Mokele-Mbembeby William J. Gibbons, William Rebsamen
In Mokele-Mbembe: Mystery Beast of the Congo Basin, Gibbons provides a fascinating
Explorer, cryptozoologist, and creationist Bill Gibbons has traveled to remote corners of the world in search of strange and unknown creatures. But Bill's heart is in Africa, where monstrous dinosaur-like creatures are still rumored to inhabit the vast swamps of the Congo Basin.
In Mokele-Mbembe: Mystery Beast of the Congo Basin, Gibbons provides a fascinating insight into several expeditions that have ventured forth in search of suspected living dinosaurs, include several of his own. Here you will read about many amazing eyewitness testimonies and surprise encounters with these remarkable creatures. This book will take you on a journey into a true "lost world" of pygmy tribes, dense unforgiving jungles, hidden unexplored lakes, and rivers that run for hundreds of miles into a land that time has literally forgotten. No armchair explorer, Gibbons also details several other incredible creatures that by all accounts should have been extinct eons ago, yet are still encountered today by astonished eyewitnesses in the 21st century.
Join Bill as he continues on his tireless quest in search of an animal that could well be the most important scientific discovery of this century!
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William J. Gibbons' story of Mokele-Mbembe absolutely held my attention with his expeditions to Africa in search of strange creatures. Mr. Gibbons takes the reader alongside the explorers with his descriptive interpretation of his journeys. Mokele-Mbembe: Mystery Beast of the Congo Basin begins with a history of recorded accounts from ancient texts to books throughout modern history with descriptions of huge water creatures. The author's own expeditions occurred from 1979-1992. His thorough descriptions of the locals, (especially the Pygmy people), the surroundings, and the dangers were especially interesting as they explored the areas in the jungles, swamps and hidden areas of Africa. He explains the many trials they experienced with travel problems, wild animals, illnesses, and corrupt politicians demanding bribes just to explore the area. This is not a scientific study, but an exploration of the area with eye witness accounts. He freely points out which sightings he believed were not credible, but many, if not most, are quite credible. There is one interesting method they used with the eye witnesses. They presented a book with animals from the area and the locals identified them. He then gave them pictures of animals not known to be in Africa and the witnesses could not identify any of them. He then gave them a book of dinosaurs. Mokele-Mbembe gives a fascinating account of the responses they received from the third book. As if the exciting tale of exploration was not interesting enough, it was an added treat to read about William Gibbons' conversion in Africa from occult practice to Christianity. He gives his beautiful testimony in the book and talks about other missionaries in the area. No matter what you believe, Mokele-Mbembe: Mystery Beast of the Congo Basin is a fascinating story.
It is good to see Gibbons finally publish a book devoted to his research on Mokele-mbembe, the alleged living dinosaur of the Congo. No armchair explorer he, Gibbons has conducted more research into this and other mystery animals of Equatorial Africa than anyone else alive. He is a worthy successor to Roy P. Mackal, the now-retired University of Chicago professor of biology, who launched the modern-day search for Mokele-mbembe, and who has publicly commended Gibbons as his natural successor. Although he does not hide his creationist beliefs, one has to read between the lines with Gibbons. Few people know that he is a licensed private investigator and employs some interesting methods, particularly comparative analysis techniques, including a structured and methodical approach to interviewing alleged eye-witnesses. These techniques are often only employed by police detectives when interviewing criminal suspects, and it is clear that even if Gibbons was not a police officer in the past, he has certainly received similar training in investigation and interviewing methodologies. Although the book lists a useful and absorbing history of Mokele-mbembe sightings and encounters, of particular interest is the final three chapters that deal with Mokele-mbembe, N'goubou, the horned killer of elephants (Gibbons identifys two different kinds), and the Yoli, and alleged "snake dragon" with legs. Here Gibbons reveals the scope of his research by focusing in some detail on the different ethnic, tribal and cultural groups that are familiar with Mokele-mbembe, including the different names given to the animal of which there are at least 17. His analytical comparisons to other (known) reptiles, including their breeding habits, hybernation, food supply, habitat and behavioural patterns gives the reader considerable insight into the seriousness that Gibbons treats this enduring cryptozoological mystery. Overall, I found this book to be well researched, absorbing and a very enjoyable read. It is certainly a good successor to Dr. Mackal's seminal work, Mokele-mbembe - A Living Dinosaur? (Brill, 1987). Gibbons certainly knows his stuff, and this book should have a place on the bookshelf of every cryptozoologist.