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Area 51

(Area 51 #1)

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3.79  ·  Rating details ·  3,740 ratings  ·  253 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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Stephen
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.
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.
Benjamin Thomas
Feb 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
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
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Patrick Gibson
Jan 24, 2011 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
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Joey Francisco
Jun 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Tufty McTavish
Nov 26, 2013 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
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Mary JL
Jul 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of fantasy and science fiction
Shelves: main-sf-fantasy
This is the first book of a series of ten. It is a fast paced science fiction thriller. UFO sightings; military action; conspiracies and lots of action. Decent plot and characters; not going to win a Hugo award but a great book to pass a few evenings reading.

Suitable for age 12 on up.
Tommy
Jun 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Just ok - I was hoping for more intrigue
John
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked the Area 51 Nightstalkers book better, but this was a good book as well. It is an entertaining, mindless read.
Olmedo Vogue
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The area 51 is really mysterious, i can believe in the OVNIS. ♥
Five stars!
Vickie
Jan 22, 2012 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
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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
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Mathew Charpentier
May 26, 2011 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
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Shawn Deal
Jun 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
A good book with a few small problems. This book I got to really enjoy at about the half way point. Up until then, it was a bit disjointed with so many characters and so many mentions of characters that it does take a while for the novel to come together. Once it does it is pretty good. Clearly, however, this was the first book in a series and I assume it is setting up the rest of the series. The potential for future is great. The writing style is good and tells a good story. I do recommend it a ...more
Osama
Oct 17, 2013 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
Ctgt
Jan 23, 2013 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.
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.
Don Pedicini Jr.
Feb 22, 2015 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.
Nick T. Borrelli
Jul 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book was just what I was looking for. A fun and entertaining read where I didn't have to think too much. Not great literature, but a good fluff action book. Good enough that I will move right on to the next book in the series.
Shari Scott
Apr 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Ok, now I gotta read the next one!
Kathryn Lee Hamilton
Feb 21, 2008 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.
Max
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a surprisingly fun and entertaining read that takes an everything and the kitchen sink approach to conspiracy theories. Over the course of the novel, the following are involved in the plot: Area 51 (duh), the Manhattan Project, cattle mutilation, crop circles, Atlantis, the pyramids at Giza, Easter Island, foo fighters, and so much more. The story begins with a reporter following up on her colleague's disappearance after he investigates Area 51, and spirals out of control from there. It ...more
Kate
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Gilbert Stack
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
This novel is an alien-contact conspiracy theorist’s dream. Area 51 is the famous / infamous theorized location of a secret government repository of alien artifacts and possibly dead bodies. It’s the center of a conspiracy theory in which the U.S. government is orchestrating a massive cover up designed to hide the existence of these alien artifacts and intelligent extraterrestrial life from both foreign governments and its own people. In Area 51, Bob Mayer spins a tale in which he connects the d ...more
Toni
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the new covers on this 1997 release. It was re-released with new covers in 2012 and the covers are greatly improved appealing to younger audience. The book reads like a movie plot and it keeps you interested all the way through. The head of the Majestic 12, a very hard-headed general makes a great antagonist because I surely hated him through all the book.

The book centers on four character, well, three mostly: Dr. Hans Von Seeckt—an elderly scientist, ex-Nazi, and original member of the
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Kris
The pacing was , for the most part, right on target. The action moved smothly and the tension ramped up nicely at the end. The book did take some time to get moving though, since so many characters needed to be introduced, but overall, the intros were swift and the action followed quickly.

On the down side the writing lacked a lot of polish and in places felt very amateur and fan fictionish with several instances of telling instead of showing. There was little to no character development; the cha
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George
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
1st in the Area 51 mystery thriller series. Super secret government project started just after WW II based in Area 51 is the center of this story. The project studying alien technology and in the possession of an alien mother ship along with several smaller craft appears to be far more complicated and dangerous than appears on the surface. Again, the villains are military and other government connected official who seemingly go off the rails and are faced with a group of 4 who are trying to resc ...more
Richard W. McCuistian
Very engaging read - I didn't whip through this one as fast as I usually do; I'm reading 2 other books right now. This is a good book, well written and crafted, and I love the characters, but I don't care for all those F bombs Bob throws around. Still, he doesn't use as many as a lot of other authors, and there are no sexual situations at all. This is a good, solid read that ties a lot of interesting stuff together in the realm of UFOs and whatnot. I don't follow UFOs or paranormal stuff and I'm ...more
George
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good military Sci-fi. This novel is the first book. Entertaining and fast paced read with an intriguing plot. This is the first book of a series of ten. The characters are clearly described. Author (what's his name?) mixes the ancient mysteries-- makes a new possible outcome for our future and what might happened. Does a really good job of weaving into the plot most of the well known alien conspiracy theories. Narrator, Jeffrey Kafer did not do his review on some of the words and they're mispron ...more
Chuck Smith
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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