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Area 51 (Area 51 #1)

3.74  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,584 Ratings  ·  172 Reviews
When nine atmospheric crafts of unknown origin were discovered in the Antarctic in the late 1940s, the U.S. government established Area 51 to study the abandoned technology. Dr. Hans Von Seeckt, who is the only original member of the secret research committee, has observed the marvelous craft in flight and witnessed a fantastic array of bizarre, unexplained phenomena. But ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published February 10th 1997 by Dell
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3.5 stars. A fun, quick read. Does a really good job of weaving into the plot most of the well known alien conspiracy theories and the story moves at a fast pace. Not deep thinking fare, but a fun ride.
Benjamin Thomas
I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading this 1st book in the Area 51 series. Would it be a science fiction saga along the lines of Stargate or more of a military thriller like something Dale Brown would write? The answer is...both.

This is essentially a contemporary action/adventure novel that happens to have a plot that deals with aliens, motherships, etc. There is quite a bit of military thriller writing (not surprising given the author's background) but that is balanced with a fair
Aldaren Nadorn
Do not believe anyone who says that the book is not great literature!

Area 51 is one of THE BEST Sci-Fi books I've read.
Robert Doherty mixes the ancient mysteries on our planet and makes a new possible outcome for our future and what might happend. I enjoy very much the thin line where this can be true if just few things are different with our planet.
If you enjoy different point of view for religion, science and conspiracy THIS IS YOUR BOOK.
Tufty McTavish
Nov 29, 2013 Tufty McTavish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After a recommendation that this was enjoyable military-SF I thought I'd take a punt while it was on offer in a Kindle Daily Deal. And as it turns out I fair enjoyed this occasionally fast-paced action-adventure, set against a background of broadly familiar UFO mythology. In-between the action scenes are history dumps that link enough fact with the fantastical fiction to readily blur the lines between the two. I quite liked that.

Overall a light, easy read that entertained for a few hours - it re
James Caterino
This is a book I have been meaning to reread.

I was all over this novel when the "Area 51" series launched back in the late '90s. As an "X-Files" fan and a UFO buff this was conspiracy crack and paranormal science fiction sugar to feed my endless appetite for anything remotely related to what was a thriving sub-genre at the time.

The book was not quite what I expected. While I was anticipating a "Close Encounters" meets 'Dark Skies" tale of brooding wonderment, this book is more in line with the t
Patrick Gibson
Jan 24, 2011 Patrick Gibson rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
Bob Mayer (AKA Robert Doherty AKA Greg Donegan AKA Joe Dalton AKA Bob McGuire).

Ok, so Area51 isn't great literature, but that doesn't mean it's worthless. Sure I've read books with better plotting and writing, but that's not what I expected when I picked up this book. It was a great escape and a very fun ride. It's not meant to reveal anything grand or tell you something didn't already know. It's simply entertainment and there's nothing wrong with that. Sometimes it's fun to just read something
Feb 08, 2012 Vickie rated it it was amazing
Whew! This was a humdingah of a thrill ride. It showed up as 746 pages on the Nook, but it moved fast and the pages flew with the flick of a thumb.

It's the start of a series and I can't wait to read more. Doherty writes an intriguing mixture of science fiction and thriller. There's the military, scientists, archeologists, newspaper reporters, and aliens. The action takes place all over the world and the action moves fast. Don't get attached to anyone, as they are likely to die or get abducted o
Mathew Charpentier
May 26, 2011 Mathew Charpentier rated it it was amazing
When I first read the book, I was bored with it and gave up. A few years later I had to read a mystery book for school I got to choose, and although not classifed as a mystery book it certainly kepps you guessing, that and I didn't want to buy a book I would only read once. So I picked up where I left off and soon found myself unable to put the book down! So the best addvice aobut rading this one is give it time and it will grow on you.

What I liked most was how the author tied in real facts in
May 15, 2014 Osama rated it did not like it
The book was bad writing objectified. I read some thirty pages and had to counter a sudden wave of nausea. The start of the novel was interesting enough. The revelation about aliens came as a bit of shock (NOT) but still I was willing to endure the book. Sadly, by the time the narrative shifted to contemporary period, the book had lost all its allure. The cumbersome way in which the characters conversed was enough to make me cringe and made me throw the book away. Okay, I didn't throw it away bu ...more
Mike Farrell
Good story with more to come

An engaging, although typical, story of ancient alien technology being explored and exploited centering around the infamous Area 51.

