Fear not the light of unfamiliar hue. Washing sand at first, Then penetrating the depths, It bids a hidden feast emerge at last.  J. D. Whitcomb The restored gospel of Jesus Christ in modern times—that places no limits on discovery; indeed it frees us to soar, giving us the wings to explore what was previously impossible. Discovery your own place in this adventure. Three nonfiction books by the L.D.S. author Jonathan Whitcomb—each can take you into an astonishing world of cryptozoology, into a narrow field of the paranormal-like investigations of eyewitness accounts of apparent living pterosaurs. Yet what astonishing wide vistas open up to our view! The author’s approach is not as sensationalist as one skeptic has assumed. He has a more  scientific  background  and has also worked in Southern California as an independent forensic videographer for attorney firms. He takes each reported sighting of a living  “pterodactyl”  in the context of all the reports he has received. He concludes, after eleven years of investigation, that each of the 128 more-credible  reports are  more likely  than not from encounters with modern living pterosaurs, flying creatures that in earlier history were called “dragons.” Some of these noctural animals appear to have intrinsic bioluminescence, and at least a few of them are huge. Searching for Ropens and Finding God Giant modern flying dragons that glow as they fly at night? It certainly does sound like fiction, but this is real. From the back cover of the fourth edition of Searching for Ropens and Finding God, read: “A handful of Americans have explored remote jungles in Papua New Guinea, searching for living pterosaurs . . . Three Christians—one middle-aged LDS- Mormon high priest and two Protestant young-earth creationists—explored Umboi Island, in two separate expeditions in 2004, interviewing eyewitnesses of a glowing animal of the night: the elusive nocturnal ropen.” Live Pterosaurs in America This paperback is 200 pages shorter than SFRFG, concentrating on sightings in the United States. For Americans, it covers the flying-cryptid version of Bigfoot, at least for the featherless flying creatures. As of mid-2014, it seems there is no other nonfiction that compares well with it, in pure cryptozoology genre, regarding sightings of apparent pterosaurs across the Continental U.S., from coast to coast. Of course some general ideas are duplicated in these two books, having the same author, but eyewitness sightings have only a limited overlapping, on purpose, so readers can fully enjoy reading both books. For those limited sightings in the USA which are mentioned in both books, emphasis differs. The longest review of this book is by Chris Jensen Romer. Only a tiny portion of it can be quoted: “I want to believe in big flying dinosaurs roaming the skies, but experience and common sense argue against it. . . . I wanted to read about people who had been chased by pterodactyls! So I started to Google for any eye witness testimony . . . . and then suddenly found that there actually was a “Living Pterosaur” research community, a fringe even within cryptozoology. Even better, there were several books.  Most of the research appears to be on “Ropens”, allegedly living Pterosaurs in Papua New Guinea. Now I’m afraid I have not read anything on that, and can’t really comment, for as I browsing I spotted a book “Live Pterosaurs in America” by Jonathan David Whitcomb, a nonfiction analysis of actual sightings in the USA.  This I had to own, so I immediately ordered it from Amazon, and a few days later it was mine! And you know what — I’m glad I bought it, and have enjoyed reading it.” Why would a reader prefer LPA to SFRFG? The shorter book concentrates on sightings themselves, in LPA; SFRFG also includes a vast number of sightings, but in the context of having faith in human experience and in God’s purposes. An atheist should not be offended at LPA, but would not likely even pick up a copy of SFRFG. In addition, some readers enjoy a moderate-length book about encounters in their own country, rather than hundreds of pages that include or relate to accounts of sightings and expeditions in Papua New Guinea. Live Pterosaurs in Australia and in Papua New Guinea Even shorter than LPA, this Kindle digital book, Live Pterosaurs in Australia and in Papua New Guinea, gives you a lighter introduction to the expeditions than does SFRFG. Like LPA, it’s in pure cryptozoology genre. It may be ideal for the reader who wants only a brief overview of modern-pterosaur research. Consider the following quotations: “You will here find reports of encounters with apparent living pterosaurs, including many accounts never before published in any book. Other sighting reports are condensed from the print book “Searching for Ropens.” The ebook you are now examining is neither exhaustive nor rudimentary, but it explains most of what most Australians, and others, need to know about what might, on rare occasions, fly over their heads at night.” [from Preface] “Are you a lucky eyewitness who has seen a living pterosaur? . . . well, maybe a cursed eyewitness? This is for you: eyewitness reports of large featherless flying creatures seen over the past few decades in Australia and in Papua New Guinea. You are no longer alone. “Have you never seen anything like a living pterosaur? Have you never before even thought about that possibility? This can still benefit you. Even if you've never been in Australia or in Papua New Guinea (PNG), you might live within a culture similar to a culture in one of those two countries, regarding disbelief or belief in modern living pterosaurs or in flying dragons; societies are less isolated than they once were.  But whatever the culture in which you were raised, you may,  if you choose, in some measure help in its awakening. At least you'll be better informed.” [from Introduction] “Dragon stories abound in many human cultures, and before the late nine- teenth century ‘dragon’ would have been what an eyewitness might have called a living pterosaur. I suggest that some legends of flying dragons are less than 100% fictional, but this book examines more recent reports, not old legends. Nevertheless, part of the problem resides in the old English word ‘dragon.’ “. . . pterosaur-extinction dogma pre-dated Darwin. But if an eyewitness referred to a flying dragon, then "dragon" would [sound] too unscientific.” [from the chapter “How can pterosaurs be alive?”]                               copyright 2014, 2015 Jonathan David Whitcomb
The nonfiction Searching for Ropens and Finding God was written for readers of all faiths, with astonishing eyewitness accounts from around the world, from ordinary persons from different cultures and religions. What do they have in common? Each person has observed what Western paleontologists have long assumed impossible: non-extinct pterosaurs, commonly called “pterodactyls.” Discovery for yourself why this nonfiction has been called the “Bible of modern pterosaurs.” Sale: $16.19 on Amazon, on Apr 9, 2015 360 pages; paperback size 6” by 9” Published in October of 2014 by author, Jonathan David Whitcomb Fourth edition, nonfiction (after eleven years of research) ISBN-13: 978-1502865526
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The nonfiction Live Pterosaurs in America is in pure cryptozoology genre, in contrast to the cross-genre of Searching for Ropens and Finding God. (Both books are in third edition) Sale: $10.92 on Amazon, on Apr 9, 2015 154 pages; paperback size 5.4” by 8.4” Published by author, Jonathan Whitcomb Third edition, nonfiction ISBN-13: 978-1466292116
The nonfiction Live Pterosaurs in Australia and in Papua New Guinea is in the genre of cryptozoology, with a brief introduction to the expeditions in the southwest Pacific. It also explains why the universal-extinction belief in Western cultures is an assumption, not a scientific fact (it was never proven). Print length 44 pages in pdf format Published by author, Jonathan D. Whitcomb Nonfiction, cryptozoology - FREE download