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Alien Hunter by Whitley Strieber
Cover Artist: Getty Images
Review by Mel Jacob
Tor Books Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765331533
Date: 13 August 2013 List Price $25.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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Prolific author Whitley Strieber begins a new series, Flynn Carroll Thrillers, with Alien Hunters. Known for horror and for alien abductions, Strieber continues with the latter.

Flynn Carroll, a police detective becomes obsessed with unsolved cases of missing people who disappeared under similar circumstances after his young wife disappearance. Eight years later, a super secret team working on the crimes, recruits him. Their first stakeout results in three horrible deaths and a confrontation with a ghostly killer cat.

Flynn doesn’t trust anyone. The team leader, Diana Glass, claims to work for the highest levels of government, but refuses to tell Flynn until he signs a nondisclosure agreement. After signing, she still tells him little.

He goes along with the team, three men, Diana, and himself. He doesn’t like the situation or the equipment they have. A blizzard is raging. Their goal is stop the kidnapping of talented woman on a remote farm.

He encounters a large cat of some variety. He thinks it's a puma, but it incredibly fast. Fearing the kidnapping has already occurred, he breaks radio silence, but receives no answer. Alert to the puma, he heads toward the silent house. The victim or her father, all three men from the team are dead, and there is no sign of Diana. He walks to town, but the power is out and it has no police station.

After a restless night, he boards a bus, hoping to get to large enough town to call the FBI. On the bus, he finds Diana. She identifies the puma as a Siberian Tiger. After a suspicious man boards the bus, they get off and prepare to hide. Without the aliens, the novel is a traditional thriller with the stock superhero after the bad guys. Strieber lightens the tone a little with some amusing supporting characters and a surprisingly human Siberian tiger. Apparently, this is first of Flynn Carroll's adventures with the aliens. The ending leaves enough unfinished for the sequels to come.

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