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Incident at Devil's Den

A True Story
Narrated by: Terry J. Lovelace
Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
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I'm a 64-year-old retired lawyer and former Assistant Attorney General with an unusual story to tell. Every word of it is true. It happened in a state park known as Devil's Den. For fear of losing my job and damaging my reputation in the legal community, I never spoke about the incident. If it hadn't happened to me, I'd be skeptical too. 

In 1977, I was an active duty NCO in the USAF. A friend and I planned a two-night camping trip to explore the wilderness. Hoping to photograph eagles we sought a remote area on high ground. We drove deep into the forest until we came to a high plateau. It was the perfect location. We had forest to our back and a large open meadow in front of us. The view was amazing. We made camp and settled in for an evening around the campfire. 

Late in the evening I noticed the forest sounds of crickets and tree frogs we'd heard just an hour earlier had all stopped. The silence unnerved me but my friend Toby assured me our laughter and chatter had quieted them and they'd soon return. I still felt unsettled. Looking to the west Toby asked, Where those lights there before? I turned to look. There on the horizon sat a perfect triangle of three very bright stars. We studied them for a few minutes and were speculating what they might be...when they suddenly moved. They rotated once as if on an axis and began a slow ascent into the night sky. 

The three points of light remained equidistant to one another, gaining altitude and speed. The lights on each point of the triangle grew brighter too, as the triangle expanded. The area inside the triangle was solid black, much darker than the surrounding night sky. As it moved past stars they would blink out for a moment and then blink back on once it had passed. I recall the uneasiness I felt a half-hour earlier was gone. I asked my friend, Hey, Tobe...are you afraid? He didn't reply. This triangle was soon over our heads. I recall thinking that Toby had been wrong; the night sounds never returned....

©2018 terry j. lovelace (P)2018 terry j. lovelace

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Very "readable"

I just kept listening.... You may believe it, you may not, but this story is still intriguing and captivating.
It's one of those books I felt disappointed to complete. The narrator/author is excellent at conveying a story which creates an immersive experience.

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Trustworthy and moving

This is probably the best retelling of an alien abduction story I have ever heard. Terry's writing was fantastic and I was absolutely captivated. It felt so alive.
And the fact that Terry narrated the book himself also made it very trustworthy and moving.

I think these kind of stories are very important. And I think it's important that someone dares to share them with the public.
There's a lot going on..
So thank you Terry for being so brave.

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Interesting and compelling!

A really great book, I couldn’t wait to get into my car of a morning to listen to the next couple of chapters. The story was gripping right from the start, and unlike a lot of books of this type it was also credible. I liked that the book was narrated by the author, it gave it extra gravitas believability.

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Very compelling account

Heartfelt and gripping witness account of ET phenomenon and military complicity. A must read book.

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Omg!

Everyone needs to read this! Amazing book I was hooked and I could put it down!

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Fantastic book

Loved it, I'd recommend it to anyone, just have an open mind, the truth really is out there disclosure is coming, are you ready

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Wow what a book!

A very interesting account of his experiences from childhood, through military service and and the incident at devils den, and how he kept it all in for 30 years before deciding to publish. Kept me gripped to the end.

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  • Daniel Martin
  • 08-12-18

Breathtaking facts you can't unknow.

I thought I was well informed, but not so. Talented writer and narrator tells all.

Now, I need to get a paperback, so I can see the pictures, and share with others.

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  • Irene McIntyre
  • 07-09-19

I rarely give a book five stars

But this one earned it as it was riveting and interesting to the core. You won't regret it if you purchase this book.

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  • Lesha Roberts
  • 05-07-18

Captivating

Captivating and Intriguing. Concerning and yet Thought Provoking at the same time.
How can this be?

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-06-19

Enjoyed it

The writer narrates, and he is articulate and temperate. However, I would like to warn you, if you have decent hearing and mouth noises bother you, keep your volume down. The narrator is chewing gum or has an oral issue that creates a lot of irritating sounds at certain chapters.

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  • Prairie1
  • 27-10-19

Amazing story and telling

While listening to this I felt I was sitting across from Terry while he told me his own story, in his own words. I was riveted and listened to the whole book in one sitting. I first heard Terry's story during his interview on the Astonishing Legends podcast, and then did some more research and discovered this book. If this topic is interesting to you, or if you have a feeling that you have some personal experiences of your own, you will thoroughly enjoy this book. I for one am so glad that a professional reader did not try to interpret this. I loved hearing the emotion in Terry's voice, and the organic, very real way he tells his own story. I trust and believe Terry all the more hearing him recount his experiences himself.

