickredfernfortean.blogspot.com.

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This is what author Nick Redfern covers in one of his latest books, Monster Files.
Kyle Van Helsing
From the Loch Ness Monster, the Mothman, Bigfoot, the Werewolf, and many more, Nick seems to cover it all with this book.
Dennis Waller
He does his research, and when he relays it to the reader, he does so in a fashion that is very engaging.
Seriah

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Joseph S. Maresca HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 6, 2013
Format: Paperback
Monster Files-A Look Inside Government Secrets and Classified Documents On Bizarre Creatures and Extraordinary Animals by Nick Redfern is an interesting story about a collection of fantastic sightings of bizarre creatures over the centuries. Redfern includes full length pictures of half-apes, the lagoon creature, bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, winged beasts and creatures appearing to be real werewolves.

Dr. Joseph Banks Rhine tested the psychic abilities of dogs in being able
to locate dummy minefields in California. His efforts met with more than
a modicum of success. Redfern also documents a May 9, 1830 sighting of a
huge sea snake by the British Royal Navy at sea off St. Helena.

Redfern describes the killing of a hypertrichosis inflicted man through
the research work of Jonathan Downes of Devonshire, England.
Hypertrichosis is a condition which renders a human face similar
to a werewolf in size, ferocity and overall demeanor.

Redfern's research also extends to Asia. For instance, he documented a sea serpent sighting on the Han River in Vietnam. The creature was 80 feet long. The author also did some research on sightings of the monster of Loch Ness, Scotland from time to time over the previous 14 centuries. The bibliography of the author's research extends to nearly 15 pages of citations.

Monster Files-A Look Inside Government Secrets and Classified Documents On Bizarre Creatures and Extraordinary Animals by Nick Redfern is an important compendium of research explained at length with numerous pictures and citations to support the many arguments in support of these rare phenomena.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. L Lamendola VINE VOICE on May 30, 2013
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This is one of several Nick Redfern books I have reviewed. Probably the closest one in terms of subject matter is The World's Weirdest Places (which I also reviewed), which came out in 2012.

While this book keeps with the Redfern tradition of looking at arcane facts to provide an interesting, compelling set of mini-stories, it differs from the other Redfern works in its tone. His writing is always lively, but in the first few chapters of this work the text was unnecessarily hyperbolic. I don't know if he had an editor or assistant who thought this would liven things up, but I found it annoying. The subject matter is already quite interesting and Redfern's normal writing style is already engaging.

Aside from that annoyance, this is the usual good read. And as usual, Redfern proves himself a capable researcher who approaches a subject with an open mind rather than an agenda. I enjoyed this book, just as I have enjoyed reading his other books. I just would have enjoyed it more if the first few chapters had matched his usual style.

In Monster Files, Redfern discusses 27 different accounts of alleged monsters. These include, of course, Bigfoot and Nessie. But he doesn't just cover familiar ground, as is obvious when you do the math. There just aren't 27 iconic monster types. So, some alleged monsters you may not have heard about before. Redfern doesn't rehash what we've already read and call that a book. He digs up information people are unlikely to have encountered previously, stitches it all into a sparkling narrative, and has you wondering what exactly the real story is. That's great entertainment, and it's educational too.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By inner exile on June 3, 2013
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Some old cases are revisited and cast in a new light, while drawing on the work of recognized researchers in the field, such as Ivan T. Sanderson, Loren Coleman, Jonathan Downes, Linda Godfrey, et al. The presentation follows a somewhat chronological order, although there are thematic threads as well, ranging from the Admirality's file on sea serpent encounters in the 19th century to recent sightings of elusive alien big cats (ABC) in Australia.

Bigfoot and its alleged kins loom large, prompting far-out theories (not that I mind those) of dimensional jump and wormholes, or more down-to-earth ones like providing a cover story for possible CIA espionage in the Himalayas during the Chinese communist invasion of Tibet in the 1950s - cf. Texas millionaire Tom Slick's (1916-62) expeditions to the region. Not mentioned by Redfern, but the venerable John Keel also visited this part of the world (the kingdom of Sikkim) around 1955/6 in pursuit of the "abominable snowman" (see the autobiographical Jadoo 1957).

We can read about the following: military intel psyops spreading rumours of creepy creatures to frighten off locals from high security zones; animal experiments; strange parallels of werewolf sightings at military installations where WWII PoW's had been buried; the curious idea of phantimals; beastly felines prowling the British countryside; CIA personnel battling a super-sized snake in the Bolivian jungle in the late 1950s; and other odd scenarios.

27 black-and-white pics, bibliography (pp.
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Nick Redfern is a full-time author and journalist specializing in a wide range of unsolved mysteries, including Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, UFO sightings, government conspiracies, alien abductions and paranormal phenomena. He writes regularly for the London Daily Express newspaper, Fortean Times, Fate, and UFO Magazine. His previous books include Three Men Seeking Monsters, Strange Secrets, Cosmic Crashes, and The FBI Files. Among his many exploits, Redfern has investigated reports of lake monsters in Scotland, vampires in Puerto Rico, werewolves in England, aliens in Mexico, and sea serpents in the United States. Redfern travels and lectures extensively around the world. Originally from England, he currently lives in Dallas, Texas.

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