Communion: A True Story

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"While the Intervention will present itself to its believers and its advocates as a benign and spiritual force, in reality it will be supporting the very forces that undermine humanity’s integrity, its unity and its self-confidence." (Marshall Vian Summers. The Allies of Humanity Book Three, Briefing 3: The Tools of the Intervention)

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A Review[edit]

With Communion (1987), his first-hand narrative of repeated alien abduction, Whitley Strieber gained a following with an appealing writing style and an authenticity of witness. He does not claim to know what he doesn't know--he can't say exactly who is visiting him; they are only "the visitors." There is plenty of evidence given that "they are hardly benign,"(Whitley Strieber. What if They Land? (2012)) yet in this breakthrough work can be spotted glimmers of affection and respect for one insectoid female that he comes to recognize, and hints of his later view of Earth as a prison planet (p. 142).

Though he avoids drawing premature conclusions, his conjectures are often uncanny in their scope and judgment, as when he contemplates the hive mind of a collective worker race like the Greys (pp. 142 and 172-173). He observes the different roles in the working relationship between the Greys and the Insectoids (p. 147) and the possible threat to the collective from the highly individualized and immature race that is human (pp. 172-173).