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Encounter in the Desert
The Case for Alien Contact at Socorro
Lt. Col, USAR (Ret) Kevin D. Randle
ISBN: 9781632651136
Book (Paperback)
Red Wheel Weiser, New Page Books
6 x 9
288 pages
October 23, 2017


The UFO landing at Socorro has been wrapped in controversy almost from the moment that police officer Lonnie Zamora watched a craft descend and land. Zamora saw alien beings near the craft and a symbol on its side but was told that he shouldn't mention either. Encounter in the Desert reveals--for the first time--exactly what he saw in that arroyo in 1964 and what an examination of the landing revealed to investigators.

Socorro wasn't a stand-alone case. Other sightings, some of them nearly as spectacular as Zamora's, were reported at the time. A study of the Air Force investigation of this case reveals an effort, at first, to learn the truth that mutated into a clever attempt to hide the information from the public.

Encounter in the Desert reveals all this and much more, including:

  • The first new, in-depth look at the Zamora UFO landing in more than three decades.

  • Other reports of alien creatures sighted around the country at the same time.

  • An examination of the physical evidence found on the landing site.

  • The revelation that there were other witnesses to the craft and the landing.

Kevin D. Randle is a retired Army lieutenant colonel who served in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot and aircraft commander. He now hosts A Different Perspective on the X-Zone Broadcast Network. Visit him at
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