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Author, journalist and TV personality Nick Pope used to run the British Government's UFO project at the Ministry of Defence, and is now recognised as one of the world's leading experts on UFOs, the unexplained, conspiracy theories and fringe science. He lives in America. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; New edition edition (October 2, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671018353
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671018351
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,217,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jordan Hofer on January 9, 2014
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Nick Pope has written an exciting and believable first encounter story, giving the reader an inside view of how government might function during an alien attack. He successfully weaves actual UFO cases into the narrative and ultimately succeeds in creating "The Great UFO Fiction Book." Bravo, Nick! I loved it from cover to cover!
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In addition to his literate, grounded and well-informed non-fiction writings exploring the UFO and abduction issues, "Thunder Child" published in 1999 is confirmation that ex-MOD official Nick Pope's literary talents stretch to the fiction genre. And he turns out to be a pretty competent novelist too.

"Thunder Child" is a full-length sci-fi novel about the early stages of a threatened alien invasion experienced from a uniquely British perspective, extrapolating what the author learned about the ET/UFO and abduction issues whilst working at the MOD into a fictional scenario for the near future. In addition to good plot development (with unexpected twists) and a well-drawn cast of characters, the book is interesting because it reveals real insider-insight into the workings of government and the military; exactly how such a crisis might be managed behind closed doors and kept out of the public eye by stonewalling and media management for as long as possible.

At the beginning of the book are three and a half pages of military acronyms and abbreviations, used in the real world in virtually all dialogue between armed forces personnel, official and unofficial: Nick's decision to employ this kind of detail gives the story more realism. The book is particularly good in describing the standard operating procedures of RAF Strike Command, the early warning radar system, the SAS on operations and the daily interactions between elected ministers and unelected government officials.

The author is quite skilled in how he weaves together some of the persistent obsessions of UFOlogy with his knowledge of exactly how government and officialdom works into a good yarn.
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This is a fun read. The author, Nick Pope is a well regarded expert on UFO's. This novel try's to show how political leaders would react to an actual alien attack. It turns out the aliens really were in Roswell, and in the UK. They are now about to change things up.

The resulting air skirmishes and other battles are cool. I do not want to disclose too many details, but, it is a fun beach book. Mr. Pope certainly knows the inner workings of government. His characters are a bit wooden, but, like Tom Clancy and others, you don't buy the book for great characters. You buy for science fiction presented very realistically, and for some thought provoking concepts.
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By Pixiecat on November 16, 2015
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Story seems well researched and plot moveds long at a fast clip.
I'd have liked more info about aliens and less fighter pilots. Am reading the sequel in hopes to glean more.
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Captivating story with feeling of more books like this.
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