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Woodrow Derenberger, the author of the book, claimed to have had a series of strange adventures beginning on November 2nd, 1966. While driving home from Parkersburg, West Virginia, to his suburban home in Mineral Wells, he suddenly found the highway blocked by a large gray object. Someone emerged from the object and walked to the passenger side window of his car. The man introduced himself as "a searcher", and offered words of comfort to Derenberger.
After noting that he would come again, the spaceman, who called himself "Indrid Cold", stepped back into the object and it rose out of sight. Derenberger went home and told his story to his wife. He then called the police and the press. Soon after, other witnesses came forward to say that they, too, had seen Cold talking to Derenberger by the side of the road. (In time, several locals would have their own encounters with Cold.)
Two days later while driving in his car, Derenberger began to receive telepathic communications from Cold, who described himself as from the galaxy of Ganymede; Cold also supplied some information about his life, including the observation that people on his planet (Lanulos) lived to be 125 to 175 of our Earth years.
This indispensable special edition of Visitors From Lanulos features introductions by John A. Keel and Taunia Derenberger-Bowman (Woody's daughter), an epilogue by the publisher, Andy Colvin, and a special addendum from Gray Barker.
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By Michael A. Dalton on 02-27-15
Too often UFO 'documentary' writings are perfect in their believability and character profiles of the witnesses and authors. This book's author is less than convincing and less than perfect, in some, but not all segments of his story, which, in the final analysis, convinced me that his experiences were real, even if imperfect. In fact I am convinced that there is enough valuable information in Woody's book to merit a re-read, note-taking, and further research into related events. It is those imperfections that have led in part to my conclusion that the story is not a polished masterpiece written and edited to convince, but likely is a true-to-life narrative written by a 'real person' to tell his story as honestly as an uncomplicated man could in the 1960's when faced with these experiences. There is enough anecdotal and collaborative detail to launch another whole book based on precent day retrospective research around Woody's named friends, events, and sightings.
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By Blue Dragonfly on 06-12-16
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
Don't think so. The author trips himself up by inserting his own religious bias and by his descriptions of "friends he visited with Saturn and Venus."
Would you recommend Visitors From Lanulos to your friends? Why or why not?
What about John N Gully’s performance did you like?
He was fine and easy to follow.
If this book were a movie would you go see it?
No, too ridiculous
Any additional comments?
At first, the book seemed rational and interesting. However, as it went on major flaws started to appear. First, if that many people, who he claims, were involved in these interactions and sightings were true, why did no one ever know about it? It would hardly seem possible to suppress that much activity. Second, Even back in the late 60's we already knew that both Venus and Saturn were absolutely uninhabitable, so this guy visited both and reported beautiful scenery and cities with many inhabitants??? Also, as the book goes on he repeatedly brings up how the "Lunutians" worship God and believe in Christianity and Jesus. So, he would like readers to believe that Christianity is not just another Earth based philosophy, but a universal one??? Excuse me, but that just doesn't make much sense as even Earth has many more spiritual philosophies than that one. Because so many of our wars are created by peoples' religious fanaticism and intolerance of other beliefs, I find it very hard to believe that an advanced extra terrestrial civilization would embrace one short lived Earth based religion or even any religion at all. People (even aliens) can be good and loving without being religious. As the book went on, it became evident that the author was using supposed UFO contact to further his own religious agenda.
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