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The thinking man's Independence Day.,
This review is from: Operation Lightning Strike (Paperback)
Nick Pope's involvement with the Ministry of Defence has equipped him with the insider knowledge to create an utterly captivating and scarily plausible account of an alien invasion of Earth. All the cabinet meetings, international diplomacy and descriptions of military countermeasures have a gritty air of authenticity about them. Furthermore, Pope skillfully weaves a thread of ambiguity as the tale unfolds, as to just who are the bad guys. Conspiracy theorists will love this! This makes for an ultimately more satisfying and complex read than many more conventional invasion-Earth type yarns. My only real criticism is that the breathtaking action scenes take rather a long time to appear and the intensive politicising in the early part of the book may not retain everyone's interest. Stick with it though and you will be rewarded with an awe-inspiring denouement that will remain with you for a long time.
One small point that rankles a bit in the wake of the WTC atrocity is the author's claim that the threat of "jihad" against America was more imagined than real. As Operation Lightning Strike was written before 9/11, however, Pope cannot be blamed for this tragically ironic but unintentional faux pas.
Finally, a particular bonus for me was that much of the action set in England takes place close to my home. Perhaps I'll search the ground for UFO debris next time I visit Alice Holt Forest!