UFO: Crash Landing? Friend or Foe? - True Story of the Rendlesham Forest Close Encounter Paperback – 8 Jan 1998
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Jenny Randles explores the Rendlesham Forest case in the context of international UFO phenomena, which is utterly fascinating. Her straightforward style is compelling and there is a clarity about her writing that is reassuring. She is clearly not biased one way or the other towards an explanation, but just wishes to bare witness to the facts.
Jenny doesn't keep the reader waiting too long before she documents the events in the forest that happened over a period of two nights, pieced together from several eye witness reports (one from a particularly high ranking officer in the US military), and when she does so it blows the mind. I keep turning what happened over in my mind, it's unforgettable. The world looks a slightly different place to me now! Don't forget, there is documented evidence to prove beyond doubt that something extraordinary happened in that forest... that's what keeps me awake at night!
Far too many people, particularly those who consider themselves to be skeptics, who write on the subject of Ufology tend to have an aversion to getting their hands dirty. They more or less just read books that other people have written and then make sweeping generalizations. Randles in contrast is an avowed field researcher, and it shows in this book.
Randles has a pleasant writing style, and presents her own research - Much of which was done in the field - on one of the most curious UFO cases to happen outside of the US. She remains fair and balanced throughout the book, and presents just the right amount of detail to present a clear picture of events to the reader, without falling into the trap of presenting stale or irrelevant information that bores or confuses the reader.
I marked this book as 4 stars rather than 5 as Randles often jumps backwards\forwards along the timeline, making it somewhat difficult for the reader to get a solid picture of the actual order of events.
Some of this is in part due to the fact that different people involved in the events were not certain whether they were involved in the early part of the encounter or the later part, but the rest is due to Randles' decision to go back over events covered earlier on in the book and to elaborate on them, or to add extra details.
The format is quite good, with chapters that progress along a timeline that can be easily followed, a good Index, and Bibliography. Also, there are maps, drawings, and photographs that assist in understanding the event.
Many witnesse statements are included, and there is excellent documentation found in follow-up by the author. Several scenarios are put forward as to what actually occurred in the Forest, and it is worth reading about these. Although the author does not seem to believe in ET beings present in the event, there is an excellent case made for the coverup by the MoD and the USAF. As I write this, in 2016, there is, of course, new evidence that proves Randles' statements that the MoD and the USAF lied and covered up their investigation into the affair. There is also more than enough evidence that justifies the author stating that Colonels Halt, Conrad, and Cochran, and Williams knew exactly what was going on, and lied to protect themselves and the USAF; all while offering to give reporters an inside story "scoop" of the event....one has to wonder, for pay? We know from other sources, that Halt did request remuneration for telling his story to "News of the World" newspaper, because he wanted to send his daughter to school in America. There is no question that Charles Halt, Ted Conrad, Gordon Williams of the USAF, and Pam Titchmarsh, and Donald Moreland of the UK, were all involved in cover-up and disinformation; and Randles lays out the case in a superb manner. Some would call it lying. That's too kind. Since Randles wrote this book, and laid the groundwork with an update from previous books, we now know that there was a massive investigation carried out; Airmen were drugged and roughly handled; some were shipped out to other assignments the NEXT DAY, so they couldn't talk or be interrogated by the media and other interested parties. The NSA (National Security Administration-US) and ONI (Office of Naval Intelligence-US) were involved up to their eyeballs in this one.
This book, although dated, still carries the story along from the earlier two from the trio of UK UFO investigators previously mentioned: "Sky Crash," and "From Out of the Blue," which I would recommend as background material. Jenny Randles doesn't conclude that ET's were involved, but she makes a case for other possibilities, including secret government experiments.
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