This 1997 publication is Ray Fowler's fifth and final book exploring the long and detailed abduction history of Betty Andreasson-Luca (nee Elizabeth Aho) and her family. In this 438-page tome, the author also spends several chapters recounting his own history of alien abductions and related bodily scarring, with a photo section reproducing monochrome images of near-identical scoop mark scars on 12 different people.
Much of the text of TAL goes over ground already covered in the previous 4 volumes from `The Andreasson Affair' through the `Watchers' duo so, if you've read these, be prepared for a lot of repetition. There is a useful chapter which summarises the work of the late CA obstetrician/gynaecologist Dr. Richard Neal on the `missing pregnancy' syndrome during his time with MUFON (Neal also worked extensively with Budd Hopkins and the IF during the 1990s prior to Neal's untimely demise). There's also a section on the recovery of exotic implants extracted from abductees' bodies by Dr. Roger Leir and other surgeons affiliated to MUFON at this time.
The catalogue of strangeness recounted by Fowler includes multiple psychic phenomena, endless `synchronicities' (most of which are repeated verbatim in the author's 2004 book `Synchrofile') and evident attempts by the abducting entities to surgically extract sperm from his ductus deferens, in the process leaving a straight-line scar on the tissue behind his scrotum.
As usual with this author, much of the story is autobiographical as he attempts to draw parallels between his own family's experiences and those of the Andreasson-Lucas. Once again Fowler leaves the reader drowning in information about his own personal experiences, whilst ultimately offering little by way of understanding the motives behind the abduction program. As in the `Watchers' books, Fowler adheres to the `metaphenomena' concept which attempts to attach the abduction program to near-death experiences (NDEs) and other paranormal phenomena, in the way of Jacques Vallee in his 1975 essay `The Invisible College' and subsequently championed by Col John Alexander in several published papers. This idea doesn't convincingly explain the abductors or their motives and reads more like `argument from spurious similarity' so, like most of Vallee's ideas, sounds superficially impressive but essentially leads up a blind alley offering no real understanding of what is really going on, or why. Another inhibiting factor to deductive reasoning is that both Ray Fowler and Betty Andreasson-Luca are devout Christians (BAL is a Pentecostal, whose adherents enter into ecstatic trances and `speak in tongues') and attempts are made by Fowler to force-fit the abduction experiences and related phenomena into their Judeo-Christian world-view/ideology. Broadly speaking, Fowler's conclusions are in line with the usual banal, new-age ideology that the `Elders' are intervening to `save the planet' and the human race from destruction, environmental catastrophe, yadda yadda.
TAL however is very well presented, with some illustrations of a high standard and exemplary text-editing. Despite its shortcomings and need of a pruning editor, this series of five books on the Andreasson-Luca case is good background reading for anyone seriously interested in the abduction issue. Raymond Fowler's heart is in the right place and if not a great writer, he's without dispute an honest and dedicated researcher. I would rate his single-volume investigation of the simultaneous abduction of four young men in Maine `The Allagash Abductions' as his best-ever contribution to this field of study for a number of reasons, including the succinct, hard-factual writing style and admirable brevity which characterises that particular book.