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Monster Files [Kindle Edition]

Nick Redfern
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Does the Pentagon have the body of Bigfoot on ice?
What is the U.S. military hiding from us about lake monsters?
What is the link between the CIA and the abominable snowman?
Why is there a British government file on sea serpents?
What do the Russians know about animal ESP?
There have been persistent rumors, tales, and legends for decades that government agencies--all around the world--have been secretly collecting and studying data on bizarre beasts, amazing animals, and strange creatures.
Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, sea serpents, psychic pets, the chupacabras, and the abominable snowman have all attracted official, classified interest.
Now, for the first time, the full, fearsome facts are finally revealed in Nick Redfern's The Monster Files.
You'll discover all the amazing cryptozoological truths, conspiracies, and cover-ups behind the secret studies by the Pentagon, the Kremlin, and the British military, among many others.
Despite what your parents might have told you when you were a child, monsters, creepy creatures and terrifying beasts really do exist. And our governments know all about them.

About the Author

Nick Redfern is the author of more than 20 books and has appeared on numerous TV shows, including the History Channel's Ancient Aliens and the BBC's Out of This World.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1343 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1601632630
  • Publisher: New Page Books; 1 edition (22 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CB684G8
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No need to worry, apparently 9 May 2013
Format:Paperback
"Monster Files" by Nick Redfern is a book marketed as "a look inside government secrets and classified documents on bizarre creatures and extraordinary animals". In other words, the publisher implies that the government (or perhaps the Illuminati) knows THE TRUTH about Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster and the Black Beast of Exmoor, but are keeping everything under wraps. Roswell, anyone?

While "Monster Files" are entertaining, Redfern doesn't really prove anything. Many of the stories he retells are obvious tall tales or urban legends, something he is happy to acknowledge himself. Others are perfectly innocuous. If military personnel reports seeing monsters (they occasionally do), the whole thing is of course classified, but so what? Various agencies of the British government have quasi-officially investigated the Loch Ness monster, but again, so what? Back in 1977, the U.S. Department of the Interior apparently had a contingency plan for how to deal with Bigfoot in the event the beast turns out to be real, but that simply proves that they were doing their job as conscientious civil servants. Given the large amount of crazy, gun-touting "Bigfoot hunters" who would show up if the smelling ape-man would be confirmed by science, I'm surprised the Feds doesn't have a contingency plan all their own! I mean, it *could* happen.

Less innocuous are experiment on real animals with the intention of turning them into military assets. Declassified American files show that the CIA spent 10 million dollars (sic) on a failed attempt to implant cats with electronic bugging equipment. The purpose was to let the enhanced cats lurk around the Soviet embassy in Washington DC.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Tough to read, too tough maybe 19 Sep 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Firstly I LOVE the paranormal and especially cryptozoology, it's a fascinating area of study but this book reads like a high school essay book (and despite Nick being English it's obviously been written for the American market place and dollar), there's a lot of 'big words' thrown in for the sake of it and a lot needs re-reading as it doesn't make any sense and the end result is it totally dilutes or ruins the point Nick is trying to make or reveal to us.

The subject matter itself is sensational enough, it really doesn't need 'padding out' in such a manner, and I really tried to see past it and I was ultimately gutted to have to give up on it, but I couldn't take any more of the writing a style and the frequent odd choice of words and phrases, so despite the fairly hefty fee of 7 odd quid (for a kindle book!) I couldn't takes no more and have left it, I'll probably try again in a few weeks but my guess is it will be just as tough and annoying to read and I'll just delete it.

Might fit more to our American cousins but honestly and no disrespect to Nick whom I know must make his living out of this I'd give this one a miss.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 6 Aug 2014
By Mrs L
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Interesting - good for those unfamiliar with the topics covered.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting! 6 May 2013
By Dr. Joseph S. Maresca - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Monster Files-A Look Inside Government Secrets and Classified Documents On Bizarre Creatures and Extraordinary Animals by Nick Redfern is an interesting story about a collection of fantastic sightings of bizarre creatures over the centuries. Redfern includes full length pictures of half-apes, the lagoon creature, bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, winged beasts and creatures appearing to be real werewolves.

Dr. Joseph Banks Rhine tested the psychic abilities of dogs in being able
to locate dummy minefields in California. His efforts met with more than
a modicum of success. Redfern also documents a May 9, 1830 sighting of a
huge sea snake by the British Royal Navy at sea off St. Helena.

