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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely disturbing
In this serious and disturbing book, Dr David Jacobs, a sober and respected history professor, carefully evaluates the evidence for a seemingly ludicrous possibility. Namely that people are regularly being abducted by aliens and subjected to genetic experimentation.
You will no doubt read this review and approach the book thinking that it's basically ridiculous and...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read but you will not gain extra knowledge into this field
I will look at this read objectively, firstly its fair to say that from my point of view I would consider myself to be interested in the field of Ufology and place myself more on the side of believing there are other intelligent 'beings' are in the universe.

Much of the information that is provdided in this book by Dr. Jacobs can be very skeptical and at the...
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely disturbing, 31 Aug 2001
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In this serious and disturbing book, Dr David Jacobs, a sober and respected history professor, carefully evaluates the evidence for a seemingly ludicrous possibility. Namely that people are regularly being abducted by aliens and subjected to genetic experimentation.
You will no doubt read this review and approach the book thinking that it's basically ridiculous and the author must be some kind of nutter.
Before you dismiss it, though, consider for a start that the leading researchers in this field are not New Age freaks but respected academics. E.g. one of the others is Dr John Mack, professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. (In fact he came to the subject when he was overwhelmed with psychiatric referrals from people claiming to be abducted by aliens, and upon further investigation decided that whatever the explanation was, it couldn't be psychiatric.)
In a nutshell, the evidence consists of extraordinary corroboration between the accounts of hundreds of abductees worldwide, obtained both by conscious recall and hypnotic regression. There seems to be no possible explanation for the consistency of these accounts (hoaxes, delusions, hallucinations and unconscious influence from books/films can all be ruled out). There is also significant physical evidence for the abductions.
Dr Jacobs is himself profoundly disturbed by the conclusion, reluctantly reached, that the accounts of these abductees must be largely accurate. Indeed, sufficient information has been gleaned over the last decade or so for it to be possible to piece together what the aliens seem to be doing and what it's all leading up to, apparently in the near future, which if true will have devastating implications for us all.
I urge you to take this book seriously and read it.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone really must read this book!, 23 Dec 2001
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I am not the worlds biggest reader but I read this book in one day.It terrified me and i found it very hard to sleep that night. I believe that all humans should read this book,from reading just the back of the book you could say it was laughable but the actaul contents of the book are backed up with evidence that you will not find in any other ufo type book.Ive tried to get family and friends to read it but once again ignorance and narrow mindedness prevent them from getting past the cover.This is a book not just for ufo enthusiasts but a book for mankind although a bit of initial reading may ease the highly sceptic into it, i reccommend Alien Liason by T.Good as a good introductory book.
I feel great sympathy for the author David Jacobs who must be subject to much ridicule but has produced outstanding results from research.I only wonder how much the government knows and whether they are maybe in the dark to the true nature of whats going on.
After reading this I recommend some of the chapters from Nigel kerner's (the song of the greys) which provides some very interesting ideas although some chapters were very complex and hard to understand. Now only time will tell as we sit back defenseless to our own future.The Threat is amazing yet terrifying and will change the way you look at yourself and earth forever!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A serious, well-argued, and very disturbing book, 15 April 2001
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Far from being a crank as you might expect, Dr David Jacobs is a history professor, and uses his sober academic skills, particularly at evaluating evidence, to examine seriously the superficially unbelievable possibility that a small but growing proportion of people are abducted by aliens.
His conclusion that this is probably happening is very carefully argued and evaluated and, though incredible, follows almost inescapably from the (circumstantial but compelling) evidence.
If this sounds all too weird, please read the book. I like to think I'm an intelligent reader (university educated and all that) and though initially sceptical I was convinced by his arguments. You may also like to read his previous book Secret Life, written when the possibility of alien abduction was only starting to be taken seriously.
By the way, The Threat pieces together something not apparent when the previous book was written, namely just why the aliens might be doing what they're apparently doing, and it makes very, very disturbing reading.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is THE book to read, 25 Nov 2000
After my interest in the abduction phenomenon was sparked about six months ago, I have read many books on the subject, ranging from the present day situation to how extra terrestrials have appeared throughout history back to ancient times. I find each individual story fascinating, pouring over them in search of new information allowing more insight into the meaning of it all. Other authors should certainly be celebrated for the counseling and help they have provided for abductees at the possible expense of their reputation and careers and their courage for bringing the message to the public, but they tend to leave me with more questions than I started with. This was before I read The Threat by David Jacobs. David Jacobs is a true skeptic, as all serious researchers should be, and jumps to no conclusions until he is completely convinced of its authenticity. The conclusions he does reach though tell us in no uncertain terms what IS happening now and WILL happen in the future. He only leaves the question, when will it happen?. Read this book (and you most definitely should) and make your own mind up; there is no doubt in my mind that Jacobs has hit the nail on the head. The message is not a good one and I am sure many people will dismiss it out of hand as a result, but they do so at their peril. Accepting the truth of the ETs presence is one thing, being able to accept what they are doing is something quite different. You have been warned.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jacobs is probably right, 4 Feb 1998
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Dr Jacobs has written a profoundly disturbing work. Based on over thirty years of careful, academic research and over seven hundred hypnotic inductions with purported abductees, 'The Threat' is a book that must be taken seriously. Given the author's careful methodology, it is impossible for us to dismiss the hundreds of memories he elicited under hypnosis as mere confabulations. His careful discussion of the false memory syndrome points out that: 1. Abductees remember recent experiences, not just childhood events. 2 Abductees often have indirect corroboration of events. 3.Abductees frequently recall events without the aid of a hypnotist. 4.Abductees are often found to be physically missing during the reported abduction. 5. About twenty percent of abductions include two or more people who see each other during the event. 6. Unlike victims of FMS, abductees seldom experience disintegration of their personal lives after they become aware of what has occurred. We must therefore conclude that most elicited memories of abductions correspond to real events. Hence about two percent of the world's population is taking an involuntary part in a vast alien breeding program, designed to produce alien-human hybrids, which is now close to completion. These hybrids, Dr Jacobs argues cogently, are destined to replace us in the very near future. While some of the abductees themselves may be kept, like zoo animals, to provide breeding stock, the rest of humanity would appear to be completely dispensable. This scenario, closer to the TV series 'V' than to 'Independence Day' is one which few Ufologists have been willing to consider seriously, because of its terrifying nature, though my own research also drove me to this conclusion some years ago. Given that we have no defenses against the aliens, this book might well have been entitled 'The End of Humanity'. It is safe to say, unfortunately, that cognitiive dissonance will prevent all but a handful of us from taking Dr Jacobs' thesis seriously. 'Unconscious of their doom, the little victims play'. In spite of the ravages we have inflicted upon the planet and each other, I find this thought every bit as disquieting as this nightmarish book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A uniquely rational insight into the abduction phenomenon; still the best book on the subject to date, 21 Nov 2010
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Professor David Jacobs' second book on the alien abduction phenomenon is as influential and controversial today as on its 1998 publication. "The Threat" is rational, cogently argued, superbly written and seen by many as the best work published to date (2010) on the subject because it offers a plausible explanation of what this pervasive phenomenon may be all about. The purpose behind the abductions, the nature of the abductors, exactly why they do what they do; the processes and objectives of what is obviously a planned and managed program are explored with a clarity of vision exhibited by no other writer. If you are close to the phenomenon and personally know the evidence in detail then Jacobs' conclusions are lucid, enlightening and convincing.

