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Book Reviews Perceptions Magazine, October 2016

by: Brent Raynes

UFOs Over America
by Joseph Flammer

Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
4880 Lower Valley Road
Atglen, PA 19310
2016, 160 pages, US $19.99
ISBN: 978-0-7643-5099-3

Reviewed by Brent Raynes

This book is especially good for newcomers to ufology as it reviews the many classic cases that have garnered major attention through the years, from close UFO encounters, like Kenneth Arnold, the Cash-Landrum Incident, the silver disk over Chicago's O'Hare; to up close and personal alien confrontations as with Vermont's Bluff Ledge incident, Travis Walton, Betty and Barney Hill, Janet Russell, the Brooklyn Bridge abduction of Linda Napolitano to alleged crashes, from Roswell in 1947 to Kecksberg, Pennsylvania in 1965, to Aurora, Texas, way back in 1897, to the extraordinary Battle of Los Angeles incident of 1942, and many more.

While some of these classics may be a bit more controversial and even more questionable than others (of course, hard-line skeptics will consider all such cases to be within that context), the author also introduces a number of interesting personal experiences from his own life. For instance, through the author's entire lifetime he had been seeing what he thought was “ghosts.” In fact, he had an aunt, back when he was about age 6, who said she saw a tall, black figure with a big head, come into the room through the wall of a summer New York bungalo, bend over the young Joseph, sleeping at the time, and touch him on his head. Then years later in 2013, as an adult, he was attending a CE-5 meditation, designed to call in aliens, and afterwards he began to have various anomalous experiences, realizing also that aliens had been meddling in his life from childhood, at times mistaken for ghosts it now seemed.

The author also has ventured on the road to a few noteworthy UFO sites, like the White Mountains of New Hampshire area where the Hill incident happened in 1961, or New York's UFO hotbed Pine Bush, where Joseph and a friend not only saw strange things in the sky themselves, but even took a daytime photograph of one spherical object that's included in the book.


Web of Life and Cosmos:
Human and Bigfoot Star Ancestors
by Krsanna Duran

Atlantis Phoenix
Missoula, Montana
2013, 2015; 222 pages, U.S. $17.99
ISBN: 978-0651942988

Reviewed by Brent Raynes

From page one of her introduction, this author takes us on a sweeping historical and cosmic journey across the globe and with powerful events from the deep reaches of space itself to detail indepth an enormously alternative version of human history on this planet. From the modern UFO phenomenon to evidence in support of ancient aliens to esoteric, shamanic, paranormal and mythic components, Krsanna Duran takes us on a detailed and comprehensive exploration of much diverse information, knowledge, science, speculation and belief from multiple but compelling sources, from Blavatsky, Tesla, Black Elk, Enoch, Cayce, and so many, many more, with vast time lines from the Olmecs, Mayans, Aztecs, Egyptians, going back to evidence of lost civilizations such as Atlantis and Mu and beyond, examining also the potentially significant roles of Bigfoot, crop circles, quantum physics, and alien intervention in this giant cosmic puzzle – in a gallant attempt by the author to connect a huge and vast number of dots on this enigmatic, controversial landscape.

Illustrated and heavily referenced, this book is a compelling and thought-provoking reading experience.


Peeking Under the Skin of Murderers
by Benjamin S. Jeffries

Schiffer Publishing Ltd.
4880 Lower Valley Road
Atglen, PA 19310
2016, 176 pages, US $24.99
ISBN: 978-0-7643-5090-0

Reviewed by Brent Raynes

This Indiana author, a member of the 765 Paranormal group, described as an Indiana-based paranormal research team, is also the author of “Lost in the Darkness” and “Grim Shadows.” I'd say that it's safe to say that he's drawn to dark subject matter. VILE is certainly a very dark compendium of the world's most notorious sociopathic serial killers who committed horribly depraved acts against their helpless victims, describing the abusive backgrounds of these murderers that doubtless contributed to their later despicable acts of horror on others.

The accounts include the well-known cases of Jack the Ripper, Jeffrey Dahmer, Ed Gein and others, while lesser known grisly stories like Gordon Stewart Northcott, an ax murderer and pedophile, and Tsumoto Miyazaki, Japan's child killer, are included.
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