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
It appears that the author has left the story unfinished. Basically by the time he is done retelling the standard UFO stories blended into the life of the main character, and the listener expects some revelation or a surprise, the story ends unexpectedly.
Inside perspective without too much unnecessary drama.
The balance of Naive American stories come-to-life by non-native ranchers and citizens. And the list of longitude/latitudes of incidents.
Chapter 19. Hands down chapter 19. Rarely does this type of book touch on Native American Skin Walkers. Specifically Ute and Nez Perce.
A calaboration of scientifically researched experiences along North America's UFO Highway
I can't wait to re-read, and listen again on my next road trip through these areas of rural NM, CO, AZ!
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.
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...
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.
I really think that the writer should not have narrated his own book. It was almost TORTUROUS to listen to Mezrich in his drone voice, never changing inflection. I'd miss entire chapters during morning runs because I'd get distracted so easily. I never knew who in the story was saying what without rewinding the read because women, men, children and even narration within the story all sounded the same.
For example, listen to ANYTHING narrated by Kevin Pierce. He is not a dramatic reader, meaning he doesn't change his voice entirely for each character like fiction narrators do, but he drops his tone a hint for male speakers. When a woman speaks his vocals rise somewhat - not with any flare at all, but just so listeners can keep up with the fact that a woman is now speaking. Not with Mezrich!
I truly wish that a professional narrator would read this information for us. I think that the author is doing himself and his book a grand disservice by narrating himself. I'm writing this review so bluntly because I believe in Mezrich's cause - there just may be something that we don't know about the 37th parallel. But I can't follow the argument because of the drone-like retelling. And I really want another narrator to bring out the pivotal points that I KNOW I'm missing listening to Mezrich's boring reading.
In summation, even though Mezrich is a fine writer, moviemaker, etc., he CANNOT NARRATE.
For anyone remotely interested UFOs & associated phenomenon this is a great read. Lots of interesting tales & anecdotes.
But yes, that ending is a little irritating. I guess with the nature of the tale ending a book of this kind of tricky and I'm certain the author will have agonized over the end.
Could he have ended it better? Probably
Could the end ruin your previous enjoyment? No, don't be silly.
If you're reading this review then the chances are you'll really enjoy the first 6 & a half hours or so. The last 5 min, not so much. But don't let some of the other reviews put you off. It's not a deal breaker by any stretch.
I found some of this book interesting. Did it lead me to do investigations from his data? No! I didn't hear anything that would be considered new or revealing. In the end will you find that the 37th is truly what he thinks it is? Only if you decide to spend the summer on it. Can't truly recommend the book.
Needed to dig a lot deeper to impress a person who is as well-read on the subject as the author.
No, I love this genre and I am still very much into new books on the material.
Very unlikely, I did not care for his narration style but it was far from the worst I've heard.
That really isn't the point here, but perhaps the MUFON sister as she didn't really add anything.
All told, this was a weird kind of pseudo fan-fiction that exists at the borderlands between scientific research into the UFO u|< bad the hoaxes and mythology. But the fiction part of this book either encapsulates or just marginally extends real-life or 'as reported' (for skeptics/debunkers) real UFO cases and the cast of characters around the phenomena.
Almost down to the name of the case and its wikipedia url, I recognized and could list out each account the is lifting through the book. I'm sort of similar the real life version of the main character in that I educated myself on the phenomena and authorised l consider myself an expert as far as total amateurs can be just by absorbing a lot of info. I have watched enough documentaries and read enough books that I'm sort of a self-taught UFO/UAP expert and as a result, I know 'em all. But someone who had given themselves that head start would know better that to fall hook, line and sinker for MUFON and would know that organization's place in the grand scheme of things (the book placed MUFON'S reliability/respect rating more along the lines of a respectable nonprofit than a loose organization of amateur-astronomers crossbred with volunteer fire brigade.
For someone like me this book was never never going to pass muster. I've read and researched too much and the target audience for this book is questionable. If you're down the rabbit hole far enough to even know 37th Paralell exists, you are sort of already at a higher level than the book ever reaches. That person will likely find that they know each and every story referenced in the boo
I'm also sorry to say it's not that well written either - from a technical standpoint. It does a weird 2 steps forward 2 steps back kind of storytelling technique where he describes the same plot point sometimes as much as 4 times, each time acting as though everything was new information. I like how this Ben Mezrich comes off in interviews and talks but I can't recommend the book. For UFO/paranormal beginners the writing is rote and full of strange & vague malapropisms and for UFO experts it feels like fictionalized Wikipedia stories with dialog to bridge the gaps. It just went nowhere for me.
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