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on 9 August 2013
The majority of UFO sightings entail unidentified lights in the sky, many of which may have entirely prosaic explanations. But with regard to UFOs of a recognizable shape, there's been a significant change over recent decades. Back in the 1940s, when the term 'flying saucer' came into vogue, there were comparatively few reports of triangular-shaped UFOs, although judging from statistics provided by the US-based National UFO Reporting Centre (NUFORC), this is now one of the commonest shapes seen. (NUFORC's data relate primarily to North America.) Indeed, according to David Marler's book, if one categorizes UFOs in terms of shape, leaving aside the ambiguous category of 'light', triangular UFOs now make up the largest group. However, a researcher called John Nelson presents statistics (from the USA) that slightly contradict this claim (http://uxblog.idvsolutions.com/2015/06/sightings.html). His figures suggest that UFOs appearing as 'lights', 'fireballs' or 'flashes', or having a circular or spherical appearance, are being reported more often than triangular UFOs. Of course, a witness seeing a 'flash' or a 'light' might be unable to discern a definite shape. But setting those cases aside, it appears (from Nelson’s figures) that circular or spherical UFOs have been seen more often than triangular UFOs in the USA in recent years.

Some triangular UFOs have been described as enormous. They've reportedly been seen flying slowly, at low altitudes, over populous areas. In many cases, witnesses haven't noticed any sound coming from them. Marler provides the first book-length treatment of this subject of triangular UFOs, and his research appears to have been thorough. He's well-qualified for the task, since he has a long history of involvement in UFO research, and he formerly served as the state director of the Mutual UFO Network in Illinois. (He now lives in New Mexico.)

The final chapter of Marler's book (Chapter 12) presents commentary from five other UFO researchers: Richard Dolan, Mark Rodeghier, George Wingfield, Omar Fowler, and Peter Davenport. They concur with Marler's view that the triangular UFO phenomenon can't be simply explained away in terms of supposed 'black budget' terrestrial aircraft. An important consideration here is that although they were relatively infrequent decades ago, sightings of triangular UFOs do go back many years. However, they might not be interpreted the same way by everyone. For example, Marler refers (pp. 68-71) to unusual aerial phenomena that were witnessed by crew members and passengers of a commercial airliner over Labrador, Canada, in late June, 1954. He states that the case "will remain one of the great UFO events of all time" (p. 71). But in an analysis that isn't referenced by Marler, a British ufologist called Martin Shough concludes that, "In most respects it seems possible to explain this sighting satisfactorily - if not conclusively - as an unusual mirage" (http://www.caelestia.be/BOAC5.html).

On p. 12, Marler emphasizes that his book's focus is "triangular UFO sighting reports". He contends that whether they're connected with matters such as alien abductions and cattle mutilations "remains to be seen". He states that in his research, of over a decade, he hasn't seen evidence of a relationship! That surprises me a little, since many reports suggest a considerable overlap between UFO sightings and other anomalies, such as amnesia ('missing time'), abduction experiences, and cattle mutilations. (In Chapter 12, Omar Fowler describes a sighting of a triangular UFO in North Yorkshire, England, in 1996. In conjunction with it, the female witness reportedly had an abduction experience, involving 'missing time'.) Indeed, in many cases, it could be argued that there's no essential difference between UFO sightings and apparitional experiences featuring human figures, animal forms or phantom vehicles.

In line with his conservative stance on the relation between UFO sightings and other anomalies, Marler doesn't spend much time theorizing about the nature of triangular UFOs or of UFOs in general. As noted, though, he doesn't believe that the sightings can be satisfactorily accounted for in terms of secret military aircraft.

The chapters of the book would have benefited from the use of subheadings. Where Marler has quoted other people and made editorial insertions, he's used round brackets. But square brackets would have made it clearer that the words in question were his, not those of the person quoted.

Referring to the United Kingdom (UK), Marler makes a few errors: (1) On p. 123, he wrongly equates an MP with a "local government official". In the UK, the latter term refers to a council employee with an administrative role, or possibly a councillor with such a role. (2) Also on p. 123, he gives the meaning of MP as "Minister of Parliament", but it's MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT. (3) On p. 128, he wrongly substitutes "England" (which is just one part of the UK) for the UK as a whole. (Interestingly, that error is often made by people living in England itself.) (3) On p. 140, he refers to the "Pennine Mountains", which the British would normally describe as the PENNINE HILLS or simply as the PENNINES. (4) On p. 166, he refers to Radnorshire as being in England, although it's actually the name of a former county in WALES.

