Mysterious Sky, Soviet UFO Phenomenon
by Philip Mantle and Paul Stonehill
Published by PublishAmerica, Baltimore
There are many people interested in the UFO phenomena who have never had
access to Soviet case reports. The authors of this book attempt to close
the gap in Western knowledge of the extensive collection of Soviet case
reports. Along with those reports, the reader is introduced to the
personalities - past and present - involved in the research (whether
official or not).
The book is divided into chapters discussing the phenomena by regional
sections of the Soviet Union. I had wished that I had a detailed map of the
Soviet Union hanging next to me as I read the book. Not only are famous,
infamous and rare cases provided, but a short history of the region gives
the reports what could be called a Russian flavor. The authors include -
where appropriate - the name of the tribe that settled the region and their
folklore. Much of the folklore involves strange lights, strange creatures
and just plain strange phenomena. The text is spiced with Russian words.
One of my favorites was the term "taiga." At one point the word is used to
describe the area of the Tunguska explosion. Taiga implies a tangled,
almost impenetrable undergrowth of trees and brush. Sometimes the area
contains a watery marsh area.
The chapter I found the most interesting involved CIA documents. The
authors provide some of the CIA documents that were evaluated by that agency
trying to determine whether the Soviets were the source of "flying disks."
There was well founded concern because the Soviets, after World War II, had
marched triumphantly into Prague and Breslau. The Soviets had immediately
seized the German engineering archives containing the plans of successfully
flown "flying saucers." Along with the plans, the Soviets captured German
engineering personnel. Everything was transferred under heavy guard back to
the Soviet Union. Another coupe for the Soviets was the Berlin designer of
the Stuka JU-87 dive bomber defected after the war. The designer later
developed the MIG13 and 15 aircraft for the Soviet Union. The outcome of
the American's CIA analysis turned out to circular as many of the
confiscated Soviet documents showed the Russians wondering whether the
Western Alliance was a source of the UFO phenomena.
The book is dense with information. The authors attempted to cram as much
information as possible into their book. If I were start listing much more
of the information they cover, I would not do it justice. For example, they
have put forth some interesting ideas as to why UFOs are attached to
specific places. In their chapter called Strange Places and Anomalous
Zones, after briefly describing an area called Monchegorsk and the report of
a geological expedition searching for the cause of an anomalous effect, the
authors report that the expedition discovered a group of facilities. Secret
facilities. The authors state:
"The ecology of the areas was polluted to such an extent, that geological
reports were classified until the 1990s."
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