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Alien Hunter (Alien Hunter #1)

3.11  ·  Rating details ·  334 Ratings  ·  80 Reviews
Soon to be an original series on Syfy, from executive producers Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead) and Natalie Chaidez (12 Monkeys) and Universal Cable Productions. Premieres April 2016.

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—i
Paperback, 368 pages
Published July 1st 2014 by Tor Books (first published August 13th 2013)
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Aug 09, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
Jul 28, 2013 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Free copy would be great please
Jul 16, 2013 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Free copy please
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
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
Clay Kallam
Feb 07, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-fantasy
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
Jeremy Vaeni
Sep 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 27, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: could-not-finish
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
Robert Kristoffersen
I'm a Whitley Strieber fan, and have been for a few years. He turns aspects of UFO and alien theory into fiction. He tends to be hit or miss with fiction, but his non fiction is reliably fantastic.

What misses the mark with the first book in this series is the lack of character development and general weak characters. Also, the book feels rushed. Its linear plot also leaves a lot that could be explored. Kept me intrigued enough to read the second book.
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.
Matthew Wild
Looks like Whitley Streiber set out to write a Bruce Willis movie. The cop who solves crimes in his spare time getting the chance to join an elite team and save the world. . .

It's written like a movie treatment, with fast-paced action and the occasional Exposition Man character to painfully detail the back story.

The book starts out brightly, but soon starts to get seriously muddled as Streiber struggles to get everyone to the set-piece ending. It's fast paced, but the support characters are po
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Michael Lighten
Feb 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I believe the story was fast paced and well written. There were minor mistakes in the grammar, but what book is totally free of these things? I could not give it a full 5 stars because of this. Otherwise a good book all around.
Nov 19, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit cheesy but a quick, action-packed read. Like other reviewers here, I would've liked to have seen less about the tiger and more about the aliens. It's the first book in a series, so I guess more will be revealed in the next book.
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What it sounds like! Only better.
May 07, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, scifi
Considering that Hunters was picked up by Syfy to be produced as a show, I was expecting an excellent book that was exciting and interesting (and probably with great potential for franchising). What I got after reading this book was mainly disappointment.

Hunters starts off promising enough, with the mysterious disappearance of Abby Carroll from her home despite security devices in place. Her cop husband Flynn thus begins his search and investigation into her disappearance. After years of researc
Jerry Gruber
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
amazing book I can see why Whitley Strieber is one of the most popular guest on Coast to Coast AM.
Andy Haider
Mar 30, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaway, arrived
In compliance with FTC guidelines, I am disclosing in my review that I received the book for free through Goodreads Giveaways.

This was the first book that I have received through a Giveaway. My initial level of excitement was unfortunately greatly disappointed.

My speculation is that a better editor needed to be found. On the first page “It was November 16, 2002, the time was twelve-forty” and the main character awoke to find his wife missing. A few pages later in an awfully confusing chapter of
Apr 03, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Alien Hunter had promise. For the first 5 pages it was good and built the motivations of the protagonist, Flynn, into something the reader (me) can relate to and care about. Then it was a sled ride to hell from there. I can only base my opinion on his writing, but it appears that Mr Strieber has never met a police detective, a federal agent, or, for that matter, an Alpha personality and the story’s credibility suffers greatly as a result; the incompetence of the so-called alien hunters was mind- ...more
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
Feb 23, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Has been made into a series by SyFy, so I stumbled over it and wanted to read it.
Reminds me of Pines - nearly as bad; should have DNF'd it early on.
The entire book no likeable characters and I cannot really feel for them.
Where it not for the spoiler-title of the book you would be unsure in the end if the creatures are Aliens from Outer-Space or not.
The TV-series is named Hunters, which serves to keep the mystery. But not enough to keep me interested.
The TV-series is half a star better, going on
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
Mar 19, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 14, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. Typically, I am not a fan of science fiction. I was first attracted to the book because of the detective/crime-solving factors, and that is why I entered the giveaway. Hunters was interesting to me for the first 135 or so pages, but once it got more heavily into the alien idea, my interest started to wane. There is a lot of detail, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but after a while, it felt like more of the same. It was not difficult to follow, espec ...more
Jul 16, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book had a great idea for a plot (someone is systematically taking people (all beautiful, mid 30s and accomplished) but is never discovered. I was excited to start reading, but I didn't like the characters or the ending. The main character is utterly devoted to his missing wife...until he falls into bed with the only female coworker given a name. That female coworker is consistently written as helpless and bad at almost everything, needing him to plan and execute the mission. The main chara ...more
Andy Nieradko
Jul 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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.

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