The Keepers: An Alien Message for the Human Race (Anglais) Broché – 1 mai 2005
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However, for me the book brings up more questions than answers.
1. Why did the aliens put Jim through 6 years of indoctrination learning a multi-level written symbolic code of communication when direct mind to mind communication was so simple from start to finish? What was the point of all this? Jim never really tells us, if he knows. It reminds me of the 4 years in highschool I took studying Latin. Except for the Toga Party in the school lunch room (those were simple times, folks!) I never understood why Latin was required. In the 30 years that have passed since then, I have never used it, and can only remember "Ego Amo Ranas" (I love Frogs).
2. If the aliens are truly our pals and they are really card carrying members of Green Peace, very concerned about the environment, it seems totally illogical to abduct people, then erase the memory except for a selected few like good old Jim. Jim claims that his destiny is to spread the word that the environment is decaying. Well, guess what! World class scientists have been telling the world this news for decades, and the corporate controlled governments of the planet are not listening. I really have to wonder about the intelligence of these aliens, if they think that Jim Sparks is going to change the future of the planet by appearing on late night talk shows and speaking at UFO Conferences. Not! Perhaps he should run for Congress?
3. The aliens are supposedly working secretly with our government, and have given the government the technology to save the environment, produce food and energy without pollution. The government is keeping all this technology stashed away in a root cellar under the Pentagon and refusing to release it for Military and Security reasons. So why don't the aliens just release the same technology to the many brainiacs out in the world?!?! As I recall, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs began the computer PC revolution in their dad's garage! They had the brains and the paradigm breaking imagination to think outside the box. So why aren't the aliens just handing over this information to similar brainiacs? Jim Sparks is a nice guy, but he sells real estate, he isn't a physicist or engineer or someone of the mental leaning that could understand advanced technology. Consequently, there is a big disconnect in logic here, especially since Jim claims he has seen the aliens still working with the military, even though the military refuses to honor their side of the bargain. Hmmmmm...very odd. Maybe these naive aliens need a good Hollywood agent who can find them a much better deal. How about contacting Stephen Spielberg, abducting HIM and give all this information to HIM. The man has the means to make a motion picture that would be seen by zillions of people alover the world, and screw the government! Too easy?
4. As I read the entire book, my belief in Jim became more and more eroded. I'm sorry, Jim, but it did. That could have been just the way the book ended, but here is what bothered me. The book begain with Jim as Mr. Normal Heterosexual Macho Guy in business and doing well, when these aliens began "night school" abductions. OK, so far fine! Then the book skips from these lessons (which seem to end with no explanation or practical usage) and Jim is on more friendly terms. The aliens become much more human in their dialogue (while ironically being of a Reptilian race) and eventually meet Jim for a confab in an abandoned fun-park. Jim is sure to tell us that the aliens adore uniforms and funny hats, a nice touch. But the confab is pretty much standard fare: the planet is dieing so do something about it, Jim. Well, the obvious reader response (at least to me) was "Stop delegating your job, jerks! YOU do something." It felt like a setup, a con job to me. I began to doubt the entire story then, because it is so illogical. But what really bothered me was when Jim nonchalantly on one page noted that he's also been visited by people from the distant future. Geez, this guy gets around! Is his house a Star Gate? What makes Jim so special that not only Greys abduct him, but also Reptilians, and even humans from the distant future drop in for a chat over a beer? I don't get it. What next, lunch with the astral form of Princess Diana? Is there some sort of invisible beacon over Jim's head that blinks like an airport light, inviting touch downs by entities from other dimensions and times? If I had this power, I'd pray for Jesus to show up and give me the straight story.
5. I thought the message of the book was that our planet is dieing. The aliens are concerned because they "farm" us for body parts. So where do the healthy looking human people from the future come from? It implies that evidently the planet does not die, so we can all relax. Yet, then Jim drops another bombshell on us, saying that the Grey aliens are us, coming back from the far future to harvest our genetic materials to heal themselves. Geez, what a great future! Hope I don't have to reincarnate into that time period. After all our accomplishments and challenges, we end up being ugly little parasites who zip around at night abducting defenseless children, women and men for sperm, ova, and other cells. As Jim notes, perhaps the Greys are part of some inter-galactic drug store chain selling human tissues. Wow! Can you imagine the reaction of the Christian right wing who won't even let us cure Parkinsons and other diseases using our own stem cells?
OK, I could probably do a much longer review, but the bottom line is that while the book was a fun read, it just didn't hold together for me, because:There were a lot of cliches in it. You know, that the aliens are here to tell us the Earth is dieing. Well, duh! That the government has technology to heal everyone and everything but won't use it out of greed. Typical conspiracy stuff.
I am troubled that Jim has been set up (or set himself up) as being responsible for spreading the alien's message (on talk shows, UFO Conferences, books, future video's, etc. all on sale). The poor guy! One guy against a world wide civilization that wastes and pollutes. All I can say is, Good Luck! If this is the best the aliens can do, then I really think we are in trouble.