The story centers around 4 individuals: a freelance magazine reporter, an Army special forces operative, an archeologist who has learned how to decipher ancient rune writing, and a former Nazi scientist who has been at Area 51 since the beginning.

The commanding general at Area 51 has suddenly become determined to fly the "mother" ship, as
Mar 13, 2016 Allen rated it it was ok
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Don Pedicini
Mar 30, 2015 Don Pedicini rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015-books-read
A good popcorn eating action packed movie read. Nice flow to the storyline. Characters could have been fleshed out a little bit more but I will be reading the next several books to see if that happens. If you like The X Files, Fringe, conspiracy theories this book is for you. Would have given it four stars if the character backgrounds were more described.
Jan 31, 2013 Ctgt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
So, I ended up enjoying this much more than I thought I would. If you like action, conspiracies, ancient aliens, UFOs, sci/fi, pyramids, hieroglyphs, runes or any of the other "fringe" stories that abound, you will really like this book. The pacing was quite good and I found myself becoming more and more engrossed as the story unfolded. The first in the series and I will definitely ne checking out the next title. A fun read.
Oliver Bogert
Nov 27, 2015 Oliver Bogert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 STARS - A great blend of Ancient Alien theories into one exciting science fiction story-line. The story covers nearly every conspiracy theory about Area 51 that I think I have ever heard, and blends in Ancient Alien theories, Ancient Mythologies from around the globe, and some how the author manages to do it without weighing down the story or asking for to much suspension of belief.

I take away half a star cause some of the character development is missing. You hear some of the backstory for
J.S. Little
Mar 17, 2014 J.S. Little rated it it was ok
This book sticks out as one of the few books that I ever just dropped half-way through. It's been quite a few years since I attempted to read it and I've built it up in my mind as this terrible book, but I've been looking through the other reviews and maybe I need to go back and try it again. I remember that I just got very bored by the characters and the whole 'every conspiracy is true' kind of vibe I was getting from it. One day I just didn't care what happened. The characters felt stock, the ...more
Dee Haddrill
Bob Mayer (writing as Robert Doherty) has written an action-packed, fast paced scifi thriller that will make conspiracy theorists jump up and down with delight! Aliens, pyramids, govt conspiracies, Easter Island--- you name it, this book has got it. I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to reading the sequel.
Christine Blachford
Dec 13, 2014 Christine Blachford rated it really liked it
I know you're not supposed to judge a book by its cover but if I'm honest, the covers did put me off reading this for a long time. I picked up the first book in the Area 51 series in a sale, and finally got round to giving it a read. It was really good, far better than I'd imagined.

What's great about it is how rooted in reality the whole thing is, regardless of how far-fetched. Area 51 exists, obviously, and has the whole extra-terrestrial thing going on there, but this book takes all the facts
Mar 10, 2014 Ralph rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am no expert on the popular "stories" of Area 51 by any means but I, like probably plenty of others, have heard the stories of aliens ships, or aliens, etc... at Area 51, the amount of security, etc...

Mayer does a great job of blending real world information and popular stories surrounding Area 51 and then bringing in his own story-line to weave a very fast paced, action story that truly builds though-out the book to the ending and then leaves you with a teaser that goes straight into the sec
Kathryn Lee Hamilton
Feb 21, 2008 Kathryn Lee Hamilton rated it it was amazing
These books have the lamest covers I have ever seen and yet they are some of the best scifi I ever read. Go figure hehehe.
Mar 19, 2014 Pris rated it it was amazing
Loved this book because it was such a fast-paced good read. The author is very good at painting word pictures and describing everything without dragging it out, making it too scientific or boring. With his clear-cut descriptions, I could almost imagine Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as Turcotte, Sir Ben Kingsley as Gen. Gullick, Ian McKellen as the German scientist Von Seeckt, and maybe Sandra Bullock as Kelly. Seems like all the UFO legends and theories started with this book. It has all the origina ...more
Jeff O'Brien
May 07, 2014 Jeff O'Brien rated it really liked it
I was looking for something to read that would compare to X-Files in terms of government conspiracy regarding extraterrestrials. Well, I found it and it kicked tons of ass. It's difficult to tackle such a concept without getting hokey (not that I don't like the hokey stuff like Men In Black) and I was majorly impressed with the complete lack of hoke. It was crammed with suspense and action and introduced the hero of the series, a likable ass kicked named Michael Turcotte.

