5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 14 December 2002
I had the opportunity of meeting both Larry Warren and Peter Robbins at the BUFORA conference in Sheffield (UK) in 1997.
I spoke to Larry at some length and was most struck by his honest and straightforward manner. At no time did he try to sway my views as to what he experienced, leaving it very much up to me to make up my own mind. This sense of honesty comes across in the book too.
It is dense at times but that is a positive trait in my view: the evidence he presents is thorough and detailed, much moreso than many other UFO accounts on the market. But it is not a matter of being 'blinded by science' either. He presents the facts, you read them, you make up your mind.
I am sure that in the future, this book will be regarded in the highest esteem as one of the very few published UFO accounts that has credibility and will serve as a benchmark.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 15 August 2000
An apparently honest account of events in the suufolk countryside in the early 80s . A rambling style of authorship which increases the belief in the sincerity of the participants . unlike many books on this genre you are not left with the feeling of a hidden agenda of publishing revenue to be earned . Time I believe will indicate this to be a very valuable account of what will be deemed in time to represent one of the major events of the twentieth century
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This book, originally published in 1997, is one of several written about the famous Rendlesham Forest/Bentwaters UFO incident in December 1980, and possibly the most interesting to read.
Repeated encounters with UFOs were reported over three nights (25-28 December) in 1980 at, over and near the twin RAF bases of Bentwaters and Woodbridge, large neighboring airfields in Suffolk leased for several decades from the UK Government by the US Government and at that time hosting USAF nuclear strike aircraft and nuclear weapons. Larry Warren was at the time a young airman stationed at Bentwaters, and claimed to be present during the third night of encounters when an unknown craft actually landed at Capel Green and was surrounded by USAF ground personnel - incidentally off-base carrying loaded weapons, specifically against a signed agreement between the UK and US governments.
It is only fair to say that some controversy surrounds Warren and his outspoken claims, and he has been accused in recent years by former Air Force colleagues of being "economical with the truth." In short, it's been claimed by Deputy Base Commander Charles Halt that Larry wasn't on duty that night and personally witnessed nothing. Certainly his claims about being forcibly detained in an underground facility under the base and subjected to mind-indoctrination following the incident have been questioned with good cause, and minor details of his story have allegedly changed over the years. However, something very serious involving unidentified flying objects intruding over this nuclear-weapons holding NATO facility and "adversely affecting the ordnance", of long duration and with multiple military and civilian witnesses, did happen as reported beyond dispute. The sheer number of witnesses, the physical effects on some of the airmen (damaged retinas due to the brightness of the light in one encounter, including Larry Warren, medically certified) and the incriminating quantity of official paperwork generated between the base command and the UK government subsequent to the incident make this a certainty. Furthermore, multiple witnesses testify that some kind of formalised communication took place between "extraterrestrial biological entities" from the landed craft and senior USAF personnel, who seemed prepared for the encounter and to know exactly what to do.
The book is co-written by Warren and respected researcher Peter Robbins. Warren's narrative in the first part of the book relates his life story up to, during and after the incident and is candid about his values and motivations. He was from an early age something of an anglophile and was delighted to be posted to Bentwaters in England, where he hoped to enjoy his tour. He also reports serial family encounters with High Strangeness and sounds like a serial abductee, the understanding of which phenomenon may require a certain amount of separate study by the reader and acquaintance with the published work of Harvard Professor John Mack, researcher Budd Hopkins, Professor David Jacobs and Raymond Fowler, to name a few. This situation complicates his narrative even more, as well it might.
Robbins' authored sections of the book are printed in italics to differentiate from Warren's, which are written in normal type. The narrative tells the story of their joint investigation, all self-funded from meagre resources, through some fourteen separate visits to the UK (both the authors were US-based by this time) and the journey which led to the writing and publishing of the book. The style is pacy, interesting and engaging, and the editorial decision to tell the tale in story form succeeds in making the book something of a page-turner as the reader shares their struggles, tribulations and the excitement of discovery. It's a very enjoyable read - the type of narrative from which film scripts are made. This is not to diminish the serious content, the thoroughness and persistence of the research, nor the disturbing conclusions. Larry and Peter invested a great deal of time, effort and personal resources in pursuit of the truth of this most important event, and the first edition of the book was famously brandished in the British Parliament during a session demanding answers from the government on the defence implications of the incident.
The hardcover edition contains 16 pages of relevant monochrome photographs and an extensive index of scanned/photocopied documents in support of the truth of the incident. There is also an interesting section about the employment of Wilhelm Reich's controversial cloud-busting technology (one of Robbins' areas of specialist research knowledge) at Bentwaters by the USAF.
