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Nightstalkers (Area 51: The Nightstalkers Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Bob Mayer
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Book Description

Staff Sergeant Winthrop Carter has just been drafted into the Nightstalkers—an elite group of soldiers that...

Actually, he’s not quite sure what they do.

Born from the Area 51 initiative, the Nightstalkers defy sanity and decorum and include among their ranks Moms, a Black Ops trainee too extreme for Special Forces; Doc, a scientific crackpot; Roland, the weapons enthusiast; and Mac, a contemporary MacGyver. All of them take their orders from the elusive Ms. Jones, who everyone claims is just a hologram.

Those orders include tracking down and sealing tears in our reality that are releasing interdimensional beings known only as Fireflies—creatures that take control of both living and inanimate matter in order to unleash wanton destruction.

Just as Carter is settling in, a rogue scientist triggers a fresh invasion of Fireflies that swarm a swanky gated community. Now it’s up to Carter and his new teammates to neutralize the threat while figuring out who’s behind the breach.



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Bob Mayer’s Nightstalkers grabs you by the rocket launcher and doesn’t let go. Fast-moving military SF action—just the way I like it. Highly recommended. -B.V. Larson

About the Author

New York Times best-selling author, West Point graduate, and former Green Beret Bob Mayer weaves military, historical, and scientific fact through his gripping works of fiction. His books span numerous genres—suspense, science fiction, military, historical, and more—and Mayer holds the distinction of being the only male author listed on the Romance Writers of America Honor Roll. As one of today’s top-performing independent authors, Mayer has drawn on his digital publishing expertise and military exploits to craft more than fifty novels that have sold more than 4 million copies worldwide. These include his best-selling Atlantis, Area 51, and Green Beret series. Alongside his writing, Mayer is an international keynote speaker, teacher, and CEO. He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 642 KB
  • Print Length: 319 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1612185835
  • Publisher: 47North (11 Dec. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0084HUY6Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #39,266 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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West Point Graduate, former Green Beret and NY Times bestselling author Bob Mayer has had over 50 books published. He has sold over five million books, and is in demand as a team-building, life-changing, and leadership speaker and consultant for his Who Dares Wins concept.

He's been on bestseller lists in thriller, science fiction, suspense, action, war, historical fiction and is the only male author on the Romance Writers of America Honor Roll.

Born in the Bronx, Bob attended West Point and earned a BA in psychology with honors and then served as an Infantry platoon leader, a battalion scout platoon leader, and a brigade recon platoon leader in the 1st Cavalry Division. He joined Special Forces and commanded a Green Beret A Team. He served as the operations officer for 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) and with Special Operations Command (Special Projects) in Hawaii. Later he taught at the Special Forces Qualification Course at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg, the course which trains new Green Berets. He lived in Korea where he earned a Black Belt in Martial Arts. He's earned a Masters Degree in Education.

His books have hit the NY Times, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal and numerous other bestseller lists. His book The Jefferson Allegiance, was released independently and reached #2 overall in sales on Nook.

Bob Mayer grew up in the Bronx. After high school, he entered West Point where he learned about the history of our military and our country. During his four years at the Academy and later in the Infantry, Mayer questioned the idea of "mission over men." When he volunteered and passed selection for the Special Forces as a Green Beret, he felt more at ease where the men were more important than the mission.
Mayer's obsession with mythology and his vast knowledge of the military and Special Forces, mixed with his strong desire to learn from history, is the foundation for his science fiction series Atlantis, Area 51 and Psychic Warrior. Mayer is a master at blending elements of truth into all of his thrillers, leaving the reader questioning what is real and what isn't.

He took this same passion and created thrillers based in fact and riddled with possibilities. His unique background in the Special Forces gives the reader a sense of authenticity and creates a reality that makes the reader wonder where fact ends and fiction begins.

In his historical fiction novels, Mayer blends actual events with fictional characters. He doesn't change history, but instead changes how history came into being.

Mayer's military background, coupled with his deep desire to understand the past and how it affects our future, gives his writing a rich flavor not to be missed.

Bob has presented for over a thousand organizations both in the United States and internationally, including keynote presentations, all day workshops, and multi-day seminars. He has taught organizations ranging from Maui Writers, to Whidbey Island Writers, to San Diego State University, to the University of Georgia, to the Romance Writers of America National Convention, to Boston SWAT, the CIA, Fortune-500, the Royal Danish Navy Frogman Corps, Microsoft, Rotary, IT Teams in Silicon Valley and many others. He has also served as a Visiting Writer for NILA MFA program in Creative Writing. He has done interviews for the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Sports Illustrated, PBS, NPR, the Discovery Channel, the SyFy channel and local cable shows. For more information see http://bobmayer.org and http://coolgus.com

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Disapointing 8 Feb. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Billed as part of the 'Area 51' series, this book has nothing in common with the previous books and I can only assume that a cynical publisher is trying a marketing technique which is bordering on fraud. I have purchased all the other books in the Area 51 series as paperbacks over a number of years and enjoyed them immensely. I recently bought them all again as Kindle books, and as this seemed to be a follow-up after 'Nosferatu' and 'Legend', I assumed that it would be in the same vein - filling in gaps from the original books and explaining more of the story. Instead it is a completely stand-alone book not (in my opinion) anywhere near as well written with the only mention of Area 51 in passing and looking as though even that small reference had been added just so the Area 51 on the cover wouldn't be a complete lie. I am very disapointed with the writer, publisher and Amazon for allowing this to be marketed in this very deceiving way.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Comic book stuff 29 July 2013
By Anne TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
I haven't read anything by this author before and at first I was unsure what to make of this book. After a while I realised that it was like a novelisation of a comic book, crossed with an episode of the A- Team, crossed with a military novel. If you read it with tongue in cheek and for entertainment only you may well find this, as I did, to be highly enjoyable.

