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One of the biggest puzzles concerning secret military-, government- and intelligence-based facilities is this: Why do so many of these classified installations seemingly attract far more than their fair share of UFOs? There are, I believe, several possibilities. The first is that if the stories of crashed UFOs in the hands of officialdom are valid, then it may be the case that what we are seeing in the skies above these bases are attempts by military project personnel to test-fly captured UFOs.

There is another more ominous possibility, however. Again, if UFOs really have crashed to earth, perhaps the nonhuman intelligences behind the phenomena are aware that their craft and dead (and possibly even living) comrades are held at these fortified bases and are testing the defenses of such places for the day when they plan to claim back what is theirs.

And, third, there is the scenario that suggests those UFOs might actually be highly classified, and highly advanced, military vehicles of distinctly strange, and near-unearthly, design. Or, perhaps – and to confuse matters even further – maybe the truth is a combination of all the above. Whatever the answers might be, how might we best go about trying to validate such theories and scenarios?

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Well, a very profitable approach would be to do exactly what Mack Maloney has done in his brand new book, Beyond Area 51: The mysteries of the planet’s most forbidden, top secret destinations. He has used investigative, journalistic skills to chase down just about every piece of available data and evidence on unusual and classified installations around the world, and then present it to one and all for consideration.

Indeed, in the pages of his book, Mack has expertly negotiated the globe in search of the truth behind numerous off-limits facilities and the amazing secrets they guard so well. And in doing so, he has uncovered some fascinating data. I can say that, for sure, as I did some work for Mack during the course of the production of the book. I can also say that it makes for fascinating reading.

So, with all the above now said, what, exactly does Mack’s Beyond Area 51 cover? Let’s take a close and careful look. Even though the book goes far “beyond” just Area 51 (hence its title), it’s perhaps inevitable that we should start with that certain, secret place in Nevada, since Mack himself largely does exactly that. Mack tells us of the history of the site, some of the wilder claims about what’s allegedly afoot there, and – of course – the story of Bob Lazar.

Here’s where it all gets very interesting, as Mack delves into Lazar’s background, his work history and, even, his run-ins with officialdom as late as 2006. In other words, this is not simply a rehash of what we already know about allegedly recovered  and back-engineered UFOs at Area 51 . Rather, things  of a Lazar kind are very much ongoing.

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Moving on, next on Mack’s list of places is the San Luis Valley, Colorado, which has been home to countless UFO activity, animal mutilations, anomalous aerial lights and much more – including rumors of “black-ops”-style activity in the valley and encounters with mysterious, phantom helicopters. And then there is a very weird story of a series of suspicious deaths, all linked to the Colorado-based NORAD.

The highly controversial saga of Paul Bennewitz and the rumored “alien base” at Dulce, New Mexico also get solid treatment in Beyond Area 51 – which, after all, they surely should, given that the book covers not just sensitive installations that fall under governmental auspices, but also those that are claimed to be controlled by nothing less than full-blown extraterrestrials. The saga of Bennewitz is a deep and cautionary one. It demonstrates that when researchers delve into the world of secret places they do so at their peril – and sometimes their sanity, too.

Tonopah, the story of the development of Stealth technology, and claimed alien encounters in the vicinity of Tonopah abound, too. They collectively reinforce something interesting: classified locations where Stealth-type aircraft have been developed appear to have far more than their fair share of UFO encounters, too.

If you have ever heard of the rumor that the famous US comedian Jackie Gleason was taken to a classified section of Homestead Air Force Base, Florida in 1974 – by none other than President Richard Nixon, and specifically to see the preserved bodies of a number of dead aliens – then you’re in for a treat. Mack provides us with a 13-page chapter on the matter that offers all the relevant data, thought-provoking revelations, and a welcome amount of background on Nixon, Gleason and Homestead that helps put the undeniably controversial matter into perspective.

Moving on, how about the Navy’s Area 51? Here’s where Mack addresses the weird stories concerning AUTEC, the Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center, situated south of Bimini and constructed in 1974. Interested in stories of wormholes, Edgar Cayce, and unknown objects of the underwater kind? If the answer is “yes,” you’re in for a treat.

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Then there is the affair of Ong’s Hat, which, if you aren’t aware of it, is a deeply weird tale of alternate, parallel dimensions, and stories that might be truth, which may be legend and hoaxing, or that possibly inhabit some blurry realm in between both.

Mack then takes a trip to other parts of the world. He begins with the UK and goes on a quest to find the nation’s equivalent of Area 51 – if such a thing really exists. Here, we get the lowdown on the likes of Royal Air Force Fylingdales, Boscombe Down, Porton Down and – perhaps, the most infamous of all – Rudloe Manor. The latter is a place that has been the subject of numerous rumors of a crashed UFO nature for decades – not surprising, given its mass of underground caverns and tunnels.

Moving onto Germany, Mack does an excellent job of demystifying a bunch of nonsensical stuff that has been said, and written about, the so-called “Nazi Bell,” a device variously described as an anti-gravity machine, a device for creating free-energy, a terrible weapon, and much more. If you’re an adherent of the Bell controversy, prepare to have your belief systems pummeled into the ground!

Did nutty tyrant Saddam Hussein have his very own Area 51, where a Roswell-style crashed UFO was stored? If so, did this have any bearing on the decision to invade Iraq in 2003? These are the highly inflammatory questions that Mack delves into. For those who think that Russia – and the former, and larger, Soviet Union – may have an Area 51 equivalent or several, then you’ll be very pleased by what Mack has to say on this matter, too: just like Area 51, the Russian equivalents are sprawling, highly secret, and filled to the brim with UFO activity.

And finally, we have China and Australia, both of which feature significantly, the latter considerably so in relation to the highly secret Pine Gap installation. As for China, this particular angle revolves around a serious of curious, aerial images found on Google Earth in 2006. As for the answers, well, you’ll have to read the book.

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So, all in all, what we have with Mack Maloney’s Beyond Area 51 is an excellent, near-300-pages-long study of some of the strangest and most secret installations on our planet, and which have notable links to accounts of UFOs, alien life-forms, deep conspiracy, and much more.

Buy it now, before all the copies get confiscated and shredded in a secret underground bunker by “them”!

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Nick Redfern works full time as a writer, lecturer, and journalist. He writes about a wide range of unsolved mysteries, including Bigfoot, UFOs, the Loch Ness Monster, alien encounters, and government conspiracies. Nick has written 41 books, writes for Mysterious Universe and has appeared on numerous television shows on the The History Channel, National Geographic Channel and SyFy Channel.
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