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Interesting but not the best I've read on this subject.
on 21 February 2014
I have given this three stars because, being a seemingly hurried translation from the Russian, it does not read easily, and because its narrative layout is awkward. The book contains some pictures which I had not seen before, and benefits from the inclusion of information which is said to have been released recently by the Russian authorities.
The mystery which is the subject of this book (and many others), is fertile ground for those who read and write about mysterious disappearances, unsolved cases, conspiracy theories and so on. It is a perfect storm of dead bodies with inexplicable injuries, tracks of unseen native tribes, strange lights in the sky, secret government agencies etc. Most of the possible explanations for the 'incident' are mentioned. However,the author appears finally to favour an explanation involving an assassination squad of US Marines parachuting in across the North Pole in order to recover the pullover of one of the hapless student hikers which was contaminated with radioactive dust! I'm not sure how much of all this I believe, but I have cancelled my Winter camping holiday in the Lake District.