The author's original title for this book was "Gray Area", changed by the publisher, Simon and Schuster, to "The Threat": appropriate for the content and stark conclusions. The review which follows is detailed because this book is so important and deserves special attention.

Jacobs prepares the ground in the first chapter by taking us through his 40-year methodical investigation into the UFO/abduction issue. The reader will quickly recognise that we are dealing with a strong intellect which has studied this subject close-up with profound academic rigor since the early 1970s, an evolution of understanding leading to periodic re-evaluation of position as new layers of evidence are uncovered. Jacobs' doctoral thesis was published in 1975 as "The UFO Controversy in America" and he has run the only fully-accredited course on the subject of "UFOs in American Society" in any American University for more than 25 years, educating thousands of students in the process. So agree with his thesis or not, he knows what he is talking about and has some pretty weighty academic credentials.

The common markers found in abductions, and the ways in which people start to suspect this phenomenon may be the source of all the weirdness which happens to them, are discussed. In the third chapter, "Shadows of the Mind", the issue of hypnosis is explored: confabulation and false memory syndrome, consciously recalled events (how reliable are they? - not very, he demonstrates), media contamination, examples of mutual confirmation fantasies between hypnotist and subject, and the importance of thorough and methodical questioning techniques. It's one of the most knowledgeable essays on the use of hypnosis to aid memory recall which you're ever likely to read, written with clarity and replete with pertinent examples. This guy knows his stuff.

