From New York Times best-selling author Bob Mayer, writing as Robert Doherty....
Deep in the Nevada desert is the most secure compound in the United States: Area 51.
The most chilling experiment of all time is about to begin there. The President doesn’t know about it. Just a few scientists and military personnel working for Majestic-12 do, and they are about to make a very big mistake....
Former Green Beret Mike Turcotte, assigned to Nightscape, security for Area 51, begins to realize things aren’t as they seem. Deep inside the Great Pyramid in Giza, an archeologist makes a startling discovery in the lowest chamber. On Easter Island, what are the giant statues guarding? What was Thule and why were the Nazis so intent on finding it during World War II? What are the strange stones off the coast of Bimini? All these clues and more add up to a frightening countdown that could bring about the end of our planet. Turcotte and Presidential Science Adviser Lisa Duncan must race against time to save the world from the secret hidden at Area 51.
Over 1.5 Million copies of Area 51 sold—also author of the best-selling Atlantis series.
©2011 Bob Mayer (P)2011 Bob Mayer
Praise for Bob Mayer: "Spell-binding! Will keep you on the edge of your seat. Call it techno-thriller, call it science fiction, call it just terrific story-telling.” (Terry Brooks, best-selling author of the Shannara series and Star Wars: Phantom Menace)
Didn't even come close to the setup.
Not buy another book from him.
There are many threads being pulled together to weave this story. Although they all worked from a plot perspective, the story was unsatisfying. There were hours and hours of setup, the sort of thing that usually happens in the first third of a book, only here it was the entire novel. There were no surprises, just a hash of all the expected "woo" elements: Nazis, pyramids, UFOs, Atlantis, ancient runes, government coverups, etc. Maybe the author wanted to connect every fringe theory on the internet in one story, thereby getting all the niche markets at once.
In the end, it was mostly there as a setup for the sequel.
OK take ALL the conspiracy stories/threads/rumours that you may have heard of, wrap them ALL up in a messy story populated with cartoonish characters and beyond suspension of disbelief concepts.
This story, and ( likely, as I won't download any further ones ) the rest of the series is juvenile, and bordering on plain silly. Avoid it unless that is your preferred type of audio book.
PS. The performance isn't as bad as the story.
1*=I didn't like it..... 2*=It was OK...... 3*=It was good but I will never read it again.......... 4*=Maybe I will read it again in the future.............. 5*=I will definitely read it again(maybe more than once)
I don't know why but it didn't connect.
some facts about historical monuments and security at government facilities are totally Bogus.
But the main problem for me was the unfinishness of the book, and concentration of plot.
You can read last 30 pages and don't miss anything interesting or factual.........
A real page turner but NOT "brain candy." - Many characters, each with a well defined role within the subplots. Some audiobooks can be listened to on "autopilot" - (not this one) - get the most out of this novel by careful listening and actually follow the subplots. There is believable science fiction, believable intrigue, believable action and suspense. The author has expertly interwoven the facets into a spectacular "page turner." Not one "page" of this book was superfluous. Not one paragraph was boring. You will be spellbound from the beginning to the end. Wish I could have rated this book a "ten star" but unfortunately, we're limited to a five-star only. You definitely will not be disappointed.
This book told a story I've either read before, watched on TV before or seen on a movie screen. Having said that I still loved this book because of the suspence. I couldn't wait to read what happens next and those are the books I really get into. The book's main carractors are very different people investigaing UFOs & Aliens and they end up in the end saving our planet. You have the Goverment investigator (Presidential Science Advisor), A journalist (Looking for her missing friend), An old man from WWII with many secrets to tell and a Military man who just happens to work in Area 51. They all start out in the story not knowing each other but by the end they trust no one but each other. Best of all, when the book ends you can't wait to buy the second book in the series "Area 51 The Reply" to find out what will happen next and that is how you sell a story. If you are into UFO & Alien stories then this is a good story to read, but if you are looking for realizum don't waste your time, remember this is just a story to read and enjoy, it is not based on real events - I hope.
The subject matter was interesting - bordering between fact and fiction, stimulating the imagination!
Daniel Suarez's books. Thriller tech story theme
I have not.
The ending was kind of abrubt, or at least it appeared that way. The story was going at a particular pace throughout, then near the end, it seemed like things just moved so much faster, but perhaps that was just the adrenaline of the moment!
I confused this book with one of the same title Area 51 by Annie Jacobsen, however; the book was very interesting and action packed, with some real historical facts. I enjoyed listening to this book, no regrets.
Narrated by Jeffrey Kafer this is a production more than a normal audio book. This narrator is amazing.
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.
The main protagonists has an anti hero to set off their moral backbone and later in the book a second such a character becomes obvious due to his actions. All in all the characters, especially the at one stage bad guy and the current nut job is the characters that undergoes the biggest character development.
The world building is superb. Again due to the authors knowledge of the subject matter, the reader is taken into parts of the world that is known by few and seen by even fewer.
If I could sell it to a prospective buyer with a sentence then it would read --- aliens, conspiracy and technology hunted after by Hitler and the American army alike, both for the same reasons.
The atomic bomb….it might not have been our own technology. To learn more, you need to read this book!
I'm a voracious audiobook listener, rarely found without my iPod.
I’m not sure why, but I never got into this one. I want to be fair and say I just wasn’t interested in the story line at this particular book, but honestly it just fell flat for me. I think that when you take on a topic that has been explored again and again, the onus is on you to differentiate yourself. I don’t feel like there was enough of a spark, whether it is character development or unique angel to the story to make this book stand out. This particular story will be appealing to fans of Clive Cussler or Lee Child, I suppose. I continued listening to the audiobook, but it just felt blah.
I enjoyed the story and its Independence Day kind of feel. It was fun!
But the reader was more hinderance than help. Really, if you have an important character that is German and involves a lot of time in the story, please get someone that can voice a German accent! This reader sometimes reads that character as a Frenchman and at other times who knows what accent. But it seldom if ever sounds German. It kept breaking the fourth wall for me.
So even though I enjoyed the story, I couldn't get past the reader.
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