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Area 51

(Area 51 #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  4,086 ratings  ·  281 reviews
The most chilling experiment of all time is about to begin. The President doesn't know about it. The press doesn't know about it. Just a few scientists and military personnel do, and they are about to make a very big mistake...

Nashville, Tennessee...
An unemployed freelance journalist receives an audio tape that nearly scares her to death - then send her racing to New Mexic
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published March 10th 1997 by Dell (first published February 10th 1997)
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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.
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
Furrydestroyer 420
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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
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.
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!
Jun 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Just ok - I was hoping for more intrigue
Coffee Store Guy
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
a very accurate representation of the events of September 20th, 2019.
Scott Rhee
Jul 22, 2012 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
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
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
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
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
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. ...more
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.
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.
Nick 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. ...more
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.
Shari Scott
Apr 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Ok, now I gotta read the next one!
Alex Shrugged
I'd like to give this book 3 1/2 stars because the meat of the story was good, but the ending was not as satisfying as I had hoped. It ended in a cliffhanger and I hate those. Luckily for me, the sequel ("The Reply") is available.

The story: A journalist, Johnny, is following a story regarding Area 51, a secret military base that has not been secret for years. UFO enthusiasts insist that the government is hiding an alien ship there. But just in case, Johnny sets up a "dead-man" signal on his answ
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
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
Maria Rose
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
With the upcoming Area 51 gathering scheduled, this series is very appropriate for 2019. I read this book just to see what exactly this author is going to talk about concerning what happened at Groom Lake. This does cover the facts finally made public after being held a secret for close to 50 years about the various techniques being tested, first by the Air Force alone, then in combinations of government departments (CIA, NRA, etc.). There a good description of the airfield and the various bunke ...more
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
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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