Only downside, no gratu
Apr 26, 2016 Mitch rated it really liked it
Sit down, have fun and relax. That is at the core of what these are. Not award winners, but dam fun.

This whole series really is probably a 3.5 star. It is at it's core a fun popcorn read. I use books like this to unwind from hard syfy or a really good trilogy. They are fast and fun if you can suspend some disbelief. I actually enjoyed them a lot. Reminds me a bit of the show Warehouse 13 mixed with the x-files. I believe these are in the same vein as Sigma Force which will be my next popcorn gra
Ana Bolox
Nov 02, 2014 Ana Bolox rated it it was ok
El libro no me ha parecido nada del otro mundo. Ni en cuanto a la historia, ni en cuanto a los personajes (que no levantan ninguna emoción en ningún momento) ni en cuanto al desenlace.

Para pasar el rato no está mal, aunque hay muchísimos otros títulos sin pretensiones que llevarían esa labor a cabo con más éxito que éste. Así que no lo recomiendo.

Si tienes otra cosa que leer, prueba con ella antes que con "La Cuarta Cripta". Si no la tienes, entonces leela: no te aburrirás, pero tampoco te emo
Jan 20, 2016 Donald added it
This was an Amazon $2.99 SciFi special purchased on impulse. I've since discovered it is the first in a series of nine books by the author on this topic. The storyline can be summarized as the X Files meets Stargate Atlantis. Or, for folks not in tune with TV SciFi, UFOs meet the ancient mystery of Atlantis, the lost continent. The story is good read with lots of action tied to archaeology, Nazis, aliens, and government conspiracy. The book could use some copy-editing as it has noticeable "anoma ...more
Bruce Mohler
Wow. Nazis and Thule movement, Egypt and the pyramids, Area 51 and UFOs, Easter Island, hieroglyphs and high runes, this book covered quite a lot of territory. Turcotte and Kelly aren't quite as memorable as the crew in the Nightstalkers novels (but this is the first book). A good read.

I am curious about part of the story line. In the chapters in the mid-twenties, General Gullick decides to move up the launch by a day. Somehow the "good guys" find out about this and end up on scene at the right
Scott Rhee
Jul 22, 2012 Scott Rhee rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
While reading "Area 51", I spent more time wondering who "Robert Doherty" is than the actual plot. Probably not a good sign, although the book is actually quite readable and entertaining. Apparently, (according to the author's bio on the back page of the book) Doherty is the pen-name of a popular writer of military fiction, a genre of which I don't read a lot other than some early Tom Clancy. I tried reading a W.E.B. Griffin book and couldn't get into it. With Larry Bond and Stephen Coontz I nee ...more
Austin Reams
Jul 07, 2013 Austin Reams rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the guy's-guy's book of guy's-guy's books. If you're a guy, you like sports, guns and think "art" is the name of guy on Sesame Street, you don't like to read pages of text, and yet you've been court-ordered to read a whole book and write a book report, then this book is for you. (And if you just want to let go of reality and have some fun, okay, it can be for you, too.)

The background is about what one might expect: the government's got flying saucers and aliens couped up under Area 51 in
Mar 19, 2012 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, fiction
I grew up around an Air Force Base where my father and several family members worked as civilians and so airplanes have always been an interest of mine. And so has the area in Nevada known as Area 51.

And Bob Mayer’s, writing as Robert Doherty, initial novel in his Area 51 series brings the mysterious military base to a fast-paced, unexpected, and action packed level as he tells a tale that covers the globe from the southern Pacific to Egypt and America’s vast west and through ancient history, Wo
Wanda Hartzenberg
Dec 02, 2013 Wanda Hartzenberg rated it really liked it
A highly entertaining book with enough twists and turns to keep the most avid reader turning the pages one after the other. The introduction to the book was enough of a hook for me to immediately fall in love with the story.

The plot is complicated but not overly so. The author obviously spend a lot of time with research and the confidence he wrote the book with is in part due to his knowledge of the subject of ancient gods, runes and superstitions. In all the plot is really highly entertaining.
Jun 07, 2013 Grampy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've always had an interest in anything written about the legendary "Area 51", so when I saw this title I just had to have it. I am glad I did, because this is one of the better books on this subject that I've ever read. I'm especially delighted to see it is one of a series by this author (Bob Mayer, NOT Robert Doherty; Robert Doherty is a pen name used by Bob Mayer), because that just means I'm in for a lot more well-written, superbly suspenseful action on the same subject!

Bob Mayer is a NY Tim
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