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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Daily Grail Publishing; American edition (1 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 097572004X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0975720042
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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Jacques Vallee's sixth book on the UFO/contactee phenomena was first published in 1979, and an updated paperback edition (including a new introduction by the author) appeared in 2008. Like most of Vallee's published work, `Messengers of Deception' is densely written, contains almost no padding and is backed up by extensive field research and casework by the author, very much worth reading but at the same time problematic with plausible conclusions thin on the ground.

Some of the themes initially explored in the author's 1975 book `The Invisible College' are re-engaged in MoD: the idea that the UFO phenomenon is possibly a super-cosmic algorithm acting as a barometric control system on human consciousness, may not be ET in origin, and that its predominant features are not only physical (he stresses the phenomenon has unmistakable hard, physical aspects) but psychic and social.

MoD reads more like a collection of loosely connected essays than a continuous narrative building a cohesive argument. In the first chapter `The Case Against the Spacecraft' the author outlines his doubts about the so-called extraterrestrial hypothesis. Vallee's objections are confined to the simplistic idea of UFOs being ET spacecraft engaged in `investigative surveillance' originally put forward in the 1950s by writers such as Donald Keyhoe, subsequently adopted by science fiction creations such as `The Day the Earth Stood Still' (1951) and Spielberg's CE3 & ET. Despite what some people mistakenly believe of him, Vallee does not reject the ETH per se: rather, he points out that any hypothesis to explain these phenomena needs to encompass all the data; i.e. why the enormous number of reported contacts?
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This is the strongest book I have read on ET/UFO phenomena, largely because it addresses what I have suspected for some time - that the belief in such phenomena, whether or not there have been actual ET visitations, has been actively promoted and manipulated by certain agents of the military and intelligence communities around the world, principally the United States. Contrary to what another reviewer has intimated, I found this to be the strongest part of the book - unpalatable reading for those who want to believe, but it seems apparent that such belief has been the subject of high level manipulation; something that Vallee excellently illustrates. Knowledge of the operational history of leading intelligence agencies that can be picked up from reading any number of the many books on their Cold War and Second World War shenanigans I would argue allows one to see the hands of these people all over ufology. The book also does a fantastic job of warning about the dangers of these kinds of belief systems, and as mentioned by another reviewer, Vallee excellently makes the point that ancient Greek society was the victim of similar superstitions. It is dangerous to think that gains made in recent human history are irreversible, ignorance and fascism have an enduring power unfortunately. UFOs should be understood first and foremost as a fascinating social phenomenon, something that has always been an enormous industry, and this merits serious analysis in and of itself, nether mind questions of validity.Read more ›
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Jacques Vallee has written an interesting account of the various ufo cults and the mysterious 'messengers' behind them. It is quite apparent that the ufo phenomenon is not just about alien races visiting us, as whatever this intelliegence is, it has been with humans for millenia and is apparently native to Earth. Vallee gives an eerie account of a 'coincidence' he experienced while reseaching this book. It appears that we are all being watched, but by whom?
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