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Book Review: Phantoms & Monsters: Strange Encounters

Phantoms and Monsters

Title: Phantoms & Monsters: Strange Encounters
Author: Lon Strickler
ASIN: B00GVKHGLY

Review:

If you seen things that are so strange that you won’t talk about them, then read the book

I like this book because it covered diverse encounters. My scientist friends will tell you it’s all due to miss identification’s, poor lighting ,a vivid imagination and psychological needs. I I don’t think that that’s always the case. I’ve known some good old boys, who if they like you and think they can trust you, sometimes tell you of encounters. Many of them have been raised in the woods and know normal wildlife. Trail cameras now produce some unusual pictures,There is another thing I’ve seen is that if you have a strange encounter and can accept it; more will happen after. Most of the time they are even stranger. Lon Strickler covers phantoms and apparitions, humanoids and other beings, unexplained phenomena and events, aliens and UFOs and monsters and cryptids .The book is based on correspondence sent to him. Read it if strange has become a relative term in your vocabulary.
— The Crackpot (aka Kenneth Hoffman)

Rating:                     4-Stars

Book Review: The Mammoth Encyclopedia of Extraterrestrial Encounters

Mammoth Encyclopedia

Title: The Mammoth Encyclopedia of Extraterrestrial Encounters
Author: Ronald Story
ASIN: B0089LQI1C

Review:

Guide to the stars or rather star people

This book is sort of like a cliff notes book on aliens/encounters. If you had an encounter with a horned alien, you’d probably like to know if others had seen one. The book tries to give thumbnail synopsis of books, articles and people involved in this diverse field.The real beneficial part is that Ronald Story includes titles and publishers of pertinent works along with addresses/websites to contact the authors. It’s a very helpful book pointing you in the direction of other works, specific works to help you try to answer questions about encounters.
— The Crackpot (aka Kenneth Hoffman)

Rating:                     4-Stars

Book Review: The Black Sun: Montauk’s Nazi-Tibetan Connection

Black Sun

Title: The Black Sun: Montauk’s Nazi-Tibetan Connection 
Author: Peter Moon
ASIN: B006CCNKGG

Review:

A hit with the book, or miss with the title

I enjoyed this book, but I could not give it a better rating. Let me explain. I spent over 25 years in Family Court, dealing with some people who were crazy or at least the state of New York thought some of them to be committable. I never found them to have a huge followings of people like Hitler had. I figured one had to study history,try to understand it,so that it would not necessarily repeat itself . The problem with the book, although interesting, doesn’t spend enough time trying to give more details or explain that as “Russians were making their way through Berlin. In the cellar of a building, they found six Tibetans lying dead in a ritual circle. In the center was a Tibetan monk wearing green gloves.

Seven days later, over one thousand Asiatic bodies were found dead. They were Tibetans who had fought alongside the Germans and wore uniforms of the same. There were no papers or means of identification on the bodies.” This is what I thought the book would’ve been mostly about; but it is not.It takes over 60% of the book to get to this point and really only deals with it for a chapter or two. The book is interesting, it brings out some historical questions that are overlooked such as the Nazi connection in the United States and wartime landings in Long Island. If the book was titled differently, I would’ve been able to give it more stars. It is a good for people interested in history, but don’t expect to be satisfied with the connection to Tibet.
— The Crackpot (aka Kenneth Hoffman)

Rating:                     3-Stars

Book Review: Forbidden History: Prehistoric Technologies, Extraterrestrial Intervention, and the Suppressed Origins of Civilization

Forbiden history

Title: Forbidden History: Prehistoric Technologies, Extraterrestrial Intervention, and the Suppressed Origins of Civilization
Editor: J. Douglas Kenyon
ASIN: B003GDFRNS

Review:

Whoever wins the war, writes its history, not necessarily the truth.

The beginning of this book starts a little slow, but the second two thirds makes up for it. The reason is that the book is a collection of authors who challenge previously accepted theories on history When I was a child, I had a hard time believing the precision, and short time span that accepted Egyptian history gave the building of the three main pyramids. This book covers potential flaws in accepted ancient history. The Baghdad battery, a 2000 year old clay jar sealed with enclosed copper cylinder capped at the bottom by a disk concealed asphalt, suggests the Egyptian use of electricity. They would have to understand how electricity works or been shown by advanced intelligences. We have Benjamin Franklin flying a kite with a key attached to it. This book will help you see that accepted history may have led us down the wrong path.
— The Crackpot (aka Kenneth Hoffman)

Rating:                     4-Stars

Book Review: ENCOUNTERS WITH STAR PEOPLE: Untold Stories of American Indians

encounters-with-Starpeople

Title: ENCOUNTERS WITH STAR PEOPLE: Untold Stories of American Indians
Author: Ardy Sixkiller Clarke
ASIN: B00AHK08M8

Review:
friend or foe?

it’s interesting when you read a book that refers to aliens as Star people. It gives you a different perspective. If you were a child and your parents told you that your next-door neighbors were nice people and that in an emergency you could ask their help. You would look at them much differently than if you were told they were evil people. Now some of the Native American,Tribes believe that the star people intervened and and may even be in their DNA. Now the attitude given to you would not be of alien invaders. This book gives a different slant, especially when some of the interactions are from generation to generation, more like an old friend being introduced by an elder than an abduction. You probably won’t learn a great deal new about alien abductions, but it is a different perspective about how they can be perceived.
— The Crackpot (aka Kenneth Hoffman)

Rating:                     4-Stars

Book Review: The Anunnaki of Nibiru: Mankind’s Forgotten Creators, Enslavers, Saviors, and Hidden Architects of the New World Order

