Searching for Ropens and Finding God
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Paperback 6x9 inches 360 pages $17.50 SRP Pub: Oct 31, 2014 1502865521 978-1502865526 This “Bible of modern pterosaurs” is not for the faint of heart. Be prepared to be changed as you read these true-life accounts of modern living pterosaurs.
Table of Contents: Acknowledgements Introduction Dedication 1: Awakenings 2: Eyewitnesses     on Video 3: A Sighting in    World War II 4: Sightings in     Australia 5: Following Strange     Lights 6: Early Challenges 7: To Papua New     Guinea 8: To Umboi Island 9: To Opai and     Gomlongon (plus 15 more chapters and an extensive appendix and large index)
Chapter 1: Awakenings Prelude to an expedition
Copyright 2014  Jonathan David Whitcomb
This nonfiction book has been called the “Bible of modern pterosaurs”
Nonfiction book by Whitcomb: Searching for Ropens and Finding God
First page of Table of Contents for this book
From a reader of the second edition: “I bought this . . . cryptozoology book. . . . I found . . . it contains a wealth of INTERESTING infor- mation on a cryptid that until now, I had known relatively little about. Mr Whitcomb's way of storytelling was captivating to say the least. . . .” J. Navarro: 5 Stars The third edition was greatly enlarged and improved. Now the fourth edition is even better; dive into it. SECOND PAGE of the Table of Contents Chapter 12 Village Court Chapter 13 Terrified Boys Chapter 14 Getting Home Chapter 15 Second Expedition of 2004 Chapter 16 Controversy Chapter 17 Pacific Pterosaurs Chapter 18 Papua New Guinea Again Chapter 19 Paul Nation Returns Chapter 20 Worldwide Pterosaurs Chapter 21 Pterosaurs in the U.S.A. Chapter 22 Fly by the Light Chapter 23 What About Extinction? Chapter 24 New Allies Appendix Index
From the author: “I have not given the past 11 years of my life to a hoax. My associates and I have searched for living pterosaurs in the tropical rain forests of Papua New Guinea, for we believe that these nocturnal flying creatures are real animals. Start reading my book as if it were fiction, if you like, but be aware that I believe they are modern pterosaurs.” From the book’s Introduction: “Responding to a strange idea by negatively labeling its advocate—that can blind us or at least blur the border between truth and error, even if our concept is better. When in human history has one person always been wrong? And when one pearl is found in the mud of an old oyster bed, expect another.” From Chapter 1 “I raised caimans. Why was I attracted to Central American alligators? Perhaps it was their imper- vious hide. . . .”
Quoting from three chapters of this non- fiction book:
Paragraph from page 16 I read of a missionary in Venezuela who knew of a native tradition about a “giant bat” that had once terrified natives near the Erebato River. I sent him an email, asking about this legend of people being carried away. His reply intrigued me, for the natives don’t just repeat  the story but  practice a related custom: Because the creature was once seen defecat- ing into a river after eating a human,  the natives, from that time until now, never drink the water of that river. (Erebato means “feces of the bat.”) I concluded that  if the legend  were based  on true events the “giant bat” in Venezuela might have been a giant pterosaur.
Chapter 2: Eyewitnesses on Video Earlier expeditions on Umboi Island
Paragraph from page 19 In one of the interviews, Eunice, a school teacher’s wife, described to Carl Baugh an attempted grave robbery. One night, in April of 1993, near the north- west coast of Umboi Island, after a large funeral procession arrived at the burial location, from the sea approached a flying creature with a tail that glowed red like burning embers glow. About two hundred mourners were awake when it flew over- head. The islanders banged pots and yelled, where- upon the intruder flew into a nearby swamp and the light disappeared.
Chapter 6: Early Challenges Conviction and decision
Paragraph 2 from page 44 I remember an earlier shock from suicide. My sister Cindy came home from junior high upset about what happened with the science teacher. I tried to imagine what tragedy could have lead to such despair. He had appeared full of life. Paragraph 4 from page 44 I would not mention any of that here, except to empha- size what we all need. It was far more than adventure, the hope that my associates and I shared, a hope that carried us to a remote tropical island to search for a living creature that almost all scientists had set aside as if dead for millions of years. How dearly we all need the mother of that little hope: a sense of a worthy purpose to live! Paragraph 5 from page 44 What did I hope to accomplish? What was that little hope that I shared with a few other Americans who were about to explore a remote tropical island? How dearly we need good news! The discovery of a living pterosaur—wonderful news to a zoologist—could spark somebody to abandon despair and grasp the hand of hope, to be sure. How worthy a purpose, even if only one human life is saved!
From the back cover (quoting in part): A Quest for Discovering Modern Pterosaurs “Settle into a comfortable chair and prepare for what may become the most unsettling scientific discovery since Copernicus and Galileo. This true story takes you into the expeditions that began to prepare the Western world for a discovery not yet recognized by scientists in developed countries. “A handful of Americans have explored remote jungles in Papua New Guinea, searching for living ptero- saurs, called by most Americans “pterodactyls.” 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. . . .”
Lake Pung, on Umboi Island in Papua New Guinea—here seven native boys became terrified at the sight of the huge ropen that flew over that crater lake.
Author and wife
Another explorer
Part of survey form
Eyewitness of ropen
Mesa, too, saw ropen
Wesley also saw ropen
Cliffor Paiva, missile defense physicist, has analyzed a video of the indava light of Papua New Guinea. He believes it is the bioluminescent glow of modern pterosaurs.
Compare ropen to the Sordes pilosus
Eyewitness Brian Hennessy of AU
Sketch by eyewitness
Eyewitness E. Kuhn
Sighting in Arkansas
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Fourth edition of the paperback
Fourth Edition