Review: Dulce Base The Truth and Evidence from the Case Files of Gabe Valdez, by Greg Valdez

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20131020_TDT_L_UFO_1021_p1_300If your looking for a sensational book about super-secret bases that contain strange alien experiments and battles involving aliens and the military, then look elsewhere.  However if your looking for a an account of the events surrounding Dulce New Mexico in the 70’s and 80’s based on police reports and scientific evidence then this is the book for you.  The book is written by Greg Valdez and it follows the adventures of his farther, Gabe who at the time of all the Dulce craziness was the state police chief for the Dulce area.

The book starts off with Gabe’s investigation into strange cattle mutilations around the area.  More and more pile up and Gabe and a team of rancher’s, police and a scientist or two chase strange objects around in the night and perform experiments on the cattle to help determine what exactly what was going (the results may surprise you).  I personally enjoy the part where Mr. Valdez and a few police from the local reservation where chasing an odd bright object in the night sky.  The object seemed to be guessing their every move, almost as if  it was tapping into their radio chatter.  Because of this they decide to start speaking in their local Native American language and it seems to do the trick.  They were able to corner the thing but it still ended up slipping away.

Of course there’s more to the whole Dulce saga then some dead cattle and strange lights.  Enter Paul Bennewitz, Paul started poking around Dulce in the early 1980’s and his story has a book all it’s own (it’s called Project Beta by Greg Bishop, can you guess what my next review may be?). Paul quickly befriended Gabe Valdez and pointed out some fascinating things, sadly about 20% or so was complete disinformation fed to Bennewitz to lead him astray.  Greg states that if you take everything Bennewitz said and leave out anything that has anything to do with aliens then his info seems to be spot on.  Even though Paul’s life and mind were ruined because of what the massive disinformation campaign that was waged against him we were finding out now that he may not have been as crazy as he was made out to be.

These two subjects make up the meat of the book, most of the information on the base comes from Paul Bennewitz and blossoms from there.

What I like about Greg’s approach to the material is he didn’t have any preconceived notions about where it would leads (a problem with a lot of paranormal books).  He analysis his father’s notes, police reports, documents and other information and lets it take him where it takes him.  He didn’t twist and bend the facts to fit into some tale the he decided before hand was the truth.  I won’t get to much into it (if you want to know read the book) but it is not a crazy story about aliens battles and human experiments underground.  The conclusion he comes to is very down to earth but still very interesting and enjoyable.  This books also has a companion website which expands on the information with some of  documentation and photos, which is a great idea and a great way to fall further down the rabbit hole.  The book can be a bit dry at times (Greg will even forewarn you of  that a couple of times) and a couple of the chapters are very long.  It’s also easy to tell the Greg is not a writer, however that was not the point.  He  just wanted to get the information out there, he’s not out to make money and he’s not out to make a career of writing and I’m fine with that it was still a great read.  I did notice that  some of the information he stated in the book that would be featured on the website has not (at least when I was reading it) was not featured not the website.

Even though the book is not perfect it still contains so much great info on the Dulce story, and it’s all from actual documents and evidence, if Greg didn’t have something to back it up he didn’t put in in the book.  I definitely recommend this book, even though it can get technical at times you’ll breeze through and find yourself saying, “That makes a lot of sense” at the books end.  The website is a great resource even on it’s own without the book, but to get the most out of the two you really should read the book and give the website a visit.

Buy the book here

Visit the book’s companion website here

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