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  • CelestialReader
  • 16-10-19

Terrifying Account of Abduction

The story is unique in many respects and highly entertaining in its approach to the heart of the story. . The real value comes from the tone and pace of the narration. It puts you in the drivers seat of the story and you feel the pain that the author felt years after both childhood and adult experiences including the loss of a close friend and coworker. You can listen to this over and over and pickup new things and learn about what it means to stick with something until you get an answer. Its a big universe out there and this book offers a glimpse of things that only first hand knowledge could share.

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  • Dorota
  • 26-01-19

Ah! Narrated by Author... beware of 'mouth sounds'

Good story. Gets better as the book goes on and quite informative. The decision to narrate own book on the other hand... this is the time to 'call a friend'. I listened at 1.25 speed to make narration passable. Once in a while the dry mouth sounds would make me cringe and I had to make myself focus on something else. Still worth listening to - just a fair warning :)

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  • Reggie
  • 31-08-18

The Scariest 3 Words in Audiobooks: Read by Author

I don't believe that extraterrestrials are visiting Earth and interacting with its inhabitants, but want to. I want someone to make that compelling case that addresses all the other possible sources of the phenomena they witness, rendering them debunked, leaving only one option: spacemen.

Starting off your narrative with nighttime visitations, by alien monkeymen, to the bedroom of an 8-year-old who experiences chronic nightmares, does not the foundation of a credible case make. I understand Lovelace wanting to tell this chronological story linearly, but this 8-year-old kid, no matter that Lovelace continues to believe his experiences to be rooted in objective reality into adulthood, is not credible.

That said, I could have stuck through this book, and even enjoyed it, with different narrator and/or a higher quality production.

When audiobooks are recorded, all kinds of extraneous mouth noises, room sounds and breath intakes are edited out. Those sounds can be distracting and drive listeners crazy, especially when listening to said recordings with earphone. These sounds are left fully intact, in Lovelace's reading. Again, as a single annoying element, the production value would would not be a deal-breaker, but combined with a story that screams out obvious alternate explanations and Lovelace's performance of dialogue supposedly said by his younger self, is all too much. I respect that Lovelace is writing a book for a broad audience, the inclusion of re-created dialogue within a book of non-fiction is always a little dicey, but especially in a context where the author is attempting to convince the reader of someone unbelievable. I think that was a poor choice. It reads like fiction. All the implicit queues in the format are telling us readers, this IS fiction.

Lovelace is not a performer. His voice is high pitched and gravelly. His replication of this dubious dialogue is pretty painful.

This book might work just fine for reading, and it might work fine with another reader, but this production represents a confluence of elements that do NOT work. I think that part of my (probably obvious) irritation is that I think it COULD work well as an audiobook, but audiobooks are an art form like anything else. There are really talented people who could turn this audiobook into something fun and exciting.

That's unlikely to happen.

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  • Fran Smith
  • 07-07-18

great retelling

I couldn't put it down. I have never been more grateful for headphones. The fact that Terry read it himself made it that much more impactful. A must read.

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  • Chris K
  • 01-11-19

Personal narration is relevant for this gem.

I have purchased a number of books on the subject of UFO’s and alien abduction over the last 30 years but this one is one of the best. I saw the reviews were high before I bought it and jumped in. I wasn’t disappointed.

The reviews of this book struggle under Performance as the author chose to narrate it himself. At first this choice seemed a poor one as the author does not have a smooth narrative voice, however once the story began to unfold it was clear that the story was very personal to him, and this made the revelations in the book more touching and frightening. Sharing this story with the author seemed very intimate once the book concluded and thus my 5 star rating.

This book is not a retelling of the same old abduction story. While some aspects are indeed commonalities of alien abduction, as I would expect from an actual lifelong abductee, there is a lot in this book that was new to me and may be to you as well. What is extraordinarily gripping is the author’s account of how the military handled his case. The author, an Air Force Veteran, lays out elements that are very disturbing, that only someone in the military could experience, yet tells stories that sheds light on the phenomena for all. I found this book to be very frightening and enlightening. I’m saddened that the most disturbing chapters of this book detailed how the military knows more than they say, and their utter lack of decency toward a fellow human.

As a discerning reader and often disappointed buyer, I would recommend this book to anyone on the planet. If UFO’s, Abduction and the military’s interest in the phenomena interest you, this man’s humble memoir is for you.