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It is time for the truth to be told...

On July 2, 1947 something crashed in the desert outside of Roswell, New Mexico. An explosion of light and sound made the sheep wail, the chickens squawk, and the children scream. And then the ranchers heard a noise they thought could only have come from the devil himself.

For forty years, Majestic Agency director Wilfred Stone helped

Paperback, 306 pages
Published October 1st 1990 by Berkley (first published December 1st 1989)
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Aug 27, 2013 Judith rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, thriller
Well I finally got to read the book 'MAJESTIC' by Whitley Srtriber.
It is a mostly fiction/factual account of the Rosewell Crash in 1947. To me, this book was one of the scariest books I have ever read. It scared me into horrible nightmares a couple of times. Be that as it may, it was really well written and easy to follow. It was very descriptive of the Rancher and his family, and the night out there in New Mexico desert where this event occured. Also of all the other Military and non-military p
Feb 01, 2012 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
I kinda expected this to be a lot like the Steven Spielberg miniseries 'Taken' but it is so its own thing. Took me a while to get into it, but once it got going I was hooked.

Strieber has a talent for cooking up truly horrifying, unforgettable scenarios. They stay with you long after you read them.

I'd also like to add one more thing. One of the coolest things about Whitley Strieber is that he leaves the idea of the "visitors" open to interpretation. Are they aliens? Are they us, evolved? Are they
Majestic is Whitley Strieber’s historical thriller about the events in Roswell in 1947 and the creation of the alleged secret intelligence organization called Majestic. The novel follows discredited journalist Nicholas A Duke as he dutifully, if not somewhat skeptically at first, informs the public of what really happened when Mac Brazel stumbled across the strange debris while working the ranch for which he was foreman.

As Duke records the confessions or chronicle of Wilfred Stone, former direc
This is a fictionalized account of the authors speculations of what occurred at Roswell and the actions and motivations behind that. There is a blend of the historical and fictional - sort of a "names have been changed to protect the innocent" kind of thing. Strieber proposes some interesting theories about the "others" - he never calls them aliens because frankly we can't say for sure that's what they are. There are plenty of other possibilities and he does not discount them. This was written a ...more
May 06, 2014 Greg rated it liked it
This book is an account of Roswell incident written from the point of a reporter interviewing a Mr. X like character from the government who wants the "true story" to be told before he dies of lung cancer. The author seems to have started with alleged facts (which could also be called a ficiton by some) and then filled in the gaps with information that he had come to believe true during his experiences described in Communion and Transformation.

I enjoyed some aspects of the book, and I have come
Rae Gee
Jan 24, 2016 Rae Gee rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-reads
Do not read this book at night! This is not a drill!

If you have an overactive imagination (as most readers do) this is a book that will leave an impression on you.

Based on the story of the 1947 Roswell crash, Majestic takes a look at those involved with the abductions and the subsequent cover up. It tells the stories of their encounters with the aliens and how those encounters then put those people on their life path, up to and including the secretive Majestic government organisation.

The only
May 12, 2014 Wendy rated it really liked it
This book gave me nightmares. Maybe because I'm a believer that we're not the only beings in the universe!
Tommy Gilley
Jun 18, 2014 Tommy Gilley rated it it was amazing
I discovered this book in a small town grocery store exactly at the perfect time in my life. A little younger and the abstract symbolism would've been lost to me. A little older and my cynicism would have prevented me from just letting the book run wild in my mind. It's not a great book in form or content, but whenever I'm heading out for an expedition the audiobook of Majestic is the first thing I play; Even better if it's a night drive. It just sets a perfect tone of Mulder and mystery.

Give it
M. Joseph Murphy
Mar 20, 2014 M. Joseph Murphy rated it it was amazing
One of Strieber's best-written books.
Sep 23, 2015 Marna rated it it was ok
I also have the post apocalyptic ones sitting around in my to read pile. So, at some point that will happen. I don't remember anything about this. I think I just slogged through. I figure the way you can tell if you are a genetic garbage dump is if aliens have never abducted you. But all I need is a casual glance around at my relatives to tell me that. Bipolar, alcoholism, cancer, dementia...

Also excited to see him jumping on the ya supernatural or is it dystopia band wagon, yeah! JOIN US. Pleas
Jul 24, 2011 dragonhelmuk rated it really liked it
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Dwayne Caldwell
May 21, 2012 Dwayne Caldwell rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 25, 2013 Zoltán rated it really liked it
Volt egy időszak életemben, úgy nagyjából az általános iskola vége és a középiskolai tanulmányok első fele táján, amikor a kutatói alkatot általában jellemző ellenállhatatlan vonzalom az új, az ismeretlen felé nagyrészt a paranormális és a földönkívüli jelenségekről szóló irodalom habzsolásában nyert kielégülést. Az érdeklődés azóta sem enyészett el teljes mértékben, csupán a nézőpont változott: ma már sokkal inkább a jelenség szociológiai oldala mozgatja a fantáziámat.
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Feb 07, 2016 Julianna rated it really liked it
I found the book easy to read and often graphic enough to make me feel what was going on. The book is written as fiction, but the author says it is non-fiction. I don't know which is true since I have never had alien encounters of my own...that I know of. There were times when I was angry at what the characters were put through. The author was good at bringing that out in me. But, in the end, the main character seemed to feel everything that happened was justified. Why? I was told a bit, but not ...more
Thomas Strömquist
I read a couple of Strieber's early horror books a long time ago and then very cautiosly picked up the very strange and surprising Communion: A True Story and Transformation: The Breakthrough, in which the author claimed to have been abducted by aliens. For real. Majestic came somewhere in the close aftermath of those, and while this one is a fictitious story (or is it?) it did not get much better or more readable in my opinion. The "truth" about Roswell. Again.
Brielle Boulanger
I read about halfway and decided that I wasn't enjoying it. Too much army crap. Boring.
Apr 26, 2013 Olethros rated it liked it
-Ficción disfrazada de ficción para parecer menos ficción.-

