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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: New Page Books,US (30 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564149765
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564149763
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.8 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By RattleheadUK on 27 Mar. 2008
Format: Paperback
I hate it when I read reviews on Amazon which just slate books for no good reason. Reviews where you end up drawing the conclusion that the writer has some poorly concealed agenda with the book or its author. I just wanted to point this out before continuing...

I read `Three Men Seeking Monsters' and thought it was wonderful; whether or not you choose to believe in the subject matter, the book was well written and rolled along at a fair old pace, vivid characters and scenarios aplenty. All in all, I rated it highly and having re-read it now a number of times, nothing has changed. So you can imagine that my anticipation levels were pretty high when approaching this new book from the same author on the same sort of subject matter. Have to say, I'm really disappointed.

Firstly, whilst `Three Men...' tells an extraordinary tale, it does so with a self-deprecating sense of self. Nick Redfern comes across as somebody who can see the inherent humour in the story he's telling and is happy to poke fun at himself and his companions. Unfortunately, this is not carried over into this new book - I don't know if it's the amount of time the author has spent in Texas or something else, but the rather patronising, silly slant applied to the writing this time around is irritating to say the least. It brought to mind the scene in Alan Partridge, when it's pointed out to Alan that he uses the phrase `needless to say, I had the last laugh' in every chapter of his book; substitute instead the sentence `we all sat there drinking, laughing because we get paid for this stuff and don't have to work 9-5 you suckers' and you'd be about there. Similarly, if I read the words `literally' or `deluge of biblical proportions' again, my teeth will once more begin to itch.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Juvenile and disappointing if you are looking for monster facts and fun 2 Sept. 2007
By Rachel - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book reads like the diary of a kid who wants to either 1. ) impress people with his "occupation" as Monster Hunter or 2.) irritate people with page after page of info about himself that we don't want when we buy a book like this. When you buy a book like this you want excitement and depth of purpose. He seems to fancy himself an Indiana Jones type, when in reality, he seems to be a guy whose wife pays the bills so he can run around having pretend adventures. Not very good. Not very good AT ALL. I'm actually quite unhappy I shelled out the money for this vacuous book, and I buy 30-40 books a year and take the good with the bad, as you must. Wish I hadn't bought it.
19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Very Disappointed 14 Aug. 2008
By Michael G. Simonetto - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
If you are interested in a serious discussion of cryptids, do not buy this book. Redfern spends the majority of the book describing his personal life. The information on monster hunting is limited and ancedotal at best. He comes across as a smug,self-serving free-loader who doesn't feel the need to bother with serious research into a very interesting topic. I'm surprised this got published, it is that bad. To use a very British term to describe Nick's work, bollocks!
17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Where the Redfern Goes 1 Oct. 2008
By R. Howell - Published on
Format: Paperback
Nick Redfern travels the world giving speeches at conferences dealing with UFOs, the paranormal, and cryptozoology. He is a self-employed writer and has several books out. You find this out because he constantly promotes and plugs them in this book. This self-proclaimed monster hunter looks back over a five year period and presents his memoirs which entail meeting a woman at a UFO conference whom he tries to bed down that night but ends up marrying later on, his `investigations' of various phenomenon, and his attachments to several paranormal television shows. There's also an abundant coverage of him hanging out with his fellows and lots of drinking. And let's not forget his lengthy chapter about the family dog which dies and they deal with its lingering spirit.

The book itself is easy to read as there is little prolonged in-depth coverage of much of anything except their dog. Redfern covers lightly some UFO stuff, largely plugging one of his books and various UFO conferences he attends, talks at, drinks at, and gets all his expenses covered along with a nice speaking payment. He travels to Puerto Rico (again all expenses paid) three separate times looking into the Chupacabras legend. And he also travels throughout Texas (where he lives after getting married and moving from his native England) going to the Big Thicket region filled with ghost lights and wildmen, seeks out the Goat-Man in several areas, as well as a ghost of a drowned girl and some surreally large fish and water beasties. And to add to the mix he speaks with a lady in Wisconsin about the Beast of Bray Road which may or may not be a werewolf (another fascination of his along with zombie movies and his apparent love of the word 'diabolical'). Redfern then explains how he feels that all these purported cryptids are not natural occuring creatures but extra-dimensional, spirits, or possibly alien leftovers or government experiments.

Redfern covers lots of material but in such fragmented and disorganized anecdotes that the book seems more like what he would chat about if you sat down with him and knocked back a few beers and had a meandering conversation of rapid topic changes. The book would have benefited from some better organization of the material. He travels a lot at other people's expenses and seems to only be involved in this type of stuff so that he can do just that, travel and not have to pay for it. He gives a presentation and then `has a night on the town'. For all he talks about such phenomenon, at points he doesn't even appear to buy his own shilling of material. To me, he apparently likes being called a `monster hunter', doing the travelling, and getting paid but doesn't truly `believe' in this stuff himself... just my opinion, I've never met the guy.

Overall, light reading but there's nothing in depth, no conclusions, and the stories are too short to get you interested in them. You'll get lots of plugging of his own books, learn his favorite adult beverages, and get more than you care to about his buddy Jon Downes. I doubt I'll be spending my money on anything else of his.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
His Worst Book Yet 14 May 2008
By DJ Reviews - Published on
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After reading and thoroughly enjoying Redfern's "Three Men Seeking Monsters" I could not wait to get started on "Memoirs of a Monster Hunter." What a disappointment.
Where "Three Men" was a rollicking good time, a fun trip with three unique and entertaining individuals, "Memoirs" is a self-indulgent disorganized mess. This book is filled with personal anecdotes that would only be impressive to either Redfern's family or his high school drinking buddies. There wasn't even any new information in this book, something Redfern usually delivers on, despite his writing style filled with cliches and terrible synonyms. Boo Mr. Redfern. Please leave your adolescent ego behind and write what I know you are capable of next time.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Don't even waste a penny on this one 9 April 2009
By J. Miller - Published on
Format: Paperback
Redfern is quite possibly one of the worst authors I have ever read. His writing style is almost painful to read because he unnaturally adds the most ridulous adjectives into his sentences. The result is sappy, cumbersome writing that is awkward at best. Redfern also throws in quite a bit of profanity and references of a sexual nature, which was disappointing to me because I primarily bought this book to add to my classroom library. I'm a Middle School teacher and my kids are really into this kind of stuff, but there's no way I'm putting this one on the bookshelf.
For the plot, the book is mostly about his personal life, and his "monster hunting" is him wandering around Texas and Puerto Rico interviewing people. He has almost no noteworthy experiences of his own, and there was nothing to report that would hold up any weight to real scrutiny or the scientific method. I'm a pretty open-minded person about the mysteries of this world, but Redfern describes monster hunters as essentially a bunch of little boys who won't grow up and who make a living off of sensational half-truths, outright lies, and myths. Don't buy this book, and don't even read it. It's not worth the time or the money.
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