Am höchsten bewertete kritische Rezension
A lone dissenter in the wilderness.
am 12. August 1998
I must have stepped into a parallel dimension or something. In a nutshell, this book STINKS. It takes every pop-culture tidbit of UFO mythology and New Age mysticism (crop circles, foo fighters, Easter Island, prehistoric visitations, etc.), throws in a number of one-dimensional characters, and then runs them through a cuisinart of predictable, formulatic situations. Evil government conspiracies, pyramid power, Roswell, secret Nazi scientists...
It's hard to maintain any suspension of disbelief with this book, because the slightest application of logic sends the plot into a tailspin (Gosh, the Russians might be behind the foo fighters! Why didn't we think of this forty years ago?). The dialog doesn't help either, bobbing between forced exposition, slapdash "military" lingo, and generically bland patter. The only reason this book warrants even one star is because I can't go any lower.
Area 51 might appeal to folks who found INDEPENDENCE DAY "realistic" and who believe little grey men are hiding in Nevada. More educated readers -- and real science-fiction fans -- will scoff at this hackneyed effort, and are strongly advised to stay FAR away from Area 51.