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Good, in parts..
on 18 January 2013
Some chapters are a lot better than others in this book. And although he says he is a 'sceptic' by the end of the book he clearly has made his mind up about certain theories, and this is where the book looses it's way. The last bunch of chapters descend into a lot of old hogwash about mystics, shamans from deep inside the Amazon jungle and their trippy drugs, other dimensions and non physical entities and the like, which the author argues more as fact than the previous 'questions' that he addressed earlier in the book.
When he started talking about Uri Geller (a proven fraud) and other people with supposed special abilities, he goes on about the more mystical side of things, which is a lot harder to support without the hard physical evidence such as all the archaeological or historical records and empirical evidence which he started the book focusing on, he looses some credibility.
His belief that UFO's are not actually physical things is a bit of a jump, and he doesn't address a whole branch of UFOology by doing this. I know his focus is on 'ancient aliens' but the thousands upon thousands of modern UFO sighting of clear physical objects which show up on radar and leave physical traces etc would suggest that these 'visitors' are probably not some mystical angel type deities that can only be experienced by drug enhanced spiritual 'crossing over' to some other dimension or higher plane, but more than likely, actually genuine Extra terrestrial biological beings.
I had just hoped for a more scientific approach to the question, and although good in parts such as the archaeological studies, I think this book descended a little too close to religious, spiritual territory and unfounded leaps of faith by the author at the end.