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Communion: A True Story [Mass Market Paperback]

Whitley Strieber
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scared the heck out of me June 17 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was afraid to read this book and finally I did, it helped me bring back memories of my own abduction as a 4 year old child and also strange things that happened in the same vein when i was 12 years old. It still scares me to death and it seems as Whitley says, there is no escape, if you are marked, they will come after you, and it's no fun being one of the "chosen." Also I have personally seen the saucers in the skies on different occasions. Scarey!! How can it be denied?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Communion Jan. 23 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The book did not "blow-my-socks-off" but I am still pleased to have it in my collection of books to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Believe or not, a great read. Sept. 17 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book is a well written account of alien sightings and abduction. Even for non believers. I read it when it was first released and have since sent it to a friend.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Poor effort, Dont waste your time. Feb. 17 2013
Format:Paperback
I read to page 50 and the bad grammar and atrocious spelling took it's toll.
The subject matter (alien abductions), is being used by a hack writer to make a buck. This is such a poorly written book I'm inclined to think that some of the other reviews here are the work of friends and family of the author. The reviews certainly use better sentences than Strieber.
I would suggest serious ufo readers look to works by Billy Meier.
I don't mean any disrespect to the author regarding his abduction claim, he just should have had another writer document it for him.
The topic didn't scare me one bit. The fact that such crap gets published scares me more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for the beginning UFO researcher April 25 2011
By LeBrain HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Whitley Strieber claims to be an abductee -- a person taken by aliens against their will for their own unknown reasons. Strieber, a talented author in both fiction and non-fiction, admirably peels back the layers on a few mysterious evenings in his life and finds a lot more than he bargained for. Strieber previous to this was not interested in the subject of UFOs at all. In order to read this book, one must accept Strieber at his word. He is the first to admit that his recollections may be flawed, but here they are stripped bare.

I found the most chilling aspect of Communion to be the transcripts of hypnosis sessions. These are truly terrifying and it is easy to imagine what Strieber saw on those nights, so clear are the descriptions.

Most important here are the descriptions of Strieber's actual encounters. When taken at face value they mesh perfectly with other accounts, and are hard to dismiss. If one digs deeper, there is very little here to sooth the questioning mind -- merely more questions. Strieber never discerns his visitors' intentions. There is a common theme of apocalyptic warning (which apparently inspired Whitley's earlier novel, Warday) but not much else to divine exactly what these visitors are here for, or even where they come from.

The other books in this series are not essential. This is the one. Get it. You should be able to polish it off in a couple days, it is a page-turner!

5 stars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, Questionable, and ....Believable? May 24 2004
By L. Berk
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It is important to go into this book with an open mind.
For me, the entire premise seems to exist outside of the realm of fiction and nonfiction, as both of these genres connate a certain type of book. Communion is neither. It is to be read and absorbed, not analysed or debated for its veracity. The premise of the story, for me, exists outside of what is "true" and what is not.
Rather than being a story about an alien abduction, it is much more about Strieber's own journey of realisation, discovery, and healing. The reviewers who say that this book frightened them, I can see why: The first fifty pages or so are fairly frightening. However, the other threehundred-odd pages deal with Strieber's grappling with how to heal himself, how to deal with what he had perceived to have happened.
It is important to read this book not as a science fiction or science fact book, but rather as a man's struggle to heal. I found some parts of this book to be slow and occasionally confusing. Additionally, Strieber's writing can be difficult to follow and repetitive. Finally, he tends to get a bit too "new-agey" for me at points. Despite this, however, you cannot help but to feel the resurgance of hope, the renewed faith and tenacity which he experiences with his facing of the unknown.
This book is not meant to be frightening, it is meant to be a testament to inner strength.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Keep an open mind May 4 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The events described in the book are hard to believe, the author admits as much. But what you learn from Communion is that there is a lot to learn if you can keep an open mind. Give the story a chance and you may come away with a different way of thinking than you had before. I think thats all the author really wants people to do. I loved the book.
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I was twelve years old when I first saw the image on the cover of this book worn on a novelty button by one of my friends. I promised myself to one day read it. Seventeen years later I did. Perhaps some day I'll see the darkness in my bedroom as innocent and relaxing as I did before. Maybe the blackness imbedded in the corners of my room will one day stop getting a second glanse, "Just to make sure." Strieber has an uncanny ability of descriptive writing. The images are formed so well that I found it far too easy to visualize the events and faces of the "visitors" in this book. I wasn't expecting to find such interesting historical facts along with the deep philosophical approach presented in this book. It will leave you thinking and you will carry parts of it with you even after it is shelved. As far as I am concerned - A Must Read! - Just... Leave a light on.
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