Occasionally magazine covers shock us with the story of the inexplicable disappearance of people in their own neighborhoods or between business and their workplace or even, as in one case, between their front door and the corner bus stop. Such events, in a normal American neighborhood, are chilling, without obvious reason, cunningly executed and heinously premeditated. Homes are found silent, breakfasts left half eaten; food is cooking on the stove. It may sound like the stuff of tabloids, but the cases have proven true. But what most people don’t know is that this scenario happens many hundred times per year along the busiest coast in the USA, in the most crowded and guarded sea and airways, in circumstances that are even more incredible. . .
. . .For these disappearances are not just of people, quietly taken without reason, but accompanied by the total disappearance of the aircraft in which they were flying, or the yachts they were sailing; or even the great freighters they crewed. These are not just boats and planes lost in a big ocean. Their losses are as inexplicable as a person disappearing between their door and the corner of their street. Many have vanished just at the edge of the harbor, others while cruising around a peninsula; many aircraft were on radar, and in many instances just moments from landing. They disappear as if suddenly plucked from safety, without any clue except brief and panicked maydays, like “a weird object is in my path ahead” or just “Oh, Jesus Christ!”
For the first time ever the mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle have been painstakingly documented in Into the Bermuda Triangle. This is not the book of a write-for-hire hack. Nor is it the result of a writer’s brief interest in the topic, or just a reflection of popular forum debate. Between 1980 and 1999 the topic of the Bermuda Triangle had itself almost vanished under debunker driven spin. Then in 1999 it was discovered that a young man with the unlikely name of Gian Quasar had been researching the phenomenon since 1990 and had just placed his vast collection of official reports on the web. People were surprised by 75 aircraft disappearances in that time and dozens of yachts and ships. The phenomenon of unexplained disappearances had continued, without publicity or public knowledge.
Quasar’s investigative skill made him the objects of dozens of TV documentaries on History Channel, Discovery Channel, Travel, National Geographic, BBC, NBC, SCI-FI, Fox, and many others. In 2003 McGraw-Hill rushed into publication his book Into the Bermuda Triangle, which immediately went into extra printings. This interest was not created by tabloid hype. A Generation that had grown up with the hearsay of the Bermuda Triangle mystery was now finally shown the facts. Quasar was the first historian to tackle one of the great mysteries of the “occult” not as a supernatural phenomenon but as an unsolved mystery.
Into the Bermuda Triangle presents the incidents, old and new, citing the relevant details instead of offering laborious vignettes. All this is based upon reports from the NTSB, Coast Guard, Air Force Safety Center, Navy JAG, Her Majesty’s Stationary Office and the National Archives, among others. Eyewitness testimony of survivors of unusual events is almost always based on more than 1 eyewitness. The rest of the book is devoted to the theories, a journey to ancient civilizations, the possibility of a prehistoric super-civilization, UFOs, concepts of “electronic fog” and electromagnetic abberations, “quantum longevity,” anti-gravity, and the unavoidable coincidence that leads one to the other and always back to the Triangle’s mystery.
Because Quasar subjected many mysteries to the same intense investigation, in the years since its first publication he has become known as “The Quester” or the “real life Kolchak.” New York Times bestseller Randy Wayne White wrote of him, “The danger of Gian J. Quasar’s fascination with mysteries often assigned to ‘paranormal causes’ is that readers will assume his writing is tainted with secret advocacy and bias— like the majority of hacks who litter this field. Readers, rest easy. Quasar is a superb writer and researcher, and stands alone at the top of this unusual field. Through Quasar, the genre is elevated (finally!) to equal, even exceeds, the highest standards of investigative journalism . . .”