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In 1987 writer Whitley Strieber exposed the world to the truth about alien abduction in his landmark memoir, Communion. For the first time in years, Strieber revisits his encounter with alien intelligences-but now dramatically widens his search to explore how "the ...

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Overview

The bestselling author probes the ultimate significance behind today's increasing reports of UFOs, alien abductions, crop circles, and other unexplained phenomena-and what they mean for humanity's immediate future.

In 1987 writer Whitley Strieber exposed the world to the truth about alien abduction in his landmark memoir, Communion. For the first time in years, Strieber revisits his encounter with alien intelligences-but now dramatically widens his search to explore how "the visitors" connect with today's persistent and globe-spanning reports of anomalous phenomena, such as crop circles, cattle mutilations, UFO sightings, alien abductions, near-death experiences, close encounters, and unexplained bodily implants.

In his magisterial style, Strieber contextualizes these bizarre and unsettling reports with his own childhood memories of strange schools, sinister experiments, and family secrets. In exploring today's most convincing cases of unexplained phenomena, Strieber reasons that they are not unrelated events. Nor are they the result of mass delusion. In some of his most persuasive writing, Strieber argues that the wave of mysterious episodes marks a transition that humanity is undergoing right now. Against all conscious understanding, we are experiencing a broadened awareness of dimensions of reality that exist beyond our current perceptions.

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Strieber has reached people around the world through his best-selling fiction (The Hunger), nonfiction (Communion), and the movies adapted from those books (The Day After Tomorrow). He famously claims that throughout his life he has come into contact with UFOs and extraterrestrials. With this book, he attempts to connect a lifetime's worth of those experiences into a cohesive whole. In doing so, he explains his belief that crop circles, cattle mutilations, UFO sightings, alien abductions, near-death experiences, and implants are legitimate phenomena that should be further investigated. Strieber now believes that there are dimensions of reality that exist beyond current perceptions and that these phenomena are part of those alternate realities. No matter your beliefs, Strieber's writing has impact—even 25 years after he first commanded readers' attention with Communion. VERDICT Everyone interested in UFOs, other dimensions, or the mysteries of life will want to read Strieber's new work. He may be wrong and (according to skeptics) he could be crazy, but he certainly presents stimulating ideas.—Mary E. Jones, Los Angeles P.L.
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The author allegedly abducted by aliens in 1985 returns to further his case in this "true sequel." It's been a quarter-century since prolific horror author Strieber (Hybrids, 2011, etc.) frighteningly comingled extraterrestrial science fiction with reality in his factual accounting of an alien visitation (Communion, 1987). His testimonial unleashed a flood of stories from others similarly terrified after encounters with "the grays." In this cathartic update, the author engagingly discusses his troubled childhood fraught with tortuous medical maladies, and then details sinister events at the upstate New York cabin where the original event occurred, and where he'd since forged a "relationship with our visitors." But Strieber's attempt at both clarification and further extrapolation of the facts oscillates between compelling and confusing, which muddies both his intent and his credibility. He directs more skeptical readers toward his appraisals of anomalies like crop-circle formations, civilian abductions, UFOs, orbs, random animal mutilations and the bizarre ear implant he received in 1989 that still "occasionally turns on." Strieber is a convincing if frenetic theorist, but much of what he calls "truth" remains speculative or has previously been debunked. The author does not know how these celestial beings got here or what they want, only that "they are in control." While he provides a wealth of material to digest (for those with an open mind), what remains static is that the indefatigable Strieber is still sticking to his story, even with the daunting burden of proof yet to be realized. Embellished, hyper-imaginative entertainment or a snapshot of the future? Readers will have to decide.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585429172
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/5/2012
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Whitley Strieber

Whitley Strieber is the internationally bestselling author of more than twenty novels and nonfiction works, including The Wolfen, The Hunger, and The Coming Global Superstorm, which was made into the feature film The Day After Tomorrow. He lives in California.

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  • Posted May 25, 2012

    Having listened to Whitely for years I personally have no doubt

    Having listened to Whitely for years I personally have no doubt he truely believes he's had these experiences; whether the reader wishes to believe that is of course up to ones personal view of the world, and the fundamental nature of our reality.

    That said,
    Even if one chooses for a moment to suspend ones disbelief and approach the Communion Enigma as one would approach the speculative fiction of Larry Niven or Roger Zelazni there is much to consider here.

    What if the reality of our world is in very important ways fundamentally different than the world we perceive; what if we are not even near the top of the food chain; but are in fact the subjects of a very long term observation by intelligences both so vast and so Alien as to put them at the very edge of our comprehension.

    What if the Soul, (which has no place in the modern, materialist world view.) truly is the most important thing in our personal existences; and what if that soul has a strange Saturnine attraction to our Visitors, being in some way utterly unlike there own.

    Even if the Communion Enigma is viewed as speculative Fiction, and Spiritual Fiction; IMHO it is speculative fiction of a very high order; because like most good fiction it is in point of fact grounded in fact; Whitely goes to great pains to document the facts; and the potentially disturbing Questions they raise, this is really not a book for anyone looking for another ‘UFO Book’ or for people looking for the certainty of the Believer or the Debunker. This is a book for persons willing to consider living with the Question, even when those Questions strike at the root of our visions of our selves, our universe, and our place in that creation.

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  • Posted February 13, 2012

    Not sure what to think

    Sorry, this story jumped around too much for me. I am left with the same questions I had before I starteded reading...and so was Whitley. I hesitate saying anything about the book but after weeks of reflection, I feel I had to say something. I kept thinking what a saint Whitley's wife is.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2012

    Leave this one on the book store shelf.

    I enjoyed "Communion". The "Key" was written in question and answer format, which was terrible. "Solving the Communion Enigma" appeared to be written to try to get his book sales going again. He spent a good portion of the book "Whining" about how his life crashed down around him. He bought a cabin he couldn't obviously afford and lost it back to the bank, like millions of other Americans.He had to move to a small Condo. His book sales dropped to next to nil. He was abused as a child by the military in a cover up. He didn't see aliens, it was the Government. It just goes on and on. Really, pathetic. I will not be purchasing anything else written by Mr. Streiber.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 8, 2012

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    finally

    an awesome expansion to his well known abduction tale

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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