I hope for Jim's sake that he is not be set up by these "aliens" as a rube or a patsy. He seems to trust them implicitly, yet we know from a long history (per objective writers like Jacque Vallee) that they lie. Yes, they deceive. Who knows? Their real purpose here may have nothing to do with what they say, and that's the sad and scary part.
I bought this book because I listened to Art Bell interview Mr. Sparks on the Coast to Coast AM radio show and thought that Mr. Sparks presented himself as a very creditable and one of the most convincing abductee interviewees (try saying that when you're drinking beer) that I have heard on Coast to Coast. I had to read this book. I wanted to believe this book. I wanted this story to be true, without a doubt, and with proof or some kind of solid collaboration.
Jim Sparks, aka Vincent Sparacino, (what's that about?) writes a good and entertaining tale of his eight or so years of being abducted, sucked through walls and windows, examined, tutored, taught, operated on, sexually assaulted, humiliated, and tortured by one or more alien races. Interestingly, the fact that his wife Teresa (who he just happens to run into one night on a spacecraft) has apparently undergone a lifetime of similar horrors barely merits mention.
Mr. Sparks must have said something that made Linda Moulton Howe and the late Dr. John Mack buy what he was selling, because I don't think he convinced them with the book.
While Mr. Sparks' book is certainly an interesting read the account he relates defies logic and really hits me as being far-fetched. Why would an alien race travel across the universe to teach Sparks and his wife their alien alphabet and how to read and write (and speak?) their language, particularly when they communicate telepathically, and in English? The reason he gives toward the end of the book is feeble a best.
And what's up with Teresa anyway? She doesn't want to talk about her "Helpers from Heaven" and he doesn't press her over it, or even mention it again, ever? I don't think so. I would never have let any of my four ex-wives get away with that.
After all these years and all these abductions Sparks has not one smidgen of physical evidence. Not even the gift they gave him of the gunk that they removed from his lungs. Just a friendly gesture I guess. I would have at least kept the box.
Dr. Carl Sagan said many times, "Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof". Just one gunk box, or a magic wand, would do so much for this guy's credibility. If the aliens wanted him to carry their spears for them and spread their warning, and they wanted him to be believed, wouldn't you think they would give him something like God gave Moses to bring back with him?
Then there is the ET's message, which doesn't pass the smell test either. "Your planet is in grave danger and you, Jim Sparks, must go out and tell the world." These guys come all this way to tell us that, through Sparks? They must be talking to Al Gore too?
"We don't want the human race to dry up because we have a lot of time and energy invested in cultivating your body parts for future harvest." Huh?
And, amnesty for all those in the world that know about the ETs and have been keeping it from the public? Who is going to pull that one off in Russia, China and Venezuela? If the ETs don't like the way we are treating our planet, why don't just come down and slap around a few oil executives or Ahmed Amadenajad? Sorry, but the alien message is pretty weak.
Then if one buys into the ETs and abduction stuff, one's sense of reason is further assaulted when Sparks starts talking about seeing other life-forms while passing through other dimensions, meeting people from the future that fold their cash into little squares and file it by the year, and time travel being so common that it's boring in 100 years.
Entertaining stuff to read and think about, which is why science fiction sells.
But this book was written 8 years ago; the time travel stuff happened over the next 8 years when he finally got the book published he wrote those few pages. But that part certainly through me for a loop as well. I have serious trouble believing in time travelers from our future coming to say hi; way more trouble believeing that than anything related to aliens ..of course, could just be some frauds messing with him.
As for miltiary being involved with his abduction experiences. This doesn't suprise me in the least; read a few books on how national security works and you won't be suprised either. There are black programs from the 60s-70s that are absolute facts openly admited to under the Freedom of Information Act, that were mindblowingly wicked (and they stayed secret for decades!). These black programs many of which are still in operation are quazi government, some are completely rogue. The "need to know" is independent of rank or office. It allows these people to rape the system and appear as if they have the true authority.
The thing about Jim, which he makes clear is that HE doesn't understand their motives. Jim is genuinely bothered by the aliens. He says basically 'Why in the hell are you telling me this stuff what can I do!? Why don't you do something or give me some technology to work with?'. He is quite analytical of himself and the events around him; and he still seems that way. So I cant' throw it all out the window just because his accunts are so incredible. .
The fact that the whole "save the enviroment" stuff is definitely not an elaborated on focus to this book, manages to calm my thoughts of suspecting motive to lie.
If he did make all of this up he is a SERIOUSLY twisted person and I HATE liars. But I was so enthralled by his account, even if we were to find out he made it all up I am so impressed I would give it 3 stars regardless. Because I have no idea if he's a liar and I loved the book.. I'm left giving him 5 stars.
It's definitely worth a read. Jim has almost total conscious recall of years of abductions which is a rarity worthy of heavy study.
This book is definately worth a read. Mr Sparks is bright, vocal, verbal and presents well over the air-waves, where I have heard him speak.