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on 27 June 2001
The Uninvited brings a studied and methodical aproach to an interesting and, at times, bizzare subject, alien abduction. He writes with an obvious profound knowledge of the area with the discipline of the serious researcher, letting the data lead to the conclusion, rather than the reverse - a rare trait in this subject. He brings to the subject the ability to search the material, without trying to fit it to an allready formulated theory, for the revelant facts. In this he is reminiscent of Timothy Good, openly stating and anylising the facts, while not letting imagination take the lead. Pope also avoids the more fanciful theories of UFOlogy and Abdution theorists, which can only help a subject full of imaginative ramblings. I thoroughly enjoyed The Uninvited and highly recomend it to anyone with a healthy, yet questioning down to earth attitude to the Abduction phenomena, as well as the study of UFO's and related subjects generaly.
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Nick Pope's "The Uninvited" - apart from having a great title - is an excellent overview of the abduction phenomenon and especially good as a primer for those with little knowledge of the subject outside the occasional lightweight History or Science Channel TV documentary. It's intelligent, deeply considered and contains a lot of original source material investigated by the author which you won't find anywhere else.

Pope first became acquainted with the abduction issue after being parachuted into the MOD's UFO desk job in 1991 and facing the responsibility of responding to numerous letters received from people all over the UK reporting UFO sightings and accompanied by the usual missing time episodes, disorientation, partial memories and odd body scarring. To his credit, he got out into the field and investigated many of these cases personally, only to discover the reporters to be on the whole responsible, level-headed and functional members of society in no way welcoming any publicity or exposure, just wanting to know what had happened to them. Pope gradually became persuaded by the near-identical narratives and markers in all these cases that this was some kind of real phenomenon, and decided to study the subject.

The book is in two parts, well-organised and written in a highly readable, literate style spiced with frequent good-natured humour. Nick pushes no particular agenda but looks at all the evidence in the round. He investigated individual cases, read extensively on the subject and took the trouble to contact and interview both abductees and prominent researchers. He runs the reader through the evolving nature of the phenomenon from centuries of folklore of people being abducted by small beings ("elves" or "fairies") to a different environment accompanied by "missing time"; through the contactees of the 1950s and 1960s; to the emergence of the modern phenomenon with the Villas Boas case and the most comprehensive 10-page summing-up of the Hill case I've ever read anywhere. He is particularly good in reporting the changing attitudes of the UFO research organizations to the abduction issue through the 1970s and 1980s from outright hostility and denial to reluctant acceptance as the evidence began to relentlessly pile up.

One value of reading "The Uninvited" is in its detailed examination of some extraordinary UK cases. In addition to the better-known Aveley, Oakensen and Alan Godfrey cases many others seldom reported elsewhere - like the very early case of James Millen (starting in 1944), with lifelong multiple abduction events involving several witnesses - are related in some detail. Nick met, interviewed and got to know all these people and relates the details in his straightforward, informative and non-judgmental style.

The author accepts that hard evidence to conclusively prove abductions are a reality as reported is hard to come by, but that the circumstantial evidence is "good enough to carry the day". In chapter seven he explores the challenge to official scientific paradigms and the problem of evidence, and in chapter eight philosophical issues such as the legal and constitutional responsibility of government to defend its citizens if this phenomenon is real - a can of worms indeed.

In the second part of the book, Nick devotes a chapter to each of several interesting cases from his own investigation file where the elements are complex and do not follow a simple classic abduction narrative. These contain elements such as OBEs, ghosts, terrified house pets and multiple-witnesses, and he observes that the dividing line between the physical and paranormal aspects of this phenomenon is a narrow one. Some have quite weird aspects and support the later work of Budd Hopkins (whom Pope rightly acknowledges as the most groundbreaking pioneer in the history of this research field), Dr. David Jacobs and others who uncovered information that human-alien hybrids are being produced and are sometimes encountered by abductees here on Earth. They're in London too - it seems.

Chapter 15 is titled 'The Usual Suspects' and runs through the commonly held theories about the origin of the phenomenon: ETs; the collective unconscious; the 'shared earth theory' postulated in the past by John Keel and Jacques Vallee (and recently in 2010 recycled yet again by the late Mac Tonnies); inter-dimensional beings; time travellers from the future; government mind control experiments; various barely believable debunking theories like sleep paralysis and hypnagogic states (none of which even begin to address the complex evidence) - and so on.

