Micah A. Hanks
Compiler & editor of the Gralien Report (source for the latest maverick science and strange news from around the globe) and author of 'Magic Mysticism & The Molecule'.
"When it comes to my personal views on the unexplained, or more specifically, my greatest interests among those areas of science we call “supernatural,” often the study of reports of strange or out-
As for the rest of you who’ve elected to continue along with me and delve into the world of a man who, arguably, may be one of the world’s most gifted psychics, allow me to first explain why I rest such importance on this particular tome. Initially, you may be asking yourself the same thing I did when I first removed the book from the mailer and gazed at it’s retro-
Indeed, a Google search for this enigmatic character reveals the same sentiment in a number of online forums: though he has a website and a few articles about him, there is a general lack of knowledge (particularly in the U.S.) as to who exactly Robert Cracknell is. Strange for a man hailed as “Britain’s Number One Psychic Detective,” we might ask. But something else you’ll fail to discover is the kind of criticism that so many professional “psychics” have leveled against them by skeptics; Cracknell’s record is rather inconspicuous, but highly reputable… and if the sorts of things he mentions in his autobiography are indeed true, he might not be the best psychic detective in Britain after all. We damn well may have to accept he’s the best anywhere.
Cracknell’s story is a lonely one… but not filled with the sorts of solemn ruminations and stark realizations of an extraordinary “gift” that pepper the claims of many in various areas of spiritualism. Up front and frank at all times, Cracknell describes his wild early years in service with the RAF, as well as his dismissal on medical grounds after what would later reveal themselves to be the beginnings of his “lonely sense.” Cracknell even divulges the time he spent as a young vagrant, moving around parts of Europe and living day-
There are a number of funny stories Cracknell relates, as well as the vivid honesty behind a few embarrassing adventures with his associates in the spiritual movement; so honest, in fact, that that parts of the book might even be a bit uncomfortable for a few folks. But this is Robert Cracknell uncensored… and since we’re being frank, I must say he’s pretty quick not to give a shit; he doesn’t candy-
Throughout his years, Cracknell shares his experiences, ranging from employment under a wealthy Italian businessman whose daughter had been kidnapped, to British police who were often amazed at the accuracy of his predictions, and even his meetings with controversial psychic entertainer Uri Geller. He also makes a few bold claims: at one point, Cracknell describes being pinned to a wall by a table upon which an Ouija board had rested; during another, he claims he has managed to concentrate on a pint glass and cause it to shatter using only his mental abilities; and during one of his many religious-
But perhaps the most rewarding aspect about The Lonely Sense is the fact that Cracknell manages to keep a bright, positive outlook throughout the ups and downs, and in the end, his message is clear: anyone can do this, not just those who claim to have psychic powers. However, should one manage to learn to wield these talents in ways exceeding the normal capability of the senses, they must task themselves with always using their abilities for good. Some of the most intriguing instances throughout the book deal with Cracknell’s own conflicts with those who were less scrupulous with their abilities, ranging from occult groups and their leaders, to the occasional misguided youth who, much like Robert once wrestled with, has yet to understand the full responsibility associated with the psychic gift.
If you’re interested in psychic phenomenon, you will enjoy this book, and perhaps even learn something new from it. If you’re a novice or you’re altogether inexperienced with matters of psychic phenomena, this book will serve as a great introduction. On the other hand, if you are neither of these, and you’re just looking for an exciting read, you too will appreciate this unique narrative of Robert Cracknell’s life and experiences as a psychic detective. The Lonely Sense is a fine read almost any way you look at it… and you’ll undoubtedly come away from it wanting to explore methods of tapping your own hidden psychic potential".