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  • Paperback: 194 pages
  • Publisher: Eagle Press (15 Feb 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937174018
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937174019
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 754,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1998 saw the publication of the second, updated, edition of a book entitled 'Night Siege: The Hudson Valley UFO Sightings'. It was authored by Dr J. Allen Hynek, Philip J. Imbrogno and Bob Pratt, and describes a series of remarkable UFO sightings that began at the end of 1982 and continued into the mid-1990s, mainly involving places in southern New York State and Connecticut, such as Bedford, Brewster, Carmel, Danbury and Fairfield.

Although Imbrogno was nominally the second author, he seems to have been the main contributor to 'Night Siege'. But his reputation suffered a dent in 2011, when his credentials came under scrutiny. For example, he supposedly had degrees from the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), although when Lance Moody, a UFO sceptic, contacted MIT to check, he was informed that the institution had no record of that!

Of course, if UFO researchers lie about their credentials, the reliability of their UFO-related writings will be called into question. But one would be hard put to find anyone who has never told a lie; and if authors misrepresent their qualifications, it doesn't necessarily follow that they've told lies in their books or articles. At any rate, 'Night Siege' isn't the only compilation of UFO sighting reports concerning the Hudson Valley. In 2013, Linda Zimmerman's book 'In the Night Sky' was published, which focuses on the area, although I've yet to read it myself. But I've read her 2014 book, 'Hudson Valley UFOs', which is, of course, the subject of this review. Much of the testimony it cites was obtained from witnesses by Zimmerman herself, and in addition to straightforward UFO sightings, she describes cases of the alien abduction and entity encounter type.

Zimmerman notes (p.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Just loved this book!!! 20 Feb 2014
By Jon P. Fortunato - Published on Amazon.com
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Super interesting compilation of first hand sighting accounts in this hot bed area for UFOs. Beautifully written with some great illustrations, photos and declassified documents from our military. This book is a MUST for anyone interested in the subject and especially anyone living in this area of the country!!!

Jon Fortunato

Orangeburg, New York
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Unique 14 Mar 2014
By Jeanne O'Grady - Published on Amazon.com
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Glad to see the info and Ms. Zimmerman's interpretation. I grew up in the area and found this book an interesting read!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
read this 15 May 2014
By DENNIS L LYNN - Published on Amazon.com
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Linda Zimmermann shares what witnesses have told her about the Hudson Valley sightings with a fine blend of humor and authenticity. Her book is an excellent read and in my humble opinion, the finest verification that we are not alone. Read it!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Night Terrors 25 May 2014
By Nested Grid - Published on Amazon.com
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As in her book, ,"In The Night Sky", Linda Zimmerman has compiled an impressive list of UFO sightings, ranging from the slightly unusual to the very bizarre. This book contains reports in the Hudson Valley that continue today. That no one hears of them is in itself amazing. Linda writes in a way that makes you believe in people and what they've experienced. This book is well worth it, for anyone even remotely interested in the subject.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Interesting, but some presentational problems 26 May 2014
By Dr Peter A. McCue - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
1998 saw the publication of the second, updated, edition of a book entitled 'Night Siege: The Hudson Valley UFO Sightings'. It was authored by Dr J. Allen Hynek, Philip J. Imbrogno and Bob Pratt, and describes a series of remarkable UFO sightings that began at the end of 1982 and continued into the mid-1990s, mainly involving places in southern New York State and Connecticut, such as Bedford, Brewster, Carmel, Danbury and Fairfield.

Although Imbrogno was nominally the second author, he seems to have been the main contributor to 'Night Siege'. But his reputation suffered a dent in 2011, when his credentials came under scrutiny. For example, he supposedly had degrees from the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), although when Lance Moody, a UFO sceptic, contacted MIT to check, he was informed that the institution had no record of that!

Of course, if UFO researchers lie about their credentials, the reliability of their UFO-related writings will be called into question. But one would be hard put to find anyone who has never told a lie; and if authors misrepresent their qualifications, it doesn't necessarily follow that they've told lies in their books or articles. At any rate, 'Night Siege' isn't the only compilation of UFO sighting reports concerning the Hudson Valley. In 2013, Linda Zimmerman's book 'In the Night Sky' was published, which focuses on the area, although I've yet to read it myself. But I've read her 2014 book, 'Hudson Valley UFOs', which is, of course, the subject of this review. Much of the testimony it cites was obtained from witnesses by Zimmerman herself, and in addition to straightforward UFO sightings, she describes cases of the alien abduction and entity encounter type.

Zimmerman notes (p. 1) that there was a wave of sightings of mysterious airships over the north-east of the USA in 1909-10, with many of them occurring in the Hudson Valley. UFO sightings in the area have continued over the years, and some of the cases that Zimmerman mentions are very recent. In the unpaginated introduction to her book (oddly, the pagination doesn't start until Chapter 1), she contends that "the Hudson Valley is most likely the #1 Hotspot for UFO activity in the [USA]." However, since she doesn't provide comparative statistical data, that's conjectural.

'Project Blue Book' (PBB) was one of a series of studies of UFO reports conducted by the United States Air Force. It started in 1952 and was wound up at the beginning of 1970. Zimmerman examines its treatment of a number of cases from the Hudson Valley. She notes (p. 117) that PBB reporters "constantly employed the technique of taking a couple of words from the witnesses and miscategorizing the entire sighting..." For example, a UFO reported by a commercial airline pilot in October 1955 was deemed, by PBB, to be "Typical of a shooting star", even though the object reduced its speed to that of the aircraft, paralleled its course for roughly 15 seconds, and then went away, gaining altitude at a seemingly infinite speed (pp. 115-118).

Given that the book has a regional focus and not all of its readers may be familiar with the Hudson Valley, it would have been helpful if Zimmerman had included at least one or two outline maps.

I noticed only a few typos, but unfortunately the book has presentational problems. At points, Zimmerman includes large blocks of quoted witness testimony, but without indenting the material, using quotation marks, or otherwise clearly differentiating it from her own text. In places, such quoted material appears with no introduction, just a section heading. Someone opening the book at random and coming upon such a passage might wrongly assume that the words were Zimmerman's, not those of a witness.

At points, I found Zimmerman's wording unclear, and in at least one instance (p. 66) she seems to have overlooked an obvious error in witness testimony ("We parked facing the lake at 103 degrees Northeast").
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