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This review is from: Solving the Communion Enigma: What Is To Come (Hardcover)"What would the world be like without mysteries? It is a claustrophobic and desperate idea." This statement closes out the first section of the book and presents a core contrast between humans and the visitors, the intelligence that may or may not be an alien one. Our universe if full of mysteries, but the visitors' one is not. They've figured everything out...except us.
I've been a reader of Whitley's books since I was very young, and I've always been interested in the story Communion presented. I can still remember the alien face peering out at me from paperbacks lining the checkout lane at Osco. Many people have forgotten how big that book actually was. Somehow that subjective, tightly constructed non-fiction narrative of possible alien contact broke the barrier of mass awareness, but didn't create a wave of hysteria. Many people took it at face value, and then simply forgot about.
My recommendation is if you read Communion, you have to read this book.
There was not a lot of context in Communion. It was simply there and then gone, with some minimalist speculation in the last section. Now Whitley's had 25 years to pull things into focus and the things he's seen and researched in the intervening time are at the highest levels of intrigue.
From possible government experiments on children headed up by ex-Nazis in the late 1940's all the way to interactions with spirits of the dead during visitor encounters, you're going to get quite a lot of material to work with here. For a book of 200 plus pages it's quite dense.
When I was reading Transformation this week, the follow up to Communion, a friend of mine arrived and I showed him the book. He remarked, "Oh yeah this guy, you know he's a CIA shill." I found myself strangely defensive because my instincts have always said otherwise about Whitley. What would the CIA have to gain by using someone to publish the most coherent account of an alien abduction you can find in a library?
I feel like if there's any group pulling the strings on Mr. Strieber, it's the intelligence known as the visitors. Many people believe an alien presence would simply land somewhere and introduce themselves if they wanted to contact us. It's startling to think the actual contact is occurring on a personal level, in secret, but when you really contemplate that idea it makes the most sense. This is where Whitley comes in the picture for me. Contact was made in secret and then presented in public, for those who were ready to accept it. Communion was on the shelf and there for you to either pick it up or not. Luckily for the reader, we could be made aware of the presence without having to suffer the dire consequences of the real experience.
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Initial post: Mar 2, 2012 5:07:46 PM PST
jeff belli says:
I will never forget driving up William street in Sydney in late 1988 and seeing the face from Mr Striebers first book staring at me from a bus shelter.
I nearly ran the car onto the musuem lawn next to it.
Glad to hear someone else has a clear recollection of that face on the cover of Communion.
Oh yeah? I think your friend is the 'shill'...........
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 20, 2012 1:42:05 PM PDT
Michael S. Wang says:
the personal level vs mass public awareness opinion works if you assume aliens are so sympathetic to human sensitivity that they would be considerate enough to reveal themselves subtly...so only the people "ready" to receive their existence can choose to.
It is my strong opinion that if there's intelligent life out there, their number one reason for being anywhere near the earth is to wipe out the human race and to harvest earth's resources. Why would they care about us? Oh, but it's nice to think they do, isn't it? Kind of like how religion works, how there is a loving God watching over us.
Also, as a skeptic, it's easier to believe this "personal" experience thing really kind of proves the opposite of truth, since a lot of personal psychology can influence how our brain interprets things.
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 24, 2013 3:22:42 PM PST
You need to educate yourself on the subject before you make a judgement. There are plenty of books on the subject. Don't you think if they were evil they would have acted already? Ninty nine percent of contact is friendly and for our own benifit.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 2, 2013 7:59:43 PM PDT
A. Adams says:
How can you presume to know what the Alien's intentions are? I've been researching the subject over 35 years, have had several personal experiences, witnessed craft in broad daylight that defying logic, own and have read countless books and magazines and I still haven't made my mind up. Just because they haven't acted evil so far doesn't mean they will. Or will not.
How do you know they're here for our own benefit? I actually think they're here for THEIR purposes and not ours. They may be our saviors or they may be our destroyers. It pays to keep and open at this point so you're able to see all angles and points of view CLEARLY. As much as I would say Michael S. Wang believes one side, you're clearly on the opposite end. I think you'll benefit more from doing more research yourself and staying on the fence.
When they do make their appearance (and I believe they will soon) you won't get caught up in the magic and wonder of these visitors and perhaps even blinded by this historical event, and maybe, just maybe, be able to see them for they really are.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 30, 2013 6:14:53 AM PST
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Michael, I wonder if it's wise to have strong opinion's about something we have no real knowledge. If in fact the basic premise is true, the only natural resource they wouldn't get anywhere else would be our DNA. Now the question remaining is what are they doing with it? It doesn't require multiple abductions of one person over a lifetime to obtain the complete DNA blueprint. Its my wild speculation that something is being done to the people being abducted. If aliens are trying to take over the world they sure are going about it in a meticulous, patient manner and are being very considerate going about it.
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