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on 11 October 2004
I read Peter's book after hearing about him on a Channel 5 programme about UFO's. Peter's story of meeting a man called Janus whom he since came to believe was an extra-terrestrial was explored in the programme and seemed all the more credible because of his background as Prince Phillip's Equerry and his high ranking RAF career.
The book has some fascinating insights into various paranormal happenings, particularly after nearly drowning when spending three days lost at sea following his plane catching fire during the Second World War. There are also the strange occurrences of the ghostly lady in the church and at another time the smell of burning and the apparent engulfment of himself and his wife by a dark blanket when lying in bed (the following day it transpired the man in whose room they were staying was burned to death, the previous night, in his aircraft).
The story of his mysterious car crash possibly being linked to a revenge vendetta from the Middle East and involving the SAS is equally fascinating.
I began to wonder though, how much of Peter's perspective on events could be seen as entirely accurate and objective. For example - he records a very lengthy dialogue with Janus, involving many complex and deep concepts, in great detail - would it be possible to remember so much from one meeting without a tape recorder, in such detail? When he returns some days later to quiz him (Janus) further, he's mysteriously disappeared - however we have no one else to corroborate this as only Peter was in attendance.
Then there's the issue of the car crash - it seems very far fetched that assassins would go to such lengths when their methods would appear very tricky to make work with any degree of reliability, surely there are simpler ways? Also, we never hear whether Peter's car was examined post-crash to corroborate his story.
It made me want to speak to Peter himself about these things, had me thinking and asking questions - so perhaps that's a good thing, and as they say, truth is often stranger than fiction so who knows?
Apart from a few boring bits which frankly drag on and are about names of aircraft, places and times, people etc. which would only be of interest to the most die-hard aviation fan - the book is a worthwhile, entertaining and engaging read.
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