The second edition is being discontinued and the third edition should be published around April of 2014. The excerpts shown here are subject to editing before publication. “I started analyzing videotaped eyewitness testimonies in  2003; to my delight and amazement the natives of Umboi  Island showed a high level of credibility in the descriptions  of their sightings of a large flying creature: nocturnal and  bioluminescent. In 2004, my hope was confirmed by three  more eyewitnesses: one American World War II veteran and  two Australians. I unleashed my passion by setting out on  my own expedition later in 2004, interviewing a few  eyewitnesses that had not previously been interviewed. The  men and women who told me about their experiences with  the ropen--these persons deserve your attention; please read  their own accounts in my book, then come to your own  conclusions. “The scientific, philosophical, and spiritual ramifications of  this investigation required more than few web pages I wrote  in 2004 and early 2005. That’s why, from 2005-2006, I spent twelve months writing the first edition of Searching for  Ropens. New break-throughs and expeditions called for a  second edition, updated and expanded, and now for a third  edition, by far better than previous ones.   “My expedition to Papua New Guinea confirmed to me that  this is some kind of pterosaur, but my confirmation came not from any personal observation of the ropen: I interviewed  many who have seen it. And when many eyewitnesses, of  different cultures and languages, see and then describe the  same creature, then that creature is real, regardless of  popular Western extinction-ideas.   “This book digs deeper than speculations about biology: Our  human weakness of noticing the superstitions only of those  of other cultures—this is examined from an outside  perspective. Why do Westerners assume that they are  completely immune to superstition? Blindness is easier, and  dinosaur and pterosaur extinction ideas are based on  assumptions, even superstitious-like assumptions.”   Copyright 2007-2013 Jonathan David Whitcomb Searching for Ropens and Finding God Learn the truth about the controversy between Darwin's  General Theory of Evolution and Biblical scriptures: It is not  about science versus religion; it is about two opposing  philosophies.   How could a giant living pterodactyl have eluded many  scientists  for decades? Why did a World War II veteran’s  testimony receive so little attention? What about this  creature called, on Umboi island, “ropen?” Is it the same  animal called "seklo-bali" on the mainland? Is it a modern  pterosaur? What is the origin of this idea that the last species  of  pterosaur died 65 million years ago? Is the idea scientific  or philosophical?   Searching for Ropens and Finding God answers these  questions and will challenge you to think for yourself rather  than follow the dogmatism declared by so many textbooks:  that all of the species of pterosaurs must be extinct. At least  two species are still living, probably more.   This book will give you much more than some  cryptozoology books, much more than just an adventure. It  will give you insight into the hearts and minds of the  explorers who took risks in remote jungles to bring to light a  miracle: long-tailed pterosaurs (Rhamphorhynchoids) still  living in the Southwest Pacific.   After returning to the United States, he wrote many web  pages about the concept of modern living pterosaurs in the  southwest Pacific. How he was surprised at the response!  Many emails and phone calls began coming in from many  eyewitnesses of apparent pterosaurs in the United States.   He analyzed the eyewitness accounts of those flying  creatures and wrote a nonfiction book, Live Pterosaurs in  America. The third edition of that cryptozoology book has  many details from sightings in the USA.   Yet Searching for Ropens and Finding God (third edition of  the original book) has extensive eyewitness sighting reports  from Americans in the US, competing with Live Pterosaurs  in America but not replacing that book. A late pre-publication release of Searching for Ropens and  Finding God includes the following:   [From an sighting in Virginia] “I have not before nor since  ever been so petrified in my life. You [know] how in scary  movies you always want to yell at the protagonist ‘Run, you  idiot! Run!’ because they never do and then they always die?  I was frozen with fear just like they show in the movies. I  felt incapable of moving my legs. I just stood there, facing it  until it literally got about 20 to 30 feet away and it ‘stopped’  and hovered mid-air.  “The wings were somewhere between 15 and 20 feet wide  and they covered the entire opening to the U-shaped inlet  when they were open. The wings were bat shaped without  feathers, the head’s silhouette looked like a point (again,  could not see facial features as it had the moon behind it)  like a head crest but what I was looking at more than  anything else was its large, sharp talons. Right before it  started hovering, in those few seconds I had, I thought it was going to pick me up. I thought it was going to attack me.” “I read the book cover to cover in the first 48 hours after I  received it (it was hard to put down). The author does a great job  of laying out  the  known facts about the Ropen.    “I was equally fascinated with his personal account of  summoning up the courage to go on the trip in the first  place. The book was as much . . . about finding the courage  within you to do something extraordinary as it was about a  possible cryptozoological event.” (Alex Aguila, Florida)  “I sat up till nearly 4 a.m. reading your book. . . . personally   I think you have done a brilliant job of it. Its full of humor   and spirituality. Every page was interesting! Your honesty   in the book really shone through and it was just such good   reading. Loved it!”    (Penny, Australia)   “Thanks for your valuable book, that’s not only informative  (very intelligently written), but very interesting to read.”    (Gizella Szegeczky, California).     “I bought this book some time ago expecting nothing but the  typical, boring cryptozoology book. However, what I found  was that it contains a wealth of INTERESTING information  on a cryptid that until now, I had known relatively little  about. Mr. Whitcomb's way of storytelling was captivating  to say the least. His scientific procedures also impressed me.  Normally, when Creationists study cryptozoology, there are  very little facts presented: mostly just a bunch of reports of  ‘sightings’ without going too much into detail.  “In this book, you will be presented not only with an  entertaining ‘search for a lost animal’ story, but you will also  come across very specific details... all the way down to the  exact silhouette of the creature, its diet, size, etc. I also  appreciated the section on other types of flying cryptids.  “I am a Creationist, so I really appreciate the chapter that  exploits a bunch of pitfalls of evolution, but the book itself  is not as much ridden with Mr. Whitcomb's Creationist  worldview as some of the other reviews claimed.  “All in all, a very satisfying, captivating read on a little  known animal. I'm looking forward to reading more by this  author!”  (J. Navarro, May 23, 2011) “Be prepared to have your eyes opened to the mysteries yet  to be discovered in God's awesome creation. This book is  packed full of sightings and details of the amazing and  intriguing animal known as Ropen that is found in Papua  New Guinea.  “If you really want to know about the Ropen you need to get  this book. It's much easier to believe natives from other  countries who have no reason to make up stories about  dinosaurs (since they don't realize that they are supposed to  be extinct) than to believe stories from people in America  who use stories to get their five minutes of fame, not that  they are all lying. I would give this book 10 stars if I could!  This book should be in every library!!” (Shalee Britton)   “I can hardly put this book down. It is quite astonishing to  read of creatures so large that they can lift a human up into  the air or rob a corpse from a new grave. They even glow at  night with bioluminescence.   “It is understandable how eyewitness are sometimes  reluctant to tell their stories because of ridicule they  experience - fueled by Western evolutionary superstition.  How sad we in the west are so blinded by wrong  assumptions fed to us by the 'scientific' mainstream. “This book is so refreshing. Jonathan Whitcomb is to be  congratulated for giving us a glimpse of our world denied us  by the wildlife 'experts' from western countries.” (S. Lee) Jonathan Whitcomb on Umboi Island Shocking Truth: Modern Pterosaurs From the Author, Jonathan Whitcomb: Searching for Ropens and Finding God More reviews of the second edition From readers of the second edition: From readers of the first edition: