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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, authoritative tales of aerial hauntings
This is a book that should appeal greatly to those interested in the paranormal as well as those captivated by aviation. The author writes in an engaging, personalized manner, and he bends over backward to defend the stories he relates as well as the integrity of his contributors. He does not try to explain the unexplainable; he merely presents each tale the way it...
Published on 20 Jan. 2003 by Daniel Jolley

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3.0 out of 5 stars Ghosts of the Air
The book was a bit slow, there was a lot of story about the aouther his freinds and contacts, alot about the aircraft they flew and some tecnical data, interesting but noy enough Ghost Stories. The Ghost phemomina was not covered in depth very offhanded, but saying that I will keep this book in my collection.
Published on 13 Feb. 2011 by Jimsplinge


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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ghosts of the Air, 13 Feb. 2011
The book was a bit slow, there was a lot of story about the aouther his freinds and contacts, alot about the aircraft they flew and some tecnical data, interesting but noy enough Ghost Stories. The Ghost phemomina was not covered in depth very offhanded, but saying that I will keep this book in my collection.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, authoritative tales of aerial hauntings, 20 Jan. 2003
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Daniel Jolley "darkgenius" (Shelby, North Carolina USA) - See all my reviews
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This is a book that should appeal greatly to those interested in the paranormal as well as those captivated by aviation. The author writes in an engaging, personalized manner, and he bends over backward to defend the stories he relates as well as the integrity of his contributors. He does not try to explain the unexplainable; he merely presents each tale the way it happened, often using the very words of the person involved. Throughout, the author's great love for flying and for the men and women involved in aviation is openly apparent. Caidin's qualifications as a pilot and aviation expert are almost unequalled; he has flown countless aircraft of all sorts in his life, he has written well over a hundred books on aviation, and he is well known in aviation circles. The fact that he himself cites a number of personal examples of impossible things that happened to him while in flight lends great authority to his role as compiler of the truths of others.
Some of the stories are truly fascinating: a plane disappears for ten minutes on approach to Miami and everyone on board "loses" ten minutes; military aircraft fly hundreds of miles back to base and actually land with a dead pilot or no crew whatsoever; three flight crews return to base and are debriefed from a mission in which, it is soon discovered, all planes and crew were lost; pilots encounter planes from an entirely different era which then disappear; ghostly apparitions and sounds are encountered on military bases and airfields, etc. Every tale is fascinating; more importantly, each tale is verifed to the extent possible. Caidin tells us that the vast majority of the stories he collected were rejected; only the stories he could research intensively and authoritatively prove as having happened in the ways they were described to him made the final cut. He stands by these unexplainable stories and the brave men and women who had the courage to reveal truths many had never revealed before to another soul. As the author often points out, the events and experiences detailed here could not possibly have happened, yet they did happen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ghosts of the Air, 17 Dec. 2012
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This has to be one of the best Books on ghosts that have been written. I have read this countless times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Genuine Ghost Stories, 23 July 2012
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The author has only included ghost stories experienced by people he can vouch for and in so doing he rejected much of the material he received. Many of the accounts are fascinating and include much more than the sighting of apparitions! An excellent read providing much on which to contemplate.
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2.0 out of 5 stars If ever an author needed a Ghost Writer..., 30 Nov. 2007
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Andy Gill (Dorset, England) - See all my reviews
This book is, frankly, a great big mess. Flying afficianado he may be, but a non-fiction writer Martin Caidin is not. The stories in this book seem to be arranged in no specific order or sequence - it jumps around from one topic to another with very little holding them together. Likewise, there is really only enough material to fill perhaps 100 pages, but enough waffle and conversation to drag it on so that it is a real chore to get through. With adequate pruning and ordering, this would be a far better book.

My biggest quibble with the book is the author himself. If you're writing on this topic, you really need to be objective in order to convince your audience. What you do NOT need to do is belittle every person who disagrees with you and write page after page calling people 'idiots', 'twits', 'deadbrains' and the like. Every so often there appears, randomly, a section where he writes how someone questioned him once, so he (yet again) repeats his CV as if he is the most insecure writer on the planet and convinced 'they're all out to get me!' I found myself thinking time and time again, 'Just shut up about how wonderful you are and get on with it!'

Furthermore, despite his statement early on that he demanded all constributors submit their names so they could 'stand up and be counted', an awful lot of these stories are about 'a pilot' or 'a grandfather' or 'a watchman' with no names, dates or specific locations. What's worse is that some of the more interesting stories are glossed over in about half a page, while some of the most banal stories which feature our intrepid airman himself drag on for ten or more pages, until you're left going, 'Okay! I get it! You're an experienced pilot and you're paranoid we're not going to believe you! But could you PLEASE spend more time on the interesting stories and not on inflating your precarious ego?'

There are some fascinating stories in here, but you have to put up with an awful lot of conversational, subjective and opinionated writing, and feel constantly like you're not allowed to come to your own conclusions. Martin - kudos on tackling a difficult subject, but next time, please place your ego into the overhead compartment and let the material speak for itself!
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