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Dark Object: The World's Only Government-Documented UFO Crash [Kindle Edition]

Don Ledger , Chris Styles , Whitley Strieber
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Mayday over Canada ... the world's only government-documented UFO crash.

In 1965 a massive wave of UFO sightings occurs worldwide. In 1967 residents of Shag Harbor, Canada, witness a huge UFO crash into the bay. Three Royal Canadian Mounties watch it float before sinking. Navy divers mount an extensive search. Now officials say nothing ever happened. Why?

Researchers Don Ledger and Chris Styles have tackled one of the best documented and most top-secret incidents in the annals of UFO sightings. What they have found out will astound -- and outrage -- readers.

From mysterious surveillance twenty-five years after the crash to the sudden disappearance of written records, someone wanted the investigation stopped. But Ledger and Styles now file their stunning report -- and reach a chilling conclusion about the Dark Object, what really happened, and what remains hidden today....


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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Enough Evidence to Justify a Book 30 Nov. 2002
By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I remember seeing the Sightings segment about the Shag Harbor incident several years ago; it was an interesting story, much more interesting than this book. The first thing I noticed when I received this book was that it was short--really only 162 pages. Unfortunately, the authors' story could have been told in less than 100 pages. I don't mean to be too critical here; I accept the fact that something unusual went down in Shag Harbor in October 1967, but there just isn't enough here to justify a book. I don't even know what the authors believe really happened; they seem to jump around from one possibility to another. The end result is a confused, rambling tale based on notions and impressions and possibilities. This information belongs on a web site, but not in a book--not yet, at least. The statement that this is "the world's only government-documented UFO crash" is quite an overstatement. There are four photocopies of official documents in an appendix, and these basically just prove that some people called the Mountie police and they investigated the report. Not exactly a smoking gun. When describing their search for documentation, the authors twice state that most researchers would give up the whole search after being rebuffed by any single government agency--I just find that hilarious. So many UFO researchers have fought and clawed for every piece of possible documentation they can find, sometimes in the face of government "pressure" or outright threats; it is almost insulting for these authors to portray themselves as uncommonly vigilent searchers after the truth.
This subject deserves much more research and work in order to justify a book about it. There is just no evidence here.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I bought this as my first Kindle book, for reading on holiday. The story is fascinating (I had heard about it and seen a documentary about it previously), so I was sure that I would enjoy the book. The details of the UFO crash are outlined accurately, but the book evolves into a first hand account of the author's quest to find more information about the case, with very little new information forthcoming. I suppose the limitation of the book is not really the author's fault, but more with the US and Canadian authorities not releasing classified information that they surely hold on this event. What were the findings of the Navy divers? Where are the underwater pictures that were surely taken? Why all this secrecy and reticence after 40 odd years?

