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on 19 December 2013
Don't be put off by the dreadful cover - this is way better than anything else that has been published during the recent surge of studies on Dyatlov Pass. This is largely because the writers make extensive use of the reports given by those who searched for the ski tourists and also because they refer extensively to the autopsy reports. In this way they stick to what is known and avoid speculation beyond this. Hence the UFO theories are completely avoided, along with the clutch of other outlandish theories that appeal to 'disruptor beams', 'light sets', and so on.

The result is a fact-filled, well-documented, and detailed reconstruction of the tourists' last movements, the searchers' discoveries at the tent, cedar, and ravine, and the findings of the doctors who performed the autopsies. The only slight downside is the curious inconsistency between the authors' presentation of various reasons why the 'avalanche hypothesis' should be rejected before their final acceptance of this at the end. This baffled me. On the other hand, having read this book, I feel inclined to accept their thesis; albeit with reservations.

I learned a lot from 'Dyatlov Pass Keeps Its Secret.' I've already given the game away as regards the authors' final conclusion so I'll say no more. They present far more 'new' information than any other researchers have (so far) and you'll be well-rewarded if you invest in this kindle book.
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on 20 June 2015
Wow. The Mother of All Mysteries! In all my years I have not come across anything as enigmatic, opaque, inscrutible as the events of 1st February, 1959, in the northern Urals of the then Soviet Union. I've read everything available in English about this incident, and for its clarity, focus and detail, this book is unmatched. Yet, like was said by another reviewer, it weakens itself in the final chapter by suggesting a solution that is severely flawed. The truth is, no theory fits the available facts, and that I think is what makes this the Mother of All Mysteries. In other, marginally similar stories, at the end of the day there appears a pretty plausible theory that more or less conforms to all of the facts. Not in this case. There is nothing within reason that explains what happened here. Mindful that we have to deal with the 'facts' as given to us by 1950s Soviet Russia, still, while falling woefully short of today's 'CSI' standards, it would seem the authorities were relatively thorough in their efforts to sort out what happened here. As numerous people have said, if the Soviets themselves (through the KGB, military or whatever) been responsible, back in that day and age, they would have swept the whole thing into a dark corner and that would have been the end of it. In actual fact, the Soviet authorities seem to have been as perplexed as everyone else.

Translated from Russian, this book has a few glitches and annoyances, but it cuts to the chase (avoiding silly alien and yeti theories that are truly pointless to argue) and results in considerable head-scratching. I doubt this mystery will ever be solved, but I am certain it will occupy the thoughts of many, many people in efforts to do so.
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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.
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on 26 May 2014
I like this ebook it goes well into explaining every part of what happened with out making any judgements but still there is no easy answer to what happened on that faithful night, but what could have happend no one really knows its left open for the reader to decide.

Would I read this again? Short answer is yes there is much to consider and you as the reader might be able too add your own bit to the puzzle, one of the victims a woman shows all the hall marks for human mutilation, which there has been a few to date namely in Brazil
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VINE VOICEon 23 August 2015
Given the odd mistranslation, as it was written in Russian, this is an excellent book. It is comprised of facts only. It is all here. There are statements by the parties involved, forensics, and all the theories presented, with absolutely no nonsense from the writers. I would highly recommend it to any armchair student of the mystery. The facts are all here and you can make up your own mind. Short and easily read.
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on 6 January 2014
A difficult one. I assume it was initially written in another language (Russian?) because it reads unnaturally, as if it has just gone through Google translate rather than a formal translation process.

An interesting book and useful collection of all the evidence and statements to do with the Dyatlov Pass mystery. However, I don't understand why in the prologue it takes pains to say that the book will merely record the evidence and the general theories as to what happened and allow the reader to make their own judgement - but then in the epilogue says what they think happened (even after disputing that same theory earlier in the book - bizarre).

Also, I would have liked for the 'theory' section to have been a little more robust. I'm certainly not saying that I necessarily believe the tragedy was caused by yetis or aliens or a form of group madness triggered by wind patterns - but these are theories nevertheless and should have been included alongside the usual avalanche/secret KGB movements premises. The book purports to be "everything you need to know" about the topic, but falls very much short of this.
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on 18 April 2016
I found it very interesting but for me the epilogue was a let down. Disappointing which is a shame as it was a good well researched book. Shame the ending was pretty much 'yeah, erm, what they said'
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on 22 May 2015
Well written book that gave some understanding of what may have happened. I never knew of this tradegy until I saw it on the History channel. I'm still not convinced that it wasn't murder
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on 15 March 2016
I've read a few books on The Dyatlov Pass subject and this one is probably the best one. Extremely enjoyable and packed with interesting facts .
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on 28 February 2015
The book cover is horrible but the contents are amazing! This book is a must read for those interested in the Dyatlov incident.
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