The X-Files (1) - Goblins Paperback – 20 Mar 1995
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From the Back Cover
OPENING THE X-FILES…
Meet Mulder and Scully, FBI. The agency maverick and the female agent assigned to keep him in line.
Their job: investigate the eeriest unsolved mysteries in modern America, from pyro-psychics to death row demonics, from rampaging Sasquatches to alien invasions. The cases the Bureau wants handled quietly, but quickly, before the public finds out what's 'really' out there. And panics. The cases filed under 'X'.
About the Author
Charles Grant is the author of the New York Times bestselling X-Files novels Goblins and Whirlwind, and is also the creator of the acclaimed Black Oak series. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The case that forms the framework of this novel consists of a series of brutal murders by an "invisible man" of sorts - witnesses, none of which are completely trustworthy, report seeing a hand and blade come out of nowhere and then disappear once the deed is done. An old reporter friend asks Mulder to investigate the first murder because the victim was his cousin's boyfriend, but Mulder has no real interest in the matter until Douglas sends him to New Jersey (alongside Scully, Webber, and Andrews) to investigate that very case; they soon meet with unexpected danger. There is basically a lot of running around talking to the locals, working with the local sheriff, and sniffing out the truth of a mysterious Department of Defense project associated with a nearby military base. Mulder comes up with his wild theory, Scully argues against it, etc.Read more ›
The heart of this particular X-File involves a most unusual serial killer (indeed, I would not use the term serial killer in this context – but the back cover of the book uses it). It all started with a string of cattle mutilations, a subject even Mulder isn't very interested in. Then a local sheriff of a small New Mexico town asks for FBI help when a honeymooning man and wife are killed in the same horrible fashion, and Mulder and Scully are initially assisted on the case by an agent from the regional FBI office. The manner of death in these cases is enough to make Scully uneasy looking at the remains, as basically the victim's skin is shredded and removed from the body – possibly before death, as it happens so quickly. I should mention the fact that it is very hot in the New Mexico desert – the author certainly mentions that fact a lot.Read more ›
The book is just a lot of cursing, and apart from that the only other thing that makes you think you're reading an X-Files book, is the characters, and maybe the setting, bcause it all takes place in a dark, gloomy atmosphere.
X-File fan or not, I would never recomend thos book to anyone, not even someone I hate. It is just not worth your money, plus it will really let you down.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Whirlwind is a great addition to the X-Files; it blends the normal with the paranormal in such a way as to make everything that happens believable, something that is difficult to... Read morePublished on 3 Dec. 2012 by J Gosling
This book is probably my favorite, next to WHIRLWIND (also a Charles Grant X-Files novel.) The beginning, with Mulder's friend, was funny, but I didn't like how he was killed. Read morePublished on 24 July 1999
I enjoyed it. It was alright, but not the best. There were a few spots where I'd have to read a paragraph two or three times until I got it, and then sometimes it still didn't... Read morePublished on 29 Mar. 1999
I was surprised about the previous comments about profanity. I don't recall it bothering me that much. Read morePublished on 30 Jan. 1999
I was offended with all the cussing. It's not like there was just a little bad language; geisers of profanity gushed out of this book! But I did give it two stars. Read morePublished on 24 Jan. 1999
I must admit, I bought this book because of the zeal of an X-File book. I had high expectations because from Kevin J. Anderson's books, I knew what was happening. Read morePublished on 23 Dec. 1998
The cursing was good. Mulder and Scully were just like on the show so all the other people who wrote bad reviews of this novel are just jealous because they didn't understand... Read morePublished on 15 Nov. 1998