Off the Shelf
Without a Trace
By Marcus Pan
Far and long away, cultures of the world
would apply wonderfully illustrative stories that explained things they
didnt understand. From the myths of ancient Greece and Rome to the sun
worship of Egypt, cultures throughout the world have consistently wrote up
fables that would tell us why the sky is blue, the sun is bright and the
gravity keeps us walking upright. And as far back as only less than three
decades ago, Charles Berlitz wrote fables that attempted to explain why things
disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle.
For many years as long as ships have traversed the
Atlantic ocean and touched the soil of east coast North and South Amerca, the
Bermuda Triangle has been the object of fear and misunderstanding. While many
were explained as science progressed over the last couple of decades, Im
sure theres still more that havent been. But then again, sometimes
when I put two pairs of socks into my dryer I pull out a pair and a half, so
theres plenty in the world that goes unexplained.
Nonetheless, I came across this book at my dayjob in the bin
o no return an eclectic collection of reading material from an
eclectic collection of OR workers. And being one interested in phenomena of any
magnitude or scale, and even though I knew full well it was an old book and
bound to be silly, I sure thought I could use the respite into the lands of Ha
Ha which exists on the very edge of my daily life. And thus I went traipsing
through Without a Trace.
Charles Berlitz was one of this centurys most well
known conspiracy theorists. Hes dabbled in secret government experiments,
cover-ups, UFOs and even Hollow Earth scenarios. All of which are quite strong
and pronounced today, even more so with the advent of the Internet where kooks
and goons can publish whatever they like about their chip implants from their
flu vaccinations, lizard encounters with US presidents as hosts and so on and
so on. Theres plenty of information out there for those that want to wrap
themselves in lunacy.
Berlitz, however, stuck mostly to Bermuda Triangle theories.
And throughout Without a Trace youll discover his ideas of aliens
taking whole crews of ships, ghost planes smashing silently into coastlines and
time warps that send unsuspecting Air Force pilots into netherworlds only
vaguely guessed at. Its a little jumpily written as Charles bounds
effortlessly and illogically from one scenario to another and finds ways to try
and link them together with as many outlandish proposals as possible. In short
I enjoyed it for the same fact that I enjoy the mythologies and fables
of ancient cultures.
By far my favorite portion of this book, which by the way is
the second that Charles has released about the Bermuda Triangle disappearances
(The Bermuda Triangle of 1975), is the last chapter or two that details
the Philadelphia Experiment. Ive read of this on more than one occasion,
and Charles finds a way to relate these to the Bermuda Triangle by applying
strange logic that says that the experiments with ships the Navy did in Philly
are similar to what might have happened to some ships in the BT. Wonderfully
illogical gruff, indeed, especially when Charles starts discussing further the
aspects of the men who continued to fade out and disappear into
some invisible nether-world long after the experiments.
Theres still plenty of information out there for those
that want to jump into Bermuda Triangle conspiracy theory and enjoy some fun
reading. It just takes one visit to Google or Yahoo.com and typing in
Bermuda Triangle into the search box. I might also suggest to those
of you who want some real fun, do searches for Time Cube and
David Icke, both of which are surely to get your laugh modules
going enjoyable raucous. But I warn you these people believe this shit
and its not, by any stretch, meant to be fiction. Have at it and enjoy,
but beware the lizards!
Without a Trace by Charles Berlitz
Copyright © 1977 by Charles Berlitz
Published by Ballantine Books
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