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Poorly written, uncritical, and fanciful.
on May 31, 1999
Although I do not believe in extraterrestrial visitation at all, as a skeptic I must at least hear intelligent believers out, and evaluate whatever they offer in their defense. Considering that Nick Pope works for the British government, I imagined that he was a reasonably intelligent person, and would provide a good defense of the alien abduction phenomenon. I was mistaken.
Pope's ludicrous one-line argument for the authenticity of the Roswell crash was enough to make me close the book and walk away, fuming at the obvious lack of elementary research. However, I returned to the book later on, reasoning that everyone makes an occasional flub, and that perhaps the rest of the book would be better, especially considering that abductions, not UFO crashes, are the main subject of the book. Unfortunately, my initial reaction turned out to be the right one.
To liberally paraphrase the gist of much of the book: Many people report having been abducted, and many mythical legends are about small, magical creatures, but there's no corroborating physical evidence for first-hand accounts of alien abductions, therefore, the best explanation is that these events are real, but take place on a different plane of reality, and involve something which contemporary victims only interpret as aliens. Give me a break. There must be a better defense out there somewhere, which at least gives the phenomenon a fighting chance against skeptics.