I was really looking forward to reading this book. I had heard plenty about Tim Good and his supposed military contacts, inside information, and so on. I have an open mind about the whole UFO subject, and I wondered idly if this book would be the one to sway me towards the "nuts and bolts" camp (for the uninitiated, this is the theory that UFOs are actual physical spacecraft piloted by aliens).
There are some truly fascinating accounts in these pages, many of which I'd never heard of before. Take this one for instance - a pilot ejects from his jet when the engine cuts out for no apparent reason. With seconds to live, his chute barely opens in time as he flops down into a garden. The guy who owns the garden in question asks "what are you doing?" to which the pilot replies "I ejected from my plane.". "What plane?" asks the other guy. The jet has vanished. There was no explosion, no wreckage, no sign of the co-pilot. After an extensive search, the plane was never found, even though it was in a nose-dive at the time and would surely have hit the ground near to where the pilot landed. Intriguing huh?
My main problem with this book is the style in which it is presented - for most of the time, it's as if Tim Good has published his own notes, completely unedited. The text leaps from one story to the next, one time period to the next, with barely any attempt to organise the information into some kind of structure. It's quite frustrating to read. Then there's the much-hyped source material. For every account taken from a personal interview conducted by the author, there's another one taken from some dubious old book on the Bermuda Triangle.
Also, Tim is considerably less than impartial in presenting his material. Every missing plane is apparently the work of "nefarious UFO activity", according to Tim, and it all gets a bit wearing after a while.
It's worth a look for the rare gems that appear here and there, but overall I'm really quite disappointed and much preferred David Clarke's "The UFO Files". I won't be bothering with Tim Good again.