Anunnaki of Nibiru

Title: The Anunnaki of Nibiru: Mankind’s Forgotten Creators, Enslavers, Saviors, and Hidden Architects of the New World Order
Author: Gerald R. Clark
ISBN: 1491211229

Review:

balancing the old with the new

This book tries to weave the works of Zachariah Sitchin, Egyptian history, the Bible, and modern science together. I always struggle when I have to read biblical or Sumerian texts(translations of them, that is). But the mentions of a scientific nature were really interesting, ones such as the use of mono-atomic gold by the Egyptians. The possibility of the Anunnaki ingesting the gold, is quite interesting. New scientific discoveries every day, make very little to be beyond the realm of being possible.If you enjoy the writing style of Sitchin, then you will definitely enjoy the book. If not, your like me, you’ll find the book good but hard to get through
— The Crackpot (aka Kenneth Hoffman)

Rating:                     3-Stars

Book Review: Time of the Quickening: Prophecies for the Coming Utopian Age

Time of the quickening

Title: Time of the Quickening: Prophecies for the Coming Utopian Age
Author: Susan B. Martinez Ph.D.
ASIN: B004X6WMCG

Review:

What makes a good book?

This was the most difficult book for me to review. How do you judge a book that you are not that fond of when it has one chapter that is excellent? This book is meant for die hard, touchy-feely type newagers. It tries to show a sort of historic flow to now, the time of the quickening. About a third way in the book is a chapter dealing with narcissism and a narcissistic country. The insight is exceptionally good, and drives the point home.” The loss of American lives is tragedy. Civilian deaths overseas are collateral damage.”I always ask people, how they would react if the Russians hunted terrorists in the United States and attacked them with drones? Another quote from the book is “our fervor is patriotic. Their fervor is fanatical.” I believe this chapter should have been developed into another book trying to tackle those narcissistic problems that the author describes.I know if the quality was like the rest of the chapter, I would love the book . All I can say is that if the book is ever a reduced price Amazon special, buy it for the one chapter
— The Crackpot (aka Kenneth Hoffman)

Rating:                     3-Stars

Book Review: Founding Fathers, Secret Societies: Freemasons, Illuminati, Rosicrucians, and the Decoding of the Great Seal

Founding Fathers

Title: Founding Fathers, Secret Societies: Freemasons, Illuminati, Rosicrucians, and the Decoding of the Great Seal
Author: Ph.D. Hieronimus Robert
ASIN: B004KSQMDC

Review:

I don’t know the secret handshake

Parts of this book were very interesting, too bad it wasn’t the main emphasis of the book. Let me explain, the beginning of the book deals with the founding fathers being influenced by Indian tribes.The Iroquois alliance influence on Benjamin Franklin and other founding fathers was exceptionally thought provoking. We forget, or at least I do, the strong influences of the Indians treaties, and other interactions with them to help create America as we know it. The author shows a similarity between some of the Indian ceremonies and Freemasonry.If the book was expanded, giving more details on the Native American influence, and re-titled, it would be exceptionally good. When you look at our currency, even today, there is no doubt some Masonic/secret society type influence. The book explores Masonic ties of the founding fathers. The problem with the book, is the subject matter. Secret societies, which were very popular with our founding fathers, are by their nature closed lipped. The book gives an overview of the founding fathers, secret societies, and symbolism intertwined in the founding of our young country. Like I said, I believe the subject matter made this book fall short of the mark by not going into enough depth.
— The Crackpot (aka Kenneth Hoffman)

Rating:                     3-Stars

Book Review: The Mammoth Book of Cover-Ups

The Mamoth Book of Coverups

Title: The Mammoth Book of Cover-Ups
Author: Jon E. Lewis
ISBN: 1845296087

Review:

Coverups can be true, it can happen to you, if you young at heart

I like this book as a starting point. I think everyone should read more. You should read books for and against a subject, books in the middle, and books on the periphery that mention the subject.. The author takes about 100 subjects discusses them and then gives them an alert level rating. He also gives you other books to read on the subject. Probably what I didn’t like necessarily was his conclusions that led to his alert level rating. However, he brings out points that I didn’t know. For instance former president George HW Bush was meeting with Shafi bin Laden, Osama’s brother at the Ritz-Carlton hotel on the morning of 9/11.Tidbits, like that, I find interesting and useful to further pursue. Like I said, it’s a good starting point for the reader.
— The Crackpot (aka Kenneth Hoffman)

Rating:                     3-Stars

Book Review: Our Occulted History: Do the Global Elite Conceal Ancient Aliens?

Our Occult History

Title: Our Occulted History: Do the Global Elite Conceal Ancient Aliens?
Author: Jim Marrs
ISBN: 0062222929

Review:

History it’s definitely written by the winners, let’s hope truth doesn’t die with the losers.

Overall I think Our Occulted History is truly an interesting read, but I don’t know if Occulted is the best word to describe what Jim Marrs discusses. Part I discuss problems with the origin of the solar system, human development, strange artifacts and sacred sites. Part II is about ancient civilizations. Part III is about the Middle Ages. Part IV reflects on the Modern Era. The author covers topics ranging from the possibility of the planet Nibiru existing, to the suppression of history , to strange artifacts, to white gold with levitating properties, to the government supporting the use of fluoride. 50 to 75% of the subjects he mentions I found of interest.I would hope that he would write more books expanding on them. Definitely a good read.
— The Crackpot (aka Kenneth Hoffman)

Rating:                     5-Stars