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5.0 out of 5 stars A thoughtful up-to-date examination of some uncomfortably persistent phenomena, written with intelligence and humour
Florida-based Rob and Trish MacGregor are successful authors of both fiction and non-fiction who have each separately won the Edgar Allen Poe Award. They are also married to each other. This bang-up-to-date, concise 154-page hardcover volume from Crossroad Press (pub 2013) offers their take on UFO encounters, alien abduction and synchronicity. They begin as out-and-out...
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1.0 out of 5 stars I would not recommend it. I want to believe these claims but ...
Sorry but there's too many books in this field now taking a sort of spiritual stance and having little factual evidence to back up claims... And surprise, surprise most of the people mentioned make a living writing books on the subject themselves! There's far too many books on ufo's now as it obviously makes money. There's very little in this book in reality. I would not...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thoughtful up-to-date examination of some uncomfortably persistent phenomena, written with intelligence and humour, 13 Aug 2013
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This review is from: Aliens in the Backyard (Paperback)
Florida-based Rob and Trish MacGregor are successful authors of both fiction and non-fiction who have each separately won the Edgar Allen Poe Award. They are also married to each other. This bang-up-to-date, concise 154-page hardcover volume from Crossroad Press (pub 2013) offers their take on UFO encounters, alien abduction and synchronicity. They begin as out-and-out skeptics with an outsiders' perspective and, as the saying goes, have no dog in this particular fight but are simply curious to find out if there's anything real to these odd but persistently reported phenomena.

The result is an engaging and serious book which examines a handful of cases old and new with appropriate investigative rigor, discusses these subjects in a thoughtful and intelligent way and concludes that Something Really Is Going On Here. Although the target readership is obviously intended to be the casual middle-market `demographic', even those well-read in this subject will find plenty of new and fascinating material.

The story of Charles and Helene Fontaine, a couple in Quebec, is deeply moving in that they didn't even believe in UFOs prior to their experience (the `aliens in the backyard' of the book's title) and found their encounter deeply traumatising at every level, the more so because they felt they couldn't talk about it for fear of ridicule, so told no-one. Charles in particular suffered deep psychological trauma, and several months following the encounter felt he might be going insane. The authors quote the late Dr. John Mack of Harvard University Medical School: "Experiencers can't `unknow' what they know. Once your worldview has been turned inside out by such a shock, there's no undoing it".

The MacGregors personally investigate this case and a great deal more primary material, some hitherto completely unknown. After talking to real people who have these shocking, bizarre experiences and investigating their stories, they conclude that there is no question that the reported breeding-focussed activities of at least some of these abducting entities, including missing pregnancies, is real. It's not imagination, this stuff is happening: there are too many persistent reports from credible people for it to be otherwise. Likewise bodily scarring and `implants' resulting in nosebleeds, in one case following an abduction event a child bleeding so severely from a scalpel-like incision deep in the throat that he needed hospitalization.

The authors have taken the time and trouble to read and familiarize themselves with the literature on the subject, including the works of the late Budd Hopkins, John Mack and Dr. David Jacobs, Whitley Strieber and others, and put all these differing perspectives into the mix. Chapter 8 contains a section titled: `What does the Government know?' in which the MacGregors report that from the day the Fontaines' story was posted on their website, their statistics counter started logging visits from the Department of Defense, the FBI, the US DODNIS, NINC, the FCC, the 754th Electronic Systems Group (who operate out of Maxwell AFB, AL and whose declared mission is "to fly and fight in Air, Space and Cyberspace") and the Canadian Mounted Police. If all this stuff is nonsense, as professional debunkers would have you believe, then why all this covert interest in an internet blog from the INTEL community and the Department of Defense?

In summary, AitB is more thought-provoking, intelligent and informative than you might be led to think from a casual glance at the title and cover-summary. Despite a small handful of typos and examples of lax editing the writing style is warm, engaging, at times even humorous, and stands with the best of the genre. It's a serious original work of admirable brevity and no matter if your interest in these phenomena is persistent or merely casual, reading it is time well spent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I would not recommend it. I want to believe these claims but ..., 7 Aug 2014
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Sorry but there's too many books in this field now taking a sort of spiritual stance and having little factual evidence to back up claims... And surprise, surprise most of the people mentioned make a living writing books on the subject themselves! There's far too many books on ufo's now as it obviously makes money. There's very little in this book in reality. I would not recommend it. I want to believe these claims but it just seems that everyone sees the infamous greys now when supposedly abducted. I mean look at the cover! Books like these just clutter the issue. Synchronicity is mentioned throughout the book and it's strenuous and dubious to say the least.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Fiction Masquerading as Fact, 11 Sep 2014
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Sorry, but the claims made in this book are just ridiculously far-fetched, to the extent where they don't even pass the smell-test. If you are going to make extraordinary claims, then you need to produce extraordinary evidence. These people seem to expect their readership simply to take their word for everything they say. Frankly I'm dubious about whether some of the individuals mentioned even exist. I've given it two stars (rather than one) because some of the tales might be entertaining if written as fiction and billed as such, instead of being unconvincingly presented as reality.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, 17 Nov 2013
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Expands the mind with more knowledge, you can make your own mind up from all the info in the book, but adds detail to other info stories without hype. It is a genuine worry that the keepers of the truth are the politicians and big businesses who have caused the last recession and world turmoil. Keep writing well researched books like these and the truth will be out.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars well written, 12 Mar 2014
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suited my taste of reading. Different to the norm compelling and really enjoyed chapter after chapter of its content .Very pleased with purchase
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read., 6 Feb 2014
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This book kept me enthralled from start to finish. It is well written and very informative, I found it to be an honest and intelligent account of what has been happening and is still happening around us. Definitely worth reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and informative read, 10 May 2014
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Loved this book. I've done a fair amount of research into this subject, and everything I read here backed up my own work. Well researched and written. I felt I was with the writers on their journeys of discovery.
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