I recently had the great pleasure of receiving a copy of Monster Files: A Look Inside Government Secrets and Classified Documents on Bizarre Creatures and Extraordinary Animals by cryptozoological author Nick Redfern from the New Page Books publication company. I was very honored (and surprised) to be asked to write a review of Redfern's book on my blog, and I hope that my review influences more people to purchase this intriguing publication. This new publication deals with bizarre cases involving government establishments and cryptozoological animals. Throughout the book he chronicles cases which imply that government authorities have shown interest in such reported creatures, and feels that officialdom may have dubious reasons for examining such reports. While some alleged cases imply that government establishments have spread false rumors of monsters to terrify enemies into submission or cover up covert missions, others indicate that government establishments may have examined cryptozoological animals in the past to learn of their alleged bizarre abilities. In my opinion, one of the most attention grabbing details in Redfern's book was a claim that the United States government had an interest in the identity of the unknown beasts reported at Loch Ness and, upon examination of the Loch, had discovered that the creatures were ghostly forms of plesiosaurs which could materialize and vanish at will! Several more bizarre cases similar to this one are included in Monster Files, from soldiers' reports of encountering giant reptiles in the Australian bush to a man's claim of finding government files documenting the autopsy of a giant, gorilla-like beast killed in Ohio! However, it is important to note that many of the cases contained in this intriguing book are simply stories and rumors which may or may not have any truth to them. While I personally wouldn't put any stock in several of the suggestions in this book, they certainly were interesting and kept me deep in thought. The way which Redfern presented the information contained in the book kept me constantly reading with intrigue, and some of the more evidenced claims of government operations involving cryptozoological beasts make you truly wonder if they may know something that we don't. Overall I greatly enjoyed reading this book, and although I felt that some of the claims were far-fetched, I certainly recommend it to viewers of this blog!
|Nick Redfern's book is an excellent and worthy addition to any cryptozoological researcher's resources|