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Area 51: Nosferatu Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 2003

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Doherty's Area 51 series continues with the story of a vampire's quest to become immortal. It opens in the present with the meeting of three Undead, as the offspring of alien Airlia and humans are known. Thereafter and for most of the book, the action occurs in ancient Egypt, where the Airlia rule as gods and feed off the blood of their children. Nosferatu and five others, including Vampyr, his twin Lilith, and Nosferatu's love Nekhbet, manage to escape and plot to destroy the Airlia. They slay two of the aliens, but other Airlia catch up to them, killing Lilith and capturing Nekhbet. Vampyr vows revenge, while Nosferatu intends to rescue Nekhbet, no matter how much time passes. Nosferatu waits centuries, and once he saves her, he finds that her aging process is speeding up. To make her truly immortal, he must obtain Airlia blood, and that seems impossible. Established Area 51 fans definitely will enjoy this exciting installment, and newcomers will find much to enjoy, too. Kristine Huntley
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It began at the dawn of history, when a darkness rose from deep within an Egyptian tomb. For thousands of years?long before earth was plunged into an intergalactic battle for its survival?four deathless creatures sowed seeds of destruction and chaos. Surviving on the spilled blood of warriors and innocents from ancient Greece to the ashes of Nazi Germany, the creatures have played a role in conflicts great and small. Now, bound by their common ancestry, separated by their own devious ambitions, and armed with mankind's own modern tools of destruction, the deathless ones know that their time has come?and they have been called together by one brilliant leader. His name is Nosferatu. His vision is to become a god on earth. His ultimate weapon will be a Holy Grail, a force that no mortal man can defeat...but his deadliest enemy may be one of his own....

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Dell (July 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440237246
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440237242
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #429,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 3, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Having enjoyed immensely the seven books in Robert Doherty's Area 51 series, I was thrilled to learn that he would be writing a new series of books set in that same world. Area 51: Nosferatu is the first of that new series, and I have to admit that Doherty really surprised me with the subject matter: vampires. At first glance, one might question the introduction of vampires into the Area 51 mythology, thinking that vampires have been done to death and don't seem to belong in Doherty's alternate history of the earth. To Doherty's credit, however, the new book does work, providing a new twist on the creation and nature of vampires while melding his Undead characters quite well into human history.
The novel opens in the immediate aftermath of the human victory over the Airlia, extraterrestrials who had used and abused mankind for as long as men had walked on two legs. The Eldest among the world's small number of vampires, Nosferatu, knows that the Airlia defeat has finally made conditions right for a new age, an age of the Undead. All he needs is a supply of pure Airlia blood, which can be taken from the frozen dead bodies of three aliens near the top of Mount Everest, in the defeated Airlia mothership orbiting the earth, and in a few other hard-to-reach places. His one true aim is to awaken his beloved Nekhbet, who has passed the millennia in a deep sleep, waiting for the pure Airlia blood she must have in order to leave her protective tomb. Nosferatu's task is complicated by the existence of a rogue vampire named Vampyr, a man bent on destroying the Airlia, mankind, and any fellow vampire who gets in his way.
Nosferatu and five other vampires were created before 8000 BC to serve as little more than the food of the gods.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Koppel on September 23, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This eighth book of the Area 51 series begins a new cycle of stories. The characters from the first seven books are no longer part of the story (although there are some references to a couple of them). Although this is a new cycle, it is best to read the other seven books first (Area 51, The Reply, The Mission, The Sphinx, The Grail, Excalibur, The Truth).
The aliens have been defeated in the first cycle. Alien controls are gone. That leaves an opening for others who have waited long; the Undead. The Undead have been half-human half-aliens that were created to be fed on. But some of these Undead escaped. Most notable were Nosferatu and Vampyr.
As the Undead begin their plans to find true immortality, not that the Grail has been destroyed, we are then treated to their history for the past 10,000 years and how they have affected world history.
Eventually the story reaches the present where the Undead move their plans into action. A tense and fast-paced race begins until the very final sentences.
One of the better paced stories of the series. One that does not rely heavily on sudden revelation, but instead builds nicely on the history created in the first seven books. If you read the first seven for the story, you will love this one, but if you read them for the characters you may be a little disappointed in their absence.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Marc Ruby™ HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on February 16, 2004
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Or maybe that should be "Vampires Whose Parents are From Outer Space and Have Molded Human History for the Past 10,000 Years." Or... Well, you get the message. This is a concoction of alien invasion and Dracula, which, fortunately, was written by an author capable of making a story enjoyable reading even when it is completely unbelievable.
This is the eighth in Robert Doherty's Area 51 series, and in many ways, it is one of the best. The original series, up through The Truth, suffers from the persistence of the characters. Doherty's forte is not character development, and one can only stand a character endlessly repeating the same behaviors for a certain length of time. With Nosferatu, we get an entirely new case, human and Airlia scion included.
The Airlia, we discover, bred with humans to create a hybrid that they could use as blood bags. Having only half Airlia blood, they could provide nourishment to their masters while feeding on humans. There are very few of these 'vampires,' all kept in the complex under Giza and the pyramids. During a revolt, Nosferatu, Vampyr, and Nekhbet manage to escape. By dint of determination and the ability to sleep for thousands of years. Nosferatu and Vampyr manage to outlast the Airlia gods. Nekhbet was injured in the escape and cannot be awakened until a new supply of Airlia blood is found. Nosferatu is the one that loves her, but Vampyr seeks only one thing - revenge for what the Airlia and their human servants have done.
Gradually the story moved into the present, making a shambles of much of human history in the process. Doherty has a tendency to explain everything that ever happened as the result of the interference of the Airlia and the vampires.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MR Dave on December 5, 2007
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Let me start by saying that so far I have loved the series. I was able to devour one book after the other in the series. I enjoyed the other books very much, I would have liked it if new characters were introduced but i looked past that. This book however, was like hitting a pothole in the middle of a highway. Don't get me wrong if you like vampires it's a very enjoyable, readable book. However, if you ask me it has nothing to do with the series. I personally would skip it and go to "Legends" which is the last book in the series and serves as a recap of entire series, sort of like what was happening in the background, when you were reading about the action in the foreground.

I await more work by Robert Doherty
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