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Operation Thunder Child; Hardcover – 1999

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Simon & schuster 1999: (1999)
  • ASIN: B00A7YE4YW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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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 and conspiracy theories.

He's a best-selling author who has written non-fiction books about UFOs and alien abductions. He's also a successful science fiction author who has written two sci-fi novels about alien invasion, and worked with various film companies on campaigns to promote Hollywood sci-fi blockbusters.

Nick Pope contributes regularly to various news bulletins, chat shows and TV documentaries, with appearances including Newsnight, the Today programme, Blue Peter, This Morning, Timewatch, Good Morning America and Larry King Live.

Nick Pope now lives in America.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dr. M. R. Davis on 1 Sept. 2001
Format: Paperback
When the MoD's 'UFO officer' starts writing these sorts of books, the world should take note. Pope follows up his success with 'Open Skies, Closed Minds', with this work of fiction, postulating an alien invasion of Earth, and the human resistance to that attack. Pope skillfully seeks to give the reader an insight into what would occur behind closed doors, as alien saucers intrude into UK airspace, shooting down Eurofighters in a second 'Battle of Britain', and Grays kidnap citizens. As governmental and military officials begin to reluctantly accept the truth, and the US Government betrays the UK in its time of need, the reader cannot put this book down. The sequel, Operation Lightning Strike, is just as good.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Paul J. Stephen on 8 Oct. 2000
Format: Paperback
I have to admit that I have a serious interest in this subject and at first I was unsure about the whole concept of this book. Nick Pope has had a serious role to play in the field since his publication of non-fictional work over the past few years and being cast as Britains answer to Fox Mulder.
Although many of the scenarios in this book are clearly based on the better known UFO cases like Rendlesham Forest I feel that the authors background in the MOD gives the story a little reality as the meetings between the various departments as the situations unfold are really well handled. I am very cautious as to dressing up fact under fiction especially since this subject is open to ridicule at the best of times but I have to admit that Pope has written a highly readable and interesting novel - a real 'hypothesis' of what if this really does (or has) happened. There is real logic and plausability about the whole thing - and I for one thought that the ending was pretty good - although very 'X-Files'.
My opinion is that this is a good piece of Sci-fi and that that is how the book should be read - if the reader wants non-fiction choose Timothy Good,Nicholas Redfearn or indeed Popes previous books. Lets not mix the genres too much as Ufology may suffer!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Nov. 2000
Format: Paperback
Absolutely brilliant. Having read many UFO investigation books this belongs among them - where does the truth finish and the fiction begin, if in fact it does, There is an awful lot of truth in here. Excellent plot, delivery, pace and some very cleaver cross references to reality and past ufology. A must for all ufologists - the sequel has a lot to match up to.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Guardian TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 31 July 2010
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 23 Oct. 2000
Format: Paperback
I had mixed feelings when I picked up this interesting and at times disturbing book.
The biggest problem was that the book has the word "Truth" printed on the front. In my experience this is UFO speak for "meaningless garbage" however if you treat this book like a work of fiction then you are in for intriguing and suspenseful ride.
Saying that, some of his characterisation is a little weak and many of his fighter pilots all seem to share the same traits in that "were the centre of social and sporting events".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By peter macnab on 22 Dec. 2013
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This book is poor SF mainly because NIck Pope is not an author of fiction. The characters are poor, the dialogue stilted and formal and the plot meanders all over the place. Being the author of Britain's x-files was obviously useful to a publisher but the least they could have done is get one their editors to give him the crash course in plot-tightening and the art of dialogue in human. I could forgive the first volume, Operation Thunderchild, for having the same faults - everybody's entitled to a ropey first novel - but not two.
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