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The X-Files: Ground Zero

(The X-Files #3)

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  1,908 ratings  ·  107 reviews

Dr. Gregory, a renowned nuclear weapons researcher, is not only deadhe's been charred to a radioactive cinder.

Since this is a death on Federal property, Mulder and Scully are hastily called in. As FBI agents who specialize in unexplained phenomena, they are the investigators of The X-Files, strange and inexplicable cases which are also mysteries that the FBI doesn't

Hardcover, 290 pages
Published December 1st 1995 by HarperPrism (first published January 1st 1995)
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May 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: tv-series, 2019
For me the TV show called the X-files have always been something special like the original Star Trek series from the sixties they were a benchmark series that changed television in style and taste. Still today when I come across the series on the telly I sit down and watch it, both Scully and Spooky Mulder are mesmerizing and their tales are interesting.
So when I passed two hardcover novel even ones written by Kevin J. Anderson whose writing delivered some of the worst Dune continuation novels
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
(Round of Applause) wow this was so good!!
Mulder and Scully are called in to a research facility to investigate a death. of course there's no quick answer. And investigations leads to secret government bomb building and detonation but soon the mysteries death start to pile up.

I love this book so much. It like watch the x-files show and difficult to put down especially if you a fan of the show. Its so hard not to write spoilers in this book if you like x-files or spooky stories read this.
Dean Morgan
Nov 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I am a huge fan of the X-Files, but this awesome TV show has not been on TV for years. Nonetheless, I still watch the re-runs and I can't get enough of the stories and the main characters. The X-Files book series is a cool way to stay connected with the characters and TV show. I read another book in this series, by a different author, and I was less than impressed. I then read "X-Files: Ground Zero," by Kevin J. Anderson, and I was pleasantly surprised. Keep in mind, ...more
Jun 25, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: X-Files fans
Not a very memorable book. I would recommend this only for hard-core X-Files fans.
Rebecca McNutt
Not bad, but much of it is just filler, and works like a promo for the X-Files franchise.
Phil Kozel
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I never watched the X-files, but I got this novel in a lot and I have read Kevin Anderson before, so I gave it a go. It is well written and unfolds nicely. If you are a Fan of X-Files, you may appreciate it more.
Christopher Hivner
In Ground Zero Mulder and Scully investigate the mysterious deaths of two people involved with a secret government project that involves a new type of nuclear device and an above ground test that is against international law. They manage to get a trip to the test site to watch the detonation. Once there they meet up with one of their suspects, a scientist turned nuclear protester and her friend, a blind man whose skin is covered in burn scars and who carries the secret to what has been ...more
Great, quick read for fans of the ever classic TV series "The X Files". As a fervent, second generation Phile, of course, I have a certain bias when it comes to my two favourite federal agents; however, I maintain that, for a mass market serial publication, Ground Zero is witty, entertaining, and reasonably intelligently written. I'll admit that I had to Google a few dated references, but the 90s nostalgia is simply too rich to pass up...
I read this back in my days as an X-phile... don't remember too much about it, so it can't have been that great, but I don't remember hating it, so... I think I just preferred to watch Mulder instead of reading about him.
Clay Davis
Apr 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As good as any of the t.v. episodes.
Aug 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
I personally really enjoyed this book. I could see how others would find it boring but I liked it so I guess that's what matters! :D
Arkham Reviews
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-on-blog
After being disappointed by Goblins and Whirlwind, I was pleased to find that Ground Zero felt a lot more like a true X-Files episode. The novel was better structured, introducing Mulder and Scully right after the opening kill and therefore getting to the action a lot faster. The Monster of the Week this time was oddly similar to that of Whirlwind, yet managed to be a lot scarier due to its ability to strike anywhere and the story was generally well paced, following the general structure of an ...more
Andrew Bass
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have read numerous Kevin J. Anderson books and he is always somewhere in the range of serviceable to quite good.

My favorite book of his--not an original creation--was his Krypton history, The Last Days of Krypton. For me, that is the history of Krypton that I remember when I think of what happened before Superman was born. I enjoyed the Syfy show, and I like the intro to Man of Steel... but Anderson's version of Krypton was the one that took root for me. He is a good author. So he actually
Jan 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, sci-fi
A dive right back into the cult classic TV show. With Mulder's dry humor and Scully's cynical observations, it's in its truest form. However, I must say, I felt like this dragged a bit in places. I found myself losing interest sadly. I love the show, but this was a hit and miss read.

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AJ Fifer
I have to admit I’ve had this book setting around for awhile. A 99 used book I thought I’d get around to. I’m a fan of the X-Files show and wanted to give the book a try. Overall it was good. The story is decent that captures some of the fun of Mulder and Scully. If it was to make it as a show I’d say it was a enjoyable episode but it wouldn’t be on my top 50. Ultimately I’d say it’s a okay read especially for X-Files fans. ...more
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Not my favorite of the X-files books. This one read like a political study of nuclear armament. While I agree that nuclear weapons are wrong and should be outlawed, I don't want to read about it in my X-files books. Particularly since the paranormal aspect in this one was tenuous at best.
Matt Spaulding
Given that this is an X-Files book, I wanted to like it much more than I did, but it was tough to get through. Not super compelling. Not the worst X-Files story ever told, but definitely not one of the best.
Virginia Jb
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
wow this book has been so much better. The case, the story, the interaction between Mulder and Scully... everything was pretty good. The rest of the characters are also interesting and the taste that's left in the end is pure X-Files. Loved it.
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
X files ground zero

What a fantastic book. The circumstances sourrounding the people killd who were active in a project to test a non radiation fallout bom, is strange to say the least
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good book . It is very mysteries. It talks you through the history of the nuclear bombs and how they affected people. There is a murder to the lead scientist who is creating the new bomb. Two FBI agents have to figure out what happened to them.
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
I wasn't a big fan of this particular x files book but have read others such as "antibodies" in which I found more interesting in my opinion. Overall I love the x files whether books or the actual show.
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Just like watching an episode of the show.
Nana  Devourer of Tomes
Typical casefile. a bit predictable. having been written that long ago had some turns of phrase that leave a sour taste nowadays but overly a good pastime
Tessa Stockton
Excellent! Loved everything about this intriguing volume.
Thomas C.Curtis
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have enjoyed everything that I have read from Kevin J. Anderson. The X-files novel was no different. I found it exciting, interesting, and worth the read.
Jake Johnson
Great light read if you love The X Files as much as I do!
Sep 04, 2017 added it
Shelves: paranormal-adult
(found read date in diary) fun to look back and realize this is the book I was reading when I met my husband
Scott Shipp
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Best of this series so far. Really fits the X Files universe well
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