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Unsolved Disappearances in the Great Smoky Mountains
Unsolved Disappearances in the Great Smoky Mountains
Price: £3.73

1.0 out of 5 stars a few fireside stories/no real meat or detail and useless as an overall guide, 7 Aug. 2016
this work in no wise places any of the 100s of disappearances throughout the SMs in any kind of context and simply looks at a few such cases.If the facts re the Martin case as outlined by David Paulides are compared with what is offered here,the reader will note many serious differences and omissions such as the FBIs appalling handling of the case,its arrogance over his fathers deep and understandable concerns over how the dogs have been scented in( using things belonging to him not his son!!!) and its claim that the Keys sigthting was impossible owing to distance.Paulides has much more detail over this sighting and theres no mention of either a road or white car but a much better description of how a child was obviously being held and abducted....... This book offers little of any serious use to investigators and needs far more cases and deeper scrutiny to be more than fireside stories


The Timber
The Timber
Dvd
Price: £6.99

1.0 out of 5 stars threw it out, 6 Aug. 2016
This review is from: The Timber (Amazon Video)
simply unwatchable;gave up before the end;no suspense;no acting;,no surprise;no real action and hard work throughout with huge jumps in any plotline so there are long sequences where you think you must have missed a key development and go back and relay to find you havent. Dreadful!


Dyatlov Pass Keeps Its Secret
Dyatlov Pass Keeps Its Secret
Price: £3.59

3.0 out of 5 stars if you dont know,just say snow slide as it sounds good, 2 Aug. 2016
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an otherwise excellent work with much detail but no topographic map ended like a wet lettuce spewing out a theory it had already demolished....! The authors sat there scratching their heads and beating their chests we dont know what happened and we have got to finish this book;we just cant leave it open and admit we are stumped. So out they trot the good old snow slide canard yet again,notwithstanding that the tent poles have remained virgo intacta,that the pots and cups and other flotsam isnt crushed or even dented,that Lyuda had a broken rib stuck into her aorta,that the footprints say they all walked away in pairs carrying no one,that Dyatov somehow ost possession of his tent shoes and fur jacket and tarpaulin 16-20 metres outside the tent...... that none of the ist responders experts on snow slide,avalanches,raised footprints and local elves saw no clues of avalanche or that good old safety number,the snow slide..... this is why the book has lost at least one star from me-they coudnt be honest and resurrected a canard they had just sought to undermine/ come on people,rewrite the ending or just delete it,and admit we havent a clue what happened.


Mountain of the Dead: The Dyatlov Pass Inciden
Mountain of the Dead: The Dyatlov Pass Inciden
Price: £2.79

3.0 out of 5 stars Military cover-up seems unlikely, 2 Aug. 2016
A military cover-up and crime scene sanitisation might be an answer if the military had discovered after the alarm had been raised that say a parachute mine had detonated at such a place as to have caused very severe injuries on 3 or 4 of the group killing or concussing them all to discover that 2 of the group were KGB and others children of highly influential parents within the Party so had to cover up quickly or take severe blame. But one fact in particular makes this unlikely- Slobodin died where he lay in the snow melting the snow under him which formed what is known as a death-bed,something very hard to fake.Could the military have found the group when he was still alive? V unlikely in that they were not showing any direct light and were well off their course.


