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Nightstalkers (Area 51: The Nightstalkers Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Staff Sergeant Winthrop Carter has just been drafted into the Nightstalkers—an elite group of soldiers that...
Actually, he’s not quite sure what they do.
Born from the Area 51 initiative, the Nightstalkers defy sanity and decorum and include among their ranks Moms, a Black Ops trainee too extreme for Special Forces; Doc, a scientific crackpot; Roland, the weapons enthusiast; and Mac, a contemporary MacGyver. All of them take their orders from the elusive Ms. Jones, who everyone claims is just a hologram.
Those orders include tracking down and sealing tears in our reality that are releasing interdimensional beings known only as Fireflies—creatures that take control of both living and inanimate matter in order to unleash wanton destruction.
Just as Carter is settling in, a rogue scientist triggers a fresh invasion of Fireflies that swarm a swanky gated community. Now it’s up to Carter and his new teammates to neutralize the threat while figuring out who’s behind the breach.
- ASIN : B0084HUY6Q
- Publisher : 47North (December 11, 2012)
- Publication date : December 11, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 2060 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 321 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1612185835
- Best Sellers Rank: #144,410 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #943 in Space Marine Science Fiction eBooks
- #960 in War & Military Action Fiction (Kindle Store)
- #1,429 in Space Marine Science Fiction
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In the beginning of the book I floundered, it took me a while to get into the flow of the story. It felt unbelievable, which it is, but I found myself falling under Mayer’s spell of storytelling as I continued to read. He excels at characterization, and I enjoyed the comradery of the characters. The dialogue between them was spot on, succinct, and witty. He took trained killers and humanized them in a way that had you cheering.
The story is simple. Some kind of evil was unleashed at Chernobyl and it wants to cause havoc in the human world. When a rift opens somewhere in the world the evil unleashes what the Nightstalkers have named, Fireflies. No one has figured out exactly what they are or who controls them, but these malignant lifeform are capable of inhabiting and taking over anything they insert themselves into excluding humans. We’re talking about a fourteen foot cactus, a piece of machinery, a security system, a pool, or a dog. Once they have taken solid form they are deadly. The Nightstalkers have one mission and that is to destroy the Firefly invaded object, which doesn’t destroy the Firefly, but simply returns it to from where it came. The Nightstalkers exist solely to close the rift and keep the evil within from taking over the world.
The Nightstalkers are led by a woman, Ms. Jones, a scientist who worked at Chernobyl on that fateful day when a nuclear meltdown occurred. She paid a heavy price physically and she is an interesting combination of frail, degenerating body, and a brilliant mind and will of steel. She is an enigma and a recluse, and after a new Nightstalker’s initial interview and hiring, she’s never seen by them again. Only their field commander, a woman with the moniker Moms communicates and receives direction and orders from Ms. Jones.
The story really begins when one of their own, a Nightstalker named Burns, goes rogue. The stakes shift into high gear and the adventure is on.
This motley cru of supermen and superwoman are superbly portrayed and I became quite attached to each character. I especially liked the young sixteen-year-old girl, Scout, who attaches herself to the Nightstalkers and develops an unlikely relationship with the least congenial member of the Nightstalker team, Nada. Scout is a smartass teenager, a misfit of sorts, who ends up becoming an instrumental member of the Nightstalker team when a rift opens and six Fireflies are unleashed in Scout’s neighborhood in North Carolina.
Area 51 is an entertaining read with memorable characters and I enjoyed losing myself in Bob Mayer’s imaginative world.
So far the character development has been great. Just enough to keep things interesting. I thought the idea of showing how a new member got on the team was very smart and really got the reader involved in the team itself. I do like the weapons information. Not too deep but just enough to believe this stuff may be real or could be real and in use now. I don't think the book indicates what time period we're reading about but it could be right now. That's fine because so far the action has still been sci-fi but without all the gee-whiz technical stuff.
There's also a little history and science going on in the dialogue which means the reader could lean something while reading a fictional story. That's always a nice touch. I also found that this book had very few to no typographical errors or missing words that are typically found in a ebook. Of course the price wasn't the cheapest but it was very reasonable. I would hope the author makes enough money with this series to continue writing it.
If you like military sci-fi that isn't way out on the far extreme, then this will be the book or series for you. I look forward to reading the rest of these books.
As far as my criticisms for the book, they are a bit more numerous and somewhat nitpicky. Most of the main characters were far too interchangeable IMHO. For a time, I thought the focus would remain on the newly anointed Kirk, since we were part of his initiation, and I think having someone to latch onto would've worked better than trying to give the whole team a fair shake. This wasn't much of an issue for me until they put up shop at the mansion around halfway through the book; at which point the characters seemed to delve into cliché territory. While I don't see a university physics professor being able to afford such a lavish home in the first place, just because these hardened soldiers aren't accustomed to such environments doesn't mean they should be completely baffled by them, not to mention the author dedicating so many pages to describing the house. Scout had all this beat however, in terms of unnecessary/stereo-typical caricatures. I don't know if Mayer simply can't write teenage girls, or he felt he needed a plot device to move the story along. In any case, she was nothing but a foil to the other characters, and an inconsistent/unrealistic one at that.
Then there's the rifts and fireflies. I realize this is the first book in a series (of four currently with only one other about rifts) but despite there being an internal history on the subject since the late 1940s everything is still conveniently vague. Nobody knows what the rifts are, but they can somehow be opened by running a computer program? No transmissions or particle manipulation equipment required? The fireflies are different in that there is at least an attempt to explain their behavior and provide some limits to them, aside from why they're so hostile. Everyone swears that fireflies can't go into people, even though there's no problem with them getting in literally everything else (including a body of water that can't simply escape for some reason). When one finally does go into a person it's through a twist that doesn't make sense by the story's own parameters.
There's more to both my positive and negative lists, but overall I'd say this a decent read if you're looking for semi-realistic military characters blended with science fiction in a manner that isn't half-bad. However, I would also say that the book leaves with more questions then answers, and would've been better served with more details about the rifts, fireflies, and Nightstalkers instead of a house and backgrounds on unimportant characters.
Top reviews from other countries
I gave it 5 stars because it continues to twist and turn the story just enough to keep my interest from waning.
Likes are the characters are just ordinary people, no endless boring super powers. I'm not normally a sci-fi reader but I'm enjoying these books.
Now the dislike... I don't believe this story was long enough but I could be wrong and usually am.
So I say enjoy it for what it is. 💚💚💚
This book follows Moms and her team of Nightstalkers who are dedicated to tracking down,containing and concealing, Fireflies and Rifts.
This is well written with believable characters.
Covert Ops, intrigue, alien intrusion, deceit. The Nightstalkers don't exist, but they protect us from other things that don't exist. Well, things that the world does not know about.