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Area 51 | [Bob Mayer, Robert Doherty]

Area 51

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

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)

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    William Sunnyvale, CA, United States 07-30-12
    William Sunnyvale, CA, United States 07-30-12
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    "10 hours of setup for a sequel"
    Would you try another book from Bob Mayer and Robert Doherty and/or Jeffrey Kafer?

    No


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Didn't even come close to the setup.


    Did Area 51 inspire you to do anything?

    Not buy another book from him.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 08-27-12
    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Um...not so much.."

    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.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Professor United States 07-27-12
    Professor United States 07-27-12

    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)

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    "Nice story, nice ideas :("

    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.........

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Bob-o CHARLESTON, SC, United States 04-20-14
    Bob-o CHARLESTON, SC, United States 04-20-14 Member Since 2011
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    "not the best"

    I'm kind of at a loss for words. I guess it's a typical alien conspiracy theory book. It starts vary slowly and then things pick up a bit. There isn't really a climax at the end. It just sort of stops and leaves you hanging wanting more. I think I may listen to more of the series, but I'll try to find something better on my wish list first. Oh, and the narrator is mediocre at best. His monotone is kind of dry and just barely tolerable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    GLENNO GLENDALE, AZ, United States 09-14-13
    GLENNO GLENDALE, AZ, United States 09-14-13 Member Since 2007

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    "Decent story, not great narration."

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joey MAROA, ILLINOIS, United States 09-10-12
    Joey MAROA, ILLINOIS, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "OLD STORY, BUT STILL ENTERTAINING"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Louisville, KY, United States 08-20-12
    Matthew Louisville, KY, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2010
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    "A really good story! Thoroughly enjoyed!"
    What did you love best about Area 51?

    The subject matter was interesting - bordering between fact and fiction, stimulating the imagination!


    What other book might you compare Area 51 to and why?

    Daniel Suarez's books. Thriller tech story theme


    Have you listened to any of Jeffrey Kafer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda Madison, OH, United States 07-16-12
    Brenda Madison, OH, United States 07-16-12 Member Since 2001

    brenwalt

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    ""Ten Star" all the way!"

    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.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Pedro 800 NW 13 Ave Miami Florida 33125 06-06-12
    Pedro 800 NW 13 Ave Miami Florida 33125 06-06-12
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    "Interesting book"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mike 08-07-14
    Mike 08-07-14 Member Since 2014
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    "And so it begins!!!!!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Area 51 to be better than the print version?

    I had read this book first as I could not get the audio on tape or cd as it was published many years ago. For me audio is always better.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Area 51?

    The build up giving you info about area 51, very visual.


    What does Jeffrey Kafer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is an excellent narrater, he has a very descriptive way of telling the story.
    It flows very well. Shame he did not do the whole series i.e. The Grail


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I think its when the military with all their tech come across the phew Fighters


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this series of 10 books. the story finishes at "the Truth" but the rest really add to the area 51 universe. "The Grail" apart from the worst narration I have ever heard is an excellent story so you have to suffer to get the full story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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