This is the second volume of a planned multi-volume history focusing on UFO-related phenomena from the British Isles, the first serious and organized attempt at this major undertaking. This volume covers the period 1960-64, and there's a lot of material. The authors/compilers of the series are police officer John Hanson and his partner Dawn Holloway, with many other researchers credited as contributors of material.
The introduction this time is penned by Jenny Randles, with a brief note from the late, delightfully straight-talking (some would say curmudgeonly) Admiral of the Fleet Lord Hill Norton, once head of NATO, about the UFO issue and its impact on officialdom.
As with the first volume the authors have done an excellent job of detailing cases, meticulously sorting wheat from chaff.
The large-format paperback with magazine-style layout is carried over from the first volume, and this one comes in at just over 290 pages. David Sankey again supplies illustrations where relevant and useful. One interesting revelation is that large black triangular craft, with a light near each point of the triangle and one in the centre, were reported as far back as 1964 in British skies and this distinctive shape did not originate with the wave of sightings of identically described phenomena over Belgium in 1990.
Again thousands of sightings and encounters have probably been excluded because only what has been reported can be investigated and recorded.
As with the first volume the text is literate, free of typos and obviously edited to a professional standard (why can't all works in this field be so good in this area?). Let's look forward to volume three.