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  • Area 51

  • By: Bob Mayer, Robert Doherty
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,022
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 909
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 910

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 10 hours of setup for a sequel

  • By William on 07-30-12

10 hours of setup for a sequel

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-30-12

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.

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