Don't Go There: Post Mortem
Don't Go There: Post Mortem
Price: £5.51

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very compelling well written and firmly argued /almost convinced, 26 July 2016
i believe she makes an excellent case for abduction but i would like more evidence on how there could have been no bruising if someones chest is jumped on breaking multiple ribs and to know why within this scenario some of the group were not ordered to discard clothes.Yes one of them may have been already out of the tent and not in the main group but not the other. I would also like to know if Svetlana who has written a very well-presented book involving much research and effort with no punctuation errors though my edition omits autopsy reports has an explanation for the photo in the Killer lives on Discovery Channel, for the diary entry " now we know that abominable snowmen exist" and if she believes that Albina the Mansi lady ( also in this programme) who as a young girl witnessed events she says involving an animal attack is lying so many years after the events and in effect is continuing the cover-up when the killers if Khanty hunters are all likely long dead? There was also only one boot-print found near the Cedar tree which belonged its claimed to a group member though the snow was mainly packed down which needs more detail. The finding of Dyatlovs own jacket and slippers yards away from the tent is astonishing and really does suggest he was forced at gunpoint to discard clothing though not everyone was made to do this. Could he have been carrying it and dropped it and just carried on walking swiftly away leaving it there but all in an orderly fashion ? Seems v v unlikely as he later died seeking to retrieve it . Subject to a few reservations i believe Svetlana may well have cracked the case......she has for me entirely disproved the avalanche and wind-induced infra-sound explanations of panic and confusion and offers a reasonable interpretation of the lights in the sky. This essentially leaves animal attack or abduction as Ivanovs concern that the 3 members of the group with the severe internal injuries and no bruising were alone targeted from the air is wholly unconvincing whilst military tests etc or paranormal event in the skies would not have necessitated their perceived need to cut their way from out of the tent which i believe was still standing upright until a helicopter approached it the day before the first search parties arrived in that they had observed the the tears from the air which could not have been visible after tent has sagged.....maybe Svetlana might comment on these issues?


A Compelling Unknown Force - The Dyatlov Pass Incident: AKA "Six Hours to Live"
A Compelling Unknown Force - The Dyatlov Pass Incident: AKA "Six Hours to Live"
Price: £2.70

3.0 out of 5 stars interesting speculation with some new facts/ a lively read, 24 July 2016
Much research has been done to write this fairly interesting speculative account but the case is far from proven especially that if they had been able to place the smoldering stove in its storage bag they ought to have been able using gloves and face masks to reenter the tent from the front and drag it out so preventing the spread of more of the alleged fumes and allow the tent to clear that way.Most camper deaths from asphyxiation occur when the occupants are asleep and cant recognise the dangers and take action. To head a mile away to a cedar tree to build a fire ,they hoped we are told, in those conditions with members of the party still wearing tent clothes and with no shoes was obvious certain death but for miraculous intervention and they would have known this at that time,the so-called communist allegiance to a group where the leader may have been drunk notwithstanding.The candle may have gone out at any time. Yet this is not to say that its not possible. Following and even before the deaths of 9 Mansi tribesmen who had no such heating/cooking apparatus they had refused to visit this pass or the mountain of the dead so it can be especially assumed local people do have knowledge which can be usefully considered,and serious anthropologists will always seek out such views.So is the old Mansi lady lying when she recalls hearing the whistling of a Menk /Yeti attack as a young girl? Is Sergei the local guide hired to assist with the first search whos views are much covered in the book also lying when he testifies years later to his sighting of extra very large footprints quickly trodden over which he kept to himself through fear of ridicule especailly from the university-types who had first hired him? Does it have to be that the last bodies discovered were swept over the ravine by an avalanche which caused their injuries through falling when author McCluskey who has visited the exact spot opines that the drop would have been insufficient for this? Is the writers view of the photo explained as certainly taken and not a hoax in itself necessarily correct considering the testimony of the old Mansi lady and Sergeis footprints and the diary note of "the abominable snowman......?" Would a group of people who whatever their alleged errors of knot-tying and tent placement etc head off only partially dressed to a likely certain death without making every effort to salvage their tent by either getting in from the front to drag out the stove using masks and gloves and the flash-light which later as they walked away gave out or entering to get clothes and boots and tools? If they could all walk they could all hold their breath and make a dash inside if only for 10 secs at a time before plunging back out. It is possible but implausible especially as the worst-clad would know their lives were in instant danger....


Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery
Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery
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4.0 out of 5 stars Frustrating in terms of answers but outstanding background into appalling crimes of violence against women, 7 Jun. 2016
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An insightful look into the background of the 5 internet-based prostitutes selected by serial killer(s) and discarded on Long Island ........so how did the killer(s) choose their targets because this work is by nature secretive and hidden involving the woman,the John and a driver only, who is sometimes a friend,no street-walking or red lights;it is sanitized and insulated within the internet where the only detail will be a cell phone number? The killer(s) have to 1) know that the woman is a prostitute and 2) know where she will be and where she is vulnerable.and this can only realistically happen if contact has been made via the internet through Craigs List.All 5 women hooked up via Craigs List.
Its during a search for Shannan that other bodies are discovered wrapped in burlap near the location where Shannan was last seen after visiting a John and where her driver has astonishingly gone home following a most extraordinary episode in the Johns home where she begins to believe she is in real danger,so much so she calls the Police and then avoids her driver and seems to run away from him too in a neighbours driveway...Is it the same MO in each case that the prostitute is murdered after sex with a John,possibly secretly filmed sex,though probably not in his home and not by him but he is the direct connection or how else will the killer(s) know either 1) or 2) above,the times and places....? I cannot at all see what happened to Shannan as an unconnected incident whilst i also doubt if the Police have any real evidence.
Whilst i would have preferred that more of the book was concerned with a forensic and police-type examination ,it is an outstanding socio-legal examination into internet sex crime and into the circumstances which led the young women into it and an excellent study but doesnt for me ask enough direct questions and offers no real way forward towards its solution.
The dismissive attitude of the Police towards prostitutes elicits no surprise at all.


Battle For Sevastopol [DVD]
Battle For Sevastopol [DVD]
Dvd ~ Yuliya Peresild
Price: £7.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a gripping and unusual narrative, 28 May 2016
This review is from: Battle For Sevastopol [DVD] (DVD)
without doubt in the top 10 war moves made,powerful,moving,and with a gripping story of survival , passion,suffering and loves lost to death.....to understand the history of the Eastern war between the Soviet Union and Germany helps jettison much of the dangerous nonsense spoken today of the Crimea and the Ukraine by Western journalists and politicians


The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government
The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government
by David Talbot
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Immensily readable, fluent and organised and written by a ..., 14 Nov. 2015
Immensily readable, fluent and organised and written by a man who clearly loves his country and laments what it has become.Yet the analysis is calm,thoughtful,penetrating ,wide-ranging and powerful describing in full just how much evil his subject did across his lifespan,the extent of his influence,the malevolence of his plotting,from his beginnings of assisting Nazis to escape judgment to his final swansong which has long since collapsed,his defence of the Warren Report. Theres so much research gone into this weighty examination of US deep politics that it deserves at least 2 readings and extended examination.


Zero Six Bravo: 60 Special Forces. 100,000 Enemy. The Explosive True Story
Zero Six Bravo: 60 Special Forces. 100,000 Enemy. The Explosive True Story
by Damien Lewis
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars LIVELY AND COMPELLING NARRATIVE WELL-TOLD, 15 Feb. 2015
leaving aside all questions of the legitimacy of the war,what is striking about the story is the utter and complete lunacy of the original mission which the SF was tasked to do and that British soldiers-one American in their group- had such poor air support having to struggle in and struggle out again on the Chinook shuttle....following this of course the men took a hammering in the media with their SAS commander sacked when the real issue was which idiot or group of idiots would send a team way into enemy territory to take the surrender of a massive enemy force-100,000 strong-without absolutely guaranteed and corroborated intelligence??? (Its also interesting to note that the earlier mission described to board the NV Nisha was also based on flawed intelligence)And one can guarantee almost that these idiots didnt even get a wrap on the knuckles.......rant over.
Its a well-told and lively narrative,with many human touches and little descent into SF jargon of brave men doing a tough and impossible mission and their escape.You dont have to agree with why they were there or indeed any of it to enjoy a powerful adventure.It could be shorter and chapters 2 and 3 dont tell you much(


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