The third edition of Live Pterosaurs in America is now available on Amazon, with a suggested retail price (Amazon sometimes reduces their price) of $13.65. Before going into details about how it differs from the second edition, I include a recent Amazon review about the second edition:
I couldn’t put this book down. It is absolutely fascinating to read about eyewitness accounts of the people who have seen these creatures. To learn about these testimonies from such an open minded perspective is refreshing in the extreme! The way that our school systems and scientists alike are indoctrinated is sad. There is so much money out there being used for research, if only they would use it for good. I highly recommend this book to anyone! People should know the truth about what is going on. No one ever hears anything about this unless they conduct extremely specific internet searches, even then, information is minimal. Jonathan Whitcomb needs to write more books! [from “StrangeDream” – Oct 11, 2011 review on Amazon – rating the book with five stars out of five]
The third edition has a thrilling account from the eyewitness Patty Carson, whom I interviewed earlier this year. I quote part of what is in this new edition:
“I [Patty Carson] was watching Monster Quest . . . it triggered my memory of [my] sighting of the pterodactyl and just out of curiosity, I googled ‘Pterodactyl in Cuba’ and I’ll be . . . if that guy’s drawing didn’t come up on the first page, and the word Guantanamo!!! . . . “I was only a child when I saw it . . . We lived at the end of the road, last house, by the radio tower. [American military base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in 1965] . . . Suddenly it sat up, as if it had been eating something or resting. . . . right in front of us about thirty feet away. All of us froze for about five seconds, then it leaned to its left and took off . . . in a big hurry, . . . and flew to its left and disappeared behind trees and terrain.”
What I did not mention in the book is the orientation of the tail vane on the apparent Rhamphorhynchoid pterosaur that Patty had seen. She is sure that it was horizontal, meaning it would be visible from below or above but not from the side. I double-checked it, asking her about this below/side perspective, and she verified that is how the tail vane was arranged on the flying creature.
The details are slower in getting through to Barnes & Noble, but Live Pterosaurs in America, third edition, is now available with that online book dealer.