Top critical review
No classic, but fun if you like conspiracies, aliens and square-jawed heroes
on 31 May 2016
Not up to the standard of the first book, there is a feeling of the book being an interlude between the significant events of the first book and another book I've yet to read which will, no doubt, involve a battle between actual aliens and humanity, rather than mankind just dealing with the technology they left behind on their last visits.
There's a certain amount of rehashing of plot devices from the previous book, as well as the death of important characters written in such a way that leads the reader to suspect that eventually they may not be as unwell as first feared. And many of the surviving characters remain as paper-thin as in the first book, being little more than place-holders for the requisite members of the world's governments and military forces that would be involved in the scenarios used in the book.
The Area 51 books are still a fun read, however, and the world the author has created is plausible within the rules of the genre.