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Communion Mass Market Paperback – Feb 1 1988

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Revised edition (Feb. 1 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380703882
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380703883
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 662 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 67 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #326,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From School Library Journal

YA Strieber has a reputation for writing well-researched nonfiction. Were it not for this reputation, readers would be more tempted to dismiss as fantasy this account of visits he has received from a non-human group. In the winter of 198586, the visits became both more frequent and more visible. Strieber sought the help of a counselor/hypnotist, who did not accept the alien hypothesis. Eventually Strieber's wife was also hypnotized. The accounts both Striebers gave under hypnosis and the memories that surfaced after hynosis, as well as several witnesses to aspects of the visitations all corroborate that something abnormal occurred. Strieber is careful not to jump to any conclusions; in fact, he philosophizes at length about the possibilities which include aliens, an as yet unidentified aspect of the human mind, or some generally invisible earth inhabitant such as fairies. The book is fascinating as long as it sticks to the basic account, and the ways in which the Striebers chose to research the phenomena. The passages of hypothesizing are more longwinded and will be of less interest to young adults, but they do remind readers that the Striebers have not accepted a single answer to the puzzle even now. Any readers who have interest in the unexplained will appreciate this book. Dorcas Hand, Episcopal High School, Bellaire
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review

“Powerfully written and involving!” (New York Times)

“Strieber comes through as both sensible and sincere...His book deserves to be taken seriously.” (Boston Herald)

“Powerful...Strieber’s storytelling ability makes his own terror and confusion feel real to the reader...Compelling reading.” (Seattle Times)

“...COMMUNION is surely the most throught-provoking book on UFOs and alien visitation published so far.” (Rocky Mountain News)

“Patently honest...There is no doubt this man has endured experiences of compelling realism.” (Vermont Sunday Magazine)

“Vividness of detail and depth of feeling...Convincing!” (New York Tribune)

“A fascinating story...And it certainly could be true.” (Detroit News)

“Should give second thoughts to even the most hardened skeptic!” (Dow Jones News)

“A convincing case.” (Houston Chronicle)

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By A Customer on June 17 2003
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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By LeBrain HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on April 25 2011
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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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This book is a true classic among the hundreds of alien abduction books out there. Whitley Strieber writes with sincerity on his feelings and thoughts about his abduction experience, and to the reader he'll come down as just an average human being who had this extraordinary experience. I've read many alien abduction books since, and still feel "Communion" is the best.
As the other reviewers mentioned, it is a chilling story. Yes, I also suffered from nightmares after reading it. Strieber was already known for his other books before "Communion" ("The Hunger", "Wolfen", etc.) Interestingly, Strieber claims that his horror novels were based on his subconscious fears caused by his lifelong abductions, unbeknownst to him when he wrote the novels. Because it is so well written, I think even skeptics would find it at least entertaining if not enlightening. Without a doubt, it's one of the scariest books I've ever read.
Readers of "Communion" might also find "Report on Communion" by Ed Conroy also interesting. I also recommend any book by Budd Hopkins, or "The Andreasson Affair" series by Raymond Fowler.
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My dad had this book on his bookshelf when I was a kid. I remember taking the book out often just to look at the cover. The drawing of the alien on the cover seems full of intent, detail, like it was really looking at me. I didn't start to read it until several years later. I got about halfway into the book. Finally, I looked up from the book as I was reading it late one night in my bed and swore that any minute one of these grey creatures would come walking through my bedroom door. Or even worse, they would come through the window that was behind my bed. I had never read a book that scared me so bad (Stephen King's "It" was a close 2nd). In a fit of fear, I through the book across the room where it landed behind the closet door. It lay there for over 6 months before I picked the book up and promptly through it into the garbage.
I had dreams of my parents being abducted as a kid, but I don't remember seeing these creatures, but their faces are really unnerving to look at. I've never seen one that I can remember, except in pictures and drawings. It's their eyes, they're so big and dark.
I think part of what contributed to my emotional response to this book is what I perceived as a very strong underlying tone of Whitley's own terror, expressed in the words of his book. Whitley has a radio program now and he's certainly toned down quite a bit and sounds much less fearful nowadays.
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By A Customer on Sept. 30 2002
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I made the mistake of reading this alone in bed in an empty house over a period of 2 days - what a bonehead. It scared the bejeesus out of me. Every time the house creaked I was up like a shot with a baseball bat in my hands. Thanks Whitley, for depriving me of a good nights sleep. God knows when I'll ever be able to sleep peacefully again! Next time my employer asks me why I've got bags under my eyes and my work performance is suffering I'll say "I've been reading Strieber". Having said that I found the book fascinating, in a very creepy horrible way. I know deep inside of myself that there is a lot more to this universe than meets the eye, and I've even had some weird and unpleasant experiences myself when I was young. Though of the ghostly, not the alien, kind. That said, I was deeply disappointed with the end of this book. I got the distinct impression throughout the book that Whitley was gradually gaining an understanding of these beings, what they were, why they were here, why they were doing what they were doing. But at the end - nothing. I was expecting some final chapter on Whitleys belief of just what it was all about. But no, all I got was talk about the Triad and how it represents the pinnacle of Spiritual evolution. He was saying that he thought maybe these beings were trying to 'join' with us, hence the name Communion, in some way to produce a better, more enlightened, more spiritual byproduct. Well Whitley, I already know how to evolve spiritually, to expand my consciousness. All it takes is a moral ethical life, renouncing mundane worldly things and above all turning to God, the Infinite Spirit, every day in meditation and prayer.Read more ›
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