HOAXES- The Novel

It is 1966. You have pieces of wreckage from the UFO crash that happened outside Roswell, New Mexico in 1947. The Air Force and KGB will do anything to get it…
…and you are a young girl trying everything you can to fulfill your father’s last wish.

Mel has just moved in next door. She likes wearing sleeveless t-shirts, jeans, and converse tennis shoes, and throws a really mean curve ball, but that doesn’t stop Frankie from falling for her.

It is the summer of 1966 and there have been a rash of UFO sightings all over the country. Together, with their friend Beanie, they plan a hoax to make a fake UFO and launch it over Oswego Lake. But it all goes really bad, catching a tree and a house on fire. They know they are in big trouble, but before anyone finds out what they did, some really strange things happen. There are UFO sightings in the area, a reported nearby landing, and the apparent abduction of the neighbor from the very house they burned. It all becomes national news and throws the little town of Lake Oswego into a frenzy.

How could all this start from just their stupid, little hoax? Mel, Frankie, and Beanie have to find out. Each clue helps them to uncover how Mel’s father really died, and why. It sets them on a path to a discovery that involves the most famous UFO crash in history, the United States Air Force, and international espionage. Every step leads the kids toward unearthing a long-kept secret that puts them in great danger.

Readers say that if you liked the kids in the Harry Potter series, Netflix’s Stranger Things, or the boys in Stephen King’s Stand By Me, then you had better join Mel, Frankie, and Beanie on their mysterious quest in Hoaxes.

Read my book, then ask yourself–is this just a novel, or could it really have happened?

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Also available in over 50 countries through Apple iBooks, Smashwords, and Amazon. Ask for it at your local library and if they don’t have it, ask for it.

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More 5 Star Reviews for Hoaxes!!


Here are a couple more reviews to motivate those of you who have not yet read Hoaxes- Roswell, UFOs, and International Espionage. I am averaging 4.7 out of 5 stars for all of my reviews.

5 Stars. Reviewed by Tina S., June 15, 2018: In this colorful coming of age tale, you will feel as if you were right there with the characters and their journey through an unexpected series of events. With vivid detail, the author does an outstanding job of carrying you along on a wild ride through suspenseful twists and turns that keep you guessing.

5 Stars. Reviewed by Portland night owl, May 18, 2018: I loved this book, plain and simple. The plot revolves around aliens which I love and had a great feel to it with the kids interacting in an honest believable way. As a kid growing up with “Stand By Me”, “Goonies”, “Monster Squad” and other films in that genre it was nice to get that feeling from a book. It’s well written and has some good twists to the story. I am awaiting a sequel and will be looking forward to future releases by Schneider.

I hope this entices those of you who are still planning to download and read my novel. And if you do, please be sure to write a review at the site where you purchased Hoaxes.

Your review will help to promote the book to a wider audience and make it a success.

Much Thanks,

SchneiderHoaxes.com   email me at: schneiderhoaxes@gmail.com

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Two Books from the Novel Hoaxes

If you have read Hoaxes- Roswell, UFOs, and International Espionage then you know how important these books are to it. I found the one on the right at a bookstore in Lincoln City a while ago. I just found the second here at the festival. Big find! Both are first editions printed back when my novel takes place in 1966.

For those who don’t know, these books help provide the seed that drives the kids to pull their hoax, which goes terribly wrong. Little do they realize this is the catalyst that drives them to uncover a long buried secret.

Welcome McMenamins UFO Festival Goers!

McMenamins UFO Festival- Thank you for visiting this site and checking out my novel Hoaxes- Roswell, UFOs, and International Espionage.

I have discounted the book 33% for the festival, but this special price is only available through May 31st when it will return to full price. Learn more about the novel at any of your favorite online publishers. Click on any link below.

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If you are new to reading electronic books, it is easy to do. Either download the Kindle app from Amazon, or you can download the eReader Prestigio  app from the Google Play store. I find this app to be the easiest to use. You can also download the novel as a PDF from Smashwords and read it that way. You can read the novel on anything- smartphone, reader (Kindle, Nook), tablet, laptop or computer.

One nice thing about e-books is that they are much less expensive than paperback or hardbound because there is no need for paper, printing, binding, shipping, or taking space on a shelf, eliminating all those expenses. Much better for the environment too!

For those of you who just plain enjoy the feel of turning a page, I do plan to release Hoaxes in book form, but that is not until late this year or early next.

