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The Rock [Kindle Edition]

Bob Mayer
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From NY Times Bestselling Author of the Area 51, Nightstalkers and Atlantis Series, Bob Mayer.

“The best combination of science fiction and technothriller this year.” Publishers Weekly.

“Fascinating, imaginative and nerve-wracking...A crackling science thriller in the vein of Crichton that mixes action with science fiction” Kirkus Reviews

In Australia...a U.S. Air Force computer operator receives a terrifying radio transmission out of Ayers Rock that knocks out the world's communications.

In New Mexico...a boozy college engineering professor is suddenly escorted into a waiting car by two armed military men.

In New York...a tall, slender woman leaves her husband a note on the refrigerator saying that she's leaving -- but can't tell him where she's going.

In Colombia...a Special Forces officer breaks into a drug kinpin's bedroom and puts a bullet into a woman's brain before running to a waiting helicopter.

And in England...a beautiful twenty-three-year-old mathematician prepares for a journey that will change her life forever.

The team assembles in Australia on a mission that can save the world. But first, they must figure out who is the message coming from? What are they trying to tell mankind? And can it be deciphered in time before Armageddon overtakes the world?

It’s about a bomb, it’s about a world about to be shattered. It’s about the last few days they have to save us all.

Bob Mayer is a West Point Graduate and a former Green Beret.

Editorial Reviews


“Fascinating, imaginative and nerve-wracking.” Kirkus Reviews
“A crackling science thriller in the vein of Crichton that mixes action with science fiction.” Kirkus.
“The best combination of science fiction and technothriller this year.” Publishers Weekly.

About the Author

NY Times bestselling author Bob Mayer has had over 50 books published. He has sold over four million books, and is in demand as a team-building, life-changing, and leadership speaker and consultant for his Who Dares Wins: The Green Beret Way concept. He is also the Co-Creator of Cool Gus Publishing. 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. 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 and