Redfern describes the killing of a hypertrichosis inflicted man through
the research work of Jonathan Downes of Devonshire, England.
Hypertrichosis is a condition which renders a human face similar
to a werewolf in size, ferocity and overall demeanor.

Redfern's research also extends to Asia. For instance, he documented a sea serpent sighting on the Han River in Vietnam. The creature was 80 feet long. The author also did some research on sightings of the monster of Loch Ness, Scotland from time to time over the previous 14 centuries. The bibliography of the author's research extends to nearly 15 pages of citations.

Monster Files-A Look Inside Government Secrets and Classified Documents On Bizarre Creatures and Extraordinary Animals by Nick Redfern is an important compendium of research explained at length with numerous pictures and citations to support the many arguments in support of these rare phenomena.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I know a redhead who would swoon over this book 30 May 2013
By Barry Huddleston - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
*** Review copy provided by New Page Books

I have never been disappointed with a Nick Redfern book and this one is his best thus far. First, the cover art is fantastic, it has this wonderful Indiana Jones vibe. Each chapter begins with a grunge page with a handwritten-like font that gives the book a field guide feel. While there is a nice selection of interior art and pictures in the book, I would like to have seen some of them in color.

As you might expect from a Redfern book, there is a nice sized Bibliography which should make for a nice jumping off point for your own research. The book begins with Roosevelt's Bigfoot story and travels through cryptid stories until taunting us with a Megalania prisca. I have to say that I am pretty skeptical when it comes to some of the stories, but Redfern certainly knows how to lay out an interesting case.

Perfect for the paranormal geeks out there, I just happen to know a redhead who, if you were to whip this book out of the pocket of your cargo shorts, would swoon -- swoon at the sight of this book. I enjoyed every minute of it and would give Monster Files: A Look Inside Government Secrets and Classified Documents on Bizarre Creatures and Extraordinary Animals 5 sea serpents out of 5.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Redfern Exposes Creepiest of Coverups 5 Sep 2013
By Linda S. Godfrey - Published on Amazon.com
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There's nothing that should be covered up about Nick Redfern's new book on government cover ups of anomalous creatures. In Monster Files: a Look Inside Government Secrets and Classified Documents on Bizarre Creations and Extraordinary Animals, Redfern uses the Freedom of Information Act along with some Class-A sleuthing to tease out possible plots by governments world-wide to find Bigfoot, turn cats into robo-animals for surveillance purposes, and engineer human-animal hybrids.

My own main take-away from Redfern's book is the sure but uneasy realization that that topics most likely to be ridiculed by the authorities are also the very things the government privately seems to consider most interesting.

For instance, the word "Yeti," which is the name for a creature similar to Bigfoot in Nepal, has become almost a standard synonym for "joke" in today's media, and is often used in police logs in a denigrating manner when people dare to report sightings of unknown, upright animals. And yet, Redfern demonstrates over and over again that our government has had a long and abiding interest in these creatures for many decades, beginning with a statement from the U.S. Embassy in Nepal in 1959 that decreed any photographs or other evidence found of a Yeti must immediately be turned into the local authorities, and that any news reports were required to undergo government scrutiny before release to the public. Redfern includes a photo of the document lest anyone doubt.

Redfern has found equally appalling scenarios and cases of government programs involving other "extraordinary animals" from werewolves to dinosaur-like creatures. There's a lot more to some of these cases often dismissed as mere conspiracy theories than I, for one, ever knew. He also follows certain common threads, such as the appearance of orb-like lights that seem to link many of these closely surveilled phenomena.

Readers of my work know that one of my abiding interests has been the fact that mysterious, sometimes phantom creatures keep appearing to thousands of sane and credible people for unknown reasons. Monster Files points us in many new directions in the search for these reasons, and may just begin to explain some of those "Unexplainables."
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another solid work by Redfern 30 May 2013
By M. L Lamendola - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is one of several Nick Redfern books I have reviewed. Probably the closest one in terms of subject matter is The World's Weirdest Places (which I also reviewed), which came out in 2012.

While this book keeps with the Redfern tradition of looking at arcane facts to provide an interesting, compelling set of mini-stories, it differs from the other Redfern works in its tone. His writing is always lively, but in the first few chapters of this work the text was unnecessarily hyperbolic. I don't know if he had an editor or assistant who thought this would liven things up, but I found it annoying. The subject matter is already quite interesting and Redfern's normal writing style is already engaging.