Interesting postscript: in September 2009 I was honored to be given a guided walking tour of Rendlesham Forest and Bentwaters (now converted for civilian use) by Peter Robbins, on a splendid late summer Sunday afternoon, including the site at Capel Green where the landed craft had left a large circular area of dessicated soil on which nothing would grow for several years and from which Peter took his soil samples for analysis in Massachusetts. The local council in Suffolk now marks the walking trails with numbered square wooden marker posts, each of which sports the small image of a bug-eyed grey alien head. Nice touch.
Of the many books written about this incident, one other is definitely worth reading: the late Georgina Bruni's "You Can't Tell the People" (a direct quote from then PM Margaret Thatcher talking personally to the author about the ET issue). If you read both books, you'll have a good all-round understanding about the 1980 Bentwaters Incident. I don't want to denigrate other books on this subject, but none are as good as these two.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 6 October 1999
As a self confessed cynic over the UFO phenomenon, I began to read this book with an open mind. That is probably the best way to start. If you strongly disbelieve, or are unsure whether to believe in the existance of UFO's, this well written, brave and remarkably honest account will make you challenge your own beliefs, warm to the possibility and then downright agree that something extraordinary took place just outside NATO's most important strategic base in December 1980 at the height of the Cold War. The 'Black Opps.' tactics employed by a paranoid US Military, the character assassinations and the final reluctant admission all lead to a story difficult to ignore and so hard to put down. Proving that these incidents don't just happen in Kansas or North Dakota but in a rural part of England only adds to the intrigue over the whole incident. Brilliant!
on 25 November 2013
This book made me think.
Even a comment in the introduction/foreward got me thinking about national security and the UK USA Special relationship in a way that I had not done before. And one of the authors kindly responded to my query arising from this. That alone made me think more deeply about international relationships and also how my own country [Britain] informs its people about military issues. If nothing else it puts the Greenham Common nuclear protests in a different light. It has also solidified my view that those who stand for politics really need to be wise, widely experienced people.
But that was just one of many comments in a whole book, packed with detailed information, telephone transcripts, documentary evidence and much more, all relating to a series of ufo interactions (landing, multiple military witness observation, interactions and so on) that occurred in 1980.
In some ways the book excited me, for I have a natural interest in such things and while some of the things in the book can be hard to accept, whether true or not, certainly made me think widely, about ufos, how the military work, nukes, and so on. And that is a good thing, which has made this book for me a valuable read.
There is a lot of history about the authors in the book, and like many other people, interaction with the ufo phenomenon has happened since Larrys childhood, and Larry has found the courage to place his story in context. He knows that he is far from alone in this, yet I can only imagine how difficult it must be to "come out" and tell people about such events. For someone like me, who has a keen interest in such things, it was quite a riveting read.
I say riveting, it certainly was at first, and at the end when the authors pull it all together, but in the middle I did find it less attention grabbing for some reason, not sure why. This is why it has four stars not five.
I can't think of anything else to say. If you are interested in ufos, interactions with possible ETs, nuclear stuff, how the military treat the public and its own personnel, international relations, whistleblowers, and so on, then this book is a valuable read, at least for me, and I approached it simply as another ufo book. Yet it offered insights into so much more.
on 7 December 2014
This was a meandering semi legible account of an event which deserved decent lucid treatment. I am a UFO sceptic, but something strange DID happen at RAF Bentwaters all those years ago. I reall Admiral of the Fleet Lord Hill-Norton making the comment on TV that an incident such as this MUST raise alarm bells at the highest level, owing to the fact that the USAF base at RAF Bentwaters was a nuclear weapon facility. I feel a little sorry for Larry Warren, who was involved, but this book was a grave mistake, at least in its format and approach. I read it with mounting irritation and gave it to a charity shop. Not recommended.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 15 April 2005
Excellent first-hand account by an insider to the events of the UFO incidents related in the volume.
No stone is left unturned.
With Mr Warren's own thorough recollections, some after hypnosis recall, and the wonderful Mr Robbins' detached investigation techniques, this work should be on the bookshelves of all seriously interested parties.
If in doubt ask the authors...
Recommended - though hard to absorb the detail...10/10
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 3 April 1999
Allthough this book is rather lenghty and at times quite heavy, I think anybody would enjoy reading it. Especially if they are interested in any way about UFOs. It delves deeply into American ways of dealing with such subjects. This book at times is quite harrowing, and a real eyeopener into American organisations. It is a definate buy, made all the more interesting if you happen to know a little about the location of the incident.
on 14 September 2013
For all those who believe,we`re not on our own in the universe,this is a must read book that highlights the legnth governments will go to to keep people in the dark.
on 21 April 2014
The story of the Rendlesham Forest Incident and the events that took place in the depths of a Suffolk (England), forest over two nights during Christmas 1980