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The Scientists (Parallel Ops Book 1)
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on January 12, 2014
All of R.J. Archer's books are enjoyable, fast paced, and easy to read. There are enough details about locations, anthropology, and current events that one forgets it is science fiction. I especially appreciate the lack of profanity and graphic, gratuitous sex, making these stories suitable for a wide audience.

Contrary to the Seeds of Civilization series, the Parallel Ops series can be read in any order or concurrently, but the Seeds of Civilization series should be read first for context.
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on December 5, 2011
The Scientists is set 5 years after the events that occurred in TRIANGLE. Dr Jim Barnes on a trip to a conference in Germany has a mysterious meeting with a man wanting to share information about aliens, and a dark group out to stop them. And from there a whirlwind of action and adventure begins.

For anyone that read the SEEDS OF CIVILIZATION series this book brings a new adventure to the remaining members of the NWIDI team. This first installment of the parallel ops series is one of 3 story lines that occur simultaneously. Each book will reveal more of the mystery leading up to the final book.

This book was a great read. I hated to finish it, because it left me wanting more. I ended up re reading the previous books after finishing. With a cast of compelling characters and an alien mystery to solve, this book is a must for all.
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on March 27, 2012
The books by RJ Archer have all fascinated me, but this one was the best yet. I could scarcely put it down. Whenever I found a minute to spare - in the grocery line, at the pharmacy, waiting for the teacher in a training class for my dog -- I had it in hand and was reading. People who saw me reading it on my Kindle wanted to know what book it was and what it was about. I hope I convinced them all to buy a copy. Mr. Archer's writing is clear and unpretentious, his conversations among characters flow smoothly, and the intricacy his plots sieze the imagination. Alien artifacts with mysterious functions, secret organizations bent on controlling their power, government agencies (good? evil?) locking them and the people who know of them up in secret fortified dens with little chance of escape -- Mr. Archer weaves these elements into a fascinating tapestry of evil, mystery and hope.
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on May 27, 2013
I got hooked on this and ended up reading out of sequence. I sometimes don't know in advance what's going to happen, but it's still a good read.
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on January 28, 2013
It has been awhile since I read the first 3 books but this book keeps the adventure and intriguing subject matter alive. Looking forward the the rest of the series.
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on February 6, 2013
The story is excellent, characters are well-defined, and there is a lot of action.
I look forward to reading more of R J Archer's writing.
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on April 12, 2012
In The Scientists, the first in the all-new Parallel Ops series of adventure thrillers, author R.J. Archer re-activates one of the most unlikely characters from his previous series to take the lead five years later and head up a super-secret research group answering only to the President.

Dr. Jim Barnes, a low-key former Professor of Anthropology at the University of Washington, never thought of himself as a leader but sometimes life throws you a curveball. An academic and skeptic turned radical theorist, he suddenly finds himself a sought-after lecturer and expert on Earth's ancient civilizations and how they came to possess their advanced knowledge of astronomy and mathematics. Following a conference speaking engagement in Munich, he is forcefully recruited by his government to lead a quest to communicate with an alien race while simultaneously protecting it from International terrorists.

If you've read Mr. Archer's first Sci-Fi adventure series named Seeds Of Civilization, you'll want to read his first novel in the follow-up Parallel Ops series. Great for those who enjoy a hint of sci-fi in a contemporary setting.
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