“Highly readable, often gripping.”
“Engrossing – and formidable.”
“An astonishing study … Geiger displays literary flair.”
“An intelligent rendering of a chilling phenomenon.”
“Call it a guardian angel, call it hallucination…it’s fascinating. Geiger’s account combines history, scientific analysis and true-life tales to haunting effect. I couldn’t put this down, and when I did I couldn’t sleep for thinking about it.”
“John Geiger expertly blends harrowing accounts with scientific inquiry … a thorough, insightful examination.”
“Gripping… Whether this ‘guardian angel’ factor is neurological or divine, Geiger’s fresh, insightful book will tell readers ‘things that are not easily explainable, but no less real for that.’”
“These are ripping tales, and Geiger tells them well.”
“Fascinating to read … This deeply humane book is more than the sum of its parts: Geiger elegantly demonstrates how these divergent and very personal experiences reveal our profoundly social nature. … Geiger is relentless and persuasive in investigating the science behind the experience, and describing the cascade of factors involved.”
“Hair-raising … provocative … a thoughtful investigation.”
The Third Man Factor: Surviving the Impossible
The Third Man Factor is an extraordinary account of how people at the very edge of death often sense an unseen presence beside them who encourages them to make one final effort to survive. This incorporeal being offers a feeling of hope, protection, and guidance, and leaves the person convinced he or she is not alone. There is a name for this phenomenon: it’s called the Third Man Factor.
If only a handful of people had ever encountered the Third Man, it might be dismissed as an unusual delusion shared by a few overstressed minds. But over the years, the experience has occurred again and again, to 9/11 survivors, mountaineers, divers, polar explorers, prisoners of war, sailors, shipwreck survivors, aviators, and astronauts. All have escaped traumatic events only to tell strikingly similar stories of having sensed the close presence of a helper or guardian.
The force has been explained as everything from hallucination to divine intervention. Recent neurological research suggests something else. Fascinating for any reader, The Third Man Factor at last explains this secret to survival, a Third Man who—in the words of famed climber Reinhold Messner—“leads you out of the impossible.”
Introduction by Dr. Vincent Lam