by JF

This book has long been touted (since it first came out in the early 1980s) among the “Christian patriot” community as THE book which explains what UFOs are, maintaining that there are “two kinds” of UFOs and that one kind is the result of demonic activity and the other the result of super-secret government black operations projects. The author, Mr. Deyo, obviously knows his science, because his diagrams and descriptions of possible or likely UFO-type technology that the government side of things may possess seems eyebrow-raisingly plausible indeed, and quite elaborate. Still, it is strange that Mr. Deyo waits until the appendix of the book to finally begin explaining this technology, or even addressing it in any real depth.
Indeed, technical expertise aside, organizational or formatting skills do not seem to be a strong suit for the author. This seems very evident because the entire book is written in that amateurish style of alternating font sizes, alternating italics and bolded type, and alternating colored boxes around random paragraphs which so many amateurish writers fall into when they feel that mere, straightforward paragraphs in uniform, plain text don’t convey the incredible importance of what they are writing about. This hyperbolically formatted style of writing is much in vogue with amateurish “Christian patriot” writers and emailers. But this style of writing never lets the reader get into any kind of “rhythm” with the text: every next paragraph looks different from the last paragraph, and so the effect is that the reader gets distracted and can only read small portions at a time, say, while on trips to the toilet, where a book such as this can be chipped away at over a period of weeks–or longer–without engendering too much frustration upon the eyes.

Speaking of toilets and all things excremental, the greatest defect of this book, however, is in the eschatology of the author, for Mr. Deyo is, sadly, a “rapturist.” Mr. Deyo spends a great deal of time discussing the great (and bogus) “Rapture of the Saints.” Indeed, it is easily discernible that Mr. Deyo is getting his material on “the Rapture” straight out of the pages of Hal Lindsay’s The Late Great Planet Earth, complete with the whole “reestablishment of Israel in 1947 began the great prophetic countdown” thing.

Ugh. Yeah, good luck with that one.

Naturally, and quite predictably, Mr. Deyo at one point declares that the vaunted predispensational seven-year Tribulation would start and conclude within a small window of time in the near future. The problem is, that small window which the author predicts has already come and gone–about two decades ago. Equally predictable, Mr. Deyo states that he is against “date setting,” when he practically all but does just that.

Oh, those wacky Rapture cultists and their misadventurous hi-jinks.
In its defense, the book does have some good information on the Club of Rome and other secret societies, and it is interesting and quite a bit eerie to see how many times Deyo warns of a coming “New World Order” almost a decade before Daddy Bush first made the phrase almost a household word for even the unsuspecting average moron on the street.

Rating: Δ Δ