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Operation Thunder Child (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 2. Oktober 2000

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Pop Culture has been good to author Nick Pope. As a government official, Pope once headed the division that deals with paranormal investigations. Thanks to the phenomenal success of The X-Files, Pope, in a sense, suddenly became the "British Fox Mulder." His first fiction, Operation Thunder Child mixes rich authenticity with an intriguing perspective as he details the first contact between humans and aliens.

Set in the near future, the British Government and military are faced with an extraterrestrial threat. An unknown enemy possessing diabolical technology is destroying RAF planes. Suffering crippling losses, the skeptical establishment is forced to consider incredible theories about their mysterious foe and their relationship with our supposed allies. Rather than pandering to cliché, Pope matter-of-factly portrays the Government as bewildered, but quickly adapting to an unconventional adversary, as well as handling a rumour-hungry media and the prospect of a belief-shattering revelation. His commitment to authenticity is most compelling and, despite a Clancy-esque fondness for acronyms (a helpful glossary is supplied), you are drawn in to the abundant tensions. The characters are not gung-ho heroes or cynical outsiders, but well constructed participants in a most fantastic situation, which only accentuates his drive for realism. Or, like a new twist on the old saying "Truth is stranger than fiction," Pope has used fiction as a vessel for a quite believable truth. --Danny Graydon -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.


The Cabinet Office Group, Joint Intelligence Committee and Permanent Joint Headquarters join forces to deal with UFO activity. When a craft is captured and a dialogue established, contact continues until a revelation causes confusion.

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HASH(0x8f8308b8) von 5 Sternen Would an ET invasion be like this? Maybe 31. Juli 2010
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Format: Taschenbuch
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. The reported deep underground facilities under Bentwaters/Woodbridge stretching out under the North Sea, the modus operandi and purposes of the apparent alien abductors, the differing perspectives about benign or not-so-benign ET intentions are all explored through the characters and dialogue and made to serve the plot. A blow for gender-equality is struck by the author's decision to make a female RAF pilot the leading top-gun, revealing the combat action through her eyes. There's a dig at the Americans too, suggesting that in such a crisis they may prove to be duplicitous and behave from self-interest, and the "special relationship" is in reality one-sided. From someone with such deep inside knowledge of the UK MOD, this is kind of revealing don't you think?

The book ends in such a way as to point the reader to the sequel - "Operation Lightning Strike", which effectively continues the same narrative with some of the same characters (and some new ones) and takes the invasion idea to the next stage.

If you're interested in the UFO/ET issue, or if you like sci-fi as a genre, you'll probably enjoy this book. "Thunder Child" had a good print run so second-hand copies are cheap and plentiful. Find a good one, read it in a weekend, and add it to the collection.
HASH(0x8f5990e4) von 5 Sternen Good concept, interesting storylines 9. Juni 2014
Von Howard Goldstein - Veröffentlicht auf
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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.
HASH(0x9043e81c) von 5 Sternen One of the best sci-fi i have read in years 10. Januar 2014
Von Jordan Hofer - Veröffentlicht auf
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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!
HASH(0x8fa2f3d8) von 5 Sternen Good read 16. November 2015
Von Pixiecat - Veröffentlicht auf
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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.
HASH(0x8f81fc54) von 5 Sternen I could hardly sleep at night because the plot was so captivating 5. September 2015
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Captivating story with feeling of more books like this.
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