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Book Review: Monster Files by Nick Redfern

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Monster Files: A Look Inside Government Secrets and Classified Documents On Bizarre Creatures and Extraordinary Animals by Nick Redfern is an interesting story about a collection of fantastic sightings of bizarre creatures over the centuries. Redfern includes full length pictures of half-apes, the lagoon creature, Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, winged beasts and creatures appearing to be real werewolves.

Dr. Joseph Banks Rhine tested the psychic abilities of dogs in being able to locate dummy minefields in California. His efforts met with more than a modicum of success. Redfern also documents a May 9, 1830 sighting of a huge sea snake by the British Royal Navy at sea off St. Helena.

Redfern describes the killing of a hypertrichosis inflicted man through the research work of Jonathan Downes of Devonshire, England. Hypertrichosis is a condition which renders a human face similar to a werewolf in size, ferocity and overall demeanor.

Redfern’s research also extends to Asia. For instance, he documented a sea serpent sighting on the Han River in Vietnam. The creature was 80 feet long. The author also did some research on sightings of the monster of Loch Ness, Scotland from time to time over the previous 14 centuries. The bibliography of the author’s research extends to nearly 15 pages of citations.

Monster Files is an important compendium of research explained at length with numerous pictures and citations to support the many arguments in support of these rare phenomena. The presentation is easy to understand, and the cost of the book is modest.

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About Dr Joseph S Maresca

I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.