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5.0 out of 5 stars A new paradigm revealed by the greatest investigator in the field, 23 Feb. 2010
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Following the publication of "Missing Time" in 1982 Budd Hopkins received many hundreds of letters from people disturbed by reading the accounts described in that landmark book. The letter writers were from all over the world and many exhibited a deep anxiety disproportionate to any apparent cause: a partial memory of strangeness accompanied by an episode of "missing time," or just something odd and half-remembered happening to them.

The floodgates were opened. Budd gradually came to recognise the most telling pointers to genuine abduction experiences. The writer would frequently exhibit anxiety, almost apologetic, using phrases like "I know you are a busy man and I really hope I am not wasting your time" ..."there's probably nothing to it, but..." invariably insistent that anonymity be maintained and fearful of confiding even in close family members details of the half-remembered trauma.

One such letter was from Debbie Jordan, a young divorced mother of two small boys living in a large family house with her parents in Indiana. Together with her letter were photographs of a large circular burned patch of ground in their garden where the soil had been baked hard, discovered the morning following mysterious lights accompanied by an episode of missing time and her dog behaving in an uncharacteristically frightened manner. Debbie is disguised in the book as "Kathy Davis" and the Indianapolis location as "Copley Woods." So began a landmark two-and-a-half year investigation which took the study and understanding of the UFO abduction phenomenon into new and hitherto uncharted areas and led to the publication of this most profound, highly readable and truly classic book which deservedly became a New York Times best seller.

This investigation evolved into a complex case with some twenty different people closely involved in or witness to a long series of events spanning decades. Simultaneously Budd had been approached by many other abductees from other parts of the country whose experiences were found to confirm and reinforce many of the new revelations being uncovered in the Copley Woods case.

The story as it unfolds is a step-by-step lesson in how to approach a superficially outlandish and extraordinary subject by the application of rigorous scientific method and to follow the evidence where it leads. It is a more complete narrative than "Missing Time'" and takes our understanding of this most improbable phenomenon much deeper. You'll need to read the book to find out why and how. The subject matter is possibly the most profound you'll ever read, but stretches credulity beyond the comfort zone. The revelation of all the evidence and the conclusions drawn had profound effects on the entire field of study of the extraterrestrial issue and its subsequent direction, and brought many new researchers into the field.

Hopkins is revealed as genuinely humanitarian and warm: the reader sympathises with and cares about these people. He again proves to be as superb a writer as he is an investigator: the book is engrossing, intelligent and mind-expanding; the author never allows personal opinion or prejudice to intervene, but rather follows the facts to tentative and quite disturbing conclusions.

The main subject of the book, "Kathy Davis" decided following publication to "come out," revealed her true identity and eventually co-wrote (with her sister, also involved in the phenomenon as is so often the case) her own book on the history of the case whilst retaining a life-long friendship with Budd.

If you have read either "Missing Time" or Professor David Jacobs' "Secret Life" and are intrigued to investigate the extraordinary alien abduction phenomenon more deeply, read "Intruders" next. Paperback reader copies are cheap and plentiful but a good original hardcover copy is best for your collection if you have shelf space.

The book was also re-scripted into a most excellent feature film of the same title, starring Richard Crenna (who actually plays an amalgam character of Hopkins and John Mack), Steven Berkoff and Mare Winningham. The "Intruders" film is not a literal transcript of the book's narrative but a re-written screenplay exploring the main themes and with some changes to the characters (who nevertheless remain largely recognisable) to better fit the needs of a 120-minute film.

Five stars again, Mr. Hopkins.
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Initial post: 24 Oct 2014 18:27:59 BDT
again great review, you do understand deeply the subject, thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Oct 2014 08:20:00 BDT
Last edited by the author on 25 Oct 2014 08:20:41 BDT
The Guardian says:

Thanks for the comment; much appreciated.

I was fortunate to know Budd Hopkins personally in his final years, and came to respect his razor-sharp intellect, deeply compassionate humanitarianism and near-encyclopaedic knowledge of the arts and sciences. To match the serious side he was also fine company and had a hilarious sense of humour, to which anyone who knew him will attest. With the abduction issue he was the great pioneer, following the evidence where few others dared go.

RIP Budd.
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