Enjoy the novel, and when finished please post a review where you purchased the book.

Are We Martians?

Are We Martians?

This is one of many questions raised in the book Probability 1: Why There Must Be Intelligent Life in the Universe. Author Amire Aczel, Ph.D., applies his background in mathematics, science, and statistical analysis to build a parallel between the evolution of life on earth and the possibility of such evolution on other planets in the vast, endless universe.

Do I recommend this book as a good read? No, unless you are huge into mathematical equations, quantum and chaos theory, genetic code dissection, probability distributions, and the such. You know, regular chit-chat over a cup of coffee. But buried in all the statistics, hypothesis, and theory is information well worth knowing, so I am going to share just some of it with you here. Much of what he offers is eye-opening and moves us to think outside the quadrilateral parallelogram (box).

The Panspermia Hypothesis

The panspermia hypothesis is a good example. The theory is that life-bearing spores from Earth (or any other planets with life) are continually ejected into space where they drift randomly to eventually land on other planets, and if some of those planets have the right life-sustaining mix, could provide the DNA catalyst for the formation of life.

So then, the question begs to be asked—is that how life on earth came about? In 1984 a potato-size meteorite (ALH84001, for those who care) was discovered in an ice field in Antarctica.

The source of life on Earth?

Scientists studying the meteorite found that it originated from Mars and was launched into space when an asteroid collided with Mars some 15 million years ago. Their analysis indicated the rock was near the Martian surface 3.6 billion years ago when underground water may have still sustained life. They performed tests and discovered the rock contained organic molecules: Martian life? And if so, could this have been where the DNA originated that eventually developed into Homo Sapiens?

Sorry to say, but probably not. Advances in radiocarbon dating and further study resulted in a general consensus by the scientific community that the organisms were of earthly origin, formed during its millions of years here on Earth. But this does not close the door on such a possibility; that a meteorite or free-floating spore could have deposited on earth, from Mars or otherwise, and have provided our DNA kick-start.

So what does it take to provide the right stew pot for life’s creation?

Aczel gets into this at length as it is an integral part of his analysis. Life is so delicate that the recipe needs to be just perfect to exist—from the minuteness of an electron’s mass to the position the planet is in relation to the sun. This last ingredient, called The Goldilocks Zone, provides the initial foundation for success. The planet must be the right distance from the sun; in other words not too hot and not too cold, but just right. And we probably would not be here if Earth’s sister planet, Theia, had not impacted with it and created the moon. Yes, that’s right. There were two ‘earths’ in the same orbit around the sun. Eventually they collided forming the earth as we know it, and ejecting enough rock into gravitational orbit that the moon formed from the debris. It was the gravitational movement of the moon around Earth that eventually put our planet into the rotation we now appreciate as 24-hour days, and through the collision with Theia, Earth began rotating on its axis, which we now appreciate as seasons. Without these, perhaps only a quarter of the earth’s surface would be habitable. And would life have been started or sustainable under those conditions?

Many other factors also must come into play. For instance, even if life started on Earth or another planet, it would need billions of years to develop into an intelligent species. Think back on the history of our planet alone and the volatility it has witnessed. Dinosaurs were the dominant species until an asteroid crashed to earth, creating an environment they could not survive. And that was a small asteroid, in terms of size, to what is flying around out there. At one point it was thought the asteroid known as 1997 SF11 would come close enough to Earth in the year 2028 that it could collide and destroy the world. Luckily, further calculations have changed that prognosis. But this brings into play another important ingredient to providing an environment of long-term sustainability of life. If Jupiter and Saturn were not as large as they are (you could fit 744 earths in Saturn, and 1,300 in Jupiter), we would probably not exist. They stand as guardians of Earth, their huge gravitational pulls drawing any and (just about) all meteoroids and asteroids to their surfaces, protecting the billions of years of life’s evolution on Earth. And so, existence of intelligent life, given the billions of years to develop, would need such planets in close orbit to the Goldilocks planet to provide that same protection. For Aczel determines that it is inevitable that intelligence life will be the result, given enough time to develop.

Could such a complex recipe exist out there? Aczel estimates there is a one in a trillion chance that life would evolve on a planet that fits the habitable zone formula. So very remote, right? But our galaxy alone has about 300 billion stars and it is estimated that there are 100 billion galaxies in the universe. Aczel shows through mathematical formula and statistical analysis that since the probability of the existence of life is not zero, it therefore must exist on at least one other planet in the universe. At what level of development or intelligence is unknown, but (my thought here) with the number of documented visitations by extraterrestrials to our planet, I think we already have our proof that intelligence well beyond our own exists out there.


