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Area 51 (Area 51 Series Book 1)
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 2 September 2011
I enjoyed this book a lot and would recommend it to anyone looking for an excellent page turner that kept them hooked. For me, it did get a bit silly at times with the apparent ease with which the heroes were able to infiltrate top secret facilities but this did not detract from the enjoyment. For those of you who enjoy techo-thrillers, you should still buy this book, but please make allowances for F16s flying in 1970 (too early) and also deploying from aircraft carriers (not a naval fighter). In summary, great adventure book that might need a pinch of salt for some readers.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 31 August 2011
First of all, the positives - I read this book quickly because I was interested to see how the story turned out. This is clearly one of the measures of success for an author and deserves to be acknowledged in this case. The story zipped along and there was always a little something held back for the next chapter.

On the negative side, there were some silly technical mistakes which undermined the whole book. When I am reading a novel I always notice when the author uses something I know a little bit about, and if he gets it right it gives me the confidence to accept without question the aspects of the story of which I know nothing. When there are simple mistakes that could have been eliminated in five minutes of research I start to wonder about everything the author uses to underpin his plot and characters.

The really grating example in "Area 51" is the author's fondness for the General Dynamics F-16, pretty much to the exclusion of every other military aircraft. At one point in the story the author speaks of an F-16 in use by the USAF in 1970, four years before its first flight and at least eight years before it entered service. Later he has the same aeroplane flying from a US Navy aircraft carrier. Although the US Navy does apparently own a handful of these aeroplanes for training, they are land-based. The F-16 has never been carrier-borne and (obviously) is therefore not a fighter used as a combat aircraft by the US Navy (or any other).

This may seem cruelly pedantic, but if the author has these simple facts wrong, how can I trust anything else?

That said, I still enjoyed the book and don't begrudge its cost - for me another good test.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on 21 July 2011
I really enjoyed this book but it looses one star for the rushed ending and other star for the typos. for instance sec instead of see. I presume the book was scanned - badly by the looks of it. Hyphenated words are also a problem: be-cause! There are too many and they break up the flow of an otherwise enjoyable book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 11 February 2013
This may not be the worst book ever written, but it's a challenger for the title. Characterless characters and an absurd plot line. Glad it was only 69p for the Kindle version.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on 27 March 1999
I must have stepped into a parallel dimension or something. In a nutshell, this book STINKS. It takes every pop-culture tidbit of UFO mythology and New Age mysticism (crop circles, foo fighters, Easter Island, prehistoric visitations, etc.), throws in a number of one-dimensional characters, and then runs them through a cuisinart of predictable, formulatic situations. Evil government conspiracies, pyramid power, Roswell, secret Nazi scientists...
It's hard to maintain any suspension of disbelief with this book, because the slightest application of logic sends the plot into a tailspin (Gosh, the Russians might be behind the foo fighters! Why didn't we think of this forty years ago?). The dialog doesn't help either, bobbing between forced exposition, slapdash "military" lingo, and generically bland patter. The only reason this book warrants even one star is because I can't go any lower.
Area 51 might appeal to folks who found INDEPENDENCE DAY "realistic" and who believe little grey men are hiding in Nevada. More educated readers -- and real science-fiction fans -- will scoff at this hackneyed effort, and are strongly advised to stay FAR away from Area 51.
I read this book last year and out of a dozen since then, in this same genre, it is the all time worst. Terrbile writing. Try Koontz's Dark Rivers of the Heart.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 6 September 2011
Having just completed this book I must agree with the few one star reviewers that this is a heinous crime against literature. I have played computer games with a better backstory than this. One key thing is that the authors don't seem to have remembered that the characters in the book don't have the same knowledge as the reader, so at critical points they seem to know all about things which in the context of the story they would know nothing about.

The dialogue is awful, the characters have no depth and the plot mangles together just about every conspiracy theory that exists in way that makes Dan Brown look artful and intelligent.

I did read it all, but mainly just to see how entertainingly bad it got by the end.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on 6 July 2011
So far finding it hard to read because of the constant, completely irritating typos appearing on a far too regular basis. Somebody went bonkers with the hyphen in this book; it appears regularly in the middle of words where it just should not be. Totally spoils the reading of this book. Someone should be fired from their proof reading job! Either that or they should be sent out to learn English.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 5 May 1997
To spite the fact that the book was obviously written with "soon to become a major motion picture" forefront in the authors mind, I thought it was good.

I usually expect to get more out of a book then the wiz-bang stuff you see in an action flick. Not in this book. I did enjoy that fact that for once I got to read about this cool stuff, without someone insisting that this is "real".

Overall, a good light read. Especially if you are into this kind of X-File stuff, like me. :-)

Andre
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 12 August 2011
I read and quite enjoyed Area 51, but found the experience ultimately unfulfilling. The author has taken just about every modern conspiracy, crackpot theory and mystical oddity and woven them into a story that tries to give them a common origin. It almost works, but I can't help think the book feels a little bit too contrived. Having said that, it is fast paced and has plenty of action, even if it is a little bit formulaic.
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on 26 November 2013
I love this book, I look forward to going to bed each night to read more, very few books get me like this.
I love jet fighters, UFOs, the moon landing (& conspiracy) Tom Clancy, Arthur C Clarke and this book has it all.
A lot of thought has gone into this & I remember reading other reviews on this book and someone said, "could it be true" and being only half way through, you end up asking yourself the same question. All the facts, and strange sightings, ex Nazi people ending up in USA after the war and working for the space prog. fast objects moving across the skies at imaginable speeds then changing direction in a blink of an eye, Aruoa (which I have VERY good reason to believe it does/did exist).
As I say I am only 60% finished, but today they have all the books on the daily deal offer at 99p each, so I bought the next 4 ready for my holidays (if I can wait that long).
If you like fiction books about UFOs etc this book is a must, it will get you thinking Bob Mayer is onto something.
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