The Nightstalkers are a mysterious government/military unit who seek out and destroy "fireflies" which are some sort of alien which come through rifts between universes. The Nightstalkers aren't trying to understand them but to kill them. The unit is made up of mysterious soldiers all of whom have extensive experience but who have had their past identities erased - all very "Men in Black". Their commander is a woman but there is no sexual content at all in the book. The members of the unit come to be identifiable characters by the end of the book but it would have been nice to know them a bit better.

This novel has plenty of preposterous but lively action sequences with everything being just a little too larger than life. The story is totally unbelievable but strangely compelling. The writing is fast paced and amusing in places. I am assuming that this is the first in a series - I would enjoy reading some more about the unit.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun book with a slow start 24 Aug. 2013
By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE
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Now, a hundred or so pages in, I'm enjoying Nightstalkers. The first forty pages or so took a long time to chew through - nothing really wrong with them, they just didn't grab me. And then a twist appears in the form of a glorified UPS van, and the plot takes off.

This isn't high literature, of course - but then, that's not what I'm looking for. I'm looking for a book that'll entertain me, and once the plot kicks off this does that. The dialogue is clichéd and hackneyed, the characters are from central casting with the occasional twist, and I'm not convinced that the jeopardy (presented as it is along the lines of "these things are bad, stop these things") really weighs as heavily as it should.

But this is essentially an action movie in paperback, and those problems, rather than detracting from the story, simply make it feel familiar. You know the characters, you know the tropes, you know there will be gadgets and code names and secret buttons, and that works to the author's advantage.

It took an awfully long time to get into. But I'm looking forward to seeing how it'll end.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Loads of fun! 20 Feb. 2013
By Mr. Gareth I. Davies VINE VOICE
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I really enjoyed this military/sc-fi adventure. I had not read any of the other books in this series but that in no way stopped this being loads of fun. Luckily, there's a new team member in this story so you are kind of along with him for the (conventional third person perspective) ride of being introduced to the Area 51 world/universe of rifts, firefly manifestations and scrambling to deal with each as they occur. I really liked the idea of needing a squad of special forces types that need to be on permanent stand by for the next bit of mischief science and curiosity leads the world into. It all felt a bit StarGate influenced to me with it's military terms, call signs and bad ass characters mixed with sci-fi-blow-stuff-to-pieces moments. It's worth noting though that I am no major military fiction fan but the use of army terms and acronyms was in no way overwhelming. I would happily read more from this series and author. My only real grumble about this is how easily the covert team of characters accept the (quite annoying back flipping everywhere) teenager and her local knowledge. In addtion for a covert team they seem quite keen to use some very noisy and heavy duty equipment and tactics. A couple of times it seemed they did things just for the sake of the author being able to use some more military jargon (I will admit I did have to google what STABO means, knew HALO and guessed at HAHO). Still, that said, if all you want is a bit of fun military lead science fiction you can't go far wrong here.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Made me want to explore the series 6 Jan. 2013
By Whitehatter VINE VOICE
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I got this book to review out of sequence, as it is one of a series. Bob Mayer's Area 51 Nightstalkers are the subject of a number of books, and I think I'll look up the first in the series.

Good authors won't leave you floundering though, should you come in mid-series. Mr Mayer has managed that as there is enough in the book to allow the reader to acquaint themselves with the characters and what they actually do. As for the story itself, I started to despair a little as I initially got the impression it would be a Tom Clancy type of American militaria pulp novel. Fortunately not.

I've read one Clancy book and hated it. Far too up itself with military references and completely devoid of humour. This book avoids that by having oddball characters and some witty dialogue. Imagine a novelised version of the Syfy channel's Warehouse 13 with a bit of Charles Stross' Laundry series. It's definitely American in tone and written using military expertise, but has a human and humourous aspect that actually works in this blend.

If you like warfare, big explosions, paranormal/scifi storylines and basically blowing up things that really should not be fighting back then this is for you. It's not great literature or space opera, but it's an engaging story well crafted and worth a read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Nightstalkers book 1
What an excellent read. Fast paced ,believable, and easy to get into. Hard to put down once started. Highly recommended.
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars not brilliant
not for me. I have read a lot of sci-fi. This is not top quality.
Published 2 months ago by Kevin Macken
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Ok
Published 2 months ago by Mr. Frederick Cutler
3.0 out of 5 stars NIGHTSTALKERS
You can see that the author has taken a military background and put a sci fi twist to it. I don't think I would go looking for a sequel to this but it was an ok read.
Published 2 months ago by Mac McAllister
2.0 out of 5 stars not a book for the thinking reader
I was expecting a really fast moving story with plenty of intelligent getup and go.but it soon turned into a pretty mediocre book about a supposedly super secret organisation with... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Took some getting into.
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Average, obvious fix at the end
The story rolls along at a fair pace. It has too many unexplained TLAs and a rather predictable and anticlimactic ending.
Published 7 months ago by Phil
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good story, worth reading.
Published 8 months ago by Rolly
4.0 out of 5 stars Open your mind and enjoy the ride
This was my first by Bob Mayer but I'm already on my third and doubt I'll stop there. It has a good mix of fast paced action and slower, more detailed background. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jon Hart
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Too much unexplained military jargon. Interesting concept but the book was disappointing in that it never really went anywhere which is possibly why there are so many books in the... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Frizz B GummyBear
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