This real-life The X-Files and Close Encounters of the Third Kind tells the true story of a computer programmer who tracks paranormal events along a 3,000-mile stretch through the heart of America and is drawn deeper and deeper into a vast conspiracy.
Like Agent Mulder of The X-Files, computer programmer and sheriff's deputy Zukowski is obsessed with tracking down UFO reports in Colorado. He takes the family with him on weekend trips to look for evidence of aliens. But this innocent hobby takes on a sinister urgency when Zukowski learns of mutilated livestock and sees the bodies of dead horses and cattle - whose exsanguination is inexplicable by any known human or animal means.
Along an expanse of land stretching across the southern borders of Utah, Colorado, and Kansas, Zukowski discovers multiple bizarre incidences of mutilations and suddenly realizes that they cluster around the 37th parallel, or "UFO Highway". So begins an extraordinary and fascinating journey from El Paso and Rush, Colorado, to a mysterious space studies company and MUFON; from Roswell and Area 51 to the Pentagon and beyond; to underground secret military caverns and Indian sacred sites; beneath strange, unexplained lights in the sky; and into corporations that obstruct and try to take over investigations.
Inspiring and terrifying, this true story will keep you up at night, staring at the sky and wondering if we really are alone and what could happen next.
©2016 Ben Mezrich (P)2016 Simon & Schuster
While the content is interesting to me, I have to say the end left me feeling empty and almost cheated. If I thought it possible to get a refund I might try. Instead I'll just warn you off. Dissatisfied cone, OUT.
Bought it expecting a study or documentary instead I got a novelised account of the life of someone that felt 99% fiction. Not at all what I expected or hoped for.
This was an entertaining book but the story didn't have a traditional narrative. I'm not sure what made Ben Mezrich choose this story for his next book as it is so far removed from his normal subject matter. He didn't do a bad job with the story there just wasn't much story to tell. The book sets up a situation where the reader thinks some kind of conflict will arise to make the "plot" more interesting but it never happens. The "characters" are exactly the same at the end as they are at the beginning. I know this is a "true" story so it won't follow traditional story line but usually when someone's story is true and worth telling is is because of its extraordinary situation. While the subject matter is extraordinary the story itself was not. If someone is deeply interested in the UFO or government conspiracy subject matter then this book is a worthy read but for someone who is either a Ben Mezrich fan or someone looking for a UFO based fiction than there are much better books out there. For the UFO and/or government conspiracy reader there are also better books to read first but this is a decent addition to ones library for simply its grassroots UFO hunting storyline.
a real story
After the first 10 chapters, I thought this was a case of an author burying the lead deeper than he should but by the end, it was clear that this was just a ill conceived concept,poorly written without a coherent plot premise or conclusion. I want my credit back.
I want to believe...
Narration could have been better but not a big issue. interesting story if all the facts are real. But what makes me want to give the book a complete thumbs down is the ending. What a crock! I thought this was supposed to be based on a real life experience but in the end, it is just pure fiction. crap!
Helps educate about UFO key historical events while bringing the reader up to speed on modern developments. I did not find the ending disappointing, it mirrors where ufology movement is today.
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