Chapter 8 contains a transcript of an interview that Marler conducted on 14th April 2013. Evidently, at that point, he hadn't quite finished writing his book, although it was published just weeks later - in June 2013. Arguably, publication should have been delayed slightly, to give more time for proofreading, because the text is sprinkled with grammatical and punctuation errors, and contains some badly constructed sentences. (An example of missing punctuation can be found on p. 206, where Marler quotes a witness as saying, "It didn't appear to rush off it didn't appear to change direction drastically or anything.") On the plus side, Marler's writing isn't affectedly convoluted. Therefore, despite the problems with grammar and punctuation, his intended meaning is mostly clear. Of course, if the book goes to a second edition, there'll be an opportunity to rectify these unfortunate errors, which detract from what's otherwise a good piece of work.
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on 9 July 2013
David Marler can be very proud of this book, he clearly did a massive amount of research to produce what it is a fascinating read, on what is an often ignored topic in UFO literature.

The book contains some eye opening cases, including one from my home town of Cardiff when I was a child, which I had long since forgotten about, but I now recall looking to the skies on those nights, with friends hoping to catch a glimpse of what in our minds was an "Imperial Star Destroyer" from STAR WARS...sadly, we didn't see a thing.

There is a slight dip in the middle of the book, where cases are compared for their content, but this can be can be forgiven forgiven as more excellently researched cases soon follow.

Highly recommended for anyone interested in the subject, just amazed a book on these strange triangular craft hadn't been written long before.
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on 15 December 2013
...then I encountered my own black triangle, I witnessed it for about 7 seconds. I wanted answers hence the reason I sought out this book.

The weight of evidence is undeniable this book is like a bible for all things black triangle and has a pro-neutral bent not a ranty UFO style but a well researched look at things. The author has helped provide some answers for people like me to understand but it's all subjection, informed subjection based on the evidence which is all it can be at this stage.

David I've dropped you an email. Again thanks.
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on 30 April 2014
A well written book, on an unusual subject. No flying saucers or little green men here. I've always had an interest in the UFO phenomenon, and these Black Triangles, are certainly an enigma. David Marler, in a well written volume, attempts to answer the many questions about these craft, and the theory that they could be either extra terrestrial vehicles, or indeed, 'home grown'. With the inclusion of many detailed witness reports from around the globe, and with expert opinions by some very qualified people about these craft, this a book not to be missed, one of the strangest facet of the UFO phenomenon, I've ever read about.
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on 5 January 2014
This is a well researched book on the triangular UFO phenomena. No wild speculation by the author just a wealth of investigation regarding sightings over many years. The corresponding detail of many of these sightings and the culmination of such sightings over the years can't help but draw the reader to their own startling conclusions. This book is a must read for anyone with even the slightest interest in the topic, and the skeptic alike. An informative and thought provoking read.
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on 15 November 2015
Very prompt delivery. Just read the introduction and first chapter; it's clear this book avoids the usual UFO lore of government conspiracies, alien abductions, etc. If only other authors devoted to this subject would take notice! Speculation is fine, so long as you don't assume it approximates to fact. This book simply recounts what so many credible witnesses, such as police, military personnel and airline pilots have seen and reported. The flying triangle mystery is a sub-set of the larger UFO phenomenon. We can make guesses as to their origin and purpose but, as the foreword by ex-US Army Intelligence and technology officer John Alexander points out, the sensationalism and outright lying infesting UFOlogy deters the brightest and best minds from getting involved... they have careers to think about. Until such people apply their minds, research facilities and methodology to the subject, we can only collate and file the data. This book serves this role in the form of a narrative.
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on 24 April 2014
A decent read,but like all ufo phenomena it lacks actual visul data ,but there is something in this, maybe it's a different reality , one day when were ready perhaps,
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on 2 March 2015
Good read. This guy has identified what at first you would think is just a niche part of the UFO world. In fact it is anything but that. There are just as many triangular objects sighted as there are saucer shaped. Does this mean anything? Maybe or maybe not, but this guy really tries to explore all possible reasons behind the growth in this field of ufology. Well done David Marler.
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on 2 August 2014
Well written and objective appraisal of triangular UFO sightings witnessed over the last 100 years or so. There is so much compelling evidence regarding UFO sightings it is impossible to dismiss this ongoing phenomenon. This book required reading for anyone remotely interested in this subject.
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on 8 June 2015
Very well written and balanced view. An excellent analysis and collation of information regarding this type of craft. A MUST read!
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