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Alien Hunter (Alien Hunter #1)

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Alien Hunter is a searing new novel from New York Times bestselling author Whitley Strieber.

A young wife disappears in the night, never to be seen again. There is no evidence of kidnapping—in fact, everything indicates that she left on purpose. Her husband, a brilliant police detective, cannot believe this—but he also can't find her.

Flynn Carroll’s lost love becomes his o
Hardcover, 316 pages
Published August 13th 2013 by Tor Books
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A friend of mine told me my summer reading list was too heavy and I needed to read more "beach books." I saw that Goodreads was giving away a copy of Whitley Strieber's new book, the goofily-titled Alien Hunter, so I entered my name and BEHOLD! I got a free book. I was pretty amped about this, because it combined my love of (a) reading, with my love of (b) winning free stuff.

So I started reading it right away and it was pretty all right. Whitley Strieber is the dude who wrote Communion, which I
Mike (the Paladin)
I started this book a couple of days ago and was immediately into it. The plot was good, the main character was okay (if a bit frustrating at times...he's one of those "exceptionally intelligent" even genius characters who for some reason is also as thick frozen bean soup).

I like the idea behind the book. Our hero's wife vanishes in the middle of the night, no sign of entry (forced or otherwise). A suitcase is missing and clothes are gone from the closet and drawer. The alarm is armed.

It's obvi
Dianne Benedict
wonderful book. I could not put it down. I loved the characters. This was my first book from the author. I believe I will be reading many more.
Jul 28, 2013 Ed marked it as to-read
Free copy would be great please
Jul 16, 2013 Dianna marked it as to-read
Free copy please
Douglas Lord
Oftentimes writers can disguise the complete unlikelihood of their plot—or at least slather it in enough action so that readers don’t notice. Not so here, where the clumsy writing only highlights a towering inferno of inconceivability. After Texas cop Flynn Carrol’s wife vanishes, he concludes that she’s been “taken” by a highly skilled “perp.” Even though her case is dead cold, Flynn implausibly keeps searching for the next seven years. After a few similar instances around the country, “…the mo ...more
Whitley Strieber has had a long, successful and controversial career, and now the 68-year-old has embarked on a new series about policeman Flynn Carroll, who loses his young wife to an unexplained abduction and finds himself involved in strange and dangerous situations. The title of the book, “Alien Hunter” (Tor, $25.99, 316 pages), is a pretty solid clue as to where the story is going, as of course is Strieber’s back story, which includes several non-fiction books about his interactions with “v ...more
Shelley Fearn
I've been a fan of Strieber's books for many years so am disappointed that this his latest (and the start of a new series) is so unremarkable.

The premise is good. Detective Flynn Carroll's wife disappears in the middle of the night with no trace. And although it looks like she took 3 sets of clothes with her, Carroll believes that she didn't go willingly. After investigating similar occurrences Carroll is recruited by a secret unit of the FBI to track down the perp.

What could have been an exci
Ray Foy
Police detective Flynn Carroll wakes in the middle of the night to find his pregnant wife disappeared without a trace. He reports her as missing to his department and his cop friends search, but the case looks like she is a runaway and it eventually goes cold. But Flynn keeps pursuing her case along many other similar ones until he becomes an expert in such missing persons and attracts the attention of a secret US federal agency that also investigates them. He is recruited by this agency, which ...more
Brian Palmer
The main character is a typical thriller's main character -- genius intelligence, studied martial artist, good friendships with wide range of (useful) people, tragic backstory. But he's still working his way through the tragedy -- his wife had disappeared years ago. Although everybody else thinks she left on her own, Flynn Caroll believes she was kidnapped. Thus, when an elite FBI team investigating these sorts of disappearances recruits him...

I was enjoying the book quite a bit at first, up unt
Louie Simboli
Terrible/Do Not Waste Your Time. This was a big disappointment . The plot was weak and shallow. The plot was never developed. It seems like this book was thrown together in a very short period of time. Maybe Mr. Streiber needed the money or was just plain bored, or both. He mailed this one in.
Not giving anything away to say that the detective in this "mystery" finds that humans are disappearing due to alien activity (it is in the title after all). I put mystery in quotes because at the end of the book not much insight is found as to why or details as to what happened to the humans. A theory is proposed half-way through the book by someone who knows but not further explored. That characters motivations are questioned (which would have been a good plot twist) but nothing is made of it. ...more
I (barely) got through 5 chapters and even that was hard. I can not bring myself to read further. The blatant mistakes and typo's made it hard to go on (so I didn't). I picked up the book from the library (so glad I didn't buy it) because I enjoy sci-fi and horror and this book had a good premise. But the writing is so amateurish and the editing is non-existent.
Does anyone know how to apply for an editing job at Tor Books? They are obviously in need of one. I have no formal training but, by the
Jul 21, 2013 Zach marked it as to-read
Free copy please.
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
Alien Hunter is the first in a new series and a very intense book. Look for non-stop action, a lot of violence and some very interesting bad guys.

