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Summary

Staff Sergeant Winthrop Carter only enlisted in the army for the steady pay. When he cheated on the Special Forces’ final exam, he never expected his actions would get him drafted into the Nightstalkers - an elite team with a mysterious mission and even more mysterious leader.

For decades, Rifts have been opening and unleashing bloodthirsty alien life forms into our reality. The Nightstalkers’ goal is to shut down these breaches and stop the beings that emerge from rampaging out of control.

While still integrating with his unusual teammates - including a sociopath, a Black Ops washout, and a contemporary MacGyver - Carter gets his first taste of interdimensional action when a Rift opens inside a gated community. With half a dozen deadly invaders threatening the residents, the Nightstalkers must hunt down and eliminate the aliens before they break through containment and wreak havoc on an unsuspecting world.

©2012 Robert Mayer (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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  • Tracey
  • 13-01-13

"We don't need no stinking lawyers"

After reading some of the spotty reviews about the previous Area 51 books, I was hesitant to purchase this. But I was in a mood for some military scifi. Whereas this is in no way a John Ringo style military sci-fi book, it is a fun read. I listened to it in "one go". It is a bit slow in the beginning (delivering all of the necessary setup and background), but I found it fun throughout and especially loved all of the 70's pop references (e.g., Warren Zevon and M*A*S*H inspire 2 of the sobriquets of the team members.) In that vein, I liken this to an "A-Team" romp with aliens (or "fireflies" the entities making it through the rifts) and better guns (and an actual plot.) The book isn't as cheesy, but it had some amusing dialogue and one-liners and was just fun. Despite the female team commander (Moms) and the female teenager local asset (Scout), the book didn't have any romance thrown in -- which is refreshing! Besides, how creepy would it have been for romance to blossom between a fellow team member and one with the moniker "Moms"? And sure, Scout was a little too good to be true, but hey, they are fighting alien entities, so suspension of disbelief is in order. So, I just had fun with the character, which is unusual for me (I generally HATE the teenage/child "add-on" characters.)

The narrator differentiated the players well and did equally well with female and male characters, giving personality to them. And, continuing with the 70's theme, his voice reminded me a bit of Lee Majors at times (but in a good way, reminiscent of "6 Million Dollar Man" and not of his recent hearing aid commercials.)

I recommend this to anyone wanting a light military sci-fi read.

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  • Lou
  • 31-12-12

Short, But well worth it

If you could sum up Nightstalkers in three words, what would they be?

Believable, interesting, different

Who was your favorite character and why?

Scout, hey I am a sucker for the plucky comic relief who turns into a star of the show.

What about Eric G. Dove’s performance did you like?

Read it well and gave good voice to the characters, and not many stumbles that I could find

Any additional comments?

This was a "why not?" I think I'll keep following the Nightstakers Bill Mayer does a much better job on this book than in the other Area 51 books. I think this spin off is better than the mainline that launched it. But we shall see in book 2.....

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  • MrOcculture
  • 22-01-13

Was optimistic, was wrong. Just bad.

I'd never willingly be harsh or callous about a book, not publicly anyway, but I really did not like this one. It was not what I expected, which in this case is not a positive point. While it was clear there was some knowledge or research on a lot of the military and weapons information, the writing is not up to snuff.

I'm usually always skeptical about a book when I first start, don't know why, but I almost always come to like it in the end. This would be the first book with Audible I genuinely disliked. The writing was just not good. Early on 'American' was referred to as a language...it isn't. We speak English, despite how bastardized and butchered.

The main character who might as well have been wallpaper? Awful. Why did every other character have more personality and narrative, however lackluster, than the main character? Among all of them it was 'Scout' who stole the show. Which is a shame, because I hate her...so much. I mean I'm not averse to cheesy sort of "we're one big happy family" sort of garbage -okay maybe I am just a little bit- but come on...

The story is vague at best, never clearly explained and yet I found myself uninterested. I guess it was creative? I guess...but that's if i'm really grasping. Suffice to say it had some potential but really just provided uhh, I don't know what it provided. Nothing satisfactory.

Near the end it was clear the author was getting lazy, completely skipping segments and covering his tracks by having the characters discuss what had just happened.The ending was anti-climatic to say the absolute least and practically an afterthought. The entirety of the plot was wrapped up in the last 20 minutes.

I'm hesitant to say I hated it but then I think about it and have to accept. I hated it. I surely hope this is not meant to be a series.

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  • Kristyanna Virgona
  • 30-07-18

my favorite author

I have enjoyed all of The Area 51 books, the Nightstalkers books and the Time patrol series. including the two new Area 51 books. also the Atlantis series. I love how Bob connects all the three series together. Thanks Bob and Gus.

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  • Trish R.
  • 23-06-18

Excellent read and excellent listen..



Male authors are just the opposite of 95% of female authors. Male authors don’t want you to know what anyone looks like. They just want to tell you all about the weapons being used, whether it’s a handgun, shotgun, rifle, laser pistol or a gun with a title and a number after it, or a hatchet, or an explosive, BUT they don’t dare tell you anything about the men and women, except when the person’s face is a scared mess, then they tell you all about it. I’m at 30% and the only thing I know about our heroes, and a bad guy, is the scars and wounds on the faces, and that Moms has muscles.

That being said, I thought this was very entertaining. There wasn’t one hero but several, none of which no longer used their real names, so there was, Kirk, Moms, Nada, Doc, Roland, Mac and Eagle, and the “asset” Scout (I adored Scout.) The team was run by Ms. Jones, who you never saw, but when they were out on a mission then Moms was in charge.

This was about “rifts” that opened up and let “fireflies” in from another dimension and it was up to the Area 51 team to hunt them down and destroy them. It was fascinating how they found the fireflies and how it took something different every time to get rid of them. Fireflies took over inanimate objects and became killers: a backhoe, a pool where the water could reach out and pull you in, Scout’s beloved horse, and so on.

There was wonderful camaraderie with the team and lots of laughs. I found myself laughing out loud several times.

Nothing sexual, except for a quick vulgar remark Doctor Winslow said to his wife. The F-bomb was used 42 times and in the situations they found themselves THAT word was needed.

The 3 books in this series are a free read and free listen.

As to the narration: This book was from 2012 so I wasn’t thinking the narrator would be so great but Eric G. Dove was terrific, both his emotions and his voices.

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  • Joseph
  • 31-05-18

It starts like a No nonsense action shooter drama,

But, eventually u begin to realize that a subtle, sardonic humor runs thru the story. Making the story interesting and fun.

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  • Kenneth H. Berry Jr
  • 04-11-17

Super fun story!

This is definitely just for fun but fun it is! Bad guys that aren't even guys. Country club super rich people setting which is fun because the team SO doesn't fit in! And the Cleaner has a really tough job in this one straightening up behind them! Enjoyed it for sure!

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  • WerewolfDad
  • 27-12-16

Great story

Bob Mayer does a great job of keeping us entertained. He creates a story to keep us wanting more.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-11-16

energetic and refreshing

This was a refreshing performance by the narrator. very fast paced. took some time to get used to his voice but once I did I found it highly entertaining

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  • Shaun1475
  • 14-04-16

Unique Storyline

Enjoyed it much more than I thought that I would. loved the characters. Will definitely continue the series.