The Third Man – John Geiger (Updated!)

I have been reading this tome for less than a week now, and it is simply difficult to put down.

The structure and writing are simple but the facts simply add up to a supernatural God-given presence to those in dire need.  Stay tuned!  

The Third Man Factor: Surviving the Impossible

by John Geiger

“Riveting…truly revelatory…an important book” (The Explorers Journal )

“There is a curious force capable of guiding the destiny of men and women in extreme peril and John Geiger knows what it is.” (Explorer-in-residence at the National Geographic Society and author of The Serpent and the Rainbow Wade Davis )

“With an irresistible blend of harrowing anecdotes and hard science, John Geiger unravels the mystery of how the mind copes under extreme duress and in the process sheds fresh light on what it is to be human. A compelling, moving read.” (Author of In Pursuit of Slow and Under Pressure Carl Honoré )

I heard an interview with the author today on NPR.ORG.  This is fascinating even if the author comes to a different conclusion than I do as a Christian.  I will be borrowing this book from our library this week.

Update 9-16-09:  Please read this book.  It can help change your life. 

The following from:


Writer John Geiger chronicles the phenomenon of the phantom companion in his new book, The Third Man Factor: Surviving the Impossible. As Geiger explains, the Third Man is an unseen being that intervenes at a critical moment — when people are in great stress or in a life-and-death struggle — to give comfort, aid or support.

“Clearly there is a spiritual or religious explanation to this phenomenon,” Geiger tells Guy Raz. But he also says there is strong science behind the Third Man: “Many skeptics and non-believers also had this experience and they attribute it to other explanations and there is certainly some very interesting science behind this.”


Who is the third who walks always beside you?
When I count, there are only you and I together
But when I look ahead, up the white road
There is always another one walking beside you,
Gliding wrapt in a brown mantle, hooded
I do not know whether a man or a woman
–But who is that on the other side of you?
From T. S. Eliot –  The Waste Land / I. Burial of the Dead

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