Probability 1 was written in 1998. Currently there are over 16 exoplanets identified that are of the right size, composition, mass, and distance from their suns to be considered habitable. And the search goes on. As recently as November 15, 2017 the scientific community became excited over the discovery of Ross 128 b, an exoplanet in the Virgo constellation that appears to meet all of the criteria of supporting life. And these are just the planets we can see now with our limited technology. What else is out there?

The images below are the planets discovered by the Kepler and Trappist telescopes. Both show the planets and suns where life could exist or have the potential for habitation and colonization.

The Roswell UFO Crash – BBC Documentary

I find it funny that one of the best documentaries about the UFO crash outside Roswell was made across ‘the pond’ in England by the BBC. What makes this documentary stand out is how many key witnesses they interview with either direct involvement, or by providing testimony as relayed directly to them.

The Roswell UFO Crash – BBC Documentary

Over 20 witnesses are interviewed in this documentary. Here are a few:

Loretta Proctor—who saw actual debris brought to her ranch by Mac Brazel, the ranch hand who found it on the Foster Ranch.

Jesse Marcel, Jr.—son of Major Marcel, the officer who responded to the crash site and returned with some of the debris. Major Marcel showed it to his son and wife before taking it to the base because he wanted them to see something so amazing.

Frankie Rowe—daughter of Dan Dwier, a Roswell Fire Brigade firefighter, who was at the station when her father brought in some of the debris. She was later threatened to ‘forget’ what she saw or it was a big desert in which to disappear.

Frank Joyce and Jud Roberts—from KGFL radio station who shared threats of closing it down if they didn’t stop broadcasting about the crash.

And the military witnesses:

Butch Blanchard—who in 1965 as a 4-star general told a friend that what he saw he had never seen before.

Major Jesse Marcel—in a rare 1978 interview admitting that he thought there was a cover-up.

Colonial Thomas DeBose—General Roger Ramey’s Chief of Staff at the time and shown with General Ramey posing with the weather balloon pieces that were substituted for the real debris. He retired as a Brigadier General and in an interview in 1991, shortly before his death, said the balloon was a cover story.

Even Congressman Steven Schiff was interviewed questioning the number of changing stories as an explanation for what happened in those July days of 1947.

Perhaps the only downside of this documentary is inclusion of footage from The Alien Autopsy. This footage was originally ‘discovered’ by Ray Santilli, a British musician, record, and film producer and released to the viewing public in 1995. It wasn’t until 2006 that he admitted the footage was a staged  reconstruction of a film he had seen in 1990, and was too damaged to use. It is sad that such attention was placed on this film when it was most likely a hoax. Even if what he said was true, he could have produced the damaged film along with the ‘reconstructed’ footage, so that we could make up our own minds. Even so, the film has become a part of the story of The Roswell Incident and is worth inclusion. You will find the full 17 minute film at the end of the documentary.

Take the time to watch this great production and then ask yourself—could all of these people be lying?

The Roswell Incident, as titled, was produced by Channel Four Television Corporation for the BBC and first aired in 1995. Thanks to Producer John Purdie and Director Tim Shawcross for an outstanding documentary.

Hoaxes is now published on Amazon

Kindle readers can now find Hoaxes on Amazon. Hoaxes- Roswell, UFOs and International Espionage, is the new novel by Schneider. It takes place in 1966 where three teenagers discover debris from the famous UFO crash that took place outside Roswell, New Mexico in 1947. The US Air Force and Russian KGB know about it, and will do any thing to get it.

Reviewers say, “I couldn’t put it down.” Read more about this thrilling adventure by Schneider using the following link to the book: Amazon Hoaxes

Hoaxes is also available through Amazon in the following countries: United Kingdom, Denmark, France, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Japan, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Australia, and India.

And as always– If you really enjoyed the book, please go back to Amazon and post a review. Books live or die by your reviews.

Hoaxes is Featured on Scribd

It is nice to see that Scribd knows good writing.

While researching topics for my website I came across the article 6 Things to know about the Roswell UFO Incident on The Travel Channel’s Expeditions Unknown website. I was quite shocked to see my novel HOAXES featured in an ad for Scribd on the page.

