I bought this book when it first came out, and read the whole thing in about two days. I found it fascinating and was unable to put it down. Yet there is just so much information in this book I felt overwhelmed after reading it so quickly, so I'm not sure that is the best way to read it.
The book is very thorough, almost panoramic. It begins by rooting the Medjugorje phenomenon in Bosnian history, Church history and the conditions in the town of Medjugorje during the 1970's. It then discusses the events of June 1981, the earliest apparitions and how the Franciscans became involved. It goes on to cover the worldwide Medjugorje movement and many of the questionable characters involved in or tangentally related to it. The stories of couples and families torn apart by false seers and manipulative members of the movement are positively heartbreaking, even terrifying.
The writing style is uneven; Jones has some interesting little "catch phrases" which he repeats over and over again throughout the book. For instance, regarding how the war in Bosnia effected pilgrimages to Medjugorje, he is fond of saying that the pilgrims were left "all dressed up with no place to go". So fond, in fact, that he repeats that phrase about three or four times throughout the book! It was cute the first time, but pretty soon gets tiresome.
He does the same with a few other phrases, giving the impression that this book may have been compiled from disparate works written over time. That could account for the repetition. IMHO, a writer should be careful not to repeat himself like that, since his readers will find it tiresome.
My copy of the book contains numerous typos; of course, I purchased the first edition, so he may have corrected it since (I think he has changed the title as well). The typos give the further impression that the book was released quickly, without sufficient proofreading.
I also wish Jones would have presented all the events of June 1981 a bit more systematically - day by day, hour by hour - so I could see how the Medjugorje phenomenon developed in the very beginning. I found that chapter a bit scatter-shot, though it did contain much information I had never heard before.
A reveiwer below cited the "guilt by association". Yes, Jones is guilty of that in this book. He goes to great lengths toward the end showing the problems with aspects of the Medjugorje movement: false seers, shady characters, cultlike manipulation, broken families, mishandling of donations, etc. etc. While this is all horrific and disturbing, it does not *in itself* prove that Medjugorje is false. Questionable characters have attached themselves to valid Marian apparitions (Fr. Gruner and Fatima, for instance), and false religious movements have grown from them as well (the Apostles of Infinite Love in Canada claim to be following the instructions of Our Lady of LaSalette). But that does not invalidate these apparitions.
I do not believe that Medjugorje is a valid apparition, but IMHO the corruption in elements of the Medjugorje movement could well be quite separate from the falsehood of the apparition itself. I say that *after* reading this book; I don't think Jones quite succeeded in proving a connection between the two. Guilt by association is not always convincing.
Even though the connection is not clear, this book still presents enough damaging evidence against the apparition itself to convince an orthodox Catholic that Medjugorje is false, provided they are not already partial to the apparition. I have read books both pro and con, and this one is by far the most thorough and convincing, even despite the rambling, repetition and "guilt by association".
One last thing; I did not appreciate how Jones characterized Pope John Paul II as an "apparitions nut". I believe he was quoting someone else who said that, but he could have printed a disclaimer had he disagreed, and he did not print one. A little respect for the Holy Father, please!
Anyway, I recommend the book to anyone who is really interested in the aspects of the Medjugorje phenomenon which supporters will not present. But try to pace yourself when reading it; there's a lot of meat in this book, so give yourself time to chew on and digest it all! And be prepared for some heartbreaking stories of broken marriages and cultic manipulation. This book may well change the way you think about Marian apparitions. If its cautionary tales keep people from credulous acceptance of every self-proclaimed "seer" who comes along, it will have accomplished much.