In chapters 5 & 6 the issue of what these abductors are, what abductees' interactions reveal about their society and why the abduction program is carried out in secrecy is explored. As always the writing is concise, literate and engrossing and the arguments step-by-step logical, using multiply corroborated reports and sound scientific reasoning.

Some readers may be familiar with the Roper Poll, carried out in 1991 by the Roper Organization and financed mainly by the philanthropist Bob Bigelow. Chapter 7 details attempts by academia to design questionnaires for sizeable populations to investigate just how widespread is the abduction phenomenon. The Roper Poll was the culmination of these efforts: a face-to-face in-home survey carried out on 5,947 people carefully questioned about their unusual experiences, beliefs, social awareness and community activities adjusted for age, sex, race, income and the usual polling equalizers. The results were shocking to the pollsters, revealing that even using the most conservative criteria at least 2% (and almost certainly a higher number) of the US population are probably abductees. The conclusion of this chapter is stark:

"Many people think that abductions are a `study' or `experiment', or that the aliens are `learning' about us. The numbers suggest otherwise. The learning and experimenting, if ever the case, are mainly over...the evidence clearly indicates the aliens are conducting a widespread, systematic program of physiological exploitation of human beings."

Chapters 8, 9 & 10 deal with the "hybrid program" - though technically these beings may be "transgenic" rather than "hybrid". These beings have been reported by many abductees worldwide to different investigators for years ("they look like a cross between us and them..."), the obvious logical outcome of the breeding program consistently reported since the Villas-Boas case in 1957: decades of sperm and ova harvesting, missing pregnancies, anomalous extra-uterine masses (later discovered to be absent) picked up by ultrasound scans on female abductees; abductees reporting being made to embrace/nurture/interact with hybrid babies, infants and adolescents. Chapter 10, dealing with the independent activities of adult hybrids, contains the book's most controversial passages. Some accounts of interactions make uncomfortable reading, and for the ignorant or ideologically-driven critic ("this doesn't fit in my mental-acceptance box") make an obvious debunker-target. However these accounts from widely disparate abductees are consistent and pervasive, so Jacobs took the intellectually honest decision to detail a small number in the book, in the abductees' own words. It is fair to say that on re-reading (I just re-read the whole book again after several years), their shock value is somewhat diminished, their place in the entire narrative more logical and the importance of these accounts to understanding the nature of the phenomenon now becomes more evident. In 2010 we have more disturbing reports of the activities of "the human-looking ones" - as described to me by one abductee who has never met Dave Jacobs nor read any of his work - from widely dispersed geographical sources which corroborate those detailed in "The Threat."

In Chapter 11, "The Nature of Alien Intentions", Jacobs looks at the "positivist" spin placed on the abduction phenomenon by John Hunter Gray, Leah Haley, John Mack, Richard Boylan, Edith Fiore, Leo Sprinkle and many others. In short, these are superior beings coming to help us, enlighten us and save the planet, and abductees "consent" to being abducted before they are born. He does a good job of examining and deconstructing these perspectives, and explores channelling and other new-age mush with fair-minded and knowledgeable academic rigor. One is constantly reminded that Jacobs knows all these people, has read all the books and listened with patience to all the arguments for years. Jacobs' methodology is cautious, thorough and grounded, and - no surprise - he differs from the positivists on the issue of alien intentions. His arguments are logical and persuasive and to date, no-one has refuted his data nor provided any reasoned or plausible alternative explanation for what is going on (nb debunking from ignorance, having done no work on the subject, is NOT refutation of data).

Jacobs demonstrates step-by-step that the evidence leads in only one direction. The abductors' program is clearly to benefit them, not us. They probably intend no harm to abductees but given the nature of some of the procedures, harm (mainly but not exclusively psychological) is inevitable. The abductors' pervasive and secretive program of physiological exploitation of human beings is goal-directed towards the production and gradual perfection of a new race, neither us nor them, but a mixture of both and serving their agenda. They are in charge, and are utilising a calculated percentage of human genetic stock worldwide (between 2% and 5% is best estimate) to ensure exploitation of the entire human gene pool so nothing is missed. The program is persistent and intergenerational, selecting one or all of an abductee's natural offspring for inclusion. They have, through technology or bio-genetic evolution or a combination of both, almost total neurological control over us and are excellent manipulators of memory, often leading to confusion and misdirected belief systems to "explain" the abductions to the abductee. After more than a century of work and the investment of enormous resources, it looks like the end-game is in sight. The reasoning is sound, logical and in line with 50 years of consistent, mounting evidence from multiple sources.

