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What, If Anything, Is Out There?

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An interesting little book covering various subjects such as conspiracies and ideas not of the main popular orthodox way of thinking.
I enjoyed the book, giving the reader ideas to ponder and to consider some of the "what ifs" in life.
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This one was a hard one to review. One one hand I love crackpot conspiracy theories, but on the other, I haven't read much about Roswell, UFO sightings and mystical men in black to be able to adequately judge if a book is informative and well-researched. So, because this was my first bookish encounter with this topic, the information was all new to me and in the end I enjoyed the book.

Two things that will greatly enhance the reading experience of any future readers of this and similar books: open mind and a bottle of tequila. But in all seriousness, it would have been easy to say that this is all just cuckoo stuff, but due to some recent comments by Obama and Trump, as well as the recent unclassified report on everything the US government knows about the UFOs, it makes me wonder... While the sceptic in me says that no way intelligent life forms would hang out on an average planet in our unremarkable solar system, who knows? Maybe they are here for the entertainment (I mean have you followed the international politics, it's crazier than even the trashiest tv shows).

But back to the book. The main problem is that it is just too short. I finished it in less than 2 hours. I could also see that the author was not a professional writer (yes, captain obvious) as his writing was very succinct, right to the point, and abrupt. It didn't flow and a lot of times he just repeated the same facts and ideas, but because the topic itself was so captivating this didn't really bother me much.
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Thank you NetGalley and the publishers for this ARC in exchange for my honest review. 

I thought the book was well written and provide a good insight into the possibility of UFOs. I wish there was more information provided that can not be found on the internet but the author compiled eye witness testimony well.
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A great read.  Full of interesting information.  An absolute eye opener.  Thank you to the author for their research an$ hard work.
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Firstly I need to say I love learning about crackpot conspiracy theories, it's wild. 

I don't know though chief, I feel like publishing houses have a responsibility to counter fake news and foster critical thinking skills. This was advertised as an objective piece of research but it based its logic on wild assumptions and death bet confessions. It's very good drama and sensationalism, but not good science.
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What, If Anything, Is Out There?  by Gene P. Abel

There are few events that would be more important, or more startling, than if, in the near future, we found ourselves confronted by another intelligent race with abilities and technology far superior to anything that currently exists on Earth. Increased sightings and the acknowledgement by the Department of Defense in July 2020 that our navy has encountered UFOs make this book, What, If Anything, Is Out There?, very timely.
The author, Gene P. Abel, COL (USA Ret.), details historic events that may well have been sightings by our ancestors. In addition to a thoroughly researched discussion of the Roswell incident of 1947, he explores some of the more important and well-documented sightings since Roswell. Colonel Abel also applies his military experience to analyze the situation we could find ourselves in if intelligent life outside our planet decided to make direct contact with us.
This book will help the reader decide if UFOs are real. It may also stimulate a desire to seek additional information to answer the question: Are we alone in this universe?

To begin with, there wasn't a great deal of new or recent information in the book. We can probably blame the internet for that.
I was hoping for a lot more insider information on the older cases anyway.
Some of these were covered reasonably well. Such as the Roswell incident. The statements from witnesses were of interest, including Haut's deathbed confession.
The incident at Mcguire Airforce Base was covered in more detail than I had read before. Witness statements from reputable sources seemed to have been corroborated by the intelligence services.
There were other examples in the book which made it interesting and worth a read.
The book is well written and well-researched. The witness statements all seem to be validated or at least backed up in one way or another.
There are several photographs in the book and some excellent information. This helps bring the authors work some added strength.
The book's length is only 94 pages for the Kindle. So it is not long, and it only took a couple of hours to read it. But I did do some research on a couple of people as I was going through it.
I did end up enjoy reading it. And it will be a good research book for the future.
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Subtitle: We May Not Be Alone

I received an advance reader copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

I’m pretty reliable about grabbing any non-fiction books listed on Net Galley concerning UFOs, the paranormal, or conspiracies so I wasted little time in requesting to review this book.

Let’s start with the bad news first. There is not much material in the book; if it were fiction, it would need to be listed as a novella instead of a full novel. A lot of the information it did include was details of events and incidents that are readily available in other books and/or television programs. That said, there were some areas of investigation that I haven’t seen explored in very many places (if at all).

One of those areas was the authors investigation of Philip Corso’s allegations in the book The Day After Roswell (which I have been intending to re-read for a long time, and will certainly make a more serious effort to now) – the author tells readers that Corso’s story ‘checked out’, but I was left wanting more details concerning the author’s investigation. He also relates a deathbed confession by Norma Gardner, who was stationed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, who claimed to have cataloged over 1,000 items from alien crash sites. I would have loved to read more details concerning her story. Finally, in the final chapter the author lists his impressive military credentials and goes on to provide a brief analysis of key military considerations should action ever be necessary again potential alien visitors. I would have liked that section to have been expanded as well.

I gave What If Anything Is Out There? three stars on Goodreads, mainly due to its brevity. If it had included expanded information about the three topic described above, the book would have been unique enough to merit a four- or even five-star review.
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In this short book, Gene P. Abel explores some UFO sightings and conspiracy theories, discusses ancient history, and gives his analysis of military responses to a possible alien threat.  Abel is a retired US Army colonel, so he feels qualified to offer this military perspective on these matters.

The book starts off mentioning some of the great achievements in space exploration, listing successful NASA projects as examples of mankind’s search for extraterrestrial life.  Abel then mentions a few alternative ancient history theories, like the proposed older dating of the Sphinx.  These brief paragraphs summarize work that was more thoroughly discussed by authors like von Daniken; but here are glossed over without as much attention to detail.

Within a few pages however, Abel makes the entirely false assertion that DNA testing has conclusively proven that the elongated skulls of the Paracas people were “not of this Earth.”  He twice claims that the DNA testing proved that the skulls were not from this planet.  As far as I can tell Abel is referring to work done by Brien Foerster, which at best showed signs of indicating that there could potentially be European and Middle Eastern ancestry among the Paracas people; but even then the  results were contentious because of the lack of independent verification.  Even Foerster himself would not currently claim that this DNA testing proved that these skulls were “not of this Earth,” and having such an easily debunked claim early in the book really made it hard for me to take the book seriously.

The rest of the book is mostly a documentation of UFO sightings, and a discussion of conspiracy theories about extraterrestrial life.  Many different sightings are described, and Abel uses a variety of sources including History Channel shows as references.

The last part of the book is a discussion of how to deal with extraterrestrials from a military perspective.  Here Abel describes his military background, and gives some analysis about the possible response to an alien threat.  Some of this discussion was somewhat interesting, but the lack of a scientific approach, and reliance on conspiracy theories, really makes this just fun speculation.  If you are looking for detailed scientific analysis, or generally accepted facts, then you will be disappointed.
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This book was  a fascinating read, while I fully expect life of some kind to be in the universe besides our own I'm not yet decided on what KIND of life is out there.. Getting to read other people's theories and speculation on exactly what else lies beyond the stars is a great way to expand your own horizons and maybe even consider some options you previously hadn't even considered. 

The book is well written and thought provoking, I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is curious about life in the universe, of course at this point it's all speculation but it's a great read and a fun thought exercise.
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For those who enjoy the books of Erick Van Daniken and Graham Hancock, this one is in the same ballpark.  I enjoyed the author's speculation as to what life could possibly be living among the stars.  Definitely a fun and worthwhile read if you are into the conspiracy stuff.
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