Product Details

  • File Size: 889 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Cool Gus Publishing (January 17, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004EPYZ2Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,779 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An exciting science thriller February 21, 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The back of the book labels "The Rock" as a science thriller. This is an accurate description as it's a combination of science fiction and techno-thriller. While similar to his other books (Area 51, Atlantis, etc. -- published under a pseudonym), this one grabs you at the beginning and doesn't let go.
Five people from across the planet are summoned to a secretive meeting with no idea of what is to happen. They soon learn that a transmission has been received with their names included. Other scientists, the military, the Russians and the President eventually get involved. What results is a race against time to preserve the future of the human race. The resolution is well presented and has a definite sci-fi feel to it.
If you enjoy the other novels by this author, you will definitely enjoy this one as well. It's a quick and easy read that can be completed in one sitting. If you find this work entertaining, check out the novels by James Rollins for other "science thriller" works.
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54 of 58 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Enjoyed reading this book so much I went out and bought his other 3 books.
As a woman in my 40's you might not think I would be reading an adventure book such as this with all it's fighting and killing, but a book that makes you think about the past, present, and future all at the same time by using national sites and recent events, for it's story line, had me wonder "what if" this really happened? Would we be able to stop it? Can we stop fighting long enough to help mankind or would our bickering get in the way? (like in the book)
Try his other books too, he had me wondering about our historical events so much that I am thinking about looking up past events in history to view them in a different light. Is his book fact written in fiction form? You be the judge.
I do encourage you to read his other books in order, because even though his books can stand alone, it's better if you get to know each character. Looking forward to seeing what happens to each one as the stories progress.
Ladies if you are looking for a mushy love story you won't find it here, but if you want adventure, suspense, thrills and sci fi all rolled into one book, don't wait any longer buy it!!!
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I first read Doherty's Area 51 books, but then found The Rock. A wonderful book that rivals any book I've ever read. The plot jumps around, but that only helps to keep your interest because you're constantly thinking about what has happened and what will happen. Also check out his web site for more information. He has wonderful many wonderful books including The Line, The Gate, and the Omega Missle. I highly recommend all of them.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good twist to the normal genre... July 15, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This aliens-among-us story was actually a little better than the normal standard fare. By "standard fare" I mean those stories where aliens are responsible for just about every mysterious artifact on the planet or every little historical event that we cannot explain. This story was refreshing in that context. Having said that, however - for me it seems to have missed the mark. I did like the mystery that was set up in the book and the way the protagonists went about trying to solve the mystery.
But as the end approached I just felt that it was not really going anywhere. It was very hard to get into the protagonists' concerns about the future of civilization. You could easily go along with the plot, but the characters were simply swept up by the plotting. It was not their intentions and motivations that drove the plot to any great degree. The characters were all reactive rather than proactive and, thus, pretty bland in my eyes.
Normally with that poor kind of plotting and characterization interplay I would go with a three-star rating. However, the story ends up being unique enough at the end to be a nice addition to this type of genre that I had wanted to give it that extra star. But then the plot elements are poorly ripped apart at the end by the misuse of a science-fictional plot device - thus I was back to three stars.
I cannot say much about this plot device simply because it would ruin the book for those who have not read it if I gave details. However, the final ending, that concerns two of the main protagonists (Levy and Hawkins), almost totally negates everything that happened in the book (at least potentially). In fact, it is almost so poorly thought of that Doherty did not realize that this could have altered everything that had gone before.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent story. Horrific editing August 16, 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have read a few of Robert Doherty/Bob Mayer/Whatever-other-pen-name-he-wants-to-use-at-the-time's books on my Kindle and he has a way to come up with some fairly interesting story lines. The characters are moderately interesting but the events that they're trying to solve are what kept me reading. I enjoy mystery thrillers and sci-fi so a little bit of both is a good time. Doherty is good at mining conspiracy theories to come up with coherent thriller fodder, however all of his Kindle offerings suffer from the same problem. It looks like he's passed his writing through a some sort of text recognition software and didn't bother to clean it up at all before scanning. All of his books I've read so far (The entire Atlantis series and now this) consistently throw in random numbers in place of letters and for some inexplicable reason replaces the if clause with a capital H. If it happened once or twice it wouldn't be bad, but it happens often enough that it becomes jarring when you're trying to get into the story. I doubt it's the same for the print versions, but beware if you get this or any of his other works for your Kindle.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting science fiction with realistic military details
Enjoyed the very realistic portrayal of a military man caught up in a tense science fiction scenario. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Robin Brande
4.0 out of 5 stars Go ahead, read it, it won't hurt you.
This is a fun book, not dissimilar to other Bob Mayer novels. Generally I see this to be an informative story that is fun to read. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Rob Blomquist
5.0 out of 5 stars Superbly researched and written.
The level of detail in this book is exceptional. The settings are precise and very detailed. The characters are rich with a great deal of depth. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Chris
4.0 out of 5 stars A continuation of the Area 51 story. Don't miss this episode!
All I can say is that this is part of a continuing story that is well written. I will not give the plot away or how it sets up up to want to read the next book in the series. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Robert Usher
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Imaginitive
This was my first introduction to Bob Mayer, who at the time I knew as Robert Doherty. I met him at a Las Vegas Writer’s Conference a few years ago, and had some nice chats with... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Fred Rayworth
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very similar to Area 51.
Published 5 months ago by Glenn Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good Book.
Published 6 months ago by Dan
5.0 out of 5 stars Ayers Rock sci-fied
This a great book with a plot twist that will get you!
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Could this be a true story? As I read it, I almost believed it was true.
Published 8 months ago by bill porter
4.0 out of 5 stars Good sci-fi if you're not too critical
A fun book for sci-fi addicts. Well written and keeps you guessing with several surprises. Just be willing to accept some of the eventual premises.
Published 9 months ago by Dr.Z
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