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Silent Invasion : The Shocking Discoveries of a UFO Researcher Mass Market Paperback – November, 1996

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Readers who have never had a UFO experience or who are unfamiliar with the more bizarre aspects of UFO lore will have to suspend their disbelief in order to get through this book's introduction, not to mention its 17 extraordinary chapters. However, it will be well worth the effort. Crystall, who has taken nearly 1,000 photographs of strange lights and objects (as well as a few aliens), has spent the past 11 years scanning the nighttime sky around Pine Bush, New York, an area of intense UFO activity. Hundreds of people have accompanied her and witnessed the same phenomena.

Silent Invasion is neither a mushy, New Age contactee book nor a rigorous, scientific examination. Not everyone need agree with her speculations on underground alien mines, Tesla fields, or fusion propulsion. But she clearly demonstrates how elusive, complex, and personal UFO experiences have become. Twenty-four of her photos accompany the text, and an appendix filled with supporting statements from eyewitnesses lends credibility. (George Eberhart)

From the Author

Contrary to what's been written about me, I have not withdrawn from Pine Bush. My only interest (at least pertaining to ships) is to go where the ships go--wherever that may take me. In my almost 20 years of observing UFOs in Pine Bush, the ships have always gone through cycles of activity and inactivity. Now it is quiet so I take a "wait and see" attitude as to where the ship acitivity will occur. I've been observing ships successfully in this manner since 1971.

I mention probably 100 people in my book who have had sightings in Pine Bush with and without me. I don't work in a vacuum, as some people would make me out to do. The Appendix in Silent Invasion contains eye-witness statements by other people coming to Pine Bush who had UFO encounters of various types.

After my book was initially released in 1992, thousands of people from all over the world showed up in Pine Bush lining the streets of this small town. Many hundreds of people saw UFOs, took photographs and video on a regular nightly basis, of craft and related phenomena. Pine Bush was extremely active until about 1996, when it began to quiet down. (Many residents have also had encounters with UFOs including abductions.)

My research after 1992 took an amazing turn and I obtained extensive new data, hundreds of new photographs with a startling twist to them, and about 100 segments of video tape of ships in and around Pine Bush, including a 12 minute continuous segment of one large craft (part of a major sighting in NY state in which 1,000 or more people saw 3 or 4 large craft across lower NY state). My video has been aired worldwide on CNN, Sightings, and news shows.

I have completed another book on Pine Bush which is currently being solicited to publishers.


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; Reprint edition (November 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312959354
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312959357
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,898,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By DeniseNY on July 30, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
... well she was a little odd. I found the book to be a little too far-fetched, even for someone as open-minded as myself. She attended one or two of our weekly UFO meetings in Pine Bush, NY back in the early 90s (when we used to have them) - in fact, she and her book were the reason for the meetings being formed! She brought with her videotapes which she claimed were of an alien craft flying over Pine Bush. Sadly it was actually a C5A Galaxy Aircraft used by the military to transport cargo. If you've never seen or heard one fly over, you WOULD think it was something weird. But we see them all the time in this area. Regardless, she is the person who got me interested in "looking up" to see what might be there. Because of that, I have witnessed some very strange things in the sky. So I thank her for peaking my interest in UFOs. So for curiosity sake, I would give the book a read through.
While writing this note, I did a search for her on the Internet and discovered that she passed away on 12/16/2002 from a long battle with pancreatic cancer. My sympathy goes to her and her family.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Bockius on May 10, 2008
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The late Ellen Crystall deserves a lot of credit for her stalwart efforts in uncovering the strange activities that became fairly common in this little corner of New York back in the 1980's and 90's. If you do some research you'll find it still occurs to a small degree. Even now in 2008 her efforts are viable and this book is definitely a recommended read.

I recognize a nonfiction author on the terms of their qualifications, truthfulness (that I evaluate intuitively as well as through more research) and journalistic aptitude. By these standards I give this book and Ellen Crystall four solid stars. No, I never met her, nor do I live in that geographical area. So I have no first hand anecdotes to apply here, as other reviewers apparently can. Reviewers call her claims `wacko', `looney', `far-fetched' and so on. It would be easy to address each one of those, but why? Ms. Crystall is reporting about her own experiences and, in her own words, "speculating" on what this far-fetched phenomenon is. She explains throughout the book why her photographs of these "ships" are not discernible, why what she saw is not what the photograph shows. And she tells us up front that she is not a scientist. When her experiences began she was not even a professional photographer; just a young woman caught up in something strange that compelled her to investigate further. I never got a sense of pretense or sensationalism in the telling of her story.

Very strange things occurred, and are still occurring. The government puts a tight lid on it, and the media acquiesces to the government. It is because of gutsy investigators like Ellen Crystall, Jim Marrs, and Preston Dennett (just to name a few) that we can learn about these strange goings-on.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Johns on October 23, 2014
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Silent Invasion gets off to a bad start on page 2 when the author states, "When the Rolling Stones gave their Altamont concert, flying saucers hovered above the ground, and the Stones were so fascinated that they kept looking at the saucers instead of singing." Firstly, she implies that all of the members of the Rolling Stones were vocalists, whereas there is only one: Mick Jagger. Secondly, if the Stones did appear distracted then it is far more likely that the actions of the Hells Angels who were in the crowd were the cause.

On page 5, she states that a psychic told her that she saw a UFO next to the author's home in 1953 and that aliens were there to heal her. At this point I nearly tossed the book aside. However, it improves somewhat. It does appear that UFOs were seen in the skies over the Hudson Valley, New York during the mid-1980s, according to supporting testimony from Philip Imbrogno, co-author of Night Siege, who wrote the introduction. Crystall reckons that, based on her and some of her colleagues' observations that there is an alien underground base, the entrance to which is in abandoned mines in extensive woodland in the Pine Bush area. However, she states that despite trying, she failed to find any entrances to any base. She states that she heard drilling noises in the woods. She also states that someone told her that beryllium, zirconium and titanium are only to be found in some small Asian countries and in Orange County, New York and that these elements are used in nuclear reactor plants.

As other reviewers have noted, the photos are disappointing. The book has an eye-catching cover and a photo depicting a scene such as that would have been better.
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By TheRaccoonMan on January 9, 2010
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This book is obviously a labor of love by a true believer. However, either because Ms. Crystall wasn't a great photographer or perhaps because the publisher chose to issue the book with poor quality b/w versions of her photos, there isn't much that you can do with this book. I don't doubt that Ms. Crystall meant every word she typed in this book, but her pictures, as they appear in this book, are extremely disappointing. Some of the other things Ms. Crystall asserts in this book seem odd. I've never heard, from any source, that the Rolling Stones Altamont concert was visited by UFOs and that the Stones were staring at them during the entire show. Why weren't they captured in "Gimmie Shelter"? The whole show was filmed! It is a shame that a person with such strong opinions was unable to produce a book that backed them up. In the end, this book is interesting but doesn't provide proof of anything that the author claims to have witnessed.

One of the other reviewers points out, in Crystall's defense, that a complete lack of proof, strange conclusions and a general air of fantasy hovers around most books concerning UFOs. That's a good point, but it doesn't strengthen the case for the ETH or the idea that aliens exist and have visited earth.
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