- Series: Collector's Library of the Unknown
- Hardcover: 303 pages
- Publisher: Time Life Education (April 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0809481294
- ISBN-13: 978-0809481293
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,429,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Interrupted Journey: Two Lost Hours "Aboard a Flying Saucer (Collector's Library of the Unknown) Hardcover – April, 1993
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This mixed-race couple were pillars of the community: intelligent, educated, professional, church-going, active in the civil rights movement. The last thing they wanted, or needed, was to court the kind of negative publicity which might reasonably be expected to accompany such an outlandish and improbable tale.
All they initially remembered from the night in question was being pursued by a bright light, later identified as a large disk-shaped craft with strange humanoid figures observable through the windows, as they drove the quiet road south through the mountains (on later reporting the sighting to the local USAF base it transpired that this craft had been reported by many other people in the area the same night). They arrived home two hours later than anticipated with a sense of unease. The car trunk had some unexplained shiny round marks, and when a compass was placed near these marks it unaccountably spun round and round; Barney's shoes were heavily scuffed on the tops of the toes as though he had been dragged over rough ground with his feet dangling, Betty's dress was inexplicably torn and had some very unusual stains and they both remembered hearing a `beeping' sound coinciding with the UFO sighting at two different times during the journey.Read more ›
Fuller gives the reader the necessary background information, then offers the original (edited for relevancy) transcripts from the psychiatriist's files. What a great thing it is that these sessions were tape recorded. The Hills weren't the first to be taken, but they were the first to go public, although unwillingly.
It is amusing in hindsight to read the doctor's repeated attempts to get Barney to admit that the entire encounter was a dream - if not his dream, then surely Betty's, which he somehow absorbed. Barney wants so much to believe that it was, but under hypnosis, he can only call it as he sees it.
The Interrupted Journey is a classic of UFO-related literature. It will remain fringe material so long as the UFO reality is under wraps, but when the buggers are finally outed, this book will go mainstream and become required reading.
The best book I have read on UFO's was "The Day After Roswell". Of course I remember my Dad reading about in the paper aboiut the UFO crashing in Roswell and the next day him reading the paper and it was a weather balloon. I'm thinking how do you confuse a saucer with a balloon?
Betty and Barney were troubled by this lost time and were experiencing anxiety and stress since that trip. They had reported the lights that they saw in the sky to the US Air Force, who seemed to take report seriously. Finally they consulted a psychiatrist who began to conduct hypnosis sessions with the Hills. They were treated separately and the sessions were taped. Betty and Barney detailed the horrifying yet exciting circumstance of being abducted by aliens and undergoing physical exams. The therapy was successful in treating symptoms and helped ease the suppressed memories into their consciousness.
This book uses long quotes from the original transcripts of the hypnosis sessions. This device is highly successful in captivating the reader and giving a sense of the emotions experienced by the Hills both during the abduction and during the therapy. Fuller does a nice job bringing to life this bi-racial, middle-class couple who were prominent in the Civil Rights movement. Betty and Barney Hill's story was made into an excellent movie called "The UFO Incident" starring a young James Earl Jones with Estelle Parsons in 1975.
"The Interrupted Journey" is a very convincing account of an alien encounter. Despite the fact that the details of the abduction are fairly routine, it is an eerie story with some psychological complexity that makes for good reading. Fuller's writing can be a little stiff at times but he does a good job of allowing the character's actions to speak for themselves. Highly recommended!
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Great read, fun and gives you a sense of how little we really know about our reality.Published 29 days ago by A. Cruz
A long-winded retelling of events, then another re-telling, and then another, and another, and another, etc. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Seb
I am sure I will very much enjoy this, i just started reading it, it is so far so good, thanks for it. So far, kind of scary, of coursePublished 9 months ago by Violeta Cortes Wittman
John Fuller does a very excellent telling of the amazing experiences of Betty and Barney Hill beginning in September of 1961. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
I found the book interesting. I was convinced that what the Hills experienced was real to them. It made me want to know more.Published 13 months ago by big
Highly detailed and believable. Barney and Betty Hill continue to serve as the foundation of the controversial subject. Very credible.Published 15 months ago by Teach