This is a fascinating little book. Redfern follows a trail of cloak-and-dagger encounters with shady intelligence officials claiming to have been members of a Top Secret group studying UFOs. While the existence of this "Collins Elite" -- created in the '40s -- cannot be fully established, the information they fed to Redfern is interesting, to say the least, and very close to the truth, in my opinion. The twist only comes near the end of the book, which I believe is the lie mixed in with the truth that characterizes good disinformation. Redfern knows the game, and repeatedly mentions the fact that he was and is aware that these 'spooks' could have been feeding him such disinformation. So what did they say?
Basically, John Keel and Charles Fort were right: we are property, and the UFO/alien phenomenon is more demonological than extraterrestrial. In short, after following various streams of evidence (from Aleister Crowley and Jack Parsons to Roswell, the Hill abduction, NDEs, psi, abductions, and more), the Collins Elite concluded that the "aliens as extraterrestrials" idea was a Trojan horse. Rather than benevolent Space Brothers, the intelligences behind the UFO phenomenon are more demonic in nature. They have been manipulating humanity into believe the ET meme in order to disguise their true nature and purpose. In reality, they feed on humanity and have shady intentions when it comes to the human soul.
It may sound out there stated so baldly, but there are compelling reasons to take such a view of the phenomenon. For that, I recommend reading the book. It really is a compelling read.Read more ›
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A very interesting and informative book. It has certainly changed my views on many topics regarding UFO's and the paranormal. I have a lot of thinking to do about the information put forward. Probably one of the most important books I have read thus far in my life.
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A must buyDec 2 2010
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REVIEW OF NICK REDFERNS NEW BOOK - FINAL EVENTS For around six months now Nick Redfern has been my favourite secular author on the Paranormal. He and I do not share the same worldview or religious beliefs but that does not mean that he is not encountering what I personally believe are many realities in his research. I like the fact that he does his research in a very hands on manner - dangerously so at times (Such as in '3 Men Seeking Monsters' and 'There's Something In The Woods') when he is involved in invoking the beings of old to get them to manifest - but this method seems to grant him access to glimpses of the `other realm invading ours' which support the biblical view of dark forces operating behind the scenes in our world. He speaks about the 'psychic backlash' that follows these invocations, which I would describe as 'demonic oppression or attack'.
Unlike `3 Men Seeking Monsters' which is a rollicking ride across England with two mates encountering all sorts of creatures, witches and strange experiences and 'Memoirs of a Monster Hunter' which was a slower and more stilted American version of `..Seeking Monsters' Final Events comes across as a brilliant piece of research. The fact that Redfern allows his subjects to speak openly on a subject without constantly adding his personal interpretation apart from unpacking the facts and links he is discovering shows he is a masterful interviewer and professional in the way he conducts research. This is made more apparent when he was labelled as a `Christian Fundamentalist on a blog and ended up defending himself as an `athiest'. That was the degree of his neutrality in his fact finding, even when the ending (spoiler alert) ends up as a warning about certain aspects of Christianity.
The summary of the book is that a semi secret group called the Collins Elite were formed as a paramilitary investigative group around the time of the first major UFO flaps after world war 2 to investigate the possibility that Non Human Entities are not only not benevolent aliens from another world but actually demonic forces that will push earth to the brink of Armageddon - but not before they lead the world into a lie that will ensure most humans go to hell. The book looks at the possibility that Aleister Crowley and a number of his disciples deliberately opened the door to another world that allowed the 20th Century UFO/Alien phenomenon to become part of modern folklore. He looks closely at alien abductions, Psy-ops, the rise of American fundamentalism and discloses that project blue beam, if it exists may not be what it is portrayed as but something far worse than we ever imagined.
Men in black, government and NHE's working together, Faux organisms like the Golum of Hebrew mythology, projected thoughts of Armageddon into the minds of abductee's and the ushering in of the antichrist by the very people who claim to want to save Christianity by force - it's a disturbing read on many levels but utterly fascinating.
Pure conspiracy theory or an uncovering of the facts as we may have never known it? You'll never watch Close Encounters or ET the same way again as the idea of an ET being benevolent dissolves with each page you turn and a demonic reality driven by satan becomes clear. Redfern's book is highly accessible and rather than a regurgitation of others writings is a coal face collection of interviews and tales that weave together into macabre web.
My suggestion - buy it, read it and post your own review.
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A Fine Thesis on UFOs from Beyond the FringeNov. 11 2010
Micah A. Hanks
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Before getting to the heart of this review, I must first say that, in spite of what others may perceive about this book, I doubt the author had intended it as some sort of political "jab" at anyone's religious beliefs or political views. In fact, what folks need to realize is that Nick Redfern is a serious Ufologist, and is well-respected among his peers in the UFO community. Thus, his book "Final Events" should be examined on those grounds, and for the merit his perspectives bring to this field of study; Not whether FOX News or MSNBC's viewers would be offended by its content.
That said... there are a number of common fears that Americans keep with them, mostly associated with things pertaining to the mundane aspects of modern living. Some, for instance, may fear the dangers associated with home ownership; others may worry about being able to protect their children from the dangers they face while growing up; still others may find that financial woes are predominate in their chain of fears, since during this troublesome economy they might potentially rob you of hearth and home.
