The 37th Parallel by Ben Mezrich
Atria Books: 9/6/16
eBook review copy; 272 pages
The 37th Parallel: The Secret Truth Behind America's UFO Highway by Ben Mezrich
is recommended for UFO believers and fans of The X-Files.
Chuck Zukowski has been interested in UFOs for years and has
investigated reports and areas of activity in his own time for years.
Mezrich follows Zukowski's beginnings as an UFO hobbyist whose interest
turns him into an investigator. He began with an abiding interest in
UFOs. He had telescopes to scan the night skies and visited tourist
spots like Area 51, Taos, N.M (the hum) and Roswell. Then he began to
look into animal mutilations. He and his family moved from California to
Colorado so Zukowski could be closer to where activities are being
reported. While a sheriff's deputy in Colorado, he assembled a kit to
assist in investigating any reported animal mutilations that defied
normal explanations (predators, hunters).
According to Zukowski there are 10,000 unexplained animal mutilations
every year. The book looks into several of these cases that Zukowski
personally investigated. Mezrich also covers Zukowski's investigations
conducted with his sister, who is a member of MUFON. There is one
incident that seems like a direct X-Files episode, with men in black and
everything. Mezrich follows the evolution of Zukowski's interest in
UFOs over the years to his realization that the thing that ties most
cases together is that they have occurred in the 37th parallel.
Mezrich presents Zukowski's search in a serious, factual manner and
includes photographs, a bibliography and an index. The whole book leads
up to the revelation about the 37th parallel and then... that's it,
which is more than a little disappointing considering it is in the title
of the book. I'm not sure if Mezrich coverage of Zukowski's
investigations turn up any definite answers, but this is a quick read
and interesting enough to hold your attention.
My advanced reading copy was courtesy
of the publisher for review