THE X FILES RUINS BY KEVIN J. ANDERSON

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Copyright 1996.

An archeological expedition to the Yucatan has discovered a Mayan city deep in the jungle. The city of Xitaclan has been undisturbed for centuries. While exploring the team lead by Cassandra Rubicon disappears. The father of Cassandra convinces the FBI to investigate and naturally the FBI chooses Mulder and Scully. Mulder being the more imaginative one thinks that there is an extraterrestrial connection with ancient astronauts. Scully tends to believe in a more mundane explanation.

When they arrive in the lost city they run into a whole boatload of conflict. A shady guide who deals on the side in stolen artifacts. Superstitious natives that still believe in blood sacrifice. A police chief secretly in charge of a Yucatan secessionist terrorist movement. Sightings of mythical feathered serpents in the jungle. A strange alien spacecraft inside the pyramid. After finding the team murdered and dumped in a sacrificial pool all hell breaks loose when a covert U.S. military commando group shows up to blow up the city to stop a mysterious radio signal emanating from the pyramid. It ends in a battle between the commandos and the secessionist with a visit by the mysterious aliens.

The second book by Anderson is even better than the first. I think this is my favorite X-files book. The exotic location of the Yucatan was an excellent setting. Throw in aliens and government conspiracy and you have a classic X-files story. The history and culture of the Yucatan was well researched and informative. Lots of fast paced action and an interesting story that keeps the mystery going makes this a worthy book in the X-files series.
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THE X FILES GROUND ZERO BY KEVIN J. ANDERSON

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Copyright 1995.

Dr. Emil Gregory a renowned nuclear physicist is found dead in his laboratory at the Teller Nuclear Research facility in California. The nature of his death is very peculiar. He is found burned to a radioactive cinder almost like he was caught in a nuclear explosion. A nuclear explosion that was confined to a single room. Naturally anything weird and unexplained gets forwarded to the X-files. Mulder and Scully head out to California and immediately run into a wall of bureaucratic dead ends and national security. Soon after this other mysterious deaths occur under the same circumstances. A rancher whose family sold the land for the Trinity test, two Air Force officers in a nuclear silo, a Department of Energy bureaucrat. Soon the trail leads to a mysterious project code named Bright Anvil a new nuclear explosion with no fallout. It all comes to a climax on a small Atoll in the Pacific during a hurricane. An atoll where back in the fifties a whole tribe was accidentally wiped out in one of the atomic tests. Now the ghosts of that tribe strike out in vengeance.

Finally a X-files book that that gets it right. The Charles Grant books were commercial successes and lets face it back then anything with X-files on it would make money. But they were not critically well received so they went with Kevin Anderson. This is what an X-files book should be, government cover ups and mysterious clandestine tests, a mysterious paranormal threat. Anderson is a writer that really understands the characters and the TV series. He clearly did a lot of research and you learn a lot about the nuclear tests back in the fifties. They were finally on the right track in novelizing the series.

THE X FILES WHIRLWIND BY CHARLES GRANT

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Copyright 1995.

A serial killer is on the loose in New Mexico. The victims are from all different races, ages and sexes. The only thing in common is that they are left skinned. Further investigation show they were scoured like with a sandblaster. The weirdness of the case gets a request for Mulder since its perfect as an X-file. Soon Mulder and Scully uncover a bizarre religious ritual of the Konochine Indians The Sangre Viento or Blood Wind.

The second of Charles Grant’s book is actually an improvement from Goblins. I thought that the characterization of Mulder and Scully was more consistent with their TV characters. The story was also somewhat interesting and I was much more engaged in the plot. Still it was a Ho-Hum story. You do want something more in a novelization than just an average TV episode. The author was just not right for this series.

THE X FILES GOBLINS BY CHARLES GRANT

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Copyright 1994.

A series of murders are taking place at Fort Dix New Jersey. Eyewitnesses report that the murderer came out of thin air to cut the victims throat. A sports reporter whose victim was a boyfriend of his niece convinces a senator from New Jersey to get Fox Mulder on the case. Mulder with his partner Dana Scully investigate the X-files, those cases were unexplained phenomenon is involved. Mulder and Scully soon uncover a military experiment to create a human chameleon as a deadly assassin. An assassin that has gone rogue.

I decided to dust off the old X-files books in honor of the series coming back to television. I always enjoyed this series with its spooky atmosphere, government conspiracies, monsters, alien and other weird paranormal phenomenon. I think the revival has done an excellent job of re-invigorating the series which I will admit was going downhill at the end.

The book Goblins is an ok read. Sort of a middle of the road TV episode. Charles Grant was probably not the right choice for writing for this series. I just wasn’t really engaged with the story. Not a real great start for the first book in this series.