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REVIEW: Area 51 by Robert Doherty
by M. Keller

Area 51 by Robert Doherty
Published by Dell Books,
March 1997 $6.50 384 Pages
ISBN: 0440220734

I missed this book when it first came out. Now, however, I wish that I hadn't.

Area 51 is the lead-off or "pilot" for a series of science fiction books under the same header with different sub-titles, which explore the different aspects of just what sort of influence alien life has had on the planet Earth in the past 20,000 years. Yes, you read right, 20,000 years.

I won't ruin it for you, but suffice it to say that according to the series, we are ~not~ alone. Area 51 opens with a US Army special forces officer, Captain Mike Turcotte, infiltrating security at the fabled testing range in Nevada. He quickly learns that there are a ~lot~ of things going on out there that he, one: wasn't ready to know about and two: is not sure if the world at large would be ready to know about, either.

In essence, that's what his mission is: infiltrate the base and advise the President's scientific advisor, Doctor Lisa Duncan, as to what he finds there. Aliens ~do~ exist, there ~are~ flying saucers and the government has ~known~ about this since the 1950's. Add to that, there is an inescapable tie-in with the lost continent of Atlantis and Human history is not what it once seemed. The story picks up from there and goes full tilt into a myriad of different hurdles that Duncan, Turcotte and friends must overcome to get to the truth of the matter.

Area 51 starts out kind of slow, but if you can get past that, this book is a conspiracy theorist's dream come true. Although some of it is a little far fetched for me, I enjoyed the book overall and have since purchased the rest of the series to read at my leisure. And, just so you know, it doesn't peter out like some books in other series that I won't mention, either. It keeps going strong, adding more and more to the mythos that we already know about Area 51.

 

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