The book starts with Flynn Carroll waking up and finding his wife missing. It turns out that there are many missing persons who fit the same profile. They are not unhappy, they pack the same thing, they disappear almost in plain site and they are never seen again.

Flynn is policeman who had looked for clues for years when he is approached to join a unit
This review is based on an uncorrected advance reading copy of "Alien Hunter" that I received for free through Goodreads First Reads.

This novel reminded me of a big-budget, summer blockbuster: If you don't think about it too hard or look too closely at the details, you'll love it.

"Alien Hunter" dives right into the action with Flynn Carroll discovering his wife, Abby, missing from their Texas home. What follows is 300-plus pages of Flynn trying to piece together her disappearance, along with sim
Jeremy Vaeni
I read the hardcover. I quite liked the story and the straight-ahead narrative flow. No subplots; just one man's point of view as he trudges through this twisting ride into a bizarre new life. Kind of a unique style for Whitley and it's a reminder that even the famous writers need to challenge themselves to write in new ways. They usually don't. He does. Much respect for that.

My only real complaint--and I hope they fix this for the paperback--is the editing. Did someone at Tor forget to submit t
George Ramos
An excellent, exciting read, fast-paced and full of daring chases and desperate escapes. Whitley Strieber tells a very down-to-earth story of a cop recruited to a team hunting a serial killer. You can guess which direction the story goes from the book's title, but instead of being about UFO's and thin, grey aliens, the book stays focused on the manhunt and the dawning realization that our heroes are hopelessly outmatched. The books is fantastically exciting to read and full of strange technology ...more
I thought this book was okay and I am going to get the sequel to it, it has a lot of action and hopefully in the second book it will get more into the aliens.. Not his best I don't think but it's worth the read especially if you have read some of his other books which I enjoyed greatly.
Surprisingly good. I actually wasn't sure I would like this book. But, it turned out to be pretty good. Takes aliens to a whole new level. The author has a great imagination. At least, I hope it is imaginary. Lol
Andy Nieradko
I can honestly say, I've never read a book quite like this one ever before. Not just a science fiction story, police procedural, or a mystery; it's a successful hybrid of several genres which give it its unique flavor. Once again, Mr. Strieber has written a brilliant novel that manages to be entertaining, and outlandish yet somehow believable and heartfelt. Alien Hunter is a great, and well crafted story. The author never really tips his hand to let you know what's coming up next, which adds a l ...more
I received this book through the Goodreads Giveaways program of pre-published books.
I was pretty excited about this book, having read a brief introduction provided on Goodreads but am pretty disappointed after reading it. The plot is good but half baked and hurried. The lead characters are one dimensional, hard-to-believe types who seem to be way too lucky to escape the threat of the intelligent aliens predator. I feel cheated reading this boring book. It could have been a total blockbuster had
Starr Gardinier
Excellent book! Grabs you from page 1 and doesn't let go. Kudos to Strieber. I highly recommend this book.
Excellent characters and concepts. But, clumsy writing and a plot like a lost family road trip shortcut.
Strieber has a pretty interesting novel here. This Detective from a medium sized Texas town is sleeping next to his wife when she is kidnapped. Over the next few years his obsession with solving the case and finding his wife causes him to come across several similar cases. Then some mysterious "agent" asks him to join a special task force locating missing individuals. While this book moved at a good pace it seemed to hit a rev limiter at some point about 2/3 of the way into the book and did kick ...more
Great story. Kept my attention well. Enjoyed it a lot.
Nov 09, 2014 Domo marked it as to-read
A free copy please?!!
Without giving spoilers, I didn't feel this was Whitley's greatest story. Was it bad? definitely not. It does have a few "holy smokes, that just happened moments" but overall, not too entertaining. I felt that the "hunt" for the animal went on far too long. the relationships between the characters were very (to coin a phrase) extraordinary and sometimes odd. This story would have made a pretty sweet x files episode. I will definitely read the next in the series. Still an avid Strieber follower.
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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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