It also appeared in another location lower in the article.

And when I clicked on the book image, I was taken to a Scribd site promoting their reader service and featuring HOAXES again. The WOW! factor definitely kicked in because I had no idea it was there and had nothing to do with it.

So who are they?

Scribd is one of many ebook publishers that carries my novel HOAXES- Roswell, UFOs, and International Espionage. They are a membership reader service that provides access to an unlimited number of books, audiobooks, magazines, and more — all for about $8.99/month. They have a library of millions of books, audiobooks, documents, and sheet music selections, and are adding more every day. They also tout themselves as the world’s favorite open publishing platform, where in addition to providing the best membership book service around, they’ve built the world’s most popular open platform for publishing and sharing documents of all kinds. To date, people all over the world have shared more than 60 million documents via Scribd, from landmark court filings to business presentations to academic papers from scholars around the world. Scribd started in 2013 and today have over 80 million monthly readers in 194 countries.

All I can say is: Thank you Scribd!

What Readers Think About Hoaxes

If you enjoyed Hoaxes, please post a review where you bought it, then let me know and I will also add it here.

5 Star review by Tina S., June 15, 2018:
In this colorful coming of age tale, you will feel as if you were right there with the characters and their journey through an unexpected series of events. With vivid detail, the author does an outstanding job of carrying you along on a wild ride through suspenseful twists and turns that keep you guessing.

5 Star review by Portland night owl, May 18, 2018:
I loved this book, plain and simple. The plot revolves around aliens which I love and had a great feel to it with the kids interacting in an honest believable way. As a kid growing up with “Stand By Me”, “Goonies”, “Monster Squad” and other films in that genre it was nice to get that feeling from a book. It’s well written and has some good twists to the story. I am awaiting a sequel and will be looking forward to future releases by Schneider.

5 Star review by: Glenda R. on March 26, 2018 : 
I am an avid reader. This usually isn’t my genre, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is smartly written with a good plot. It took me 4 days to read, once I started is was hard to put down. I recommend this book to anyone who likes to read.

5 Star review by: Donna T. on February 8, 2018:
Great read! Fun story and hard to put down. Such insight into a teen’s thoughts. Excellent UFO ideas and imagination.

4 Star review by: Roselle S. on Jan. 28, 2018 :
I enjoyed this book a lot. I couldn’t put the book down, I was interested from the get go. It was suspenseful and funny and it all came together really well. I would recommend this book to all my fellow bookworms.

4 Star review by: Shelley D. on Dec. 01, 2017 :
Although I haven’t been much into reading lately this book really grabbed me. Couldn’t put it down. Three kids start off thinking of pulling a prank, which quickly goes wrong and leads them into something much bigger then they could ever have imagined. Had a great flow and kept me hooked from the first page.

Reviews average 4.7 out of 5 stars! Glad you enjoyed my book! And if you have not read it, download it and find out why it is getting such high ratings.

The Roswell Legacy book review

Having done extensive research back in the ‘90s on the Roswell crash, I was excited to finally have the opportunity to read this book. After all, if there were a single human focal point for the event, it would have to be Major Jesse Marcel, Sr.

I expected this book would finally provide the platform on which Major Marcel could share what happened that fateful day and in those that followed. As we all know, he was told to keep quite about anything relating to the crash and he did so for most of his life.

Through this book finally coming out, I expected he would have his day and share his observations, as only he could, on the timeline of the event through information and memoirs that he had held and saved, giving it to his son for publication after his death. I was hoping to hear how he felt when things were suddenly turned around at the press conference when the debris was switched and he was forced to have his picture taken with remnants of a weather balloon.

Thus, I am somewhat disappointed to find the book is really a memoir by Jesse, Jr. regarding his experiences and recollections. Though he does share his feelings on the effects of this event throughout his life and how he felt it affected his father, it lacks the insight I had hoped we would get from Jesse, Sr., held inside him ever since the he visited the crash site back in early July of 1947.

It does offer some good background about Jesse, Sr. prior to his station at Roswell Army Air Field. And Jesse, Jr. spends almost too much time defending his father against the many naysayers out there that really don’t deserve that much attention.

The book is worth the read since valuable information can still be found within it. Perhaps it is just me, and my disappointment that I am not getting some form of insight from a long-held diary by Jesse, Sr., rather than hindsight from Jesse, Jr.