Género. Ciencia-Ficción (supongo yo…).

Lo que nos cuenta. Al final de su vida, y a través de un supuesto periodista que en realidad buscaba un artículo de relleno para el Día de los Inocentes, Wilfred Stone cuenta la verdad de cómo se manejó el incidente de Roswell en 1947 y confiesa sus propias experiencias con inteligencias extraterrestres.

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Dale Stonehouse
Mar 27, 2011 Dale Stonehouse rated it it was amazing
This was written as fiction only to give it protection from National Security oath violations on the part of whomever provided the documents Strieber was able to review. One of the characters, I'm not sure which, must have been based on James Forrestal, U.S. Secretary of Defense, who was "suicided" while confined to Bethesda Naval Hospital, allegedly because he wanted to testify before Congress that UFOs and aliens were real. The real question here is "who gave top-secret documents to Strieber a ...more
Jan 19, 2014 Richard rated it it was ok
the kind of silly shit that as a teenager i lapped up but as an adult i groan over. not sure which age was more fun, teen or adult but either way this is silly shit
Jan 29, 2011 Edward rated it liked it
This book was slow at times and tedious to read. Laced with what many believe is documented fact that has been ridiculed by our government. Unfortunately Mr. Strieber frequently goes off course, adding fiction and conjecture to his work.

A rehash of his earlier work, which makes me wonder it this effort was written for the sake of publishing another book, and receiving another payday.

It had its moments, but not enough of them for me.

Larry Rolfes
Jul 11, 2015 Larry Rolfes rated it it was ok
Quite disappointing. Interesting topic and starts off well, but really rambles and goes nowhere.
Jun 15, 2011 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: conspiracy lovers, CIA haters, UFO believers
Recommended to Donna by: It was in a Bill Cooper lecture
I like the man's writing. No extraneous fluff, but enough interesting detail that you feel like you know the characters - or at least the type. But the main selling point of the book is (wink wink) it is supposed to be based upon the truth about Roswell, NM. Do I believe that? I don't know. Some reputable people that I respect believed it, but I have no direct experience so I guess I remain agnostic about it.
My favorite part was when the aliens abducted a fighter pilot and switched him into a woman's body because they thought it was a better match for his soul. This book is full of those kinds of frickin' weird gems. Whitley Strieber has a strange yet intelligent way of seeing the world. Very strange and wonderful story about shadowy government doings and believable conspiracies.
Dec 31, 2015 RRex rated it it was amazing
Loaded with clues if you know what you're looking for.
Erik Graff
Mar 23, 2012 Erik Graff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Roswell or Strieber fans
Recommended to Erik by: Michael Miley
Shelves: sf
This is a fictionalization of much of what many students of the UFO phenomena take quite seriously as fact: the crash near Roswell, the recovery, the cover-up.

Having read a number of Strieber's novels, but not yet his Communion series of autobiographical contact books, I would not rate this as highly as WarDay.
Jun 03, 2008 Maureen rated it really liked it
Shelves: novel, aliens
This is one of the better of Whitley Strieber's book. The title refers to a secret group within the government who amassed data on UFO's. Alot about Roswell and associated sites in here. If you are in the mood for little grey people and government conspiracy, this is the book for you
Feb 19, 2013 John rated it liked it
This book delves deeply into the Governments UFO conspiracy. It is pretty well put together and mostly believable. Not as scary as Communion but an interesting read.

It start with formation of the OSS in WW2 and moves from Roswell all the way to the mid 80's.
David Harry
Dec 11, 2013 David Harry rated it really liked it
Magical, thought provoking, well written. This is a wonderful story for anyone who enjoys the mystery and unknown world of extraterrestrials. Readers should be able to immerse themselves in a majestic tail that's out of this world.
Chris Lunt
Apr 17, 2013 Chris Lunt rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favourite books, I must have read it half a dozen times. If you're interested in UFO's and the Roswell incident you'll find a real page turner here. It's one of those books that stays with you long after you put it down.
Beverly Laude
Jan 15, 2013 Beverly Laude rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi, 2013
Not as good as I expected...enjoyed "Taken" and "The Roswell Incident" much more. Too disjointed, not sure if Strieber was trying for fiction or fact.
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American writer best known for his horror novels The Wolfen and The Hunger and for Communion, a non-fiction description of his experiences with apparent alien contact. He has recently made significant advances in understanding this phenomenon, and has published his new discoveries in Solving the Communion Enigma.

Strieber also co-authored The Coming Global Superstorm with Art Bell, which inspired t
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