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In the Domain of Lake Monsters: The Search for the Denizens of the Deep Paperback – 4 Apr 2000

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable to the modern Lake Monster Hunter... 21 Nov. 2000
By Terrence Tyrka - Published on
John Kirk has put together a fine book on so-called lake monsters. Really the book is divided into three distinct parts.
The first part, and the most comprehensive, deals mainly with the author's experiences on Okanagan Lake in search of the elusive Ogopogo. Mr. Kirk describes in great detail his own sightings as well as his reports from other witnesses. I was extremely surprised by the amount of video and photographic evidence he refers to that I have not had the opportunity to view. Unfortunately, I still have not had the opportunity, since Mr. Kirk does not reprint any photographs or video stills whatsoever in his book. Overall, this roughly autobiographical account of Mr. Kirk's adventures on the lake is intriguing and informative. His speculations on the behavior and physiology of the creature are all very well thought out and compelling. Also in this section there are fairly brief discussions of Nessie and Champ. While these parts are much less than adequate accounts of these famous cryptids, there are plenty of books out there containing much more detailed coverage if the reader so desires, so the briefness in treatment by Mr. Kirk is quite understandable.
The second part of the book is a moderately complete listing of dozens of international lake dwelling creatures world-wide, each with coverage ranging from a few sentences to many pages. In this section, descriptions of more well-known lake monsters such as Mussie of Muskrat Lake and the Flathead Lake monster are interspersed with lesser known aquatic oddities. It is obvious that Mr. Kirk has done an impressive amount of research to have compiled such a lengthy list of entries. One absence I found disappointing, considering the recent publication date of the book, was some discussion of the Lake Van monster of Turkey, which has gotten significant media coverage in recent years. I could only find reference to Lake Van in the appendix.
The third and final section of the book is a physical comparison of Ogopogo with his Scottish cousin, the Loch Ness monster. Based on the majority of sightings, Mr. Kirk offers up a point-by-point discussion of their similarities and differences.
In conclusion, while I find the book to be the best modern coverage of the lake monster phenomenon since Peter Costellos' excellent 'In Search of Lake Monsters', it does have a few glaring flaws. First of all, the lack of photos and video stills is a curious omission and should have been a no-brainer. And, considering the comprehensiveness of the book, the lack of an index is equally perplexing. With these oversights corrected, the book would be a near perfect guide on it's intended subject.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars In the Domain if the Lak Monsters 29 Jun. 2002
By Gary J. Prestidge - Published on
I have several books on the subject of lake monsters, but John Kirk's is one of the best. His way of writing makes you feel like your there with him. I now want to plan my own trip to Okanagan Lake next summer and see if I get lucky enough to spot this wonderful animal myself. The only thing this books lacks is pictures. Kirk has spotted Ogopogo serveral times and taken stills, but where are the pictures in the book?
4.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenally entertaining and complete record of aquatic anomalies 29 Jun. 2015
By H.M. 2005 - Published on
This book came out in 1998, but yet is still considered the definitive tome on unusual creatures spotted in lakes and even rivers worldwide. From Ogopogo (which takes up the bulk of the first part) to Nessie, from Cadborosaurus to Champ and every other lake anomaly in between, Kirk gives us an excellent overview of well-known and little-known creatures which have basically the same kind of features to them-large humps on the back, a horse-like head, consistent colors (greenish-blue/mahogany/black and other tones) and length of at least 50 feet and sometimes longer. Kirk has spotted Ogopogo 11 times and has videotaped it a few times as well, but there are no photos or stills in the book, which knocks the rating of this book down at least one notch. However, that does not disqualify this from being an enjoyable read, and perhaps there are copyright issues involved in utilizing photos and stills (but apparently he got permission from Sandra Mansi to publish her Champ photo on the cover). Still, I would seek this book out (it is available on Amazon for a reasonable price). 9 out of 10 stars.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars what's wrong with this picture 12 Jan. 2003
By A Customer - Published on
What's wrong with this picture is that there isn't one - not one! Even the cover photo is the old '70s shot of Champ taken by Sandra Mansi.
Kirk claims to have shot stills and video footage of the elusive Okanagan creatures but not one of his alleged frames is included. Is he kidding? This is a collection of self serving and at times whiny anecdotes and nothing more. If you want a story worth reading, read the history of the New England monster in JP ONeill's book. If you want a variety of monsters try Coleman. If you want an authentic account of life on the lake try Rines, MAckal and Costello but steer clear of this drivel. UCK!
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star 17 Dec. 2014
By Jeff harris - Published on
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