Both alien and military
abductions are explored in this compelling true story by a
Southern-Baptist, middle-class, working wife and mother. Written
under the pseudonym of Leah Haley, Leah reconstructs the casual
family conversation about her unusual dream of being examined by
creatures aboard a spaceship which triggered subsequent flashback
Linked with these unexplainable memories is the arrival
of a new best friend Judith whose husband coincidentally happens
to be an Air Force officer extremely interested in
extraterrestrial life. Judith is the perfect best friend who is
eager to hear all of Leahs fleeting memories about
spaceships and capture by military men from a crashed UFO disk.
Leah becomes paranoid as she
hears sounds of intruders in the house, the garage door going up
and down when no one else is home, strange clicking on the phone
lines, and a home security system that constantly malfunctions.
She realizes these events began after discussing her strange
dreams with family and friends.
Eventually Leah discovers she is
being followed by well-built men with short hair in strange cars
and observed by them when eating in restaurants. Phone noises,
power failures, erased computer disks, buzzing doorbells, hearing
voices, sounds of breathing, humming and buzzing are all facets
experienced by Leah. New scars and pain in nostrils and eyes are
additional confusing occurrences.
As Leah finally decides to learn
the truth, she writes to Mr. Budd Hopkins for help, who refers
her to Mr. John Carpenter, social worker and hypnotherapist who
works with abductees in Missouri. Leah undergoes a series of
hypnotic regressions. Under hypnosis, she recalls the UFO she and
her brother and a neighbor chased as children, which did not get
away as they thought. She describes the Alien which took her by
the hand and led her aboard the UFO along with the procedures she
experienced. She also recalls other Alien abduction experiences
In another regression, Leah
recalls the sensation of a UFO falling from the sky, seeing a
ship on the ocean below. The UFO breaks apart on the beach.
Military men with guns pull her and the Aliens out of the UFO.
She is unable to help herself or the injured Aliens.
describes military men in uniform with an eagle on their sleeves.
She remembers climbing up a rope ladder, being on a boat, then
ending up in a hospital. Leah recalls being placed in a clear
plastic container and being subjected to painful electrical shock
treatments. When the torture is over, she finds herself on a
hospital operating table surrounded by military men who either
implant or remove something from her ear.
A man in a lab coat and another
man in Khaki discuss whether or not it is time to give her
another injection. She watches as the man in the lab coat gives
her an injection in the left arm which makes her dizzy, then sees
a black machine over her head. When they think she is unconscious
or asleep, she listens to military men debate how much she
remembers about the incident.
Lost Was the Key
The friendship with Judith
disintegrates after Leah accuses the military of being involved
in a UFO cover-up and military abductions. In Leahs quest
for the truth, she and her husband travel to Gulf Breeze where
they learn that on November 21, 1988, a group of teenagers were
told by the military to leave the Gulf Islands National Seashore
because there was an "incident in progress."
A fundamental unanswered
question is based on the premise that if Leah, in her underwear
and several hundred miles from home, was aboard a UFO which
crashed or was shot down by the United States military on the
Gulf Shores beach, was captured, drugged and tortured, then how
did the military identify her and get her secretly back home to
her bed, without her husband or children knowing she had been
gone during the night?
The only possible explanation
based on other abduction experiences is the time warp factor, or
added time, rather than missing time. Some abductees actually
gain time, rather than lose it. Since Budd Hopkins is good at
selecting riveting material for his books, our unanswered
question is why he chose not to make this dual military/abduction
for one of his books? Surprisingly, Hopkins passed her over to another researcher.
Also, most readers would have
appreciated an explanation as to the purpose of a memory implant
which Leah mentions, but never explains.
Leahs epilogue suggests
she may not have understood the implication of the Aliens
instructions to her. Leah states that one night during an
abduction she protested the Aliens blocking of her
memories. They told her the reason was that, "You are being
monitored too closely by our opponents. Your remembering would be
detrimental to our mission." Leah finds this remark to be
comforting because it shows "there is great conflict going
on in the universe. I now believe this conflict is between good
and evil in the struggle for our souls." However, after
reading Leahs story, most readers would conclude her
opponents were the United States military, and not other aliens.
Leahs story is one of the
few portraying suspected military involvement in the UFO cover-up
from the point of being captured by military personnel from a
downed UFO. The reader sails along quickly at first then soon
bogs down into murky military overtones so reminiscent of Scully
and Mulder probing cases from the X-Files. This is one of our favorite alien abduction books.
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