David Jacobs' writing is erudite and straightforward, highly literate with structured arguments detailed for the intelligent reader. There is absolutely no new-age mush, channelled nonsense or ungrounded speculation. Of more than 60 different books published on the alien abduction phenomenon by 40 or so different authors, this is the one whose conclusions look to be closest to the truth of the matter. If you are at all interested in this important issue and you have never read "The Threat", then it's probably time you did. It's written by an excellent writer and expert on the subject, and might forearm you against much of the ignorant and misguided nonsense which exists out there about this issue.

Strongly recommended as absolutely essential reading (NB: read "Secret Life" first).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read but you will not gain extra knowledge into this field, 7 Feb 2012
This review is from: The Threat: Revealing the Secret Agenda: Revealing the Secret Alien Agenda (Paperback)
I will look at this read objectively, firstly its fair to say that from my point of view I would consider myself to be interested in the field of Ufology and place myself more on the side of believing there are other intelligent 'beings' are in the universe.

Much of the information that is provdided in this book by Dr. Jacobs can be very skeptical and at the very least opinionanted, I believe that the methods used to extract the abduction 'memories' (using hypnotism) is contraversial at best.

Most of the information provided is already known to the world from television and movies, there are hybrids, interspecies breeding programs and etc so i hardly believe that this read is as quoted on the cover 'Revealing the secret alien agenda' is rightly justified (even if you are taking into account that this book was written over ten years ago.)

But at the end of the day it is an intriguing read for those that are interested in Ufoligy but you will strive to find more information about this subject from this book than you will probably already know unless you are oblivious and completely novice to this field.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very well written., 3 Mar 1999
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I liked the first book, The Threat. This is part two by Jacobs on alien abduction and gets to the heart of the alien agenda. Jacobs has all the credentials and intellectual honesty required by non-believers; it is time to believe. After reading the first part, I do believe he takes too many of these accounts at face value and jumps to conclusions that other scientists would not make. However he is a very intelligent man with an interesting viewpoint. The treat is that aliens want planet earth and know how to take it, by infiltrating humanity with their own hybrids. Some believe, as Jacobs appears too, that a Breading Program has been taking place for decades and the level of alien hybrids is now indistinguishable from your neighbor next door, except he has full allegiance to the alien agenda. Jacobs includes many abduction accounts with new insights about the threat that no one wants to take seriously. For textbooks, I read Unconvential Flying Objects by Dr. Paul Hill and Alien Agenda by Jim Marrs. For the best fiction which includes inside information on the cover-up, the black technology, and government dirty tricks, I highly recommend Brad Steiger's new book, Alien Rapture.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good reading., 3 Mar 1999
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This is part two by Jacobs on alien abduction and gets to the heart of the alien agenda. Jacobs has all the credentials and intellectual honesty required by non-believers; it is time to believe. After reading the first part, I do believe he takes too many of these accounts at face value and jumps to conclusions that other scientists would not make. However he is a very intelligent man with an interesting viewpoint. The treat is that aliens want planet earth and know how to take it, by infiltrating humanity with their own hybrids. Some believe, as Jacobs appears too, that a Breading Program has been taking place for decades and the level of alien hybrids is now indistinguishable from your neighbor next door, except he has full allegiance to the alien agenda. Jacobs includes many abduction accounts with new insights about the threat that no one wants to take seriously. For textbooks, I read Unconvential Flying Objects by Dr. Paul Hill and Alien Agenda by Jim Marrs. For the best fiction which includes inside information on the cover-up, the black technology, and government dirty tricks, I highly recommend Brad Steiger's new book, Alien Rapture.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Noted UFO historian/researcher thinks humankind is screwed!, 14 Jan 1998
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Dr. Jacobs, a noted academician and UFO historian, has been immersed in the investigation of the alien abduction phenomenon for over a decade. As a result of his research and that conducted by other notable UFO investigators, he has come to the following conclusions: (1) abductions have been occuring since the turn of the century, (2) alien-human hybrids have been created for now numerous generations, (3) the physical distinctions that were once apparent between hybrids and humans is decreasing to the point that one won't be able to recognize the differences for much longer, and (4) the alien hybrids, holding dear to the "alien agenda", will take control of the Earth by blending in and utilizing their persuasive abilities to position themselves in the seats of world power. I'd like to think that Jacobs is simply nuts. Unfortunately, I cannot make the assertion that he is. His fears may be warranted.
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