Aside from that annoyance, this is the usual good read. And as usual, Redfern proves himself a capable researcher who approaches a subject with an open mind rather than an agenda. I enjoyed this book, just as I have enjoyed reading his other books. I just would have enjoyed it more if the first few chapters had matched his usual style.

In Monster Files, Redfern discusses 27 different accounts of alleged monsters. These include, of course, Bigfoot and Nessie. But he doesn't just cover familiar ground, as is obvious when you do the math. There just aren't 27 iconic monster types. So, some alleged monsters you may not have heard about before. Redfern doesn't rehash what we've already read and call that a book. He digs up information people are unlikely to have encountered previously, stitches it all into a sparkling narrative, and has you wondering what exactly the real story is. That's great entertainment, and it's educational too.

The subtitle tells us that we're going to see inside government secrets and classified documents on bizarre creatures and extraordinary animals. We do get that peek, but this may be promising more than is possible to deliver (depending on what you read into it).

Today, after surviving through nine years of especially egregious government assault on our economy and our civil liberties (the last four having exacerbated these by a few orders of magnitude), many people in the USA equate (federal) "government" with "evil" and that shows no signs of abating in the near future.

The lies, stealing, corruption, and lawlessness we've seen over recent years have not made for a positive reputation among people who have any semblance of alertness. So maybe drawing attention to the government aspect is a way to entice potential readers into buying the book in hopes of reading about even more sleaze, obfuscations, and cover-ups. But that's not really the government angle the book addresses.

This book consist of 27 chapters, spread across 259 pages. Each chapter is devoted to a different monster. It's worth noting that not all of these monsters are of the scary movie sort. Consider, for example, the Acoustic Kitty. This really isn't a mystery and it's not a monster in the classic sense. But it is a story in which the word monster aptly applies. Just not to the kitty itself.

Redfern follows these 27 accounts with a conclusion. Here, he reviews some highlights of what he's covered and connects some dots to help the reader see some interesting patterns.

Perhaps the 15-page bibliography is excessive, but IMO it shows just how far Redfern went to keep this book firmly in the non-fiction category. And it gives the truly curious reader some great references to explore. The outsized bibliography is normal for Redfern. I noted earlier that I had also reviewed (among other Redfern books) The World's Weirdest Places. It also has a 15-page bibliography. As noted in that review, this size is on par with the bibliographies of his other works.

Is he just listing sources, regardless of their quality? I doubt that. Something I've noticed with "non-fiction" authors over the past few years is many of their works include errors of fact. They often inject their personal opinions, usually some statist political viewpoint. They venture well outside their area of expertise. Where they venture into mine, I see the errors and I realize the author was a sloppy researcher. I have yet to catch Redfern in such behavior. Considering how many of his books I have read and how varied the topics are, that amazes me. The guy just won't present something as fact unless he's verified it as such. Most major news outlets seem to take the opposite approach!

The book is also indexed, which is helpful for those using it as a reference text. Given how loaded this book is with facts, that could come in handy.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars cryptozoological anomalies meet spookdom/officialdom 3 Jun 2013
By monyouk - Published on Amazon.com
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Some old cases are revisited and cast in a new light, while drawing on the work of recognized researchers in the field, such as Ivan T. Sanderson, Loren Coleman, Jonathan Downes, Linda Godfrey, et al. The presentation follows a somewhat chronological order, although there are thematic threads as well, ranging from the Admirality's file on sea serpent encounters in the 19th century to recent sightings of elusive alien big cats (ABC) in Australia.

Bigfoot and its alleged kins loom large, prompting far-out theories (not that I mind those) of dimensional jump and wormholes, or more down-to-earth ones like providing a cover story for possible CIA espionage in the Himalayas during the Chinese communist invasion of Tibet in the 1950s - cf. Texas millionaire Tom Slick's (1916-62) expeditions to the region. Not mentioned by Redfern, but the venerable John Keel also visited this part of the world (the kingdom of Sikkim) around 1955/6 in pursuit of the "abominable snowman" (see the autobiographical Jadoo 1957).

We can read about the following: military intel psyops spreading rumours of creepy creatures to frighten off locals from high security zones; animal experiments; strange parallels of werewolf sightings at military installations where WWII PoW's had been buried; the curious idea of phantimals; beastly felines prowling the British countryside; CIA personnel battling a super-sized snake in the Bolivian jungle in the late 1950s; and other odd scenarios.

