This is the fourth volume of the chronological history of UFO-related phenomena from the British Isles compiled by police officer John Hanson and his partner Dawn Holloway.
The chronicle has now reached 1968-71. Again, the catalogue of sightings is liberally spiced up with photos, drawings, facsimiles of documents and letters from the period, laid out in the publishers' chosen magazine format with text and imagery on each page.
This edition is dedicated to the memory of New York City based abduction researcher Budd Hopkins, who died on 21st August 2011 aged 80 after a years-long battle with cancer. Pages 4-6 are given over to a brief biopic of Budd outlining his truly revolutionary contribution to the research field, with photos of him with Dawn and with Peter Robbins, who also contributes to the biopic by recounting his long partnership and association with Hopkins' Intruders Foundation.
The foreword to this volume is then penned by veteran researcher Philip Mantle, followed by a 2-page introduction by the authors and a full page of acknowledgements.
If you have read or scanned the first three volumes in the series then you will know what to expect from the contents of volume four, and are unlikely to be disappointed. The authors present their data in a lively and readable format and steer clear of speculation in deference to factual reporting. A lot of valuable research work is documented here, and this series is becoming something of a benchmark for any serious overview of incidents reported in the British Isles in the modern era.
As usual the text is literate, virtually typo-free and edited to a professional standard.
As only what is reported can be recorded, many sightings and encounters have probably been excluded. As far as it goes however, it's a good work of reference.
on 5 March 2012
John & Dawn's books just keep getting better! This, the latest volume in the series, is superb: it is detailed, complete, authoritative and totally free from the usual hype and bull excrementa!
I'm looking forward to the next installment!