The reader is still left wondering whether this event was related to an experimental military craft that came down in Shag Harbour, or whether there was something extraordinary and extraterrestrial involved. Unfortunately only US and Canadian governments know the truth.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DARK OBJECT- What really happened??? 30 Aug. 2002
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A must have for all those interested in ufos.
What really did happen on October 4th 1969? we may never know the truth but Don Ledger and Chris Styles give us the facts about what happened that night and the events afterwards. Many people saw a strange glowing object fall from the sky and crash into Shag Harbour. At first the authorities admit it to being a ufo then all of a sudden they deny it ever happened.
As Chris Styles trys to dig out the truth he descovers that the goverment have already covered most of their tracks from shag Harbour. What makes this book reliable is that Chris Styles himself is an eye witness of that night and with official reports and military statements this story becomes more amazing and outragous as you read.
A real interesting ,TRUE story which may forever lie unsolved!?!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars UFO CANADA 16 Jun. 2013
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Well constructed book.The authors have gone to great lengths researching this strange and famous happening a must read for anyone interested in this subject
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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Enough Evidence to Justify a Book 25 Mar. 2001
By Daniel Jolley - Published on Amazon.com
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I remember seeing the Sightings segment about the Shag Harbor incident several years ago; it was an interesting story, much more interesting than this book. The first thing I noticed when I received this book was that it was short--really only 162 pages. Unfortunately, the authors' story could have been told in less than 100 pages. I don't mean to be too critical here; I accept the fact that something unusual went down in Shag Harbor in October 1967, but there just isn't enough here to justify a book. I don't even know what the authors believe really happened; they seem to jump around from one possibility to another. The end result is a confused, rambling tale based on notions and impressions and possibilities. This information belongs on a web site, but not in a book--not yet, at least. The statement that this is "the world's only government-documented UFO crash" is quite an overstatement. There are four photocopies of official documents in an appendix, and these basically just prove that some people called the Mountie police and they investigated the report. Not exactly a smoking gun. When describing their search for documentation, the authors twice state that most researchers would give up the whole search after being rebuffed by any single government agency--I just find that hilarious. So many UFO researchers have fought and clawed for every piece of possible documentation they can find, sometimes in the face of government "pressure" or outright threats; it is almost insulting for these authors to portray themselves as uncommonly vigilent searchers after the truth.
This subject deserves much more research and work in order to justify a book about it. There is just no evidence here. The story as it exists now is far too dependent on eyewitness statements (most of them made decades after the event itself). I appreciate the scientific work done exploring the waters of Shag Harbor, but that search turned up nothing. Admittedly, they were unable to check out a site they were very interested in, but that site remains meaningless until such time as the search can be undertaken. The final chapter sums up the book well--a new witness said so-and-so, another said that he could not tell them what he really knows, etc. All of this hearsay evidence is unsatisfying to the reader. I hope that someday a complete and factual book can be written on Shag Harbor--this offering is not that book.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Far too lightweight to convince. 21 July 2003
By Chadwick H. Saxelid - Published on Amazon.com
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UFO infotainment about an alleged crash at Shag Harbour. Like far too many books of this kind, it is chock full of witnesses with false names (i.e. "We will call him 'Harry'.") and second hand rumors that lead nowhere. Something landed, but nothing save strange foam was ever found. That is basically all the authors can offer in 168 pages of second hand rumors and conjecture disguised as fact. Reading this book, one can see why the Shag Harbour 'incident' never caught on the way that the one in Roswell, New Mexico did. Nothing compelling happened! There are two moments of irony in the book though. Much is made of a conservative paper's bold statement of a UFO crash, only the writers later reveal that this had little to do with factual reporting and more to do with a believer staff member 'jumping the gun'. The paper was correct in removing the man from the story, he clearly could not be objective about the material and let the readers decide for themselves. The funniest irony though is when the authors and a television film crew from the show SIGHTINGS are confronted by believers and accused of hiding facts after they go out at night for some atmosphere shots. They went out at NIGHT, clearly this meant they FOUND something they wanted no one to know about. Pretty silly, considering that the whole point of the segment is to PROVE a UFO crash, don't you think? While the authors clearly admit to feeling that the shoe is on the other foot (the simple truth is dismissed by some as an outright lie), neither realize that they just might be doing the exact same thing, dismissing simple fact as 'plausible denial'. The book is more interesting for those glimpses of reality bending to fit a world view more so than for any of the supposed 'hard evidence' the authors claim to offer. For paranormal completests only.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars How to milk a mosquito... 17 July 2003
By Takis Tz. - Published on Amazon.com
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Alrighty, to begin with, we have the following facts:
something goes and crashes in Shag Harbor and is witnessed by several people along this process. It resembles an orange intensely lit ball and seems to be under intelligent control. Local fishing botas go to the area after the "crash" (if indeed it was a crash) and the military takes up special interest on the issue as it endulges on investigating the incident itself.
Now all this, is documented in the local press (albeit dismissed as "nothing much") as well as in certain official files and becomes local folklore among the people in the area.
Then comes this book. Which adds what to this story. Sadly, absolutely nothing.
For those interested in the phenomenon of UFOs, and especially those that have read some from the massive bulk of books out there about the matter this book here will come across as one pathetic effort to milk a mosquito, i.e., score some cash.
There's no need to try and tell you in detail what the book professes really. The author maintains that the object was indeed an alien craft and that there were possibly not one but two such objects that crashed, but, he offers zilch evidence to back up his claims.
Sceptics will say "as if other books offer more evidence". That's a sad argument too, because other books offer indeed evidence! This book doesnt.
Books like this do more harm than good because they discredit honest UFO research and authorship as they make it look like a cheap way to earn a buck based on a public that feeds on empty stories. It's not like that any anybody who takes this matter seriously knows this all too well.
Even though it comes at a very affordable price avoid this book. Spend your money on books of the genre like "You cant tell the people" or "Aliens" by Colin Wilson to name just a couple that will really offer you evidence and food for thought.
'Nuff, and probably too much, said...
18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What?! A book?! 1 April 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Maybe I'm jaded by having read so many other far superior books documenting information about alleged UFO crashes, sightings, abductions, etc., but DARK OBJECT read more like an overlong pamphlet than it did a book. The authors attempt at research is basically reduced to a series of telephone conversations, eyewitness interviews, and newspaper clipping summaries that add up to nothing. In the final chapter, they make the allegation that not only was one saucer downed, but there were two! It read like bad fiction, more than a hard core examination of what evidence was available. The cover speaks of officials denying the events contained within, but the authors didn't discuss anyone who denied anything! They just didn't want to talk about it. Go reread ALIEN AGENDA.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dark Object - 40th anniversary of the Shag Harbour incident 7 Oct. 2007
By David M. Cvet - Published on Amazon.com
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The book reveals that something extraordinary occurred at Shag Harbour, the night of October 4, 1967 now just over 40 years ago. This was witnessed by a number of people, who reported the "crash" to the RCMP detachment in Barrington, NS, and later, the alleged impact site was examined by a pair of commercial fishing boats at the request by the RCMP, accompanied by an RCMP officer. Well written and informative, but rather short on the whole story. The only documents included in the book were the RCMP reports and the Rescue Coordination Center (RCC) in Halifax contacting the Royal Canadian Air Force's "Air Desk" in Ottawa.

There were other government documents which unfortunately, did not make it into the book for whatever reasons, even though they were made available by Don Ledger and Chris Styles to the publisher. In fact, the case is archived in the Canadian Archives ([...]), which indicates that the Department of National Defence (DND) did conduct an underwater search of the area, but failed to locate any evidence of an object "in Shag Harbour" but does not mention the activities in Shelburne, NS. Interesting that the DND found the incident of enough significance to conduct the underwater search. There are many more files and docs which support this incident, not included in the public presentation of the archives.

Anyone interested in Canadian UFO phenomena should have this book in their reference library.
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