Review: Hunt for the Skinwalker

huntskinwalkerHunt for the Skinwalker: Science Confronts the Unexplained at a Remote Ranch in Utah
by Colm A. Kelleher, George Knapp

Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Paraview Pocket Books
ISBN-10: 1416505210
ISBN-13: 978-1416505211

(Barry’s score 3 1/2 stars out of 5)

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Hunt for the Skinwalker: Science Confronts the Unexplained at a Remote Ranch in Utah

Product description:

The author of the controversial bestseller Brain Trust brings his scientific expertise to the chilling true story of unexplained phenomena on Utah’s Skinwalker Ranch — and challenges us with a new vision of reality.

For more than fifty years, the bizarre events at a remote Utah ranch have ranged from the perplexing to the wholly terrifying. Vanishing and mutilated cattle. Unidentified Flying Objects. The appearance of huge, otherworldly creatures. Invisible objects emitting magnetic fields with the power to spark a cattle stampede. Flying orbs of light with dazzling maneuverability and lethal consequences. For one family, life on the Skinwalker Ranch had become a life under siege by an unknown enemy or enemies. Nothing else could explain the horrors that surrounded them — perhaps science could.

Leading a first-class team of research scientists on a disturbing odyssey into the unknown, Colm Kelleher spent hundreds of days and nights on the Skinwalker property and experienced firsthand many of its haunting mysteries. With investigative reporter George Knapp — the only journalist allowed to witness and document the team’s work — Kelleher chronicles in superb detail the spectacular happenings the team observed personally, and the theories of modern physics behind the phenomena. Far from the coldly detached findings one might expect, their conclusions are utterly hair-raising in their implications. Opening a door to the unseen world around us, Hunt for the Skinwalker is a clarion call to expand our vision far beyond what we know.

My thoughts:

In time, this book will find it’s way to a special shelf in the Library reserved for The Amityville Horror and the collected works of Lance Armstrong. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad read, it’s bad research and documentation.

If you are any kind of a paranormal geek, you have heard of the Skinwalker Ranch and it’s myriad of paranormal events. The stories about the ranch have blown up to the proportion of urban myth; and I picked up this book thinking that I would get a well researched look at the genesis of those stories. While the book is a real page-turner, I came away very disappointed with the research, documentation, theories, and investigative techniques of the book.

The book is broken into 3 parts: “The Hotspot”, “The Investigation Begins”, and “Aftermath and Hypotheses”. The Hotspot describes the background of the location. While I knew much of the background already, I was really hooked with what may be some of the best parts of the book. However, some of it had me rolling my eyes.

Conspiracy theorists suspect that the Freemasons are adept in the mystical arts, that they have mastered certain supernatural abilities, and that they consider their upper-echelon members to be gods, beings who have achieved spiritual perfection. On a more mundane level, critics also allege that the Freemasons, or their alleged co-conspirators the Illuminati, the Trilateralists, and the Bilderbergers, are intent upon imposing a new world order, a one-world government, a system under which national interests are subservient to the greater planetary good, that is, “good” as determined by the Freemasons. This is one hell of an ambitious conspiracy theory.

What part the Masonic Buffalo soldiers play in the strange occurrences of the ranch is never developed, but what story isn’t made better with Masonic conspiracy theories?

“The Investigation” portion of the book had some amazing and occasionally hard-to-believe events. Having said that, I came away with the thought that the most dangerous creatures roaming the grounds of the ranch were the investigators.

Tom steadied the rifle on the open door of the truck … The rifle’s sharp report rang out, and instantly, like a light being snapped off, the eyes disappeared.
“Got him,” yelled Tom triumphantly. “I saw him fall to the ground.” We scrambled back into the truck and Tom stopped about forty feet from the tree. There was no sign of the large creature under or near the tree.

Basically, these guys shot at something at night that they couldn’t identify and they believe that it must be paranormal because they couldn’t find a body.

Another time, Jim saw one of the hairy humanoids running beside the corral and he shot it with his rifle. He says he definitely hit his target, but the creature barely flinched. He found no blood or other trace at the spot of the shooting.

People, if you happen to see a hairy humanoid, don’t shoot it. That’s all we need is a bunch of armed ding-dongs shooting at what they think is Bigfoot. Besides I don’t want the world to know that Bigfoot is a Freemason and leader of the New World Order.

Is the book an entertaining page-turner? Yes. Is it solid research that would change the mind of a skeptic? No! I give it 3 1/2 stars. In the future, I hope a serious book looks at the phenomena of the Skinwalker Ranch. We deserve something with more research and less shooting.

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