To his credit, Pope nails his colours to the mast and writes in the concluding chapter:

"...careful study of the available data on abductions shows beyond a shadow of a doubt that there is a genuine phenomenon at work...from the variety of theories in circulation, I believe the extraterrestrial explanation best fits the data. My own work together with careful analysis of the work of others leads me to the conclusion that a literal interpretation of reports from witnesses is the correct one..."

So, 'The Uninvited' is a refreshingly intelligent and original examination of the abduction phenomenon spiced with personal investigations and a lot of original material, and well worth reading whatever the level of your current acquaintance with the data. One minor criticism might be the absence of any illustrations, even in the hardcover edition - but by now we all know what Gray aliens look like, don't we?
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on 15 June 2009
Im not very good at this stuff but always use the reviews to decide what to buy. Bare with me. (o:
Firstly im not sure about mister one stars review. Being a loony myself i have never reported being abducted by aliens. Abductees though are rarely anything but normal and are always confused by their experiences. But you know this already.
The Uninvited is an excelent book for anyone interested in ufos, aliens, and the paranormal. And is in a class of its own when compared to Open Skies, Closed minds.
I think that most people who have already read into this subject will be glad to hear that Pope only makes breif referances towards the contactees and does not delve too deeply into the famous abductees.
Most of the rest of the book is taken up by cases of abduction and alien encounter not yet seen before. All in all this is a good alround read.
What attracts me to this book most of all is that the witness acounts often involve a good degree of high strangeness which is refreshing and makes the book differ to most others. I expect that most other authors and investigaters stay away from the oz effect because it takes credibility away from the encounters themselves and the reliability of the abductees is already under enough doubt.
If you are interested in the subject i highly recommend this book!
If you are interested in the more surreal aspects of the paranormal then i point you in the direction of John Keel, famed author of the mothman prophesies. The book is not like the film. Our haunted planet is my top favourite book!
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on 25 July 1999
Nick's second book on UFO's focus's in on the specific subject of 'the visitors'. Again it is a well presented report on plausible cases of encounters with extraterrestrial around the world. I'm sure that there is far more alarming fact and truth in the encounters, than fiction. Another must for anyone interested in Alien interaction with the Earth.
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on 17 June 2015
It is easy to read around about UFO radar contacts, photos, traces on the ground, ejected material, radiation sickness in UFO witnesses, and other physical evidence. It is difficult to find sources you think you can trust when it comes to alien abductions. This is an ideal book to pique that curiosity, without having to wade through a tonne of unconvincing and dubious material. This book is rigorous, original and convincing. It occupies space opened up by Jacques Vallee's Dimensions, in that it considers a whole range of paranormal things in connection to UFOs; but while Vallee was dramatic, Nick Pope is straightforward. He is, after all, the squarest guy on the planet.

The cases are from the UK, truly strange, relatively recent and mostly unpublished elsewhere. This gives them an immediacy you just don't feel with abduction accounts from rural America or Brazil, for example, or with the well known classic cases

I would also recommend the Guardian's Amazon review to see more of what you're getting before you buy.
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on 8 June 2010
Nick Pope, used to work for the goverment, and has written quite a lot of books about U.F.O.s, and Alien Abduction, this is informative, well written, and once again, a must read, for all you Fox Mulder, fans out there. Fox Mulder favourite saying was "The Truth Is Out There!" and Nick Pope,gives a lot of answers, to the many questions, we have all thought about. READ IT!!!!
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on 3 November 2009
'The Uninvited' presents both the history and evidence for the alien abduction phenomenon in a lucid and intelligent writing style. I was completely hooked after the first chapter. It is a must read for anybody who is seriously interested in the alien abduction phenomenon written by one of the world's most authoritative and respected researchers.
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on 1 November 2011
Nick Pope was comissioned by our goverment here in the uk to see if there is any truth to the claims that "there be flying saucers appearing in our skies" his study was for a few years in the 80s who after his stint decided to write a book on the subject i will say he is typical englishman who is reserved in his judgement and this book reads more like a catalogue of events and stories rather than focus on one aspect, although in his favour he does cover a broad spectrum of issues regarding this subject is an alright book to start out with..
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This is a must read for anyone interested in alien abductions or ufology, and also for anyone who thinks it is all nonsense, because it is very thought provoking and will make you look at the whole subject in a completely different light. Nick sets out the facts in his usual methodical way, considering all angles and all possibilities before reaching any conclusions. Although the book is non fiction, it has a real honest human element to it and I could not put it down until I had finished it. Highly recommended read.
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on 17 October 2012
This is a very interesting read on a subject matter that attracts conflicting views. Nick Pope always attempts to find a logical explanation, in his investigations, and concedes there are some events which cannot be explained away.
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