These sorts of fear exist on the outer edges of our subconscious, but buried deeper within the human psyche are other phobias that often defy logic or reason. Even in the absence of one's commitment to belief in something terrible and otherworldly, these nagging terrors extend from the primal depths of man's being in the form of supernatural-scares that might include ghosts, monsters, serial killers, or even cannibalistic subterranean humanoids (sorry, had to throw that one in there... wait, why are you looking at me like that?)
Arguably, one of the most common supernatural fears among people today involves the demonic. Within the heart of every good person, there is the looming notion that evil does exist in this world. That said, if author Nick Redfern's latest thesis on extraterrestrial life has any truth to it, there are even various factions of modern government who believe the alien and UFO presence has demonic, hellish origins. Reader be warned: Redfern's "Final Events and the Secret Government Group on Demonic UFOs and the Afterlife" is one book that will beckon from outside the boundaries of sanity, and perhaps well beyond the fringes of what you thought was right and good in this world.
Final Events tells the peculiar story of the Collins Elite, a secret government organization who begun following the work of early occultists such as Aleister Crowley and Jet Propulsion Lab co-founder Jack Parsons. The dabbling of these self-proclaimed magicians, according to the group's members, may have triggered the separation of rifts in space-time, allowing otherworldly presences a wicked passport into our world. This strange tale follows the group's work as they pursue a variety of aspects of the unexplained, including out of body experiences and research into the existence of life after death, as related to Redfern over a number of meetings in various remote locations (including at least one Mexican restaurant).
One of the wildest theories the book proposes (without giving away too much for those who plan on buying "Final Events" immediately after you've read this heart-pounding review) is the notion that disclosure of alien secrets to the public will be only one part of a larger, worldwide ruse. The underlying objective, warn those claiming access to knowledge of the real alien agenda, is to ultimately lure the populations of the world into merely thinking that the threat they face is extraterrestrial. The establishment of a "New World Order," claiming to be able to rescue people from the evil extraterrestrial menace, will in fact be the means by which people's lives and liberty will be handed over to agents of evil, masquerading to conceal their wicked intention to harvest souls from an unsuspecting populace. As unbelievable as this sounds, very similar scenarios have been proposed time and time again by the likes of William Cooper, controversial conspiracy theorist famous for claiming to know the truth behind future plans for disclosure of alien presences here on Earth. Cooper, after serving as an advocate against such subversive government-based threats for decades, was shot near his home on Nov. 5, 2001 at 11:40 PM, during a warranted attempt by police to arrest him for tax evasion.
Are there malignant forces that extend outward from beneath what our politicians, mainstream news sources and other official institutions want us to believe? Maybe so... or maybe not; I certainly couldn't tell you. But if so, are they purely politically driven, or as Nick Redfern proposes, could some of them be not-of-this-world, or even demonic in origin? Whether or not the author stakes his claim in belief of these sorts of things, the possibilities are explored in "Final Events and the Secret Government Group on Demonic UFOs and the Afterlife," and are given a fairly objective and honest treatment. Altogether, it is an enjoyable, entertaining book.
31 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Objective WritingOct. 5 2010
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Redfern's a strong writer because he confronts radical issues in a highly objective manner; he presents potentially true events quickly and smoothly, always moving forward from an objective position. His writing is a combination of great storytelling wrapped around real facts. This Collins Elite group is disturbing and, more than anything, the book presents the manner in which corruption (via extreme fundamentalism) can infiltrate even the most open-minded group endeavours. This is also an area that paranormal investigation should move ahead with--exploring relationships between occult and UFOs. Time well spent.
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A Stimulating ReadJan. 6 2013
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I do have to admit that I have never read any of Nick Redfern's books until "Final Events" and I found it to be a stimulating read. The book is consisted of 220+ pages and thirty-one chapters with "Final Thoughts" section, ranging a number of topics like Collins Elite, Aliens as Demons and Fallen Angels, and even life after death experiences as a part of the phenomena.
The read through this book is rather entertaining and in some places, very interesting. I like the idea of aliens being the historical demons and being behind some of the strange happenings, which in many cases can be true, but I'm just not too sure about other theories as outlined in this book. Overall, it's a good book on the subject of "aliens/demons" aspect. Also, I give props for Mr Redfern who written a book so well and shared with us some of the credible researches.
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Let's Hope This Isn't The Truth Behind UFOsFeb. 9 2011
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Nick Redfern amazes me more and more with each new book. In this book he provides for the reader indications that there are those in our government who are convinced that the UFO phenomenon is caused by the Devil and his minions. I actually find that idea more terrifying then notions of aliens from outer space or another dimension being the source. My feeling is also that to many, the acceptance of advanced beings from another planet is easier to believe then there is a real Devil who is using UFOs to manipulate the public's belief in God. This is some heavy, heady stuff. And yet its not the first time it has been brought up. In the The Mothman Prophecies John Keel talked about how historically people interpreted UFO sightings and the surrounding events as religious happenings. To him, dark stranger of lore, the evil one, who brought death at his appearance was not a supernatural being as people though, but the same "aliens" who were the source of modern day MIB encounters. But even Keel, and Vallee, were not sure that these events were caused by aliens from another world. And even in fiction, such as the The Fourth Kind [Blu-ray] there is the notion that aliens are not "alien" but are mankind's creator/master. I highly recommend the book. And I truly hope that the conclusions of the Collins Elite are wrong.