Nonfiction Book on Flying Monsters

The fourth edition of the nonfiction paperback book Searching for Ropens and Finding God is about to be published. It’s a few pages longer than the third edition, with many refinements and still the same emphasis on how the investigations began in Papua New Guinea years ago.

The end of the book, however, has a few new pages, with new sightings reported in Washington state. Here is a sampling of text:

During my interviews with Marcy and Beach on August 6, 2014, another sighting came up. On another night of observations, Marcy saw “a light coming up the river, just above the surface of the water, and as it got up here, just to the right of this tree . . . it landed on the water, or at least it seemed to.” Because it was dark, he could not tell if the creature landed on the bank near the water or on the water near the bank. There was no doubt that it was a strange light. [Yakima River, southeast Washington]

Not all eyewitnesses of these featherless flying creatures would call them “flying monsters,” of course, but they can sometimes terrify people who see them. Westerners who have been raised under the universal-extinction indoctrination can be perplexed at encountering living creatures that they assumed could not possibly be still living. Here are a few words and phrases that come to mind:

  • Flying dinosaur
  • dragon-pterodactyl
  • dinosaur bird
  • prehistoric bird
  • teradactile
  • prehistoric flying creature


"Searching for Ropens and Finding God" - fourth editionSearching for Ropens and Finding God (4th edition) by Jonathan Whitcomb


From the Amazon description page:

Consider the words of Sandra Paradise, an eyewitness in Georgia: “The world is now totally different. I feel blessed that God has allowed me to see this creature that should not be here, and yet is, this strange dragon-like thing that lives somewhere in the woods . . .”

Steven Cottingham, a government official in New Guinea many years ago, told the author, “My sighting occurred at night near Lab Lab on the southern tip of Umboi. The light lasted for four to five seconds, and until reading your reports now, have never been able to explain the sighting.”

The American flight instructor Duane Hodgkinson told the author about his encounter with a long-tailed flying creature in New Guinea: “It was a big one! I have a Piper Tri-Pacer airplane [wingspan twenty nine feet] and it appeared to be about that size.”

Patty Carson, of Southern California, said, “It did have a tail and it had a diamond shaped tip . . . The skin was a leathery, brownish reddish color. It had little teeth, a LOT of them.”

Fiery Flying Serpent of the Bible

I’m well aware of the common belief in modern times, that the fiery flying serpents were literally snakes, with “fiery” coming from a burning sensation caused by their venomous bites. When a person believes that idea (the indirect meaning of “fiery”) then it’s easy to also believe that “flying” is likewise not literal. But why believe that only that one word is literal, “serpent?” I suggest “snake” is less-precise, with the other two words more literal or direct.

Fourth Edition of Ropen Book

“He has lived and worked in some very remote areas [in the Congo in Africa], and has had several encounters with different cryptids. He says that the existence of pterosaur-like creatures is common knowledge among the locals of a certain area where he was working. He himself may have had a brief encounter with one. . . .”


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