From an Undisclosed location in leafy Surrey, summer 2019... Carefully vetted listeners endured the first utterly improbable performance sci-fi rendition of the full text, their superpowers temporarily numbed by weapons-grade turkey curry, bribed into submission by regular refills of Prosecco or Merlot. They laughed out loud, choked back tears and gasped with horror, spellbound (and handcuffed to their chairs) for several hours. Some technical details ruffled a few earphones in GCHQ – not them again! - while visiting Martians fled back to their flying saucers in horror. Andy knows his IEDs from his elbow. His first book - IRA The Bombs and the Bullets - was chillingly accurate. This goes way beyond. His characters move seamlessly between fact and fantasy.
Even though Sci Fi would not normally be my chosen genre, Andy Oppenheimer's 'Fields of Orion' had me riveted from beginning to end. The sense of drama was gripping: the fantasy feasible and believable, and the landscape/ scenery beautifully and vividly described. Right to the end I was caught up in the urgency of the situation Mr Oppenheimer created. I am also impressed with his technical knowledge regarding IEDs et al. I shall wait (with impatience) for his sequel.
I have read this book cover to cover in 2 days, I couldn’t put it down. What a story. Having been involved in counter terrorism and as a former ATO, I can vouch that this novel is technically correct throughout, except the science fiction aspects which are beyond my experience. The storyline flows as the reader is brought into the world of EOD and the shady aspects of intelligence work. The author has bridged the line of writing a technical novel that brings the reader, even with no previous knowledge of the subject matter, into the story. The way that he writes demonstrates his understanding of EOD Techs, the world over, and when this is coupled with his intimate knowledge of counter terrorism I have no doubt that this will quickly become a best seller.