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Operation Thunder Child Paperback – October 2, 2000
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"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.Read more ›
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.
I'd have liked more info about aliens and less fighter pilots. Am reading the sequel in hopes to glean more.