27 black-and-white pics, bibliography (pp. 261-75), index (277-82)

Specific observations/addenda:

> Yet again the prolific author has used but made no reference to a couple of his earlier titles: 1) Major Edward Lansdale's Aswang ruse in the 1950s Philippines (chapter 7) first appeared in The Pyramids and the Pentagon: The Government's Top Secret Pursuit of Mystical Relics, Ancient Astronauts, and Lost Civilizations (pp. 187-90); 2) Ilya Ivanov's hybrid man-ape experiments in the late 1920s Soviet Union (pp. 31-6) surfaced previously in SCIENCE FICTION SECRETS: From Government Files and the Paranormal (pp. 32-5), Redfern's update being that dictator Stalin had no knowledge of the project; 3) Why British cryptozoologist Jonathan Downes came to be under surveillance by the Special Branch (pp. 203-9) was relayed earlier in On the Trail of the Saucer Spies: UFOs and Government Surveillance (pp. 241-5).

> I think it's a rather flimsy piece of circumstantial evidence on the basis of which the author designates the Flatwoods caper of 1952 (ch. 6) a military psyop (although not unlikely). Since the RAND publication in question mentions one Jasper Maskelyne's writing from 1949 that describes a manufactured monster unleashed by the Brits in the Italian Alps (or the Appenines, I wonder) during WWII, and in Redfern's reasoning what happened in that West Virginian locale copied the same scenario, it would have been advisable to consult a military historian in order to ascertain if anything even remotely similar was heard of on the Italian frontline.

> The Soviet research paper, quoted on pp. 197-8, of an experiment testing information transfer between a mother rabbit in the laboratory and her litters, which were subsequently killed, aboard a submarine is not so much about "military interest in the nature of the afterlife within the animal kingdom" (ibid.), imho, but more about Kazhinsky's "bioradiational sight ray" (p. 156), that is 'animal telepathy/ESP'.
An interesting tidbit: Within the Special Department of the dreaded Soviet secret police (O/GPU), there was "an elite outfit, the 7th Section, which delved into paranormal issues ranging from hypnotism and ESP to the Abominable Snowmman," writes the astute Richard B. Spence in an essay, titled "Red Star over Shambhala: Soviet, British and American Intelligence and the Search for Lost Civilization in Central Asia" (New Dawn magazine, 2008 September - accessible online), referencing one Oleg Shishkin's Bitva za Gimalai: NKVD--magiia i shpionazh (Seriia "Dose") (Russian Edition) ("Fight for the Himalayas: NKVD, Magic and Espionage," 1999 Moskva).

> It would have been great to read some conspiratorial, spy agency related story from one of Redfern's friends, "the Mothman photographer" Andrew Colvin.

> Here is how natives see the yeti (< Tibetan: g.ya-dred: 'bear of the slate-mountain'): "Tibetans and Lepchas [of Sikkim, maybe the same as the 'Rongkup people' on p. 87] describe the 'snowman' as a huge dark-brown monkey with an egg-shaped head scantily covered with reddish hair. He is supposed to be 7 ft. high when standing erect. The 'snowman' is said to be living in the highest tracts of the mountain-forests, which he leaves occasionally to search a salty kind of moss growing on rocks on the morain fields. When searching this moss he crosses sometimes - walking erect - snowfields, on which he leaves his characteristic foot-prints; similar traces are supposed to be made by a bear, known to Tibetans as Mi dred [man-bear]. (This is the expression 'Mete' ['metoh' on p. 88] found in reports of Himalayan expeditions and wrongly translated as 'abominable'.)" p. 344 fn. 1 in: Nebesky-Wojkowitz's Oracles and Demons of Tibet- the cult and iconography of the tibetan protective (1956)

> Related to the above but from a wider perspective of ethnography/folklore, see Gregory Forth's Images of the Wildman in Southeast Asia: An Anthropological Perspective (2008).

> To my slight dismay, the author has not deemed worthy of perusal the aforementioned John Keel's classic Strange Creatures from Time and Space (1970), or any of his other books for that matter, which nonetheless has a lot to say about related issues, such as sea serpents, disproportionately gigantic eel larvae, the so-called 'scoliophis atlanticus' of 1817 (Gloucester, Mass.), and suchlike.
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